Start getting chess information now. Email ncchessedu@gmail.com to get on our NC camp/tournament list.  2019 Tournament hosted by Championship Chess of Raleigh.

Where: 2019 Thrive! Conference, Embassy Suite-Terrace 1, Winston-Salem, NC

When: Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Who:    All players aged 5-18.  To be eligible your child must know how to play chess. There is a cap of 50 players.

Sections:    Primary (ages 5-11), and Youth (ages 12-18) (A Middle Grade Section may be added, if numbers require.)

Format:  Rapid Pairing Tournament, no time controls, but players must complete at least 4 games to be eligible for a trophy. The TD can call or cancel a game that is moving too slowly.


Entry Fee: $13/player.

Registration: Chess Tournament Registration

You will be invoiced for payment.

FAQs — please read!

1.  How will I know that Championship Chess has received my registration and payment?
     After registering online, you will receive a receipt as confirmation that Championship Chess of Raleigh has received your registration. You will be invoiced via email after, with options to pay by credit card or check.

2.  Why do you need my personal information? What are you going to do with it?
     We need your phone number and email address so that we can contact you in an emergency, or in case there is a problem with your registration. We will not release this information to any outside person or agency for any reason whatsoever.

3. Is this a knock-out tournament? Do I go home if I lose a game?
    No! This is not an elimination tournament, like the NFL play-offs. All players can and should play at least 4 or more games within the 3-hour time frame.

4. Will my young child have to play high school students?
    Depending on numbers of students of different ages, there will be at least 2, probably 3, separate age-level groups. An elementary student would be in a different section than a high school student. However, the top students in each group might have a playoff for the overall Tournament Champion.

5. My child just started playing chess.  Can he or she still compete?
    Players should know how the pieces move, including the details associated with castling, checking the King, promoting a pawn, and capturing “en passant.” Players should be able to recognize an illegal move, as well as checkmate and stalemate.
Championship Chess reserves the right to disqualify from further participation any student who clearly does not know the basic rules of the game.  For example, we will disqualify someone who clearly doesn’t know how a Knight moves, or what is meant by “checkmate.” No refunds of any kind will be given to any player so disqualified. So, please be certain that your child can play an entire game correctly according to the rules of chess before signing up for this tournament.
     Note: There will be free chess play and instruction opportunities at the Championship Chess booth during the rest of the conference for those who cannot make it to the tournament.

6. How are the scores determined?
    A player gets one point for every game won, half a point for every game drawn, and zero points for every game lost.  A player’s point total for the tournament is found by adding that player’s points. Thus, a player who wins one game, draws two games, and loses one game will end up with two points for the tournament (1 + .5 + .5 + 0 = 2).
Any player who cannot commit to staying for the entire time will most likely not be able to win a trophy. Any player not completing at least 4 games will not be eligible for a trophy. In past tournaments, many of our players have played as many as 7 games in the time allotted.
Note: There will be free chess play and instruction opportunities at the Championship Chess booth during the rest of the conference for those who cannot make it to the tournament.

7.  What about awards?
     Individual awards will be given out for 1st – 3rd places in each section.  All Star Trophies are given to players who show excellence in their section. All players will receive an individual participation award.

8.  When will all the awards be announced and handed out?
     The awards ceremony will begin as soon as possible after the last game is completed which should be around 6:00 pm. It usually takes about 15 minutes to get the lists together and get set up for the ceremony, and another 10 minutes or so to distribute the awards, take pictures, etc. Everyone should be on their way home by or before 6:30 pm.

9.  How do you pair players?
     In general, we will attempt to pair players with equal scores when possible, and also to equalize color allocations.  This is a “Rapid Pairing Chess” tournament, which means that each child plays a game, comes to the Tournament Director (TD) when finished, and will be paired up with another player as soon as one with similar scores has finished his or her game. Because of the need to match players with similar scores, there may be some wait time for players between games.

10.  This is not a USCF rated tournament. Will you be enforcing USCF rules?
       In general, yes, we will be. Exceptions: Neither the rules for scorekeeping (taking notation) nor timing and use of a clock will be enforced.
One rule in particular that will be enforced is the “touch move/touch capture” rule. This means that if a player touches one of that player’s own pieces in a manner that can reasonably be interpreted as the beginning of a move, then the player will be required to move that piece, if that piece has a legal move. If a player touches an opponent’s piece in a like manner, then the player will be required to capture that piece, if there is a legal way to do so. Note that an accidental touching of a piece, such as brushing it with a shirtsleeve when reaching for another piece, does not constitute a violation of this rule.
Another important rule that will be enforced: Players must not make any remarks or show facial expressions concerning any other game and must focus specifically on only their own game.
While by and large we will be going by USCF rules, we will try to avoid becoming too technical with these rules, and enforcement of other USCF rules will be on a case-by-case basis.

11.  What if I fall ill before the tournament and cannot attend?
       In the event that you become ill after registering and cannot attend, you should notify us as soon as possible by phone (919-744-8934).  If we are notified in advance that you won’t be participating, we will refund your entry fee. No refunds will be given in cases where we are not notified in advance that you will not be coming.

12.  What if I need to leave the tournament early and unexpectedly?
        In the event that you decide to leave the tournament early, please notify a Tournament Director before leaving and return your pairing card.  Breaks for use of restroom do not require that you inform the TD.

13.  Am I going to be required to keep score?
       Scorekeeping (chess notation) will not be required, and we will not be furnishing score sheets, pens or pencils. Players may elect to keep score if they so choose, but they will need to bring their own scorekeeping equipment and must be able to notate their games without slowing down play.  Scorebooks will be available at the Championship Chess booth prior to the tournament.

14. Will I have to use a clock for my game?
      No clocks will be used or required in any of these games.

15. What should I do if I have a problem, or I don’t understand something?
If you have a problem or a question about anything during the game, you should raise your hand to summon a Tournament Director. This cannot be stressed too strongly. Do not take your opponent’s word for anything. Your opponent does not necessarily know the rules any more than you do. The Tournament Directors are here to answer questions and to solve problems, so please don’t hesitate to get them involved. Once a game is over and both players have agreed to a result, then that result is going to stand, and it is too late for the Tournament Directors to do anything.

16.  Is there a cap on the number of participants?
      There is a cap of 50 players. Online registration will be cut off after that number has been reached. Check at the tournament site to see if space has become available due to others having withdrawn.

Contact Championship Chess (ncchessedu@gmail.com or 919-744-8934) if you still have questions.