June to August 2023 – Summer US Chess-rated tournaments
We will hold monthly US Chess-rated tournaments this summer at Ligon Middle School in Raleigh on June 21, July 12, and August 9.
Students and alumni from the schools we support can play for free! Our nonprofit will cover the costs for trophies, rating fees and US Chess youth memberships for these students.
Students from other schools can register for $10 and can purchase a one-year US Chess membership for $10.
Parents and chess club volunteers can play for free in rated or unrated sections. If adults would like to play in a rated section, they can purchase or renew a US Chess adult membership at https://new.uschess.org/join-us-chess.
Our flyers have more details:
You can register your child (and yourself) for the June 21 event at https://bit.ly/LegendsOfLigon34 and for the July 12 event at https://bit.ly/LegendsofLigon35.
June to August 2023 – Online ChessKid tournaments
To give children from the clubs we support the opportunity to play children from other NC schools, we will hold regular online tournaments on ChessKid. Here are the upcoming ones:
- June 9 11:30 am and 12:25 pm
- June 10 9:00 am and 4:00 pm
- June 17 9:00 am and 4:00 pm
- June 24 9:00 am and 4:00 pm
- July 1 9:00 am and 4:00 pm
- July 8 9:00 am and 4:00 pm
We will have one Open section using Game/5;+5 time controls. More detailed information is on our Facebook page and our ChessKid club page.
Please see our “Playing in a ChessKid Fast Chess Tournament” article for instructions and troubleshooting tips for playing in these online events.
Winners will be announced on facebook.com/IndermaurChessFoundation and on twitter.com/IndermaurChess, and your students can view the full tournament results and analyze any of the games on chesskid.com/clubs/tournaments/indermaur-chess-foundation/fast. Here are the events we have held so far:
- June: 2 tournaments, 16 students
September 2022 to May 2023 – Online ChessKid tournaments
To give children from the clubs we support the opportunity to play children from other NC schools, we held weekly online tournaments on ChessKid plus some additional ones on teacher work days and school holidays. Here is a summary:
- September – 3 tournaments, 42 students
- October – 7 tournaments, 93 students
- November – 12 tournaments, 156 students
- December – 7 tournaments, 81 students
- January – 13 tournaments, 134 students
- February – 7 tournaments, 78 students
- March – 10 tournaments, 88 students
- April – 9 tournaments, 69 students
- May – 13 tournaments, 111 students
March 18, 2023 – NC Girls Championship
We were excited to sponsor the 2023 NC Girls Chess Championship which was held at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh! Nineteen girls from schools we support competed and won 4 team and 2 individual awards. A total of sixty-eight girls and 3 women played in the main event, 17 played in a simultaneous exhibition given by WCM Arya Kumar, and 3 more students played in the side section. Please see the NC Chess Association Facebook page for photos of this fun event.
We helped promote the event and volunteered during the tournament. We also provided ChessKid Gold subscriptions to the top 10 winners and those who tied for the top 10 in the Under 300 and Under 800 sections – a total of 25 Gold subscriptions.
To give girls more opportunities to play chess, we collected contact information from parents whose daughters would be interested in a participating in a Triangle area girls chess club.
March 4, 2023 – SC K-12 Championship
We were pleased to support the South Carolina K-12 Championship through our Aditya Nicholas Dias Memorial Fund. Aditya learned to play chess in SC, and he and his sister played regularly at the Greenville Chess Club and in tournaments throughout the state. Aditya was proud to represent SC in the Barber National Tournament of Middle School Champions, so we helped to fund the stipends for South Carolina’s K-12, K-8, K-5, and Girls Champions to travel to the 2023 Denker, Barber, Rockefeller, and Haring National Tournaments.
The South Carolina Chess Association kindly opened the Championship with a remembrance of young, cheerful Aditya and offered thoughts and prayers to his family, Augustinho, Nisha, and Neha.
February 10-11, 2023 – NC K-12 Championship
We were excited to help sponsor the 2023 NC K-12 Championship! Seventy-four students from schools we support competed and won 9 team trophies. Two teams won 1st place and are state champions! Many students from our schools won individual awards including a student from one of our new Title I schools who won top female in K-1. One of our coaches, Mark Indermaur, was named 2023 NC Chess Coach of the Year.
Our Aditya Nicholas Dias Memorial Fund helped to fund the stipends for the K-12, K-8, and K-5 Champions to travel to the 2023 Denker, Barber, and Rockefeller National Tournaments. We also provided ChessKid.com Gold subscriptions to the top 5 winners and the top 3 females in all five elementary school sections (K-1, K-2, K-3, K-4, and K-5) – a total of 40 Gold subscriptions. Finally, we provided scholarships so more students could participate and reserved a team room where schools we support could relax between rounds. Please see the NC Youth Chess Facebook group for photos of this fun, two-day event.
January 15, 2023 – Triangle Championship
Ninety-six students from schools we support competed in the 2023 Triangle Championship. We provided scholarships so more students could participate and organized a team area where we relaxed between rounds, reviewed games, shared snacks, and enjoyed a team lunch. Our schools won 10 team trophies, and their students won many individual awards.
December 21, 2022 – Early Release Day USCF-rated tournament
We held a USCF-rated tournament on the afternoon of an early release day and invited students from three of the school clubs we support. This was the first chess tournament that most of these children had ever played in. A total of 79 students played 164 rated games!
October 9, 2022 – Jeff Jones Memorial Tournament
In memory of our friend Jeff Jones, we ran the 2022 Jeff Jones Memorial tournament with Chess.Stream. Jeff was a long-time coach, organizer, and supporter of chess in NC, so the weekend of National Chess Day was the perfect time to remember and honor him. Several of Jeff’s students and friends played in the event, and one of his students who is now a National Master won first place. Since the event was online, even Jeff’s friends who moved could still participate, and one played from California. We asked for donations instead of an entry fee and donated the proceeds to the Heart Failure Society of America in memory of Jeff.
Summer 2022 – Monthly Online ChessKid tournaments
We ran monthly online tournaments for the kids who have ChessKid accounts through the clubs we support.
October 2021 to May 2022 – USCF-rated tournaments
We ran 28 USCF-rated tournaments during chess club meetings and on a teacher workday, so children from clubs we support could continue to earn US Chess Federation regular, quick, and blitz ratings.
October 2021 to April 2022 – Online ChessKid tournaments on Saturdays, School Holidays, Teacher Workdays, and Snow Days
To give children from the clubs we support the opportunity to play each other during the school year, we held online tournaments on ChessKid on Saturdays, school holidays, teacher workdays, and snow days:
- October – 1 tournament, 24 students
- November – 8 tournaments, 258 students
- December – 5 tournaments, 154 students
- January – 8 tournaments, 353 students
- February – 10 tournaments, 194 students
- March – 8 tournaments, 131 students
- April – 6 tournaments, 87 students
June 16 – August 18, 2021 – Monthly Online ChessKid tournaments
We ran monthly online tournaments for the kids who have ChessKid accounts through the clubs we support.
June 5, 2021 – KCSSU Summer to Learn Kickoff
The Kemetic Cultural Science and System of Unity, a NC non-profit, organized this event in Raleigh to recognize retired African American educators and to launch a series of educational programs in local community centers. US Chess helped sponsor the event and invited us to participate in their booth. We enjoyed promoting chess and met with many parents and educators interested in starting local chess clubs.
May 1-2, 2021 – NC Girls Chess Championship
We sponsored and promoted the 2021 NC Girls Chess Championship to continue to give North Carolina girls an opportunity to play in this event and compete for the chance to represent our state in the Ruth Haring National Tournament of Girls State Champions. Twenty-nine girls from across North Carolina participated in this online event which was organized by Chess2All and Kings and Queens Chess Academy.
February 10 – May 19, 2021 – Online USCF-rated tournaments
We ran 21 rated tournaments so children from clubs we support could earn US Chess Federation “Online Quick” and “Online Blitz” ratings.
January 1, 2021 – Jeff Jones Memorial tournament
In memory of our friend Jeff Jones, who was a long-time scholastic coach and organizer in NC, we held the 2021 Ticks tournament with Chess.Stream. We adjusted the time controls for the online world from 2021 seconds or ~G/34 to G/17+2. We also included a special prize for players who won playing the Dutch Defense, as that was one of Jeff’s favorite openings. We donated all the funds raised after prizes to the Heart Failure Society of America in memory of Jeff.
December 23 and 30, 2020 online chess tournaments
We ran four online tournaments for the kids who have ChessKid accounts through the clubs we support.
December 13, 2020 – Chess Moms and Teachers Play online event
Building on the success of last year’s Chess Moms tournament, we held this special event to encourage more women and girls to play chess, thanks to a US Chess Women’s Program Online Grant, funded by a generous gift in partnership with the Saint Louis Chess Club. Woman Grandmaster and 2017 US Women’s Champion Sabina Foişor reviewed the players’ games.
June 1 – August 21, 2020 – Daily Online Chess Tournaments
We ran three online tournaments every weekday for the over 1,000 kids who have ChessKid accounts through the clubs we support. Every weekday at 9:00 am, students could choose between an Under 1000 event (for children with Fast Chess ratings under 1000) and an Open event. Then at 4:00 pm, they could play in another Open event.
May 23, 2020 – NC Girls Online Chess Tournament
We sponsored the NC Girls Online Chess Tournament to provide a new opportunity for girls and women from across NC to play together. 24 girls and 4 women played 4 rounds of online rated games with the top four from each section winning group lessons with Chess Kings and Queens Academy.
April 25 and May 9, 2020 – Online Rated Blitz Tournaments
We helped promote and run the ChessStream “I Know You” online tournaments so our local chess community could get together virtually. 57 NC students and adults played in the first tournament, and 32 played in the second. They played six rounds of blitz games with the top four players in each group winning group lessons with local masters. The games were rated (www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?202004250702.0 and www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?202005092382.0) using US Chess online ratings.
March 16 – April 24, 2020 – Online Chess Tournaments
We ran regular online tournaments on ChessKid.com to enable students to keep playing with their friends and to support our chess clubs while NC schools are closed. We experimented with the schedule and format and found that weekday tournaments with morning and afternoon options were more popular. In the first six weeks since NC schools closed, 280 students have played 8,490 Fast Chess games in 108 tournaments. They have also done 596 lessons and 12,438 puzzles on ChessKid.
March 7-8, 2020 – NC K-12 Chess Championship
The NC K-12 Championship is our state’s largest tournament every year. 59 students from ten of the schools that we support through our Game Changer Program played in this year’s event which was hosted by Triangle Chess in Raleigh. We reserved a large team room to give our students and their parents a comfortable room where they could relax and re-charge between rounds.
February 17, 2020 – Game Changer Tournament
To give students a chance to practice before the NC Championship, we held a Game Changer tournament on President’s Day at the Triangle Chess Center. 33 students and 3 parents played in this Monday morning tournament while supporting our Game Changer Program to help NC schools and libraries start chess clubs.
January 18 – 29, 2020 – Online Chess Tournaments
We held Fast Chess tournaments on ChessKid.com on the day before the Triangle Championship, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and a teacher workday to give students more opportunities to keep practicing chess. They played a mix of 3 and 5 round tournaments.
December 21, 2019 to January 4, 2020 – Online Chess Tournaments
We held 5 Fast Chess tournaments on ChessKid.com during winter break to give students in the clubs we are supporting opportunities to keep practicing chess. Students from 6 different schools got to play opponents from across NC in a mix of 3 and 4 round tournaments. They can review their games later as they are all saved in their Game History in ChessKid.
January 3, 2020 – Game Changer Tournament and Workshop
41 students and 1 parent from 19 different schools played in our Friday morning Game Changer tournament! Families came from across the Triangle and from as far away as Alamance and Guilford counties, and proceeds from this event helped support our Game Changer Program. After the tournament, parents and a teacher from 3 schools participated in our workshop on starting school chess clubs.
November 27, 2019 – Online Chess Tournaments
Since most of the schools in our Game Changer program were closed or released early on this day, we scheduled our first “virtual” events – two Fast Chess tournaments on ChessKid.com. Students from 3 different schools played in the 4-round tournament at 9 am and the 5-round tournament at 3 pm.
November 11, 2019 – Game Changer Tournament
34 students and 3 parents had fun playing in our Game Changer tournament on Veterans Day at the Triangle Chess Center while Wake, Durham, and Orange County schools were out. They each got to play 3 or more rated games, and proceeds from this event supported our Game Changer Program helping NC schools start chess clubs.
October 9, 2019 – Chess Moms Play Chess, Too
We helped the Hunter Elementary School Chess Club in Raleigh hold a fun Chess Moms Play Chess, Too event.