Daily Online Chess Tournaments
We are running 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 can choose between an Under 1000 event (for children with Fast Chess ratings under 1000) and an Open event. Then at 4:00 pm, they can play in another Open event.
While most of our children’s activities have been canceled due to the coronavirus, fortunately some, like playing chess, can be done online from home. Hopefully, continuing activities like this will reassure our children and help maintain the sense of community and support they receive from their schools and libraries.
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.