Upcoming Events

Summer 2021 – Monthly Online ChessKid tournaments

To give children from the clubs we support the opportunity to play each other this summer, we will hold monthly tournaments on ChessKid. They will be on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (June 16, July 21, and August 18) at 5:00 pm.

Summer 2021 – Chess Moms and Teachers Play online event

We will hold another of these events to encourage more women and girls to play chess.

Moms participating will receive free entry to the tournament for themselves and their children (who will play in a separate section). Teachers will receive free entry for themselves and up to 4 girls from their chess club. Teachers who are in our Game Changer program will also receive a one-year US Chess membership, one-year scholastic US Chess memberships and one-year ChessKid Gold subscriptions for up to 4 girls from their club, and 2 more Chess Step workbooks (a $360 value).

Past Events

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.