The Carolinas Classic features a $10,000 guaranteed prize fund in 4 sections + $500 in a FREE Blitz Tournament for participants!

Enjoy your stay at the lakeside Hilton Charlotte University Place. Take a walk on the lake, shop, dine and more.

The CCCSA conducted the 157 player Spring Classic from March 26-28, 2021.

Temperature checks, board spacing (1 board per table) and masks made the event both comfortable and safe for all players. See pictures below



June 18-20, 2021 

2-day and 3-day options available


Hilton Charlotte University Place

8629 J M Keynes Drive

Charlotte, NC 28262

Hotel Rates:

$103/Night - Free Internet, Parking, Discount on Entry (up to 2 per room)

(save $10 on entry by staying at host hotel - 2 discounts per room)



Online registration only (link below).  US Chess membership required.

To maximize social distancing, registrations may be limited to 200 players - Register early!

Time Control:

Championship: G/90, increment 30

Other sections: G/120, increment 5

2-Day Rounds 1 and 2: G/45, increment 5


All Prizes Guaranteed!

Championship (1900+)

$1200 + plaque – $700 – $400 – $200, top u2200 $400 – $200  FIDE-rated

Under 2000

 $1000 + plaque – $600 – $300, top u1850 $400 – $200

Under 1700

$900 + plaque – $500 – $300, top u1550 $300 – $200

Under 1400

$900 + plaque – $500 – $300, top u1200 $300 – $200

Plaques given by US Chess Standard Tiebreak



3-Day Schedule

Friday: 6:30pm

Saturday: 11:00am & 4:30pm

Sunday: 10:00am & 3:30pm

2-Day Schedule

Rounds 1 & 2 at 11:00am and 1:30pm on Saturday then merge with 3-day schedule

FREE $500 Blitz

Saturday Night from 9:00pm - 10:30pm

6 Rounds - US Chess Blitz Rated - Prize Breakdown TBD

Free Entry to Players in the Carolinas Classic, $20 for others

Entry Fees:

$125 by June 7, 2021

$139 by June 16, 2021

$150 after June 16, 2021

no onsite registration - all registration ends June 17 11:59pm EDT

GM/IM Free, no deduction from prize if registered by 6/7. $100 deducted from prize after 6/7.

$10 EF discount if staying at hotel until room block expires, up to 2 discounts per room.  Reserve early!

Refunds: Withdrawals are subject to a 5% transaction fee by June 17, no refunds after June 17.

Registration and Pre-Reg List:



Special Notes​:


  • Up to 2 optional half-point byes, request at registration. 

  • Must be within 100 points of next section to play up (i.e. 1900+ to enter Championship). 

  • Unrated players (NO USCF or FIDE) must enter U1400 and are eligible for place prizes.

  • Boards, sets, clocks provided (must use our equipment)

  • June 2021 US Chess (OTB) ratings used for pairings and prizes in all sections. 

COVID-19 Measures 

This event will not be canceled or postponed. We have a very large playing hall, and will be taking many preventative measures to ensure the safety of our players:


·    Mandatory temperature checks prior to entering the tournament hall.

·    Venue facilities, tournament hall, and chess equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily.

·    Spectators and parents will not be allowed in the tournament hall.

·    One board per table, promoting social distancing.

·    Players are not required shake hands before or after games.

·    Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, and gloves will be placed throughout the tournament hall.

·    Masks are required - gloves and face shields are also recommended.

Spring Classic 1
Spring Classic 2
Spring Classic 3