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US Chess Rated Event -  Grades K-12 - Hosted on Lichess.org


April 3, 2021


  • All players must have a lichess account – all lichess accounts are free .

  • Players must play from a computer (desktop or laptop). Tablets and cell phones not permitted.

  • All games US Chess Online Regular Rated, US Chess membership required.


  • All sections – 6 round swiss tournament based on the higher of April 2021 US Chess Regular OTB rating and Online Regular rating.

  • Time control for all sections – G/25, inc/5: 25 minutes, plus a 5 second increment.

  • Open to all K-12 players.



  • K-1 Championship

  • K-3 Championship

  • K-5 Championship

  • K-8 Championship

  • K-12 Championship


Play Schedule (EDT):

​K-1, K-3 and K-5 Championship

10:30am, 11:45am, 1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 4:45pm

K-8 and K-12 Championship

11:00am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm, 2:45pm, 4:00pm, 5:15pm

Time Control:

G/25, Increment 5

Each player receives 25 minutes in addition to a 5 second bonus every move.


You may request up to three half point byes before the tournament.  Any changes once the tournament begins will count as 0 point byes.

Byes should only be requested for rounds that the student is unable to attend.

Medals and Plaques:

Plaques to Top 10 Players in Each Section

Plaques to Top 3 Teams in Each Section

Medals to 11th-20th Place in Each Section


US Chess Standard Tiebreaks Used for All Prizes

All prizes mailed to your home or school


Chessable Prizes:

K-12 Championship

1st - 2nd place -  Art of Attack w/ video by Everyman Chess and GM Simon Williams  
3rd - 5th place -  100 Endgames You Must Know (MoveTrainer only)  

K-8 Championship

​1st - 2nd place -  Checkmate Patterns Manual w/Video by Crafty Raf and IM John Bartholomew   
3rd - 5th place -  1001 Chess Exercises for Club Players   

K-5 Championship

​1st - 2nd place - Winning Chess Strategies (with video) by Everyman Chess and GM Yasser Seirawan
3rd - 5th place -  Checkmate Patterns Manual (no video) by Crafty Raf and IM John Bartholomew

K-3 Championship

​1st - 2nd place -  Winning Chess Tactics (with video) by Everyman Chess and Yasser Seirawan
3rd - 5th place -  Chess Endgames for Kids by GAMBIT

K-1 Championship

​1st - 2nd place -  Chess Tactics for Kids by GAMBIT
3rd - 5th place -  Chess Strategy for Kids by GAMBIT

US Chess Standard Tiebreaks Used for All Prizes



Entry Fees:

$40.00 by March 23, 2021 

$50.00 by March 30, 2021

$60.00 after March 30, 2021

Refunds: All withdrawals must be requested by March 4, 2021 and are subject to a $5 transaction fee. No refunds after March 4, 2021



Pairing System:

  • Standard US Chess pairing system will be used. Accelerated Pairings May Be Used If Needed

  • Pairings will be uploaded to Chessstream and players can join their game at the right time with just one click!

    • This is a custom program integrated with lichess directly. The CCCSA has hosted over 50 high profile events with this system.

Tournament Rules:

  • Team rules – minimum 2 players from the same school in the same section.  Top 4 scores used.

    • Teammate pairings will be avoided as long as legally possible

  • The higher of a player’s US Chess regular and US Chess online regular ratings (April 2021 supplement). 

  • Players should be on time to every round.  Clocks will be started shortly after the scheduled round time.

  • This tournament is played on lichess.org (all accounts are free). 

    • Lichess built-in rules are used, and players should familiarize themselves with the lichess platform and settings.

Zoom Requirements:

  • For every round, players on the top 10 boards of K-5 Championship, K-8 Championship, and  K-12 Championship sections are required to join Zoom, preferably with a side or rear angle showing the computer screen and playing area (see image below).

  • Players in K-1 and K-3 sections are not required to Zoom unless requested to by tournament staff.


This event treats fair play very seriously.  Parents and players should read these conditions carefully to ensure a fair and enjoyable tournament for all.


Our principal goal with online events is to ensure a fair and enjoyable experience for all.

  • By registering and playing, players agree not to use outside assistance of any kind.

  • This is a US Chess online rated tournament and state championship event.  Players found to be using outside assistance will be reported to US Chess and restricted from future online events.

  • Parents are asked to “check in” on their children during the tournament to ensure fair play.

  • Players are only permitted to use their playing computer during the game.  Playing from a tablet or phone is not recommended.

  • Players may not use a physical board or anything else during their games. 

  • Players found or believed to be using outside assistance will be ineligible for any prize and will be removed from the tournament.

  • All games will be reviewed by lichess and tournament staff during and after the event.

  • Tournament staff may expel a player from the tournament, make a player ineligible for a prize, or adjust the standings, prizes, or USCF rating report, even if lichess does not close the account.

  • Players may not listen to music, wear headphones, or have another electronic device near them while playing.

  • We will remove cheaters from the tournament during and/or after the tournament and adjust tournament results and standings accordingly.

  • All fair play adjustments made by tournament staff or lichess are final and are not appealable.