A US Chess online rated option for all K-12 students. 20 custom awards each event. Additional awards may be added!

Published Dates:

Saturday, December 5, 2020

All Tournaments Begin at 12:00pm Eastern / 9:00am Pacific and should end before 4:00pm EDT


  • This is a completely open scholastic tournament – K-12 players from any state or country may play

  • 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.

  • US Chess membership required


  • 4 round Swiss tournament based on the higher of US Chess regular and US Chess online regular ratings

  • 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 tournament is US Chess online regular rated – brand new USCF online rating system

Round Times:

Eastern Time





Please by on time to every round. If students have not started games within 5 minutes, they will be marked as a no-show.

Free Game Analysis from 12:30pm-2:00pm

Analysis provided by CCCSA Staff

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Time Control:

G/25 Minutes; Increment 5 seconds

Each player receives 25 minutes plus a 5 second bonus each move to complete each game. 



Under 1200 (Players with US Chess ratings below 1200)

Under 600 (Players with US Chess ratings below 600 or unrated players)

For students rated above 1200 and adult players, see our new "Fair Play Open


Can't make it to all of the rounds? You may take a (2) half point byes in any round

1/2 point byes must be requested before the the tournaments starts.

Byes allow a player to skip a round they can not otherwise attend.


New - Top 3 in Each Section

Invitation to CCCSA Monthly Super Scholastic (OTB)

Custom Engraved Medals to the Top 10 in Each Section

  • Name of Event

  • Student Name

  • Date of Event

Custom medals will be mailed to winners.

Standard US Chess tiebreak rules apply for prizes.


Entry Fee:

$25.00 by the Tuesday prior to the event

$30.00 by the Thursday prior to the event

$40.00 after Thursday

10% Discount to CCCSA Members

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The CCCSA, along with the help of online chess servers' fair-play algorithm, has reported and banned over 75 player accounts in our online tournaments. Please read these conditions carefully.


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

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

  • These are US Chess online rated tournaments.  Players found to be using outside assistance will be reported to US Chess and restricted from future Charlotte Chess Center events.

  • Parents are asked to “check in” on their children to ensure fair play

  • Players found or believed to be using outside assistance will be ineligible for a prize and qualifying spot.

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

  • Tournament staff may expel a player from the tournament, make a player ineligible for a prize, or adjust the standings, prizes, qualifier spots, 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 are final and are not appealable.

2020 by Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy Inc.