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

Over 100 Players Participated in the January Championship!


Published Dates:

Saturday, February 27, 2021

New Start Time

All Tournaments Begin at 12:30pm Eastern / 9:30am 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 

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 1:00pm-2:30pm

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. 


Sections (NEW):

Under 1200

Under 800

Under 400 (Players with US Chess ratings below 400 or unrated players)

For students rated above 1200 and adult players, see our new "Online Charlotte Open - February


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.


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.

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