Official K-12 State Championship of North Carolina

Over 150 Prizes and Awards

State Qualifier for Rockefeller, Barber and Denker National Invitational Tournaments



March 5-7, 2021


  • Only scholastic (K-12) players from North Carolina are permitted to 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.

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

We recommend that students play in the upcoming Online K-12 Championship or Online Charlotte Open. These events are also US Chess rated and use the same system that will be used for this state level event. Students and parents will be more familiar with the system after using it once, making for a smooth online state event!


  • Blitz Tournament: March 5

  • K-1 Section: 1-day only, March 6

  • All other sections: 2-days, March 6 - 7



  • K-1 Championship

  • K-3 Championship

  • K-5 Championship

  • K-8 Championship

  • K-8 Under 1200

  • K-12 Championship

  • K-12 Under 1500


Playing Schedule (EST):

​K-1 Championship

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

​K-3 and K-5 Championship

Saturday: 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

All K-8 and K-12 Sections

Saturday: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm

Sunday: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm

Time Controls:

K-1 Championship

G/25, Increment 5

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

All Other Sections

G/40, Increment 5

Each player receives 40 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.


K-1, All K-8 and K-12 Sections

Plaques to top 10 individuals

Plaques to top 3 teams

Medals to places 11-20

K-3 and K-5 Championship Sections

Plaques to top 15 individuals

Plaques to top 5 teams

Medals to places 16-25

All prizes mailed to your home or school

Blitz Tournament:

  • Friday March 5, 2021

  • 8 round G/5 swiss in 2 sections: K-12 and K-6.

  • US Chess Online blitz rated. Rounds Friday 6pm, 6:15pm, 6:30pm, 6:45pm, 7pm, 7:15pm, 7:30pm, 7:45pm, tournament ends by 8pm.

  • Plaques to top 5 individuals and top team per section.

  • Medals to 6th-10th place in each section.


Entry Fees:

Main Event

$49.00 by February 15, 2021 (recently extended)

$59.00 by February 22, 2021

$69.00 by March 1, 2021

$80.00 after March 1, 2021 (entry closes 2 hours before round 1)

Blitz Event

$20.00 by March 1, 2021

$30.00 after March 1, 2021 (entry closes 2 hours before round 1)

K-1 re-entry to K-3

$20.00 anytime before March 7, 2021

K-1 players may re-enter into the K-3 on sunday with 1/3 of their score

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!

Tournament Rules:

  • Players must attend school in North Carolina and have NC as their USCF state to be eligible to compete.

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

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

    • In some cases, the TD may assign a different rating for any player.

  • USCF standard tiebreaks are used for all prizes except for the national qualifying spots.

  • Tiebreak format for national qualifiers:

    • Playoff between the top 2 players on tiebreaks. Pairs of blitz games until there is a winner.​

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

  • This tournament is played on (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, K-8 U1200, K-8 Championship, K-12 U1500, 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 is endorsed by the North Carolina Chess Association

The Charlotte Chess Center in cooperation with and Chessstream have conducted over 50 online events using a system which keeps the pairings and format of tournaments familiar. Individual and team prizes will be awarded, more details below.



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.