Blitz will be played using
in all sections. It's just like Regular chess, except a
valid claim of an Illegal Move is an instant win for the claimant.
If the players discover their board was incorrectly set up, and both
players have made 4 or fewer moves, then the players may re-start
that game unless Checkmate occurs on or before move 4. After each
player has completed their 4th move, if an illegal position is
created or an illegal move made without the opponent making a claim,
the position stands and a claim not allowed when the opponent has
determined the next move (e.g. has released their piece on its
CLICK HERE to see the
Scholastic Blitz Rules. One "round" of Blitz is two games, you
play one game with each color. Exception: All
Players will be paired using their US CHESS REGULAR
CHESS RATING, not their Blitz Rating.
You need a CHESS CLOCK
to play Blitz!!
Every Blitz game MUST
have a chess clock at the board.
Register Online for
Blitz, select the REGISTRATION TAB on the left or click the link
below. The Entry Fee for Blitz is $20 if you register and pay
by midnight on Saturday, February 29th,
2020. Starting on Sunday March 1st
the entry fee increases to $30. On Friday March 6th, the Entry
Fee for on-site registration is $35.
If you prefer to Register
click here, the
Mail-in Registration Form is on Page 2
of the document you will open. Please put your registration in the
mail by Saturday, February
29, 2020 to ensure we receive it on time!!
ALL BLITZ GAMES WILL BE PLAYED
ON FRIDAY EVENING.
Round 1 is at 6:30 PM
SHARP, follow-on Rounds will start 10-15 minutes after the
previous round ends. Blitz should be done between 8:30 and 9PM
ANY Scholastic or Collegiate player can play in
the Blitz event. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A RESIDENT OF
VIRGINIA to play. All other eligibility requirements (except
for VA residency) apply to the Blitz tournament as given in the
Main Event Rules.
Players not registered and paid for Blitz
by 6 PM Friday
not be paired for Round 1 of the Blitz tournament.
Players who arrive too late to enter by 6PM can still enter for
Blitz Awards will be handed out Saturday
10 minutes before the start of Rounds 2 and 3. The
following awards will be distributed for Blitz:
1st-8th Individuals and
1st-5th Teams in the K-5 and K-12 Blitz Sections.
1st and 2nd Individual and
Teams in the College Blitz Section.
Blitz is an Individual Event with team points calculated as described on
Main Event Rules page.
For Blitz, teams are formed in the same manner as for the main
event ... but only the
TOP 3 PLAYERS points count toward the Team
Blitz is played in 3 Sections: K-5 and K-12,
and College. K-5 players can "play-up" into the K-12 Section, but
no Scholastic player may enter the College Section.
If the College
Blitz Section has fewer than 5 players, or if all 5 players are from
two or fewer teams, then the College Section will be combined into the
High School Section ... but College awards will be kept separate
from the K-12 awards.
We will play
of chess in Blitz.
Time Control is
Game-in-5 minutes, with NO TIME DELAY.
Players play two games each round,
one game as White and one game as Black.
You may not request a Bye, although a Bye will be assigned by the computer if the
section has an Odd Number of players.
For other Blitz rules,
CLICK HERE to see the
US Chess Scholastic Blitz Rules.
Chess Sets and Boards
will be provided at
YOU MUST HAVE A
DIGITAL CHESS CLOCK TO PLAY BLITZ!! We do not have enough clocks
to loan them out for the tournament.
in Blitz. Aren't you glad!