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2019-2020 VA Scholastic & College Chess Championships

Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- March 6-8, 2020
at Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology -- 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA
Please do not contact the School for Tournament Details

Event Schedule


Main Event Rules

Blitz Rules

Parents & Friends

Simultaneous Exhibition

Trophies & Prizes

Team Rooms


Shirts & Equipment

Volunteers Needed!!

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  • This is the HOME PAGE for the 2019-20 Virginia Scholastic & College Chess Championships

  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:  Virus Update

  • PARKINGClick here to see a map of parking areas around TJ High School.

  • TO REGISTER ... select the "Registration" button on the left, or CLICK HERE.

  • Already REGISTERED, BUT NEED TO PAY??  Click Here to go directly to our PayPal payment site.  Regardless of when you Register, the Advance/Early Entry Fee for all events ends at midnight on Saturday, February 29, 2020.  In other words, beginning Sunday March 1st, all Entry Fees increase, depending on the event you enter.  So, REGISTER AND PAY by Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 to avoid the extra cost!

  • NOTE:  The Main Tournament has 5 Rounds, Blitz will have 4 rounds. 

  • There are 2 Sections within each Grade-group.

    • K-3 Championship & K-3 Under 600.  The K-3 Under 600 Section is for players rated 599 and below, including Unrated players.

    • K-5 Championship & K-5 Under 1000.  K-5 Under 1000 is for players rated 999 and below, including Unrated players.

    • K-8 Championship & K-8 Under 1200.  K-8 Under 1200 is for players rated 1199 and below, including Unrated players.

    • K-12 Championship & K-12 Under 1400.  K-12 Under 1400 is for players rated 1399 and below, including Unrated players.

  • Unrated Players can play in the Championship or Under sections within their grade group.  ALSO, players are not "required" to play in the Under Sections based on their ratings.  In other words, parents, players and coaches may form a team in one of the Championship Sections that contains players who would otherwise be eligible to play in one of the "Under" sections.  For instance, just because an 11th Grade player is rated 1350 does NOT mean s/he has to play in the K12 Under 1400 Section.  That player may play with his/her teammates in the Championship Section. 

  • AM I ELIGIBLE TO PLAY IN THIS TOURNAMENT?  See the Frequently Asked Questions ... Click Here.

  • WE WILL USE THE FEBRUARY 2020 US Chess Rating Supplement, which allows parents, players and coaches to form and stabilize their teams well before the tournament.  The February Rating Supplement will be on line with US Chess starting on/about Thursday, January 16th.  If you are not sure how to look-up a player's rating, contact us here.

  • Use the menu buttons on the left to:

    1. Understand the Event Schedule and download this handy Daily Schedule.

    2. Guide you through the event registration process, including the option to enter the Simultaneous Exhibition with 3-time Virginia Champion FM Macon Shibut!

    3. Help you understand Tournament Rules for the Main Event, Blitz and the Parents & Friends tournament.

    4. See the list of Awards

    5. Reserve a Team Room

    6. Reserve your Hotel Room at one of our Event properties

    7. Ensure your US Chess Membership is up-to-date

    8. Preview the products that our Vendors will be selling on site

    9. Volunteer to help us during the tournament

    10. See our Frequently Asked Questions about Player and Section Eligibility.

  • Please note that when you register, the tournament has three separate events ... and you must register separately for each of them. 

    • Friday Night -- 6:30PM until 8:30-ish:  Blitz Championships -- 4 rounds.  This is an optional side event that has no impact on the standings in any sections of the main tournament on Saturday and Sunday. 

    • Saturday & Sunday:  The 5-Round State Scholastic & College Championships Main Event!!  College plays 4 rounds only, all on Saturday.

    • Also on Saturday and Sunday:  A 4-Round side-tournament for Parents & Friends!

If you need information sooner, please contact Mike Hoffpauir by email to mhoffpauir@aol.com, or call Mike at 757-846-4805.