2016-2017 VA Scholastic & College Chess Championships
Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- March 10-12, 2017
at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach/Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center
5655 Greenwich Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
Please do not contact the Hotel for Tournament Details

Sponsored in part by the City of Virginia Beach

This Site was last updated on Monday, January 23, 2017

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  • The "Main Event" is Saturday and Sunday, March 11th and 12th -- see below -- but the fun starts on Friday evening with our optional Blitz and Bughouse tournaments.

  • There are FOUR TOURNAMENTS throughout the weekend ... it's a great weekend full of Chess for the scholastic and college players, AND Parents/Friends.

    • Friday Night -- 6PM until 9PM:  Blitz & Bughouse Championships!!  These are optional side events that have no impact on who are the K3, K5, K8 and K12 State Champions in the main tournament.

    • Saturday & Sunday:  The 6-Round State Scholastic & College Championships Main Event!!  College only plays 4 rounds, all on Saturday.

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


    • On-Site Check-in & Registration opens at 3 PM at the Hotel

    • Registration will remain open until 9PM, so teams and players who need to check in can do so.

    • On-site Blitz & Bughouse REGISTRATION closes at 5:15PM SHARP!!

  • 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 Monday, March 6th.  In other words, beginning Tuesday March 7th, all Entry Fees increase by $10 to $15, depending on the event you enter.  So, REGISTER AND PAY before March 7th to avoid the extra cost!!

  • The tournament has four separate events ... you must register separately for each tournament.

  • Friday Night, March 10th:  BLITZ & Bughouse Tournaments (you can only play in one of these two events, they occur at the same time)

    • Blitz:  4 or 5 Rounds, Three Sections (K-5, K-12 and College).  Round 1 at 6:00 PM.

    • Bughouse:  4 or 5 Rounds, TWO Sections (K-5 and K-12 only, no College Bughouse).  Round 1 at 6:00 PM

    • The Early Entry Fee with your Registration is $20 per person for Blitz or Bughouse.   The Early Payment Period ends at midnight on Monday, March 6th.  Beginning March 7th, the Entry Fee increases to $30.

    • The Entry Fee is $30 if you Register for either event after March 6th, or if you wait to Register at the tournament site.  REGISTER AND PAY BEFORE MARCH 7th to avoid the increased entry fee.

    • On-site Registration opens at 3 PM and ends at 5:15 PM!!  Entries received after 5:15 will be paired for Round 2.  Register early and avoid standing in line at the last minute!!

    • All players MUST BRING A CHESS CLOCK to play Blitz or Bughouse.

    • We will be using the US Chess Federation's Scholastic Rules for Blitz and Bughouse, which were updated in December 2015.

      • BLITZ Rules     BUGHOUSE Rules

    • Click here to see the Awards for Blitz & Bughouse.

    • Click below to register On-Line now or to see who already has signed up to play in the Friday Night Blitz or Bughouse Tournaments.  Online registration ends Friday, March 10th at 7 AM.

      • Register NOW for Blitz     See Who's Registered for Blitz

      • Register NOW for Bughouse     See Who's Registered for Bug
        Bughouse is a two-player team event. Before you register you must have a partner. Your partner does not have to be a school teammate.  Your partner must also fill out an entry form before your "team" will be shown online as a pre-registered Bughouse Team.


  • Saturday & Sunday, March 11th & 12th The State Scholastic & College Chess Championships.

    • 6 Rounds ... with 4 games on Saturday and 2 games are on Sunday.  College plays only 4 rounds, all on Saturday.

    • Click here to see the schedule for all 6 Rounds.  Round 1 is at 9AM on Saturday;  Round 5 is at 8:30AM on Sunday morning.

    • What happens if two or more players tie with a perfect 6.0 score?  In the K8 and K12 Sections, if two or more players tie for 1st Place with a perfect 6.0 score (e.g. they win all of their games), there will be a "Blitz Armageddon Playoff" at the conclusion of the tournament to decide who wins the 1st Place Trophy and who becomes the State's candidate to prestigious National-level tournaments in late July.  Click here to read more more about this Playoff.

    • All Players will be grouped into 5 Sections based on their grade in school (K-3, K-5, K-8, K-12, and College).  Click here to see the Awards for the Main Event.

    • The Early Entry Fee for the main tournament is $50, and you can pay using PayPal when you Register online.  The Early Payment period ends on March 6th at midnight

    • The Entry Fee increases to $65 beginning Tuesday, March 7th.

    • Note:  $3.00 from every player's entry supports sending Virginia's representatives to the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, the National Girls Invitational Tournament, and the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions ... all in late July and early August 2017 during the U.S. Open.  This year those events are being held in NORFOLK, VA.

    • Click below to register On-Line or to see who already has signed up to play.
      Register Now for the Main Event     See who's Playing in the Main Event

  • Also on Saturday & SundayA Parents & Friends (P&F) Tournament

    • 4 Rounds:  3 games on Saturday, 1 on Sunday morning.  Games start 30 minutes after the kids start playing in the Main Tournament.

    • Click here to see the P&F Tournamaent's rules and time schedule.

    • The P&F Tournament is for adults only (parents, coaches, family friends and other adult players), no scholastic or college players who would otherwise be eligible to compete in the Scholastic or College sections.  4 Rounds of USCF-rated games, with Rounds 1-3 on Sat. at G/45 time control, and Round 4 on Sun. at G/60.

    • USCF Membership is required to play.

    • Entry Fee is $25 in advance, $35 after March 6th and on site.  You can pay using PayPal when you Register online.  The early payment period ends at midnight on Monday, March 6th.  After March 6th, the Entry Fee increases to $35 ... even if you register online.

    • Prizes:  All prizes will be Gift Certificates to the Book Store.  You will not be allowed to exchange your Gift Certificate for cash.

    • Click below to register On-Line or to see who already has signed up to play.
      Register Now for P&F     See who's Playing P&F

  • If you prefer to register by US Mail for either or both tournaments, click here to download the Tournament Flyer and Mail-in Registration Form. The form you send is on page 2 of the 2-page flyer.

    • Your Mail-in Entry and payment(s) must be post-marked by Monday, March 6th to ensure we get it.

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

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