2020 Virginia Scholastic & College Chess Championships
Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- March 6-8, 2020
at Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology, Arlington, VA
Please do not contact the School for Tournament Details

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  • The weekend has three separate events ... you must register separately for each of them.  The "Main Event" is Saturday and Sunday, March 7th and 8th -- see below

  • 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, Feb 29th.  In other words, beginning Sunday March 1st and on-site, all Entry Fees increase, depending on the event you enter.  So, REGISTER AND PAY by February 29th to avoid the extra cost!

  • EVENT #1:  Friday Night, March 6th:  The BLITZ Tournament.  This is an optional (but very fun!!) event, the results have no impact on determining the 2020 Virginia Scholastic & College Champions.
    Register NOW for Blitz      See Who's Playing

    • 4 Rounds, depending on the number of entries we get.  Three Sections (K-5, K-12 and College).  Round 1 at 6:30 PM.  College Section will be cancelled or merged with K-12, if there are fewer than 5 players or if all 5 College players are from the same team.

    • The Early Entry Fee with your Registration is $20 per person.   The Early Payment Period ends at midnight on Saturday, Feb 29th.  Beginning Sunday, March 1st, the Blitz Entry Fee increases to $30.  The entry fee increases to $35 on-site at the tournament on Friday March 6th.

    • On-site Registration for Blitz opens at 5 PM and ends at 6 PM!!  Entries received after 6:00 should not expect to play in Round 1 and to 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.

    • We will be using the US Chess Federation's Scholastic Rules for Blitz.  Click here to read them.

    • Also, please read our detailed BLITZ RULES page.

    • For mail-in registration, see the bottom of this page.

    • Click here to see the Awards for Blitz.

  • EVENT #2:  THE MAIN EVENT:  Saturday & Sunday, March 7th and 8th
    This is the Virginia Scholastic & College Chess Championship Event
    Register Now for the Main Event      See who's Playing

    • 5 Rounds ... with 3 games on Saturday and 2 games on Sunday.  College plays only 4 rounds, all on Saturday.

    • Click here to see the detailed schedule for both days of the tournament.  Round 1 is at 9AM on Saturday;  Round 5 is at 8:30AM on Sunday morning.

    • Click here to read the RULES for the Main Event.

    • 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 Discounted (Early) Entry Fee for the main tournament is $50, and you can pay using PayPal when you Register online.  The Discounted Payment period ends at midnight on Saturday, February 29th.  Entry Fee increases to $65 beginning Sunday, March 1st.  On Friday March 6th, the on-site entry fee is $75 per player.

    • For mail-in registration, see the bottom of this page.

    • Notes

      1. $4.00 from every player's entry supports sending Virginia's representatives to the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, the National Girls Invitational Tournament, the Barber Tournament of Jr. High Champions, and the new Rockefeller Tournament of Elementary Champiions ... all in late July and early August 2020 during the U.S. Open in St. Louis, MO.

    SIMULTANEOUS EXHIBITION with 3-Time Virginia Champion FIDE Master Macon Shibut!!

    • Click Here to go to the Information Page about the "Simul" and to sign up to play ... or click the Simultaneous Exhibition button on the Menu.

  • EVENT #3:  Saturday & Sunday, March 7th and 8th"Parents & Friends" (P&F) Tournament.
    Register Now for P&F      See who's Playing

    • 4 Rounds of USCF-rated games.  Rounds 1-2 on Saturday, Rounds 3-4 on Sunday.

    • Click here to see the P&F Tournament'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 can play in the P&F event who would otherwise be eligible to compete in the Scholastic or College sections. 

    • USCF Membership is required to play.

    • Entry Fee is $25 if paid by midnight on Saturday Feb 29th, $35 starting Sunday March 1st and on site.  You can pay using PayPal when you Register online.

    • Prizes:  All prizes will be Gift Certificates to the Book Store.  Gift Certificates MAY NOT be exchanged for cash.

    • For mail-in registration, see the bottom of this page. 


    • On-Site Check-in & Registration opens at 5 PM on Friday March 6th at Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology

    • PLEASE do not arrive before 4:30PM or you will get caught up in the bus traffic departing the high school.

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

    • On-site Registration for BLITZ will close at 6 PM SHARP!!  Blitz Round 1 is at 6:30 PM.

  • Registration by U.S. Mail:  We encourage everyone to register on-line, but we do accept registration by US Mail for all events.  Please 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.  If you register on-line, you do not need to send in a registration by US Mail.

    • Your Mail-in Entry and payment(s) must be post-marked by Saturday, February 29, 2020 to ensure we get it.

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