2023 Virginia Scholastic & College Chess Championships
Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- March 24-26, 2023
Last updated Feb 16, 2023

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The weekend has three separate events: Blitz, the Main Tournament, and the Parents & Friends (P&F) side tournament.

  • Click this button Register Now!! to Register for the Main Tournament and/or the Blitz Tournament

    • Registration includes an option to Join the US Chess Federation or Renew your existing membership. US Chess Federation membership is REQUIRED for this tournament.

  • Click here to read the Official US Chess Announcements for the College and Scholastic (K-12) tournaments.
    VA College Championships  VA Scholastic Championships

  • EVENT #1: Friday Night, March 24th, the BLITZ Tournament.  This is an optional (but very fun!!) event, the results have no impact on determining the 2023 Virginia Scholastic & College Champions.

    • 4 or 5 Rounds, depending on the number of entries we get. 

    • Players compete in 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 $30 per person.  The Early Payment Period ends at midnight on Saturday, March 17th. Beginning Sunday, March 18th, the Blitz Entry Fee increases to $40 online at at the tournament on Friday March 24th.

    • On-site Registration for Blitz opens at 4 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.

    • Please read our detailed BLITZ RULES page.

    • Click here to see the Awards for Blitz.

  • EVENT #2: THE MAIN EVENT, Saturday & Sunday, March 25th and 26th
    This is the Virginia Scholastic & College Chess Championship Event

    • 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 9 Sections based on their grade in school. 

      • K-3 Championship and K-3 Under 600

      • K-5 Championship and K-5 Under 1000

      • K-8 Championship and K-8 Under 1200

      • K-12 Championship and K-12 Under 1400

      • College

    • Click here to see the Awards for the Main Event.

    • The Discounted (Early) Entry Fee for the main tournament is $60, and you can pay using PayPal when you Register online.  The Discounted Payment period ends at midnight on Saturday March 18th.  Entry Fee increases to $75 beginning Sunday March 19th. On Thursday March 23rd, the entry fee is $85 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.


    • 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 25th and 26th"Parents & Friends" (P&F) Tournament.

    • Click this button ... Register for P&F ... to register for the Parents & Friends tournament.

    • 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 $30 if paid by midnight on Saturday March 18th, $35 starting Sunday March 19th 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.


    • On-Site Check-in & Registration opens at 4 PM on Friday March 24th at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott

    • 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.

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