Nationals is an annual tournament where elementary chess players from around the country compete!
Nashville, TN at the Opryland Hotel
Nationals is an ‘open championship’ meaning that there are no qualification requirements. Every participant simply must have a USCF membership. There are sections for all rating levels, from unrated through ‘open championship’ sections. We recommend that if a student enjoys competing in tournaments already, then attending nationals can be an amazing experience!
Yes! Chess4Life will be training and traveling with a team of students this year. Note that the awards at nationals are for individual and SCHOOL team achievement, not a club team; however, the Chess4Life group will be coached and receive the “Chess4Life experience” involving special prep, team shirt, and the ‘one-of-a-kind’ Chess4Life coaching experience.
Nationals is a ‘pinnacle’ type event that inspires chess students to focus on growth and improvement. The life lessons that can be learned by attending nationals with Chess4Life include dedication, planning, developing healthy habits, teamwork as we celebrate success and encourage each other through losses, and perseverance as they see that each game presents the opportunity to Win, Draw, or Learn!
While the below are not requirements, students that commit to this level of training enter nationals with much more confidence and typically perform better than those who do not set aside time to regularly train & practice.
Ideal prep includes:
Chess4Life is providing Nationals Training on Saturdays starting in mid January, running until May. These classes will run from 3:45-7:00 PM.
Classes will include tactics, specific training on key concepts, worksheets, tournament-styled games, and post-game analysis.
Any student who displays an eagerness to learn and a willingness to invest time and effort into improving is welcome to join the team. We do recommend that participants have a chess rating of 1000+.
Each participant will be responsible for booking their own flights and hotel rooms. For optimal convenience and closet proximity to the tournament and team, we recommend staying on site at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.
Further information about accommodation can be found here: http://www.uschess.org/tournaments/2018/elem/