Chess Rating – A Parent’s Complete Rating Guide (2021)

Chess rating, what is it? A Chess Rating is a number typically ranging from 400-2000+.  It is an estimate of a person’s tournament playing strength. You receive a rating after playing in a rated tournament once your name is entered into the database of players. The number will go up or down depending on how […]

Your 2020 Nationals Questions Answered

2020 Nationals What is Nationals? Nationals is an annual tournament where elementary chess players from around the country compete! Where will the 2020 Chess Nationals be held? Nashville, TN at the Opryland Hotel How do I know if Nationals is appropriate for my child and how can they qualify? Nationals is an ‘open championship’ meaning […]

Beginner’s Guide to State: What to Expect

Arrive Early! With over 1,100 competitors at State, roughly 5,000 people are expected. Parking can be especially challenging if you arrive late. If possible, come on Friday and visit the event to acquaint yourself with the layout. There is free parking in the parking structure next to the Tacoma dome and a free light rail […]

3 Ways to Achieve Your Best Results at State!

1.) Chess Skill Preparation  PRACTICE CHESS TACTICS AND PUZZLES We recommend approximately 15 minutes per day, 5 days a week. REVIEW PAST TOURNAMENT GAMES Review the last 20-30 tournament games to refresh on where the student could improve or WOULD improve if playing the same game again. PRACTICE ENDGAMES Spend at least 30 minutes reviewing/practicing basic […]