Need help at the K-12 National Grade Championships this weekend

After finding out about our work with on our QUEEN’S CUP CHALLENGE- our all girls/women event (and a few key cancellations), US Chess Women’s Committee Chair has asked JAXCC to support the 2017 Girl’s Room at Nationals this Friday-Sunday.  I accepted on our behalf.
The room is for girls, their parents, coaches and family to stop by and play relax, analyze games, paint nails and socialize between games. 
We will get to spend time with two excellent chess players who will be in the room to support girls – Women’s International Master (WIM) Carolina Blanco & the current U.S. Champion Sabina Foisor, a Womens Grandmaster (WGM). Be right there as the analyze games or teach the people in the room over the 3 days. Few people get this kind of access, especially to the current US Champion. 

We’re asking for people who will volunteer one or two rounds  coverage in the Girls Club Room on Saturday or Sunday.  Friday is filled already.  We also need people to rotate coverage at the Women’s Chess table near’s table. 
Please send a response if you are open to donating a round or two to help on the biggest stage ever.

Two Events on December 2nd!

We’re closing out the year with a bang! Location: San Jose Church of Christ (small chapel) 6233 San Jose Blvd, JAX, FL

Registration for both at 

MORNING EVENT: Final Scholastic Event: 4 Rounds G/30 in two sections.  8:30 check in. 9am Round 1. E.F. $20. K-5 U600 & K-12 Open. Details link. Registration link.

NOON EVENT: Merry Blitzmas! G/5 Blitz rated event. 8 double rounds. Noon check in. 12:30 pm Round 1. E.F. $25. Details link. Registration link.  

THIS Saturday! Register now at

Current Registration numbers as of 11/9 @ 2pm:
48 Players...
OPEN Section:3  U1500 Section:17   U800 Section:28


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sponsored by JAXCC-The jacksonville Chess Club, INC          

52nd Annual JAX City Championship register at 

Location: Wyndham Garden Inn 4660 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville 32256. Hotel stay is only $79 per night. code: JAXChess ask for Carmelita

3 Sections: OPEN, U1500 & Scholastic U800

Entry Fee(s): $40 for OPEN & Reserved U1500  / $25 Scholastic Section 

Walk-up day of event Entry Fee: +$10 Walk-up add-on fee

JAXCC Members use appropriate discount links for standard $5 off.

Scholastic only section use “VIEW AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS” link for $15 off regular price for players in grades K-12 in that section only.

Rounds: 5 Rounds OPEN & Reserved (U1500) (2 byes allowed) / 4 rounds for the scholastic only section. 

Time Control:  Top two sections: G/45;d5. Dual rated (Regular & Quick) / G/30;d5 for scholastic

USCF Rated Event: All players must have a current US Chess ID. Can renew/join on site. Bring own chess sets and clocks.

Registration closes at 9:40. Round 1 starts at 10 am for all sections.

SCHOLASTIC ONLY for Players U800 to Unrated SECTION only: 4 Rounds of G/30;d5. Trophies for Top 3 finishers. Round 1 starts at 10 am. Entry Fee is $25 – use discount code. Event will end around 2 pm for the scholastic section.


Tournament Director: Kevin Pryor, USCF Certified Local TD

Email  with any questions. Call 904-607-9111

Greenwood Scholastic Event this Saturday

Scholastic Beginner? Non-USCF, but want to play in a tournament? Your school has a chess club or team? Come to the 3rd Annual Greenwood tournament for school teams and individuals. This is the largest non-rated event in Jacksonville. All scholastic players welcome. No USCF membership required. Last year this event had over 50 players – 1st time tournament players welcome. Seasoned players are encouraged to play too. EF $20 Registration online only!!! Closes Nov 1. No registration at the door. No exceptions!! All entries must be prepaid. PIZZA LUNCH WILL BE SERVED TO ALL PLAYERS. AGAIN…NO WALK-UPS ALLOWED.

3rd Annual Greenwood Invitational Non-USCF rated tournament


2017 JAX City Championship registration is open

52nd JAX City Championship registration is now open at 
Saturday, November 11th
New Location: Wyndham Garden Inn 4460 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville 32256. Hotel stay is only $79 per night. code: JAXChess ask for Carmelita
3 Sections: OPEN, U1500 & Scholastic U800
Entry Fee: $40 for OPEN & U1500  / $25 Scholastic Section 
JAXCC member discount available. +$10 Walk-up fee
Single Event Registration for one adult player is $40 online & $25 for Scholastic Section. JAXCC Members use appropriate discount links for standard $5 off. Scholastic section use “VIEW AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS” link for $10 off for players in grades K-12. Fall Chess Development Program students contact Coach Kevin for registration. 
Rounds: 5 Rounds (2 byes allowed)
Time Control:  G/45. Dual rated (Regular & Quick)
USCF Rated Event: All players must have a current US Chess ID. Can renew/join on site
Registration closes at 9:40. Round 1 starts at 10 am. 
SCHOLASTIC ONLY for Players U800 to Unrated SECTION only: 4 Rounds of G/30;d5. Trophies for Top 3 finishers.
Email  with any questions. 

National Chess Day Scholastic Tournament & Bughouse Event

Scholastic Parents, members and friends:

US Chess has declared Oct. 14th as National Chess Day and we’re joining with to present a festival of chess activity at MOSH. This unique event will be the first of what we hope to be an annual event to build upon every year. 

Please read about the two events below. There will also be an exhibition of chess sets and other exciting chess activities for kids. The entry fee includes full access to Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History for all players. THIS IS A USCF RATED EVENT and all tournament players must have USCF ID. Free NATION CHESS DAY FESTIVAL  t-shirt to all tournament players. 

Bughouse Event listed below. Registration is for teams of two. Make sure to name your team

2017 National Chess Day Tournament

Who: K-12 students

When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 10:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WhereMuseum of Science and History (MOSH)

1025 Museum Circle., Jacksonville, FL 32207

Entry FeeMail-in $30.00/student or $31.00 at PayPal

Prizes: Individual / Team trophies: grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

♦ Participants compete only with students in their

section and ALL participants receive a Chess Festival T-Shirt.

DeadlineTuesday, October 10, 2017 (to receive t-shirt)

(1) Mail registration form (available at )

and entry fee (check* or money order) to:, 4446 Hendricks Ave. #141, Jax, Fl 32207

( * checks payable to ‘ ’.) 

Bughouse Chess Tournament

K – 12th grade students. Four divisions:

K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 (we reserve the right to combine)

Teams consist of two players each.

Trophies for top 3 teams in each section

When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 3:00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Where: Museum of Science and History  1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Note:  Parent/Adult accompanying student must pay admission to Museum ($12.50).  There is no museum fee for the student.

Format:             4-Rd Swiss (ALL play 4 games) G/5(10 minutes total)

Per Player Entry Fee:       Mail-in $25.00 or $26.00 via Pay Pal

Registration:    Online at 

State Championship this weekend – in JAX!!

Jacksonville, FL, August 28- the Arnold Denker Florida State Chess Championship to be held September 1-4, 2017 at the Jacksonville Marriott. The 3-day main event expects to draw over 170 players competing for $10,000 in prizes. Players from as far away as Canada and Uganda are already committed to play in the three-day main event; a 
one-day scholastic tournament will be held on Sunday September 3.  The Jacksonville event has targeted strong student participation because participation in Chess is associated with critical measures of student educational success and achievement.
The Florida Chess Association sponsors this annual event, but Creating Higher Educational Success in Schools is the organizer of this year’s tournament with Steve Lampkin acting as Chief tournament director assisted by the president of the Jacksonville chess club Kevin Pryor. A Jacksonville native and president of the Florida Chess Association William Bowman states, “I am excited that the tournament returns to my hometown after such a long absence.”
Many school districts across the country are using chess as a valuable educational tool. The North Tonawanda, NY school district has seen students’ critical thinking, reading, and problem-solving skills improve since implementing a chess program. Currently the Orange County Public Schools have a chess program in 129 of their schools with plans on expanding into all 188 of their schools within the next 2 years. 
For more information, contact Stephen Lampkin at Creating Higher Educational Success in Schools at 386-682-9527 or

North Florida Open Chess Tournament

 Saturday, July 15th & Sunday, July 16th

A USCF rated 2 DAY (SAT/SUN) tournament that is open to everyone with non-expired USCF ID#.

2-Day Event 3 Sections:  Open,  U1550,  U900  sections. Players can play up one level only

1-Day Event for Scholastic (K-12) only. 

Prizes:  $2,000 (60% guaranteed) b/o 60 (paid entries). Trophies to all section winners. Scholastic section: trophies to top 3. Unrated player payout limited to section winner prizes in top 2 sections and $50 in U900 section. 

5SS (5 rounds of games) 1st Round G/90;d5 all other rounds are G/120;d5

Entry Fees:  $60  until July 14th @11pm. Walk-up (cash/check only) $70.   Scholastic only section players in grades K-12 entries are 50% of above pricing – use discount code.  JAXCC member discount available both online and walk-up registrations. GM/IM/FM free entry with email confirmation before July 1st. with $50 withheld from cash payout.

Registration: 9:00 to 9:30 am.  ONSITE Cash or check only accepted the morning of the event  or  Online Registration click here is currently open until Friday 11 pm, July 14th.  Expired USCF registration can be renewed on site by check or cash. NO CREDIT CARDS accepted onsite. LATE PLAYERS will be issued zero point bye and paired in the 2nd round. USCF membership required (we can assist you with a new membership or you need to renew on-site). 

BYEs: 1/2 point bye available (limit 2) for registered players, must commit before Rd 2. Non-registered late arrivals will be given 0 point byes for missed rounds. No admissions after round 2. Want to skip Sunday games and just play on Saturday? Select 4th & 5th round byes during registration. You’ll gain 1/2 point X 2 games toward your final score and play just one day. 

Time: Registration 9:00 am – 9:30 am Late arrivals will be paired in the 2nd round. No exceptions. 
Rounds 2-day schedule: Saturday 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 6:30 pm. (min breaks between Rds.) Sunday: 10am & 2:30pm
Bring own sets and clocks.

Rounds 1-day (Scholastic Saturday only) : 10:00 am, 11:00 am, Noon, Break, 1:30 & 2:30.   3:30 Awards ceremony. 

Ramada Hotel Information: Discounted rate for Chess Tournament guests. (904)737-1700 for reservations. Free WIFI, outdoor pool, fitness center, restaurant. Rooms include refrigerator and microwave included. Nightly rate: $59+tax.

Questions/Comments email

Location: Ramada Inn 9150 Baymeadows Road, JAX 32256

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