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Combined Event: City Championship & Scholastic Event #2

On Saturday November 7th, JAXCC will host a double event at the University of North Florida. Two U.S.C.F. sanctioned events – Same Day!

2015 City Championship: Our annual 5 round event that now boasts over $400 in prize money and our first champion’s trophy to the winner. DSC_0020This is an open event that is expected to draw over 20 adult players in two sections OPEN & U1500. Click here for more details. 



2015 JAXCC Fall Scholastic Series #2 of 3 for all youths K – 12. A 4 round event that is also being held in the Student Union building, this is the second of our new scholastic level competition program. Trophies to kids who place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their section. Participations medals for kids who attend two events. DSC_0306Grand Prix style points qualification towards series recognitions. There is also a section for beginners who do not want to play in the rated
sections. Click here for more details. Our last event was our first and it drew 20 scholastic players. Come out and be a part of fun.

Registrations will be accepted the day of the event on site or skip the line and pre-register online at Either way you’ll be in the action when Round 1 begins.

Email us with any questions.

Next Event – City Championship

JAX City Championship

November 7 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

| $35

A USCF rated tournament that is open to everyone. It our third scheduled major event of the calendar year.

2 Sections:  Champions section & U1500 section

5SS (rounds of gamesG/45min + d5sec (each player has 45 minutes plus a 5 sec delay)

EF: $35 .  Members receive discounted price  $5 off for regular level.

Registration:  ONSITE Cash or check only accepted the morning of the event  or  Online RegistrationOpens in a new window is currently open.  Use PayPal or any Major Credit Card until November 6, 2015 @ 11pm via Chess Register website. Expired USCF registration can be renewed via Chess Register. NO CREDIT CARDS accepted onsite.

USCF membership required (we will assist you with a new membership or you need to renew on-site).

Prizes: Over $400 Prizes (b/20 players) for top two in each section and cash prizes for best players U1800, U1600 & U1300. NEW: Champions Trophy to overall winner. 
Time: Registration 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Rds: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:45 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:15 pm. (15min break between Rds.)
Lunch: 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Ends: 8:00 pm 
Bring own sets and clocks. None provided. Wheelchair accessible.
BYE: 1/2 point bye available (limit 2) any round, must commit before Rd 2. Late arrivals will be given 1/2 point byes for missed rounds (up to and including round 2). USCF ANTD Stephen Lampkin, Chief TD.  
Questions/Comments email

Chess Tournament this Saturday, OCT 17th

2015 City Championship Warm-up

NOTE: LOCATION is San Jose Church of Christ for warm-up event only. UNF for City Championship on November 7th. Please make note of the two venues.

October 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | $20 – $25

This is a scaled down version with cash payouts and FOUR rounds. This tournament is open to all players (adults and youth).

Entry Fee: $25 General ; $20 JAXCC Members

Online Registration

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is available using PayPal/Major Credit Cards until 10/16/15 @ 11pm via Chess Register website.

Expired USCF registration can be renewed via Chess Register. 

4SS USCF-rated. Must have USCF membership (may renew/join on-site). Prizes based on 20 full entries. Please bring clocks and sets. None provided.

Sections: Open and Reserve U1500

Event Organizer: Kevin Pryor 

Location: San Jose Church of Christ on 6233 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville Florida. 

Registration: 09:00am – 9:30 am 

TC: G/45 mins + 5sec delay (G/45;d5)

Rounds: 9:45, 11:30, (Break 1:00-1:30), 1:30, 3:15  – Awards @ 4:30pm

Prizes: $225 (b/o 15 entries) :  Open 1st – $100, 2nd – $50, U1800 – $25, U1500: 1st $25, U1000: $25

Contact Jacksonville Chess Club

Final Player Preparations

Final Player Preparations

Players Checklist for tomorrow:

1. Registration with USCF and USCF ID# (we can register on site, but you can avoid the wait by going to the and paying online now. Make sure to print a copy of the temporary card. Bring it tomorrow. Players without a USCF ID# or not paying for USCF membership will be paired in the non-rated section. 

2. Completed EVENT Registration form with selection of 1, 2, or 3 events for the series. Pay for your entry. Check or cash will be accepted only. No credit cards. Remember savings build in for all three. Jacksonville-Chess-Club-Scholastic-Series

3. Bring your own chess set, board and pieces to the event. None will be provided. We will have some scoresheets only. MARK YOUR PIECES and Clock.Sets get confused and without names or initials on bottom of pieces or boldly written on clocks, confusion sets in when time to pack up after each game. MARK YOUR PIECES. You’ll thank us later.

4. Set your chess clock tonight! There are several kinds of clocks and few people are experts at setting more than one type. KNOW YOUR CLOCK. PRACTICE SETTING IT TONIGHT! Time control is G/30:d5. Stated as Game in 30 with a 5 second delay. Means each player has 30 minutes on their clock face. You have to program the clock to  something like this IMG_2023 Both sides having 30 minutes. NOW the 5 second delay— this is a feature that makes the clock wait for 5 seconds BEFORE officially counting down a players time. It allows players a chance to write their move without the clock impacting their time. IT MUST BE SET by reading the instruction manual for your clock.

4. Make plans for bringing or providing lunch for your player. The event will last until around 3 or 4 pm. No food or drink is provided.

5. Join the Jacksonville Chess Club to support chess in North Florida. We have worked to bring the club back and we have a long way to go. Take advantage of the built in savings on events for club members. We want you on our team. Youth membership is $10/year, $20 for adults, and $35 for families. The membership pays for itself.

6. Make plans to arrive early. There will be lines of people registering. We need to get that done before starting round 1. Location 6233 San Jose Blvd. San Jose Church of Christ. Family Life Center is on the right facing the street.


Scholastic Tournament Saturday is almost upon us!

Area schools, players, chess clubs and teams

All are invited to play in the first area-wide USCF scholastic chess tournament in Jacksonville in almost a decade. 

Part of our mission is to expand chess in North Florida and we are a breath away from seeing this happen. We’re excited and interest is growing quickly. Our website alone received almost 100 visits and the scholastic page drew a large portion of the hits. We have also reached out to Principals in Duval and Clay this week as well as connections with home schoolers network. We fully expect to see more players as our series continues.

New to youth chess tournaments?

Here is a great article on USCF (the official sanctioning body for chess our country) tournaments and what every parent/player should know about them Parent’s Guide to Scholastic Tournaments. It is an excellent introduction to the chess tournament world.

Three Rated Sections

Rated sections require all players to use a chess clock. Everyone player should have the following:  1) tournament board, 2) tournament chess set  3) their own chess clock 4) scorepad/notebook for notation  5) pen or mechanical pencil. These are the basics. All completed games will be submitted to the United States Chess Federation and each player will receive an official chess rating. Trophies will be awarded for the first three places in each of the three sections.

Non-rated Option (K-6)

We want your beginners too! If your student knows how play, but may not be ready for a rating, have them participate in our non-rated section of the event. This will be a more relaxed section, but wins will count.  Trophies will be awarded for the first three places in this section too.

Visitors and the curious are welcomed

Round one will began immediately after registration is complete (for those who have not pre-registered).  All four rounds should be completed by mid-afternoon, so there is plenty of time to stop by the San Jose Church of Christ venue. The address is 6233 San Jose Blvd. Just south of University Blvd and north of the Bolles School.

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JAXCC Announces Scholastic K-12 Series

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United States Chess Federation (U.S.C.F.) sanctioned Scholastic events  have returned to North Florida.

We are happy to announce that USCF Rated chess tournaments for scholastic players (Grade levels K through 12) have returned to the North Florida area. These tournaments will require all players follow the established tournament format that characterizes the major events held in other parts of the state and around the country. This series will offer one event every month and group them together in a quarterly series format.  Go to our events tab for more information for our 2015 Fall Series.

Go to event by clicking below:

JAXCC Scholastic Series

Email Us with any questions about the series

Every Tuesday Night: Rated Play – Quick G/20;d5


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Urban Bean Coffeehouse @ 6:30pm.                       Entry Fee: $1   Time Controls: G/20;d5. Must be U.S.C.F. member to play (join/renew on site for $17 – $40, depending on age). JAXCC membership not required to play.  Orange Park (Park at Kingsley – across from the Winn-Dixie).

Here is your chance to get in a couple or rated games during the week. Last week we got in three rounds. Six players were in attendance. If you do not want to play rated come out and get in a game with other players. This location is perfect for those who are on the Westside, Fleming Island or Green Cove. We play until 9pm.

Join Hleb Kharkov, Anthony Coleman,  Kevin Pryor and others for a few spirited games.

Memberships to the JAXCC will be accepted on site as well. USCF membership is required to play in any rated games.


New Play Offerings

Area Players! We have a couple new offerings to promote in the JAX, FL area.

In addition to our regular Sunday Avenues Mall (1-5pm) and Book-A-Million (JTB & A1A) 5:30 – 9 pm), here are two more locations.



6325374 We have added a second location on Sundays.

San Jose Church of Christ located on 6233 San Jose Blvd. Has agreed to let us meet there Sundays from 1:30 to 4:00pm, but we sometimes continue beyond that time. This will be non-rated play, but will include training for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. We have small three round competitive play and spend time reviewing games with Hleb Kharkov who is rated 2302 USCF.


IMG_20150326_134222This Tuesday, we play in Orange Park At Urban Bean Coffee House 2023 Park Ave, Orange Park, FL. This will be a rated Quad format event starting at 6:30 pm,  we would like to invite local players to join us. Remember that any rated play requires a participant to have an active USCF membership. This is not a JAXCC club requirement, but USCF – the governing body for chess in our country. All games are Quick Rated and have time controls of 20 minutes with a 5 second delay (G/20;d5 in USCF shorthand). Bring your own board, set and clock. None will be provided. Cost for entry is $1 to cover the submission of the games to the USCF. Renew/join USCF on site before game starts or join others who come to play non-rated games on the side.


Online membership – OPEN

We are now open to take memberships right here on our website. Just click the “Join Us” on the header to start the process. We are accepting all major credit cards. For those who wish to pay by mail, go the contact us and send an email to receive our mailing address. Welcome to the Jacksonville Chess Club!