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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 

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

 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

Congrats to Kia Tabor (USCF 2131) for winning 3.5/4.0 take the top prize. The event featured 48 players in 4 sections. Reserve section ended with a 5-way tie of 3.0/4.0 and scholastic players Brooks Chandler and Luke Lyle won their sections.

The North Florida Open Tournament is next: 

Join us July 15 & 16 for our first 2-day event The North Florida Open. Registration is open online at $2,000 prize fund with the low entry cost of $50.


Saturday, June 3rd @ Ramada Inn 9150 Baymeadows Road, JAX, FL

June Scholastic Event (grades K-12)

Round 1 @ 9am.      Registration opens at 8:15.             Closes 8:45a.           Entry fee: General $20 / JAXCC $15 / Free for JAXCC Spring Semester pupils.         Students (K-12): 4 round Swiss format K-12 chess tournament with time controls set at 30 minutes with a 5 sec delay (4SS G/30;d5). Players are grouped by rating and unrated players are welcome. All players must have an active USCF ID#. Players can renew/register with USCF on site. Prizes are trophies for top 4 finishers. Boards & sets provided. Bring clocks.  Email question to TD Kevin Pryor reserves the right to combine sections. Clickhere for scholastic registration. Registration at Walk-up Registration is $30 cash only. Register early and save.

North Florida Open Warm-up: June Open & Reserve Event starts later than scholastic 

Round 1 @ 10 am.         Registration closes at 9:45                   EF: General $30 / (JAXCC $25).     Four round Open tournament with 2 sections over $500 in prize money (b/o 20 entries). 4SS G/65;d5 (1st round G/45;d5). Prizes to section winners. Under prizes for U2000, 1800, 1650 & U1200. Unrated players can play in either section and are not eligible for class prizes.  Round 1 starts at 10 am. Late players receives 1st rd bye. JAXCC members can use the discounted price (see discount section). This event is regular rated. Email with any questions. Clickhere for OPEN/Reserve registration. Registration at Online Registration at Walk-up Registration is $40 cash only. Register early and save


JAXCC thanks Judy Johnson, retired teacher and grandmother for donating 25 chess sets to be used for scholastic events. Judy's husband, Ronald, had purchased the sets many years ago for use in a school program. When the school ended the chess program they contacted her to see if she wanted them back. At her husband's request, she collected them and they sat in storage for years. Upon Ronald's passing she thought about placing them in the hands of people who would get the most use knowing he would have wanted that too. She called us and we had the pleasure of meeting her and accepting the donation. The sets are in excellent condition, considering their age, with 25 boards and triple weighted pieces individually bagged. A wonderful gift that will be put to good use for years to come. Thank you, Judy and Ronald.


Great 14 player turnout in JAX for this event. If you missed it then save the date: May 5, 2018 for QC-2018. This year we had $250 in cash prizes and loads of fun for our players. Kira Caza won the cup on tiebreaks in the Champion's section and Reagan Foote was the winner in the Reserve U600 section. See full photos on our facebook site.

The window to register and get a 2017 shirt is closed. Online registration is still open at Below is the list of players who have registered as of Tuesday for 2017 QC! 

Name USCF Rating Section
Ciupe,Hannah 1553 Champions
Xing,Amy 1549 Champions
Caza,Kira 1300 Champions
Maxson,Ashley 1000 Champions
Gupta,Monica 718 Champions
Hogue,Cayman 603 Champions
Price,Laura 581 Champions
Foote,Regan 475 Reserve U600
Cruz,Isa L 352 Reserve U600
Naval,Simran 184 Reserve U600
Alexander,Shanyla 102 Reserve U600
Talbert,Carissa UNR Reserve U600
Chatraw,Raelin UNR Reserve U600
Dame,Brooks UNR Reserve U600

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Hotel Indigo @Tapestry Park link to hotel

An invitation to our second chess event for women and girls only. Moms too! 

Dear Lady Chess Players,  Last year, 10 women and girls came out and participated in our first event. We considered it a success and are doing it again. This year we've upgraded the location to one more fitting for a queen, the eclectic and hip Hotel Indigo. They are also a sponsor this year along with JAXCC-Jacksonville Chess Club, Inc

Royal Treatment: First the location, Tapestry Park, is a top notch area with shopping and dining options along cobblestoned streets. Hotel Indigo was rated within the top 10 in Jacksonville. The area has shoppes, eateries, Tinseltown AMC theaters and dozens of restaurants are walking distance. You are going to love this location. Make plans to stay.

As we did last year, every player who registers will receive a free feminine cut t-shirt, but this year we're upgrading to a long sleeve shirt.  Why long sleeve? Chess players often find tournament locations to be very cold and often wear sweaters or jackets. This year's shirt will sport a new multi-colored logo on a black shirt. The hotel will be providing a catered lunch for players only.The prize fund this year has increased to $300.

Entry fee online: $35.  $45 at door (cash only). JAXCC member (-$5) discounts available and returning QC players need to email for special discount information. Rounds: 4 Round Swiss styleSections: Champions (G/45;d5) & Reserve (G/30;d5): Great for first timers, lower rated AND MOMS! Why not?, you play with your kids all the time...this is perfect for you.

Prizes:   $300 (b/30 players). Cash for top three in Champion section players  U1200 & Best Chess Mom. Trophies for Open section winner. Reserve players: trophy for top three. Location: Hotel Indigo 9840 Tapestry Park Circle, JAX 32246 Mention chess rate for discount. Time: 9 am Registration Opens / 9:45 Closes. Players arriving after close may receive 1st round bye. Start: 10 am Round 1 

R.S.V.P. by registration: Our team at JAXCC is working on making this a great event just for you, but we need to know who’s coming to prepare. Please register by clicking here. Send an email with your shirt size and specify Adult or Youth in a feminine cut.  USCF membership required: All players must be US Chess registrants with non-expired ID#. Can join/renew on site. Cash only. Each player must bring sets and chess clock. 

Register now. Don't miss out on the shirt. Orderd for food/shirts will be submitted by Tuesday midnight. Email us Youth or Adult size after registering. Extra shirts are $25.