2022 National Elementary (K-6) Championships

Heritage Event, Junior Grand Prix, National Championship Event
Greater Columbus Convention Center

Event Overview

Format:  7SS, G/90 d5.  13 Sections:  K-6 Championship, K-6 U1400, K-6 U1000, K-6 Unrated, K-5 Championship, K-5 Under 1200, K-5 Under 900, K-3 Championship, K-3 Under 1000, K-3 Under 700, K-3 Unrated, K-1 Championship, and K-1 Under 500 & Unrated.  “Playing up” is allowed.  Unrated players may play grade-appropriate Championship or Unrated sections only.  May rating supplement will be used.


Playing site:  Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High Street, Columbus OH 43215.  Hotels:  Hyatt Regency Columbus, Hilton Columbus, Sonesta Columbus, Drury Inn and Suites (all connected to GCCC). See tournament website for information to book rooms at each hotel.


Byes: One 1/2-point bye available (limit one) any round if requested prior to the start of Rd. 1.  Byes may not be revoked after Rd. 1.


Scoring: Team score = total of top four (minimum two) finishers from each school per section. K-6 Championship:  first place individual and team, including ties, will be the National Elementary Champion.   K-5 Championship, K-3 Championship and K-1 Championship sections:  first place individual and team, including ties, will be the National Champion for that section’s grade range. 


Schedule, K-6, K-5, and K-3 sections: Opening ceremony: Fri. 12:45 pm. Round start times: Fri. 1 pm and 6 pm, Sat. 10 am, 2 pm and 6 pm, Sun. 10 am and 2 pm.


Schedule, K-1 section: Opening ceremony: Fri. 12:45 pm. Round start times: Fri. 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm, Sat. 9:30 am, 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm, Sun. 9:30 am and 1:30 pm.


Awards Ceremony, K-6 and K-5 sections: Approximately 6:00 pm Sunday (Battelle Hall).


Awards Ceremony, K-3 and K-1 sections: Approximately 5:30 pm Sunday (Union Station).


Entry Fee: $70/participant postmarked or online by 4/25, $90 postmarked or online by 5/2, $105 online by 5/9, $110 after or on site; $30.00 extra for all phone registrations; $30 fee for roster or section changes after 5/2 or any onsite changes. ONLINE REGISTRATION STRONGLY ENCOURAGED!  DO NOT MAIL ANY REGISTRATIONS AFTER 5/2!


Onsite registration: Thurs. 9 am - 9 pm & Fri. 8 am - 11 am. Players who register or change sections after 11 am on Friday will receive a 1/2-point bye for Round 1. Players must disclose any other, non-US Chess over-the-board (OTB) ratings.


Awards: K-6 and K-5 divisions:  Medals to top individuals & trophies to top teams in each section.  K-3 and K-1 divisions:  Trophies to top individuals & top teams in each section.  Every player receives a commemorative item! Full list of awards on tournament website.


Side Events: Bughouse: only one (K-6) section. Thurs. 11 am, Reg. onsite only (no online or phone reg for Bughouse) Thurs. 9 -10 am, $30/team.  Blitz (K-6 and K-3 sections): Thurs. 5 pm, Reg. online until Thurs. 2 pm, onsite until 4 pm. Blitz EF: $30 by 4/4, $40 after or at site. Class medals will be awarded in K-6 Blitz; class trophies will be awarded in K-3 Blitz. Full list of awards on tournament website.


General questions: Contact Click here to show email address. Also check tournament website; many questions answered there. Team Room questions: Contact Pete Karagianis at Click here to show email address or 931.200.9477.


Entries: online (STRONGLY PREFERRED!) at www.uschess.org/tournaments/2022/ELEM or by mail at U.S. Chess Federation, Attn.: 2022 ELEM Championship, P.O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557. (Do not mail registrations after 4/11!)  Advance entries and pre-tournament instructions are given on tournament website. See website for additional information about the event, advance entries, awards, meetings, team rooms, updates, corrections, and registration forms.


Tournament website:  www.uschess.org/tournaments/2022/elem.


400 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
United States

Sections: 13
Grand Prix Points:
Prize Fund:
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

Boyd Reed
Email: nationalevents@uschess.org
Phone: 931-787-1234