2024 National Elementary (K-6) Championships

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

Event Overview

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!


April 26-28, Ohio


2024 National Elementary (K-6) Championship


Format:  7SS, G/90 d10.  13 Sections:  K-6 Championship, K-6 U1400, K-6 U1000, K-6 Unrated, K-5 Championship, K-5 U1200, K-5 U900, K-3 Championship, K-3 U1000, K-3 U700, K-3 Unrated, K-1 Championship, K-1 U500/Unrated.  “Playing up” is allowed.  Unrated players may play either Championship or Unrated sections only.  April rating supplement will be used.


Playing site:  Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High Street, Columbus OH 43215.  Hotels: Columbus Hyatt Regency, Hilton Columbus Downtown, Sonesta Columbus-Downtown, Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center (all connected to GCCC).  See tournament website for reservation links and details.


Byes: Maximum two half-point byes available any round if requested prior to the start of Rd. 1.  A half-point bye in round 1 must be requested at the time of registration, or on-site before 11 AM Friday.  A half-point bye request for rounds 2-7 not requested in advance must be requested two hours before the scheduled start of round 2.  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-3 Championship first place individual and team, including ties, will be the National Primary Champion. 

Round times for K-6, K-5, K-3 sections: Opening ceremony Fri. 12:45 PM. Round start times: Fri. 1 PM & 6 PM, Sat. 9 AM, 1:30 PM, & 6 PM, Sun. 9 AM & 1:30 PM. Awards Ceremony: Sun., approx. 6:00 PM. 

Round times for K-1 sections: Fri. 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM, Sat. 9:30 AM, 1:30 PM, & 5:30 PM, Sun. 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM. K-1 Awards Ceremony:  Sun. approx. 5:00 PM.

Entry Fee: $80/participant postmarked or online by 3/25, $100 postmarked or online by 4/8, $130 online by 4/15, $180 thereafter or on site.


Registration:  Online registration closes at 11am Eastern 4/25. NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION.  No phone entries.  Players who change sections after 11 AM on Friday will receive a 1/2-point bye for Rd. 1.  Players must disclose any other, non-US Chess over-the-board (OTB) ratings.




Awards: Medals to top individuals & trophies to top teams in each section.  Every player receives a commemorative item! Full list of awards on tournament website.


Side Events: Bughouse: Thurs. 11 am, Reg. onsite only (no online or phone reg for Bughouse) Thurs. 9 -10 am, $30/team. K-6 and K-3 Blitz: Thurs. 5 pm, Reg. online until Thurs. 2 pm, onsite until 4 pm. Blitz EF: $40 by 4/8, $60 after or at site. Class medals will be awarded in 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.


Entries: online (STRONGLY PREFERRED!) at www.uschess.org/tournaments/2024/elem or by mail at U.S. Chess Federation, Attn.: 2024 ELEM Championship, P.O. Box 775308, St. Louis, MO 63177. (Do not mail registrations after 4/8!


Use “Advance entries” link on tournament website to verify entry.  No confirmation email is sent with entry.  Also see website for additional information about the event, awards, meetings, team rooms, updates, corrections, and registration forms.


Tournament website:  www.uschess.org/tournaments/2024/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: Yes
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

Boyd Reed
Email: boyd.reed@uschess.org