2024 National High School (K-12) Championships

Heritage Event, Junior Grand Prix, National Championship Event
Baltimore Convention Center

Event Overview

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!


Apr. 5-7, Maryland


2024 National High School (K-12) Championship


Format:  7SS, G/90 d10.  6 Sections:  K-12 Championship, K-12 U1900, K-12 U1600, K-12 U1200, K-12 U800 and K-12 Unrated.  “Playing up” is allowed.  Unrated players may play either Championship or Unrated sections only.  March rating supplement will be used.


Playing Site:  Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21201.  Hotel:  Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, 401 West Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21201.  HR: $179 single/quad.  Guest rooms may be booked, NLT 3/12/2024 by calling (443) 573-8700, mention “US Chess", or online at: https://book.passkey.com/e/50643216.


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-12 Championship first place individual and team, including ties, will be the National High School Champion.


Schedule: Opening ceremony: Fri. 12:45 pm. Round start times: Fri. 1 pm and 6 pm, Sat. 9 am, 1:30 pm and 6 pm, Sun. 9 am and 1:30 pm. Awards Ceremony:  Sun., approx. 6 pm.


Entry Fee: $80/participant postmarked or online by 2/26, $100 postmarked or online by 3/11, $130 online by 3/25, $180 thereafter.  $40 fee for roster or section changes after 3/11 or any onsite changes.


Registration:  Online registration closes at 11am Eastern 4/4. 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.




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-12 Blitz: Thurs. 5 pm, Reg. online until Thurs. 2 pm, onsite until 4 pm. Blitz EF: $40 by 3/11, $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 or 931.200.9477.


Entries: online (STRONGLY PREFERRED!) at www.uschess.org/tournaments/2024/hs or by mail at U.S. Chess Federation, Attn.: 2024 HS Championship, P.O. Box 775308, St. Louis, MO 63177. (Do not mail registrations after 3/11!)  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/2024/hs.


1 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
United States

Sections: 6
Grand Prix Points:
Prize Fund:
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Residency Restriction: Yes
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

Boyd Reed
Email: nationalevents@uschess.org