Above the Garden Conservatory of the Gaylord Opryland Resort

Grade Nationals: The Experience

Although becoming a national champion is a monumental achievement, there is much more to gain than the prizes. Less than 1% of the over 1500 players can take home 1st place trophies. For most, what really counts is the experience.

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Nashville: Day 1

At National Championships with such vast and diverse fields, it is very difficult to stay on a perfect score, even as a top seed in the early rounds. Expectations are high, and ambitious lower rated players are plentiful.

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“He made some elaborate knight maneuvers.” -Max Lu, describing his victory

Welcome to Nashville

Nationals. A rite of passage for every young American chessplayer. Rows of trophies that are often taller than the kids who win them line the stage. Dreams of victory gleam in the eyes of every competitor—from the top seed to the greatest underdog.

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