The 2020 High School Senior Online Rapid Is Today!

    Page updated on 06.13.2020 Please click here for the final entry list. Spectators: Links to our Twitch Streamers: (Andrea Botez) and (IM Hans Niemann) US Chess is pleased to announce the 2020 High School Senior Online Rapid, a free event sponsored by Dewain Barber, the Dean of Scholastic Chess. We are grateful to our volunteer organizing group made up of Kim Cramer, Michelle Martinez, Glenn Panner, Daniel Rohde, John D. Rockefeller V, and Judit Sztaray. Assistant Director of Events Pete Karagianis is also part of this organizing group. Date: Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. PDT Registration deadline: Friday, June 12 at 9:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. PDT - No exceptions! See the registration information further below. Eligibility:

  • Students with senior student status in the 2019-20 academic year
  • Current US Chess membership valid until 6/30/2020 (Click here to join/renew.)

Platform: Format:

  • 7 rounds of G/15+2
  • Sections: Unrated, U1200, U1800, 1800+ (lower sections might be merged based on entries)
  • Section eligibility and pairings determined by US Chess OTB regular rating
  • Paired according to Swiss rules and done automatically by using the rapid rating system.
  • Late entries:
    • Reentry is not possible.
    • Limited late entry is available but not guaranteed.
  • US Chess OTB regular ratings will be used for pairing (rapid rating used on will be adjusted on the day of the event)
  • First round is paired on Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m EDT / 11:00 a.m. PDT
  • Consecutive rounds are paired after all games are finished in the previous round
  • There is a standard 10-second delay between pairing/receiving opponent and clock start
  • The approximate end time is 5:00-6:00 p.m. EDT / 2:00-3:00 p.m. PDT
  • The event will be US Chess online rated affecting the player’s online quick rating
  • The tournament will be rated as a US Chess Online Quick event 5-7 days after the event to allow enough time for fair play screening

Play-off: Final results will be adjusted based on the fair play screening of the games. In case two or more players tie for first place after adjustment of the games by any fair play violation findings in the 7-round main tournament, a play-off will be held on the following day at 2:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m PDT. The specific play-off format will be announced closer to the event. How to Register:

  1. Players must fill out the Google form and provide necessary information:
  2. Players must provide proof of class status (such as student ID or a transcript), uploaded to the above Google form.

How to join the tournament:

  1. All players must fill out the above Google form to officially register for the tournament. It is a free event with no registration fee.
  2. Players need to have a account. (The free account option available on is sufficient.)
  3. Players will need to join one of the Online High School Senior Online Rapid Clubs on; specific information will be provided at a later date.
  4. On June 13, one hour before the tournament (2:00 p.m EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT): Join the tournament by going to and looking for the event in the tournament tab. Make sure to click on "join"! Round 1 starts at 2:00 p.m. EDT/ 11:00 a.m. PDT SHARP!
  5. A direct link to the tournament will be available a few days before the tournament.
  6. Players are strongly advised to participate in the tournament from a computer and avoid playing via phone or tablet application.
  7. We are not able to put any player into any round that has started. Players might be able to join the tournament up until the last round, but will receive 0 points for any missed round.


  • College scholarship: $1,500 to the 1st place winner in the 1800+ section
  • Free 1-year extension of US Chess membership for 100 eligible players: The first player from each state to sign up and the remaining memberships go to players in registration order. To be eligible for the US Chess membership extension, players must provide all necessary information (name, date of birth, mailing address) and play all seven rounds (no withdrawals).

Prize eligibility: Must join Zoom to be eligible for prizes. The Zoom link will be provided upon verification of the Google form responses.



In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I chose to honor the High School Seniors who have missed out on so much chess the last part of this school year. If you know of a chess playing HS Senior forward this information to them. Fair play will be enforced and you will be expected to honor that request. Do not put yourself in a position of not playing fair as your future chess activities will be affected. Enjoy and Best Chess Elder Regards, Dewain R. Barber Dean of Scholastic Chess

In reply to by Dewain R. Barber (not verified)

Just seniors? No sophomores or the like?

In reply to by Perry Taylor (not verified)

The idea is that the seniors missed out on their final season of scholastic chess, so US Chess wanted to do something special for them. We'll see the underclassmen again this upcoming scholastic year.

In reply to by Dewain R. Barber (not verified)

One hell of a performance Mr. Barber...let it rock in the le grande manner...LIKE ZZ TOP YOU ARE NATIONWIDE.../think big right now...make it happen right now by sheer force of will.Do not take no for an answer under any circumstances.. THINK BIG...YOU SEE... I am affecting your brain! Jude Acers/ New Orleans, Louisiana

In reply to by JUDE ACERS (not verified)

OH YEAH... did we mention / repeat...FREE EVENT NO ENTRY FEE.You be rockin and rollin now...This is going to be savage fierce competition and every year available to all 50 states...KIDS in the most horrible financial/family/personal circumstances get to play on the internet period because The Barber says so jack!...THIS IS IT. YOU WILL NEVER GO BACK TO CHESS FOR THE PRIVILEDGED/ THE RICH/LUCKY KIDS ONLY .the RATING SYSTEM HAS TO GO ALSO... Everybody plays period.This event is already covered with glory and one hundred per cent the world chess future..EVERYBODY PLAYS. US CHESS..THE BEST ..THE WORLD LEADER NOW TAKES A CHANCE.... THE WORLD TITLE IS NEXT. Jude Acers/ New Orleans,Louisiana

In reply to by Dewain R. Barber (not verified)

Thanks for doing this

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Out of curiosity, what is the purpose of requiring players to join Zoom in order to be eligible for prizes? The connection of this tournament to Zoom is not evident.

In reply to by Jorge Amador (not verified)

Zoom is required as one of the tools to ensure fair play. It allows organizers to monitor and record the players facial activity, and in case any question arises about fair play then this recording *may be additionally used* to confirm or reject potential fair play accusations. Please note the emphasis on *may be additionally used*; this will not be the only resource used to determine fair play.

In reply to by Daniel Lucas

Thank you, that's an interesting idea.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Is it correct that the only prize that can be earned is the $1500 for first place in the 1800+ section

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

The first 100 registered players will receive a one year extension on their US Chess membership. That is 100 prizes plus the 1st place, $1,500 scholarship to school of choice. This is intended to be a fun event where High School Seniors can renew friendships and make new lifelong friendships.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Dear Mr. Barber, No middle school action? My son prepared for the Barber cup. But this year it was canceled. It is his last year in middle school too. I understand this is for the high school seniors who missed Denko cup. How about the ones who missed the Barber cup? Sincerely, Tom

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Dear Thomas: We have several options that allow us to have the 2020 Denker, Barber, Haring, Rockefeller and Senior Invitational events. The US Open site in Missouri is closed. Stay tuned for future information on the National Invitational events.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Congratulations to Danial Asaria won this tournament after his National Junior High School Championship.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Congratulations to FM Danial Asaria who is the newest US Chess National Champion. His new title, 2020 High School Senior Rapid Champion is the first ever event of its kind. I am pleased to have been a sponsor of this online event and I look forward to seeing our High School Seniors participating online next year.

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