Main Event Underway in Orlando: “It’s Checkmate!”

The Main Event of the K-12 Chess Championships are underway in Orlando. The tournament began with a moment of silence for Former US Chess President and passionate advocate for our royal game, Ruth Haring.

IM Greg Shahade captured many dramatic moments on his twitter takeover @USChess including this viral tweet.

In our last report, we mentioned that Jennifer and Carlos Hoyos, a brother-sister duo from Florida, tied for first in the bug tourney, taking home the trophy on tiebreak over higher rated team of IM Hans Niemann and NM Raghav Venkat. We also caught them battling over the board in the Main Event in round one- Jennifer is in 9th grade and Carlos is a senior.

These first two rounds also featured plenty of convincing victories, as well as impressive upsets.

GM Varuzhan Akobian arrived in Orlando and got straight to work, giving a simul.

Girls Room action is also underway, as 2017 US Women’s Champion Sabina Foisor also gave a simul.

Full Girls Room schedule here:


K12 Chess Champs Quick Links:

Tournament homepage

Tournament safety tips

Results & Standings

Twitter Takeover

Twitch page 

Live game site


  1. This event is running smoothly and with a tons of smiles! Great work by Boyd Reed, Pete Karagianis, Franc Guadalupe (dragged out of retirement), Brian Yang (Floor Chief), Bill Buklis (Backroom chief) and the hard-working army of TD’s, scorekeepers, and Chess Control superstars!

    The Girls Club is a big hit!

    The venue is fantastic, with wide hallways and plenty of places to sit. As for dining, with 50% off pricing at the buffet, I had dinner the other night for only $10.50 (including tax and 18% service charge)!

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