US Chess has three national events scheduled this spring: 2020 National High School (K-12) Championship, April 3-5 2020 National Junior High (K-9) Championship April 24-26 2020 National Elementary (K-6) Championship May 8-10 Another US Chess national event is being held this spring but is being organized by an independent body (any questions about this event should be directed to the contact link on their website): KCF All-Girls National Chess Championship April 17-19 US Chess is paying close attention to concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking this situation seriously. These three events, the most popular ones on our calendar, are being held as scheduled, as is the KCF All-Girls. EDIT on 3/12: Please see here for updated information about the NHS: https://new.uschess.org/administration/national-high-school-k-12-championship-interim-update/ We will keep this page updated as new information is shared by relevant authorities. We are monitoring this situation daily and will adjust plans accordingly if relevant new information becomes available.
Frequently Asked QuestionsI’ve registered my child for one of these events and we no longer want to attend. Can I get a refund? Entry fees may be refunded in full up until 11 a.m. local time on the day of the event. What steps should our family take at the tournament site?
- Masks: There is no need to wear a mask during the tournament. If a player has a cold or is otherwise ill, then it is recommended that they simply stay home.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Hand washing: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Chess pieces and other objects: Sanitizing wipes will be available to clean pieces before each round. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Open areas: You may wish to avoid congregating in public areas.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at the playing hall entrances;
- Players will be encouraged to begin and end their games with a brief verbal exchange, not a handshake (for example, "I resign," "I offer a draw," "draw accepted," "good game," etc.);
- Signage will be displayed listing the best prevention practices.
Revised March 12, 2020