SuperNationals VII Canceled due to COVID-19 Concerns


SuperNationals VII

US Chess is canceling SuperNationals VII (SN) due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. SN is an event held every four years that brings the National Elementary, Junior High, and High School Championships under one roof.  It would have been held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee from May 7-9, 2021 with over 5,500 players expected to compete. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has strongly discouraged gatherings of ten (10) or more people, and based on current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the situation is not expected to improve by May.

US Chess is taking this action now due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic and because we fully support governmental efforts intended to protect everyone’s health and well-being. The event will not be rescheduled. US Chess will announce any future online events when details become available. The next major open over-the-board scholastic event is the 2021 K-12 Grade Championships, scheduled for December 3-5 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida.

We know that for many scholastic players our spring nationals are an important part of their lives. Executive Director Carol Meyer says, “I regret that for the second year in a row we will not be with our scholastic players this spring. However, in light of guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control we know this is the correct decision. Your health, that of your family and coaches and our staff is of greatest concern to us." 

US Chess will be providing full entry fee refunds to the players that have already registered for the event. They will be processed automatically this week. The Gaylord also will be automatically approving reservation refunds in the coming days. There is no need to contact US Chess or the Gaylord Opryland about this.  

Thank you to our US Chess community for your support as we continue to navigate these times that are difficult for all.