U.S. Open Invitational Sites Are Now Live

2019 Denker field. Photo by Ana Vivas.

Each year, US Chess hosts five premier invitational events (the Rockefeller event begins in 2020):

To date, these events had their own websites maintained by dedicated volunteers. As these are US Chess events, we decided to move them under the uschess.org umbrella. The links are all above in the event names.

The information and rules for the 2020 events can all be found under the “Information” button at the bottom of the above pages. If you have any questions, please contact the chair of the National State Invitationals Committee, Jon Haskel.

Especially noteworthy is the first edition of the Rockefeller event. From the website:

“At the U.S. Open in August 2019, the Executive Board and Delegates of US Chess voted to create a new scholastic National Invitational: the John D. Rockefeller III National Tournament of Elementary School State Champions. Consequently, the Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions will be renamed the Dewain Barber National Tournament of Middle School State Champions. The Barber will be for players in grades 6-8, and the Rockefeller will be for players in grades K-5. Players in grades K-5 will no longer be eligible for the Barber. State Affiliates should make any necessary changes to their state qualifiers. The Rockefeller will follow the same playing format as the Denker, Barber, Haring, and Senior.”

Make sure to read here to see why John D. Rockefeller V wanted to honor his grandfather John D. Rockefeller III by sponsoring this event.

More information, including photos and additional historical information, will be added to these pages in the next months. Please report any errors or concerns by clicking here.

Comments

  1. These events have really helped attendance at our State Championship in Southern California (everyone wants to earn the right to represent their state). Now, with “the Rockefeller” added to the list, our elementary sections are going to be more competitive than ever. I can already hear the winning player’s teammates chanting “Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!”

    Thank you, Denker/Barber/Rockefeller families, for all you do for chess!

  2. In the 60th anniversary of the T V series originally called “Rocky and His Friends” we get a new “Rocky” tournament! It’s something I hope we chess players will really like!

  3. After working on the Denker website for 35 years and the Barber and Haring, I am pleased to turn over the task of continuing the Denker Legacy to US Chess. None of the historical data will be lost in this transfer. I want to thank Dan Lucas and his staff of Publication specialists for their time and support. In addition, I wish to thank John D Rockefeller V for revising and preparing the 2020 Information and Rules for the coming year.
    GM Denker told me specifically that his goal was to increase the attendance at the state championships. The Denker Legacy Lives!!

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