Tournament Opportunities

Over-the-Board Opportunity!

Charlottesville Open January 30-31, 2021  CANCELLED

During this time of COVID with most of the over-the-board play shut down, here are a few of the available tournaments that can be completed online.

State Championship Qualifier #1 January 9-10, 2021

Amateur Team East February 13-14, 2021

Typically, this page houses a fairly comprehensive list of selected tournaments, mostly in the mid-Atlantic, that are suitable for our players.  You should also check out the Virginia Chess Federation page and click on “Clearinghouse” for upcoming tournaments in our region.

Here are a list of organizations running regular, weekly online tournaments: 

  • Chess for All Online – lots of fun scholastic events and events for lower rated players with prize money
  • International Academy of Chess –  lots of fun scholastic events with prize money
  • US Chess – on, you can join the official US Chess club and participate in free blitz, quick, and rapid online-rated games.
    • US Chess Monday Blitz:
      • USCF Blitz held every Monday at 6 p.m. Eastern
      • 5 rounds
      • 10 | 0 time control
      • USCF Blitz held every Monday at 11 p.m. Eastern
      • 7 Rounds
      • 5|0 time control
    • US Chess Wednesday Blitz:
      • USCF Blitz held every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern
      • 7 rounds (fewer if not enough participants)
      • 3|2 blitz time control
    • US Chess Friday Rapid:
      • USCF Rapid held every Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern
      • 5 rounds
      • 15|10 time control
    • US Chess Saturday:
      • 2 pm Eastern
      • Week 1, 1st Saturday: Blitz — the most popular choice was 10|0
      • Week 2, 2nd Saturday: Quick/ Rapid — 15|2 — open to changing the increment
      • Week 3, 3rd Saturday: Blitz — most popular request was 10|0
      • Week 4, 4th Saturday: Quick/Rapid — 29/0
      • Week 5, 5th Saturday: Quick/Rapid — 15|10
    • US Chess Morning Membership Events
      • Played at 11am Eastern, Monday/Wednesday/Friday
      • 4 Rounds
      • 5|2 time control
  • DMV Chess
    • Scholastic, arena-style tournaments on Saturdays. Usually, it’s K-3, K-5, K-8, K-12, and Parents and Friends. Trophies mailed to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each section. Three hour arena style pairings with game in 25 minutes with a 3-second increment
  • Continental Chess Association holds many big online tournaments on the Internet Chess Club (ICC) site.  Click the link for upcoming tournaments.


Looking ahead to winter 2020-2021, we will update as more news becomes available…