Free Chess Tournaments

Chess books have been the subject of posts lately, but we now turn to something new on this blog: free chess tournaments. Most such events are probably for children and teenagers, at least in the USA, but some tournaments include an adult section. In the younger sections, we would expect to find many beginners.

For the following tournaments, no details are here given for prizes, although we would expect chess books to be awarded, for that is common for these kinds of events.

California, Ridgecrest

December 5, 2015
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM PST
Gateway Elementary School, 501 S. Gateway Blvd., Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Free for all students grades Pre-K through 12th grade
Dec 5, 2015 – Registration 8:30-9:00 a.m. – Awards are given at 12:30-1:00 p.m.
Contact: Dwight Morgan P.O. Box 1782 Ridgecrest, CA 93556  (760) 377-0034

Chess clocks are used: 15 minutes for all moves per game
NOT USCF rated; no membership required
The tournament is FREE for all students. Each player competes in each round.
Sections are by grade level (K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12)
You can play in a higher section, for stronger competition. Everyone will get an award
at the completion of the tournament.

For more information, click: Ridgecrest


California, San Francisco

Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A free chess tournament, open to the public, is hosted by the Bright Knights Chess Club.
This tournament follows USCF regulation
To register, use email: Ngvincep [put AT sign here]


Wisconsin, Kenosha

Saturday, February 20, 2016
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave, Kenosha, Wisconsin 262-564-6130

Swiss-style chess tournament. Each competitor plays five games. There’s no elimination. Time control: Game/25 with 5-second delay; each game may last about one hour.

Prizes: Individual prizes in five sections awarded to the top three players in each section:

  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Adult

To pre-register, call the Library: 262-564-6130.
This event is limited to the first 80 persons who register.
Tournament open to everyone [up to 80-player limit].

For more information, click: Kenosha



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