Part 4.6: Scholastic Chess Tournaments & Ratings
by John Bain
Part of a Team
Scholastic Chess Tournaments introduce students to more serious competition with chess players from other schools.
Field trips to scholastic chess tournaments give students a sense of belonging–an opportunity to be part of a “team!”
Hosting scholastic chess tournaments give students an opportunity for responsibility and service as well as being part of a team! Whether traveling or hosting scholastic chess tournaments, good, simple, sturdy chess clocks ($24.95) and chess sets ($14.00) are essential to Chess Club Ladder and Tournament Competition.
And, most importantly, scholastic chess tournaments give students an opportunity to earn ratings. Ratings!
Ratings! At United States Chess Federation (USCF) sponsored tournaments, students earn USCF ratings.
To students in chess clubs, USCF ratings rank in importance right behind position on the club chess ladder.
Chess Club Ladder Competition is by far the activity that attracts the most attention, most interest and the most students to chess club in the school setting.
Nothing will improve interest and attendance in a chess club more than a well-constructed and well-displayed Chess Ladder! However, shortly after ladder rankings, come USCF ratings!
National & State Scholastic Chess Associations
State and national chess associations will provide information on how to locate chess tournaments as well as how to organize and run scholastic chess tournaments.
United States Chess Federation (USCF)
The United States Chess Federation lists upcoming scholastic chess tournaments, state by state!
State Scholastic Chess Organizations
Most states have regional state scholastic chess organizations like Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation, which also lists upcoming scholastic chess tournaments.