Chess Championship

Friday, June 12 at the Convention!

Due government restrictions, the 37th Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention has been canceled.
This difficult decision was not made lightly, but with drastic, new restrictions in place, there is simply no other choice.

Read more information here.
If you’re registered for the convention, please check your email for your refund information.

2020 Virginia Homeschool Chess Championship

Friday, June 12, 2020

Whether you’re an experienced chess player or just beginning, you won’t want to miss this fun morning of chess at HEAV’s 2020 Scholastic Chess Championships! Any homeschooled student in grade 12 or below who is registered for the convention can participate. Trophies will be awarded to the top player by age group!



The chess tournament will take place in the Exhibit Hall at the 37th Annual HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention in Richmond, Virginia on Friday, June 12, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

NOTE: NOW is the time to begin  getting chess information now. Email to get on the Virginia camp/tournament list.

It is open to all players ages 5 to 18. To be eligible, your child must know how to play chess.

Sections: Primary (ages 5-11), and youth (ages 12-18) (A middle-grade section may be added if needed.)

Format: Rapid pairing tournament; there are no time controls, but players must complete at least four games to be eligible for a trophy. The tournament director can call or cancel a game that is moving too slowly.

Cost: $15/player, if registered online by June 5. Late registration fee: $20/player after June 7; $25/player if registering on-site.

Note: There is a cap of 60 players.

You must ALSO be registered for the Homeschool Convention itself.


To pay online by credit/debit card:

Click here to register for the tournament. Click on Register/Tournament and choose the HEAV Registration form.

To pay by check:

Use the registration information sheet.  Make checks payable to Championship Chess.  Payment must be received no later than June 7.  Email confirmations will be sent.

Chess Championship Form 2020 HEAV Tournament Registration

Mail to: HEAV Chess Tournament Director

Championship Chess

413 Ashford Hill Loop
North Chesterfield, VA 23236



Participation keychains to all players. Trophies to players in first, second and third place in each section.


When registering online, you will receive a receipt as confirmation that Championship Chess has received your payment. If registering and paying via check and mail, you will receive an email confirmation. Your child will also be listed on the website. (Click “Register/Tournament/Participants.”)

We need your phone number and email address so that we can contact you in an emergency or in case there is a problem with your registration. We will not release this information to any outside person or agency for any reason whatsoever.

No! This is not an elimination tournament. All players can and should play at least four or more games within the three-hour time frame.

Depending on numbers of students of different ages, there will be at least two, probably three, separate age-level groups. An elementary student would be in a different section than a high school student. However, the top students in each group might have a playoff for the overall tournament champion.

Players should know how the pieces move, including the details associated with castling, checking the King, promoting a pawn, and capturing “en passant.” Players should be able to recognize an illegal move, as well as checkmate and stalemate.

Championship Chess reserves the right to disqualify from further participation any student who clearly does not know the basic rules of the game. For example, we will disqualify someone who clearly doesn’t know how a knight moves, or what is meant by “checkmate.” No refunds of any kind will be given to any player so disqualified. So, please be certain that your child can play an entire game correctly according to the rules of chess before signing up for this tournament.

A player gets one point for every game won, half a point for every game drawn, and zero points for every game lost. A player’s point total for the tournament is found by adding that player’s points. Thus, a player who wins one game, draws two games, and loses one game will end up with two points for the tournament (1 + .5 + .5 + 0 = 2).

Any player who cannot commit to staying for the entire time will most likely not be able to win a trophy. Any player not completing at least four games will not be eligible for a trophy. In past tournaments, many of our players have played as many as seven games in the time allotted.

Individual awards will be given out for first through third places in each section. All-star trophies are given to players who show excellence in their section. All players will receive a key chain piece for participation.

The awards ceremony will begin as soon as possible after the last game is completed which should be around 12:30 p.m. It usually takes about 15 minutes to get the lists together and get set up for the ceremony, and another 10 minutes or so to distribute the awards, take pictures, etc. Everything should be completed by or before 1p.m.

In general, we will attempt to pair players with equal scores when possible, and also to equalize color allocations. This is a “rapid pairing chess” tournament, which means that each child plays a game, comes to the tournament director when finished, and will be paired up with another player as soon as one with similar scores has finished his or her game. Because of the need to match players with similar scores, there may be some wait time for players between games.

In general, yes, we will be. Exceptions: Neither the rules for scorekeeping (taking notation) nor timing and use of a clock will be enforced.

One rule in particular that will be enforced is the “touch move/touch capture” rule. This means that if a player touches one of that player’s own pieces in a manner that can reasonably be interpreted as the beginning of a move, then the player will be required to move that piece, if that piece has a legal move. If a player touches an opponent’s piece in a like manner, then the player will be required to capture that piece, if there is a legal way to do so. Note that an accidental touching of a piece, such as brushing it with a shirtsleeve when reaching for another piece, does not constitute a violation of this rule.

Another important rule that will be enforced: Players must not make any remarks or show facial expressions concerning any other game and must focus specifically on only their own game.

While by and large we will be going by USCF rules, we will try to avoid becoming too technical with these rules, and enforcement of other USCF rules will be on a case-by-case basis.

In the event that you become ill after registering and cannot attend, you should notify us as
soon as possible by phone (804-921-2410) or email If we are notified in advance that you won’t be participating, we will refund your entry fee. No re-funds will be given in cases where we are not notified in advance that you will not be coming.

In the event that you decide to leave the tournament early, please notify a tournament director before leaving and return your pairing card. Breaks for use of restroom do not require that you inform the tournament director

Scorekeeping (chess notation) will not be required, and we will not be furnishing score sheets, pens or pencils. Players may elect to keep score if they so choose, but they will need to bring their own scorekeeping equipment and must be able to notate their games without slowing down the play.

Clocks may be required.

If you have a problem or a question about anything during the game, you should raise your hand to summon a tournament director. This cannot be stressed too strongly. Do not take your opponent’s word for anything. Your opponent does not necessarily know the rules any more than you do. The tournament directors are here to answer questions and to solve problems, so please don’t hesitate to get them involved. Once a game is over and both players have agreed to a result, then that result is going to stand, and it is too late for the tournament directors to do anything.

There is a cap of 60 players. Online registration will be cut off after that number has been reached. Check at the tournament site to see if space has become available due to others having withdrawn.

Download the complete rule sheet and practice up!

More information on chess is available at For questions regarding the championship, please contact or call 804-921-2410. If you have questions about the HEAV convention or convention registration, please contact HEAV at or 8010-278-9200.