Other Opportunities for Enjoying Chess
State Chess Championship Tournaments (scholastic)
The Ohio Scholastic Chess Association oversees five championship tournaments every year, which are typically played at different sites in Ohio from year to year.
Only girls may play in the Girls Championship tournament, which is normally played between late February and early May. The Championship section (K-12 Open) plays a two-day schedule, two rounds on Saturday and two on Sunday, with a time control of G/90;i30. Non-championship sections play a one-day schedule on Saturday with a time control of G/30;d5. The 2018 Girls Championship will be played on March 17-18, 2018 in Richfield, OH. Click here for a flyer, mail-in entry form, or online entry.
The Elementary Championships include an Elementary Championship for grades K through 6 and a Primary Championship for grade K through 3. The event is a 5-round, 1-day tournament, normally played between late February and early May with a time control of G/30;d5. Sections include a Primary Championship (K-3), an Elementary Championship (K-6), and non-championship sections as determined by the organizer. Cincinnati Scholastic Chess will host the 2018 Elementary Championships on February 24, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Blue Ash (Cincinnati), OH. See the Elementary page of this website for details.
Middle School Championship
The Middle School Championship is a 6-round, 2-day tournament usually played in March or April. Sections include a Middle School Championship (K-8), with a time control of G/60;d5 for rounds 1-3 and G/90;d5 for rounds 4-6, and non-championship sections for grades K through 8 as determined by the organizer, with a time control of G/60;d5 for all rounds. This tournament is played in conjunction with the High School Championship. The date and location of the 2018 Middle School Championship has not yet been determined.
High School Championship
The High School Championship is a 6-round, 2-day tournament, usually played in March or April. Sections include a High School Championship (9-12), with a time control of G/60;d5 for rounds 1-3 and G/90;d5 for rounds 4-6, and non-championship sections for grades 9 through 12 as determined by the organizer, with a time control of G/60;d5 for all rounds. This tournament is played in conjunction with the Middle School Championship. The date and location of the 2018 High School Championship has not yet been determined.
Grade Level Championships
The Grade Level Championships event is a 5-round, 1-day tournament, played on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, with each grade (K through 12) as a distinct section (all players must play in the section for their grade). The time control for grades K through 6 is G/30;d5 for all rounds. The time control for grades 7 through 12 is G/45;d5 for all rounds. The 2017 Grade Level Championships was played on November 18, 2017 in Newark, OH. The site for the 2018 Grade Level Championships, to be played on Saturday, November 17, 2018, has not yet been determined.
For more information about these tournaments, visit the Ohio Scholastic Chess Association website.
Open Chess at the Library (non-rated recreational play, all ages)
The Symmes Township branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County offers a program of open play on every Tuesday evening from 6:30 until 9:00 pm. The Symmes library is located on Enyart Road just off Montgomery Road. Originated by one of the CSC founders in January 2006, this program has continuously offered the opportunity for people of any age to drop in whenever they want to play games recreationally, get some coaching from more experienced players, or learn the game from scratch in an informal and unstructured setting.
Cincinnati Chess Club (rated play, all ages)
The Cincinnati Chess Club meets regularly on Friday nights in Deer Park from 6:00 until 11:00 pm. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome. See the Cincinnati Chess Club website for complete information.
Clermont County Chess Club (rated play, all ages)
The Clermont County Chess Club meets regularly on Tuesday nights in Withamsville beginning at 6:00. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome. See the Clermont County Chess Club website for complete information.
Dayton Chess Club (rated play, all ages)
The Dayton Chess Club (18 West 5th Street, Dayton) hosts a quick tournament on most Friday nights (whenever it isn’t preempted by a major tournament) and typically offers a Pawn Storm tournament on one Saturday each month when there isn’t any other tournament scheduled at the club for that month. See the Dayton Chess Club website for complete information.
Chess Activity in Other Places
Our site is not an official clearinghouse of chess-related information; we provide information only about events that come to our attention. Listed to the left are a number of links to other websites that might be of interest. By exploring these you might find other opportunities to play or study chess, in the Cincinnati area or elsewhere in and around Ohio.