Cincinnati Scholastic Chess

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Other Opportunities for Enjoying Chess

2018 Queen City Classic

The 17th annual Queen City Classic tournament will be played on March 2 and 3, 2018 at Paul Brown Stadium Club West in downtown Cincinnati. The QCC comprises two events:

On Friday, March 2 there is a simul for all comers (as long as there are seats available) in which players can test their skills against a local master or a celebrity Grandmaster. Doors open at 5:30 pm for the Friday evening simul.

On Saturday, March 3 there is a five-round Swiss tournament for scholastic players, with multiple rated and non-rated sections. Entry in the non-rated sections is limited to players with ten (10) or fewer rated games. The March USCF supplement will be used to define the current rating for each participant. Trophies will be awarded to all students in each section who win 3.5 games or more. Team trophies will be awarded to the top 3 teams in each section. Participation medals will be given to all participants as they exit the playing room after their last round. Doors open at 8:00 am for the tournament .

Online registration information:

  • Registration opens December 18, 2017 and closed February 23, 2018.
  • To enter, go to queencityclassic.org or call 1-866-772-4377.
  • Entry fee is $40 from December 18, 2017 through January 26, 2018.
  • Entry fee is $50 from January 27, 2018 through February 23, 2018.
  • Entry fee for the Friday night simul is $5 for tournament participants and $20 for all others.

For complete information, visit queencityclassic.org.

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.

Girls Championship

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.

Elementary Championships

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 2018 Middle School Championship will be played at the Toll Gate Middle School in Pickerington, OH, on May 26-27, 2018. Click here for a flyer.

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 2018 High School Championship will be played at the Toll Gate Middle School in Pickerington, OH, on May 26-27, 2018. Click here for a flyer.

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.