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4th Annual Greater New Haven Scholastic Championships!

Chess Haven will host its annual chess fundraiser tournament on February 29th, 2020 (Snow date: March 1st, 2020) at Hopkins School in New Haven, CT.

Pictured above: 3rd Annual Chess Haven Tournament at Hopkins School in 2019


Tournament Information:


What: Scholastic Chess Tournament, Open to K-12 (Homeschooled allowed). 4 Rounds, Swiss System, G/30 d5. Each player has 30 min. per game, clocks placed last 5 min.

4 Total Sections: 2 USCF Rated Sections (K-4) and (K-12); 2 Unrated Sections (K-4) and (5-12). Unrated Sections are recommended for less experienced players.



Where: Hopkins School, 78 Knollwood Drive, New Haven, CT, 06515. Scroll down to look at the map, and use this address to enter. Directions are provided with the map.


When: February 29th, 2020.

Registration/Check-in ends at 8:40 AM

Round 1: 9:00 AM (Otherwise ASAP)

Round 2: 10:00 AM (or ASAP)

(Lunch Break 11 AM -12 PM or ASAP)

Rounds 3 and 4 will start ASAP

Round 3: 12:00 PM  (or ASAP)

Round 4: 1:00 PM.  (At the latest). Awards Ceremony will follow shortly afterward. (Starting ~ 2 PM)



Individual Prizes: (All tournament participants qualify for Individual prizes regardless of whether or not they have a team).


Rated K-4 Section - Trophies to top 5 players.

Rated K-12 Section - Trophies to top 5 players.   

Unrated K-4 Section - Trophies to top 5 players.

Unrated 5-12 Section - Trophies to top 5 players.


Team Prizes: Trophy to the top School Team in each section. A team must consist of at least 2 players from the same school (the top 4 players' scores will count).


Medals will be given to all participants!

Registration: $45; $50 on-site. All proceeds benefit Chess Haven, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. By participating in this tournament, you are helping us accomplish our nonprofit mission of spreading chess across the U.S.


Discounts offered to larger school teams consisting of 10 or more players. In addition, if you are experiencing financial hardship, we can provide a reduced fee. Contact George Wang at for more information. Cash/Checks also accepted, paid on tournament day. Any donations are greatly appreciated and would help our nonprofit mission. Thank you for your support!

Additional Notes/Map and Directions:


Rated vs. Unrated

The Rated Sections will affect USCF (United States Chess Federation) Rankings. USCF Membership is required for these sections. The Unrated Sections (K-4) and (5-12) are NOT USCF Rated. Therefore, membership is NOT required for the Unrated Section. If a player wishes to play in the rated section but does not have a USCF membership, then one can be purchased in advance for an additional $25 (contact us to do this). It is recommended that less-experienced players join the unrated sections. Please note the USCF Rules will be enforced for the USCF Rated Sections, including the "touch-move" rule.


Need to skip/miss a round?

No problem. Let us know in advance if a round cannot be made/needs to be skipped, and we can give a "half-point" bye.


Use the approximate address, 78 Knollwood Drive, New Haven, CT, 06515 to enter through the Knollwood Gate. After entering the school, merge right and go up the steep hill. The road will turn right, and into the parking lot. Then walk down the path that goes straight down to Heath Commons, a flat building with pillars on the front. View the map below for a visual.

















Contact George Wang at for any questions.

Note: There is a $15 cancellation/refund fee to withdraw an entry.

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