The Columbus Northwest Classic Chess Tournament

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Centennial High School

Presented by Centennial High School in partnership with The Columbus Chess Academy

When: Saturday, October 26th 2019

Sections: All sections have grade level and rating requirements. Players with more than 10 rated games are not eligible for the non-rated sections. Players in the rated sections must be registered with before the tournament. CCA also has discounted USCF memberships to new members and to students whose membership has expired. 

In non-rated games, notation is not required and clocks are not required but may be used if both players agree. In rated games, notation is optional for grade K-3 players in U500/U900, but a player may lose the right to make claims requiring a score sheet; notation is required for all other rated players. Clocks will be used in all sections with games reaching the time limit. Rated players should bring their own clocks.

Sections                                Time Controls
Open                                        5 rounds G/30, d/5
U900                                       5 rounds G/30, d/5
U500                                       5 rounds G/30, d/5
K-3 non-rated                        5 rounds G/30, d/0
4-5 non-rated                        5 rounds G/30, d/0


8:45 – 9:15 Self-check-in. No section changes after 9:15 AM
9:20 – 9:30 Announcements
9:30: Round 1 begins

Subsequent rounds will start once everyone in the section finishes. Players are scheduled to play all five rounds (no elimination). Estimated end time for non-rated players: 2:30 PM. Estimated end time for U500: 3:30 PM. Estimated end time for U900 and Open: 4:30 PM. Awards will be conducted as sections finish.

Entry: Online registration only. $25 until October 19 th ; thereafter $30 until 6:00 PM October 25th . Payment can be made online or by check. Discounted entry fee for students with financial need are available. $9 USCF memberships available for new players and players whose membership is expired/will be expiring in Oct. No printed magazine, but online access to both Chess Life and Chess Life for Kids. $9 membership fee must be mailed in. Please contact for more information on discounted entry fees. No on-site registrations.

Mail checks to:
Columbus Chess Academy
c/o Katherine Lin
654 Binns Blvd
Columbus OH 43204

Refunds for withdrawals with $5 administrative fee will be given if requested by 6:00 PM, October 25 th . No refunds thereafter. Online registration is not complete until payment has been received.

Byes: Half-point byes may be requested for any round. Players must request a half-point bye before the start of round 2 (zero point byes may still be requested after round 2). Please let us know if you will need to leave early or if you will be late.

Awards: Place trophies awarded based on the number of entrants in each section. Participation medals to all new non-rated and rated players only. Trophies awarded to top 2 teams (school only) in each section. Top 3 scores count for team. Concessions: Concessions will be available on-site for purchase (cash only).

Check-in: Check-in is from 8:45 AM to 9:15 AM. No section changes after 9:15 AM and no on-site entries.

Directions: Centennial High School is located at 1441 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220.
Please park in the front of the school (student/staff lots).

Tournament Organizer and Chief Tournament Director:
Please contact Kathy Lin with any questions. Email:
Phone: 614-746-7682


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Available until October 19th