• 2019 CalChess Grade Level
      State Championship
      Nov 16-17, 2019

      Santa Clara Convention Center (map)
      5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

      This is the official CalChess State Grade Level Championship for all levels/ratings.
      Sections are based on grades. There are no play-ups.

      Note: If your child is in: Kindergarten, Grade 1, 2, or 3, they will play on Saturday only.
      If your child is in: Grade 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, or 12, they will play on both Saturday AND Sunday.

      The side event is for players who:
      1. Want to play Sunday only (rating must be under 800)
      2. Are in Kindergarten, Grade 1, 2, or 3, and want to play on both days
      (rating must be under 800)
  • Sections & Prizes


    Main Event

    Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, & 3
    : 1 day tournament - Saturday only

    Grade 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, & 12: 2 day tournament - Saturday AND Sunday

    Side Event:
    K-6 u500 & K-12 u800 - 1 day tournament (Sunday only)

    November 2019 Supplement ratings will be assigned to players


    Trophies to all

    All other sections: Trophies to top 20 players with + score

    Team: Trophies to Top 10 teams in each section

    Club: Trophies to Top 10 clubs in each section

    Medals to all players
  • Schedule

    Kindergarten - Grade 3 - SATURDAY only
    Time Control: G/30; d5

    On-site Registration: 7:30 - 8:00am
    5 Rounds of G/30; d5

    Round 1: 9am
    Round 2: 11am
    Round 3: 12:45pm
    Round 4: 2:30pm
    Round 5: 4:15pm

    (delayed start due to delayed set up)

    Grade 4 - Grade 12
    Saturday AND Sunday

    Time Control: G/60; d5

    On-site Registration: Saturday 7:30 - 8:00am
    6 Rounds of G/60; d5

    Round 1: Sat 9am 9:40am
    Round 2: Sat 12 noon 12:30pm
    Round 3: Sat 3pm
    Round 4: Sun 9am
    Round 5: Sun 12 noon
    Round 6: Sun 3pm

    SIDE Events - Sunday only

    Two sections:
    K-Grade6 u500
    K-Grade12 u800

    Time Control: G/30; d5
    Sunday only

    On-site Registration: 7:30 - 8:00am
    5 Rounds of G/30; d5

    Round 1: 9am
    Round 2: 11am
    Round 3: 12:45pm
    Round 4: 2:30pm
    Round 5: 4:15pm

    BLITZ - Saturday evening

    Time Control: G/5; d0
    Registration 7-7:10pm
    Games 7:15-8:55pm

    Individual Prizes: Trophies to the Top 3 players in each section
    (KG - Grade 3, Grades 4 - 6 and Grades 7 - 12 (plus score required)

    Team Prizes:
    Trophies to the Top 3 teams in each section: K-3 and 4-12

    Every player can request up to two 1/2point byes.
    All byes must be requested before the start of the Round 1.
    Last round = 0 point bye

  • Fees

    Entry Fee:
    Grade 4-12 (2-day tournament) entry fee: $62
    Grade K-3 & JV (1-day tournament) entry fee: $49
    Blitz: $15
    CalChess membership: $5 - required
    USCF membership required

    After 11/9 until 11/13: +$20
    After 11/13 & onsite: +$40

    No play-up to higher grade!

    Refund/Cancel fee: $20

    Change Fee:
    Before 11/10: $5
    11/10 & onwards: $10

    Further registrations will need to be done onsite. Please refer to the schedule section for registration times.


  • Rules & Regulations and New to Tournaments?

    Rules and Regulations regarding CalChess State Championships

    Per the CalChess scholastic regulations, players will be allowed to compete for both a School Team and a Club Team.
    This means that a player's score will count both into the School Team and the Club Team.

    To form a School Team: minimum 2 students enrolled as a full time sudents at the same school. No combined schools allowed.
    Top 3 player's score count in the Grade Level Championship.

    To form a Club Team: minimum 2 players must be the member of the same chess club.
    Top 3 player's score counts.
    Club member requirements: club members must attend at least 6 regularly scheduled classes with a particular scholastic chess program over a period of at least 3 months immediately preceeding the tournament.

    New at Tournaments?

    This tournament will follow the Swiss Tournament rules, and will be rated by USCF.
    For more questions regarding the tournament, and other details, please visit
    1) our page that was made for parents and players who are new to tournaments:

    2) You can also check out frequently asked questions at

    Please keep an eye out for orientation email about the tournament that will be sent a day before the tournament. Please visit your profile page to make sure that you have provided a valid email address: http://bayareachess.com/account/update/
    Should you have any questions, or need help with anything, you may contact us using this link (or email us at ask@bayareachess.com)
  • Team Rooms & Vendor Table

    Team rooms - available in the 2XX rooms area.
    Prices varies based on size and number of days.
    Please, contact the organizer if you need a team room.

    Includes chairs and an 8' x30" table!
    a. $100 per day
    b. $150 for both days
    Insurace certificate made out to the venue is required 10 days before the event!
  • TDs and Organizers

    Organizers: BayAreaChess
    Email to the organizers

    Chief TDs: National TD Tom Langland, National TD John McCumiskey

    Other TDs: Jordan Langland, Richard Koepcke, Michael D'Alfonsi, James Bethany,
    Matt LeForce, Arthur Liou, and many others.
  • Location & Accomodation

    Santa Clara Convention Center
    5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054 (map)
    Accessible by VTA, ACE

Terms and Conditions
 - Refund policy - Accessibility & Special Accomodation