An American Classic!

A Heritage Event!

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!

A State Championship Event!

 51st annual
New York State Scholastic Championships

MARCH 10-11, 2018




6 round Swiss, G/60 d10, open to grades K-12; top NYS player & team in each section are NY champions. In 14 sections. 3 HS sections at Courtyard by Marriott, 11 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs NY 12866. Other 11 sections 2/5 mile away at Saratoga Hilton and adjacent Saratoga City Center (connected by indoor walkway), 534 Broadway (I-87 Exit 13-N, 4 miles north on US 9), Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Team prizes based on top 4 scores from same school; no combined school teams allowed even if one school “feeds” another. Teams of 2 or 3 players allowed, but are at a disadvantage.

Online entry fee at, all sections: $59 by 2/15, $69 2/16-3/3, $90 3/3 to 3/9. Entry fee at site, all sections: $90.

High School Championship, open to grades K-12 born after 9/1/98. EF $65.30 mailed by 2/15. Top NYS grade 9-12 qualifies for Denker Tournament of HS Champions.

High School Intermediate, open to grades K-12 under 1800 or unrated. EF $65.20 mailed by 2/15.

High School Reserve,
open to K-12 under 1200 or unrated. EF $65.10 mailed by 2/15.

Junior High Championship, open to all in grades K-9. EF $65 mailed by 2/15. Top NYS grade K-8 born after 9/1/02 qualifies for Barber tournament of K-8 Champions.

Middle School Intermediate, open to grades K-8 under 1600 or unrated. EF $64.90 mailed by 2/15.

Middle School Reserve, open to K-8 under 1000 or unrated. EF $64.80 mailed by 2/15.

Elementary Championship, open to all in grades K-6. EF $64.70 mailed by 2/15.

Elementary Intermediate, open to grades K-6 under 1400 or unrated. EF $64.60 mailed by 2/15.

K-5 Intermediate, open to grades K-5 under 1100 or unrated. EF $64.50 mailed by 2/15.

K-5 Reserve, open to grades K-5 under 800 or unrated. EF $64.40 mailed by 2/15.

Primary Championship, open to grades K-3. EF $64.30 mailed by 2/15.

Primary Reserve, open to grades K-3 under 600 or unrated. EF: $64.20 mailed by 2/15.

K-1 Championship, open to grades K-1. EF $64.10 mailed by 2/15.

K-1 Reserve, open to grades K-1 under 400 or unrated. EF $64 mailed by 2/15.

Postmarked 2/16-27: All entry fees $10 more. Do not mail entry after 2/27.

Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry. Online at, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed or paid at site, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17.

Trophies to top 10 players and top 7 teams each section, top 2 unrated in each reserve section, and top 2 each U1900, U1700 (HS Championship),  U1600, U1400 (HS Intermediate), U1000, U800, U600 (HS Reserve), U1800, U1600, U1400 (JHS Championship), U1400, U1200 (MS Intermediate), U800, U600, U400 (MS Reserve), U1700, U1500 (Elem Championship), U1200, U1000 (Elem Intermediate), U900, U800 (K-5 Intermediate), U700, U600, U500, U400, U300 (Elem Reserve), U1400, U1200, U1000 (Primary Championship), U500, U400, U300, U200 (Primary Reserve), U800, U600, U400 (K-1 Championship), U300, U200 (K-1 Reserve). Speed playoff if perfect score tie.

Free entry to NY State Championship, Labor Day weekend 2018 (Albany), to top player each section, if not already qualified for free entry from another event.

Mixed doubles prizes: chess sets for 3 HS sections combined; no extra fee; enter at Marriott by 2 pm Sat.

Schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10 am, rounds begin Sat 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, Sun 9 am, 12 noon, 3 pm. Awards 5:30 pm. Half point byes OK all, limit 2, must commit before round 2.

Hotel rates: Hilton $135-135, 888-999-4711, 518-584-4000, or use link to be posted at Courtyard $135-135, 866-210-9325, or use link to be posted at Two nights minimum at both hotels. 7 days notice required for room cancellations. Both hotels are sold out, but may again have availability in the final week before the event due to late cancellations. Backup hotels: see below or travel sites. Free parking at Courtyard; free parking for overnight guests at Hilton. 

BACKUP HOTEL: Hilton Garden Inn, 1.2 miles from Saratoga Hilton, 1.6 miles from Courtyard, $135 chess rate, reserve by Feb 2.

Special car rentals: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #657633.

Online entry: Mail entry: Continental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Include name, rating, USCF ID, USCF expiration (non-members include dues), section, school, grade, birth date, address of each player. Checks payable to Continental Chess. $15 per player service charge for refunds. $10 extra to switch sections, all substitutions from advance list charged $90.

Questions: DirectorAtChess.US (At = @)), 347-201-2269.

Bring clock if possible- none supplied. Bring set & board for HS sections; set & board supplied for other sections.

March official ratings used (except unofficial web ratings usually used if otherwise unrated). TD reserves right to assign estimated rating to players with non-USCF ratings.

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