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USCF Event: 2024 National High School (K-12) Championships (Baltimore, MD) – April 5-7, 2024

2024 National High School (K-12) Championship
April 5 – 7, 2024 · Baltimore MD   (Bughouse & Blitz April 4)

Playing site: · Baltimore Convention Center · 1 West Pratt Avenue · Baltimore MD 21201Host hotel: · Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor · 401 West Pratt Avenue · Baltimore MD 21201 · connected to Baltimore Convention Center
Click here to book a room at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor!
Book by March 12 or rate may increase!
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All reservations must be secured with a valid credit card provided by the reserving party, along with a first night’s deposit, refundable up to 3 days in advance of arrival. All credit cards used to prepay the room deposit may be charged immediately. Once the contracted block of rooms is sold out, additional rooms may be made available at the hotel’s sole discretion. The hotel has sole discretion over the rate of any rooms added to the contracted block.


For the 2024 National High School, board-order pairings and normal wallcharts will not be printed. We will post alphabetical pairings and standings with color history.

To see the current pairings and standings, click “Results & Pairings” in the upper left hand corner, then select the tournament and section you’re interested in. (There will be no data here before 11am local time, Friday, April 5.)

There will be QR codes that link to the pairings and standings posted all around the playing site. Copies of the QR codes are also available at Chess Control.

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You can select the event(s) you wish to receive emails about. If you wish to unsubscribe from these lists at any point, you do so by just clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the email.

Trophies Plus

Awards are provided by Trophies Plus, sponsor of the All-American Team. Trophies Plus will ship awards for you at the conclusion of the event. Just click on their icon for details!

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We’ve put together a guide for those who are “New To Nationals!”
Click here for a primer on what to expect before you arrive!

US Chess COVID Policy

US Chess is not requiring masks, COVID-19 vaccinations, or negative COVID-19 tests for any attendees at this event.

Attendees are encouraged to take available precautions, including (but not limited to) bringing masks and hand sanitizer. However, the decision has been reached to return to pre-COVID conditions at the event.

US Chess will still sanitize all boards after each game. Attendees who wish to wear masks should bring their own.

US Chess reserves the right to alter this policy as needed, dependent upon the most recent regulatory or guidance updates from federal, state, and local health authorities. Please continue to check this space for any changes.

Rating Review Report

The Tournament Review Group (defined in the Scholastic Regulations) reviews every entry to this tournament, and makes decisions about whether to assign a rating based on alternate rating data found for a player. Players on the report have been assigned ratings that are different from their US Chess regular rating in the March 2024 rating supplement. Any player who has been resectioned as a result of an assigned rating has been notified by email from US Chess. The most current version of the report is published here for transparency. Contact the Director of Events with any questions.


Town hall information will be posted in this space when ready. –>

April 5 April 7

7 Round Swiss in 6 Sections
K-12 Championship
K-12 Under 1900
K-12 Under 1600
K-12 Under 1200
K-12 Under 800
K-12 Unrated

March rating supplement will be used. Players must disclose other Over-the-Board (OTB) ratings with entry. Players with other OTB ratings may be moved to a different section at the discretion of US Chess.

Team score is total of top four finishers from each school per section.
A team must have at least two players but no maximum number of players. The top four scores in any section will count for the team score. All players on a team must come from the same school.

National Championship
First place individual and team in the K-12 Championship section, including ties, will be the National High School Champion.

Time Control: Game/90 d10
Each player has 90 minutes to complete the game with a 10 second grace period each move.

This is a US Chess National Scholastic Championship tournament. You must meet US Chess eligibility requirements to play. Contact US Chess to resolve potential eligibility questions BEFORE entering or making travel arrangements.

Entry Fee:   $80 postmarked or online by February 26, $100 postmarked or online by March 11, $130 online by March 25, $180 thereafter online.

  • $30 change fee for roster or section changes after March 11 or any on site changes.


  • Players registering after 11 a.m. Friday will not be paired for round 1, will receive a 1/2 point bye for round 1, and will begin play with round 2.
  • Up to two 1/2 point byes available any round if requested before round 1.
  • A half-point bye in round 1 must be requested at the time of registration, or on-site before 11 AM Friday.
  • A half-point bye request for rounds 2-7 not requested in advance must be requested two hours before the scheduled start of round 2.
  • Players requesting a section change late (after 11 AM Friday) will not be paired for round 1, will receive a half-point bye, and will begin play with round 2.
  • Current US Chess Scholastic Regulations are linked here
  • Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor: $36/day self-parking. No valet parking available.
  • Click here for Baltimore Convention Center parking information.

Information for Accommodation Requests: Consistent with the Guidelines for Accessible Chess Events, requests for reasonable accommodations during the event should be made 2-3 weeks in advance of the event. Requests for accommodations made on site will be handled to the best of our ability.

Tournament Information Contact:


  • Opening ceremony Friday 12:45 p.m.
  • Round start times: Friday 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Awards Ceremony: Sunday 6 p.m. (approximately)Award list is final as of 12/25/2023.All individual awards, including Blitz and Bughouse, will be custom medals. All team awards will be trophies.Awards:IndividualTeamK-12 ChampionshipTop 35 [plus ties for 35th place]Top 20K-12 Under 1900Top 15 [plus ties for 15th place]Top 10K-12 Under 1600Top 30 [plus ties for 30th place]Top 20K-12 Under 1200Top 35 [plus ties for 35th place]Top 25K-12 Under 800Top 35 [plus ties for 35th place]Top 25K-12 UnratedTop 15 [plus ties for 15th place]Top 5Top five teams in each section receive 5 plaques per place (4 players and the coach).NOTE: Unrated teams receive a trophy only – no individual plaques. This is per the Scholastic Regulations.
    Class awards to the top three in the following classes:K-12 Championship1900-1999; 1800-1899; 1700-1799;
    1600-1699; 1500-1599; 1400-1499;
    Under 1400; Unrated
    Parents, coaches and players: check out our Tournament Safety Tips!National High School Blitz Championship (G/5;d0)
    Thursday 5 p.m., entry fee $40 by 3/11, $60 after or on site.
    Online registration closes at 2 p.m.
    Onsite registration closes at 4 p.m.
    Awards to Top 25 Individuals, Top 15 Teams and Top 3 in each Class
        1900-1999; 1800-1899; 1700-1799; 1600-1699;
        1500-1599; 1400-1499; Under 1400; Unrated.
    Blitz RulesNational High School Bughouse Championship (G/5;d0):
    Thursday 11 a.m., $30 per 2-player team on site only. Registration 9-10 a.m. One section K-12.
    Awards (2 each) to top 5 teams.
    Bughouse RulesFriends and Family Tournament (G/30;d5):
    4SS, G/30. Saturday 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., $40 onsite registration only. Anyone registering after 10 a.m. will take a half point bye in round 1. Rated and Unrated sections. Trophies for each category of combined player/student results.Notes and Reminders:
    • Important: Electronic Device Policy for National Scholastic Events.
    • Please bring clocks. Sets and score sheets provided. Players are responsible for bringing and setting their own clocks, and explaining their operation when asked.
    • US Chess membership through April 2024 is required.
    • March 2024 rating supplement will be used in compliance with the Scholastic Regulations.
    • Unrated players may play in the Championship Section or Unrated Section only!!!
    • Players must disclose other Over-the-Board (OTB) ratings with entry.
    • For a printable entry form, click here
    • Mail-in entries must be postmarked by March 11th.
    Entries and General Information Contact:
    U.S. Chess Federation, Attn.: 2024 HS Championship, P.O. Box 775308, St. Louis MO 63177.Team room information will be posted in this space when ready.How to Use the Room Reservation System – PowerPoint file – PDF fileInstructional Video on Using the Room Reservation SystemTeam Room Information Contact: Pete Karagianis at