Thank you to everyone that attended the 2019 State Games of America! All-American certificates are now avaible!   We hope to see you in 2021 in Ames and Des Moines, Iowa.      

DATE : August 3, 2019

Liberty University
Demoss Hall - 4162
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$35 per person

Deadline: July 25, 2019 (unless tournament fills before this date)
There will be NO on-site registration


Deadline: July 31, 2019 (unless tournament fills before this date)

Divisions: The tournament is organized into three (3) Divisions:  Scholastic K-5, Scholastic 6-12, and Open. 

  • The Scholastic Sections are for school-age players in grades pre-school through High School.  Experienced Scholastic Players with an actual  Chess Rating over 1200 may find a greater challenge in the Open Section.  US Chess Federation Membership is not required in either Scholastic Section.
  • The Open Section is intended for experienced players regardless of age.  Adult beginners can only play in the Open Section. US Chess Federation Membership is REQUIRED
General Information:  Chess Sets and boards will be provided, but players can use their own.  Players should bring their own Chess Clocks, pens and pencils if they have them.  A Chess Clock is not required, but is strongly recommended.  There will not be a Chess vendor on site.

Competition Format:  4 Rounds, Swiss System.  This is not an elimination tournament, every player plays 4 games!   Click here to read more about a Swiss System chess tournament.


  • Time Control for both Scholastic Sections is Game 40 for all 4 rounds.
  • Time Control for the Open Section is Game 45 for Rounds 1 and 2, and Game 60 for Rounds 3 and 4.
  • All sections will observe a 5-second time delay per move.
  • “Game 40” means each player has up to 40 minutes to make all of his/her moves, so a full game could last as long as 80 minutes under Game 40 conditions.

Event Schedule:
Scholastic Sections:  All played at Game-40, with 5-second time delay.  This means each player has 40 minutes to make all of their moves, so a very close game “could” last as long as 80 minutes.
- Round 1:  10 AM
- Rounds 2-4:  Played as soon as possible after the previous round ends  

Open Section:  Rounds begin at the following times:
- Round 1:  10 AM, Game-45, with 5-second time delay
- Round 2:  12:15 PM, same as Round 1
- Round 3:  2:30 PM, Game-60, with 5 second time delay
- Round 4:  5:30 PM, same as Round 3

Mike Hoffpauir, US Chess Federation National Tournament Director

2019 State Games of America merchandise will be available for purchase during events at various locations or on our website now

2019 State Games of America bronze, silver and gold medals will be given in each category/division as well as 4th-6th place ribbons. 
Scholastic Sections:  Trophies to Top Unrated Player and Top Female Player
Open Section:  Trophies to Top Under 1000 player and Top Under 1600 player



Sport Specific Questions: Contact Sport Director Mike Hoffpauir at .  Also see

Online Registration/Website Questions: Contact the State Games of America office at 540-343-0987 or


All dates, times, locations and formats are tentative at this time. Virginia Amateur Sports reserves the right to make changes to the sport information noted on this page. Some dates, locations and times may change due to registration numbers. Participants are encouraged to check sport info often for any changes.

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