ChessKid National Festival

February 17, 2024
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College Street
Charlotte, NC 28201

A Twist on Tournaments for K-8 Players and So Much More

Bring the whole family for a thrilling adventure to the ChessKid National Festival

National Tournament for K-8 Players

Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to engage your K-8 kids in chess? Look no further than this upcoming event! It includes a national tournament featuring blitz, bughouse, puzzles, and more! Your kids have the chance to compete with other chess players to become ChessKid Festival Champions.

Festival Magic for the Whole Family

Beyond the national tournament, this festival experience offers a wide range of activities for the whole family. Enjoy face painting, balloon animals, and the chance to smash a pie right in FunMasterMike's face!

Meet Your Favorite Chess Stars

We're bringing you a very special GothamChess VIP Experience. Hang out with GothamChess, FunMasterMike, IM Danny Rensch, WGM Jen Shahade, GM Daniel "Danya" Naroditsky, and FM master James Canty! See all the amazing activities you will enjoy as a VIP.

Complete Schedule


6 - 7 pm ET - Puzzle Challenge
On-site registration only (free): Friday 4:30 - 5:30 pm ET


10 am - 12:15 pm ET - Round 1
2 pm - 4:15 pm ET - Round 2
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm ET - Blitz
Blitz Championship 
3 Sections – K-8, K-5, and K-3
Prizes – trophies to top 10 individuals and top 3 teams per section
5 double rounds (10 games total), G/5 minute time control.
Blitz Awards Ceremony: Saturday 7:45 pm ET


10 am - 12:15 pm ET - Round 3
2 pm - 4:15 pm ET - Round 4
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm ET - Bughouse
Online registration only (free): Sunday 4:30 - 5:30 pm ET
On-site registration: Sunday 4:00 - 4:30 pm ET
1 Section – K-8
Prizes – trophies to top 10 teams (2 trophies per team)
5 double rounds (10 games total), G/5 minute time control.
Bughouse Awards Ceremony: Sunday 7:45 pm ET


10 am - 12:15 pm ET - Round 5
2 pm - 4:15 pm ET - Round 6
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm ET - Awards Ceremony

Click Here For Register 

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