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2022 National Middle School (K-8) Championships

Format:  7SS, G/120 d5.

7 Sections:  K-8 Championship, K-8 U1700, K-8 U1400, K-8 U1100, K-8 U900, K-8 U700, and K-8 Unrated.  “Playing up” is allowed.  Unrated players may play either Championship or Unrated sections only.  April rating supplement will be used.

Site:  Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine TX 76051.  HR: $159 single/quad.  Guest rooms may be booked, NLT 4/7/2022 by calling (877) 382-7299 or (817) 778-2000, mention “US Chess”, or online at:

Byes: One 1/2-point bye available (limit one) any round if requested prior to the start of Rd. 1.  Byes may not be revoked after Rd. 1.

Scoring: Team score = total of top four (minimum two) finishers from each school per section. K-8 Championship first place individual and team, including ties, will be the National Middle School Champion.

Schedule: Opening ceremony: Fri. 12:45 pm. Round start times: Fri. 1 pm and 7 pm, Sat. 9 am, 2 pm and 7 pm, Sun. 9 am and 2 pm. Awards Ceremony:  Sun., approx. 7 pm.

Entry Fee: $70/participant postmarked or online by 3/21, $90 postmarked or online by 4/4, $105 online by 4/18, $110 on site; $30.00 extra for all phone registrations; $30 fee for roster or section changes after 4/4 or any onsite changes. ONLINE REGISTRATION STRONGLY ENCOURAGED!  DO NOT MAIL ANY REGISTRATIONS AFTER 4/4!

Onsite registration: Thurs. 9 am – 9 pm & Fri. 8 am – 11 am. Players who register or change sections after 11 am on Friday will receive a 1/2-point bye for Round 1. Players must disclose any other, non-US Chess over-the-board (OTB) ratings.

Awards: Medals to top individuals & trophies to top teams in each section.  Every player receives a commemorative item! Full list of awards on tournament website.

Side Events: Bughouse: Thurs. 11 am, Reg. onsite only (no online or phone reg for Bughouse) Thurs. 9 -10 am, $30/team. K-12 Blitz: Thurs. 5 pm, Reg. online until Thurs. 2 pm, onsite until 4 pm. Blitz EF: $30 by 4/4, $40 after or at site. Class medals will be awarded in Blitz. Full list of awards on tournament website.

General questions: Contact Also check tournament website; many questions answered there. Team Room questions: Contact Pete Karagianis at or 931.200.9477.

Entries: online (STRONGLY PREFERRED!) at or by mail at U.S. Chess Federation, Attn.: 2022 MS Championship, P.O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557. (Do not mail registrations after 4/11!)  Advance entries and pre-tournament instructions are given on tournament website. See website for additional information about the event, advance entries, awards, meetings, team rooms, updates, corrections, and registration forms.

Tournament website: