2020 HAWAII OPEN Chess Championship and Blitz Tournament

The Hawaii State Open and Blitz Championships this year are going online! The events are to be held on ICC (Chessclub.com) over Labor Day Weekend (9/5 – 9/7).

For more details and to register please see the flyer HERE.

Please direct any questions to tournament organizer Damian Nash at d3nash@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you online!

POSTPONED: State Scholastic Chess Championships

In light of the ongoing coronavirus concerns, the 2020 State Scholastic Championships has been postponed to a TBD date.

Stay safe and stay healthy!

Upcoming Hawaii Chess Events!

Aloha Hawaii Chess fans!

We are excited to announce that the details for the 2019 Hawaii State Open & Blitz Championships have been announced.  The tournament is going to be held for the second year in a row at Kapiolani Medical Center!  The tournament will take place over Labor Day Weekend, 8/31-9/2.

For full details including how to register, see the flyer here.

Also coming up very soon is an unrated Quick event at Washington Middle School. The Summer Quick Open is taking place on Saturday, 6/29 and is going to be  7 rounds at G/10 + 2 second delay.   All ages and playing strengths are of course welcome!  The flyer for that event is here.

Also being finalized is the 2019-20 Scholastic Calendar.  Check the Calendar page for details on upcoming scholastic events.

We hope to see you at the next event!

Hawaii Holiday Chess Quads

When: Sunday, December 23rd. 9:30am to 6pm.

Time Control: 60 minutes for each player with a
15-second delay on each move.

Bring: Chess set, clock if you have one, pen or pencil.

Format: A three-round, non-eliminations chess tournament. Players will be divided into four-player “Quads” based on USCF ratings, and will play every other player in their quad group. This format usually means that all players will have three close games.

Location: 1350 Ala Moana Blvd. Across Piikoi street from the Ala Moana Mall.

Registration: Register in advance by sending Name, rating and USCF ID number to bobnewell@bobnewell.net by 6:00pm on Saturday, December 22nd. On-site registration 9:00 to 9:30am with $10 late-registration fee. Space is limited so please register early!

Entry Fee: $25 if you’re entry is received by Saturday, October 6 at 6:00pm. $35 on the day of the tournament. ($10 scholarships available if requested in advance.) Byes are not available in quad tournaments.

Prizes: $50 cash first place and $25 second place in each quad section.

Official Ratings: USCF Chess ratings from December 1 will be used for this event. To see the current list of Hawaii players with USCF ratings click here.

Round Times: 10:00, 1pm, 3:30pm.

Directions: 1350 Ala Moana (also the name of the building), at the corner of Piikoi and Ala Moana Blvd. Parking is just across the street at Ala Moana Shopping Center. Enter from the Piikoi side by Foodland. To enter just walk across Piikoi Street to come to the building lobby. Tell them you are coming to the chess event hosted by Tom Zheng.

Food: The Ala Moana Mall across the street has many great options such as Foodland, Shirokiya Village, etc. Water is provided at the tournament site and a refrigerator and small kitchen are available to players (but no glasses, dishes or utensils).

See the Tournament Flyer on Google Docs HERE

Hawaii State Class Championships

When:  Saturday, November 24th. 9am to 6:30pm.

Where:  Moanalua Middle School Cafeteria      

  1289 Mahiole St, Honolulu, HI 96819

Bring:  Board, pieces, clock and pen if you can.

Format:  A four-round Swiss-System, non-elimination chess tournament (where everyone plays four rounds)  It is USCF dual rated (Quick and Classical) and divided into three sections: Open, Reserve (for players rated between 1000 and 1599 or unrated) and Cadet (rated under 1000 or unrated).  

Time Control:  50 minutes for each player with a 10-second delay on each move.

Registration:  $25 entry fee.  Register in advance by email, sending name, contact information and USCF ID number to bobnewell@bobnewell.net before 6:00pm on Friday, 11/23.  Then bring $25 cash only for entry fee, collected 8:00 to 8:30am Saturday, 11/24.  $10 late fee added if you don’t pre-register! ($10 scholastic scholarship available for families who request it in advance.)

Round Times:  9:00, 11:15,  2:00, 4:15. Awards ceremony at 6:30.   Half-point byes available in any rounds. Last-round byes must be arranged before the start of the second round.

Prizes:  Cash prizes based on entries with >70% returned.  $100 minimum guaranteed first place in the Open section.  State residents qualify medals for top three in each rating class: M, X, A, B, C, D, E, u1000, u800, Unrated.  Official state chess champion class titles awarded for M, X, A, B, C, D, E.

Official Ratings:  USCF official ratings from November, 2018  will be used for this event. To see the current list of Hawaii players with USCF ratings click here.  

Parent Tips:  The Cadet section is for younger and beginner players to earn a USCF national rating.  The Reserve section is for experienced teen or adult players who are unrated. Participants must have a current USCF membership and write down all the moves. Players under age 16 must be accompanied by a guardian at all times!

Directions:  From the H-201 Highway take the Puuloa exit North toward Tripler Army Medical Center.  At the first light turn right (East) on Mahiole St. The school is on the right side. Park in the main parking lot and follow the signs to the chess tournament in the cafeteria.

Food: There are several food options at the Moanalua 99 Mall across the H-201 highway from the school.  Lunch break will be approximately 45-90 minutes depending when your second game ends.