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ChessKid Announces First National Festival Taking Place Early 2024 (Now Open To K-8)

ChessKid Announces First National Festival Taking Place Early 2024 (Now Open To K-8)

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Update: The ChessKid National Festival has expanded its scope and now features events for kids up to K-8! Other new additions include Hula Chess, Fencing Chess, a live band, and a guest appearance by WFM Alexandra Botez and Andrea Botez!


ChessKid has announced the inaugural ChessKid National Festival, happening across the Presidents' Day weekend (February 16-19) in 2024. The multiple-day celebration will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Chess fans of all ages will be able to enjoy the festivities and meet some of their chess heroes: IM Danny Rensch, IM Levy Rozman (GothamChess), and FM Mike Klein are among the confirmed guest stars appearing at the event.

The focus will be on family-friendly entertainment, with K-8 kids able to win prizes including medals, trophies, and merchandise by entering chess-related contests and competitions.

An image promoting the ChessKid National Festival in 2024, with the dates and location as well as cartoon depiction of FM Mike Klein and IM Levy Rozman.

Events and attractions include the chance to connect with other chess fans and make new friends, tournaments, games for all skill levels (including beginners), meet-and-greets with chess celebrities such as GothamChess, as well as contests, puzzles, and other fun activities.

Competitive highlights of the ChessKid National Festival will include a Puzzle Challenge, Blitz Championship, Bughouse Championship, and a main event that will see kids of various ages and ratings compete in over-the-board play.

Main Event

  • Open to all players K-8 and below, with five different sections to play in
  • Each player receives one hour per game, plus a 5-second increment per move
  • Games may last up to 2 hours and 10 minutes
  • All players receive medals, with trophies awarded to teams and individuals (top 10-20 depending on age/rating range)

Blitz Championship

  • Three sections: K-8, K-5 and K-3
  • Prizes: Trophies to the top 10 individuals and top 3 teams per section
  • Five double rounds (10 games total), G/5 minute time control.

Bughouse Championship

  • One section: K-8
  • Prizes: Trophies to top 10 teams (two trophies per team)
  • Five double rounds (10 games total), G/5 minute time control

Image promoting the workshop led by GM Judit Polgar.

Standard entry tickets for the ChessKid National Festival are available for $124 USD, with VIP tickets (including a meet-and-greet with chess celebrities, VIP access to special events led by GothamChess, an invitation to an online training camp/masterclass with GM Judit Polgar prior to the festival, and more) available for $324. All VIPs will also receive a copy of Rozman's new book with the chance to get it signed on-site. 

Tickets for the ChessKid National Festival are limited and are on sale now. Chess.com users can save 10% by using the discount code CKCHESS10.


More information on ChessKid National Festival tickets and pricing (as well as detailed day-by-day schedules) can be found on ChessKid.com.

Mick
Mick Murray

Mick is a writer and editor for Chess.com and ChessKid. He enjoys playing the Caro-Kann and Italian Game to varying degrees of success. Before joining Chess.com, Mick worked as a writer, editor, and content manager in Japan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

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