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Rated Tourneys with Prizes are Back!

BayAreaChess is now running over 5 tournaments every week!
We continue to care deeply about our community and their health
and are accomplishing this growth in phases as you can see below.
Dr. Salman Azhar and BayAreaChess are advancing this plan
by coordinating with CDC, local authorities, and business partners.


  • Rated Tourneys with Prizes are Back!

    Rated Tourneys: Phased Plan is COMPLETE!

    Status Phase For Played Rated Prizes Fees Registration
    ✅ Complete 1 PK-12
    Online ChessKid
    1 to 6 BA€ 27/month
    ✅ Complete 2 K-12 Children In-person US Chess
    Federation OTB
    6 BA€/point
    (min. 3 BA€ /tourney)
    29-36 for 3 rounds
    39-45 for 4 rounds
    ✅ Complete 3 All ages In-person US Chess
    Federation OTB
    Ca$h Prizes About 50

    Rated Tourneys: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    1. Online Ratings do not impact OTB (over-the-board) ratings:
      1. ChessKid ratings do not impact US Chess Federation online and OTB ratings.
      2. US Chess Online ratings do not impact US Chess Federation OTB ratings.
    2. Award Distribution:
      1. Ca$h awards will be mailed after one-week to check for fairplay.
      2. Non-cash awards will be distributed on a large post-COVID award ceremony. If you don't want to wait that long, you may pick them from BayAreaChess office (map) at designated times (TBD).
    3. Online Platform: We will use ChessKid (for children only) or lichess.org for online tournaments.
    4. BAC€oins (aka BACa$h):
      1. BAC€oins are redeemable for medals and trophies and allows children to trade-up their medals and smaller trophies. This includes old awards as long as they were given by BayAreaChess.
      2. 1 medal/trinket = 3 BAC€oin ◷ medium trophy (~10") = 9 ◶ Large single eagle trophy = 18 ◵ XL double eagle trophy = 36 ◴ XXL 2-post trophy = 100 ◷ XXXL 3-post trophy = 200 ◶ Huge 4-post trophy = 300
      3. We tested BAC€oins idea in some tournaments and found that the children loved trading medals and smaller trophies for larger trophies (and so did parents). COVID makes this a great idea.
      4. We will allow mix-and-match to trade up as long as their enough trophies for everyone. For example, you can trade 2 medium trophies (or 1 medium trophy and 2 medals) for one large single-eagle trophy.
    5. Fairplay:
      1. All games will be checked for fairplay. Your online account may be suspended or terminated by the online platform for fairplay violations. See videos from ChessKid ChessKid
      2. We at BayAreaChess do not have the power to influence any action by a platform to suspend an account.
  • CalChess Championships

    1. 2020-21 CalChess Grade Level Championship Qualifiers will likely be ONLINE on or around June 26-27, 2021.
    2. 2020-21 CalChess Super State Championship Qualifiers will likely be ONLINE on or around July 24-25, 2021.
    • Players with 4 or more points (out of 5) will be guaranteed entry into OTB playoffs for the top positions in 2020-21 CalChess Grade Level Championship and 2020-21 CalChess Super State Championship. These playoffs will be in September or October 2021. The cutoff of 4 points may be further relaxed based on logistics at that time.
    • 2021 Denker, Barber, & Rockefeller Championships will likely be on July 31 to August 3, 2021. This event will likely be OTB (subject to US Chess Federation's final decision).
    Note: The 2019-20 State Championship was cancelled due to COVID-19 for everyone's safety.
  • Enrichment & Events and
    Plans for Over-the-board Tournaments

    1. We will continue online enrichment and restart in-person enrichment on May 1, 2021 (get more info.).
    2. We are executing a phased plan for returning tournaments online while proactively tracking CDC and local health guidelines (see phased plan).
      1. Forgive us for taking so long to start rated tournaments. Frankly, we were struggling for survival since we are a community based organization without large donors.
      2. Stay tuned for a similar phased plan for our enrichment and education branch (that is under development).
    3. We are still struggling financially and need your help.
      1. Our deep gratitude to those who supported with their time and money.
      2. You can make a tax-deductible donation at here or simply show up and play when we reopen.
      3. Would you like to name post-COVID tournament(s) after your loved ones, your company, or yourself? Please contact us to start the conversation.
  • BayAreaChess Loves You!

    Thank you for your continued support of our club and our events! We could not have done this without you and this amazing chess community!