2023 CMSCA Chess Tournaments,
Free Chess Lessons, Data Science Student Project, and more!

All our Tournaments and other activities/events are open to all youth through 12th grade. This includes students who are homeschooled or in public, private, or parochial schools from any location across the USA.

If any questions, please reach us via our contact page - https://www.cmsca.org/contact.php

Class Championship-1 09/23/2023 (Sat.)
Info & Registration

First Team Tournament 10/14/2023 (Sat.)
Info & Registration

Junior Open 11/18/2023 (Sat.)
Info & Registration

Grade Championship 12/09/2023 (Sat.)
Info & Registration

Southern Scholastic 01/13/2024 - 01/14/2024
Info & Registration

Second Team Tournament 02/24/2024 (Sat.)
Info & Registration

Class Championship-2 03/16/2024 (Sat.)
Info & Registration

Third Team Tournament 04/20/2024 (Sat.)
Info & Registration

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Please consider making a donation to allow us to continue to provide and explore new programs and help us cover our operational costs.  The bottom section has details on making a donation including a possible matching donation/grant from your employer!  We truly appreciate your support!

Unfortunately our operational costs are going up for this coming year, but we will do our best to continue to offer free activities and tournaments.  Please consider donating if you haven't already or donate again if you have.

Three (3) Rated Tournaments!

  • Rated Class Championship-1 Chess Tournament (Saturday - 09/23/2023)
    • First major rated Chess Tournament of the School Year!  Please join us in welcoming this new school year!
    • We have DOUBLED the CASH PRIZES and added even more ways to win!
    • Register Here
    • Important:
      • Please bring your chess set.  Don't own one?  Don't worry, we will be selling discounted chess equipment onsite.
      • We ordered over $1,000 in new Chess Equipment including chess bags!  Buy some for yourself or your Chess Club!
    • Date: Saturday - 09/23/2023
    • Location:
      • Charles H. Parker Academic Center
      • 1546 Walton Road
      • Charlotte, NC 28208
    • Please arrive between 8:30am and 9:00am.  Tournament starts at 9:30am.
    • This is a rated tournament and perfect for those who have considered entering a Chess Tournament for the first time!
    • Tournament is open to all students who are homeschooled or in public, private, or parochial schools from any location across the USA.
    • USCF Membership is required.  Sign up for new or to renew USCF Membership here - Youth Under 19 Membership for $20.  If this registration process is too confusing, go ahead and register to our Chess Tournament using USCF ID '00000' and we will help you on Saturday morning to get registered with USCF.  Please arrive by around 8:30am ET to assist you.
    • Food concessions will be available for purchase!
  • Free Rated CMSCA Thursday Quad Chess Tournament at the South County Regional Library
    • Signup Here!  We will close registration once we reach 50 students.
    • Important: Please bring your chess board and pieces if you own one.
    • Cost: Free Admission
    • Date: Thursday - September 14, 2023
    • Time: Please arrive between 5:00pm - 6:00pm ET. We will pair you up upon arrival.
    • Location: South County Regional Library (Across from Calvary Church)
    • Address: 5801 Rea Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277
    • Additional Details:
      • USCF ID Membership is required.  New to chess?  If you need help creating a USCF ID, please arrive by 4:45pm ET.
      • Quad-style: Players are divided into groups of four based on their rating or skill level.
      • Round Robin: Each participant plays against every other player in their quad once.
      • Three rounds of play: Each player competes in three games, ensuring a challenging and engaging experience.
      • No minimum age limit, USCF ID required for youth through high school.
    • ***The Library is not a sponsor, nor does it endorse any practices or points of view of the sponsors of this program. We also cannot reserve consistently or multiple times at the same library. We are also limited in what we can publicize on our website. Hence, please make sure to sign up via our mailing list.**
  • Free Rated CMSCA & Chess Klub Scholastic Chess League
    • Get ready to ignite the new school year with a chess extravaganza like no other!  We're beyond ecstatic to unveil the CMSCA & Chess Klub Scholastic Chess League for the 2023-2024 academic year. This isn't just any league; it's a monumental partnership between the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Scholastic Chess Association (CMSCA) and Chess Klub.  This is an opportunity to forge new friendships, mingle with fellow chess enthusiasts, and potentially become the next scholastic chess superstar!
    • Signup Here!  We will close registration on Friday at 5:00pm ET or once we reach capacity.
    • Print a Flyer Here
    • Cost: Free Admission
    • Date: Friday, September 15, 2023
    • Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm ET
    • Location: Chess Klub at Ballantyne
    • Address: 14045 Ballantyne Corporate Pl, Ste 101, Charlotte, NC 28277
    • Additional Details:
      • USCF Membership ID is required.
      • New to rated chess?  If you need help creating a USCF Membership ID, please let us know upon arrival.
  • Upcoming CMSCA's Major Chess Tournaments.
    • Tournament Dates:
      • 09/23/2023 (Saturday): Class Championship 1
      • 10/14/2023 (Saturday): 1st Team Tournament
      • 11/18/2023 (Saturday): Junior Open
      • 12/09/2023 (Saturday): Grade Championship
      • 01/13/2024 - 01/14/2024 (Saturday - Sunday): Southern Scholastic (US Chess Nationals Sponsorship)
      • 02/24/2024 (Saturday): 2nd Team Tournament
      • 03/16/2024 (Saturday): Class Championship 2
      • 04/20/2024 (Saturday): 3rd Team Tournament


CMSCA is a 501(C)(3) non-profit Educational Organization run by Parent and Student Volunteers with the support of our Professional Chess Coaches.

CMSCA Tax ID: 58-1671124

Employer Matching Donations:

CMSCA registered with HUNDREDS of employers for matching donations!

Do you work for an employer that has a matching non-profit donation program like Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Duke Energy, or hundreds other? If yes, please consider donating through your employer's portal - it's easy! When donating through their portal, they will typically match and send a matching amount directly to our non-profit. You can search for us using CMSCA or Charlotte Mecklenburg Scholastics Chess Association. Please send us an email at president@cmsca.org once you have donated to help track and/or if you want donation to be anonymous.

Direct Donations:

Direct Donations also appreciated (e.g. $20, $30, $50, $100, or more): https://paypal.me/chesscmsca

Large Donations:

Large Donations can be mailed to our P.O. Box below.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Scholastic Chess Association
P.O. Box 221882
Charlotte, NC 28222

Thank You!

Thank you to all who have already donated! If you have never donated, but love our events, please consider donating now! CMSCA Board is meeting Sunday to help plan new activities including in the summer (for the first time)! Your donations will make a difference!

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