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17th Annual Chess in the Park Rapid Open - Central Park - 9/16/17
Registration for this event will open in August.

*Moving forward all registrations will be down digitally through online forms on our website.  We will no longer be accepting emails with spreadsheet registrations.

*Confirmations will be sent out no later than the Tuesday before each event.  Confirmations will not be sent until Tuesday for registrations sent between 5:00 PM on Friday through Tuesday at 10:00 AM.

Please do not register multiple times for the same event.

This year Chess in the Schools has changed the format of the "Open Section" at select CIS tournaments (see individual fliers for more information on which events this change will impact).  The "Open Section" will now be three rounds and all games will be G/45. This change will not impact our special CIS "Team Tournaments."

Standard tournament schedule:

Check-in:  8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Round 1:  10:00 AM
Round 2:  11:15 AM
Round 3:  1:00 PM
Round 4:  2:15 PM
Award Ceremony:  3:30 PM

Open Section Schedule:

Check-in:  8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Round 1:  10:00 AM
Round 2:  11:45 AM
Round 3:  1:45 PM
Award Ceremony:  3:30 PM


All tournament entries are limited by the space a school can provide.  All CIS tournaments unless otherwise noted are only open to CIS schools and schools that have participated in a TTI workshop in the last year.

For events open to others, Non-CIS schools are limited to a maximum of 10 student entries per tournament with no more than 5 unrated students EL Unrated and 5 for JH-HS Unrated...

*Students who score 3 or more points in an unrated section must purchase a USCF membership and play in a rated section for all future CIS tournaments.


Registrations are due the Tuesday before each event at 5:00 PM and must include each student's name, school, and section.  All students and schools can register through our on-line registration system.  Direct email registrations will no longer be accepted. 

Entry Fee:


On-site entries must arrive by 9:00 am in order to play in the first round (not all tournaments have on-site registration, check in advance). On-site entries who arrive after 9:00 am will miss the first round and receive a half point bye.  All pre-registered players must check-in by 9:30 am. Players that fail to arrive by 9:30 am will miss the first round. The first round will begin at approximately 10:00 am.  Award ceremonies will begin at 3:15 pm.

CIS Tournament entries limited to a first-come first served basis based on the number of entries each site can handle.  Teams may be limited to a certain number of entries based on the organizer's discretion.  Priority will be given to students in CIS programs.  For more information, please contact Shaun M. Smith at (212) 643-0225 x225 or by email at ssmith@chessintheschools.org


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