|USCF's 2007 U.S. Junior High Chess Championship goes to Sacramento, CA - March 30-April 1, 2007|
|By Joan DuBois|
|March 23, 2007|
(Crossville, TN) The U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) will hold their 2007 U.S. Junior High (K-9) National Chess Championship at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California between March 30 through April 1, 2007. The host hotel is the Hyatt Regency Sacramento Hotel.
The seven round event will offer six sections: K-9 Championship; K-9 Under 1250; K-8 Championship; K-8 Under 1000; K-8 Under 750; Unrated. This event could draw upwards of 1400 young chess enthusiasts from all across the United States to compete for these titles and trophies. Alongside the main event the Team Championship will also take place. 340 teams (4 players per team) have already registered thereby representing 38 states. For the main event over 900 individuals have entered early!
On March 29th the 2007 National Junior High Bughouse Championship will begin at 11am. In this event two players team up to play against another two-player team for each game! At 5pm the first round of the 2007 National Junior High Blitz Championship will begin. In this event each player plays against one opponent and they each receive 5 minutes on their clock!
In an effort to entertain the audience we will hold our "Parents & Friends Tournament" again this year. This event consists of four rounds beginning at 10:30am on Saturday, March 31st.
The first USCF National Junior High Championship was held in 1973. Some of the past champions include Grandmasters Joel Benjamin, Michael Rohde and Hikaru Nakamura. The Award Ceremony begins approximately 7pm on April 1. Media is welcome! Additional details on this event can be found at: http://www.uschess.org/tournaments/2007/jhs/. You can also contact USCF Scholasatic Director Jerry Nash.
The United States Chess Federation (USCF), founded in 1939, serves as the governing body for chess in the United States and is now headquartered in Crossville, Tennessee. USCF is devoted to extending the role of chess in American society. It promotes the study and knowledge of the game of chess, for its own sake as an art and enjoyment, and as a means for the improvement of society. The USCF is a not-for-profit membership organization with over 80,000 members. For additional information on the USCF see: http://www.uschess.org.