Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is hosting its annual winter chess tournament in person at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Henry E. Lackey High School. The tournament is limited to chess players in Grades 4-12. Parents and family members will not be permitted to remain on site during the tournament. This is a precautionary measure to limit the amount of people inside of the playing area. Parents can watch the tournament virtually through Zoom with a limited panoramic view. Individual matches will not be highlighted.
Players must register in advance to participate. The registration form is posted on the CCPS website at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/gifted-education-services/#Events. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Feb. 17. Walk-in registrations are not accepted.
The tournament features a four-round Swiss-style format. Sign-in for players begins at 8:15 a.m. with the first round of play starting at 9 a.m. Students must check in by 8:45 a.m. to be matched for play in the first round.
An awards ceremony will follow the matches. Players will receive a trophy, medal and/or certification for participation. Participation is free and open to all Charles County students in Grades 4-12.
The following COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place.
- Players must be dropped off at the main door entrance area of the school building. A CCPS staff member will greet every student player upon arrival and direct them to the check-in area.
- All players will be required to complete a health form upon arrival. The form is posted here on the CCPS website: https://www.ccboe.com/images/departments/gifted/2021ChessTournamnetCOVID-19Questionaire.pdf.
- Students will play with different unused chess pieces for each match.
- Hand sanitizer will be available. Players can bring their own.
- All players must wear a face mask or protective face covering during the tournament.
- Players will be socially distanced at least 6-feet apart.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.
CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).