Tournaments

The ChessHelps Charity Tournament is an annual event that usually takes place in early fall, just as schools reopen in Arizona. 

Mark your calendars, Seventh Annual ChessHelps Tournament is now on August 29th Saturday and keeping with the current times it is online. Jonathan and I are hosting this together and our primary goal this year is to support US Chess. Chess is a big part of our lives and with no in person tournaments US Chess revenues are significantly low this year. We hope to help out this great organization the best we can.

Registration Details:
  • $20 until August 24th; $25 thereafter.
  • Registration closes at 7 pm PDT on August 28th.
  • GMs & IMs are free.
  • Players must have a Chess.com or ChessKid account (if you do not have one, you must create one to play. A free account is sufficient).
  • You will be invited to the Chess.com club after registering. If ChessKid, you will automatically be added to the ChessKid club.
  • Byes cannot be requested.
Tournament Format:
  • Tournament starts at 10 am PDT sharp.
  • Rounds will be paired consecutively after every game is completed from the previous round. There are no breaks between rounds.
  • Pairings based on a player’s Chess.com or ChessKid rating.
  • Tournament paired based on Swiss tournament pairing rules. 
  • 4 sections available: 3 on Chess.com and 1 scholastic on ChessKid.com
  • Pairings are done automatically by Chess.com & ChessKid.com system.
  • Tournament is expected to last about 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • Players may be able to join the tournament late, but will receive zero points for any missed rounds. Limited late entry is available but is not guaranteed.
  • Reentry not available.
Fair Play:
  • Organizers will abide by Chess.com & ChessKid Fair Play rules.
  • Computers and outside help are not allowed.
  • Tournament games will be reviewed by Chess.com, ChessKid and tournament staff.
  • Players found in violation of Fair Play policies are not eligible for any prizes. Chess.com & ChessKid consequences may also apply.
  • Games will be submitted to Chess.com & ChessKid to be reviewed and will also be reviewed by tournament staff. Please allow 3-5 days for fair play review before prizes are paid out.
How to Join a Tournament:
  • Tournament link will be shared the day before the tournament.
  • Chess.com tournament link opens 1 hour before the tournament starts. ChessKid tournament link opens 15 minutes before the tournament starts.
  • Players are advised to participate in the tournament from a computer. It is not recommended to play on a phone or mobile device.
  • Players are advised to join the tournament 20-30 minutes early. If you join at the last minute it may be too late to resolve any technical issues that you have.
  • Players may be able to join the tournament late, but will receive zero points for any missed rounds. Limited late entry is available but is not guaranteed.
  • The tournament starts at 10 am PDT sharp. 
  • Reentry is not available.
  • Organizers are not responsible for wifi connection or technical issues.


Hope all of you can come out and support us and have fun while at it.

Enjoy pictures from past tournaments by clicking on the links.

Sixth Annual ChessHelps August 24, 2019

Fifth Annual ChessHelps August 18, 2018