Western PA Youth Chess runs regional chess tournaments for kids about 6 times a year. Whenever a flyer for
our next tournament becomes available, it will be listed under Upcoming Events on our home page.
All of our regional scholastic tournaments are open to anyone from preschool through Grade 12 who wishes to test their skills. Each
of our tournaments offers many different sections divided by age and ability, so that everyone can play against others at their own
level. Prizes typically consist of ribbons and trophies. In addition to prizes for the individual competition, these tournaments also
offers trophies to top teams. To enter the team competition, 4 or more participants from your school must take part.
The cost for these events is composed of two parts. First, is the entry fee, which typically is $20 per individual. There is no additional
entry fee for competing as part of a school team, but you must have 4 or more entrants from your school to do so. In order to have these
tournaments rated by the US Chess Federation (USCF), we require that all participants have a current USCF membership. The cost is
$17 a year for children age 12 and Under, $22 a year for children age 13 to 15, or $26 for children age 16 to 24. Membership includes
rating service and online access to the USCF's chess publications.
Competing in these tournaments will get you an official chess rating. For more on ratings, follow the our RATING INFO
In addition to these regional tournaments, we also run numerous other tournaments geared toward specific groups. Some of the larger
tournaments of this type include the annual Fox Chapel scholastic championship, and the annual Catholic Schools Chess Championship.
Another large and popular tournament we cosponsor is the annual Carnegie Library Chess competition, which is now going into its
38th year. These are unrated, completely free tournaments held at approximately 40-45 Carnegie Library branches throughout Allegheny County.
Typically they are held from late January to early March. At each participating library, we run two sections: Grades K - 4 and Grades 5 - 8.
The top 2 finishers in each section receives a trophy, and the 1st place winner receives the right to enter the Carnegie Library Finals,
where the winners from all the branches meet. To view the list of former library tournament winners, follow our LIBRARY TOURNAMENTS link below.
Many participants in our tournaments take chess classes as a way to improve their game. Classes for beginner and intermediate level
players are offered on a regular basis on Sunday afternoons at the Pittsburgh Chess Club in Squirrel Hill. Classes for Advanced
Players are also offered at the Pittsburgh Chess Club on Monday evenings. In addition, chess classes are currently offered at many schools throughout Western PA. For information, call
the Pittsburgh Chess Club's Scholastic Director, Chessmaster Jerry Meyers at (412) 422-1770.