News Release, Charles County Public Schools

La Plata, MD- Registration for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annual winter chess tournament, set for 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22 at Henry E. Lackey High School, is now open for students. The tournament is for students in kindergarten through Grade 12.

Interested participants must register online at by Wednesday, Feb. 19. The registration window closes after Feb. 19 and walk-in registrations are not accepted.

The tournament features a four-round Swiss-style format. Students compete in eight divisions of play, depending on their grade level of enrollment: kindergarten through first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-12.

The first match begins at 9 a.m., with additional matches beginning at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Players competing in the 7-8 and 9-12 grade-level divisions will use chess clocks to play 15 minutes per game.

Sign-in for registered players begins at 8 a.m.; students must check-in by 8:45 a.m. in order to be paired for play in the first round. Students who check-in after 8:45 a.m. are paired for the second round. 

An awards ceremony will follow the matches beginning at 12 p.m. Players will receive a trophy, medal and/or certificate for participation. Participation is free and open to all Charles County students. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the Lackey concession window.

Questions can be directed to Alicia Briscoe at or 301-934-7369, or Ann Taylor at or 301-934-7378.

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