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 The deadline to register is Wednesday, Feb. 21. 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.
  • 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.

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

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