Open to any student in any school in grades K - 12 living in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia.

The 2015-2016 Qualifying Tournament will be held
Saturday, October 17, 2015

The top 16 players from this event will proceed to a series of elimination matches to be held during the winter and into the spring. One player will be crowned the National Capital Scholastic Cup Champion. The brackets from 2014-2015 are shown below.

Prizes
Champion: Championship Cup + $200
Runner-Up: Trophy + $100
2 Quarter-Final Winners: Trophy + $50
All other qualifiers will receive a trophy.
All other players will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Cup Champions
2006 - 2007: Daniel Clancy
2007 - 2008: Shinsaku Uesugi
2008 - 2009: Andrew Freix
2009 - 2010: Jeevan Karamsetty
2010 - 2011: Jeffrey Chang
2011 - 2012: Alvin Cao
2012 - 2013: Justin Lohr
2013 - 2014: Henning Kjoita
2014 - 2015: Richard Tan
2015 - 2016: Philip Keisler

Time Control for the Qualifying Tournament: Game/25;d5
Time Control for the Play-Offs Begin at Game/85;d5

Registration runs from noon until 1:00. Rounds begin at 1:15 and as soon as one round ends the next begins until four rounds are complete. This is a one-section tournament. Byes are not available in this event.

This is a nationally rated tournament so all players must be or become members of the USCF. Membership may be purchased at any time at the U.S. Chess Center.

Please bring boards, sets and clocks, as no equipment is provided by the Center.

or You may download a registration form here to mail with a check.

Entry Fee: $20 per player if received by October 11, $30 later. Please make checks payable to the US Chess Center and mail to:
U.S. Chess Center
410 8th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

The elimination brackets are below: