May 4, 2006
Press Release #20 of 2006

Contact: Jerry Nash
(931) 787-1234 #145

2000+ Young Chess Competitors Expected To Converge On Denver
May 12-14, 2006!

(CROSSVILLE, TN) The U. S. Chess Federation (USCF), will hold its 31st National Elementary (K-6) School Chess Championship May 12-14, 2006 in Denver, Colorado at the Hyatt Denver Convention Center located at 15th Street and California Street. This year’s event (as well as for 2007 and 2008) will be re- named in honor of longtime supporter of scholastic chess since 1972, Burt Lerner, on behalf of his family.

This seven round event will begin Friday, May 12 at 1:00 pm. The event concludes Sunday evening, May 14 with an award ceremony at 7:00 pm. The time control for players above the K-1 section will be G/120 for each of their seven games. This allows players two hours each to make their moves. Those competing in the K-1 level each get 90 minutes on their chess clock to complete their games.

The National Elementary School Bughouse Championship will start Thursday, May 11 at 11:00 am and the National Elementary School Blitz Championship will start Thursday evening at 5:00 pm. These two events are unique in that each side receives 5 minutes per game!

On Saturday, May 13, another interesting event will begin at 10:30 am – Parents & Friends Tournament. Coaches, parents and other siblings of players are encouraged to join this fun tournament., official photographer for this event, is offering a $250 scholarship to the player with the greatest upset!

Grandmaster Susan Polgar will do a simultaneous exhibition Friday, May 12 at 9:00 am and give a lecture on Saturday, May 13 at 4:30 pm.

Additional details, advanced entrants and program book can be found at: So far 1779 players have entered!
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