Join WinterFest Scholastic Chess Tournament 2024

Prepare for an intellectual battlefield where students from across the Inland Northwest Region will converge at Deer Park High School for the WinterFest Scholastic Chess Tournament. 

Deer Park anticipates a strategic showdown as the Inland Chess Academy presents the WinterFest Scholastic Chess Tournament on January 13, 2024 during WinterFest 2024, at Deer Park High School located at 800 S. Weber Rd. Open to all K-12 students in the Inland Northwest Region, the tournament offers a platform for young chess enthusiasts to showcase their skills, learn sportsmanship, and foster camaraderie. Tournament Directors are James Stripes and John Dill. 

Register Chess Contestants
Registry by sending the player’s name, school, and grade to one of the following contact information:
Email at [email protected]
Phone or Text at 509-822-9800

Register by 8pm on Friday, January 12th, for a $20 fee. Late registration, closes at 9:30am on the morning of the event, requires a $25 fee. Make payments at check-in the morning of the tournament. Inland Chess Academy will donate $1 of each registration fee to a scholarship fund.

Tournament Details:
The tournament follows a five-round Swiss format with a game time of G/30. Divisions are determined by directors after registration, and all students play all five games. The Northwest Rating Service rates the tournament, emphasizing fair play and competition.

The tournament day unfolds with check-in available from 8:45am to 9:30am, setting the stage for an exciting day of chess competition. The inaugural round kicks off promptly at 10:00am, ensuring that players arriving after 9:30am won’t be paired in the first round. Subsequent rounds, from two to five, commence within ten minutes of the completion of the last game of the prior round, maintaining a dynamic and timely pace. As the tournament progresses, participants can anticipate the awards ceremony immediately following the completion of the fifth game. Typically, the awards presentation wraps up before 4:00pm, concluding the day’s events on a celebratory note.

Three points in one regional tournament qualify students for the Washington State Elementary Championship Tournament on May 4th, 2024, in the Tri-Cities.

Inland Chess Academy:
As a licensed, insured, 501c3 WA non-profit educational organization, the Inland Chess Academy is committed to promoting chess education and fostering a love for the game among students. Chess enthusiasts can stay updated on the academy’s schedule of events for the school year 2023-2024 by visiting or following them on Facebook at

Contact Information:
For more information, interested parties can reach out to the Inland Chess Academy at 920 N. Argonne Rd., Suite 120, Spokane Valley, WA 99216, or contact them via email at [email protected]. Visit their website at and connect on social media at

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