Rockford Chess Challenge

Organized by local scholastic chess organization Rockford Chess and directed by Rock River Chess, the Rockford Chess Challenge is an unrated chess tournament for students in grades K-12 in the Rock River area. Students are divided into 4 sections by grade and play friendly competition as a way to introduce players to the excitement of competitive chess.

Host schools earn a portion of every registration, making the Rockford Chess Challenge a great way to raise funds for scholastic chess programs!

Click here to see Tournament Results for the Chess Challenge

2021-2022 RCC dates and locations:

All 21-22 events will be at the Ken Rock Community Center, 625 Adams St, Rockford, IL 61107

The next Rockford Chess Challenge is on Saturday, November 6th, 2022

hosted by Ken Rock Community Center, 625 Adams St, Rockford, IL 61107


  • Check-In from 7:45 am – 8:45am

  • 5 Rounds of G25/d5 - First matches start at 9:15am, subsequent rounds start as soon as possible

  • Any player who has not checked-in by 8:45am will be dropped from the competition

  • All players play all 5 rounds with an anticipated end time of 3:00pm

  • Awards to top players in each section, other awards may be given depending on registrations

  • Players must play in their appropriate section, but may "play-up" if they choose / Players may not change sections once games have begun

  • Students must be supervised by a parent or coach at all times

  • Teams must enter at least 5 players to qualify for team awards.


  • Limited to first 200 registrants

  • Pre-Registration – $15 per player / ALL late and on-site registrations will be $20

  • All registrations are non-refundable

  • Send questions to

RCC - Registration Flyer.pdf