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 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

2019-2020 RCC dates and locations:

The next Rockford Chess Challenge is on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

hosted by Rockford Environmental Science Academy, 1800 Ogilby Rd, Rockford, IL 61102


  • 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

Registration Flyer and Form

RRCC - Registration Flyer.pdf