General Information

DATES: July 21-22, 2018

SITE: Southeast Community College – Lincoln Campus (8800 O St, Lincoln - View map) Competition in rooms D2-D10. Participants must park on East side of the building and enter through Entrance F-1 or C-29.

SANCTION: All games will be rated by the United States Chess Federation. USCF membership IS NOT required for this event.

RULES: USCF tournament rules will be used. Announcements made on-site may differ from the sport information listed here. All updates made on-site will be official and final. This is a non-elimination event; all players will compete in every round in their section. Players who withdraw without notifying officials are denying others the opportunity to play. Half point byes will be available for the first half of the tournament upon request. Byes in the last half of the tournament will be available only for emergencies.

EQUIPMENT: Chess sets and boards will be provided for Junior and Scholastic sections. Open and Reserve players must bring their own. A limited number of chess sets and chess clocks may be available.

AWARDS: Custom Cornhusker State Games gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each section. Sections are Open, Open U1800, Open U1600, Reserve Class B/C, Reserve Class D, Reserve Class E & Below (Rated under 1200), Reserve Unrated, Junior Open (Under age 19), Scholastic (Under age 13) Class E (Rated 1199-1000), Scholastic Class F (Rated 800-999), Scholastic Class G (Rated 600-799), Scholastic Class H (Rated 400-599), Scholastic Class I (Rated under 400) and Scholastic Unrated. Additional categories and medals may be added based on number of entries.

NOTE: Age determined as of July 21, 2018.


View the Complete Event Details for a full list of divisions and events.

Competition Format

Use event code to indicate approximate USCF rating (actual ratings as of the latest rating supplement will be used). If this is your first USCF rated chess tournament, you are unrated. In a Swiss System, winners play winners, losers play losers. There is no elimination.

Open: Five-round Swiss System. Time Control: G 120, d5. Each player has 120 minutes to complete his/her moves plus 5 seconds per move added on. Each game could require up to 4 hours.

Reserve: Five-round Swiss System. Time Control: Game 60, d5. Under 1800. Each player has 60 minutes to complete his/her moves plus 5 seconds per move added on. Each game could require two hours.

Junior: Four-round Swiss System. Time Control: Game 40, d5. Under age 19. Each player has 40 minutes to complete his/her moves plus 5 seconds per move added on. Each game could require one hour and twenty minutes.

Scholastic: Five-round Swiss System. Time Control: Game 30, d5. Under age 13 and rated under 1200. Each player has 30 minutes to complete his/her moves. Each game could require one hour.

Registration Fees & Deadlines


$45 per participant until July 6               

$40 per participant until July 6

$30 per participant until July 6

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES: Competition in the 2018 Cornhusker State Games; White cotton athlete shirt (micro-fiber or soft cotton lightweight tri-blend upgrade available); Pass for free admission to SportFest, the Opening Ceremonies, and all competition venues; Sponsor gifts and coupons.

PAPER ENTRY FORMS: Paper entry forms will be accepted with a $5 processing fee. Registering online saves time, money and trees.

Further Information

Sport Specific Questions: Contact Chess Director Michael D. Gooch at 402-333-0722 or Visit the Nebraska State Chess Association website:

Online Registration/Website Questions: Contact the Cornhusker State Games office at 402-471-2544 or