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Charles County students can register for the 2023 Winter Chess Tournament

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is hosting its annual winter chess tournament in person at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Henry E. Lackey High School. The tournament is open to chess players in Grades kindergarten-12 with spectators allowed to view the event.

Players must register in advance to participate. The registration form is posted on the CCPS website at The deadline to register is Wednesday, Feb. 22. Walk-in registrations are not accepted.

Sign in for players begins at 8:15 a.m. with the first round of play starting at 9 a.m. Students must check in by 8:45 a.m. to be paired for play in the first round. Transportation to Lackey is not provided. Students must be dropped off and picked up.

The tournament features a four-round Swiss-style format using chess clocks —15 minutes per game — for Grades 4-12 with an awards ceremony following the fourth-round match with trophies, medals and certificates. Participation is free for all Charles County students in Grades K-12.

An awards ceremony will follow the matches. Players will receive a trophy, medal and/or certification for participation. Refreshments will be available for purchase during the event at the concession window.

Questions can be directed to Alicia Briscoe at, Kristen Modes at, or Chrissy Trest at

Lackey is at 3000 Chicamuxen Road in Indian Head.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,598 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).