Southern California Chess Federation
Scholastic Chess News & Notes

May 21, 2024

Checkmate! Local High Schools Clash in 2024 San Diego Regional Chess Championship
Months of anticipation culminated in a thrilling showdown this past Sunday, May 19th, as the 1st Annual Regional High School Chess Team Championship took place at the San Diego Chess Club in Balboa Park. The event brought together ten high schools from across Southern California in a thrilling display of intellectual prowess and school team spirit. Read more here.

Aug. 30, 2015

A Request for Proposal for the 2016 Super States is here. Proposals must be submitted no later than Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Proposals should be submitted to Steve Morford by email attachment.

Mar. 3, 2012

High School Freshman Simone Liao had some enjoyable experience in the 2013 SCCF Super States as a first year chess coach. She brought a team of local young players to the tournament. She "annotated" the new experience on her blog.

Oct. 31, 2012

Effective Jan. 1, 2013 there will be two classes of scholastic memberships. The annual cost will be $13 for those who wish to receive Rank & File. The annual cost for juniors who do not wish to receive our print magazine will be $3. ~ Steve Morford, SCCF President

April 30, 2012

James Black, Michael Brown and Bryan Hu all scored 6-1 and are co-champions in the K-9 section of the 2012 National Junior High (K-9) Championship. The event was held April 27 through 29 at Town and Country Resort in San Diego. See Randy Hough's CLO articles here and here. Complete results here.

Mar. 25, 2012

SLnMBWith an undefeated score of 5½-½ Michael W. Brown won the K-12 Open section of the Southern California Scholastic SuperStates Championships held March 24 & 25 at the Hyatt in Santa Clarita. For complete individual and team standings see wall charts here or here. Pictures here.

In addition, Michael Brown and Simone Liao won invitations to the The Denker Tournament of High School Champions and Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions, respectively. Alternates are Feiyue Yang (Denker) and Craig Hilby (Barber).

Click show/hide to see Michael Brown's annotations of his last round draw with Feiyue Yang that clinched first place.

Mar. 25, 2012

With a score of 4-1, Samuel Sosa won the rated section of SLO CC's March Madness Scholastic championship held March 24 at the Pacheco Elementary school. Davis Paul won the unrated section with an undefeated score of 4½-½. 27 players participated in this annual event. For complete standings see the club's website here.

Feb. 21, 2012

The 38th Annual Morrison Scholastic Tournament for K-12 players took place at Ladera Vista Junior High in Fullerton on February 4. The attendance was 153 composed of player in every grade. The Kindergarten section was especially well attended with ten participants from ten different schools. The gym provided an excellent venue for the lower grades with the parents in the bleachers and the kids on the covered basketball floor. The older participants were located in the multi-purpose room with the high school seniors well represented. This event was sponsored by the Fullerton Elementary School District, Fullerton Lions Club and American Chess Equipment. See final standings here. ~ Dewain Barber

Dec. 11, 2011

Results of the National Youth Action - West are here. USCF ratings report here.

2012 Denker and Barber Invitationals

The 2012 Denker and Barber Invitationals will be held during the 2012 U.S. Open in Vancouver, WA from August 4th to 7th, 2012. The Denker Tournament of High School Champions fields High School State Champions from across the United States. The Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions attracts State Champions from across the United States and the District of Columbia. Rules for the Denker and Barber events are here and here, respectively. Websites for further information about these two Invitationals are here: and

Nov. 29, 2011

The World Youth Championships just finished in Brazil. Results of Team USA and Southern Californians in that tournament are here.

Nov. 23, 2011

2011 Staser Scholastic chess tournament results are here.

Sept. 11, 2011

Boy Scouts unveil chess merit badge.

Metropolitan Chess Invitational Camp (August 12-16, 2011)

Please take a moment to view the short video about the August 12-16, 2011, Metropolitan Chess Scholastic Camp (with GM Michael Adams, GM Loek Van Wely, GM Melikset Khachiyan, and many other titled instructors):

It is rare to see so many top GMs in Los Angeles, CA to begin with, and even more so, to see them teaching at a camp. Contact us here for camp info.

This camp will lead into the 1st Metropolitan International from August 17-21, 2011.

Huang and Brown top sections at the SCCF Super States Scholastic Championship. Complete standings and prizewinners here. Info page here