Registration now open for JOB Chess Championship

By John Maxsween….

Young chess players compete in the Junior Orange Bowl International Scholastic Chess Championship.

Registration is now open to participate in the 13th Junior Orange Bowl International Scholastic Chess Championship. This youth tournament is taking place on Dec. 27-29 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Miami International Airport.

Chess players must be ages 18 and under, and even children as young as 4 have participated in this international tournament. Players do not need to be ranked within the United States Chess Federation’s (USCF) rating system, but all entrants must hold an active membership with the USCF.

The Junior Orange Bowl International Scholastic Chess Championship is comprised of local, national, and international participants, bringing people together from all over the world. For many young chess players, the Championship is the perfect opportunity to not only sharpen their mental skills, but also test their abilities against players from all different backgrounds and nationalities.

“Chess is much more than a game as it develops important life skills such as patience, planning and strategy. The Junior Orange Bowl International Scholastic Chess Championship is the perfect opportunity for youths to continue to develop these skills, while having fun at the same time,” said Tiffany Kennedy, chair of the Championship.

The three-day event will consist of multiple rounds of play which will include variations of traditional chess, such as Blitz and Bughouse chess. In Blitz chess, each side has less than 15 minutes to make their move (as opposed to the traditional 1-3 hours a player is usually allotted). Bughouse chess consists of two teams competing on multiple chessboards simultaneously. The top five teams and top 10 individuals per division are awarded trophies and all participants and coaches will receive commemorative medals.

To register for the tournament, visit online at to download the entry form. Entrants are required to pay a fee of $50 per person or $160 for a group of four. If you require hotel accommodations, contact the Embassy Suites Hotel at 1-800-362-2779 and mention “Junior Orange Bowl” for special rates.

If you have any additional questions or are interested in being a sponsor, contact Tiffany Kennedy by phone at 305- 662-1210 or email at

For details on the Junior Orange Bowl Committee, call 305-662-1210 or visit the website at

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