We are continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation, staying up-to-date with state and federal
recommendations for hosting events. In regards to future events, the Cornhusker State Games
will take place as planned for most events and registration is open. Click HERE for a full update.


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General Information

DATES: July 18-19, 2020

SITE: North American Martyr’s Church – 1101 Isaac Drive, Lincoln – View Map

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. USCF membership is NOT required. 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. Ratings based on most recent published ratings.

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 18, 2020.


Event Name

Open | U 1800
Open | U 1600

Reserve | Class B/C
Reserve | Class D
Reserve | Class E & Below (U 1200)
Reserve | Unrated

Junior (Under 19 Years) | Open

Scholastic | Class E (Rated 1000-1199)
Scholastic | Class F (Rated 800-999)
Scholastic | Class G (Rated 600-799)
Scholastic | Class H (Rated 400-599)
Scholastic | Class I (Rated U 400)
Scholastic | Unrated

*Tournament Director may move a player into a more appropriate section based on current rating

Competition Format

Open: Five-round Swiss System. Time Control: G 120, d5. Each player has 120 minutes to complete his/her moves. Clock does not start (delay) for 5 seconds per move. 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. Clock does not start (delay) for 5 seconds per move. 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. Clock does not start (delay) for 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


$40 per participant until July 17

$35 per participant until July 17

$40 per participant until July 17

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES: Competition in the 2020 Cornhusker State Games; White cotton athlete shirt (micro-fiber or soft cotton lightweight tri-blend upgrade available); 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.

Athlete Packets

Due to COVID-19, all athlete packets will be shipped. A shipping fee of $5 (Individuals) or $15 (Teams) will be added upon checkout. Packets include athlete shirt and one free Arby’s sandwich certificate per person. Athletes will receive their packet prior to competition.

The athlete packets DO NOT contain any sport specific information such as schedules, maps, bib numbers, etc. For sport-specific details, refer to your sport General Information.

Further Information

Sport Specific Questions: Contact Chess Director Michael D. Gooch at 402-333-0722 or mdgooch@cox.net. Visit the Nebraska State Chess Association website: http://www.nebraskachess.com/nsca/index.nsca.

Online Registration/Website Questions: Contact the Cornhusker State Games office at 402-471-2544 or info@nebraskasportscouncil.com.

Event Sponsor

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Phone: 402-471-2544

Fax: 402-413-1119

Mailing address: 
Po Box 29366
Lincoln, NE 68529

Shipping address:
3260 Folkways Blvd Suite B
Lincoln, NE 68504