Event Sponsor

General Information

DATES: July 16-17, 2022

SITE: Southeast Community College (8800 O St, Lincoln) – View Map

SANCTION: All games in OPEN will be rated by the United States Chess Federation. USCF membership IS required for the Open event. USCF membership is NOT required for other events.

RULES: USCF tournament rules will be used. 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.

All Open section players must be current USCF members.
The other sections will be unrated and no USCF membership will be required.

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 16, 2022.


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


Section                                Date                                      Start Time
Open                                   Saturday & Sunday               Rd 1: 9am; Rd 2: 1:30pm; Rd 3: 6:30pm; Rd 4: 9am; Rd 5: 1:30pm
Reserve                               Saturday                                Rd 1: 8:45am; Rd 2: 11am; Rd 3: 1:30pm; Rd 4: 3:45pm; Rd 5: 6:30pm
Junior                                  Saturday                                11am.*
Scholastic                            Saturday                                Noon*

*Succeeding rounds start 15 minutes after completion of the preceding round.

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. 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

NEW THIS YEAR: CSG souvenir items can be purchased at our online store HERE.  All online store orders will be shipped directly to the athlete from the supplier.


$40 per participant until July 15th

$35 per participant until July 15th

$25 per participant until July 15th

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES: Competition in the 2022 Cornhusker State Games; 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

Packets will be available for in-person pickup on Friday, July 15 from 8 am – 7 pm at Lincoln East High School.

Packets include athlete shirt (if registered by June 1), athlete pass, and Nebraska State Fair Admission Pass.

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.

Opening Ceremonies

The show begins at 8 p.m. at Seacrest Field, Lincoln!

The Opening Ceremonies will be televised statewide by News Channel Nebraska.

For more details regarding Opening Ceremonies, please refer to the Opening Ceremonies web page.

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.

Thank You to our platinum sponsors

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Phone: 402-471-2544

Fax: 402-413-1119

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PO Box 29366
Lincoln, NE 68529

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