Collegiate Chess

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Welcome to the Collegiate Chess Championship!
(Sept. 11th - Nov. 21th)

Twice a year, collegiate chess teams from all over the world and any skill level compete in a one-of-a-kind competition to fight for the CEA Collegiate Chess Champion title.

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Rule Summary:

All players have to fill out the CEA Fair-Play waiver before being eligible to play in this tournament.

• Teams of 4 (+ up to 6 substitute players)
• All players of a team have to be students of the same collegiate institution (see Player Eligibility rules in the detailed rulebook)
• Games played online on
• 7 weeks of Round Robin tournament (Divisions of 16, two groups of 8) followed by 4 weeks of playoffs
• Divisions and groups are assigned based on average team strength and team location
• By default: matches played on Saturdays at 10am Pacific Time
(unless otherwise rescheduled with opponent team or otherwise announced - e.g. if all teams of a group are in a different time zone)
• Matches are 5min+2sec increment in a 4v4 team match everybody plays every opponent. Match duration ~1h
• 1 featured match live streamed on Twitch. Playoffs will be broadcasted on’s main channel!
There is no entry fee for collegiate teams

For more information view the CEA Chess Rulebook

September 11 2021 Pre-season
September 18 2021 Week 1
September 25 2021
October 2 2021 Week 2
October 9 2021 Week 3
October 16 2021 Week 4
October 23 2021 Week 5
October 30 2021 Week 6
November 6 2021
Week 7 & Corporate vs. Collegiate Rivalry Weekend
November 13+14 2021
Playoffs: Wildcard Weekend & Quarterfinals
November 20+21 2021 Playoffs: Semifinals & Finals

Spring 2021
Collegiate: Regular Season, Playoffs