Collegiate Chess

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Welcome to the Collegiate Chess Championship!
(Sept. 4th - Nov. 20th)

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.

Bond with your colleagues, network with your opponents, and grow your network in crossover weekends with the Corporate Chess Championship - and all for free!

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 chess.com
• 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 chess.com’s main channel!
There is no entry fee for collegiate teams

For more information view the CEA Chess Rulebook

August 28 2021

Registration End

September 4 2021

Pre-season

September 11 2021

Week 1

September 18 2021

Week 2

September 25 2021

Week 3 & Corporate vs. Collegiate Rivalry Weekend

October 2 2021

Week 4

October 9 2021

Week 5

October 15 2021

Week 6

October 23 2021

Week 7

October 30 2021

Playoffs: Wildcard Weekend & Corporate vs. Collegiate Rivalry Weekend

November 6 2021

Playoffs: Quarterfinals

November 13 2021

Playoffs: Semifinals

November 20 2021

Playoffs: Finals

Spring 2021
Collegiate: Regular Season, Playoffs