The SuperNationals: Scholastic Chess & Star Appearances

SuperNationals: Stars Scheduled to Appear

SuperNationals ( April 3-5, 2009 )

The SuperNationals is a National Scholastic Event which combines three spring national tournaments, the National Elementary (K-6), the National Junior High (K-9), and the National High School (K-12) tournaments all rolled into one. The SuperNationals are held every four years.

This year the SuperNationals will be held in Nashville, Tennessee again at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, which is the largest non-casino hotel in the United States.

Jerry Nash, Scholastic Director for the United States Chess Federation (USCF), announced that registrations for the upcoming SuperNationals IV Scholastic Chess Championships had passed 5,000 students from 45 states across the country.”

Chess players from Kindergarten through the 12th grade from all over the U.S. will compete.

As we get closer to this exciting event, the list of special guests has increased.  This is shaping up to be one of the best SuperNationals ever!

Below is a list of already confirmed Special Guest Appearances!

  • Living Chess Legend Garry Kasparov
  • Women’s World Champion GM Alexandra Kosteniuk
  • U.S. Champion GM Yury Shulman
  • Grandmaster Alexander Stripunsky
  • U.S. Women’s Champion Anna Zatonskih
  • Grandmaster Maurice Ashley
  • Four-time U.S. Champion Alexander Shabalov
  • NASA Astronaut Greg Chamitoff

Opening Ceremony Program Schedule:

  • 11:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies
  • Welcome –  Jerry Nash and Bill Hall
  • Harold Winston and Bill Hall
  • Introduction of Speakers – Jerry Nash
  • UTD – VP Curt Eley Remarks
  • Greg Chamitoff Remarks
  • Garry Kasparov – Keynote Speaker
  • National Anthem – Tennessee State University Choir,  Diana Poe, Director


The first SuperNationals was held in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1997.

In 2005, the SuperNationals attracted over 5,300 players, making it the largest scholastic tournament ever held! Players represented almost every state in the U.S. They competed for college scholarships, titles & trophies.  That year, there was a significant increase in participants (approx. 15%) compared to the SuperNationals that was held in Kansas City in 2001.



When: April 3-5, 2009
Where: Nashville, Tennessee

SuperNationals IV. $50,000 in Cash Scholarships!  2009 Elementary, Junior High and High School in one great event!

7SS, G/120 (K-1 G/90), Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, 2802 Opryland Dr., Nashville, TN 37214. (615) 883-2211 HR: $139 single-quad. All under one roof!

20 Sections (Select only one):

High School: K-12 Championship; K-12 U1600; K-12 U1200; K-12 U800; K-12 Unrated.
Junior High: K-9 Championship; K-8 Championship; K-9 U1250; K-8 U1000; K-8 U750; K-9 Unrated. Elementary: K-6 Championship; K-5 Championship; K-6 U1000; K-5 U900; K-3 Championship; K-3 U800; K-1 Championship; K-6 Unrated; K-3 Unrated.

Entry Fee: $40 postmarked, faxed or online by 3/5, $60 postmarked, faxed or online by 3/19, $75 after 3/19, $80 on site.

DO NOT MAIL entries after March 19 – they may not be received in time. $5 extra for all phoned registrations. $20 change fee for roster or section changes after March 19.

USCF membership is required (may be paid with entry).

AWARDS: Trophies awarded in accordance with Scholastic Regulations and based on number of participants. Team score = total of top four (min. two) finishers from each section. March 2009 rating supplement will be used.

BYES: One 1/2 –pt. bye available in rounds 1-6 if requested prior to 10am, Fri (4/3). On site entries after 10am, Fri 4/3 will receive a 1/2-point bye for the first round.

SCHEDULE: Rounds 1-2: Friday (4/3) 1:00pm & 7:00pm, Rounds 3-5: Saturday (4/4) 9:00am, 2:00pm, & 7:00pm, Rounds 6-7 (4/5) 9:00am, & 2:00pm. Main Event Awards Ceremonies, Sunday (4/5); K-1 at approximately 5pm, all others approximately 7pm.


Bughouse Championships: Thursday, 4/2, 11:00am, Register ON SITE ONLY by 10:00am. EF: $20 per team/2.

Blitz Championship: Thursday, 4/2, 5:00pm. EF $15 postmarked, faxed or online by 3/19, $20 after 3/19 or on site. On site registration ends at 4pm.

Please refer to the website: for updated schedule details, Simuls, lectures, and other activities.

Advance entries must include player’s name/information and all fees to be accepted. Roster changes are considered new entries and will be charged according to date received. List name, address, phone, section, grade, school (even if no team), coach’s name, email, birthdate, USCF ID number, USCF expiration (enclose USCF dues if necessary) and rating.

Players must be eligible to play in accordance with USCF Scholastic Regulations.

Entries may be faxed to: 931-787-1238.

Mail Entries To: 2009 SuperNationals IV, P. O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557.

Click Here to Check Out the Official SuperNationals Website!

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