Lancaster-Lebanon Chess Tournaments

Boy playing chess

Our Tournament Story …

Due to the game’s academic value and appeal to students, IU13 worked with National Master Thomas Magar to create resources to share with elementary schools interested in developing or improving student chess clubs. IU13 hosted the first Lancaster-Lebanon Chess Team Tournament in 2011 in order to bring students together for diverse competition and learning. Due to its success, this chess tournament has become an annual event, thanks to the support of the Lancaster-Lebanon Education Foundation.

This tournament is designed to introduce elementary students to a formal, yet relaxed, tournament setting. Participants will meet students from varying grade levels and schools as they compete in a game they love. Building self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and strategic thinking come along with the fun. Skill levels will vary, but students should understand the game and be ready to play four rounds of chess with opponents from public and nonpublic schools. Teams register through their schools and will receive tips on how to prepare for the tournament, as well as the USCF rules that will be used for the event. NOTE: Since this is a beginners’ event, it will not be USCF rated.

In response to interest from area schools, a middle school tournament was offered for the first time in 2018. Due to the success of this pilot tournament, the Middle School Chess Tournament will become an annual event.

Enjoy this video highlighting the tournament!

Elementary School Chess Tournament - Monday, March 25, 2019
Middle School Chess Tournament - Tuesday, March 26, 2019

2018 Elementary Chess Tournament Wrap-Up

2018 Middle School Chess Tournament Wrap-Up

For more information, call 717-606-1822 or email