Announcing The 2022 US Collegiate Rapid & Blitz Championships is excited to announce that we will be hosting the 2022 U.S. Collegiate Rapid and Blitz Championships. The rapid championship will be held on November 13 and the blitz championship on November 20.

Registration is underway and continues until 9 p.m. Pacific/12 a.m. Eastern the day before of each event. The games start at 9 a.m. Pacific/12 p.m. Eastern. The games will be USCF online-rated.

Established in 2019, this event has quickly become one of the premier tournaments in the country for college students. Last year’s individual champions were GM Jose Martinez in the rapid and GM Grigoriy Oparin in the blitz.

Oparin, the 2021 U.S. Collegiate Blitz Champion. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Among those crowned this year will be the 2022:

  • U.S. Collegiate Rapid Champion,
  • U.S. Women’s Collegiate Rapid Champion,
  • U.S. Collegiate Blitz Champion,
  • U.S. Women’s Collegiate Blitz Champion.

Additionally, the top four individual performances from each institution will count toward team championships, and the top three individual finishers in each event will also be recognized as well as players below certain USCF rating thresholds. Last year’s team champions were Webster University in rapid and the University of Texas-Dallas in blitz.

Webster University
Webster campus in 2007. Photo: Matthew Black/Wikimedia, CC.

The rapid event is a nine-round Swiss tournament with a 10+5 time control, while the blitz event is a 12-round Swiss tournament with a 3+2 time control.

Register here; it’s free! Note that a .edu email address is required.

This November, new champions will be crowned as we head into 2023 with the Pan-American Intercollegiate Championship in January and the Spring 2023 season of the Collegiate Chess League.



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