Chess

The Arnold Classic Chess Tournament returns for its third year with exciting new events at the 2017 Arnold Sports Festival.

Competitions located at The Greater Columbus Convention Center Rooms A101:

Arnold Schwarzenegger Open, March 3-5 - A United States Chess Federation (USCF) sanctioned tournament open to all with cash prizes (must have a USCF ID/ membership). The tournament runs Fri 6:30 pm-11:30pm., Sat 9:30 am – 11:30pm, Sun 10am – 10:30 pmRegister Now

Blitz Tournament, Sat. March 4th, 9pm – 9 rounds of 5-minute speed chess played for cash prizes (must have USCF ID membership). 

The Scholastic Bughouse Tournament Sat. March 4th, 10am - Located at the Arnold SportsWorld Kids and Teens EXPO at the Ohio Expo Center’s Bricker Building.   Bughouse (also referred to as tag team and Siamese chess) is played with two teams of two, using two sets. Each player on the team plays a different color than their partner.  It begins as normal blitz chess, but every piece a player captures, he/she can pass it to his/her partner, who will be allowed to drop the piece onto any unoccupied space on the board (with the exceptions of pawns, which can only be dropped within the middle six rows), creating new twists to the game. The goal is to checkmate either of your opponents, gaining the win for your team. Register Now.