NACE Starleague, the largest collegiate esports league in North America, is partnering with for the 2022-2023 academic year to bring competitive chess to campuses across the world. The Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 seasons will feature a combined $50,000 prize pool and will give post-secondary students of all skill levels the opportunity to participate and represent their schools in the ultimate chess competition.



The action kicks off on September 24 with the Fall 2022 Season, where individual players will compete in a series of tournaments to earn their share of the $20,000 prize pool. Players will participate in a weekly Swiss-style competition format leading up to the Playoffs.

During the Playoffs, players will be separated into Divisions of 16 based on their five best performances. Each Division will feature a double elimination Playoffs bracket.



Fall Registration

NOW – September 24, 2022




Season Format

Registered players will need to join the Collegiate Chess League (CCL) via the Invitational club page on Players will then proceed to play in a weekly Swiss tournament for the Fall semester, with their top five scores out of six weeks counting towards their standings. Students will be divided into divisions of 16 players each based off their standings.

Each division will have a double elimination bracket for the playoffs, played out over three weekends.



Match Format

Matches will start weekly at 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT. The weekly Swiss tournaments are six rounds each of 10+1 time control. The playoff matches consist of two games of 10+2 time control. 

During each round of the Swiss-style tournament, players will be matched against other players with an equal or nearly equal record (or “Win Group”). For example, for round two, all players with a 1-0 record will be matched against other players with a 1-0 record and all players with an 0-1 record will be matched against other players with an 0-1 Record.

If a match is tied in the playoffs, a 5+2 tiebreaker game will be played with the higher seeded player getting White. If still tied, the players will play 1+2 time control until one player wins. Players will alternate piece colors (black and white) for each game.




  • Registration Period
    • Monday, August 1, 2022 – Saturday, September 24, 2022
  • Regular Fall Season
    • Week 1: Saturday, September 24, 2022
    • Week 2: Saturday, October 1, 2022
    • Week 3: Saturday, October 8, 2022
    • Week 4: Saturday, October 15, 2022
    • Week 5: Saturday, October 22, 2022
    • Week 6: Saturday, October 29, 2022
  • Playoffs (Double Elimination)
    • Round of 16, Winners Quarterfinals, and Losers Round 1
      • Saturday, November 5, 2022
    • Winners Semifinals / Losers Round 2, Winners Finals / Losers Round 3, Losers Quarterfinals
      • Saturday, November 12, 2022
    • Losers Semifinals, Losers Finals, Grand Finals
      • Saturday, November 19, 2022’s College Ambassador Program

The College Ambassador Program is designed to empower college students to grow their own chess clubs while also sharing the great game of chess across their campus. Colleges and Universities worldwide will receive VIP chess-community access, a multitude of learning opportunities, and even seasonal internships.

This program was designed to help highly motivated students share our mission-driven love of chess and benefit their growth alongside the clubs that they represent.

At the end of the Collegiate Chess League season, will select 10 of the most dedicated ambassadors to travel in person for an exclusive all-paid-for chess event to celebrate their efforts with’s Chief Chess Officer, IM Daniel Rensch, among other chess celebrities and VIPs.

Below you will find all the details on what it takes to be a college chess ambassador and the rewards you can win for yourself and your club.

To learn more about the College Ambassador Program CLICK HERE!

To apply now CLICK HERE