Dewain Barber National Tournament of Middle School State Champions



2016 Barber K-8, Indianapolis, IN (Photo by Anne Buskirk)

The 2020 Dewain Barber National Tournament of Middle School State Champions took place online.  Results for the Barber Tournament are available at

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News Flash:  Dewain Barber given new honorary title:  Dean of Scholastic Chess!

2019 Barber Information & Rules

Special Activities

Simul with 2019 US Women’s Champion WGM Jennifer Yu:

This will be taking place Saturday morning, August 3, at 9:00 a.m. in Orlando at the Rosen Centre Resort.  There will be a special mystery, guest participant.  There are still seats available for players rated under 2000.  This is a free activity.  Participants must be there to check in at 8:30 a.m.  Up to seven participants from each the Denker, Barber and Haring Girls Tournament will be eligible to participate with priority given to the lower rated players who register for the event.  Bring your camera and join us prior to 9 am.  If you have not already signed-up, send an email to Mike Nietman at

Game Analysis and Meet & Greet

     We are excited to welcome our 3 guests that will be part of the prestigious Denker, Barber, and newly named Ruth Haring NGTOC.

     They are WGM Jennifer Yu, 2019 US Women’s Champion from Ashburn, VA as well as Texas Tech University (TTU) students from Ukraine, WIM Iryna Andrenko, a graduate in Horticulture Science and GM Andrii Baryshpolets, graduate in Agricultural & Applied Economics Ph.D.

     All three special guests will be available for game analysis Saturday and Sunday only and a Meet and Greet party for players only. All 3 will not be available Monday or Tuesday.

     WGM Jennifer Shahade, 2 time US Women’s Champion and US Chess Women’s Director will also be on hand to meet the players.

     Players, parents and coaches will also have an opportunity to meet with Iryna and Andrii to talk about college life and chess.

Schedule:  Salon 1: Sunday 4:00pm – 4:45pm
College Life session – Q & A with WIM Iryna Andrenko and GM Andrii Baryshpolets.
All players, parents, supporters are welcomed to join.

Schedule:  Salon 5 & 6:  Sunday 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Meet and Greet Pizza Party for Denker, Barber RHNGTOC participants only.
Special appearances WGM Jennifer Yu, WIM Iryna Andrenko, GM Andrii Baryshpolets, WGM Jennifer Shahade.

Salon 1
The TTU students will be helping out with game analysis. US Women’s Champion WGM Jennifer Yu will also be making a special guest appearance on Sunday.

 Yoga for Chess
This will also be taking place Saturday morning, August 3 at 10:00 a.m.  This is a free activity.  This will be open to the first 20 participants that sign-up.  It has not yet been determined if this will be taking place at the hotel or at the yoga studio nearby,  Mats will be provided.  To sign-up send an email to me at