Summer Scholastic Chess Tournament at NYOS

Saturday, June 09, 2018 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Rocks & Rooks
  • NYOS Charter School
  • 12301 N Lamar Blvd
  • Austin, Texas 78753
For players entering grades PK-12 in the following school year. Scholastic sections grouped by rating only (mixed ages). All players must be FULL USCF MEMBERS (no JTP's). Please read our Parental Expectations. BEFORE registering.
Save the date. Registration opens April 1st!

Scholastic Section Information:

The Scholastic Sections will be a 5SS G/30 open to all players K-12, rated below 1200. On the day of the tournament, the list of players will be divided into sub-sections based upon ability, i.e. rating. Each scholastic sub-section will have between 20 & 30 participants. Each participant should be playing against players of a very similar strength, usually within 200 rating points. The June 2018 supplement will be used to determine ratings. Section breaks will be posted online on the pre-registration list the day before the event. Requests to be moved to higher or lower sections will NOT be honored.

Scholastic Section Awards:

Trophies & Medals to Top Contenders! Ribbons to all participants! Individual trophies to top-finishing individuals within each sub-section. Chess medals to all players who finish with a positive score (at least 3.0 out of 5.0) but do not trophy. Special trophies awarded to the two highest scoring Parent & Child Teams. Because this is a summer event, there will be no other team trophies awarded.

More Basics:

This will be a Swiss-system tournament. Everyone plays all day; there is no “elimination.” Players must know how to play the game of chess! We follow USCF rules including: touch-move, mandatory clocks if available, and notation. All students will be encouraged to take notation.


No check-in necessary for preregistrations. We will contact you in advance if we see a problem with your registration. Sections breaks will be posted online the day before the event.
8:30 a.m Announcements begin in all scholastic playing rooms.
Players and coaches should be present.
9:00 a.m. Rd 1 begins. Scholastic sections have 5 rds, G/30, d5.
9:00 a.m. Open section begins. Open has 4 rounds, all rounds are are G/45, d5.
9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Problem desk open. No changes for round 1 (bye or section) allowed after online registration closes.NO Onsite registrations. If you arrive late for your round 1 game and you may not get to play it! Please be on time!

Approximate Round Times

Scholastic Sections:
round 1 - 9:00am, rd 2 - 11:00am, rd 3 - 12:45 pm, rd 4 - 2:30 pm
rd 5 - 4:00 pm


Many games will finish early. We will provide an area for casual “skittles” chess and/or other indoor activities. Please provide age-appropriate activities during the time between rounds. You are responsible for your players between games! The organizers cannot baby-sit. No child should be left unattended!!!

USCF Information:

All sections are USCF rated and require a valid USCF membership for participation. Because this tournament will have mixed ages within each section, all players must be FULL USCF MEMBERS (no JTP's). Purchase USCF memberships and renewals at check-out.

Registration Information

Entry fee pricing is staggered and based on date of entry/payment. Online registration preferred! Click on the blue starburst to "Register Now"!

*Early entry $25 thru Saturday, 04/21/2018
*Regular entry $30 thru Saturday, 5/12/2018
*Late entry $35 thru Saturday, 06/02/2018
*One week Away $40 begins Sunday, 06/03/2018 and ENDS at NOON on Thursday 06/07/2018, at which time online entry closes.

This tournament is limited to the first 150 paid scholastic entries. After we reach capacity, please register for the waiting list. Waiting list entries require no payment until a spot in the event has been secured for your player.

Withdrawals requested before Sunday 05/13/2018 are eligible for a refund (minus a $5 service fee). No refunds for USCF memberships after purchased from the USCF. NO email/phone entries.

Email Lori Balkum, registrar with other questions or to request an e-bill (you do not need an e-bill if you follow thru the normal registration process and complete payment online). No phone calls, please. Emails will be returned promptly.

Make checks payable to "Rocks & Rooks".
Mail checks to: PO Box 1386, Round Rock, TX 78680.
To pay by check, please register online and choose 'check' when you hit submit. Do not postmark after 06/02/2018! If sending check, your entry is not complete until check is received. Please postmark promptly.
Credit cards/Paypal preferred. Paypal ID:

Organized by Rocks & Rooks. Gary Gaiffe, tournament organizer.