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2023 Southwest Scholastic Chess Championships

A 1 day tournament on Saturday, September 2, 2023 for scholastic players (Pre-K thru 12th grade) in 4 sections (mixed ages).  All sections play G/25, d 5.

Event website:

Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental
15700 John F Kennedy Blvd, Houston, TX 77032
(take the JFK exit off of Beltway 8 in north Houston near IAH Airport)

USCF rated chess tournament on September 2nd in four RATED scholastic sections.
Section I (1000+)
Section II (700-999)
Section III (400-699)
Section IV (unrated-399) 
All sections will use US Chess Sept 2023 Rating Supplement (Regular OTB Ratings) for pairings and prizes.

Trophies awarded to the top 8 Individuals and top 3 teams in each section.
Commemorative medals awarded to all players!

An awards ceremony will follow the last round.

Round Times:
Round 1: 9am
Round 2: 10:15am
Round 3: 11:30am
Lunch Break:  12:30-1:30pm
Round 4: 1:30pm
Round 5: 2:45pm
(all round times are approximate)

Two 1/2-point byes are available for any round.  You must advise the Chief Tournament Director or Organizer upon registration or arrival to the tournament by 9am on Saturday if you need to skip a round.

Important Expectations:
Players are expected to
#1 Bring a clock and writing instrument. We will be providing boards and sets only for the scholastic event. If you do not own a chess clock, you may purchase one at the chess store on-site.
#2 inform the organizer/TD via text message to 281.698.0068 if you will miss a round or are running very late (please do this at least 15 min prior to the start time of the round)
#3 know how to set your own clock guidelines here
#4 parents are responsible for their children in between rounds – please ensure they are on their best behavior both during a round and afterwards
#5 if both kids arrive to a board without a clock then they will start the game without a clock and one may be added by a TD when nearing the last ten minutes of the round

Other information:
No parents or coaches in the playing room during play.
See the event website for information on notation, electronic notaton devices, and the possibility of playing in the open and scholastic events simultaneously.

Contact us via email to “”.
You can also text message to 281.698.0068.
(Text messaging is preferred – calls will likely not be answered right away.)

Please identify yourself and the player’s name for reference.
Voicemails are welcome!

Chess Control will be in the XXXX room at the event to address any tournament related inquiries.