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2023 Winter NYOS Scholastic Chess Tournament

View the results and awards for all sections!  The event has been rated by the USCF.

Thank you for playing!!!

December 2nd Scholastic chess tournament in multiple sections. G/25, +5 inc. Trophies and medals awarded.

The NYOS Chess Club will offer concessions (cash or Venmo) in Building A in the CafeteriaBreakfast items and coffee will be available when you arrive. Snacks and drinks are available all day long. Cyclo will be offering Sesame chicken and veggie bowls for lunch, and Culvers will offer chicken tenders and grilled cheese for lunch as well as frozen treats  in the afternoon. The concession stand will be benefiting the NYOS chess club as well as the school itself.

We will once again offer a Chess Puzzle/Problem Solving Contest! Beginning round 2, whenever your player has some extra time, send them and $5 (cash or Venmo) to Building 2, room 364.  They will have 20 minutes to complete a puzzle sheet. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-12.

Verify your entry on the Advance Entry (Pre-registration) listReview the player reminder email that was sent out on Thursday.


USCF rated chess tournament on December 2nd in multiple RATED scholastic sections: K-3 U300, K-3 U500, K-3 U800, K-5 U300, K-5 U500,  K-5 U800, K-5 U1000,  6-12 U600, 6-12 U1000, and K-12 Elite (for players rated 950-1399). Please note: all scholastic players rated 1400 and over must play in the Open section. View the Advance Entry List online. Please note, at the event pairings will be posted only online.  

This is a Swiss-system tournament, so 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. K-3 and younger sections are excused from taking notation. Please review the Parent/Coach Responsibilities before registering


NYOS Charter School
12333 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753


This is a rated tournament. You must have a USCF ID and your membership (can be purchased/renewed at check out or online with the USCF in advance of registration) . You can verify your USCF membership ID and expiration by visiting the USCF’s Member Services Area. Anyone can become a USCF member. Players new to tournament chess are welcome to play. Your USCF membership cannot expire before December 31, 2023. USCF memberships can be renewed/purchased at check-out. (New players in 3rd grade and below may request a non-member ID as a part of USCF’s Junior Tournament Player program during registration. JTPs ok in K-3 sections only.)

“Under” sections are only for students meeting the rating criteria. All players who are new to tournaments are eligible for their age appropriate ‘under’ section. (Look up your player’s rating here. Please email the registrar or ask your chess coach for placement information.
If your 6th grader attends an Elementary School, please contact the registrar for options. With enough registrations, any section may be divided into two sections. Sections with fewer than 20 entries may be merged into a similar section.

Please note: NOVEMBER 2023 ‘Regular’ OTB ratings will be used for pairing purposes. If no regular rating is available, then other USCF ratings (quick, blitz, online) can and will be considered for section placement.  Requests to play down will not be honored. FYI: Any event that takes place after October 18th will not affect your November supplement rating, as those events takes place after November ratings are calculated.

All players in this event must be in 12th grade (or lower).


No check-in necessary for preregistrations. We will make every attempt to contact you in advance if we see a problem with your registration. Verify your entry ONLINE!
8:00 a.m. Chess Control opens for onsite registration.  Onsite registrations before 9:30am accepted, but must start play in round 2.
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/25, +5.
9:00 a.m. Open section
(different event allowing adults) begins. Open has 4 rounds, all rounds are are G/45, +5.
9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Chess control open for event issues. No changes for round 1 (bye or section) allowed after online registration closes. Requests for byes, withdrawals, and player or school information edits go in effect immediately if made via email before the close of online registration. Changes requested onsite go into effect as of round 2.

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


There will be some “down time” between rounds since many games will finish early. We will provide an area (outside the tournament room) for casual “skittles” chess and/or other indoor activities. Parents and/or coaches, please provide age-appropriate activities during the time between rounds. The organizers cannot baby-sit. No child should be left unattended!

Concessions detailed above  Only water bottles allowed at the chess board.

Proper handwashing and adherence to COVID 19 exposure guidelines mandatory!


Trophies & Medals to Top Contenders! Ribbons to all participants!

Trophies to the top individuals in each scholastic section. Trophies to the top teams in all sections. Number of individual and team trophies will depend on number of entries. Chess medals will go to all players (excluding Open section) that finish the tournament with a positive score (3.0 & 3.5 points). Trophies to players scoring 4.0 and above. No teams in Open section, but special trophies will be awarded to the highest scoring Family & Child teams (Uncles, Aunts, Adult siblings, Parents, Grandparents, or coach paired with at least one scholastic aged player.)

Registration Information

Online registration is now closed.  Please register onsite.

*$35 thru Saturday 10/21/2023.
*$40 thru Saturday 11/11/2023.
*$45 thru Saturday, 11/25/2023.
*Late entry $50 begins Sunday,11/26/2023 and ENDS at 5pm on Wednesday 11/29/2023, at which time online entry closes.
*$60 Onsite entry . Receives 1/2pt bye in round 1, and begins play in round 2.

Withdrawals requested via email before 5pm on Wednesday 11/29/23 are eligible for a refund (minus a $10 service fee). No exceptions. No refunds for USCF memberships after purchased from the USCF. NO email/phone entries.

Please request byes when you register if possible. First bye receives 1/2-point. Further byes receive 0-points. Email the registrar to make changes to your requested byes. Deadline to add or remove a 1st round requested bye is 9am Friday 12/1/2023. All 1/2-point byes must be requested/removed before the end of round 2.

Email Lori Balkum, registrar ( with other questions. No phone calls, please. Emails will be returned promptly.

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