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2021 Texas State Scholastic Chess Championships

An online, 7 round USCF quick-rated chess tournament on Saturday, April 3rd for scholastic players in grades K thru 12 who live in Texas, sponsored by the Texas Chess Association.

Register now! In order to provide ChessKid.com time to prepare the system, registration closes at midnight, March 29th

Who is eligible to play:
All players must have a current USCF ID and your membership (can be purchased/renewed at check out or online with the USCF in advance of registration). Your membership may not expire before April 30, 2021 . 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.

This event is open ONLY to students attending Texas Schools, including home schoolers residing in Texas
All players in this event must be in 12th grade (or lower).

Sections
This event offers 11 rated sections: (March 2021 ratings used)
Choose your section based upon your grade level. There is no ‘playing up’. Review the TCA rules for section placement.

  • “Championship” sections are open to all players, including Unrated, with the grades specified.  JV and Novice sections are only open to those with established or provisional US Chess ratings below that threshold, including Unrated.
  • Ratings for pairings and section purposes are according to US Chess higher of Regular over the board ratings or US Chess Online Quick ratings, using the US Chess March 2021 Rating Supplement. This event will be US Chess online rated after it concludes.
  • Students may play only in a Championship or Under section allowed by their grade and rating.  That means that a K or 1st grade student, for example, may play in K-1, K-3 or K-5 sections.  Students in 5th grade or below cannot play in sections higher than a K-5. Students in 6th through 8th grade can only play in 6-8 Section and, likewise, students in 9th through 12 grade can only play in 9-12 sections.
  • If a player does not have an established US Chess rating (Regular or Quick Online) in the March Rating Supplement (and is therefore “unrated”), then he/she may play in any section allowed for his/her grade.
  • The tournament staff will have discretion over determining if a child’s multiple ratings qualify him/her for an “Under” section.
  • There will be a warmup event on Saturday, March 27 at 10am Central/9am Eastern in which is highly encouraged for kids to play and practice using the site. This tournament will be 5 rounds of 5+1 and will only take one hour. (There are no prizes — the intention is to test your computer, internet, and get used to registering and playing in an event.
  • Unrated players will be listed at a rating of 400 on the tournament day for tournament purposes.
  • Although team prizes will be awarded, there will be no pairing restrictions.  Although it may not happen often, teammates may play each other depending on their scores.  

Schedule
This quick rated tournament begins at 10am on April 3rd.

All sections have 7 rounds of G/15 +5.
The remaining rounds will follow as soon as possible.
The entire event should take no more than 5 hours.

The results of the tournament will not be final until ChessKid analyzes them for fair play. As soon as results are complete, players will be notified and the event will be rated with the USCF.

Awards
Awards to the top 10 individuals and the top 3 teams in each section.
The top finisher in each Championship section will be named 2021 State Champion for that section!

Registration and information
Register, request or renew a USCF membership (optional if not expired!) and pay online. The entry fee is $35 by midnight, March 22nd. $50 by midnight, March 29th. (A special warm up event is offered on March 27th at 10am for all players who have registered by March 22nd.)

Withdrawal requests made by email by March 29th, 2021, 11:59pm are eligible for a full refund (minus a $5 service fee).

No email or phone entries accepted. You must register online here.

Email flguadalupe@aol.com, (713) 530-7820, or renategarcia1@gmail.com, (915) 256-7783 with other tournament related questions.
Email enterprisesupport@chesskid.com with ChessKid.com questions.

Organized by the Texas Chess Association

View the preregistration list here.

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2021 Combined Region V and VI Scholastic Championships

An online, 5 round USCF quick-rated chess tournament on Saturday, March 6th for scholastic players in grades K thru 12 who live in TCA’s Scholastic Regions V or VI. View the preregistration list.

In order to provide ChessKid.com time to prepare the system, registration closes at 7pm on Monday, March, 1st. Registration is now closed. No late entries will be accepted.

Who is eligible to play:
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) may not expire before March 31, 2021 . 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. (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

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

All participants must reside in TCA’s Scholastic Region V or VI.

Sections
This event offers 5 rated sections: (March 2021 regular ratings used. The tournament will be US Chess Online Quick-Chess Rated. )
High School Championship
Middle School Championship
Elementary Championship
Elementary U500
Primary Championship
(If registrations exceed 200, more ‘under’ sections will be added and players given the option to move to those sections.)

Choose your section based upon your grade level. There is no ‘playing up’. Review the TCA rules for section placement.

Schedule
This quick rated tournament begins at 9am on March 6th. All players must ‘join’ the event no later than 8:45am in order to play. Instructions on how the tournament works are available online and will be emailed again a few days before the event.

8:30am – Login to ChessKid.com and ‘join’ the tournament
9:00 am – Round 1 begins. All sections have 5 rounds of G/15 +5.
The remaining rounds will follow as soon as possible.
The entire event should take approximately 3 hours.

The results of the tournament will not be final until ChessKid analyzes them for fair play. As soon as results are complete, players will be notified and the event will be rated with the USCF.

Awards
Awards to the top players in each section.

Championship sections: The top finishing Region V resident in each Championship section will be named 2021 Region V Champion for that section, and receive an award to commemorate that honor. The top finishing Region VI resident in each Championship section will be named 2021 Region VI Champion for that section, and receive an award to commemorate that honor. An additional 3 awards will be given in each Championship section to the next top finishers with positive scores, after the Regional champions are named.

Non-championship sections: Awards to the top 3 players with positive scores in each non-Championship section.

Registration and information
Register, request or renew a USCF membership (optional if not expired!) and pay online. The entry fee is $35.

Withdrawal requests made by email by February 22, 2021, 11:59pm are eligible for a full refund (minus a $5 service fee).

No refunds are available for USCF memberships after they are purchased from the USCF.

No email or phone entries accepted. Online registration is closed.

Email Lori Balkum, registrar with other tournament related questions.
Email enterprisesupport@chesskid.com with ChessKid.com questions.

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

View the preregistration list here.

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ACC Feb. G/90 Standard Swiss

This slow swiss takes place over 4 weeks, with games on February 21st, 28th, and March 7th and 14th. G/90 with 30 sec. increment per move. 4 round Swiss. Sections dependent on turnout. EF: $20.00 all.

Austin Chess Club is hosting another serious swiss tournament. USCF membership must not expire before March 31, 2021.

Austin Chess Club is a wonderful atmosphere for the mature, experienced chess player. The event has the potential to run late. Scholastic players are welcome, but expected to play quiet, serious chess. One round may last upwards of 4 hours.

Last chance registration happens onsite 6:00pm – 6:25pm on February 21st. No pre-registration for round 1 is necessary. Email pre-registration is accepted; however, online with payment is preferred! If you email to register, you must show up and pay no later than 6:25pm! First round begins at 6:30pm. Please be on time! Participants who wish to enter the tournament late may email Austin Chess Club. Late entry must be made before 10am on Sunday, February 28th to secure a round 2 pairing.

For more information about the Austin Chess Club, click here.

Location:

Bridge Center of Austin
6700 Middle Fiskville Road
next to Taj Palace
Austin TX 78752