Scholastic Chess Tournament at the Meridian School

Saturday, September 19, 2015 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Rocks & Rooks
  • Meridian School
  • 2555 North IH 35
  • Round Rock, Texas 78664

Scholastic tournament in 7 sections, 1 open section. Review the Parental Expectations and read the tournament description(below).
Final Results in tiebreak order:
K-3 U300K-3 U600
K-5 U400 K-5 U800 K-5 Championship
K-12 U800 K-12 Championship Open Section

Basics

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 sections are excused from taking notation.
Sections offered: K-3 U300, K-3 U600, K-5 U400, K-5 U800, K-12 U800, K-5 Championship, K-12 Championship, Open (for adults & experienced youth).

Eligibility

Five"under" sections are available for students of all ages. These sections are all recommended for all new players and any student meeting the rating criteria. 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.

The Open Section is open to all ages. All scholastic players entering the Open Section must have reached 1200 at some point in their rating history. Scholastic players rated above 1400 should play in the Open Section. Ineligible entries will be placed in appropriate section. With enough registrations, any section may be divided into two sections, or small similar sections may be combined.

This is a rated tournament. All sections require a current USCF membership. Your USCF membership cannot expire before September 30, 2015. JTPs ok in K-3 sections only. USCF memberships can be renewed/purchased at check-out.

Schedule

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!
9:00 a.m. Open section begins. Open has 4 rounds, all rounds are are G/45, d5.
9:00 a.m Announcements begin in all scholastic playing rooms.
Players and coaches should be present.
9:30 a.m. Rd 1 begins. Scholastic sections have 5 rds, G/30, d5.
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Problem desk open. No changes for round 1 allowed after online registration closes. Request byes, withdrawals, edit player and school information. NO Onsite registrations.

Approximate Round Times

Scholastic Sections:
round 1 - 9:15am, rd 2 - 11:15am, rd 3 - 1:00pm, rd 4 - 2:30pm
rd 5 - 4:00pm
Open Section:
rd 1 - 9:00am, rd2 - 11:00am, rd3 - 1:00pm, rd4 - 3:00pm

Note

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!

Awards

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 (at least 3.0 out of 5.0) but do not trophy. No teams in Open section, but special trophies will be awarded to the highest scoring Parent & Child teams.

Registration Information

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

*Early entry (scholastic - $25, open $25) thru Saturday, 8/29/2015
*Regular entry (scholastic - $30, open $25) thru Saturday, 9/12/2015
*One week Away (scholastic - $40, open $25) begins Sunday, 9/13/2015 and ends at noon on Thursday 09/17/2015, at which time online entry closes.

No refunds for withdrawals requested after online registration closes. NO email/phone entries.

Email Lori Balkum, registrar with other questions or to request an e-bill,
or call 512-417-9008. Emails preferred.

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 9/12/2015!
Credit cards. If sending check, entry is not complete until check is received.

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