Scholastic Chess Tournament at Kealing Middle School

Saturday, October 17, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Rocks & Rooks
  • Kealing Middle School
  • 1607 Pennsylvania Ave
  • Austin, Texas 78702
Scholastic tournament in 11 sections. The October Supplement (Pre-Meridian tournament ratings) were used for section eligibility.
Final Results are available below:
K-1 U300 K-3 U300 K-3 U500 K-3 U700
K-5 U400 K-5 U600 K-5 U800 K-12 U600 K-12 U1000 K-12 Championship
Open Section


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.


7 "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 1400 at some point in their rating history. Scholastic players currently rated above 1400 must play in the Open Section. Ineligible entries will be placed in an 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 October 31, 2015. JTPs ok in K-3 sections only. USCF memberships can be renewed/purchased at check-out.


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 (bye or section) allowed after online registration closes. Requests for byes, withdrawals, player info edits and school information may be made onsite and go into effect as of round 2. 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


There will be some “down time” between rounds since many games will finish early. We will provide an area 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!


Trophies & Medals to Top Contenders! Ribbons to all participants! Trophies to the top individuals in each scholastic section. Trophies to the top elementary and secondary teams in each K-12 section and top teams across K-3 and K-5 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, 9/26/2015
*Regular entry (scholastic - $30, open $25) thru Saturday, 10/10/2015
*One week Away (scholastic - $40, open $25) begins Sunday, 10/11/2015 and ends at noon on Thursday 10/15/2015, 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 10/10/2015!
Credit cards preferred. If sending check, entry is not complete until check is received.

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