Scholastic Chess Tournament at Kealing Middle School

Saturday, November 05, 2016 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Rocks & Rooks
  • Kealing Middle School
  • 1607 Pennsylvania Ave
  • Austin, Texas 78702
Tournament in 8 scholastic sections and 1 open section. Thank you for playing!

Please read ALL Tournament Announcements!
Final Standings:
K-3 U300 K-3 U500 K-3 U800 K-5 U500 K-5 U800 K-5 Any K-12 U800 K-12 any Open Section

Read our Parental Expectations

USCF rated chess tournament in 8 RATED scholastic sections. Scholastics: K-3 U300, K-3 U500, K-3 U800, K-5 U500, K-5 U800, K-5 any, K-12 U800, K-12 any. Sections based on NOVEMBER supplement ratings. Open section for all adults and scholastic players rated 1200 and up.


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.


"Under" sections are 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.

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 November 30, 2016. JTPs ok in K-3 and younger 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.
8:45 a.m Announcements begin in all scholastic playing rooms.
Players and coaches should be present.
9:15 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 - 2:45pm
rd 5 - 4:15pm
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 (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!


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 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"!

*One Day Special! (scholastic - $20, open $20)thru Saturday, 9/17/2016
*Early entry (scholastic - $25, open $25) thru Saturday, 10/15/2016
*Regular entry (scholastic - $30, open $25) thru Saturday, 10/29/2016
*One week Away (scholastic - $40, open $35) begins Sunday, 10/30/2016 and ENDS at NOON on Thursday 11/03/2016, at which time online entry closes.

Withdrawals requested before Sunday 10/30 are eligible for a refund (minus a $5 service fee). No refunds for USCF memberships after purchased from the USCF. NO email/phone entries.

Email Lori Balkum, registrar with other questions or to request an e-bill. No phone calls, please. Emails preferred. Phone calls after registration closes may not be returned.

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 10/29/2016! If sending check, entry is not complete until check is received.
Credit cards/Paypal preferred. Paypal ID:

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