Meridian Chess Tournament - Open Section

Saturday, September 30, 2017 8:45 AM - 6:00 PM
Rocks & Rooks
  • Meridian World School
  • 2555 North IH 35
  • Round Rock, Texas 78664

Open section associated with the Meridian Scholastic Tournament.Youth participating MUST have reached 1200 at some point in their rating's history. All adults are welcome. Current USCF membership required. Thank you for playing!.
Final Standings: Open Section Parent-Child

Read our Parental Expectations


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 (bring your own if at all possible), and notation.


All adults
Any youth who has reached 1200 at some point in his/her ratings history.

Ineligible entries will be moved to an appropriate scholastic section of the 2017 Meridian Scholastic Tournament. Your USCF membership cannot expire before September 30, 2017. 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.
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:
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.


Cash prizes, based on number of entries. 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 (youth $25, adult $20) thru Saturday, 8/26/2017
*Regular entry (youth $30, adult $25) thru Saturday, 09/09/2017
*Late entry (youth $35, adult $30) thru Saturday, 09/23/2017
*One week Away (youth $40, adult $35) begins Sunday, 09/24/2017 and ENDS at NOON on Thursday 09/28/2017, at which time online entry closes.

Withdrawals requested before Sunday 9/10 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 (you do not need an e-bill if you follow thru the normal registration process and complete payment online). No phone calls, please. Emails will be returned promptly.

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 09/23/2017! If sending check, your entry is not complete until check is received. Please postmark promptly.
Credit cards/Paypal preferred. Paypal ID:

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