2017 Chess in the Park

Sunday, November 05, 2017 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Rocks & Rooks and The Austin Parks Foundation
  • Wooldridge Square Park
  • 900 Guadalupe Street
  • (9th & Guadalupe - Downtown)
  • Austin, Texas 78701

Chess outdoors in Wooldridge park! Unrated 4 round G/20 tournament for all ages!
Final Results:
K-3 K-6 Open

Hours: 12:00 noon to approx. 5:00 p.m.

Onsite registration (open section only) starts at 11:00 a.m. All pre-registered players will be paired for the first round. No check-in required. Please withdraw by email, in advance, if you cannot attend. Open section players whose registrations are received after Saturday, November 4th (or on-site) may receive a round 1 bye, and begin play in Round 2. NO registrations in K-3, K-6, or K-8 after Saturday, November 4th, 12 noon. Parking is free on the streets around the park.

Up to Four sections, by Grade Level: K-3 K-6 K-8 Open

The number of sections will depend on number of advance entries. Some sections may be merged or the format altered if there are too few pre-registered players in any section. This is an unrated tournament and NO USCF membership is required. Due to seating limitations, only the first 100 players may be registered and allowed to play in this event.

Minimum of four rounds. If time, weather, and section entries permit, we will hold five rounds.
Time Control in all sections: Game/20. This will be a Swiss-system tournament, so everyone plays all day — there is no “elimination.”

Medals to Top Contenders!

Medals and additional prizes will be presented to the top individuals in each section. The top three finishers in each section will receive a medal. More awards may be given out depending on the number of entries in a section.

Missing a round:

If you know in advance, before the tournament starts, that you must miss a round, contact us via email asap to request a “bye”. This allows a player to skip a round with no penalty. One 1/2 pt. bye is available for any round that a player must miss, but only if notice is given with your registration. Any additional byes will be at 0-pts. Any player assigned a 1/2 point bye due to late or incomplete registration will not be eligible for additional 1/2 point requested byes. If you discover during the tournament that you must miss a round or leave early, please drop by the computer desk and let the registrar know! You will be assigned a 0 point bye, and you won't be paired for that round.

To register:

Early registration is only $15, and available thru Saturday, October 28th at noon. Click on the blue 'Register' button at the top of this page. You must login to register online. You may mail in your registration (name, grade level, USCF info if any, parent email, parent phone number, check made out to "Rocks & Rooks". Mailing address: PO Box 1386, Round Rock, TX 78680.) However, your entry fee is expected at the time of registration! DO NOT MAIL entries or payments after October 28th.

Late online registration ($25) is available until Saturday, November 4th, 12 noon. Before this deadline, you will receive a first round game. After the late registration deadline, you must register onsite, no later than 11:30am. Onsite registrations, also $25, are not guaranteed a first round pairing. Onsite registrations are only available for the Open Section!

In case of inclement weather, the tournament will be held at the Dobie Mall food court – Guadalupe and 21st.

Questions? Contact us.

Austin Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to promoting healthy, active parks. Giant Chess at Wooldridge Square Park is a part of APF’s initiative to revitalize Austin’s downtown parks. Giant Chess is sponsored by Downtown Austin Alliance and Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association.