Houston Summer Chess Festival

Friday, July 20, 2018 - Sunday, July 22, 2018

Hosted by Cajun Chess

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Houston North
  • 15747 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
  • near IAH Airport – take JFK Blvd. exit off of Beltway 8 West
  • Houston, Texas 77032

5SS, longer time controls, cash prizes.


Please note: Unrated players may only play in either of two sections (U1600/Unr. or OPEN).
They may only win 50% of the prize fund in the U1600/Unrated Section, or they may play in the Open Section where they must pay full entry fee and are eligible for full prize fund.


3-day Schedule: Registration Fri. 5:30-7pm
Rounds: Fri. 8pm; Sat. 2-7, Sun. 10-3
2-day Schedule: Registration Sat. 7:45-8:30am
Rounds: Sat. 9-2-7, Sun. 10-3
Both schedules merge in Rd. 2.

Time controls:

Open and U2000 Sections: G/90 increment30, FIDE rated
All other Sections: G/120 d5


$13,000 b/250 full-paid entries
OPEN: $1500 plaque-900-600-400-300; (2200-2399): $800-500 (U2200): $700-400
U2000: 800 plaque-500-250-100-75
U1800: $800 plaque-500-200-100-75
U1600/Unrated*: $800 plaque-500-200-100-75
U1300: $800 plaque-500-200-100-75

Entry fee:

Free entry for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs (entry fee deducted from winnings).
Entry fee:
$95 by 7/13, $110 thereafter and at site
Unrated (in U1600 section) $69 by 7/13, $85 thereafter and at site.

Jrs. (under 19 yrs of age) and Srs. (age 60 ) playing in U1300 Section: $69 by 7/13/18, $85 thereafter and at site. Re-Entry Fee (no Re-Entry in OPEN and U2000 Sects due to FIDE): $35 (available up to Rd. 3) 3 re-entries or 2 Jr. entries count as one additional entry for prize fund.


OPEN & U2000 Sects of Main Event: Up to two half point byes available for any round except Round 5 (per FIDE rules - if you cannot stay for round 5 you must take a 0 point bye or simply withdraw after round 4)
Half-pt. byes for all other Sections in the Main Event are limited to two and you must commit to the byes prior to the beginning of Round 3.
No byes may be added, changed or rescinded after the start of Round 3.

Extra notes:

Due to FIDE rules, the main tournament room will be closed to outside non-playing spectators, but players who have finished their games and have not left the tournament room will be allowed to stay to see remaining games still in progress.

Free chess gift to oldest player and to player who travels farthest to the main tourn. event

CAJUN BOUNTY: Defeat the top ranked player in the OPEN sect. (main event) and win free entry to our next tournament!

Re-Entry Fee (no Re-Entry in OPEN and U2000 Sects due to FIDE): $35 (avail. up to Rd. 3)
3 re-entries or 2 Jr. entries count as one additional entry for prize fund.


Hotel Rate: $89 (281-875-4000), reserve by 7/6 and mention Cajun Chess Tournament to ensure group rate.

More Information:

On-line registration, printable entry form, and more detailed information is available at www.cajunchess.com, or mail entry form to Cajun Chess, 12405 Hillary Step Dr., Olive Branch, MS 38654
Phone number for information or entry: 504-208-9596 or 504-905-2971
Major credit cards accepted (no checks at site).