December AustinKids2 Scholastic Tournament

Saturday, December 14, 2019 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Austin Kids2
  • Hilton Garden Inn - Austin North
  • 12400 N IH 35
  • Building C
  • Austin, Texas 78753

Rated Scholastic tournament for 60 players rated U1400 in 3 RATED scholastic sections:K-3 U400, K-5 U800, K-12 any. We have maxed out our space, so registration is closed. No onsite registrations allowed.

Please read the Parental Expectations before you register.


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 U400 section is excused from taking notation.


"Under" sections are only for students meeting the rating criteria. All players who are new to tournaments are eligible for all sections. (Look up your player's rating here. 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 December 31, 2019. Players in K-3 U400 may be JTP. All others players must be FULL USCF members. USCF memberships can be renewed/purchased at check-out. Email Lori Balkum, registrar if you have questions.


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 Announcements begin.
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. – 5:00 p.m. Problem desk open. No changes for round 1 (bye or section) allowed after online registration closes. Requests for byes, withdrawals, and player information edits go in effect immediately if made via email before the close of online registration.NO Onsite registrations.

Approximate Round Times

Scholastic Sections:
round 1 - 9:30am, rd 2 - 11:00am, rd 3 - 1:00 pm, rd 4 - 2:30 pm
rd 5 - 4:00 pm


There will be some “down time” between rounds since many games will finish early.


Trophies to the top individuals in each scholastic section. Chess medals will go to all players who that finish the tournament with a positive score, who do not trophy. Ribbons will be awarded to all participants!

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 $26 thru Saturday, 11/09/2019
*Late entry $36 thru NOON on Thursday 12/12/2019, at which time online entry closes.

Withdrawals requested before Thanksgiving, Thursday 11/21 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. Please note, your entry is not complete until payment is received. Please postmark promptly.
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Organized by Austin Kids2. Gao Jiajun, tournament organizer.
Organizer's website.