Harmony Winter Chess Tournament - Open Section

Saturday, February 01, 2020 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Rocks & Rooks
  • Harmony Science Academy
  • 12200 Anderson Mill Rd
  • Austin, Texas 78726

Open section associated with the 2020 Harmony Winter Scholastic Tournament. Youth participating MUST have reached 1200 at some point in their rating history. All adults are welcome. February Supplement ratings will be used for pairing purposes.

Open Section Parent-Child

Read our Parental Expectations

Open Section Information:


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 have reached 1200 at some point in their ratings' history.

Ineligible entries will be moved to the scholastic section of the 2020 Harmony Winter Scholastic Tournament. Your USCF membership cannot expire before February 29, 2020. 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

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. Special trophies will be awarded to the highest scoring Parent & Child teams.

Registration Information

*Early entry (youth $25, adult $20) thru Saturday, 01/05/2020
*Regular entry (youth $30, adult $25) thru Saturday, 01/18/2020
*Late entry (youth $35, adult $30) thru Saturday, 01/25/2020
*One week Away (youth $40, adult $35) begins Sunday, 01/26/2020 and ENDS at NOON on Thursday 01/30/2020, at which time online entry closes. No exceptions will be made and no late entries added after online registration closes.

Withdrawals requested before Sunday 01/19/2020 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 01/26/2020! If sending check, your entry is not complete until check is received. Please postmark promptly.
Credit cards/Paypal preferred. Paypal ID: ggaiffe@att.net

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