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C.J. presents Chess in the Hill Country – Llano 2023 Open Chess Tournament


An hour west of Austin the asphalt turns to lush hills and sparkling waters.  Llano is located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country – only 72 miles northwest of Austin and 90 miles northwest of San Antonio! Once here, there is more to make you stop than our 4 traffic lights!  Come and spend the weekend in Llano! Let’s play some chess!

CJ Ares is sponsoring the club’s inaugural Llano Open Chess Tournament! The event will be organized by Rocks & Rooks. This is a USCF rated 5SS chess tournament on November 11-12, 2023 in two RATED scholastic sections: Open and Reserve U1200. The tournament offers a guaranteed prize fund of $1000!

View Advance Entry List.  

Thank you for playing! Visit our final standings page.  The event has been rated by the USCF.

This is a Swiss-system tournament, so everyone plays all day—there is no “elimination.” We follow USCF rules including: touch-move, mandatory clocks if available, and notation. Less experienced youth are encouraged to register for the 2023 Llano Scholastic Tournament


First Baptist Church of Llano
Fellowship Hall
907 Berry St
Llano, TX 78643

Sandstone Street Bed & Breakfast
508 East Sandstone
Llano, TX 78643


This is a rated tournament intended for all adults and more advance  youth players.

You must have a current USCF ID and your membership (can be purchased/renewed at check out or online with the USCF in advance of registration) . You can verify your USCF membership ID and expiration by visiting the USCF’s Member Services Area. Anyone can become a USCF member. Players new to tournament chess are welcome to play. Your USCF membership cannot expire before November 30, 2023. USCF memberships can be renewed/purchased at check-out.

Schedule and Time Controls

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!

Saturday (at First Baptist Llano):
Onsite Registration 8-8:30am
only IF space is available.
9 a.m. – Round 1 (G/60, +10)
1:00pm – Round 2 (G/90, +30)
6:30pm – Round 3 (G/90, +30)


Sunday (at the Sandstone Street B&B):
10:00 am – Round 4 (G/90, +30)
3:30 pm – Round 5 (G/90, +30)


*No changes for round 1 after 9am on Friday 11/10/2023.
*Requests for section changes, byes, withdrawals, etc. go in effect immediately if made via email before the close of online registration.
*Changes requested onsite go into effect as of round 2.
All 1/2 point byes must be requested/removed before the end of round 2.
*Onsite registrations may receive a 1st round bye if you arrive too late.  Please arrive by 8:35am to register onsite and secure a 1st round pairing.

Registration Information

Entry fees are staggered and we’d like for you to register early! Online registration is closed. Please register onsite!
Veteran discount available (see below)! Contact the registrar!

  • $25 if received by Saturday, 10/28/2023, 11:59 p.m. CST.
  • $40 thru Thursday,11/9/2023, 12:00 noon CST.
  • $50 on-site


Active duty military or Veterans, who email the registrar before registering and provide their service branch and time frame served, will be given a 50% off coupon code for their entry.

Withdrawals requested via email before online registration closes are eligible for a refund (minus a $5 service fee to cover CC processing fees).

No refunds for USCF memberships after purchased from the USCF. NO email/phone entries.


For registration questions – contact  Lori Balkum, registrar (  No phone calls, please. Emails will be returned promptly.

For questions about Llano and the chess venue – contact JoLeigh Ares, sponsor (

View our ONLINE TLA!