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Open Section at the 2022 NYOS Scholastic Chess Tournament

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Pairings, wall charts, and standings: OPEN SECTION 
Reminder Email: open
**The open section is currently scheduled to play in MS Building 3, 2nd floor, South Flex Area **

USCF rated chess tournament for adults and more advanced scholastic players (rated 1200 and above). View the preregistration list here. (Less experienced youth players should register for the scholastic event!) Online registration is now closed.

Limited onsite entries are available for the open section.  $50 – cash or venmo. Arrive and talk with  your chief TD in the playing room before 8:45am.


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 mandatory notation. If registrations exceed 30, we will split into two sections.


NYOS Charter School
12333 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753


All adults
Any youth who have reached 1200 at some point in their ratings’ history.

Ineligible entries will be moved to the appropriate scholastic section of the 2022 NYOS Scholastic Chess Tournament. This is a rated tournament. You must have a 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 April 30, 2022.  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. Onsite registrations only at the discretion of the open section TD. Register online!

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.

Concessions TBD.  Only water bottles allowed at the chess board.

COVID-19 protocols TBD.  Facemask  policy will be announced soon. Proper handwashing and adherence to exposure guidelines are always in force!


Cash prizes (to winners in both sections, in the case of multiple sections), based on number of entries. Special trophies will be awarded to the highest scoring Family & Child teams  (Uncles, Aunts, Adult siblings, Parents, or Grandparents paired with at least one scholastic aged player.). 

Registration Information

Entry fee pricing is staggered and based on date of entry/payment. Please register onsite.

*Early entry (youth $25, adult $20) thru Saturday, 03/12/22.
*Regular entry (youth $30, adult $25) thru Saturday, 04/9/2022.
*Late entry (youth $40, adult $35) begins Sunday, 04/10/2022 and ENDS at NOON on Thursday 04/21/2022, at which time online entry closes.
*If space permits, onsite registration will be permitted, $50 regardless of age. Cash or venmo only. First round play requires registration before 8:45am.

Withdrawals requested via email before noon on Thursday 4/21/2022 are eligible for a refund (minus a $5 service fee). No refunds for USCF memberships after purchased from the USCF. NO email/phone entries.

Please request byes when you register if possible. First bye receives 1/2-point. Further byes receive 0-points. Email the registrar to make changes to your requested byes. Deadline to add or remove a 1st round requested bye is 9am Friday 4/22/2022. All 1/2-point byes must be requested/removed before the end of round 2.

Email Lori Balkum, registrar with other questions. No phone calls, please. Emails will be returned promptly.

Organized by Rocks & Rooks. Gary Gaiffe, tournament organizer.