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Open/Adult Section at the Casis Scholastic Chess Tournament

USCF rated chess tournament for adults and more advanced scholastic players (rated 1400 and above).  Scholastic players must have reached 1400 at some point in their USCF (regular) ratings history in order to compete in the open section. (Less experienced youth players should register for the scholastic event.)  View the preregistration list online. Verify your Family-Child team entry (each team must have at least 1 adult!)

Online registration is now closed and we will NOT be accepting onsite entries.  We have simply run out of space.

Tournament Day links:

Online Pairings, Wall Charts, and Standings

Pictures of the school:
Entrance on Exposition (gate will be open)
Building Entrance from North Parking Lot

Parking and Campus Maps:
Parking Map
Basic Campus Map

Concessions – Detailed

Scholastic Email
Open Email


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.


Casis Elementary School
2710 Exposition Blvd
Austin, TX 78703


All adults
Advanced youth (1400+).

Ineligible entries will be moved to the appropriate scholastic section of the 2023 Winter Casis 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 January 31, 2023.  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. Onlie registration is now closed and we will not be accepting 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.

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

Proper handwashing and adherence to COVID 19 exposure guidelines mandatory!


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.

*Early entry (youth $30, adult $25) thru 11/26/2022
*Regular entry (youth $35, adult $30) thru 01/07/2023
*Late entry (youth $45, adult $40) ENDS at NOON on Thursday 01/19/2023 or when we run out of playing space, 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 01/19/2023 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 01/20/2023. 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.