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Open Section at the 2023 Winter NYOS Scholastic Chess Tournament

Results are available online and the event has been rated by the USCF.  Checks will be sent out later this week to all the winners. Thank you for playing!

USCF rated chess tournament on December 2, 2023 for adults and more advanced scholastic players. 4SS of G/45 +5.  Online Registration is now closed. Please register onsite ($50 regardless of age. Cash or venmo or credit. First round play requires registration and payment before 8:45am).

Verify your entry on the advance entry list.

Review the player reminder email that was sent out on Thursday.  UPDATE: You will be playing in Building 2, room 324.


The NYOS Chess Club will offer concessions (cash or Venmo) in Building A in the CafeteriaBreakfast items and coffee will be available when you arrive. Snacks and drinks are available all day long. Cyclo will be offering Sesame chicken and veggie bowls for lunch, and Culvers will offer chicken tenders and grilled cheese for lunch as well as frozen treats  in the afternoon. The concession stand will be benefiting the NYOS chess club as well as the school itself.


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 32, we reserve the right to split into two sections.


NYOS Charter School
12333 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753


All adults
Any youth who have reached at least 1300 by the December USCF supplement.

Ineligible entries will be moved to the appropriate scholastic section of the 2023 Winter 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 December 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, +5.

No changes for round 1 (bye or section) allowed after online registration closes. Requests for byes, withdrawals, player info edits be made onsite with your chief TD and go into effect as of round 2.

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 TBA.  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. Online Registration is now closed.

*youth – $35/adult – $25 thru Saturday 10/21/2023.
*youth – $40/adult – $30 thru Saturday 11/11/2023.
*youth – $45/adult – $35 thru Saturday, 11/25/2023.
*Late entry youth-$50 / adult – $40 begins Sunday,11/25/2023 and ENDS at 5pm on Wednesday 11/29/2023, at which time online entry closes.
*If space permits, onsite registration on Saturday, 12/02 will be permitted, $50 regardless of age. Cash or venmo only. First round play requires registration and payment before 8:45am.

Withdrawals requested via email before 5pm on Wednesday 11/29/23 are eligible for a refund (minus a $10 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 12/01/2023. 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.