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2024 AGCA Invitational – Spring Edition

The Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy is hosting an in-person 2024 AGCA Invitational Norm Tournament on May 24-28, 2024.

Organized by GM Alex Mista (Chief) and GM Andrey Stukopin (Deputy).  Chief Arbiter is IA Diana Tsypina.

Game Pairings/Results:
IM Norm tournament
GM Norm tournament

LOCATION:
Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy
7801 North Lamar Blvd
Suite A123
Austin, TX 78752

SCHEDULE (G/90,+30)
two 10 player round robin sections (1 for IM norm seekers, 1 for GM norm seekers)
●  1st round: Friday, May 24, 2024, 6:00 PM
●  2nd round: Saturday, May 25, 2024, 10:00 AM
●  3rd round: Saturday, May 25, 2024, 4:00 PM
●  4th round: Sunday, May 26, 2024, 10:00 AM
●  5th round: Sunday, May 26, 2024, 4:00 PM
●  6th round: Monday, May 27, 2024, 10:00 AM
●  7th round: Monday, May 27, 2024, 4:00 PM
●  8th round: Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 9:00 AM
●  9th round: Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 3:00 PM
NOTE: All players are expected to play all 9 rounds.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

REGULATIONS
Current FIDE Laws of Chess apply. This tournament is FIDE and US Chess rated.
-All games will use the equipment provided. –Players shall sign scoresheets after each game.
Electronic Device Policy: players are strictly forbidden from having electronic devices with them during the game, even if they are turned off. Players found with any device during the game may lose the current game. Turn in cell phones at the arbiters’ desk before each round. No electronics are allowed in the playing hall unless they are checked in with the arbiter.
Default/forfeit time: 60 minutes unless the arbiter decides otherwise. White’s clock will be started at the start of the round even if the players are not present.
-The organizers request that all players arrive on time for each round.

ENTRY FEES:
$850 (norm seekers)
●  $650 (foreign federation norm seekers)
For additional questions, please contact us at info@austin-chess.com

REGISTRATION
To see a list of pre-registered players and to register, please visit : https://austin-chess.com/tournaments/norm_tournament/

QUESTIONS
Please contact us at info@austin-chess.com for any additional questions or concerns. 

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AGCA Summer Camp 2

Description: A full day, week long chess camp, hosted by the Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy from June 10-14, 2024.  All scholastic players are invited to register.

Each camp features five  days of instruction. Students will be separated into 3 groups: Beginner Group: Under 700 USCF (including unrated)
Intermediate Group: 700-1100 USCF
Advanced Group: 1100 – 1500 USCF
Expert Group: 1500+ USCF
**NOTE: It is, however, required for the kids to know all the rules of chess and how each pieces move!
For more information, link to the the camp website.

Date and Time: 2nd camp session: June 10-14, 2024, 9am – 4pm

Daily Schedule
Drop-off: 8:30 – 9:00 am
Camp start: 9:00 am
Lunch break: 12:00 -1:00 pm
Camp resumes: 1:00 pm
Pick up: 4:00 – 4:30 pm

Food:
Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy staff will provide light snacks and beverages during scheduled snack times. Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch. 

**NOTE: Please email us at info@austin-chess.com with any food allergies and/or restrictions your child may have! 

Registration: Please register and pay online
Full week attendance is preferred; however, Day Passes are available – just send us an email (info@austin-chess.com).

Cancellation Policy
A full refund, minus a $50 service fee, will be provided for all cancellation requests received 7 days prior to camp start date. No refunds are provided if the cancellation is not received a week prior to camp start date.

Location:
Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy
7801 N Lamar, Ste #123
Austin, TX 78752

Questions:
Contact  the Austin Grandmaster staff (info@austin-chess.com) if you have questions about registering for this event. 

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AGCA Summer Camp 1

Description: A full day, week long chess camp, hosted by the Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy from June 3-7, 2024.  All scholastic players are invited to register.

Each camp features five  days of instruction. Students will be separated into 3 groups: Beginner Group: Under 700 USCF (including unrated)
Intermediate Group: 700-1100 USCF
Advanced Group: 1100 – 1500 USCF
Expert Group: 1500+ USCF
**NOTE: It is, however, required for the kids to know all the rules of chess and how each pieces move!
For more information, link to the the camp website.

Date and Time: 1st camp session: June 3-7, 2024, 9am – 4pm

Daily Schedule
Drop-off: 8:30 – 9:00 am
Camp start: 9:00 am
Lunch break: 12:00 -1:00 pm
Camp resumes: 1:00 pm
Pick up: 4:00 – 4:30 pm

Food:
Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy staff will provide light snacks and beverages during scheduled snack times. Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch. 

**NOTE: Please email us at info@austin-chess.com with any food allergies and/or restrictions your child may have! 

Registration: Please register and pay online
Full week attendance is preferred; however, Day Passes are available – just send us an email (info@austin-chess.com).

Cancellation Policy
A full refund, minus a $50 service fee, will be provided for all cancellation requests received 7 days prior to camp start date. No refunds are provided if the cancellation is not received a week prior to camp start date.

Location:
Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy
7801 N Lamar, Ste #123
Austin, TX 78752

Questions:
Contact  the Austin Grandmaster staff (info@austin-chess.com) if you have questions about registering for this event. 

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Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy Open USCF Rated Tournament 

The Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy is hosting an Open USCF Rated Tournament on May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  USCF Membership required.   Capacity: 52 players!

LOCATION:
Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy
7801 North Lamar Blvd
Suite A123
Austin, TX 78752
Free parking provided!

TOURNAMENT STYLE:
4SS, G/40, d5
SECTION A: 1600 + USCF rated
SECTION B: 1000 – 1600 USCF rated and/or unrated.
SECTION C: Under 1000 USCF rated
**Players rated 900 – 999 may play Section B or C**
**Players rated 1500 – 1599 may play Section A or B**

*USCF MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED*

RATING INFORMATION:
● May 2024 official USCF ratings will be used.
● Unofficial USCF ratings will be used if unrated or to play in a
higher section.
● Players must reveal foreign, FIDE, and other over-the-board
ratings. These ratings will be adjusted, if necessary, and may be
used if they are higher than USCF ratings.

●  1st round: 10:00 AM
●  2nd round: 11:30 AM
●  Lunch break: 1:00 PM
●  3rd round: 2:00 PM.
●  4th round: 3:30 PM.
●  Closing ceremony: After the last game finishes.
NOTE: Half-point byes are acceptable for all rounds, limit 1. Must commit before the 1st round.

PLAYERS MAY NOT POSSESS CELL PHONES DURING THE TOURNAMENT. Any violators may be subject to disqualification and forfeiture.

ENTRY FEES:
●  Early Bird: $50 online at https://austin-chess.com/tournaments/uscf-rated-may/ by May 11th at 11:59 pm.
●  $65 on or after May 12th  via PayPal or cash (if space is available)
For additional questions, please contact us at info@austin-chess.com
Link for registration: https://austin-chess.com/tournaments/uscf-rated-may/

PRIZES:
●  1600+ section : $400, $150, $100
●  1000 – 1600: $150, $100, $50
●  U1000: medals
First 5 players above 1900 USCF to register get a minimum guaranteed prize of $75 if they finish all their games.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you do not wish to participate in our tournament after paying the entry fee, please email us at info@austin-chess.com no later than 24 hours in advance.  We reserve the right to charge a $15 service fee for cancellations.  NO refunds will be issued if we are notified of cancellation within 24 hours of the start of the event.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: If you would like to withdraw from the tournament after it begins, please alert the tournament director. 
NO refunds will be issued after the tournament begins. 

NO-SHOW POLICY: There are NO refunds or credit for players who do not show up for their scheduled tournament matches.

Please contact us at info@austin-chess.com for any additional questions or concerns. 

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AGCA – Adult Improver Meet Up

Chess Meet Up from 7-9pm on Wednesday, April 10th for adults only.  Step up your chess game! Register for a Grandmaster Simul (first 12 entries!), challenge AGCA Coaches, and level up your chess skills! No Entry Fee!

LOCATION:
Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy
7801 North Lamar Blvd
Suite A123
Austin, TX 78752
Free parking provided!

RSVP:
Please RSVP before attending.  We want to make sure there is space for everyone!

Please contact us at info@austin-chess.com for any additional questions or concerns. 

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7th AGCA Scholastic Tournament

We are hosting an In-Person USCF Rated Scholastic Tournament on May 11, 2024 from 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM.  USCF Membership required.   Capacity: 52 players

LOCATION:
Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy
7801 North Lamar Blvd
Suite A123
Austin, TX 78752
Free parking provided!

TOURNAMENT STYLE:
SECTION A: 1000 – 1400 USCF rating
SECTION B: 600 – 1000 USCF rating
SECTION C: Under 600 USCF rating and/or unrated.
*Note that no player will be allowed to play up or down*
*USCF MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED*

RATING INFORMATION:
● May 2024 official USCF ratings will be used.

4-Round Swiss System Schedule (G/30,d5)
●  1st round: 10:00 AM
●  2nd round: 11:00 AM
●  Lunch break: 12:00 PM
●  3rd round: 12:30 PM.
●  4th round: 1:30 PM.
●  Closing ceremony: After the last game finishes.
NOTE: Half-point byes are acceptable for all rounds, limit 1. Must commit before the 1st round.

PLAYERS MAY NOT POSSESS CELL PHONES DURING THE TOURNAMENT. Please leave your phone at home, in your car, or turned off (vibrate/silent not acceptable) on top of your table. 

ENTRY FEES:
●  Online: $50 at https://austin-chess.com/tournaments/school_tournament_may by May 10, 2024 at 11:59 pm.
●  Late: $60  via PayPal or cash (if space is available) May 11th
For additional questions, please contact us at info@austin-chess.com

PRIZES:
●  Trophies for 1st place (in each section)
● Medals for 2nd and 3rd place (in each section)

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you do not wish to participate in our tournament after paying the entry fee, please email us at info@austin-chess.com no later than 24 hours in advance for a refund. We reserve the right to charge a $15 service fee for cancellations. 

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: If you would like to withdraw from the tournament after it begins, please alert the tournament director and sign a withdrawal form in the lobby prior to leaving the premises. 
NO refunds will be issued after the tournament begins. 

NO-SHOW POLICY: There are NO refunds or credit for players who do not show up for their scheduled tournament matches.

Please contact us at info@austin-chess.com for any additional questions or concerns. 

See our Online TLA!

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International Women’s Day: Texas Queens Chess Tournament

Calling all women and girls! The Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy is hosting a tournament to celebrate International Women’s Day.  With USCF Rated Tournament and non-rated sections available, this event will be held on March 09, 2024 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  USCF Membership required for rated play.   Capacity: 40 players!

LOCATION:
Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy
7801 North Lamar Blvd
Suite A123
Austin, TX 78752
Free parking provided!

TOURNAMENT STYLE:
5SS, G/15, +5 – Women and girls only!
SECTION A*: USCF rated
SECTION B: Unrated
*USCF MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED to play in Section A*

RATING INFORMATION:
● March 2024 official USCF ratings will be used.
● Unofficial USCF ratings will be used if unrated .
● Players in Section A must reveal foreign, FIDE, and other over-the-board
ratings. These ratings will be adjusted, if necessary, and may be
used if they are higher than USCF ratings.

●  1st round: 10:00 AM
●  2nd round: 10:40 AM
●  3rd round: 1:20 AM
●  Lunch break: 12:00 PM
●  4th round: 12:30 PM.
●  5th round: 1:10 PM.
●  Closing ceremony: After the last game finishes – around 2pm.
NOTE: Half-point byes are acceptable for all rounds, limit 1. Must commit before the 1st round.

PLAYERS MAY NOT POSSESS CELL PHONES DURING THE TOURNAMENT. Any violators may be subject to disqualification and forfeiture.

ENTRY FEES:
● Register at https://austin-chess.com/tournaments/women-day/ 
●  The tournament is free of charge and open the first 40 entries.
For additional questions, please contact us at info@austin-chess.com
Link for registration: https://austin-chess.com/tournaments/women-day/

PRIZES:
●  Section A: gift cards and other prizes to the top 3 finishers
●  Section B: gift cards and other prizes to the top 3 finishers
Sponsor: Kendra Scott

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you do not wish to participate in our tournament after registering, please email us at info@austin-chess.com asap so we can offer your spot to the next player in line!

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: If you would like to withdraw from the tournament after it begins, please alert the tournament director. 

Please contact us at info@austin-chess.com for any additional questions or concerns. 

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Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy April Swiss

The Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy is hosting an Open USCF Rated Tournament on April 27, 2024 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  USCF Membership required.   Capacity: 52 players!

LOCATION:
Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy
7801 North Lamar Blvd
Suite A123
Austin, TX 78752
Free parking provided!

TOURNAMENT STYLE:
4SS, G/40, d5
SECTION A: 1600 + USCF rated
SECTION B: 1000 – 1400 USCF rated and/or unrated.
SECTION C: Under 1000 USCF rated
**Players rated 900 – 999 may play Section B or C**
**Players rated 1500 – 1599 may play Section A or B**

*USCF MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED*

RATING INFORMATION:
● April 2024 official USCF ratings will be used.
● Unofficial USCF ratings will be used if unrated or to play in a
higher section.
● Players must reveal foreign, FIDE, and other over-the-board
ratings. These ratings will be adjusted, if necessary, and may be
used if they are higher than USCF ratings.

●  1st round: 10:00 AM
●  2nd round: 11:30 AM
●  Lunch break: 1:00 PM
●  3rd round: 2:00 PM.
●  4th round: 3:30 PM.
●  Closing ceremony: After the last game finishes.
NOTE: Half-point byes are acceptable for all rounds, limit 1. Must commit before the 1st round.

PLAYERS MAY NOT POSSESS CELL PHONES DURING THE TOURNAMENT. Any violators may be subject to disqualification and forfeiture.

ENTRY FEES:
●  Early Bird: $50 online at https://austin-chess.com/tournaments/uscf-rated-april/ by April 13th at 11:59 pm.
●  $65 on or after April 14th  via PayPal or cash (if space is available)
For additional questions, please contact us at info@austin-chess.com
Link for registration: https://austin-chess.com/tournaments/uscf-rated-april/

PRIZES:
●  1600+ section : $400, $150, $100
●  1000 – 1600: $150, $100, $50
●  U1000: medals
First 5 players above 1900 USCF to register get a minimum guaranteed prize of $75 if they finish all their games.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you do not wish to participate in our tournament after paying the entry fee, please email us at info@austin-chess.com no later than 24 hours in advance.  We reserve the right to charge a $15 service fee for cancellations.  NO refunds will be issued if we are notified of cancellation within 24 hours of the start of the event.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: If you would like to withdraw from the tournament after it begins, please alert the tournament director. 
NO refunds will be issued after the tournament begins. 

NO-SHOW POLICY: There are NO refunds or credit for players who do not show up for their scheduled tournament matches.

Please contact us at info@austin-chess.com for any additional questions or concerns. 

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CANCELLED – Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy April Scholastic

The scholastic tournament originally scheduled for April 06, 2024 at the Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy has been cancelled.  Thank you for your understanding.

LOCATION:
Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy
7801 North Lamar Blvd
Suite A123
Austin, TX 78752
Free parking provided!

TOURNAMENT STYLE:
SECTION A: 1000 – 1400 USCF rating
SECTION B: 600 – 1000 USCF rating
SECTION C: Under 600 USCF rating and/or unrated.
*Note that no player will be allowed to play up or down*
*USCF MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED*

RATING INFORMATION:
● April 2024 official USCF ratings will be used.

4-Round Swiss System Schedule (G/30,d5)
●  1st round: 10:00 AM
●  2nd round: 11:00 AM
●  Lunch break: 12:00 PM
●  3rd round: 12:30 PM.
●  4th round: 1:30 PM.
●  Closing ceremony: After the last game finishes.
NOTE: Half-point byes are acceptable for all rounds, limit 1. Must commit before the 1st round.

PLAYERS MAY NOT POSSESS CELL PHONES DURING THE TOURNAMENT. Please leave your phone at home, in your car, or turned off (vibrate/silent not acceptable) on top of your table. 

ENTRY FEES:
●  Online: $50 at https://austin-chess.com/tournaments/school_tournament_april/ by April 05, 2024 at 11:59 pm.
●  Late: $60  via PayPal or cash (if space is available) on the day of the event.
For additional questions, please contact us at info@austin-chess.com

PRIZES:
●  Trophies for 1st place (in each section)
● Medals for 2nd and 3rd place (in each section)

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you do not wish to participate in our tournament after paying the entry fee, please email us at info@austin-chess.com no later than 24 hours in advance for a refund. We reserve the right to charge a $15 service fee for cancellations. 

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: If you would like to withdraw from the tournament after it begins, please alert the tournament director and sign a withdrawal form in the lobby prior to leaving the premises. 
NO refunds will be issued after the tournament begins. 

NO-SHOW POLICY: There are NO refunds or credit for players who do not show up for their scheduled tournament matches.

Please contact us at info@austin-chess.com for any additional questions or concerns. 

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Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy Monthly Quad Tournament (March)

The Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy is hosting USCF Rated 3 round Quads on 3 consecutive Wednesday evenings: March 6th, 13th, and 20th. Capacity: 48 players!

LOCATION:
Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy
7801 North Lamar Blvd
Suite A123
Austin, TX 78752
Free parking provided!

SECTIONS:
Players will be placed into groups of four (QUADS)  based on rating starting from the highest rated. Quads are non-elimination, and each player will play everyone in their group for a total of three games. (Round Robin Pairings)

(Last group may have 4 or 6 players and will use swiss-system if 6 players are present)

**Note that no player will be allowed to play up or down**

TIME CONTROL:
G/60, +30 (60 minutes per player with a 30-second increment)

3-Round Round-Robin System Schedule
1st round: 6:00 PM March 6th
2nd round: 6:00 PM March 13th
3rd round: 6:00 PM March 20th
Closing ceremony: After the last game finishes.

PLAYERS MAY NOT POSSESS CELL PHONES DURING THE TOURNAMENT. Any violators may be subject to disqualification and forfeiture.

ENTRY FEES:
●  Online: $50 at https://austin-chess.com/tournaments/quad_tournament_march/  by March 5th at 11:59 pm.
For additional questions, please contact us at info@austin-chess.com
Link for registration: https://austin-chess.com/tournaments/quad_tournament_march/

PRIZES:
●  $100 for 1st place in each quad

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you do not wish to participate in our tournament after paying the entry fee, please email us at info@austin-chess.com no later than 24 hours in advance for a $35 refund. We reserve the right to charge a $15 service fee for cancellations. 

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: If you would like to withdraw from the tournament after it begins, please alert the tournament director and sign a withdrawal form in the lobby prior to leaving the premises. 
NO refunds will be issued after the tournament begins. 

NO-SHOW POLICY: There are NO refunds or credit for players who do not show up for their scheduled tournament matches.

Please contact us at info@austin-chess.com for any additional questions or concerns.