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2023 Chess in the Park

Chess outdoors in Wooldridge park! Unrated 4 round G/20 tournament for all ages in 2 scholastic sections and one open section. Limited to the first 50 paid players. No elimination – play all rounds whether you win or lose! Online Registration is now closed, but ONSITE REGISTRATIONS will be accepted.

Weather update! Due to the high chance of rain and dropping temperatures, the tournament will be held at Dobie Mall!

October 29, 2022

Alternative Location
Dobie Mall
2nd floor – Food Court
2021 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

Street and garage parking available.


  • Open
  • K-6
  • K-3

*Lower sections may be combined if registrations are low.
*All sections are unrated.  NO USCF membership required.
*Restricted to the first 50 players.

Rounds and Times

Four Rounds at a time control of G/20.

  • We play approximately noon – 5pm.
  • Registration & Check-in: 11:20am – 12:00noon
  • All pre-registered players must arrive before noon, or they may be ineligible to play in the first round.
  • We play approximately noon – 5pm.

Entry fee and Prizes:

  • Online entries: $13 – by Saturday, 10/21 at 11:59pm (online payment only).
  • Online entries: $17 – from Sunday, 10/22 to Saturday, 10/28 (5pm) (online payment only)
  • Onsite entries: $25 – Cash only. May receive a round 1 bye and begin play in round 2. 
  • Prizes– At least top 3 finishers in each scholastic section will receive a medal. Open section offers cash prizes.


Space is available!  Register onsite between 11:20 and 11:45 to get a 1st round pairing!

  • Boards and Sets supplied!
  • NO US Chess Membership necessary. 
  • NO Notation required. Feel free if you wish to bring pen and paper, but these are quick games!
  • Donations are accepted here for the Parks/Libraries Fund. Look for this
    fund on your City of Austin Utility Bill to donate again in the future.
  • Bring a folding chair, if you have one!!

Rain Location

There is inclement weather predicted! The tournament will be held at the Dobie Mall food court – Guadalupe and 21st on the 2nd level.

The decision to move to Dobie Mall is final.


For registration questions, please email
Lori Balkum, (
For all other event questions, please email
Gary Gaiffe, (

Organized by Rocks & Rooks