Round Times Team Rooms Rules
SW Collegiate High School Middle School Elementary Primary
2013 Texas Scholastic Chess Championships
March 23-24, 2013
McAllen Convention Center
700 Convention Center Blvd, McAllen 78501
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Do it a few days before the tournament
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No outside food can be brought into the convention center.
Link for hotels in McAllen with chess rates.
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7 round Swiss System (No Elimination). [Southwest Collegiate is 5 rounds Swiss System.]
Entry Fee is $41 by 3/6 else $69. (Southwest Collegiate is $49 by 3/6, $69 thereafter)
BLitz will happen Friday night 7 pm
Bughouse Saturday night 8:30 pm
register for both at registration center
Click here to see the booklet - each player will have a booklet at their round 1 board (notation sheets inside)
Coaches and parents come to registration center to pick up your copy
The Collegiate Section is open to anyone in College from any state.
For the other sections:
Some rules and hints about which section to play.
Player must reside in Texas or go to a
school in Texas.
6th grade players in Elementary Schools must play in Elementary sections.
6th grade players in Middle School Schools must play in Middle School sections.
9th grade players in High School Schools must play in High School sections.
9th grade players in Middle School may play in Middle School sections or
in High School sections and can play on the H S team that the junior high
school feeds into 10th grade.
*Private school and Home school 6th graders must play in middles school sections.
Private School and Home school 9th graders must play in high school sections.
* TCA has ruled that K-6 private schools may have their 6th graders play with
the rest of their team in the Elementary sections.
The following are some rules of thumbs (these are meant as guides and are not comprehensive and binding to all possible cases.)
6th grade players that are home schooled must play in Middle School. No exceptions have been given.
9th grade players that are home schooled must play in High School. Again, no exceptions have been given.
6th grade players that are in private school must play in Middle School unless the private school is k-6. (If a school has a 5th grade and no 7th grade, then the player should play in elementary. If a school has a 7th grade, then the 6th grader should play in middle school. A 5th-7th school should play in middle school.)
An exception for private school 9th graders that are in a k-9 school has not yet been rendered by the Texas Chess Association; therefore, these 9th graders must play in the High School Section. The TCA Scholastic Committee, (Victor Flores is the Chairperson,) can make an exception for very rare cases not covered by earlier rulings. Most cases have been discussed and ruled upon already.
What section does a public school 6th grader play? Well if the player is in an elementary school the player plays in one of the Elementary sections. If the player is in middle school, the player plays in middle school. (In general, if a school has a 5th grade and no 7th grade, then the player should play in elementary. If a school has a 7th grade, then the 6th grader should play in middle school. A 5th-7th school should play in middle school.)
Some of these are confusing. Just what is the Texas Chess Association trying to do? They have two goals. The first is that kids play in their sections. TCA wants the High School winner to be in High School, The Middle School winner be in Middle School, etc. etc. The second is that TCA realizes that it would be unfair in general to isolate a grade. For example, it would be unfair to a k-6 school to have the k-5 kids in elementary and the 6th graders in middle school. The k-5 kids could think that their best players are removed from their team, and the 6th grade players could feel that they have no chance to win in the middle school section.
The primary section was created after the rules were passed. So any player in grades k-3 can play in the primary or can play in the elementary. So a k-4 school may choose to play all their kids in one of the elementary sections. Note that a 3rd grader that is rated between 700 and 799 may choose to play in the Elementary J V (U800 section) as opposed to playing in the Primary Championship.
In general new players in elementary and middle school should play in the novice section, provided that they have not gotten too high a rating if they have played in one or two tournaments.
Another consideration is that players sometimes play in championships sections so that the school has enough players to form a team.
if you have any questions about what sections to play, please contact Barb Swafford, 214.632.9000
The TCA Scholastic Committee is the next higher body in authority.
Note a rule change: Schools like Texas Academy of Math Science at UNT and also The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College Mathematics and Science Academy have been defined by the Texas Chess Associations to be High Schools and may not play in the Collegiate.
This tournament will use the March Supplement.
Submitting team entries on a spreadsheet is encouraged.
online registration thru active. remember active.com charges a small fee:
2013 Texas High School Scholastic Chess Championships http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2074016
2013 Texas Middle School Scholastic Chess Championships http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2074004
2013 Texas Elementary Scholastic Chess Championships http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2074002
2013 Texas Primary Scholastic Chess Championships http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2073777
online registration using paypal:
2013 Texas High School (9th-12th Grade)Scholastic Chess Championships high school paypal link
2013 Texas Middle School (6th/7th-9th Grade)Scholastic Chess Championships middle school paypal link
2013 Texas Elementary(K-5/6th Grade) Scholastic Chess Championships and elementary and primary paypal link
2013 Texas Primary(K-3rd Grade) Scholastic Chess Championships are combined
registration using mail-in form:
2013 Texas High School (9th-12th Grade)Scholastic Chess Championships high school form
2013 Texas Middle School (6th/7th-9th Grade)Scholastic Chess Championships middle school form
2013 Texas Elementary(K-5/6th Grade) Scholastic Chess Championships elementary form
2013 Texas Primary(K-3rd Grade) Scholastic Chess Championships primary form
Registration Form w Round Times It is better to use form found in each Section's web page or the flyers found above. ( All these flyers require Adobe Acrobat reader.)
Make Checks Payable to Dallas Chess Club (DCC). One check can be sent for multiple entries. Send entries to Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley TX 76036-4719. Do not mail after 3/18, entry may not be received.
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