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SW Collegiate High School Middle School Elementary Primary
2015 Texas Scholastic Chess Championships
March 28-29 2015
McAllen Convention Center
700 Convention Center Blvd, McAllen 78501
Primary Hotel: Studio 6 Extended Stay 700 Savannah Ave, McAllen, 78053. HR: 1 queen bed including breakfast $75, 1 Queen bed without breakfast $65, 2 full beds with breakfast $88, and 2 full beds without breakfast $75. Call 956-668-7829 for reservations at Studio 6. Please mention Texas Chess Association to get rates.
Link for hotels in McAllen with chess rates.
Volunteers and TD's needed Link to find out more
7 round Swiss System (No Elimination). [Southwest Collegiate is 4 rounds Swiss System.]
Click here to see the booklet - each player will have a booklet at their round 1 board (notation sheets inside)
Entry Fee is $42 by 3/13 else $69.
register at the registration center for Blitz and Bughouse
BLitz Friday night 7:30 pm - Exhibit Hall A
Kindergarten-6th grade Saturday night 7:15 pm Exhibit Hall A
6th grade-12th grade Saturday night 8:30 pm Exhibit Hall A
register at the registration center
TCA - Texas Chess Association meeting Saturday night 8:35 pm
online registration thru active. remember active.com charges a small fee:
2015 Texas High School Scholastic Chess Championships http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2137666
2015 Texas Middle School Scholastic Chess Championships http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2136581
2015 Texas Elementary Scholastic Chess Championships http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2137554
2015 Texas Primary Scholastic Chess Championships http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2137555
online registration using paypal:
2015 Texas High School (9th-12th Grade)Scholastic Chess Championships Click here to register for high school using paypal link
2015 Texas Middle School (6th/7th-9th Grade)Scholastic Chess Championships Click here to register for middle school using paypal
2015 Texas Elementary(K-5/6th Grade) Scholastic Chess Championships and Click to register using elementary and primary paypal link
2015 Texas Primary(K-3rd Grade) Scholastic Chess Championships are combined Click to register using elementary and primary paypal link
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.
Schools like Texas Academy of Math Science at UNT, 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.
TLA for tournaments
2015 Texas State Scholastic Championships, 7SS, McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen, TX 78501. Primary Hotel: Studio 6 Extended Stay, 700 Savannah Ave, McAllen, 78053. HR: 1 queen bed including breakfast $75, 1 Queen bed without breakfast $65, 2 full beds with breakfast $88, and 2 full beds without breakfast $75. Call 956-668-7829 for reservations at Studio 6. Please mention Texas Chess Association to get rates. Please check website for overflow hotel information. While most of the hotels in McAllen have a free shuttle to the convention center, it is prudent to not depend on the shuttle. Four championships in one great location: TX Primary Scholastic Championships; TX Elementary Scholastic Championships; TX Middle School Scholastic Championships; TX High School Scholastic Championships. EF: $42 by 3/13; $69 after 3/13 or on site. On Site Registration: Friday, 7-9pm, Saturday, 7-7:45am. Saturday registrants may receive a 1st Rd. 1/2-pt. bye. One 1/2-pt. bye (for any round) allowed if requested by the end of Rd. 2. Sections: K-1 Championship, Primary (K-3) Championship, Primary JV (K-3 w/Ratings Under 700), Elementary (K-5/6) Championship, Elementary JV (K-5/6 Under 800), Elementary Novice (K-5/6 Under 500), Middle School (6-8/9) Championship, MS JV (6-8/9 Under 900), MS Novice (6-8/9 Under 600), High School (9-12) Championship, HS JV (9-12 Under 1000). See Article IX, Section 1E, TCA Bylaws for each section's eligibility requirement, www.texaschess.org/2007/03/bylaws.html. Trophies for top 20 individuals and top 15 teams in each section plus participation medals for all, and plus Score Awards for players scoring 4 or more points that do not win an individual trophy. Note that trophies will not be given out in advance and must be picked up at awards ceremony. Please make arrangements for picking up trophies at award ceremony or to get trophy shipped. Schedule: Round times vary depending on the Section. For round times check website, note that the round times and time controls are the same as the 2013 event. Time controls: All High School and Middle School Sections: Rds 1-4 G/60; d5, Rds 5-7 G/75; d5. All Elementary and Primary and K-1 sections: rds 1-4 G/45; d5, rds 5-7 G/60; d5. For round times see: www.dallaschess.com. Side Events: See website for side events. Side event registration on site only. All registrations (except Side events) available on line: see www.dallaschess.com and you can download flyers and entry forms. Checks payable to Dallas Chess Club. Mail entries to Dallas Chess Club, c/o Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036. For tournament info, visit our website or contact Barbara Swafford, firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-632-9000. Refunds will be given only up to 3/24 with a $10 surcharge for withdrawing, after 3/24 there will be no refunds. There will be no substitution of team members. There will be a $10 change fee for changes after 3/24. There will be a $5 surcharge per player for phone registrations USCF membership is required. Proof of membership is required or player must join/renew their memberships. No registration/changes/or withdrawals by phone or email after 3/24/15 as we are driving to the site; after that date you must make changes at site (McAllen Convention Center). Note that the McAllen Convention Center has a strict policy of no outside food and beverages allowed. NS, NC, W.