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2020 Texas South State Middle School Scholastic Chess Championships

March 6-8

McAllen Convention Center

700 Convention Center Blvd, McAllen 78501

Hotel: The Embassy Suites, 800 Convention, C St, McAllen, TX 78501.(walking distance to the convention center) Phone: (956) 688-8329. HR: $119/$129, please reserve by 2/14 or rate may not be available. Mention (TCA) Texas Chess Association to get rate. To reserve online use this link:  http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/M/MFECOES-TCA-20200304/index.jhtml

7 round Swiss System (No Elimination)    Round 1 Game 45 d5, Rd 2-4 Game 60 d5, Rd 5-7 Game 75 d5

Entry Fee is $44 by 2/4; $56 by 2/27; $74 after 2/27 or on site.

Open to Texas Residents and school. Must be in 6th - 8/9 grades to play. Participants cannot play up except under the following circumstance -- 9th graders may play in High School. Participants cannot play down, if you are in middle school or home school grades (6-8) or private school (6-8) you must play in a middle school section. (Note that TCA has ruled that private school 6th graders in a K-6th private school may play in Elementary.  A good rule of thumb is that if you are in 6th grade and your school has a 7th grade, then you should play in Middle School.)

Three Sections: Championship, J V and Novice. The  J V section is opened to players rated Under 900 in February Supplement. The Novice section is opened to players rated Under 600

Trophies to top 20 individuals, honorable mention awards to plus scores that do not win trophy and medals for those who finish the tournament; Top 15 Teams, Top 5 grand champion (3 sections combined) teams.

Registration:

Click here for printable registration form

Click here to register online using paypal

 

Info: email: Barbara Swafford, Phone 214.632.9000

Make Checks payable to  Texas Chess Association (TCA). One check can be made for multiple Players.

Send entries to  Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley TX 76036-4719

Entries must include name, USCF ID or new/pending (include a copy of the receipt), rating, USCF expiration date & school. All incomplete registrations will be charged the late EF, additionally there will be a $5 per player surcharge on registration received without payment, these players could possibly not be paired for round 1 and not be paired until payment is received. Refunds will be given only up to 2/27 with a $10 surcharge for withdrawing, after 3/1 there will be no refunds. There will be no substitution of team members. There will be a $10 change fee for changes after 2/27. USCF membership is required. Proof of membership is required or player must join/renew their memberships. No registration/changes/or withdrawals after 3/3 After that date you must make changes at site (McAllen Convention Center).

Submitting team entries on a spreadsheet is encouraged for multiple entries.

Round Times for MS JV and MS Novice
Registration: Fri 5:30 - 6:15 pm,  Sat 8 - 8:30 am. Saturday registrants will receive a 1st round 1/2 point bye.
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7
 Round Time Fri 7:15 pm Sat 9 AM Sat 12 Noon Sat 2:45 PM Sun 9 AM Sun 12 Noon Sun 2:45 PM
Time Control Game/45;d5 G/45;d5 G/45;d5 G/45;d5 G/60;d5 G/60;d5 G/60;d5
Round Times for MS Championship
Registration: Fri 5:30 - 6:15 pm,  Sat 8 - 8:30 am. Saturday registrants will receive a 1st round 1/2 point bye.
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7
 Round Time Fri 7:45 pm Sat 9 AM Sat 12:30 PM Sat 3:30 PM Sun 9 AM Sun 1 AM Sun 4:10 PM
Time Control Game/45;d5 G/60;d5 G/60;d5 G/60;d5 G/75;d5 G/75;d5 G/75;d5

Side Events:

Blitz - Saturday Night 7 pm

Registration Sat 12 noon - 6:45 pm Two Sections: K-6 and K-12

Bughouse - Saturday Night 8:30 pm

Registration Sat 12 noon - 8:15 pm Two Sections: K-6 and K-12

register at the registration center for Blitz and Bughouse

TLA:

March 6-8 2020              A State Championship event.     US Chess Junior Grand Prix!

2020 Texas South State Scholastic Middle School Chess Championships, 7SS, McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd, McAllen, TX 78501. Tournament is open to any 6th-8/9th grade student living in Texas or going to school in Texas. See Article IX, Section 1E, TCA Bylaws for each section's eligibility. Just because a player is in 6th or 9th grade does not mean they can play. Check requirement https://texaschess.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/TCA-Bylaws-30-Aug-2015.pdf Note that players may play in either the South or the North Central Championships or they may also play in both. Also note that if a student has played in another state’s closed championship, they may not play in this tournament.  EF: $44 by 2/4; $56 by 2/27; $74 after 2/27/20 or on site. On Site Registration: Friday, 5:30-6:15pm, Saturday, 8-8:30am. Saturday registrants will receive a 1st Rd. 1/2-pt. bye. Two 1/2-pt. byes allowed as long as one of the byes is for round 1, if requested by the end of Rd. 2. Sections: Middle School (6-8/9) Championship, MS JV (6-8/9 Under 900), MS Novice (6-8/9 Under 600). 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. Top 5 Grand Champion trophies.  For the Middle School the three middle school sections will be merged and the top 15 players will be used to determine the grand champions. 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. Schedule: Round times vary depending on the Section. For round times check website. Time controls: All Middle School Sections: Rds 1 G/45 d5; Rounds 2-4 G/60; d5, Rds 5-7 G/75; d5. 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 Texas Chess Association. 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, info@dallaschess.com  or 214-632-9000. Refunds will be given only up to 2/27 with a $10 surcharge for withdrawing, after 3/1 there will be no refunds. There will be no substitution of team members. There will be a $10 change fee for changes after 2/27. 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 3/3/20 as we are driving to the site; after that date you must make changes at site (McAllen Convention Center). The Embassy Suites, 800 Convention, C St, McAllen, TX 78501. Phone: (956) 688-8329. HR: $119/$129, please reserve by 2/14 or rate may not be available. Mention Texas Chess Association to get rate. Check Website for other hotels. Note that the McAllen Convention Center does not allow outside food or drink to be brought into the Convention Center.               NS, NC, W.