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24th North/Central Texas Grade Championships

October 29 - 31 2021

6 Rounds Swiss System Chess Tournament (no elimination.)

(Side Events on Saturday October 30)

 Hilton Houston North

12400 Greenspoint Drive, Houston, TX 77060.

281-875-2222 or 866-577-1154

Hotel has re-opened our block - $104 rate - at least thru Wednesday the 21st

Reserve your hotel room using this link:

 

Mention Dallas Chess Club or group code DALC for special Hotel rate: Hotel rate: $104/$104/$104/$104

Reserve By 0ct 15 or rate may not be honored.

Open to Texas Residents and/or Texas Schools.

Volunteers needed Link to find out more.

USCF rated. USCF membership is required. Click here to join/renew using group voucher

TCA membership is also required (Tournament Membership embedded in entry fee).

13 separate tournaments, 1 per grade, Kindergarten (includes Pre-K) through 12th . Players must play in their grades. Playing up to a higher or down to a lower grade level is not permitted.

Trophies to top 8 individuals and top 5 teams in each K-5th section.

Plaques to top 8 individuals and top 5 teams in each 6-12th grade section.

 

Top 3 players in the section is added for team scores. No more than two teams per school per grade may be entered. If entering more than one team per grade, the teams must be predefined and may be paired against each other.

Entry Fee is $39 if postmark by 10/4/21, $52 if postmark by 10/18, $66 afterward.

2 ways to register: 1.register using paypal

you don't have to have a paypal account but you do have to use a credit card if you do not have a paypal account

2. tournament flyer with mail in form

Mail entries/Make checks payable to:  Dallas Chess Club

c/o Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley TX 76036-4719

214.632.9000 Do not call after October 27 as we may be traveling.

Click to email for more info.

Do not mail after 10/24 as it may not be received.

Entries must include Name, USCF ID (or new/pending), grade and school. Incomplete entries will be charged at site entry fee of $66.


Order your official tournament t-shirt in advance.  Orders can be placed online at bonlorcreations.square.site  

                           


K-12th Grade Round Times

Onsite Registration Friday, October 29 from 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm.

If you pre-register, find your name on the advanced registration list, if everything is correct, you do not need to come to onsite registration. Instead plan to arrive in the hotel lobby between 7:10 - 7:20 pm. If corrections are needed, email info@dallaschess.com and state changes needed. Be sure to include Player's name and grade.

One ˝ pt bye available any round, if requested before end of round 2 and before any full point bye is awarded.

 

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6
Date Fri. 10/29 Sat. 10/30 Sat. 10/30 Sat. 10/30 Sun. 10/31 Sun. 10/31
Time 7:30 pm 10 am 1 pm 4 pm 10 am 1 pm
Time Control Round 1 K-5th Grades are Game 45 5 sec delay All rest are Game 60 with 5 sec delay

Team Rooms:

Salon 1 - Chess Masters of Houston

Michaelangelo - River Oaks Elementary

Galileo - TH Rogers School


Onsite (Saturday) registration only:

Unrated Blitz Open tournament Sat 7:00 pm.  EF: $20, Trophy prizes. 

Bughouse Open tournament Sat. 8:35pm. EF: $30/team. Trophy prizes.


Covid-19 Precautions will be observed

Some of the steps we are taking:
  • Sanitization equipment for boards and pieces will be available.
  • All participants and staff will wear masks.
  • Governor Abbott announced masks are no longer required starting March 10. Masks are still required for this tournament.
  • One-way aisles will be designated where appropriate.
  • Limits on Spectators.
  • We are exploring no-touch methods for customer service, distributing pairings, collecting results, and posting results.
  • Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations will be plentiful.

The tournament will be run under the USCF Rules of Chess, 7th Edition

NS, NC, W, rule variation 11H1. More rules here.

Individual Tiebreaks:  Modified Median, Median, Solkoff, Sonneborn-Berger, Cumulative.

Team Tiebreaks:  Total individual medium, Total Solkoff, Total Sonnenborn-Berger, Total Cumulative.

Latest version of Swiss Sys will be used. Pairings created by this program are considered legal and may stand even if a pairing is not ideal. This is especially true if pairings have been posted. Current version is 10.38

Click for United States Chess Federation Introduction to Rated Tournaments.

Click for United States Chess Federation's How to keep score.

TLA:

A State Championship Event!

October 29-31 2021

Hilton Houston North, 12400 Greenspoint Dr, Houston, TX 77060. HR: $104/$104/$104/$104, 281-875-2222 or 866-577-1154. Mention “Dallas Chess Club” or group code DALC to get rate. Reserve by Oct 15 or rate may not be honored. Each grade is Open to TX residents or players attending Texas schools. Note players cannot play in two separate closed scholastic state championships in different states and be eligible to play. Players must play in their own grade. Note that small sections may be merged with another section. Also, if sections are small you may have to play a teammate or play someone twice. One 1/2-point bye available, any round, if requested before end of round 2 and if player has not received a full point bye or forfeit win. Team pairings may be turn off for later rounds.

Trophies or plaques to top 8 ind. & top 5 teams (top three players added for team scores, no more than 2 teams per school in each grade.) EF: $39 if postmarked by 10/4/21, $52 if postmark by 10/18, $66 thereafter or on site. Do not mail after 10/24 as your entry may not be received on time.

Grades 6-12: 6SS, G/60 d5. Schedule: Reg: Fri 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm. Rd. 1 Fri. 7:30 pm, Sat 10am-1:00pm-4pm, Sun. 10 am and 1:00 pm.

Grades K-5:  6SS, Rds. 1 G/45 d5; Rds. 2-6 G/60 d5. Schedule: Reg: Fri 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm. Rd. 1 Fri. 7:30 pm, Sat 10am-1:00pm-4pm, Sun. 10 am and 1:00 pm.

All: Entries to: Dallas Chess Club, c/o Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036. Entry must include Name, USCF ID (or new/pending), grade & school and school location. Incomplete entries will be charged at site entry fee. No refunds after 10/27. Email: info@dallaschess.com  214-632-9000. Do not call after 10/27 as we are traveling. Online registration and team room information on website at www.dallaschess.com 

Side events: Unrated Blitz open tournament on Saturday at 7 pm. EF: $20, Trophy or plaque prizes. Bughouse Open Tournament Sat. 8:35 pm. EF: $30/team. Trophy or plaque prizes. Registration for side events onsite only.

Texas Chess Association membership is required. The entry fee will get nonmembers a tournament membership.

Tournament COVID protocols: Mask required in all Ballroom/Skittles/Vendor areas. Check tournament website at www.dallaschess.com for additional protocols. Note that the Hilton may have additional protocols.   W.NS.