May 27, 2015

2015 Texas State & Amateur Championship Winners

Congratulations to GM Julio Sadorra for his success at the Texas State Championship and to Benjamin Frenkel for his success in the Amateur Championships.   Both Championships were played between May 22nd and May 25th in Fort Worth, TX.   

State Championship Winner GM Julio Sadorra with
Luis Salinas and Chief TD Brian Yang

Amateur Championship Winner Benjamin Frenkel with
Luis Salinas and Chief TD Brian Yang

January 24, 2015

2015 Texas Scholastic Championship

The Texas Scholastic Championship is coming to McAllen this year!  Time to start making your plans for the weekend of March 28-29.

December 16, 2014

2015 Texas Masters

Texas Masters 5SS, G/90 inc/30. Dallas Chess Club, 200 S. Cottonwood Dr. #C, Richardson, TX 75080. FIDE and USCF rated but uses FIDE rules. Will use USCF ratings and rules for awarding prizes. Default late forfeiture time is one hour. TD may extend this time at TD’s discretion.  EF: USCF +2400 $90, USCF 2200-2400(or if you ever been rated 2200 USCF) $105, Fide rated 2000 and above is $140, U2200USCF/U2000Fide $175. USCF Membership Required. Texas Chess Association Membership also required for Texas players). $$b/25: 70% Guaranteed. $1600-800-400-275. U2400 $500. Reg.: 1/17:10:00-10:55 am. Rds.: Sat 11:30am, 5 pm ; Sun 11:30am, 5 pm; Mon 10 am. One bye if requested before end of round 2 and before given a full point bye or forfeit win. Players who withdraw or take a last round zero point bye are ineligible for prizes. ENT: Make/mail Checks payable to Dallas Chess Club, C/O Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley TX, 76036-4719. INFO: Barb Swafford, 214-632-9000,, NS. NC. FIDE.

September 4, 2014

GM Leonid Kritz wins 80th Annual Southwest Open

Congratulations to GM Leonid Kritz for winning the Open section of the 80th Annual Southwest Open which was played August 29th-September 1st.  There were a total of 214 participants in the tournament with 25 players rated 2200 or higher. GM Kritz won with a score of 6.0/7 with five (5) wins and two (2) draws.

Luis Salinas and GM Leonid Kritz (Photo by Barbara Swafford)

June 4, 2014

Non-USCF Member Rated Game Pilot Program

The USCF is launching a pilot program in selected states allowing non-USCF members to play rated games based on a pay-per-game fee structure. The purpose of the pilot program is to explore ways to grow chess and introduce chess players unfamiliar with the USCF to the organization and rated play.

States agreeing to participate are Florida; Georgia; Texas. We hope you will support your state affiliate and agree to participate! States participating in the program would provide non-USCF members with the opportunity to play rated games based on a $2 per-game fee, not to exceed $10.00 per tournament. Byes, forfeits, or otherwise un-played games would not incur a charge.

Some restrictions apply including but not limited to:

All tournaments categorized as National Events, Grand Prix events, Jr. Grand Prix by the USCF are ineligible for this program;

Players must be new to USCF Rated tournaments and not be a current or past USCF member;

Local affiliates participating in the program must submit completed application form to the USCF office by June 9, 2014 and provide their State Affiliate with a copy;

All Pilot Program tournaments must be held between June 15, 2014 and August 15, 2014 and must be rated by August 31, 2014.

For questions concerning the program, please contact Joan DuBois: or 931-787-1234 ext. 123

May 27, 2014

Darwin Yang wins State Championship

162 players competed in the Texas State Championship over the weekend.  Congratulations to GM-elect Darwin Yang, who topped a strong field field (15 players rated over 2200) with a 6/7 score.

TCA Conference Call - May 28

Do you have an issue you want to discuss with TCA officers? Join the TCA conference call (open to the public).

Wed May 28, 9-10pm (CDT)
Participant Code: 9145683

March 27, 2014

The Big Picture

I don’t want to look back at my life and say I didn't take enough pictures of me and my story. And since pictures can say a thousand words, it doesn't take much time to say a lot. I wonder if we can transfer this thought into the Texas Chess Association?  Imagine what we could say and what it would look like if every member posted just one picture to our TCA facebook page. After all, we don’t want to look back and say that we didn't take enough pictures of us and our story. Let’s share a few pictures and share our story with the world. I challenge all TCA members to post a chess related picture on the TCA facebook wall or email it to for inclusion on

- Jorge Trevino

March 13, 2014

TCA conference call - March 26

Do you have an issue you want to discuss with TCA officers? Join the TCA conference call (open to the public).

Wed March 26, 9-10pm (CDT)
Participant Code: 9145683

February 1, 2014

TCA Business Meeting

TCA will hold a business meeting on Saturday Feb 8 at 8:35 pm at Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston, Room 329 as part of the Texas Scholastic Chess Championships. The meeting is open to the public - you don't have to be a member to attend, but you do need to be a member to vote.