February 24, 2009

2009 Texas State & Amateur Championship

Start making your plans for Memorial Day weekend (May 22-25) in San Antonio! More details on the the State Championship page on the Dallas Chess Club's website.

Texas State and Amateur Championship 7SS, Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk, 889 East Market Street, San Antonio TX 78205 $$8350 b/175, full entries 75% Guaranteed, 2 Sections and scholastic side events: Championship (Open to players with USCF or Fide ratings of 2000 or greater and last year's Amateur Champion. This section is Fide rated but uses USCF rules.) Rds 1-3 G/90 with 30 sec increment, rds 4-7 G/120 with 30 sec increment: $$1000-500-250, U2400 $500, X $700-300. Amateur: U2000 & unrated. Rds 1-7 30/90 Sd/1, rd 1 of 3 day is G/120 (deduct 5 min. for delay). $$800-400-200. B $$600-300-150, C 500-250-125, U1400 $500-250-125, U1200 $400, U1000 $300 Unrated $200. Both: TCA membership required. Other States Accepted. EF: $74 if received by 5/15, $85 at site. $65 Junior(U19) if received by 5/15 else $77 (juniors count as 90% toward base), Senior (over 65)/Handicapped/ additional family participant $45 if receive by 5/15 else $60 (Senior /Handicap/ Additional family participant counts 60% toward base). Add $5 for CC phone entries; pre-reg requires pre-paymt. After 5/20/09 all registration and changes on site only; all changes including withdrawals, $10 after 5/20/09. 4 day: Reg Friday 5/22, 6:15pm-7:15. Rds Fri: 7:45, Sat: 2:30pm-8:00, Sun: 10am-4:00, Mon: 9am-2:30. 3 day: Reg Sat 5/23 9-9:30 am, Rd 1 at 10 am then merge with 4 day. Foreign Unrated must play in Championship section. Registrations that do not indicate 4 or 3 day schedule will be put in the 3 day. HR: $105/105/105/105. 800-228-9290 reserve by 5/1 (or rate may go up) and ask for SA Chess Tournament rate. Note that this hotel has no free parking. Up to two ½ pt byes available if requested before rd 2, but byes for both rd 6 AND 7 is not permitted. K-12 Scholastic on Saturday, 5/23. 5-SS, Rds 1-3 G/30, rds 4-5 G/45, EF: $28 by 5/15, $40 after; CC phone entries add $5. Pre-reg. requires pre-paymt. After 5/20/09 all registration and changes on site only; all changes $10 after 5/20/09. No refunds after 5/21/09, $10 handling fee for refunds before 5/21/09. Entries do not count toward base in Championship and Amateur. Registration 8:15-8:45 am, Rd 1 at 9:30 am, rest ASAP with small lunch break. Sections: K-12 Championship and K-12 U750. Prizes: Trophies to Top 12 individuals, 5 teams in each section. K-12 U750 also top 3 unrateds. Medals to plus scores who do not win a trophy. Ent: Dallas Chess Club, c/o Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036. Info: Barb Swafford, 214-632-9000, info@dallaschess.com www.dallaschess.com NS. NC. W. FIDE

February 16, 2009

Two-way tie for first at Texas Team Championship

This year's Texas Team Championship produced a strong turnout, with 14 teams representing 6 Texas cities. Two teams from San Antonio and Austin shared the first prize after battling to a draw in a tense, final-round match. See the San Antonio Chess Club website for a detailed recap.