Oct. 30, 2011 – Chess in the Park

2011 Chess in the Park

Sunday, October 30, 2011 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Rocks & Rooks and The Austin Parks Foundation
  • Wooldridge Square Park
  • 900 Guadalupe Street
  • (9th & Guadalupe – Downtown)
  • Austin, Texas 78701

Come play chess in Wooldridge park! Five round, unrated G/20 tournament for all ages!
Online registration available now!

Hours: 12:00 noon to approx. 5:00 p.m.

Check-in starts at 11:20 a.m. All pre-registered players must arrive before 12 noon or they may be ineligible to play in the first round. Players whose registrations are received after Saturday, October 29th (or on-site) may receive a round 1 bye, and begin play in Round 2. Parking is free on the streets around the park.

Up to Four sections, by Grade Level: K-3 K-6 K-8 Open

The number of sections will depend on number of advance entries. Some sections may be merged or the format altered if there are too few pre-registered players in any section. This is an unrated tournament and NO USCF membership is required. Due to seating limitations, only the first 100 players may be registered and allowed to play in this event.

Minimum of four rounds. If time, weather, and section entries permit, we will hold five rounds.
Time Control in all sections: Game/20. This will be a Swiss-system tournament, so everyone plays all day — there is no “elimination.”

Medals to Top Contenders!

Medals and additional prizes will be presented to the top individuals in each section. The top three finishers in each section will receive a medal. More awards may be given out depending on the number of entries in a section.

Missing a round:

If you know in advance, before the tournament starts, that you must miss a round, contact us via emailasap to request a “bye”. This allows a player to skip a round with no penalty. One 1/2 pt. bye is available for any round that a player must miss, but only if notice is given with your registration. Any additional byes will be at 0-pts. Any player assigned a 1/2 point bye due to late or incomplete registration will not be eligible for additional 1/2 point requested byes. If you discover during the tournament that you must miss a round or leave early, please drop by the computer desk and let the registrar know! You will be assigned a 0 point bye, and you won’t be paired for that round. 

To register:

Early registration is only $8, and available thru Wednesday, October 26th at midnight. Late online registration is available until Saturday, October 30th at 7pm for $15. If you register before this deadline, you will receive a first round game. After the late registration deadline, you must register onsite, no later than 11:30am. Onsite registrations, also $15, are not guaranteed a first round pairing. In case of inclement weather, the tournament will be held at the Dobie Mall food court – Guadalupe and 21st.

Questions? Contact us or call 417-9008.

Austin Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to promoting healthy, active parks. Giant Chess at Wooldridge Square Park is a part of APF’s initiative to revitalize Austin’s downtown parks. Giant Chess is sponsored by Downtown Austin Alliance and Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association.