2016 Meridian Chess Tournament

tournamentThe first chess tournament of the 2016-2017 school year is coming up soon! Please go to www.austinchesstournaments.com to register your chess player if they would like to attend.

Don’t forget to choose your school as Austin Area Homeschoolers so that our club participants can play as a team!!! You must have a current US Chess Federation membership in order to compete. These can be purchased when you register.

2016 Meridian Chess Tournament

Saturday, September 17, 2016 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Meridian World School: 2555 North IH 35, Round Rock, Texas 78664
5SS, G/30, d5 in 9 scholastic sections. Open section also available. Registration is now open. Scholastic sections limited to the first 400 players, total.

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USCF rated chess tournament in 9 RATED scholastic sections. Scholastics: K-1 U400, K-3 new, K-3 U400, K-3 U800, K-5 U400, K-5 U800, K-5 any, K-12 U800, K-12 any. Open section for all adults and scholastic players rated 1200 and up.


This is a Swiss-system tournament, so everyone plays all day—there is no “elimination.” Players must know how to play the game of chess! We follow USCF rules including: touch-move, mandatory clocks if available, and notation. K-3 and younger sections are excused from taking notation.


“Under” sections are recommended for all new players and any student meeting the rating criteria. Please email the registrar or ask your chess coach for placement information..

With enough registrations, any section may be divided into two sections, or small similar sections may be combined.This is a rated tournament. All sections require a current USCF membership. Your USCF membership cannot expire before September 30, 2016. JTPs ok in K-3 and younger sections only. USCF memberships can be renewed/purchased at check-out.


No check-in necessary for preregistrations. We will make every attempt to contact you in advance if we see a problem with your registration. Verify your entry ONLINE!
9:00 a.m. Open section begins. Open has 4 rounds, all rounds are are G/45, d5.
8:45 a.m Announcements begin in all scholastic playing rooms.
Players and coaches should be present.
9:15 a.m. Rd 1 begins. Scholastic sections have 5 rds, G/30, d5.
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Problem desk open. No changes for round 1 (bye or section) allowed after online registration closes. Requests for byes, withdrawals, player info edits and school information may be made onsite and go into effect as of round 2. NO Onsite registrations.

Approximate Round Times

Scholastic Sections:
round 1 – 9:15am, rd 2 – 11:15am, rd 3 – 1:15pm, rd 4 – 3:00pm
rd 5 – 4:30pm
Open Section:
rd 1 – 9:00am, rd2 – 11:00am, rd3 – 1:00pm, rd4 – 3:30pm

AAH Summer Chess Meetups

For those interesteChess sund in playing chess this summer, plan to join us at
Central Market (4001 N. Lamar) every other Wednesday, beginning June 1st.
Chess boards and clocks will not be provided, so please bring them with you if you can.
This is for casual chess and chess games like Bughouse.
Here are the details:

June 1, 15, 29
July 13, 27
August 10
TIME:  12:00 – 2:00 p.m.


Summer Chess Camps

There are several chess camps around Austin offered this summer. Details follow:

king-bgSummer Chess Camp #1 at North Austin Mathnasium

Monday, June 06, 2016 – Friday, June 10, 2016

10401 Anderson Mill Rd  #109A, Austin, Texas 78750

Summer Chess Camp at Mathnasium featuring National Master Paul Chaplin. This camp offers five exciting full days immersed in a fun yet structured hybrid learning environment. Offering beginning and advanced grouping, individual and team competitions, t-shirts, awards and prizes!! Registration open!
Registration information is available now!Link will open in a new window. Please download the registration and camp details! Submit registration via mail or directly at North Austin Mathnasium.

St. Andrews Summer Chess Camp

Monday, June 06, 2016 – Friday, June 10, 2016

Hosted by St. Andrews Chess Camp and Rocks & Rooks

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School: 112 West 31st Street, Austin, Texas 78705

A fun and instructive way for students of all ages to learn and improve their chess game! Organized and run by local area instructors.

The St. Andrew’s Summer Chess Camp will be held over June 86-10. We will once again be at their centrally located campus off of Shoal Creek and 32nd street.

Students of all ages flood into this camp every year for fun and to improve their chess skills. We hire the best local chess teachers every year for this camp. The price is affordable and full and half-day sessions are available. Campers are divided into groups based upon experience and skill level. The groups focus on developing each camper’s skills through learning and playing.

Visit the camp websiteLink will open in a new window to download registration forms and learn more about the camp. (Registration opens in February.)

If you have registration questions, please contact Aimee Zivin at St Andrews 512-299-9861. In order to complete registration you must register, pay, and also submit a general information form. Directions are on the website.

Oct. 15, 2011 – Austin Kids #23 at Springhill Suites Round Rock

Austin Kids #23 at the Springhill Suiites

Saturday, October 15, 2011 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Hosted by Austin Kids Chess Club & Temple Chess Club

  • Springhill Suites by Marriott
  • 2960 Hoppe Trl
  • Round Rock, Texas 78681
Open & U1400 play a 3SS, G/90
U900 play a 5SS, G/30


Saturday, October 15th 2011
Open (open to all players) and U1400 (open to all players with rating below 1400): 9 am – 6:30 pm
Scholastic (U900 in registration form, open to all scholastic players): 12 pm – 5:30 pm


Springhill Suites by Marriott Austin North Round Rock
(512) 733-6700
2960 Hoppe Trl, Round Rock, TX


A one-day tournament for all ages.
Open and U1400 sections: USCF rated, 3SS G/90
Accelerated pairings may be used to determine clear winners.
Scholastic section: USCF rated, 5SS G/30
In the Open and U1400 sections, we will subtract 5 minutes when using a delay clock.

Entry fee:

Open and U1400: $15
Scholastic section: $5


Pre-register here!
Without the pre-registration, an additional $5 fee will be charged.
List of Pre-registered Players!
On-site registration:
Open and U1400 sections: 8:30 am
Scholastic section: 11:45 am
Seats are limited to the first 16 in the Scholastic section and 42 in the Open/U1400 sections.. Players may be required to take a half-point bye if registered after the first round has started.

Round times:

Open and U1400: 9 am, 12:15 pm, and 3:30 pm.
Bring a sack lunch with you; we can help order/get fast foods around the area if needed.
Scholastic: 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:15 pm, and 4:15 pm


Open and U1400: $400 guaranteed – Prize distribution based on entries. If more than 33 register, prizes will be increased!
Open: 1st place $120, 2nd place $70, 1st place for lower half $40
U1400: 1st place $80, 2nd place $50, 1st place for lower half $30
Open and U1400: Biggest Upset $10
Scholastic: A trophy or a chess prize (clock, book, software, or chess set…) to the top finishers and the biggest upset in the tournament. Medals to all players with a positive score that do not get a trophy or chess prize.

Please bring your chess set & clock if possible.

For more information, email Nam Nguyen (512-786-9242), Jenwei Hsieh (512-560-2760), or Forrest Marler (254) 231-7026.

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.