2003 TX Grade & Col PreRegistrations Diagrams/Team Rooms Individual Standngs Team Standings Side Event Standings Some Pictures

7th Annual Texas Grade and Collegiate Championships

November 1st and 2nd, 2003.

South Padre Island Convention Center  map
7355 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island, TX 78597.

6 Rounds Swiss System Chess Tournament (no elimination.)

Open to Texas Residents and/or Texas Schools.

USCF rated. USCF membership is required. TCA membership is also required.

14 separate tournaments, 1 per grade, kindergarten through 12th plus college section. Players must play in their grades. Playing up to a higher or lower grade level is not permitted.

Winner of the 12th Grade section wins a 4 year scholarship to The University of Texas at Dallas.

(Winner must meet entrance requirements and follow team rules.)


Trophies to top 10 individuals and top 5 teams in each section.

Top 3 players in the section is added for team scores. No more than two teams 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 $26 if postmark by 10/20 else $35 afterward.

Do not mail after 10/20 as it may not be received.

Click for online registration.

Click for printable registration form (requires Adobe Acrobat.)

Mail entries to Southwest Chess Enterprises

4060 Old Town Rd

Addison TX 75001-3518

Click to email for more info.

Limited number of team rooms available.

Entries must include Name, USCF ID (or new/pending), grade and school. Incomplete entries will be charged at site entry fee of $35.

Registration/Check in for Friday, October 31st is at Headquarter Hotel from 7 pm - 9pm.

Registration/Check in for Saturday, November 1st is at Convention Center from 8 am - 9:30 am.

Saturday registration may require a 1/2 point 1st round bye.

One pt bye available, any round, if requested before rd. 2.

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6
Date Sat. 11/1 Sat. 11/1 Sat. 11/1 Sat. 11/1 Sun. 11/2 Sun. 11/2
Time 10 am 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 4:30 pm 10 am 1 pm
Time Control G/45 G/45 G/45 G/45 G/60 G/60


Blitz tourney Sat. 8:30pm. EF: $10. Trophy prizes.

Parent/Child team tourney Sat. 6:30pm. EF: $10/team. Trophy prizes.

The tournament will be run under the USCF Rules of Chess, 5th E.

Click for TD corner explaining changes from 4th E. to 5th E.

NS, NC, W, rule variation 11H1.

Team Tiebreaks: Total individual cumulative, Total Solkoff, Total Sonnenborn-Berge, Total Kashdan.

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 at 6.05

Click for United States Chess Federation Introduction to Rated Tournaments.

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

Headquarter Hotel: map
Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort,
100 Padre Blvd,
South Padre Island, TX 78597.
Mention Chess for HR: $75/$75.
Reserve By 10/20 or rate may increase.



There are three airports that service South Padre Island. The primary airport is Valley International Airport of Harlingen, Texas, which is served by American/American Eagle, Continental/Continental Express, Southwest, and Sun Country Airlines.

Somewhat closer but less frequently used is Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport, which is served by Continental/Continental Express and Aerolitoral Airlines.

Ninety minutes away but still feasible is Miller International Airport in McAllen, Texas, which is served by American and Continental Airlines.

All of the aforementioned airports have the full range of ground transfer options. SurfTran, the South Padre Island shuttle system, offers 24-hour service between Harlingen Valley International and all points on South Padre Island.

All of these airports offer limousines, buses, taxis, and charter ground transportation. Those who wish to explore a bit more of south Texas will also find the full selection of rental car companies on or near the various airports. Ground travel time from Harlingen to South Padre is about 45 minutes, from Brownsville about 25 minutes, and from McAllen about 90 minutes.

Click for South Padre Island Attractions.