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2010 Texas Scholastic Chess Championships

February 20-21, 2010. Blitz on February 19th.

Sheraton Dallas

400 Olive Street, Dallas TX 75201.  map

Hotel Rates are $105 with up to 4 in a room. Call 888-627-8191 or 214-922-8000 and Mention Texas Chess Association to get rate. Reserve by 2/4/10 or rate may go up (traditionally the Adams Mark would just keep taking reservations. I am not sure what the Sheraton Dallas will do).  Note that Sheraton Dallas is running low on Double/Doubles.  If you get a single please reserve a roll a way bed. Note that Double/Double may become available Monday 2/1/10.  Also rooms for Sunday 2/21/10 are becoming scarce. Note that the Sheraton Dallas has agreed to waive the roll a way bed fee.

7 round Swiss System (No Elimination). [Southwest Collegiate is 5 rounds Swiss System.]

Entry Fee is $39 by 2/11 else $69. (Southwest Collegiate is $49 by 2/11, $69 thereafter.)

Click here for tournament Booklett.[File size around 1 Meg.] Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

 

Click on links below to learn more and to register for the appropriate section.

Note that Texas has rules about which section a player can play.

The Collegiate Section is open to anyone in College from any state.

For the other sections:

Some rules and hints about which section to play.

The Collegiate Section is open to anyone in College from any state.

For the other sections:

Player must reside in Texas or go to a school in Texas.
6th grade players in Elementary must play in Elementary sections.
6th grade players in Middle School must play in Middle School sections.
9th grade players in High School must play in High School sections.
9th grade players in Middle School may play in Middle School sections or
in High School sections and can play on the H S team that the junior high
school feeds into 10th grade.
*Private school and Home school 6th graders must play in middles school sections.
Private School and Home school 9th graders must play in high school sections.
* TCA has ruled that K-6 private schools may have their 6th graders play with
the rest of their team in the Elementary sections.

The following are some rules of thumbs (these are meant as guides and are not comprehensive and binding to all possible cases.)

6th grade players that are home schooled must play in Middle School. No exceptions have been given.

9th grade players that are home schooled must play in High School. Again, no exceptions have been given.

6th grade players that are in private school must play in Middle School unless the private school is k-6. (If a school has a 5th grade and no 7th grade, then the player should play in elementary. If a school has a 7th grade, then the 6th grader should play in middle school. A 5th-7th school should play in middle school.)

An exception for private school 9th graders that are in a k-9 school has not yet been rendered by the Texas Chess Association; therefore, these 9th graders must play in the High School Section. The TCA Scholastic Committee, (Victor Flores is the Chairperson,) can make an exception for very rare cases not covered by earlier rulings.  Most cases have been discussed and rule upon already.

What section does a public school 6th grader play? Well if the player is in an elementary school the player plays in one of the Elementary sections. If the player is in middle school, the player plays in middle school. (In general, if a school has a 5th grade and no 7th grade, then the player should play in elementary. If a school has a 7th grade, then the 6th grader should play in middle school. A 5th-7th school should play in middle school.)

Some of these are confusing. Just what is the Texas Chess Association trying to do?  They have two goals. The first is that kids play in their sections. TCA wants the High School winner to be in High School, The Middle School winner be in Middle School, etc. etc. The second is that TCA realizes that it would be unfair in general to isolate a grade. For example, it would be unfair to a k-6 school to have the k-5 kids in elementary and the 6th graders in middle school. The k-5 kids could think that their best players are removed from their team, and the 6th grade players could feel that they have no chance to win in the middle school section.

The primary section was created after the rules were passed. So any player in grades k-3 can play in the primary or can play in the elementary. So a k-4 school may choose to play all their kids in one of the elementary sections.  Note that a 3rd grader that is rated between 700 and 799 may choose to play in the Elementary J V (U800 section) as opposed to playing in the Primary Championship.

In general new players in elementary and middle school should play in the novice section, provided that they have not gotten too high a rating if they have played in one or two tournaments.

Another consideration is that players sometimes play in championships sections so that the school has enough players to form a team.

if you have any questions about what sections to play, please contact Barb Swafford214.632.9000

The TCA Scholastic Committee is the next higher body in authority.

Note a rule change:  Schools like Texas Academy of Math Science at UNT and also The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College Mathematics and Science Academy have been defined by the Texas Chess Associations to be High Schools and may not play in the Collegiate.

This tournament will use the February Supplement.

 


The University of Texas at Dallas will award a four-year scholarship to the winner of the High School Championship section (winner must satisfy UTD entrance requirements and follow team rules.)


Make Checks Payable to Dallas Chess Club. One check can be sent for multiple entries. Send entries to Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley TX 76036. Don't mail after 2/13, entry may not be received.

Entries must include name, USCF ID or new/pending (include a copy of the receipt), rating, USCF expiration date & school. All incomplete registrations will be charged the late EF , additionally there will be a $5 per player surcharge on registration received without payment, these players could possibly not be paired for round 1 and not be paired until payment is received. Refunds will be given only up to 2/17 with a $10 surcharge for withdrawing, after 2/17 there will be no refunds. There will be no substitution of team members. There will be a $10 change fee for changes after 2/17. USCF membership is required. Proof of membership is required or player must join/renew their memberships. No registration/changes/or withdrawals after 2/17/10. After that date you must make changes at site (Dallas Sheraton).

Submitting team entries on a spreadsheet is encouraged.

 

Click for very generic Registration Form.  It is better to use form found in each Section's web page or the flyers found right below. ( All these flyers require Adobe Acrobat reader.)

Click for Collegiate Flyer.

Click for High School Flyer.

Click for Middle School Flyer.

Click for Elementary Flyer.

 Click for Primary Flyer.

Online Registration:

Click for SW Collegiate Online Registration

Click for High School Online Registration

Click for Middle School Online Registration

Click for Elementary Online Registration

Click for Primary/K-1 Online Registration

Some Links that Parents and players may find useful:

Introduction To US Rated Chess Tournaments

Primer for Parents

How to read and write Chess Notation

Ten Tips to winning chess


The Texas Scholastic Championships are being organized by the Dallas Chess Club.

A limited number of Team rooms are available.

The Dallas Chess Club reserves the right to charge an extra $1.00 per TCA membership, that includes a magazine subscription, as a handling fee.

 

Feb. 19-21   2010 Texas State Scholastic Championships

A State Championship Event! 7SS. Sheraton Dallas (Formerly Adams Mark), 400 North Olive Street, Dallas, TX 75201. HR: $105-$105-$105-$105, 888-627-8191, Mention Texas Chess Association to get Hotel Chess Rate. One night deposit may be required by Hotel. Four championships in one great location: TX Primary Scholastic Championships; TX Elementary Scholastic Championships; TX Middle School Scholastic Championships; TX High School Scholastic Championships. EF: $39 by 2/11; $69 after 2/11 or on site. February Rating Supplement will be used. Current USCF membership required (may be obtained on site). On Site Registration: Friday, 7-9pm, Saturday, 7-7:45am. Saturday registrants may receive a 1st Rd. 1/2-pt. bye. One 1/2-pt. bye (for any round) allowed if requested by the end of Rd. 2. Sections: K-1 Championship, Primary (K-3) Championship, Primary JV (K-3 w/Ratings Under 700), Elementary (K-5/6) Championship, Elementary JV (K-5/6 Under 800), Elementary Novice (K-5/6 Under 500), Middle School (6-8/9) Championship, MS JV (6-8/9 Under 900), MS Novice (6-8/9 Under 600), High School (9-12) Championship, HS JV (9-12 Under 1000). See Article IX, Section 1E, TCA Bylaws for each section's eligibility requirement, www.texaschess.org/2007/03/bylaws.html. Also www.swchess.com also has eligibility rules. Four-year scholarship to The University of Texas at Dallas to winner of High School Championship section. Winner must meet UTD entrance requirement and follow team rules. UTD is sole judge as to who wins the scholarship. Trophies for top 20 individuals and top 15 teams in each section plus participation medals for all, and plus Score Awards for players scoring 4 or more points that do not win an individual trophy. Schedule: Round times vary depending on the Championship; Time control also varies. For round times and time control, see: www.swchess.com. Side Events: Blitz Tourney: K-6 and K-12, Friday 8pm. EF: $15. Trophies to top 15 Individual in each section. Bughouse Tourney: K-6 and K-12, Saturday, 8:35pm. EF: $20 Team (On site registration only). trophies to top 10 teams in each section. All registrations (except Bughouse) available on line: see www.swchess.com and you can download flyers and entry forms. Checks payable to Dallas Chess Club. Mail entries to Dallas Chess Club, c/o Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036. For tournament info, visit our website or contact Barbara Swafford, info@dallaschess.com or 214-632-9000. Refunds will be given only up to 2/17 with a $10 surcharge for withdrawing, after 2/17 there will be no refunds. There will be no substitution of team members. There will be a $10 change fee for changes after 2/17. There will be a $5 surcharge per player for phone registrations USCF membership is required. Proof of membership is required or player must join/renew their memberships. No registration/changes/or withdrawals after 2/17/10. After that date you must make changes at site (Sheraton Dallas). Chess In Education Conference for coaches, teachers and administrators, contact Russell.Harwood@utb.edu for more info. NS, NC, W.

 

 

Feb. 20-21   Texas Southwest Collegiate Championships

(Note: not a GP event as published in Jan. CL) 5-SS, G/90 with 30 sec inc. Sheraton Dallas (Formerly Adams Mark), 400 North Olive Street, Dallas, TX 75201. HR: $105-$105-$105-$105, 888-627-8191, Mention Texas Chess Association to get Hotel Chess Rate. One night hotel deposit may be required. Open to any college student or team. Top 4 count for team score. USCF membership required. EF: $49 by 2/11/10, $69 thereafter. Don't mail after 2/14, entry may not be received. Online/Credit Card registration link at www.swchess.com Note that active.com charges a small fee. Reg.: Fri 7-9 pm, Sat 7-7:45am. Saturday registrants may receive a 1st rd. 1/2 pt. bye. One 1/2 pt. bye allowed if requested by end of rd. 2. Rds.: Sat 9-1:30-6, Sun 9-1:45. $$ $500-$250-$125, 1st U2000 $150, 1st U1600 $150, 1st U1200 $150, Unrated eligible for U1200 prize. Plaques to top 10 Individuals, Plaques to top 5 Teams. Open Blitz Tourney: Open, Fri 2/19, 8:00 pm, $10, $$ Plaques to Top 5 individual. Ent: Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036. (Make Checks payable to Dallas Chess Club. One check can be sent for multiple players.) Entries must include name, USCF ID or new/pending (include a copy of the receipt), rating, USCF expiration date & school. All incomplete registrations will be charged the late EF, additionally there will be a $5 per player surcharge on registration received without payment, these players could possibly not be paired for round 1 and not be paired until payment is received. Refunds will be given only up to 2/17 with a $10 surcharge for withdrawing, after 2/17 there will be no refunds. There will be no substitution of team members. There will be a $10 change fee for changes after 2/17. There will be a $5 surcharge per player for phone registrations. USCF membership is required. Proof of membership is required or player must join/renew their memberships. No registration/ changes/or withdrawals after 2/17/10. After that date you must make changes at site (Sheraton Dallas North). February Supplement will be used. Chess In Education Conference for coaches, teachers and administrators, contact Russell.Harwood@utb.edu for more info. Tournament Info: Barbara Swafford, 214.632.9000 please do not call after 2/17, info@dallaschess.com. Website: www.swchess.com. NS. NC. W. FIDE. WCL JGP.