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The San Antonio Families tournament will now be held in the Richter Math-Engineering Building of St. Mary’s University, Room 111.

San Antonio Families

The SA Families chess tournament series is a monthly rated swiss system chess tournament, organized by Castle Chess, for advanced kids and adults, with small ratings based sections. Participation is open to anyone rated at least 400. Games use the slow increment time control of G/60+30, and with clocks and notation mandatory. Cash prizes are awarded.

Dates & Locations

See the full event schedule at the bottom of the page.

St. Mary’s University official address is: 1 Camino Santa Maria San Antonio, TX 78228

The Richter Math-Engineering building is #22 on this campus map. We recommend parking in lot C on the map.

Sections

A variable number of small sections will formed by dividing the player pool in rank order by USCF rating. All sections but the lowest will be exactly 8 players and 3 rounds. The lowest section will be 8 to 15 players and 4 rounds. Although kids are encouraged to play, there are no "scholastic" sections: adults and kids may play in the same section, based on rating rating. All players must have a USCF rating >= 400; Unrated players may not play.

Use of clocks and taking of notation is required and will be enforced of all players in all sections. The increment time control was chosen to allow notation to continue even in time pressure. Sets and notation sheets will be provided. Please bring clocks.

Registration

To Register: Sign in and go to your dashboard, or click the tournament link from the schedule below and click "Register". To Register, you must have signed up and have validated your email address.

Entry Fee: $20 with self-serve online registration and payment by Thursday prior; otherwise $25 on site. On Site registration is allowed from 8:15am to 8:45am, subject to space availability. Players who paid in advance, will be paired and your clock started even if you are not present, per USCF rules. At 8:45am sharp, pairings will be made and unpaid players removed.

Refund policy: full refunds are available if requested by midnight Wednesday of the week before the event. Important: after that, no refund will be given.

Prizes

Each section guarantees prizes of $60/$30 for 1st/2nd. Top section prizes are double to $120/$60. At 48 players, the second section doubles to $120/$60, also. The bottom section adds a 3rd place prize of $30 at 11 players and 4th prize of $30 at 14 players.

Because of the small sections and the small number of rounds, we will NOT prearrange 1/2 point byes. Zero-point byes are allowed, but are discouraged.

Note: we have done away with the team prize, but allowed double prizes in section 2 at a smaller size threshold.

Schedule

  • 8:15am - On Site registration starts.

  • 8:45am - On Site registration ends. Sections finalized and pairing created.

  • 9:00am - Round 1 begins.

Later rounds will start as soon as possible, independently by section. Players of games taking longer than 3 hours may request a 20-minute break for the next round, at tournament director discretion.

Plan to provide your own lunch and snacks. During the school year, the campus cafeteria serves lunch. Other restaurants require driving.

Do not leave children unattended. The tournament directors are not responsible for child care.

Past Events
Date Event Location Description
2015-11-14 San Antonio Families #10 St. Mary's, Richter Math-Science Bld 3 round swiss tournament for advanced kids and adults
2015-10-03 San Antonio Families #9 St. Mary's, Richter Math-Science Bld 3 round swiss tournament for advanced kids and adults
2015-08-29 San Antonio Families #8 St. Mary's, Richter Math-Science Bld 3 round swiss tournament for advanced kids and adults
2015-07-18 San Antonio Families #7 St. Mary's, Richter Math-Science Bld 3 round swiss tournament for advanced kids and adults
2015-01-10 San Antonio Families #6 Weston Centre small section swiss for advanced kids and adults
2014-12-06 San Antonio Families #5 Weston Centre 3 round swiss tournament for advanced kids and adults
2014-11-08 San Antonio Families #4 Weston Centre 3 round swiss tournament for advanced kids and adults
2014-10-18 San Antonio Families #3 Weston Centre 3 round swiss tournament for advanced kids and adults
2014-09-06 San Antonio Families #2 Weston Centre 3 round swiss tournament for advanced kids and adults
2014-08-16 San Antonio Families #1 Weston Centre 3 round swiss tournament for advanced kids and adults