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San Antonio Families #6

Date: 2015-01-10
Location: Weston Centre

Weather Update (Saturday 7:30am): The temperature in San Antonio is now 33F and it appears most roads do not have ice on them, so the tournament will proceed one hour off of the regular schedule: check in by 9:45, round 1 at 10am. Your road conditions may be different, so we will offer a full refund to anyone who does not check in by 9:45.

San Antonio Families Chess Tournament

Register online at the registration site.

This is a 3 round USCF rated swiss system chess tournament for advanced kids and adults. Participation is open to anyone rated at least 400. Games use the slow increment time control of G/60+30. Non-beginners of all ages, both kids and adults, can challenge others at their level in a family friendly setting.

The tournament is organized by Castle Chess of San Antonio (USCF Affiliate A6043024) and is open to anyone who meets the minimum rating requirement.


Weston Centre, Geekdom Event Center (11th floor)
112 E Pecan St
San Antonio, TX 78205

Free Parking is available in the Weston Centre parking garage. Enter from Soledad.


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. The lowest section will be 8 to 15 players.

The site can take up to 64 players. All players must have a USCF rating >= 400; no unrated players.

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.

For sections that finish early, extra rated games are available by request, at director discretion.


Register online at the registration site .

Entry Fee: $20 with self-serve online registration and payment by Thursday prior; otherwise $25 for premium personalized service on site. On Site registration is allowed from 8:15am to 8:45am, subject to space availability. If you paid in advance, you 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 are not paired. Walk-ins should check the registration page to see if the tournament has space available.

Refund policy: full refunds are available if requested in any medium by midnight Wednesday of the week before the event. Important: after that, no refund (or transfer to another player) is allowed.


Variable prizes: $60 1st and $30 2nd per section guaranteed; Top section prizes double to $120 1st and $60 2nd based on 30 players; at 60 players second section doubles to $120/$60 also. Top family prizes (any two family member scores across sections) $60 first, $30 second b/45 players. Bottom section prizes add 3rd prize of $30 at 11 players and 4th prize of $30 at 14 players. Pairing team blocks may be honored at director’s discretion, but score group takes priority (variation 28N3 for all score groups).

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


  • 8:15am - On Site registration starts.

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

  • 9:00am - Round 1 begins.

Round 2 & 3 and any "bonus rounds" will start as soon as possible, independently by section. Players of games taking longer than 3 hours may request a 20-minute rest and recovery time for next round at tournament director discretion.

Plan on a full day, and plan to provide your own lunch and snacks. Free fountain drinks are available. There are several restaurants within walking distance.

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