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San Antonio Families #1

Date: 2014-08-16
Location: Weston Centre

San Antonio Families Chess Tournament #1

Register online at the registration site.

This is a 3 round swiss system chess tournament for advanced kids and adults. Participation is open to anyone who is rated at least 500. All games are rated and use the (slow paced) time control of G/90;d5. 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), in a spirit of friendly cooperation towards the San Antonio Chess Club, whose members are welcome. The tournament should become a monthly tradition.


The tournament will be held in Geekdom Event Center in the Weston Centre building, downtown. Free Parking is available in the Weston Centre parking garage.

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


A variable number of small sections will formed by dividing the player pool in rank order by USCF rating, so that sections are roughly evenly sized with no more than 8 players per section.

A maximum of 40 players are allowed for San Antonio Families #1. This means up to 5 sections of at most 8 players. Players must have official USCF rating of at least 500 (scholastic and adult) and may not be unrated.

Use of clocks and taking of notation is required and will be enforced of all players in all sections. Please bring clocks. Sets and notation sheets will be provided.


The entry fee is $20 if payment is received online (via paypal) by Thursday prior; otherwise $25 on site. On Site registration prior to the tournament: 8:15am to 8:45am, and is subject to space availability. Check the tournament page to see if the tournament fills up early.

Register online at the registration site .

Refund policy: full refunds are available if requested in any medium by midnight Wednesday of the week before the event.


To encourage adults to play, and to simplify administration of a monthly tournament, cash prizes are awarded.

To encourage strong players to come to the tournament and socialize with the advanced kids, prizes in the top (highest rated) section are subsidized a variable amount from other sections, depending on the overall player count.

Based on 30 players, the top section prizes will be $120 for 1st, $60 for 2nd. In all other sections, prizes are $60 for 1st, $30 for 2nd.

One trophy will be awarded to the top "family", by adding the best scores across sections of related participants in the same family: one adult and one K-12 student. There are no other team trophies.

Because of the small sections and the small number of rounds, we will NOT prearrange 1/2 byes.


  • 8:15am - On Site registration starts.

  • 8:45am - On Site registration ends.

  • 9:00am - Round 1 begins.

Round 2 & 3 will start as soon as possible. Some games might take 3 hours, given the time control, but often will take less time, and so rounds 2 & 3 may be able to start early, depending on game duration. Late running participants may be given up to a 20-minute rest and recovery time for next round at tournament director discretion.

Some round 3 games may go as late as 6:30pm. You do not have to be present after round 3 to claim your prize.

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.