2015 U.S. CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS - Friday - Sunday, Nov. 13-15, 2015 - Houston, TX

Friday - Sunday, November 13-15 or 14-15, 2015

$16,000, b/250, 50% guaranteed

5SS, G/90, i30; 2-Day or 3-Day Schedules Available

All Sections USCF-Rated; Master & Expert Sections are FIDE-Rated

FREE ENTRY FOR GMs and WGMs

No Entry Fee for IMs and WIMs but EF will be deducted from winnings

SIDE EVENTS:

SCHOLASTIC TEAM & INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

 4SS, G/30, d5

 One Day Only - Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 - 10 a.m. 

NOTE: Scholastic Players may play in both Scholastic and OPEN Tournaments if desired by registering for the Scholastic Tournament AND the 3-day Tournament Schedule in the main event with a 1/2-point Bye in the 2nd Round of the 3-Day Schedule. 

Trophy or Medal to All Scholastic Players 
Separate Hall for Scholastic Players
 (for more details on the Scholastic Tournament, please scroll down)

AND . . .

BAYOU BLITZ TOURNEY

 7SS, G/5, d0

(Open to All) 

Saturday night, Nov. 14, 2015 - after Rd. 3 of Main Event

 $10 Entry Fee - USCF-Rated - Cash Prizes - Register On Site
(uses USCF Blitz Ratings for Pairings and Prizes)

LOCATION

DoubleTree Houston North

15747 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

Houston, TX  77032

Phone:  281-848-4000
Special Chess Rate:  $85 + tax for Single or Double 

Reserve by Oct. 25 & mention Cajun Chess tournament for special chess rate

(hotel is directly across from Bush Int'l Airport - IAH)

FREE Parking!
FREE Airport Shuttle Service!
FREE Wireless Internet in All Guestrooms!
DISCOUNTED Hotel Breakfast Coupons!

FORMAT

(ALL SECTIONS)

5SS, G/90, i30

PLEASE NOTE: 

To protect the integrity of our Tournament and our Players' Games, Tournament Halls will be closed to spectators.

SECTIONS & PRIZES

Master (2200/up):         $1500-900-700-500

U2400:          $600-400

Expert (2000-2199):      $1000-700-500-350 

Class A (1800-1999):   $1000-700-500-350

Class B (1600-1799): $800-600-400-200

Class C (1400-1599): $800-600-400-200

Class D (1200-1399): $400-300-200-100

Class E (Under 1200): $400-300-200-100

Unrated:        $200-100

National Class Champion title to each class winner(s) and plaque to class winner on tiebreaks (MSCO), if necessary.  All players must have a USCF membership to play.  Provisional ratings will be used based on at least a minimum of 4 games.  Ratings used will be from the Nov. 2015 supplement.
NOTE:  3 Re-entries or 2 Reduced entries count as one additional entry for the prize fund.

  BYES 

  • Byes (1/2-pt.) available for any round.
  • Limit: Two byes per player.
  • Must notify Tournament Director of a requested Bye prior to the start of the Round 3.

 SCHEDULES 

3-Day Schedule

On-Site Registration:  Friday (11/13):  5:30 - 7pm

Rounds:

Friday:  8pm

Saturday:  2pm - 7pm

Sunday:  10am - 3pm

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BOTH SCHEDULES MERGE AT ROUND 2

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2-Day Schedule

On-Site Registration:  Saturday (11/14):  7:45 - 8:30am

Rounds:

Saturday:  9am - 2pm - 7pm

Sunday:  10am - 3pm 


 ENTRY FEES 

  • $99 per player for Classes M, X, A, B, C by 11/6; $109 thereafter and at site;

  • $59 per player for Classes D, E, Unr by 11/6; $69 thereafter and at site.


RE-ENTRY FEE 

$35

Re-entry available up to Round 4;

(MASTER and EXPERT Sections are FIDE Rated and Re-Entry is not allowed in those two sections only.)


PRE-REGISTRATION

(Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, & PayPal accepted)

NOTE:  To confirm your registration prior to the tournament, please click on

Advanced Registration List for the 2015 U.S. Chess Championships

Please allow at least 24 hours after you pre-register for your name to appear on the list.

  • On-Line: To pre-register securely on line with a credit card, please click on:

Registration for 2015 U.S. Class Championships

  • By Phone: To pre-register by phone with a credit card, please call: 

(504) 208-9596 or (504) 905-2971 

  • By Mail: To pre-register by mail, please send the following information: 
    • Player's Name, Full Address, Phone Number and Email contact info
    • Section in which he/she is playing
    • A check made payable to Cajun Chess for the appropriate Entry Fee, mailed to

                      Cajun Chess, 12405 Hillary Step Dr., Olive Branch, MS   38654

Entry must be received by Nov. 6, 2015, or an additional $10 will be due.


ELECTRONIC NOTATION DEVICES

There are three electronic chess notation devices which are approved for and allowed in a USCF-rated tournament:   the Monroi, the e-Notate PDA, and the Plycount. You may use any one of these devices, but the device must remain on top of the table at all times (you may not hold it under the table in your lap or under the tablecloth, and the device cannot leave the tournament hall while your game is still ongoing). The tournament director has the right to request to see your notation device at any time before, during or after your game.


MISCELLANEOUS 

Players should bring their own chessboards, pens/pencils if they take notation, chess pieces and clocks, if possible. Basic Chess Supplies (boards, pieces, clocks, notation scorepads and chess pencils) will be available for purchase on site. Only standard regulation chess boards (two color squares only, i.e., black & white, blue & white, green & white, etc.) as well as standard Staunton tournament chess pieces (white and black only) will be allowed in tournament play. 

Please bring a sweater or light jacket as sometimes the air conditioning in hotel ballrooms gets very cold.


HAVE QUESTIONS? 

For questions or more info, please call 504-208-9596 or 504-905-2971, OR email

cajunchess@yahoo.com

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU  

AT THIS

NATIONAL EVENT !!!

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  SCHOLASTIC TEAM & INDIVIDUAL CHESS TOURNAMENT

1-Day Only - SATURDAY, NOV. 14, 2015 
OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS FROM K-12 - First Round at 10 a.m.

       Sections (for Team and Individual):       
K-2           K-5          K-8         K-12

Format

4SS, G/30, d5 - USCF Rated (4 rounds will be played using Swiss-Sys computer pairings; each opponent has 30 minutes to complete his/her game; digital chess clocks, if available, should be set to Game in 30 minutes with a 5-second delay for each move). Chess clocks are not required for players in the K-2 section, but players in that section may use a clock if BOTH players agree to do so. 

NOTE: This is a USCF-rated tournament; each player will need to have a current USCF membership. For membership rates, please scroll down below. USCF membership may be purchased on site at the tournament.


Round Times

On-Site Registration:  8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Rounds at 10 a.m. - 12 noon - 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Site Location

DoubleTree Houston North, 15747 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX  77032 (hotel is directly across from the Bush International Airport - IAH).


Prizes

Trophies to the top 10 Individuals and top 3 Teams in each section; Medals to all individual non-trophy winners.


Team Info 

Teams consist of a minimum of 3 players from the same school or home school district, with the top 4 player scores counting toward the final team score. All players on a "TEAM" must register in the same section. Team and individual games are played simultaneously. When registering for a Team, please be sure to fill in the School Name (or Team Name if there is more than one team from a school).


Electronic Notation Devices

The only three electronic chess notation devices which are approved for and allowed in a USCF-rated tournament are the Monroi, the eNotate PDA and the Plycount. You may use any of these devices, but the device must remain on top of the table at all times (you may not hold it under the table in your lap or under the tablecloth). The tournament director has the right to request to see your notation device at any time before, during or after your game.


Tiebreaks

USCF-recommended computer tiebreaks will decide trophy and medal placements for individual and team winners in each section, if necessary.


Byes (1/2-point)

You may take a 1/2-point bye for any Round. There is a limit of one bye per player for the 4 rounds of the scholastic tournament, and you must commit to take a bye and notify the tournament director prior to the start of Round 1.


 Entry Fee

$20 if received by Nov. 6th; $30 thereafter and at site.


Pre-Registration

(Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express & PayPal accepted) 

On-Line: To pre-register on line with a credit card, please click on 

Scholastic Chess Tournament Registration 

By PhoneTo pre-register by phone, please call 504-208-9596 or 504-905-2971. 

By MailPlease send check or credit card info and player information to: 

Cajun Chess 

12405 Hillary Step Drive 

Olive Branch, MS  38654 

If you do mail in your entry, please be sure to include the player's name, full address, phone, email contact, USCF I.D. number, school, grade, date of birth and, if applicable,  team name.


 On-site Registration

You may register on-site from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14th. Once registration is closed at 9:30 a.m. you may still register but you will receive a 1/2-pt. bye for Round 1, and you will be paired for Round 2 and all later rounds. No checks accepted at site (cash or credit cards only).


Miscellaneous Info

Players should bring their chess boards and clocks, if available. All sections except K-2 will be required to play with a clock. 

USCF Tournament rules (i.e., touch move rule) will be enforced for all sections. 

If a player knows chess notation, it is highly recommended that he notate his games. Individual score sheets will be available to the players. 

Chess Vendor (Cajun Chess) will be on site. 

Awards ceremony will be held immediately after the last round.

NOTE:  Please bring a sweater or a light jacket to the tournament as sometimes the hotel ballrooms do get cold. 


 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SIDE EVENTS 

For questions or more info, please call 504-208-9596 or 504-905-2971, OR email 

cajunchess@yahoo.com


WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE SCHOLASTIC CHESS TOURNAMENT ON SATURDAY,  NOVEMBER 14, 2015 ! ! !


 USCF MEMBERSHIPS

One-year memberships in the U.S. Chess Federation for rated tournament play are as follows:

Premium Adult Membership - $46

includes 12 mailed issues of the magazine "Chess Life" 

Regular Adult Membership - $40

includes on-line access to 12  issues of the magazine "Chess Life" 

Senior Adult Membership (for ages 65 or older) - $40

includes 12 mailed issues of the magazine "Chess Life"

Premium Young Adult Membership (for ages 24 and under) - $33 

includes 12 mailed issues of the magazine "Chess Life" 

Regular Young Adult Membership (for ages 24 and under) - $26 

includes on-line access to 12 issues of the magazine "Chess Life" 

Premium Youth Membership (for ages 15 and under) - $28 

includes 6 mailed issues of the magazine "Chess Life" 

Regular Youth Membership (for ages 15 and under) - $22 

includes on-line access to the magazine "Chess Life"

Premium Scholastic Membership (for ages 12 and under) - $24 

includes 6 mailed issues of the magazine "Chess Life for Kids"

Regular Scholastic Membership (for ages 12 and under) - $17 

includes on-line access to 6 issues of the magazine "Chess Life for Kids"