2018 HOUSTON OPEN - Friday - Sunday, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2018 - Houston, TX

THE $10,000

 

 HOUSTON OPEN

 November 30 - December 2, 2018

Houston, TX

(b/200 full-paid entries, 50% guaranteed!) 

5SS - USCF Rated - GPP:  30

"OPEN" & "U2000" SECTIONS are FIDE RATED under FIDE Rules - 5SS, G/90, i30

ALL OTHER SECTIONS - 5SS, G/120, d5 

Free entry for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs  

(EF deducted from winnings) 

3-Day or 2-Day Schedules Available

For more details & registration on the $10,000 Open Tournament, please 
scroll down to "MAIN EVENT DETAILS" below. 

This tournament includes the following SIDE EVENTS: 

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SCHOLASTIC (K-12) INDIVIDUAL & TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS 

One Day Only Saturday (12/1/18)

4SS, G/30 d5 - USCF Rated

Four Sections Available: K-2, K-5, K-8, K-12

Separate Tournament Hall for Scholastic Players!

NOTE: Scholastic Players (Jrs. under 19 years of age) may play in both Scholastic Tournament AND in the U1300 Section of the OPEN (Main Event) Tournament if desired by registering for the SCHOLASTIC Tournament AND the 3-Day Schedule for the U1300 of the Main Event with a 1/2-Point Bye in the 2nd Round of the OPEN (Main) Tournament.  A discounted Entry Fee ($79) is available for those playing in both tournaments (Scholastic and U1300).

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"CAJUN KNOCK-OUT" BLITZ TOURNAMENT

One Day Only Saturday Night (12/1/18);

G/5 d0, double-point elimination - non-USCF-rated; number of rounds and sections depends on number of entries (starts after  Round 3 on Saturday evening at approximately 11pm).  Cash prizes based on Entry Fees.

For more details and registration on Side Events please scroll below to SIDE EVENTS INFO. 

  $10,000 OPEN MAIN EVENT 

DETAILS & REGISTRATION

LOCATION

Houston Marriott North

255 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. East,

Houston, TX  77060

(off of Beltway 8 North at Greenspoint exit in north Houston)
SPECIAL HOTEL CHESS RATE:   $89 & tax
Mention Chess Tournament and reserve by Nov. 14th to assure rate.
  • Complimentary Hotel Self-Parking; 
  • Free Shuttle Service from Bush Int'l (IAH) Airport to/from Hotel - please call hotel for pick-up service (281-875-4000);
  • Basic Internet in Each Room!

SPECIAL HOTEL CHESS RATE:   $89 & tax

To Reserve your Hotel Room by Phone

Please call the hotel's direct line at

281-875-4000

To Reserve your Hotel Room on Line, please click on:

Book your chess group rate at Houston Marriott North  


FORMAT

5SS - USCF Rated - GPP: 30

OPEN & U2000 Sections Only (USCF-Rated and FIDE- Rated using FIDE Rules):  G/90, i30

 All other Sections: (USCF-Rated):  G/120, d5


SECTIONS & PRIZES

$10,000 Prize Fund b/200 full-paid players; 50% gtd.

NOTE:  OPEN & U2000 Sections are FIDE Rated using FIDE Rules.

No Re-Entry Allowed in the OPEN or U2000 Sections due to FIDE Ratings.

OPEN: $1400 + plaque - $800 - $500 - $300 - $200
 (U2200):  $700-400
U2000: $800 + plaque - $400 - $200 - $100 - $50
U1800: $800 + plaque - $400 - $200 - $100 - $50
     U1600/Unr*: $800 + plaque - $400 - $200 - $100 - $50
 U1300: $400 + plaque - $300 - $200 - $100 - $50

* Unrated players may only win 50% of the prize fund unless they play in the Open Section where they must pay the full entry fee and are eligible for the full prize fund.

 In the event of a tie, plaque winners will be determined by USCF-recommended computer tiebreaks (MSCO).


SCHEDULES & ROUND TIMES 

 3-Day Schedule

On-site Registration: Friday (11/30) from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Round Times:

                         Friday, Nov. 30:        8pm
                         Saturday, Dec. 1:     2pm & 7pm
                         Sunday, Dec. 2:       10am & 3pm

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2-Day Schedule

On-site Registration: Saturday (12/1) from 8:-8:30 a.m.

Round Times:

                         Saturday, Dec. 1:     9am & 2pm & 7pm
                         Sunday, Dec. 2:       10am & 3pm
NOTE:  Both Schedules merge at Round 2.

 BYES

In the OPEN & U2000 Sections:

Two 1/2-point byes are available for Rounds 1-4, but due to current FIDE rules a 1/2-pt. bye may not be taken for the last round (Round 5).  If you have to leave before Round 5, you will need to take a zero-pt. bye or simply withdraw after Round 4.  You must advise the tournament director and commit to any byes prior to the beginning of Round 3 After the start of Round 3, no voluntary byes may be added, changed or rescinded.

In ALL OTHER Sections (U1800, U1600, U1300):

Two 1/2-point byes are available for any round, but you must advise the tournament director and commit to any byes prior to the beginning of Round 3 After the start of Round 3, no voluntary byes may be added, changed or rescinded.

 ENTRY FEES

Titled Players:  GMs, IMs, WGMs, and WIMs pay no Entry Fee; however, the regular early Entry Fee ($95) will be deducted from any winnings.  IF YOU ARE A TITLED PLAYER AND WOULD LIKE TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK ON:

REGISTRATION FOR TITLED PLAYERS (GM, IM, WGM, WIM) - $0


Upper FIDE Sections (OPEN & U2000, including Unrated Players in the OPEN Section): $95 by 11/15/18; $105  by 11/25/18; $120 thereafter and at site.  TO REGISTER FOR THIS SECTION, PLEASE CLICK ON:

REGISTRATION FOR OPEN and U2000 SECTIONS (FIDE Rated) - $105


Players in the U1800, U1600, and U1300 Sections$95 by 11/15/18; $105 by 11/25/18; $120 thereafter and at site.  TO REGISTER FOR THIS SECTION, PLEASE CLICK ON:

REGISTRATION FOR U1800, U1600, AND U1300 SECTIONS - $105


Unrated  Players (USCF members playing in the U1600/Unr.): $69 by 11/15/18; $79 by 11/25/18; $95 thereafter and at site.  TO REGISTER FOR THIS SECTION, PLEASE CLICK ON:

REGISTRATION FOR UNRATED PLAYERS PLAYING IN THE U1600/Unr - $79


Juniors (under 19 years of age) playing in the U1300 or U1600 Section): $69 by 11/15/18; $79 by 11/25/18; $95 thereafter and at site.  TO REGISTER FOR THIS SECTION, PLEASE CLICK ON:

REGISTRATION FOR JUNIORS (under 19) PLAYING IN U1300 OR U1600 SECTION - $79

 

Juniors (under 19 years of age) playing in the U1300 Section of the Main Event and in the Scholastic Tournament: $79 by 11/15/18; $95 by 11/25/18; $125 thereafter and at site.  TO REGISTER FOR THIS SECTION, PLEASE CLICK ON:

REGISTRATION FOR JUNIORS (under 19) PLAYING IN BOTH TOURNAMENTS; THE U1300 SECTION IN THE MAIN EVENT & THE SCHOLASTIC TOURNAMENT - $95


RE-ENTRY FEE

 $35

Re-entry is available prior to the start of Round 3 in all sections EXCEPT THE OPEN & U2000 SECTIONS of the Main Event because they are FIDE Rated.

For prize fund calculations, 3 Re-entries or 2 Jr. entries count as one additional full entry.


 ELECTRONIC NOTATION DEVICES

 The only four electronic chess notation devices which are approved for and allowed in a USCF-rated tournament are the Monroi, the e-Notate PDA, the Plycount and the Chess NoteR. 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.


 ADVANCE REGISTRATION

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

On-line:

You may register with a credit card on-line by clicking on the following

2018 Houston Open Registration for All Sections

By Phone:

You may register with a credit card by phone at (504) 208-9596 or (504) 905-2971.

By Mail:

You may send a check with registration info to:

Cajun Chess

12405 Hillary Step Dr.

Olive Branch, MS 38654

If you wish to mail in your entry with a check (or credit card info), please be sure to include the player's name, full address, phone number, email contact, USCF I.D. number, and section in which he will be playing.


 ON-SITE REGISTRATION

Friday, Nov. 30:      5:30pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 1:   8:00am - 8:30am
Once registration is closed at 8:30 a.m. you will receive a
1/2-point bye for Round One.

No checks accepted at site (cash or credit cards only).

On-line registration will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.

 FOR MORE INFORMATION

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

OR email

cajunchess@yahoo.com


  SIDE EVENTS INFO

SCHOLASTIC K-12 INDIVIDUAL & TEAM CHESS TOURNAMENT

4SS - G30 d5

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 - First Round at 10:00 a.m.

OPEN TO ALL INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS FROM K-12

Sections:        K-2       K-5      K-8       K-12

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 or renewed on site at the tournament.

Site Location:  Houston Marriott North, 255 N. Sam Houston Parkway East, Houston, TX  77060.  Separate room for scholastic tournament players.

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, if both players agree, they may use a clock.

Round Times:  On-site Registration on Saturday, Dec. 1st between 8:30 - 9:30am. Rounds at 10am & 11:30am & 1:15pm & 2:30pm. Awards ceremony following completion of last round.  Houston Marriott North, 255 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. East, Houston, TX  77060 (off of Beltway 8 North at the Greenspoint exit).

Team Info:  A team will consist of three players from the same school or home-school district.  However, the top FOUR scores will count for final team standings, so it would be to your advantage to find a fourth team member (no “maximum” limit of number of players on a team).  Team and individual games will be played simultaneously.

Prizes: Trophies to the top 5 Individuals and top 2 teams in each section; Medals to all individual non-trophy winners. 

Electronic Notation Devices: The only four electronic chess notation devices which are approved for and allowed in a USCF-rated tournament are the Monroi, the eNotate PDA, the Plycount and the Chess NoteR. 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 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 any bye prior to the start of Round 1.

Entry Fee: $20 if received by 11/15/18; $25 by 11/25/18, $40 thereafter and at site.

Pre-registration:

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

On-Line: To pre-register on line with a credit card for the Scholastic Tournament only, please click on

Houston Open Scholastic Tournament Only Registration - $25

To pre-register a Junior (under 19 years of age) playing in both Tournaments (the U1300 Section of the Main Event and in the Scholastic tournament), there is a discounted Entry Fee of $79 by 11/15/18; $95 by 11/25/18; $125 thereafter and at site.  TO REGISTER FOR BOTH OF THESE SECTIONS, PLEASE CLICK ON

REGISTRATION FOR JUNIORS (under 19) PLAYING IN BOTH TOURNAMENTS; THE U1300 SECTION IN THE MAIN EVENT & THE SCHOLASTIC TOURNAMENT - $95

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

By Mail: Please 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 section in which he/she will be playing.

On-site Registration
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 8:30-9:30am
                               FIRST ROUND STARTS AT 10 A.M.
You may register on-site from 8:30am - 9:30am on Saturday, Dec. 1st.  Once registration is closed at 9:30am 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 Scholastic Info

  • Players should bring their chess boards and clocks, if available, as well as pencils and/or pens to record chess notation. 
  • If a player knows chess notation, it is highly recommended that he notate his games. Individual score sheets will be available to the players.
  • USCF Tournament rules (i.e., touch move rule) will be enforced for all sections.
  • Players in all sections except K-2  will be required to play with a clock; however, if BOTH opponents in the K-2 section agree to play with a clock, then we encourage them to do so.
  • Chess Vendor (Cajun Chess) will be on site.
  • Awards ceremony will be held immediately after the last round.
  • For those scholastic players who are also playing in the Main Event, the Scholastic schedule is timed so that it will end with enough time for those players to get dinner prior to playing in the 3rd round of the Main Event.
  • Please bring a sweater or light jacket as it does tend to get cold in the hotel ballrooms.

 "CAJUN KNOCK-OUT BLITZ" Tournament

(Double-point Elimination - Non USCF-Rated)

Saturday, December 1, 2018
OPEN TO ALL - First Round after Round 3 of Main Event (approx. 11 p.m.)

Format: G/5 d0 (unrated games with each opponent having 5 minutes to complete his/her game). Number of sections will be determined on site by number of participants.  Double-Point Elimination: You play until you lose a total of 2 points: i.e., if you play your first game and draw, you have only lost 1/2-point. You continue playing and, the next game that you lose you will have only lost 1.5 points. You continue playing until you lose a total of 2 points. Last man standing is declared Knock-Out Blitz Champion!

Pairings:  Usually there are two sections - Upper and Lower - if there are enough players to make two separate sections.  Regular USCF ratings are used for pairings/prizes.

Time: Round 1 of the Blitz begins after the completion of Round 3 of Main Event (approximately 11 p.m. on Saturday evening).

Site Location: Houston Marriott North, 255 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. East,  Houston, TX  77060 (off of Beltway 8 North at Greenspoint exit in north Houston).

Entry Fee: $20 per player.

Prizes: 70% of Entry Fees returned as cash prizes.

Registration: Register on site anytime before Round 1 of the Blitz Tournament is paired!


 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

 USCF MEMBERSHIPS

Current One-year memberships in the U.S. Chess Federation for rated tournament play are listed below.  If you would like to order a membership on-line, please click on:

USCF Membership Registration

and scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page.

MEMBERSHIP RATES:

Premium Adult Membership - $49

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) - $35

 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) - $30

 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) - $25

 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"