2019 HOUSTON SUMMER CHESS FESTIVAL - July 19-21 - Houston, TX

2019 HOUSTON SUMMER

CHESS FESTIVAL

 July 19-21, 2019 - Houston, TX

includes the following MAIN EVENT and SIDE EVENTS:

$13,000* OPEN MAIN EVENT

*  ($13,000 Prize Fund b/250 full-paid entries, 50% guaranteed)

5SS - USCF Rated - GPP: 50

3-day or 2-day Schedule Available

OPEN and U2000 Sections are FIDE-Rated using FIDE Rules (G/90 i30)

All Other Sections are G/120 d5 

Free Entry for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs (EF deducted from winnings)
For more details & registration on the $13,000 Open Tournament, please
scroll down to "MAIN EVENT DETAILS" below.

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TWO SIDE EVENTS!

  1.  SCHOLASTIC INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10am - Open to all K-12 players

Scholastic Players (Jrs. under 19 years of age) may play in both the Scholastic (any section) and Main Event (U1300 Section only) by entering the 3-Day Schedule for the Main Event and taking a 1/2-point bye for the 2nd Round of that Event.  A discounted entry fee is provided for those players who play in both tournaments- please use the on-line registration option in the Scholastic Section below for players registering for BOTH the Scholastic and the Main Event.) 

2.  "BAYOU BLITZ" TOURNAMENT

(Sat., July 20 - USCF-Rated - after Rd. 3 of the Main Event (approx. 11pm) - Open to All - $20 EF, 75% returned as cash prizes
PLEASE REGISTER ON SITE

For more information on these side events, please scroll down below to the section titled "SIDE EVENT INFO" 

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SPECTATOR POLICY 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE ADHERING TO THE FIDE RULES CONCERNING SPECTATOR POLICY: 

SPECTATORS (NON-PLAYING INDIVIDUALS) WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE TOURNAMENT ROOM DURING TOURNAMENT PLAY.   PLAYERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR GAMES MAY STAY IN THE TOURNAMENT ROOM TO WATCH OTHER GAMES UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THEY LEAVE THE PLAYING HALL AND TURN IN THEIR PLAYER'S BADGE, AT WHICH POINT THEY ARE CONSIDERED SPECTATORS AND MAY NOT RE-ENTER THE TOURNAMENT HALL UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND. 

FOR FURTHER CLARIFICATION OF THESE RULES, PLEASE GO TO THE FIDE ARBITERS' MANUAL BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW, AND THEN GO TO  

Article 11.2 on Page 32 
and 
Article 11.4 on Page 33 

http://arbiters.fide.com/images/stories/downloads/2016/Arbiters-Manual-2016.pdf


RATING CLASS POLICY 

Please note that you may play in your own rating section or one section up only.  For example, if you are officially rated 1500 (in the July, 2019, USCF rating supplement or your current offcial July USCF rating on-line), then you may play in the U1600 or the U1800 only.  Those players who have won (1st place) in their section in a previous Cajun Chess tournament are not allowed to play in that section regardless of their current rating, but must play in the next section "up."  Unrated players may play in the U1600/Unr. or the Open Section only - if they pay the discounted Entry Fee and play in the U1600/Unr. section, they may only win 50% of the prize fund, or they may pay the full Entry Fee and play in the Open Section where they may win the full prize fund.

 LOCATION

 Houston Marriott North

255 North Sam Houston Parkway East

Houston, TX 77060

(take the Greenspoint Exit off of Beltway 8 West)

Hotel Direct Phone: (281) 875-4000

Hotel Rate: $89 - Mention "Cajun Chess Tournament" and reserve by June 26th to ensure group rate.  To reserve hotel room on line, please click on link below:
 HOUSTON MARRIOTT NORTH  CHESS TOURNAMENT RESERVATION

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COMPLIMENTARY HOTEL SELF-PARKING

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FREE BASIC INTERNET IN EACH GUEST ROOM

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DISCOUNTED BREAKFAST COUPONS

NOTE:  The discounted breakfast coupons allow hotel guests to get the hot breakfast buffet for $12.  Guests are responsible for tax and gratuity.  FOR HOTEL GUESTS ONLY!

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COMPLIMENTARY AIRPORT SHUTTLE UPON REQUEST FROM BUSH INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT (IAH)

FOR SHUTTLE SERVICE CALL 281-875-4000

PLEASE RESERVE YOUR ROOM BY JUNE 26, 2019, TO ENSURE SPECIAL TOURNAMENT RATE OF $89 (+ tax)

TO RESERVE HOTEL ROOM ON LINE:

To reserve your room on-line at the tournament group rate please click on:
 HOUSTON MARRIOTT NORTH CHESS TOURNAMENT RESERVATION

TO RESERVE HOTEL ROOM BY PHONE:

Please call:  281-875-4000

(mention the Cajun Chess Tournament to receive the special $89 per night tournament rate)

NOTE:  Hotel Check-In Time is 3 p.m.; Check-Out Time is 12 noon.

$13,000 OPEN MAIN EVENT DETAILS 

FORMAT

5SS - USCF Rated - GPP:  50 

 $13,000, b/250 full-paid entries, 50% guaranteed! 

3-Day or 2-Day Schedule Available 

Free entry for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs 
($95 EF deducted from winnings)

SECTIONS & PRIZES

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

No Re-Entry Allowed in the OPEN or U2000 Sections due to FIDE Ratings.
The following prizes are based on 250 full-paid entries; Re-Entries count as 1/3 and Reduced Entries count at 2/3 of a full-paid Entry.
Prize fund $13,000, b/250 full-paid entries; 50% guaranteed.
     OPEN: $1500 + plaque - $900 - $600 - $400 - $300 
      (2200-2399): $800 - $500
(U2200): $700 - $400 
U2000: $800 + plaque - $500 - $250 - $100 - $75
U1800: $800 + plaque - $500 - $250 - $100 - $75
      U1600/Unr*: $800 + plaque - $500 - $250 - $100 - $75
U1300: $800 + plaque - $500 - $250 - $100 - $75
* Unrated players may only win 50% of the prize fund unless they play in the Open Section where 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 (7/19) from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Round Times:

               Friday, July 19:        8pm

               Saturday, July 20:   2pm - 7pm

               Sunday, July 21:     10am - 3pm

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2-Day Schedule

On-site Registration: Saturday (7/20) from 7:45-8:30 a.m.

Round Times:

              Saturday, July 20:    9am - 2pm - 7pm

              Sunday, July 21:      10am - 3pm   

NOTE: Both Schedules merge at Round 2.


 BYES

Please note that a "BYE," whether voluntary or assigned, in no way affects your rating.  An unplayed game cannot affect your rating points.

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 $95 Entry Fee will be deducted from any winnings. 

IF YOU ARE A TITLED PLAYER AND WOULD LIKE TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK ON

REGISTRATION FOR TITLED PLAYERS - $0

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Upper FIDE Sections

OPEN & U2000, including Unrated Players in the OPEN Section:  $95 by 7/5/19; $105 by 7/12/19; $120 thereafter and at site. 

TO REGISTER FOR THIS SECTION, PLEASE CLICK ON

REGISTRATION FOR OPEN and U2000 SECTIONS - $95

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Rated Players in the U1800, U1600, and U1300 Sections 

$95 by 7/5/19; $105 by 7/12/19; $120 thereafter and at site.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS SECTION, PLEASE CLICK ON

REGISTRATION FOR U1800, U1600/Unr, AND U1300 SECTIONS - $95

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Unrated Players (USCF members playing in the U1600)

$69 by 7/5/19; $79 by 7/12/19; $95 thereafter and at site. 

TO REGISTER FOR THIS SECTION, PLEASE CLICK ON

REGISTRATION FOR UNRATED PLAYERS PLAYING IN THE U1600/Unr - $69 *

   NOTE:  An "Unrated" player (who has a USCF membership but no established rating yet) must play in the U1600/Unr Section where he will pay a reduced Entry Fee and may only win 50% of the appropriate portion of the prize fund; however, if an Unrated player wants to play in the OPEN section and pay the full Entry Fee, then he may win 100% of the appropriate portion of the prize fund.  Those two sections are the only sections available for an Unrated player.

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Juniors (under 19 years of age) playing in the U1300 or U1600/Unr. Section)

$69 by 7/5/19; $79 by 7/12/19; $95 thereafter and at site. 

TO REGISTER FOR THIS SECTION, PLEASE CLICK ON

REGISTRATION FOR JUNIORS (under 19 years) PLAYING IN THE U1300 OR U1600/UNR. SECTION - $69

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Seniors (age 60+) playing in the U1300 Section only)

$69 by 7/5/19; $79 by 7/12/19; $95 thereafter and at site.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS SECTION, PLEASE CLICK ON

REGISTRATION FOR SENIORS (age 60+) PLAYING IN THE U1300 SECTION ONLY - $69


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, 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
2019 Houston Chess Festival Registration (for Any Section)

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, section and schedule in which he will be playing.

 ON-SITE REGISTRATION

Friday, July 19:       5:30pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, July 20:   7:45am - 8:30am
Once on-site registration is closed at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday you will receive a 1/2-point bye for Round One and you will be paired for Round 2 and all later rounds.
No checks accepted at site (cash or credit cards only).
On-line registration will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2019

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 CHESS TOURNAMENT

Saturday, July 20, 2019 

First Round at 10:00 a.m.

OPEN TO ALL INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS IN GRADES K-12 - This is for individual scholastic chess players and is not a team event.
SEPARATE ROOM FOR SCHOLASTIC PLAYERS!
SEPARATE ROOM FOR PARENTS & GUESTS!

Scholastic Players (Jrs. under 19 years of age) may play in both the Scholastic (any section) and Main Event (U1300 Section only) by entering the 3-Day Schedule for the Main Event and taking a 1/2-point bye for the 2nd Round of that Event.  A discounted entry fee is provided for those players who play in both tournaments - please use the on-line registration option in the Scholastic Section below for players registering for BOTH the Scholastic and the Main Event.

Four USCF-Rated Sections:     

OPEN         U900         U500       Unrated      
NOTE: This is a USCF-rated tournament; each player, including those in the Unrated Section (the Unrated section is for Players with USCF memberships who have not yet played enough rated games to receive a provisional USCF rating) 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.
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 U500 and Unrated Sections unless both players agree to use a clock, which is encouraged.
Round Times:    10am - 12 noon - 1:15pm - 2:30pm.  Awards ceremony immediately following last round.
Site Location:  Houston Marriott North, 255 North Sam Houston Pkwy East, Houston, TX  77060 (near Bush Int'l. Airport in north Houston - take the Greenspoint Exit off of Beltway 8 West).  Individual room rate is $89 plus tax.  To reserve your room on line please click on:
HOUSTON MARRIOTT NORTH CHESS TOURNAMENT ROOM RESERVATION
Prizes: Trophies to the top 10 Individuals in each Section.  Participation 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 (MSCO) 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.  A "bye" does not affect your rating; an unplayed game cannot affect your rating points.
Entry Fee for Scholastic tournament only: $20 if received by July 5th; $25 by July 12th; $40 thereafter and at site.
Entry Fee if playing in both Scholastic & Open (U1300 section only) tournaments: $79 if received by July 5th; $95  by July 12th; $125 thereafter and at site.
Advance Registration 
(Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express & PayPal accepted)
On-Line: To pre-register on line with a credit card, please click on
Houston Summer Chess Festival Scholastic Event Only Registration - $20
  Houston Summer Chess Festival for Scholastic Players Playing in Both Scholastic and Main Event (U1300 only) - $79
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(s) in which he will be playing.
On-site Registration: You may register on-site from 8:30am - 9:30am on Saturday, July 20th.  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, sets 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.
  • All sections except U500 and Unrated Sections will be required to play with a clock; however, if BOTH opponents 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.

"BAYOU BLITZ" Tournament

Saturday, July 20, 2019

7SS, G/5 d0 - USCF Blitz Rated

(USCF Blitz Ratings used for pairings and prizes; USCF Regular Rating used if Player has no Blitz Rating)

OPEN TO ALL - First Round after Round 3 of Main Event (approx. 11 p.m.)
Format: 7SS, G/5 d0  (USCF Blitz-Rated games with each opponent having 5 minutes to complete his/her game). Uses USCF Blitz Ratings for pairings and prizes, or if Player has no USCF Blitz Rating then his Regular Rating will be used.  Number of sections will be determined on site by number of participants.
Time: Round 1 of the Blitz begins after the completion of Round 3 of Main Event (approximately around 11 p.m. on Saturday evening).
Site Location:  Houston Marriott North, 255 North Sam Houston Parkway East, Houston, TX  77060 (take the Greenspoint Exit off of Beltway 8 West)
Entry Fee: $20 per player.
Prizes: 75% 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.
To join or renew a USCF Membership please click on the type of membership in the left-hand column:
MEMBERSHIPS FEES and BENEFITS
Premium Adult:

$49.00 - (Premium Adult) one-year membership includes 12 issues per year of Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Regular Adult:

$40.00 - (Regular Adult) one-year membership includes online access to monthly Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Seniors 65 & over:

$40.00 - (Senior) one-year membership includes 12 issues per year of Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Premium Young Adult:

$35.00 - (Premium Young Adult - age 24 and Under) one-year membership includes 12 issues per year of Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Regular Young Adult:

$26.00 - (Regular Young Adult - age 24 and Under) one-year membership includes online access to Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Premium Youth:

$30.00 - (Premium Youth - age 15 and Under) one-year membership includes 6 issues of Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Regular Youth:

$22.00 - (Regular Youth - age 15 and Under) one-year membership includes online access to monthly Chess Life magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Premium Scholastic:

$25.00 - (Premium Scholastic - age 12 and Under) one-year membership includes 6 issues of Chess Life for Kids magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.

Regular Scholastic:

$17.00  - (Regular Scholastic - age 12 and Under) one-year membership includes online access to Chess Life for Kids magazine and the right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system.