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Austin Chess Club 2023 Summer Open

Saturday, August 5, 2023 - Sunday, August 6, 2023

Description: USCF rated swiss chess tournament on August 5-6, 2023   We offer 3 sections and a guaranteed prize fund of $4500. There will be 5 rounds in total – everyone plays the same schedule. One 1/2 point bye available –  please request at time of registration if possible. Round 1 byes must be requested/removed by 8:30am Saturday morning.  Deadline to add or remove all other 1/2 point byes is noon on Saturday.

LIMIT 190 PEOPLE FOR THIS EVENT (limit 80 in any single section).

Doubletree NW Arboretum
8901 Business Park Dr
Austin, TX 78759

We recommend the following hotels:
Doubletree NW Arboretum BOOK BY 7/3/23 $139 1 king, $159 2 doubles w/ group code CHE
Book using this link:  https://www.hilton.com/en/attend-my-event/austinchessclubchamps-2023/  or by calling 844-440-0660

Embassy Suites Arboretum BOOK BY 7/17/23 $135 2 double suite w/ group code CESACC

Homewood Suites NW near The Domain BOOK BY 7/4/23 $129 1 king suite w/ group code 903

Round times (all sections):
• Onsite Registration 8-8:30am only IFF space is available.
• Rounds 1, 2, & 3 starts promptly on Saturday, August 5th at 9:00am, 1:00pm, and 6:30pm.
• Rounds 4 & 5 starts promptly on Sunday, August 6th at 10:00am and 3:30pm.
No-shows in round 1 will be withdrawn and their games reassigned. Contact us if you are running late for any round or wish to withdraw! This is showing common courtesy to your opponent!

Time controls (all sections):
• Rounds 1 : G/60, +10 sec.
• Rounds 2, 3, 4, & 5: G/90+30 sec.

Entry fee (all sections):
Entry fees are staggered and we’d like for you to register early! Online registration is requested.

  • $79 if received by Saturday, 7/8/2023, 11:59pm CST.
  • $99  thru Wednesday, 8/2/2023, 11:59 CST.
  • $119 onsite, IF space available. Any registrations made onsite after 8:30am receive a 1st point bye.

Withdrawal with refund available if requested by 9pm on Saturday, 7/29/2023.  After that time, no refunds. NO EXCEPTIONS. Any refunds will incur a $10 processing and transaction fee. 

Online registrations and online payment are requested. Please contact the registrar ([email protected]) to request help or accommodations.

Titled players (IM/GM)  play for free if registered before August 1st (entry fees deducted from winnings) Must register online. Limit 5 free entries. Contact registrar ([email protected]) for coupon code.)

Sections and Prizes:
$4500 in prizes 100% guaranteed
One prize per person

Three Sections with class prizes.
Limit 80 entries in each section.

(Championship 1800+)
*Players rated 1700-1799 may pay an extra $20 at registration (non-refundable) to compete in this section, but are only eligible for place prizes*
• 1st -$900 2nd-$450 3rd-$225
• Expert(2000-2199): 1st -$330 2nd-$165
• Class A(1800-1999): 1st -$265 2nd-$120

(Reserve  1400-1799)
*Players rated 1300-1399 may pay an extra $20 at registration (non-refundable) to compete in this section, but are only eligible for place prizes*
• 1st -$500 2nd-$250 3rd-$125
• Class C (1400-1599): 1st -$220 2nd-$110

(Novice U1400)
• 1st -$310 2nd-$160 3rd-$80
• Class E (U1200): 1st -$140 2nd-$75
• U1000: 1st -$75
With enough registrations, the Novice U1400 section may be divided into two sections, with additional prizes awarded.

**August 2023 Supplement (‘Regular’ OTB) ratings will be used for pairings purposes.  If no regular rating is available, then other USCF ratings (quick, blitz, online) can and will be considered for section placement
**Requests to play up or down will not be honored.
**Unrated players will be placed at TD’s discretion and are only eligible for place prizes
*Unrated players must disclose foreign and online ratings before their section placement is considered complete.

Device Policy (all sections):
Internet enabled devices must be turned off completely during play (not just on silent) and must remain in the player’s bag or on the playing table.  Devices, including smart watches, may NOT be on the player’s person or leave the board during the games .  Penalties up to or including forfeiture of game for violations of this policy.

Any notation devices must be reviewed and logged at chess control no later than 8:30am on Saturday to receive an approval card.  Please review the US Chess Notation Device policy.

Spectators, if allowed, must have devices turned completely off.

Other misc details:
Bring your own board and increment capable clock if possible!
Only water (drinks) allowed at the chess board.  All food must remain outside the playing room.
We will provide an area for waiting parents and for players to review their chess games.  However, we will not babysit your kids.  No child should be left unattended.

Contact Lori Balkum and Sarah Brauner ([email protected]) if you have questions about this event.

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Saturday, August 5, 2023
Sunday, August 6, 2023
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Doubletree NW Arboretum
8901 Business Park Dr
Austin, TX 78759 United States
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