Texas Tech, the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence, the Susan Polgar Foundation, and the Knight Raiders proudly present the fourth annual Lubbock Open Chess Championship and the fourth annual Lubbock Open Scholastic Championship. The two biggest and most important tournaments in West Texas will take place on Feb. 19. We expect to have up to 150 players competing.
Here are the details about these two exciting events:
• Fourth annual Lubbock Open Scholastic Chess Championship
The event will be held at the Lubbock Science Spectrum, 2579 S. Loop 289, on Feb. 19. It is a four-round Swiss System tournament. There is a total of 30 minutes maximum per player per game.
It is a USCF-rated individual and team scholastic championship. Games are played in five sections: Primary (K-2), elementary (K-5), middle school (K-8), high school (K-12) and novice section K-12 (no USCF membership required).
On-site registration and check in is 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. All players must check in by 9:45 a.m. Later arrivals will receive a -point bye for the first round. For more information, call 806-742-7742 or e-mail SPICE@ttu.edu
Round schedule is as follows: first round, 10 a.m; second round, 11:15 a.m; third round, 1 p.m,; and fourth round, 2:15 pm.
Entry fees are $15 if received by Feb. 14, or $20 on site. A valid USCF membership is required in all sections, except novice K-12. It can be obtained at www.uschess.org or on site on Feb. 19 until 10 a.m. Chess boards and sets will be provided. Please bring a chess clock if you have one.
Prizes: There will be trophies for the top five finishers in each section, as well as for the top three school teams in each section. Team prizes are based on the top three individual scores from the same school within the same section. There will also be a special trophy for top sibling, top parent/child and top coach/student teams. A prize-giving ceremony will be held shortly after the end of the last game, which is around 3:45 p.m.
Send registration and fees to TTU-SPICE: SPICE Box 45080 Lubbock, TX 79409-5080. Please include your name, school, date of birth, grade, phone n umber, address, e-mail address, section, rating and USCF ID number.
More information is available on www.SPICE.ttu.edu.
• Special UIL Chess Puzzle-Solving Invitational
Chess will be the subject of a University Interscholastic League competition next year. The pilot program was proposed by the Texas Tech Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence, part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement. The competition will be in the format of solving chess puzzles. Competing students will have 20 puzzles to solve in 30 minutes.
The UIL Chess Puzzle Solving Invitational will take place at 12:15 p.m, which is between round two and three. The entry for the UIL Chess Puzzle Solving Invitational is $5. There will be special valuable chess prizes to the top overall finisher in each section (K–3, 4–5, 6–8, and 9–12 grade), sponsored by the Susan Polgar Foundation!
•Fourth annual Lubbock Open Chess Championship
The event will be held at the Lubbock Science Spectrum (2579 S. Loop 289) on Feb. 19. It is a four-round Swiss System tournament. It is a USCF rated individual championship. Games are played in one section but there will be various category prizes. There is a total of 30 minutes maximum per player per game.
On-site registration and check will be 9-10 a.m. All players must check in by 10:15 a.m.
For more information, call 806-742-7742 or e-mail SPICE@ttu.edu.
Round schedule is as follows: first round, 10:30 a.m.; second round, 11:45 a.m; third round, 1:15 p.m; fourth round, 2:30 p.m.
Entry fees are $25 if received by Feb. 14, or $30 on site. TTU and K-12 students will receive $5 off. A valid USCF membership is required. It can be obtained at www.uschess.org or onsite on Feb. 19 until 10 a.m. Chess boards and sets will be provided. Bring a chess clock if you have one.
Here is the cash prize structure: $100 (plus trophy), $75 and $50; Top U-1600, Top U-1200, Top U1000/Unrated $40 each. All cash prizes are based on a minimum of 20 paid entries. A prize-giving ceremony will be held shortly after the end of the last game, which is around 4 p.m.
Send your registration and fees to the Susan Polgar Foundation: 6923 Indiana Ave., No. 154 Lubbock, TX 79413. Include your name, phone number, address, e-mail address, section, rating, USCF ID number.
Additional information is available on www.SPICE.ttu.edu.
Source: Avalanche Journal
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