US Class Championships – this weekend in Houston

One last reminder – the US Class Championships are this weekend in Houston. The field in the Masters Division will be the strongest ever, with at least 4 GMs and 6 IMs competing:

GM Timur Gareyev
GM Axel Bachmann
GM Ioan Chirila
GM Maurizo Flores
IM Marko Zivanic
IM Puchen Wang
IM Salvijus Bercys
IM Julio Sadorra
IM Daniel Fernandez
IM Max Cornejo

US Class Championships in Houston in 2 weeks

The 2010 U.S. Class Chess Championships will be held at the beautiful facilities of the Hilton Houston Hobby Airport Hotel during the weekend of October 1-3. This event awards National Class titles and is open to players of all skill levels, including previously unrated players. Class Champions will be listed in the USCF Chess Life Yearbook.

This year’s event is shaping up as one of the strongest U.S. Class ever. So far, the Masters Division includes:

GM Timur Gareyev
GM Axel Bachmann
GM Ioan Chirila
IM Marko Zivanic
IM Puchen Wang
IM Salvijus Bercys
IM Julio Sadorra
IM Daniel Fernandez

In addition to the main event, we will have a scholastic event on Saturday, Oct 2. Students in grades K through 12 will be competing for trophies in four divisions: K-3, K-6, K-9 and K-12. In addition to trophies for the top 10 individuals in each division, all participants of the scholastic event will receive commemorative medals.

The venue offers free parking and a great rate ($89). Several of the top games will be transmitted live at www.monroi.com. For additional information and registration, please visit the tournament web page.

USCF delegates needed

TCA recently adopted a new process and guidelines for selecting USCF delegates. If you meet the criteria below and would like to be appointed, please email TCA president Clemente Rendon at crendon44@hotmail.com.

Delegates must be over the age of 18, must have a valid USCF and TCA membership, must be a Texas resident, and must commit to attending the USCF business meeting in August. Preference will be given to past delegates who communicate with us by Sept 20, 2010. Preference will then also be given to new nominees who, if previously appointed as a delegate, canceled at least 90 days before the event.

After September 20th, TCA will accept nominations on a first-come first-serve basis. The TCA secretary will confirm with all appointed delegates by May 1, 2011 to ensure they are planning to attend. If they cancel then they will need to formally resign and we will appoint the first alternate, etc.

Southwest Open results

GM Alejandro Ramirez and IM Max Cornejo tied for first place at the 76th annual Southwest Open, held Labor Day weekend in Corpus Christi. Check back here in a few days for photos and a more detailed writeup. For now, you can view the final standings.

Texas K-12 & Collegiate Championships


Nov. 13-14, 14th Annual Texas K-12 Championships

6SS, Rds 1-3 G/45, Rds 4-6 G/60, Veterans Memorial HS, 4550 US Military Hwy 281, Brownsville, TX 78521. The K-12 is open to TX residents or players attending Texas schools. 13 separate tournaments, one per grade. Trophies to top 10 indiv. & top 5 teams (top three players added for team scores, minimum of two, no more than two teams per school per grade). EF$35 if p/m by 11/5, $45 after 11/5 or on site. Onsite registration, Sat 11/13 7:30-8:30am may require ½-pt bye for 1st Rd. Rds. Sat 9:30-12:00-2:00-4:00; Sun 10:00-1:00. One ½-pt bye available any round if requested before end of rd 2. Entries: Make checks payable to Texas Chess Association, mail to: 305 Willow Pointe Dr., League City, TX 77573. Info: flguadalupe@aol.com, (713) 530-7820. NS, NC, W

Nov. 13-14, 14th Annual Texas Collegiate Championships

5SS, G/90, 30 sec inc., Salon Casia, EDBC, Univ of Texas at Brownsville, 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, TX 78520. Open to any college players; however, only Texas Colleges can be Texas Collegiate Champions. Plaques to top 10 individuals & top 5 teams (top three players added for team scores, minimum of two, no more than two teams per school). EF$35 if p/m by 11/5, $45 after 11/5 or on site. Onsite registration, Sat 11/13 7:30-8:30am may require ½-pt bye for 1st Rd. Rds. Sat 9-1:30-6:00; Sun 9:00-1:30. One ½-pt bye available any round if requested before end of rd 2. FIDE Rated, FIDE rules. Entries: Make checks payable to Texas Chess Association, mail to: 305 Willow Pointe Dr., League City, TX 77573. Info: flguadalupe@aol.com, (713) 530-7820. NS, NC, W