Region Bids Deadline for 2017

The Deadline to Accept Bids
for the
2017 TCA Region VIII Scholastic Championship

July 15, 2016.

Bids will not be accepted after this date.

If you are working on a bid then please be aware of this deadline.

This is a TCA event and the bid should contain information concerning (but not limited to) fees, sections, trophies, awards, booklets, location, schedule, Chief TD, Pairing Director(s), host/organizer, deadlines, playing areas, contact information, shirt design, etc.  In other words, provide as much information as possible in your bid.

Since it is a TCA competition, any logo or shirt design associated with the event must be impartial with no business advertising and only reflecting the TCA and the organizing school.

The bidding school district is encouraged to showcase their growing chess program in their district.

Once awarded to the school, any changes, modifications, deletions, etc. must be approved by the Region VIII Director as this is a TCA event.

Failure to obtain approval for such changes, modifications, deletions, etc. may cause termination of the bid.

Any questions, feel free to contact me at -email-

Thank you!

Ed Guetzow
Region VIII Director

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2016 - 2017 schedule

It's That Time Again!!!
Please submit your tournament
dates now!

2016 - 2017
Region 8 Chess Schedule

Legend: Brownsville - San Benito - Los Fresnos - Harlingen - State/National - Other

Please submit your tournament information to:

Please be aware that all Tournaments are placed on this list on a first come, first serve basis. Only 1 local event per date
will be displayed in most cases unless the events are different in format/nature or in separate counties. Thanks!

May 28, 2016 - Springtime Playoff, McAllen

June 18, 2016 - EDS Summer Tournament #1, Brownsville

July 16, 2016 - St. Alban's Summer Chess #2 (not rated), Harlingen

August 6, 2016 - St. John's Summer Tournament #3, McAllen

September 10, 2016 - Ben Milam Elementary, Harlingen
September 17, 2016 - Vela Middle School, Brownsville
September 24, 2016 - Girls' State, School TBD

October 1, 2016 - Hanna ECHS, Brownsville
October 8, 2016 - Coakley Middle School, Harlingen
October 15, 2016 - Garza Elementary, Brownsville
October 22, 2016 - San Benito High School, San Benito
October 29, 2016 - Rancho Verde Elementary, Los Fresnos

November 5, 2016 - EDS Beginner's Tournament (Not rated), Brownsville
November 5, 2016 - Bonham Elementary, Harlingen
November 12, 2016 - Ed Downs Elementary, San Benito
November 19, 2016 - Wilson Elementary, Harlingen

December 3, 2016 - Riverside Middle School, San Benito
December 10, 2016 - Dishman Elementary, Harlingen
December 16-18, 2016 - National Grades K-12, Nashville
December 17, 2016 - Russell Elementary, Brownsville

January 14, 2017 - Sam Houston Elementary, Harlingen
January 21, 2017 - Sullivan Elementary, San Benito

February 11, 2017 - Treasure Hills Elementary, Harlingen
February 18, 2017 - Miller Jordan Middle School, San Benito
February 25, 2017 - Stuart Place Elementary, Harlingen

March 4, 2017 - Dr. Raul Garza Elementary, San Benito

March 10-12, 2017 - Texas Scholastic Championship (SOUTH), Edinburg

April 1, 2017 - Private Schools Championships, TBD
April 7-9, 2017 - All Girls Nationals, Chicago
April 8, 2017 - Frank Roberts Elementary, San Benito
April 15, 2017 - Long Elementary, Harlingen
April 29, 2017 - Dr. Cash Elementary, San Benito

May 12-14, 2017 - SuperNationals VI, Nashville

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2015-2016 Next Scheduled Tournament

The next
will be the
St. John's Summer Tnmt #3
August 6, 2016

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UTRGC Summer Chess Camp

UTRGC Summer Chess Camp
Episcopal Day School

July 18 - 22, 2016

Learn from UTRGV’s
and his team of instructors
from UTRGV, including experts and
Class B players.
Open to all ages and levels: Beginner,
Intermediate, and Advanced.

Alfonso Almeida, Senior Program Coordinator • 956-882-576

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Texas Teams Championships

A Texas Chess Association

sanctioned event under US Chess Rules

Hosted by Javalina Chess Club

April 2, 2016 $1000 in prize fund based on 16 teams

What: 4 round, 2 section, fixed roster swiss style, USCF rated team tournament.

Team consists of 4 players no subs. No computers will be registered.

Captain is the highest rated player. USCF rules and regulations will be used. Current supplement will be used. Team must play all rds to collect prize unless assigned a bye for pairing purposes. Rule 11h1 will be observed.

Entry must be received by March 30th. Do not mail team entries later than March 26 under regular mail. otherwise on-site rate will apply. No incomplete team may register. Anyone who is a USCF and TCA member can play. Team can play up but never down. Current ratings supplement will be used. Schools can enter as many teams as they want, but those teams will play each other if paired.

When: 1st round starts at 9:30 all others as soon as possible:

All Rounds game/60 w 5sec delay. top board is 1st, all others alternate in color and follow 1st board. Captain (highest rated player on team) insures proper seating of his team. Teams don’t have to be from schools, anyone who is us chess member can form a team.  

Cost: Entry fee is $30 per individual player. Current US Chess and TCA membership required, please include the proper amount if not yet a member or need to renew. Coach’s responsibility is to register the team. On-site $40 per player with half point bye for team on first rd. Player must present USCF ID at on-site or pay new membership if not current. Requested team byes need to be submitted before end of first rd. (leaving without requesting bye will result in forfeit loss).

Where: Texas A&M University Kingsville, Texas – Student Union Bldg.

1505 W. Santa Gertrudis

Kingsville, TX.

Student Union Building – upstairs 2nd floor

Prizes Open: First place --$325 Second Place -- $275 Reserve: First place--$225 Second place--$175 If section does not make, it could be combined with higher section and only higher section prizes will be awarded. Sections are as follows: min is 10 teams per section. under 1300 1300 to 2199 this is a team average.

Mail checks payable to:

Eddie Rios

Mail registration with payment to:Eddie R. Rios Sr.

213 E. Fairview

Kingsville, TX 78363

For questions call Eddie Rios –cell phone (361)455-3682


email -email-
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Open tournament.
Coakley Cougars
Scholastic & Collegiate Chess Tournament Game 75
January 23, 2016

2 Divisions with 3 Rounds of Swiss Style Championship Chess

Open (1600 and above) and Reserve (1599 and Under)

depending on number of players.

January supplement used.

Open Scholarship for top 3 players; 200, 100, 100.

Tie breakers will be used for top 3 players.

Reserve Scholarship for top 3 players; 100, 50, 50.

Tie breakers will be used.

Scholarships provided by nonprofit En Passant Chess, Inc.

This is an official USCF-rated tournament. USCF rules and regulations will be strictly adhered to. All players must have current memberships in order to play. USCF membership will be processed at this tournament. Participants must provide their own equipment (boards, pieces, pencils, clocks, etc.) Players may NOT play above their division. Open to the first 60 participants. First round starts at 9:00 a.m. Time control is Game 75 with 5 second delay for digital clocks.

Chief Tournament and Pairings Director – Edward Guetzow

Ø Entry fee is $20.00.

Ø Entries limited to the first 60 competitors.

Ø Registration deadline is Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m.

Ø Payments can be made from 8:30-9:00 am Saturday morning.

Make All Checks Payable to Coakley Middle School with TXDL number and 2 phone numbers listed on check.

Email Registration Forms to Coakley Chess Sponsor, -email-
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 2016 TCA Region VIII Tournament
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TCA Junior Teams


When: December 5, 2015

Where: Texas A & M University at Kingsville

Student Union Bldg. 1505 W. Santa Gertrudis, Kingsville, TX

First Round starts At 10 am. Others to follow asap

SwissSys pairing program used, fixed team roster

Three sections: 4 rounds-SS, game 30 with 5 second delay in three sections: Team Average rating per section: 400 and under ----- 401 to 800-------801 up

Prizes: Plaque and 4 medals per team to top 4 places in each section.

Only teams with 4 players may register, players age must be under 19 yrs of age. ONLY APPROVED NOTATION DEVICES ALLOWED AS ELECTRONIC DEVICES. NO OTHER DEVICES ALLOWED

USCF current membership required,

USCF rules, Rsvp on line for first 100 teams.

Entries must be e-mailed or received on or before Wednesday:

Pay on-site even if pre-registered

On-site registration requires ½ pt bye for first rd per team.

Only Team Byes requested before end of first rd will be honored. First requested bye is ½ pt, all others 0 pt.

No individual byes granted: Schools can have as many teams as desired, but teams may wind up playing against their own school teams. Tie breaks: amateur team and points

Entry Fee: $15 per player, $20 per player for on-site and player must present current uscf membership proof. In order to avoid overcrowding at check-in, the sponsor/captain will check-in/register team.

Chief TD: USCF Senior TD Eddie Rios.

(361) 455-3682, -email-


Bring clocks and sets, none will be supplied.
Pre-registration (strongly recommended): E-mail full name, e-mail address and phone number(s) (and USCF number) to: current supplement will be used, rule 11h1 invoked, no computers may register. Castling variation 1
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