2021 (62nd Annual) US Armed Forces Open Chess Championship

Heritage Event, National Championship Event
Great Wolf Lodge

Event Overview

FREE ENTRANCE FEE with Proof of Eligibility. US Chess membership required for ALL. Again, FREE entry if registered by September 25, 2020.  $20 surcharge after that.  Please register early.  It helps our fundraising.  EARLY CHECK IN is encouraged and can be accomplished on Friday, October 8 starting at 5:00 PM in the Fallen Timbers Room on the fifth floor.  Onsite registration is Saturday, October 9, 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM in the Fallen Timbers Room.

Two sections.  Both are FIDE rated.  5 Rounds, Swiss System.  TL: G/90; +30 Inc.   Round times:  Saturday, 10/9/21, 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM; Sunday, 10/10/21, 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM; Monday, 10/11/2021, 9:00 AM.  Group photos are on Monday, 10/11/21 at 8:45 AM.  A single half-point bye is available. Byes must be requested 30 minutes prior to the start of round 2. Byes for rounds 4 & 5 may not be cancelled after the start of round 2. Players entering after the start of round 1 will receive a round 1 half-point bye.

Section One (AFO) is open to Active Duty, Military Retirees, Cadets, Midshipmen, College ROTC, and Mobilized.  Show ID card.  Section Two (VOC) is open to all other Honorably Discharged Veterans.  Show DD 214 or VA Card.

Prizes to the US Armed Forces and US Veterans Open Chess Champions plus many many more.  Please see our website for the complete list.  The prizes may increase or decrease slightly depending on fundraising and advance registrations.  Again please register early.

Side events include Opening Flag Ceremony by American Legion Post 379 (from Bedford, Texas), Bug House Championship, Texas Hold 'em, Blitz Championship, Armed Forces Chess Committee Meeting, and Veterans Banquet.  Group photos on Monday, 10/11/21, just before Round 5.  Awards ceremony right after Round 5.  Everyone is requested to wear Class A uniforms or business attire on Monday, 10/11/21.

Lodging information:  Great Wolf Lodge, 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051.  Website:  www.greatwolf.com.  Phone:  (844) 544-9653.  IMPORTANT: Identify yourself as a chess player. Reservation ID CHESSCHAMP.  All rooms are suites.   Each has 2 queen-size beds and one pull-out cot that sleeps two.   Maximum occupancy is six (6) guests.  CUT OFF date for special Chess Rate is 9/7/21. $150 plus Hotel Occupancy Tax (6 percent) plus Daily Resort Fee of $19.99 per suite. A few players may be eligible for waiver of the Hotel Occupancy Tax if certain criteria are met. Contact the organizer or your Unit Travel Coordinator for details.  Special Chess Rate may be available after 7 September 2021, but no promises.  Lodging costs can be reduced by sharing your suite with others.  Contact the Organizer for a list of players desiring a roommate.  Check In NET 4:00 PM.  Check Out NLT 11:00 AM.  ORGANIZER COMMENTS:  "This is a good deal, especially for those sharing with one, two or three roommates.    All guests enjoy unlimited high speed wireless Internet; local and outgoing 800 telephone calls; in-room coffee; unlimited access to Iron Horse Fitness Center; both incoming facsimile message service; plenty of free parking; life jackets and towels in the water park."

Please be prepared to bring sets, boards and clocks that can accommodate the time controls.  This situation may change depending upon fundraising.  Updates will be provided on our website and via emails from the Organizer.

Texas Armed Forces Chess (TXAFC) (US Chess Affiliate A6035657) is a Subordinate Element of American Legion Post 379, a 501(c)19 Organization.  TXAFC is dedicated to organizing and sponsoring chess tournaments for chess playing veterans, and dedicated to assisting veterans playing in chess tournaments.    Donations are needed and can be made on a secure page on our website http://texasarmedforceschess.com/    Sponsors are always welcome and can contact our Organizer at Click here to show mail address.




100 Great Wolf Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051
United States

Sections: 2
Grand Prix Points:
Prize Fund:
FIDE Rated: Yes
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

Jim Hollingsworth
Email: texasarmedforceschess@gmail.com
Phone: (817) 779-0640