2023 South Texas Grade Championship

State Championship Event
The Plains Capital Bank El Gran Salon, Brownsville Campus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Event Overview

Only Texas residents or students enrolled in secondary or primary schools (including home schools) in Texas may play in this event. This is a USCF rated event (for both Regular and Quick ratings). USCF membership is required to participate. 

System of Competition:  6 rounds, Swiss System, 13 sections 

Entry Fee: $40 by 9/18, $50 by 9/25, $60 by 10/2, $70 by 10/6, $100 on 10/7. Entries on 10/7 will be permitted up to 30 minutes before the first round. Players that are not registered by the cutoff time shall be paired from Round 2 only (unless the Chief Tournament Director decides otherwise). 

Awards: $1,000 scholarships to attend UTRGV will be provided to the winner of the 12th grade section (prospective student must pass all requirements to attend). Books with signatures of the UTRGV Chess Team will be awarded to the winner of each section. The winner of each section will be invited for an online training session with the UTRGV Chess Team. Trophies will be awarded to the top 8 individual finishers in each section. Championship medals will be awarded to the top 3 individual finishers in each section. Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 teams in each section. Awards will not be split between participants / teams with the same number of points – the tie-break point system described in the Tournament Regulations will be used. Awards will not be given out in advance and must be picked up at the Awards Ceremony. 

Additional Information: Chess sets, notations, pencils, and pens will be provided. Free game analysis will be provided by members of the UTRGV Chess Team on both days. Accommodation for participants with disabilities will be ensured. Upon timely request, separate rooms in proximity to the playing venue will be available for rent. Free parking. After the conclusion of the last round on Saturday, October 8, players are welcome to stay for a free simul with the UTRGV Chess Team - the most successful US collegiate team since 2018. 

Chief Organizer: Bartek Macieja Deputy Chief Organizer: Alex Mista Chief Tournament Director: Louis Reed 


1 W University Blvd
Brownsville, TX 78520
United States

Sections: 13
Grand Prix Points:
Prize Fund:
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Residency Restriction: Yes
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Email: chess@utrgv.edu
Phone: 956-882-5761