C.J. presents Chess in the Hill Country – Llano 2023 Open Chess Tournament

First Baptist Church of Llano Fellowship Hall

Event Overview

Come and spend the weekend in Llano!  CJ Ares is sponsoring the club’s inaugural Llano Open Chess Tournament! The event will be organized by Rocks & Rooks. This is a USCF rated 5SS chess tournament on November 11-12, 2023 in two RATED scholastic sections: Open and Reserve U1200. The tournament offers a guaranteed prize fund of $1000, discounts for Veterans and Active Military, and a wonderful relaxing weekend of chess in the hill country! View the tournament website for full details and to register online!


First Baptist Church of Llano
Fellowship Hall
907 Berry St
Llano, TX 78643

Sandstone Street Bed & Breakfast
508 East Sandstone
Llano, TX 78643


This is a rated tournament intended for all adults and more advance youth players. Current USCF membership required.

Schedule and Time Controls

No check-in necessary for preregistrations. We will make every attempt to contact you in advance if we see a problem with your registration. Verify your entry ONLINE!

Saturday (at First Baptist Llano):
Onsite Registration 8-8:30am
 only IF space is available.
9 a.m. – Round 1 (G/60, +10)
1:00pm – Round 2 (G/90, +30)
6:30pm – Round 3 (G/90, +30)


Sunday (at the Sandstone Street B&B):
10:00 am – Round 4 (G/90, +30)
3:30 pm – Round 5 (G/90, +30)


*One 1/2 point bye available.
*Other bye  restrictions listed on the website.

Registration Information

Entry fees are staggered and we’d like for you to register early! Online  registration and payment only, pease. Active duty military or Veterans, who email the registrar before registering and provide their service branch and time frame served, will be given a 50% off coupon code for their entry.


  • $25 if received by Saturday, 10/28/2023, 11:59 p.m. CST.
  • $40 thru Thursday,11/9/2023, 12:00 noon CST.
  • $50 on-site (only if space is available)


For registration questions – contact  Lori Balkum, registrar (registrar@AustinChessTournaments.com).  No phone calls, please. Emails will be returned promptly.

For questions about Llano and the chess venue – contact JoLeigh Ares, sponsor (joleighares@yahoo.com)


907 Berry St
Llano, TX 78643
United States

Sections: -2
Grand Prix Points:
Prize Fund: 1000
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: No
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

Rocks & Rooks
Email: registrar@austinchesstournaments.com