West Houston Chess Open I

The Moran Hotel in CityCentre

Event Overview

Weekend Long 5 Round Swiss OTB Chess is Back in Houston!
Come join us at the first major H-town over-the-board rated chess tournament since the pandemic started.
There will be a mask requirement in place.
Register by midnight on Friday, April 23rd for the lowest entry fee**.

$3,500 Prize Fund
(based on 100 entries, $1,750 guaranteed)

Main Event

Scholastic Tournament

2-day or 3-day schedule available

One day event

Friday May 7th – Sun, May 9th 2021

Saturday, May 8th 2021

G/120;d5,  5 round Swiss

G/25;d5, 5 round Swiss

Early EF $97, Late registration EF $112

Early EF $35, Late registration EF $40

Championship ($840-630-420)
Top U1900 $210
Amateur ($560-420-280)
Top U1400 $140

Trophies awarded to top performers,
no cash prizes

Championship (USCF 1700 +)

Amateur (USCF 1699 and below)*

Recommended for Novice Kids who are unrated or rated below 1200 USCF


Click here for more tournament details!

Click here to see Venue Photos

Click here for PDF on surrounding Restaurants & Shopping Area


*You can opt to “play up” if your OTB rating has been at least 1650 within the time frame of [01/01/2020 – 05/01/2021]

**Space is limited – register now to guarantee your spot. Don’t wait till the deadline to register. We may run out of spots. The hotel ballroom is currently undergoing renovations and we will have a beautiful almost 4,000 sq ft space to play in.


800 Sorella Ct
Houston, TX 77024
United States

Sections: 2
Grand Prix Points: 15
Prize Fund: 3500
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: No
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

The Chess Refinery
Email: thechessrefinery@gmail.com
Phone: 2816980068

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