West Texas '23 February Open

Mad Hatter's House of Games

Event Overview

Event Overview
**West Texas '23 February Open***

PURPOSE: Our goal is to expand rated chess opportunities in our community to benefit and encourage both new and experienced players.

DATE: Saturday, February 18, 2023
LOCATION: Mad Hatter's House of Games; 1507 Texas Ave., Lubbock, TX 79401
START TIME: Round 1 begins at 11am (PLEASE arrive and check-in before 10:45)
END TIME:  Most sections will finish at approximately 5:30 PM. The Lower Novice Section will finish at approximately 4:30 PM if players use full time allowed, but we expect it will end earlier. Section awards will be presented shortly after all players in a section have completed round 4. Lower sections typically wrap up earlier than higher sections.
COST: $15/player payable at check-in onsite (Cash and correct change greatly appreciated! No credit cards.
DEADLINES: Online pre-registrations are due by 6pm Friday, February 17, 2023. On-site registrations must be done between 10:00 and 10:30 on Saturday, February 18, 2023.

Tournament Director: Robert Moore, Region I Director – Texas Chess Association

USCF Rated Event: Current USCF membership required - PLEASE update your membership prior to tournament day. Contact us if you need help registering or renewing your USCF membership.

Schedule: This is a swiss style tournament; See below for number of rounds and time controls for each section. Pairings will be posted 5 minutes after the last game in the previous round ends, and the new round will begin 10 minutes after the previous round is complete. This effectively adds a 10-minute break for players who are the last to finish a round. Round 1 begins promptly at 11 AM.

Equipment: Chess sets and notation supplies will be provided. Some chess clocks will be available, but please bring your own clock if you have one.

Four sections as follows

  • Open Championship - Must be rated above 950 or adult unrated. ($15 onsite) 4 Rounds, G/40;d5 
  • Reserve (U1000) - Rating between 650 and 1000 and unrated players. ($15 onsite) 4 Rounds, G/40;d5
  • Upper Novice (U700) - Rating between 350 and 700 and unrated scholastic players. ($15 onsite) 4 Rounds, G/40;d5
  • Lower Novice (U400) - Rating under 400 and unrated players 8th grade or below. ($15 onsite) 5 Rounds, G/25;d5
  • EXCEPTIONS FOR PROVISIONALLY RATED PLAYERSAdult players with provisional ratings below 650 may choose to play up into the Reserve section, but they may also register for the novice section that matches their provisional rating. Scholastic players with provisional ratings may be placed in an appropriate section by the tournament director.
  • NOTE: If fewer than 4 players register for any section, then players from that section may be combined with the section above or below at the TD's discretion.
Prizes will be determined and awarded as follows
     Cash Prizes for Open Championship and Reserve sections - Prize fund will be 75% of gross receipts for the section and split based on number of participants:
  • 4-5 players, 1 prize, 1st place – 75% of gross receipts for that section
  • 6-8 players, 2 prizes, 1st place – 50%, 2nd place – 25%
  • 9 or more players, 3 prizes, 1st place – 40%, 2nd place – 20%, 3rd place – 15%
  • Ties will follow USCF rules for splitting cash prizes
     Trophies for top three finishers in Novice sections. Medals for players that tie for third but do not receive a trophy. Standard tie breaks will be used.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Photos may be taken during the tournament and awards ceremony. These images may be shared with Texas Chess Association, news outlets, or other interested groups or individuals. Images may be used for promotion of subsequent chess events.

CONTACT: Completing the registration form linked below should generate an email to the address used to complete the form. Prior to the tournament, another email communication will be sent with a link to check tournament registration details.
If you have any questions please email us:
  • Robert Moore - bobertwbu@gmail.com; 334-233-4373
  • Amy Jones - spherehomeschool@gmail.com; 806-787-3568

1507 Texas Ave.
Lubbock, TX 79401
United States

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

Organizer Overview

Robert Moore
Email: bobertwbu@gmail.com
Phone: 334-233-4373