2023 Texas State Senior Chess Championship
The Texas Chess Association and Arlington Chess Club announce the 2023 Texas Senior Chess Championship. Players who are at least 50 years of age compete for the title of Texas Senior Champion and the opportunity to represent Texas in the 6th Annual John T. Irwin National Tournament of Senior State Champions.
- All players must have been born on or before July 28, 1973.
- Players are not required to be Texas residents, but only Texas residents are eligible to be named "State Senior Champion" and represent Texas in the National Tournament of Senior State Champions.
- Texas residents must be members of the Texas Chess Association.
- Non-Texas residents must be a member of any US Chess Federation State affiliate organization.
Five rounds at a time control of game in 60 minutes with a delay of 5 seconds (G/60;d5). US Chess Federation rules will be followed. Round Times are Saturday 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm; Sunday 9:00 am, 1:00 pm. If two players have perfect scores after five rounds, a sixth round G/30;d5 game between the two will be played immediately to determine first and second place. If there are more than 32 entries, accelerated pairings will be used at the discretion of the tournament director.
State Senior Champion
The Texas resident with the highest score after round five will be named, "Texas Senior Champion". If two or more Texas residents are tied with the highest score, they will all be named co-champions.
National Tournament of Senior State Champions
The Texas Senior Champion will be eligible to represent Texas in the 6th Annual John T. Irwin National Tournament of Senior State Champions and will receive a stipend of $500 to help cover expenses of attendance at the event. If there are co-champions, the player with the highest place finish as described below will represent Texas in the national tournament and receive the $500 stipend.
Plaques will be awarded to top finishers. If after five rounds, two players have perfect scores, a sixth round will be played between the two players to determine first and second place. Otherwise, all places will be determined by score and US Chess Federation standard tie-breaks. Standard tie-breaks are 1) Modified Median, 2) Solkoff, 3) Cumulative, 4) Cumulative of Opposition.