Austin Blitz Championship Tournament

Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Austin Kids2
  • Hilton Garden Inn - Austin North
  • 12400 N IH 35
  • Building C
  • Austin, Texas 78753
Half day G/5, d3 event in two sections (U1200 in am, Open event in pm). $1000 in prizes based on 120 combined entries. Choose one of the two sections. Each section is limited to 70 players. Onsite Registration Available!

Preregistration List

Please read the Parental Expectations before you register. All participants should bring a delay capable clock if at all possible (and know how to set it!)


This is a Swiss-system tournament, so everyone plays all day—there is no “elimination.” Each player will be paired in 5 rounds, with a game as white and as black against each opponent. 10 games in total! Players must know how to play the game of chess! We follow USCF blitz rules including: mandatory clocks, illegal move loses, and clock-move. NO notation required.


The morning Under 1200 section is recommended for newer scholastic players; however, all players with regular ratings under 1200 are welcome. Regular ratings will be used for placement. (Look up your player's rating here. The afternoon tournament is recommended for more experienced players.

This is a rated tournament. All sections require a current USCF membership. Your USCF membership cannot expire before January 31, 2020. ALL PLAYERS must be FULL USCF members. USCF memberships can be renewed/purchased at check-out. Email Lori Balkum, registrar if you have questions.


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!
Onsite Registration ends 15 minutes before round 1.

Approximate Round Times

Scholastic Morning U1200 Tournament: Round 1 begins at 9:30am. Subsequent rounds will follow as quickly as possible. No requested byes allowed.
Afternoon Open Championship Tournament: Round 1 begins at 3:00pm. Subsequent rounds will follow as quickly as possible. No requested byes allowed.


There will be very little “down time” between rounds. Players should be ready to move quickly into place for the next round.


Cash prizes to the top scorers in the morning section, and trophies to the top 5 scholastic finishers. Cash prizes to the top scorers in the afternoon section.

Registration Information

Entry fee pricing is staggered and based on date of payment. Online registration preferred! Click on the blue starburst to "Register Now"!

*Early entry $21 thru Saturday, 12/14/2019
*Regular entry $26 thru Sunday 1/5/2020
*Late entry $36 thru NOON on Thursdsay 01/23/2020, at which time online entry closes.

Withdrawals requested before January 6, 2020 are eligible for a refund (minus a $5 service fee). No refunds for USCF memberships after purchased from the USCF. NO email/phone entries.

Email Lori Balkum, registrar with other questions or to request an e-bill (you do not need a payment link if you follow thru the normal registration process and complete payment online). No phone calls, please. Emails will be returned promptly. Please note, your entry is not complete until payment is received. Please postmark promptly.
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Organized by Austin Kids2. Gao Jiajun, tournament organizer.
Organizer's website.