Tournament Events

February 16th - Albuquerque All Girls Tournament

Albuquerque All Girls Tournament

February 16th at 532 Adams St. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87108

Girls K-12 grade, USCF rated
Sections: 1 section for all players
Prizes 1st, 2nd, 3rd place medals
Entry: $2 for USCF members before February 16th, Non-USCF: $15 (includes membership). $5 extra for day-of registration.
Rounds: 12:00, 1:10, 2:20, G25d5
Please show up 15 minutes before the first round, or 30 minutes before the first round if you are registering on site.
Register or ask question at chess.coachwillow@gmail.com

February 21st - 22nd - NMAA State High School Team Chess Tournament

High School Coaches,

This is your official invitation to the 2019 NMAA State High School Team Chess Tournament!

  • Date: The tournament will take place on the 21st and 22nd Of February.  There will be two categories of competition, made up of the Small School Division (1A-3A)and the large Schools Division (4A-6A).  The first round will take place on Thursday evening , followed by two to three more rounds depending of number of entries the next day.
  • Location: The Location of the tournament is at the Ramada 20202 Menaul Blvd NE Alb 87107, mention your with the chess tournament and receive a special discount for a room.
  • Registration:  All Schools need to register by 5:45 PM on February 21st  Thursday afternoon. The first round will begin at 6:30 PM, Thursday evening.
  • Schedule:  The first round will begin at 6:30 PM, Thursday evening, for Friday games at 9:00, 11:15, lunch at 1:30 and 2:30 for the final round, with an awards ceremony after the end of the last round, depending on turn out some schools may not have to stay until 2:30 round.  This schedule will be for all as well as the NM Team Challenge Tourney.
  • Time Control : G/55 Delay 5 seconds
  • These tournaments will not be USCF rated but can be if both players are USCF, ask for details.
  • The NM Team Challenge Tourney, a side tournament that will be run parallel to the NMAA State tournament, space is limited, so send your reregistration early.
  • Important Items:
    • The hotel will allow outside food to be brought into the Tournament rooms.
    • There will be a 40 dollar entry fee for the tournament.  Cash or checks, please. Please have all checks and/or Money orders made out to Steve Perea and send to 2550 Isleta #36  Alb NM 87105.  Payment for the Tournament must be received by April 18th by mail.  Payment can also be made onsite.  Be sure to bring the NMAA eligibility form for your players!  This form, attached, needs to be filled out and signed by the appropriate school official.
    • We encourage you to bring extra players to the tourney.  The TD will pair extra players with extras from other schools.  $2 entry fee.

If you have any questions or concerns, please drop me a line at nmaachess@gmail.com or give me a call 505-315-8709. I’ll see you in Albuquerque!

Steve Perea
NMAA State Chess Director

February 24th - AIMS@UNM Open

AIMS@UNM Open

February 24th at 933 Bradbury

K-12 grade USCF rated
Sections: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Cash Prizes! 1st – $50, 2nd – $40, 3rd – $30 in all sections!
Entry: $15, $5 more on site reg. 8:00 – 8:45, Non-USCF: $25 (includes membership)
Registration closes at 8:45! Late entries will reg after 9 with 1/2 bye
Rounds: 9:00, 10:30, 1:00, 3:30 G45d5
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00
Register online with chess.coach.steve@gmail.com or call 505-315-8709

March 1st - NMAA State Middle School Team Chess Tournament

Middle School Coaches,

This is your official invitation to the 2019 NMAA State Middle School Team Chess Tournament!

  • Date: The tournament will take place on the March 1st .  
  • Location: The Location of the tournament is at the Ramada 2020 Menaul Blvd NE Alb 87107, mention your with the chess tournament and receive a special discount for a room.
  • Registration:  All Schools need to register by 8pm on February 28th , no onsite reg.
  • Schedule:  The schedule for Friday, March 1  is for games at round 1 at 9:15, rounds 2 at 10:45, lunch between rounds, round 3 at 1:30 and round 4 at 3:00 with an awards ceremony after the end of the last round.
  • Time Control : G/45 Delay 5 seconds
  • These tournaments will not be USCF rated but can be if both players are USCF, ask for details.
  • There will be two sections, they will decided on number of total entries.
  • A side tournament that will be run parallel to the NMAA State tournament for your extra players, space is limited, so send your reregistration early.
  • Important Items:
    • The hotel will allow outside food to be brought into the Tournament rooms.
    • There will be a 30 dollar entry fee for the tournament.  Cash or checks, please. Please have all checks and/or Money orders made out to Steve Perea and send to 2550 Isleta #36  Alb NM 87105.  Payment for the Tournament must be received by April 25th by mail.  Payment can also be made onsite. Be sure to bring the NMAA eligibility form for your players!  This form, attached, needs to be filled out and signed by the appropriate school official.
    • We encourage you to bring extra players to the tourney.  The TD will pair extra players with extras from other schools.  The side tournament is $2!

If you have any questions or concerns, please drop me a line at nmaachess@gmail.com or give me a call 505-315-8709. I’ll see you in Albuquerque!

Steve Perea
NMAA State Chess Director

March 2nd - 3rd - Spingtime in Albuquerque!

Spingtime in Albuquerque!

Over $1200 in cash prizes guaranteed!
March 2nd and 3rd

Advanced reg thru Empire Chess Affliate by March 1st before 10pm.
Onsite registration after 10am thru noon with a zero point bye for round one.

AIMS@UNM 933 Bradbury

Open Section

Entry Fee: $50
Format: 4 rounds G/90+30
Rounds: 9 and 2 both days
Masters given entry rebate if all games are completed!
Prizes: 1st – $250, 2nd – $200, 3rd – $150

Reserve (U1700), Booster (U1300)

Entry Fee: $40
Format: 5 rounds G/90; d5
Rounds: Saturday 9:30, 2:00, 6:00. Sunday 10:00, 2:00
Prizes: 1st – $200, 2nd – $150, 3rd – $100

Prize funds increase as entries increase in a section after expenses.

Scholastic K-12 under 1100

Entry Fee: $15
Format: 4 rounds G/30; d5
Rounds: Saturday only 9:30, 11:30, 2:30, 4:30
Prizes: 1st – 3rd medals and other prizes

Chief TD Steve Perea
Steve Perea 505-315-8709
chess.coach.steve@gmail.com, willbarela@yahoo.com

March 8th - NMAA State Elementary School Team Chess Tournament

Elementary School Coaches,

This is your official invitation to the 2019 NMAA State Elementary School Team Chess Tournament!

  • Date: The tournament will take place on March 8th .  
  • Location: The Location of the tournament is at the Ramada 2020 Menaul Blvd NE Alb 87107, mention your with the chess tournament and receive a special discount for a room.
  • Registration:  All Schools need to register by 8pm on March 7th via email, no onsite reg.
  • Schedule:  The schedule for Friday, March 8th  is for games at round 1 at 9:15, rounds 2 at 10:45, lunch between rounds, round 3 at 1:30 and round 4 at 3:00 with an awards ceremony after the end of the last round.
  • Time Control : G/45 Delay 5 seconds
  • These tournaments will not be USCF rated but can be if both players are USCF, ask for details.
  • A side tournament that will be run parallel to the NMAA State tournament for your extra players, space is limited, so send your reregistration early.
  • Important Items:
    • The hotel will allow outside food to be brought into the Tournament rooms.
    • There will be a 30 dollar entry fee for the tournament.  Cash or checks, please. Please have all checks and/or Money orders made out to Steve Perea and send to 2550 Isleta #36  Alb NM 87105.  Payment for the Tournament must be received by March 1st by mail.  Payment can also be made onsite.
    • We encourage you to bring extra players to the tourney.  The TD will pair extra players with extras from other schools.  The side tournament is $2!

If you have any questions or concerns, please drop me a line at nmaachess@gmail.com or give me a call 505-315-8709. I’ll see you in Albuquerque!

Steve Perea
NMAA State Chess Director

March 9th - Quick And Blitz

Quick And Blitz

When: March 9th
Where: TBD
Format: 5 rounds G/15;d3 then 4 double rounds G/5
Info: See santaferooks.blogspot.com for more info

March 13th - 15th - Got Rating?

Got Rating?

March 13th – 15th
4 events to choose from!
One new event added Battleship Chess!

Wednesday March 13th

A 6-8 round rated tournament Game in 30 min.
Open and Scholastic sections, play up for free
USCF rated Reg closes at 9:30 Rds 10:00, 11:10, 1:00, 2:10
more rounds every 70 minutes depending on entries

Thursday March 14th

Speed chess tournament Game in 10 min.
Open and Scholastic sections, play up for free
USCF rated Reg closes at 9:30 Rds 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00
with more rounds every 30 minutes depending on entries

Friday March 15th

Bughouse tournament Game in 10 min.
Open only, teams of 2 , play up for free
Reg closes at 9:30 Rds 10:00, 10:25, 10:50, 11:15, 11:40

Friday March 15th

Battleship Chess! Game in 10 min.
Each player will select 13 points of material and place them on the board as desired behind a divider. (ask for more details and rules)
Open and Scholastic sections, play up for free
Reg closes at 12:30 Rds 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00
with more rounds every 30 minutes depending on entries

Entry Fee for each event $8 or play in all four events for $15!
All events no prize fund for Open section, medals for Scholastic
Snacks for morning and afternoon, fruit and granola bars.
Where: Ramada 2020 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Email at chess.coach.steve@gmail for registration or call 505-315-8709

March 16th - NMCO Movie Day

NMCO Movie Day

When: March 16th starting at 10:00am
Where:  Main Library, 501 Copper NW
The New Mexico Chess Organization (NMCO) proudly presents for your viewing pleasure two great chess based cinematic treats. Both movies have received highly rated reviews. They are a joy to watch and will act as great motivators for our younger boys and girls as well as older players.
This all happens free of charge at the Main Library, downtown at 501 Copper NW beginning with a 10:15a showing of Queen of Katwe and a 2:00p showing of Searching for Bobby Fischer. We will take a no-host lunch at NYPD Pizza.

For additional information please email tournamentorganizer@nmchess.org

March 30th - 2019 Girls’ & K-8 Chess Tournaments

2019 Girls’ & K-8 Chess Tournaments

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Albuquerque Academy West Campus Gymnasium, 6400 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

Seven separate chess sections for scholastic players, both rated and unrated.
K thru 8th grade State Championship (Barber Qualifier)
K thru 6th grade State Championship
K thru 3rd grade State Championship
K thru 1st grade State Championship
Girls K-12 State Championship (Polgar/Girls’ tournament of champions Qualifier)
Novice (unrated) Grades K thru 3rd
Novice (unrated) Grades K thru 8th
Plus
State Bughouse Championship following main tournament!
State Team Championship!
Free Game Analysis by National Master and Former State Champion Andrew Flores

Estimated 30 awards in the various events

USCF-RATED SECTIONS: These USCF-rated sections are for USCF members with some tournament experience.
K thru 8th grade State Championship – One section, K-8. 3SS, G/60 5 sec delay. USCF memb. req’d, Entry Fee $20, Awards to top 3 players. Top New Mexico Player grade K thru 8th will be New Mexico’s Barber representative. (See below for tie breaks)
Girls State Championship – One section 3SS, G/60 5 sec delay. USCF memb. req’d Entry Fee $20, Awards to top 3 players. Top New Mexico Female Player grade K thru 12th will be New Mexico’s girl’s representative. (See below for tie breaks)
K thru 6th grade State Championship – One section, K-6. 3SS, G/60 5 sec delay. USCF memb. req’d Entry Fee $20, Awards to top 3 players.
K thru 3rd grade State Championship – One section, K-6. 4SS, G/30 5 sec delay. USCF memb. req’d Entry Fee $20, Awards to top 3 players.
K thru 1st grade State Championship – One section, K-6. 4SS, G/30 5 sec delay. USCF memb. req’d Entry Fee $20, Awards to top 3 players.

NOVICE SECTIONS: These unrated sections are for new players with little to no tournament experience.

NOVICE Grades K thru 3rd grade Championship – 4 SS, G/30 5 sec delay. USCF membership not required. Entry Fee $15, Awards to top 3 players.
NOVICE Grades K thru 8th grade Championship – 4 SS, G/30 5 sec delay. USCF membership not required. Entry Fee $15, Awards to top 3 players.
* If you are unsure of which section to enter, please consult your chess coach or contact us with questions.

ROUND TIMES: K thru 8, K thru 6, and Girls K-12 State Championship: Sat. 8:30am, 10:45am, 2:00pm.
K thru 1 and K thru 3 State Championship along with Novice Sections: 8:30am, 9:45am, 11:00am, and 1:00PM.

BUGHOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP – Two Sections (Open & U1200) Entry fee: $15 per team or $8 for single entries which will be paired with a partner. You may register for Bughouse at the site. Prizes for Top 3 teams and the best team name. The first round is scheduled to start at 4:15PM. Moms, Dads and coaches can play and team up with their children to play in appropriate sections. USCF membership not required.

Teams are composed of two players, no substitutions are allowed. Each team match consists of two games, one for each player, against the other team. Each team decides which player is to play white and which player is to play black in each game of the two-game match. The time control is Game in five minutes, with no delay (G/5; d/0) for 5 Rounds. Each player is responsible for providing a clock. If players in an individual game do not have a clock, both players receive a forfeit loss for that game.

State Team Championship – The top 3 Chess clubs or school with the highest number of Points from the top 6 players excluding the Bughouse Championship. Awards to top 3 teams.

National Master and Former State Champion Andrew Flores will be available for free game analysis from 2:00PM to 3:30PM!

Tie Breaks
In case of a tie for the Championship sections they will be classified as Co-Champions. The tiebreak for the New Mexico Barber Representative and Girls State Championship will follow the format below.

It would be heartbreaking for a player to not qualify because of a random tie-break rule! We think that the best way to settle matters is over the board! Players competing will not be able to play in the Bughouse Championship due to time conflicts.

Format
2 players – 2-Blitz G/5 games, then Armageddon game if necessary.

3 players – 2-Blitz G/5 games, High score wins; if 3-way tie occurs, repeat the 2-Blitz G/5 games until either High Score wins, or two Players tied with the highest score; if two Players tie then Armageddon game is necessary.

4 players – 3-Blitz G/5 games, High score wins; if-3 way tie occurs follow 3-player format; if 4-way tie occurs, repeat the 3-Blitz G/5 games until either High Score wins, or two Players tied with the highest score; if two Players tie then Armageddon game is necessary.

5 players – 4-Blitz G/5 games, High score wins; if 3-way tie occurs follow 3 player format; if 4-way tie follow 4 player format; if 5-way tie occurs, repeat the 4-Blitz G/5 games until either High Score wins, or two Players tied with the highest score; if two Players tie then Armageddon game is necessary.

Armageddon game – White 5 min, Black 4:00 with draw odds. No delay.

Note: A coin flip will decide what color he/she gets in the Armageddon game, if necessary.

Electronic Device Policy
We strongly encourage players not to bring their EDs into the Playing Area, which includes the playing room, seating area, spectator area, and bathrooms. US Chess recommends players leave their EDs with their parents or coaches. Players who bring their EDs into the playing room must turn-off their EDs. Exceptions to the restrictions on EDs include chess clocks or approved electronic notation devices.

The New Mexico Denker, Barber, and Girls Championship representative Scholarship
Partial net proceeds from the revenue generated from the tournaments will help send our representatives to compete at their qualified respective tournament. In order to receive the Scholarship you will need to have competed in two NMCO tournaments at least 365 days prior to becoming a New Mexico Representative of the Denker, Barber, or Girls Championship. The New Mexico Girls Championship representative may choose to use the scholarship to compete in either the16th Annual SPF Girls Invitational or National Girls Tournament of Champions. Dependent on the revenue generated, each Scholarship may not exceed 450.00 dollars per representative.

NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION EXCEPT FOR BUGHOUSE. Entries AND PAYMENT must be received by Friday, March 29th, via online registration at via Paypal. USCF memberships may be purchased online at www.uschess.org
Still have questions? Call Tony Romero at 505-228-4192 or email me at scholasticdirector@nmchess.org
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April 6th - The Scholarship Open Chess Tournament

The Scholarship Open Chess Tournament!

Currently over $104,000 in scholarships to give away!
April 6th

Presented by Empire Chess

Empire Chess will be hosting a chess tournament where the scholarships will be given away as prizes. Prizes will be given as follows: Winner gets first choice of scholarship, 2nd gets second choice and so forth until all are gone.

Event is open to any Senior with a 2.0 GPA (some require higher, ask for details)
Must be a NM resident
Must be full time enrolled

It will be on April 6th at AIMS@UNM 933 Bradbury

There is no cost to play in the event

You must register by April 5th with NMAA Chess Director Steve Perea chess.coach.steve@gmail.com

Game in 90/d5, Rounds start at April 6th at 9am, 1pm and 4pm

Current scholarships:
Western New Mexico University (2) – 4 year scholarships Each scholarship will cover tuition, student fees and housing costs. Books and meal plan are not covered. The value of each scholarship is approximately $13,000.00. Scholarships can be renewed for 8 semesters ($104, 000 value). All the details will be included in the award letter and scholarship acceptance letter.

I am looking for more scholarships to give away, check with your Alma Maters to see if they could offer scholarships or financial aids for the students.

April 13th - 14th - The Utopian Open

The Utopian Open

When: April 13th – 14th
Where: La Tienda Mall in Eldorado
Format: 2 sections Open and U1600 5 rounds G/90;d5
Rounds: Sat 10, 1:30, 5 Sun 10 and 1:30
Entry Fee: $30
Prizes : Both sections have cash prizes for 1st, rating prizes AND a prize for the best scholastic player.
Info: See santaferooks.blogspot.com for more info

April 20th - 21st - 2019 K-12 State Championship

2019 K-12 State Championship

April 20th – 21st, 2019

Albuquerque Academy Campus Multipurpose, 6400 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

USCF Rated Sections: This USCF-rated section is for USCF members with some tournament experience.
K – 12th Grade State Championship – One section, K-12. 4SS, G/90 10 sec delay. USCF memb. req’d, Entry Fee $20, Awards to top 3 players. Top New Mexico Player grade 9 th thru 12 th will be New Mexico’s Denker representative. (See below for tie breaks)
Round times: Saturday & Sunday. 8:30am, 1:00pm.

Tie Breaks
In case of a tie for the Championship sections they will be determined they are Co-Champions. The tiebreak for the New Mexico Denker Representative will follow the format below.

It would be heartbreaking for a player to not qualify because of a random tie-break rule! We think that the best way to settle matters is over the board! Players competing will not be able to play in the Bughouse Championship due to time conflicts.

Format
2 players – 2-Blitz G/5 games, then Armageddon game if necessary.

3 players – 2-Blitz G/5 games, High score wins; if 3-way tie occurs, repeat the 2-Blitz G/5 games until either High Score wins, or two Players tied with the highest score; if two Players tie then Armageddon game is necessary.

4 players – 3-Blitz G/5 games, High score wins; if-3 way tie occurs follow 3-player format; if 4-way tie occurs, repeat the 3-Blitz G/5 games until either High Score wins, or two Players tied with the highest score; if two Players tie then Armageddon game is necessary.

5 players – 4-Blitz G/5 games, High score wins; if 3-way tie occurs follow 3 player format; if 4-way tie follow 4 player format; if 5-way tie occurs, repeat the 4-Blitz G/5 games until either High Score wins, or two Players tied with the highest score; if two Players tie then Armageddon game is necessary.

Armageddon game – White 5 min, Black 4:00 with draw odds. No delay.

Note: A coin flip will decide what color he/she gets in the Armageddon game, if necessary.

Electronic Device Policy
We strongly encourage players not to bring their EDs into the Playing Area, which includes the playing room, seating area, spectator area, and bathrooms. US Chess recommends players leave their EDs with their parents or coaches. Players who bring their EDs into the playing room must turn-off their EDs. Exceptions to the restrictions on EDs include chess clocks or approved electronic notation devices.

The New Mexico Denker, Barber, and Girls Championship representative Scholarship
Partial net proceeds from the revenue generated from the tournaments will help send our representatives to compete at their qualified respective tournament. In order to receive the Scholarship you will need to have competed in two NMCO tournaments at least 365 days prior to becoming a New Mexico Representative of the Denker, Barber, or Girls Championship. The New Mexico Girls Championship representative may choose to use the scholarship to compete in either the16th Annual SPF Girls Invitational or National Girls Tournament of Champions. Dependent on the revenue generated, each Scholarship may not exceed 450.00 dollars per representative.

NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION EXCEPT FOR BUGHOUSE. Entries AND PAYMENT must be received by Friday, April 19th, via online registration at via Paypal. USCF memberships may be purchased online at www.uschess.org
Still have questions? Call Tony Romero at 505-228-4192 or email me at scholasticdirector@nmchess.org
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June 29th - 30th - 2019 Albuquerque/Rio Rancho Open

2019 Albuquerque/Rio Rancho Open

June 29th – 30th

At the Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Ln SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Sections: Open, Reserve (U1800), Novice (U1400), Scholastic (K-12). 5/SS, Scholastic  4/SS 6/29/19 only.

Prizes:
Open (B/30) 1st $375, 2nd $200, and 1st U1900 $100
Reserve (B/30) 1st $300, 2nd $150, and 1st U1500 $100
Novice (B/30) 1st $225, 2nd $125, and 1st U1000 $100
Scholastic 1-3rd medals for: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th grades, and unrated
* Unrated players are eligible for half of the sections prizes, except in the Open, where unrated players are eligible for the entire prize fund.

Entry Fees: Open, Reserve, Novice $50, Scholastic $15
Discount: $10 off entry for Open, Reserve, and Novice sections if sign up by 6/23/19.
Refunds: Refunds will be charged a $15 processing fee, or a credit can be applied to tournaments in the 6 months following the event. Unclaimed credits will be forfeited after 6 months.
Registration: USCF Membership required for all sections. Online registration coming soon.
On-site Registration: 8:00-8:30am on 6/29/19.

Schedule:
Open, Reserve, and Novice Sat. 9:00am, 1:15pm, 5:00pm Sun. 9:00am, 1:15pm
Scholastic Sat. 9am, 10:10am, 1pm, 2:10pm
*Up to 1-half point byes available if requested prior to the start of the first round.
Time Control:
Open, Reserve, and Novice G/90 d5
Scholastic G/30 d5

Bring your own sets and clocks. None will be provided.