Tournament Events

January 26th - Memorial Warmup

Memorial Warmup

January 26th

Community Room (lower level) At Main Library, 501 Copper NW, Albuquerque NM 87102

Sections: Quads as per rating
Format: 3-RR G/60 d5
Rounds: 10:15, 1:15, 3:25
Prizes: 1st place in each quad receives free entry into 2019 Art Byers’ Memorial and Senior Championship
Entry Fee: $10
Registration: USCF Membership required. Online registration via Paypal until 10:00 pm on 1/25/19. Or mail to New Mexico Chess Organization, P.O. Box 4215, Albuquerque NM 87196-4215 postmarked by 1/22/19.
No Onsite Entry
Note: No food or beverages allowed on site.
For more info: Email tournamentorganizer@nmchess.org

Bring your own sets and clocks. None will be provided

January 26th - Older Than Chess

Older Than Chess Tournament

Battleship chess!

Email Steve for more details on how to play
January 26th
West Mesa Community Center 5500 Glenrio Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
Open to everyone , free entry Open to first 20 players
Non-rated, no membership required
5 rounds game in 15 no delay
Be on site by 8:45 first round starts at 9!
Rounds may start sooner if games end early

Register with Steve Perea chess.coach.steve@gmail.com

Bring your own sets and clocks. None will be provided

February 9th-10th - 2019 Art Byers' Memorial and Senior Championship

2019 Art Byers’ Memorial and Senior Championship

February 9th – 10th

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

Sections: Open, Reserve (U1700), Novice (U1200), Scholastic (K-12). 4/SS, Scholastic 2/9/19 only.

Prizes:
Open (B/30) 1st $300, 2nd $200, and 1st U1900 $100
Reserve (B/30) 1st $275, 2nd $175, and 1st U1400 $100
Novice (B/30) 1st $250, 2nd $150, and 1st U1000 $100
Scholastic 1-3rd medals for: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-12th grades
* Top finishing NM Resident (Over 50) in Open Section will be crowned 2019 Senior Champion, if there is a tie they will be named co-champions; Prize money will be awarded based on finishing placement regardless of residency!
* Plaques will be awarded to 1st place finishers in open section. One to the tournament winner, and one to the Senior Champion.
* 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 $40, Scholastic $15
Special Deal: Free entry if you have not played a USCF rated game in the last three years (entry deducted from any prizes won). To qualify email tournamentorganizer@nmchess.org with name and USCF ID.
Discount: $10 off entry for Open, Reserve, and Novice sections if sign up by 2/6/19.
Registration: USCF Membership required for all sections. Online registration via Paypal until 10:00 pm on 2/8/19.
On-site Registration: Open, Reserve, Novice 8:15-9:00am on 2/9/19. Scholastic 8-8:30am

Schedule:
Open, Reserve, and Novice Sat. 9:30am, 2:30pm, Sun. 9:30am, 2:30pm
Scholastic Sat. 9am, 10:10am, 1pm, 2:10pm
*Up to 2-half point byes available if requested prior to the start of the first round.
Time Control:
Open, Reserve, and Novice G/120 d10
Scholastic G/30 d5

Bring your own sets and clocks. None will be provided

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Music Building, Performance Hall, 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 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