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May the 4th Be With You Chess Championship

May 4, 2024

A K-12 Chess Tournament open to all private, parochial, and homeschool students.

Location: St. Thomas More Parish School

5927 Wigton Dr, Houston, TX 77096

CLICK HERE for Up-To-Date Player Roster

Capacity is limited to the first 100 registrants.

The tournament is now full. Please contact us if you would like to join the waiting list.

Tournament Information:

♟ Eligibility: Open to all K-12 parochial, private schools, and homeschool students.
Entry Fee: $30 through April 28; $40 thereafter. Registration closes on May 2 at midnight.
USCF Membership Required: A USCF membership is necessary to participate. A discounted membership can be purchased through the provided link.
Format: 5-round Swiss System, Game/25 with a 5-second delay, and USCF rated.
Sections: The tournament will be limited to 30 players per section, with sections divided by grade and USCF rating.
Team Awards: School awards will be based on the combined scores of the top 4 players from each team.
Costume Contest: Star Wars-themed attire is encouraged, with individual and team prizes awarded for the best costumes.


♟ First round begins as close to 9:00 AM as possible. Participants are advised to arrive early.
♟ Lunch will be provided around 11:30 AM, following the completion of round 2.
♟ The final round starts around 3:00 PM, with the award ceremony concluding by approximately 5:00 PM.

Registration and Membership:

Online Registration: For expedited processing and magazine options use this link.
Discounted USCF Membership: Purchase for $10 at this link. Please join ASAP as processing takes a few days.
♟ After receiving your USCF membership number via email, forward it to John Hendrick at

Additional Information:

♟ Participants can play up to 5 rounds (non-elimination format). Competitors are expected to be familiar with the rules.
♟ Chess boards and pieces are provided by the event organizers. Players should bring their own chess clocks and notation sheets, if available.
♟ Parental Access: Parents or guardians are not permitted in the playing area once rounds have started but may escort their children to the playing area and take photos before rounds begin.

Helpful Links:

Tournament Rules and Expectations
USCF New Member Registration
Contact: John Hendrick at or 832-893-0138
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Prepare for a day of strategic gameplay and Star Wars-themed fun. We look forward to seeing you there!

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