The tournament is open to kindergarten through 12th grade students and to adults.
In addition to putting on a first-class city-wide tournament close to home, for the benefit of the existing 11 Humble ISD chess clubs, the sponsors hope the tournament will generate interest in developing chess clubs at all other schools in the district. Chess players from all schools, including those that have no chess club, are encouraged to enter.
If five players from one school enter, they can compete for team prizes even if their school does not yet have a club. If this leads to interest in forming a club, they can encourage their principal and/or potential sponsor to attend a meeting (date pending) with the Humble ISD chess club sponsors to help schools establish new clubs. They will be given a blueprint for starting and maintaining a club and information on possible sources of grants to help with the minimal start-up costs.
To participate in an official chess tournament you must be a member of the United States Chess Federation. K-12 students can join USCF for half price by just adding $8 to the $15 pre-payment entry fee. To download an entry form to complete and mail, go to the Houston Scholastic Tournament Schedule website: http://chess.jliptrap.us/schedule.htm. Participants can also pre-register by telephone at 832-492-7154 or 281-251-2659 or email email@example.com and pay on-site for $20 or just register on-site with a $25 entry fee. See the downloaded form for details. Mr. Jim Liptrap, who runs HCA tournaments in the Houston area including the Riverwood Tournament, maintains the tournament website referenced above.
A city-wide tournament can draw as many as 250 players, so it will be an exciting and busy day at Riverwood, and a number of volunteers will be needed to make it go smoothly. For more information about the tournament, or to become a tournament volunteer, email Dan Pearce, the RMS Chess Club sponsor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So get your kids away from the Wii and the PlayStation for a day and sign them up for some fun intellectual stimulation. Bring a group of five or more from one school and win some team prizes. Chess players of Humble, Astacosita, and Kingwood, come out and test your skills against Houstonís best! Beginners are welcome!