Serious Chess Players
( Texas Armed Forces Chess )
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Plays at
American Legion Post 379
1245 N. Industrial Blvd
Bedford, TX  76021


Serious Chess Players
( Texas Armed Forces Chess )
♙ ♖ ♕ ♔ ♗ ♘

Plays at
American Legion Post 379
1245 N. Industrial Blvd
Bedford, TX  76021

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Annual invitational team match between
the most Serious Chess Players
in North Central Texas

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Hill College
Student Services Center Bullock Room (Cafeteria)
112 Lamar Drive
Hillsboro, Texas  76645

BRAZOS IV Agreement and Rules

  • Brazos is an invitation-only chess tournament (team match)
  • All match players will know their pairings and have about three weeks to study and prepare
  • Two Teams on 10 or more boards (16 max including Reserves):
    • Tarrant Chess Team - Consisting of qualified chess players living in
      • Tarrant County
    • Waco Chess Team - Consisting of qualified chess players living in
      • Bell County
      • McLennan County
  • Match Date and Time
    • Saturday, 26 October 2019
    • 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Location is the Bullock Room, Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas 76645.

  • Entrance Fee:  $10 cash from each player (including masters)
  • Registration:  8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Team Photos:  9:30 AM to 9:45 AM
  • Verify Pairings:  9:45 AM to 10:00 AM

  • Format:  Two game match with same opponent (like RRSO)
    • Round One:  10:00 AM
    • Round Two:  2:00 PM
    • Time Control:  Game/60 with 30 second increment (no delay).
  • Colors:
    • Tarrant Chess Team (Visitors) has White in Round One
    • Waco Chess Team (Home) has Black in Round One
    • Colors reverse for Round Two
    • For all future BRAZOS matches the Home and Visiting Teams designation will alternate
  • Tiebreaker:  Defending Champion retains the title unless defeated.

  • Bring boards, sets and clocks.  None provided

  • Qualified Chess Player - Defined
    • You have provided your Team Captain the following information:
      • Name *
      • US Chess ID *
      • Email Address *
      • Phone Number *
      • Birth Year *
      • City *
      • Your US Chess Membership must be current up through 31 October 2019 (no USCF memberships will be sold on site) *
        • NOTE:  If you want to play in the BRAZOS IV match section and your USCF membership expires before 31 October 2019, please DO NOT WAIT to extend your membership.  Match pairings are announced on 11 October 2019.  If you wait until the last possible moment to become 100 percent "GREEN" you probably won't play in the match section because we can't find you a suitable opponent in time.  Also spaces are limited.
      • Must have a minimum US Chess regular rating of 900 *
      • If Provisionally Rated, must have played at least 12 regular rated games *
      • Birth year is 2005 or earlier *
      • Lives in Bell, MeClennan or Tarrant Counties (according to where USCF has player's address) *
        • On a case-by-case basis, the two team captains can agree to add qualified players who live outside Bell, McLennan and Tarrant Counties *
      • Pays $10 entrance fee (cash).

      * The above will be verified before the player is paired.

    • Sponsoring Affiliate is TEXAS ARMED FORCES CHESS (A6035657).
    • Chief TD:  Jim Hollingsworth, Local Director (10798922)
    • Tarrant Chess Team Captain is Jeff French.
    • Waco Chess Team Captain is John De Vries.
    • This is a US Chess rated event.  US Chess Rule Book, 6th Edition, is in effect.
    • A copy of all scoresheets must be turned into the Chief TD.  Any player refusing to do this may not be invited to BRAZOS V.
    • US Chess approved move recording devices, such as Monroi or Plycount, are welcomed and highly encouraged.  The player must email the moves to the Chief TD within 24 hours.
    • All Brazos games will be displayed on this website for the enjoyment, education and improvement of all.  Also, an article with games will be presented to Texas Knights for publication.
    • Anyone not eligible or scheduled to play in the match section, with a valid US Chess membership, may play in a separate section that does not affect the outcome of the primary team match.  Entrance fee will be the same as for everyone else ($10).
    • We have no budget for a janitor.  We request all participants pitch in during set up and clean up.
    • Lunch is available in the Student Cafeteria (Chef Annette, Manager) or at several nearby fast-food restaurants.
    • All participants are invited to the annual Victory Dinner after the match.  Location:  Lone Star Cafe, 100 Dynasty Dr. Hillsboro, TX 76645.  Note:  If "Homecoming Weekend" conflicts with BRAZOS IV "Plan B (another location)" will be implimented.
  • Recruiting is a joint effort by the Team Captains and the Chief TD.  Players are invited one-by-one based on established ratings, age and current USCF membership.  Both team captains must agree on each pairing.  The intent is to create a fun evenly-paired match all will enjoy.

  • If you have been contacted and invited, please know the Organizers sincerely believe you have a lot of positives valued in any chess player.  Please confirm quickly so we can shorten our search.

  • If you are interested in playing in Brazos and haven't been contacted, please tell us without delay.
    • By email:
      • Tarrant Chess Team: (Jeff French).

      • Waco Chess Team: (John De Vries).

      • Chief TD: (Jim Hollingsworth).

  • Note:
    To show our support for local Hillsboro citizens and their customs we will conduct our increasingly popular Halloween Costume Contest.

BRAZOS I Halloween Costume Contest

Please check this website often for BRAZOS IV updates.



"Sometimes you just have to take the bull by the tail and face the situation."
Frank Kim Berry (1945-2016)