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


Serious Chess Players
♙ ♖ ♕ ♔ ♗ ♘

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

Armed Forces Chess

In Texas


Two Chess Championships combined into One Great Event!

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Hill College
112 Lamar Drive
Hillsboro, TX  76645

Free Entry!     Free Entry!     Free Entry!

  • US Chess membership required:
  • Texas Chess Association membership required:

  • Texas Armed Forces Chess Championship (TXAFCC) is open to Texans only:
    • Must show a Government issued military ID
      • Active Duty stationed in Texas (Yes, we consider you a Texan!)
      • Active Duty stationed outside Texas with Home of Record (HOR) in Texas
        • Show copy of latest LES or other HOR proof to TD.
      • Reservists
      • Texas Guard
      • Military Academy Cadets
      • College ROTC Cadets
      • Military Retirees
  • Texas Military Veterans Open Chess Championship (TXMVOCC) is open to both Texans and Non-Texans:
    • Must show a Government issued military ID
      • Active Duty (non Texans)
      • Reservists (non Texans)
      • Texas Guard (non Texans)
      • Military Academy Cadets (non Texans)
      • College ROTC Cadets (non Texans)
      • Military Retirees (non Texans)
      • Honorably Discharged Veterans (Texans and non Texans)
        • Show Veterans Administration ID card to TD or
        • Show copy of DD 214 or
        • Show Drivers License with the word "VETERAN"

  • Other Details:  4-SS, TL: G/60;d5, US Chess Rated, Recording of moves required.

The TXAFCC and TXMVOCC will be Combined into One Section

Chief TD:  Chris Wood, Senior Tournament Director

Adjutant:  Dale Chaney


  • Advance Registration:  Send email to Jim Hollingsworth, Major, U.S. Army (ret):  Be sure to include your US Chess ID number.

  • Meet & Greet and Early Registration (check-in):  Friday, 28 SEP 2018, 6 PM to 9 PM

    Quality Inn
    1505 Hillview Drive
    Hillsboro, TX  76645
    (254) 582-1003

    Tel:  (254) 582-0220

  • RECON SITREP for all out-of-town Players

         The organizers highly recommend you stay in the Hillsboro Quality Inn.  It is an ideal Tactical Operations Center (TOC) for all planned tournament activities and a short walking distance from the tournament site.  We negotiated the best possible deal with this hotel and are confident you will be greatly pleased with your lodging experience.

         Do not reserve your room online!  Call the hotel directly to receive the discounted rate.  Please send a courtesy email or text to Jim Hollingsworth when your reservation is confirmed.

    • Special Chess Rate:  One room:  $99.00
    • Ten rooms are blocked off and the above is valid if reserved no later than Friday, August 31, 2018.
    • Full hot breakfast buffet every morning from 6 AM to 10 AM
    • All rooms have:
      • Hair Dryer
      • Ironing board
      • Microwave
      • Fridges
      • HBO and Cinemax
  • On Site Registration:  Saturday, 29 September 2018, 9 AM to 10 AM

  • Opening Ceremonies and VIP Remarks:  Saturday, 29 September 2018, 10:00 AM to 10:25 AM (Please be prepared for Photo Opportunities)

  • Round One:  Saturday, 29 September 2018, 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

  • Round Two:  Saturday, 29 September 2018, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

  • Veterans Dinner:  Saturday, 29 September 2018, 5:10 PM to 7:00 PM, Quality Inn Meeting Room (same Location as the Meet and Greet)
  • Free Time:  Saturday, 29 September 2018, 7:00 PM to whenever
    Texas Hold Em Tournament in the Hotel Lobby
    Chips Only
    Fair Warning:  The Chief Organizer is a LOUSY poker Player!

  • Round Three:  Sunday, 30 September 2018, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

  • Group Photo:  Sunday, 30 September 2018, 1:20 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Round Four:  Sunday, 30 September 2018, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

  • Awards Ceremony:  Sunday, 30 September 2018, 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM

  • Operation Exodus:  Sunday, 30 September 2018, 5:00 PM to whenever

Photo of Award Plaques for 2017 Texas Armed Forces Chess Championship


    Engraved Wall Plaques will be Awarded:

    • Champion (10x13)
    • Best Retiree (9x12) - Note:  Legacy players are eligible for this prize
    • Best Unrated (9x12) - Note:  Players with no rating, or pre-event ratings based on less than 26 career games, are eligible for this prize
    • Champion (10x13)
    • Best Unrated (9x12) - Note:  Players with no rating, or pre-event ratings based on less than 26 career games, are eligible for this prize
  • TXAFCC and TXMVOCC (combined) (Legacy players are also eligible for these prizes).
    • Best Army (9x12)
    • Best Marine (9x12)
    • Best Best Navy (9x12)
    • Best Air Force (9x12)
    • Best Student (9x12) (Academy or college)
  • Legacy Champion (On a case by case basis, Chess playing Veterans who are currently NOT Texans, but have made significant contributions to Texas Military Chess as a player, director, organizer, and / or other criteria as decided by the Chief Organizer, are eligible for this Prize.  Any questions:  Please contact Jim Hollingsworth)

     Note:  If Advance Registrations indicate a need (such as ten Active Duty or Reservists register early) and fundraising allows, more plaques will be added.  So, please register early!

     Note:  Special certificates will also be awarded (TBD).

Advance Entries (8)
As of 18 March 2018
Record is 20 Players (1994)

    • Carmen Chairez - Army Veteran - US Chess Life Member - TCA Lifetime Patron Member
    • Chess Expert John Farrell - Retired Marine - US Chess Life Member - 2017 Texas Legacy Chess Champion
    • Troy Gillespie - Army Veteran - Scholastic Chess Coach
    • Chess Expert David Hater - Retired Army - US Chess Life Member - FIDE Int'l Arbiter - National Tournament Director - Army Chess Team member (1992, 1993, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007)
    • Chess Expert Neil Naputo - Army Chess Team Member (2005) - 8th Army Chess Champion (2005) - 2d Infantry Division Chess Champion (2005)
    • Jack Pena - Navy Veteran, Fort Worth Veterans Chess Champion (2017)

Fund Raising
$778.00 as of 18 March 2018
Thank you!

Tax Deductible Donations for the 2018 TXAFCC and TXMVOCC are now being accepted!

     This combined (TXAFCC and TXMVOCC) tournament is free to Texas Veterans and Service Members.  It is funded solely through generous donations to the Texas Chess Association (TCA), a 501(c)(3) organization.  All donations to TCA are fully tax deductible for the individual donors.

     Please make out all checks to TCA Treasurer and put 2018 Texas Armed Forces Chess in the memo line.  Mail to:

TCA Treasurer
2709 Longhorn Trail
Crowley, TX 76036-4719

Tax Deductible Donations can also be made online:

     “..., it was the Army's first Inspector General in 1778 during the cold days of Valley Forge who called NCOs the backbone of the Army.”
          Command Sgt. Maj. Archie L. Davis Jr. (Nov 24, 2010)

  • Command Sergeant Major (E9) ($500 or more)
    • Donna and Tim Welch

  • First Sergeant (E8) ($300 or more)

  • Platoon Sergeant (E7) ($100 or more)
    • Jim Stallings
    • Lois Wall

  • Squad Leader (E6) ($50 or more)
    • John Farrell

  • Team Leader (E5) ($20 or more)

  • Corporal (E4) ($10 or more)

     Sponsoring Affiliate:  SERIOUS CHESS PLAYERS (US Chess ID #A6035657)

     This event is not sponsored or endorsed by Hill College or the City of North Richland Hills.  All participants agree the Texas Chess Association is released from any liability associated with the combined TXAFCC and TXMVOCC.

Please check this website often for
Fund Raising Progress and
Advance Registrations



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