Texas Armed Forces Chess

Proud Host of the 62nd Annual US Armed Forces Open Chess Championship

8-11 October 2021

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Please Register Early — It helps our Fundraising
Advance Entries are shown on our "Dropdown" Menu

Be sure to see our FAQ page

Veterans Banquet Announcement
Because of costs and a hard deadline for notifying the Great Wolf Lodge Chef of a guaranteed headcount, we are no longer scheduling reservations for the Veterans Banquet. We also regret to announce we are reducing the number of planned meals. Anyone affected will receive an emailed explaination within a few days.

We originally anticipated 40 to 50 players. As this is written we are at 89 advance registrations. We welcome walk-in players, which is a USAFOCC tradition. There is no entrance fee, another USAFOCC tradition. We anticipate even more will register ("Hey, Jim. I've got five buddies I'm going to recruit for you!"). We rented another room, in case we needed more space, and to provide a skittles area. That costs money.

Fundraising has also been phenominal. We will schedule as many diners as funds allow. But we are up against a hard deadline to notify the Chef. Again, we'll notify anyone affected and place them on a stand-by list. The skittles room will be manned by one volunteer from our staff, so non banquet players can enjoy themselves. Great Wolf Lodge has many entertainment and dining centers. Plus Grapevine Mall, theaters, Bass Pro Shop, and restaurants are nearby.

Jim Hollingsworth does not like to over promise and under deliver. He will continue working to ensure as many players as possible enjoy the Veterans Banquet. Some USAFOCC staff refuse to accept a salary. All are dedicated to making this an epic championship adventure few will experience. On Friday, September 17th, Jim will meet with Great Wolf Lodge officials and make another personal donation to help with headcount issues.

We appreciate everyone for their patience and understanding.

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Section One


5 Rounds
Swiss System

US Chess rated
FIDE rated for ALL
US Chess ratings and rules will be used for pairings

  • Active Duty
  • Military Retirees
  • Cadets
  • Midshipmen
  • College ROTC
  • Mobilized
  • Show ID card

Annual Cadet — Midshipmen Championship

In conjunction with AFO

62nd Annual US Armed Forces Open Chess Championship

Great Wolf Lodge
100 Great Wolf Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051
+1 (844) 554-9653

BYES: A single half-point bye is available. Byes must be requested 30 minutes prior to the start of round 2. Byes for rounds 4 & 5 may not be cancelled after the start of round 2. Players entering after the start of round 1 will receive a round 1 half-point bye.

FREE ENTRANCE FEE with Proof of Eligibility. US Chess membership required for ALL.

Please be prepared to bring sets, boards and clocks that can accommodate the time controls. This situation may change depending upon fundraising. Updates will be provided on our website and via emails from the Organizer.

EARLY CHECK IN is encouraged and can be accomplished on FRIDAY EVENING starting at 5:00 PM in the the FALLEN TIMBERS ROOM on the fifth floor.

DRESS CODE.   Varies.   Please see FAQ tab.

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Section Two


5 Rounds
Swiss System

US Chess rated
FIDE rated for ALL
US Chess ratings and rules will be used for pairings

  • All other Honorably Discharged Veterans
  • Show DD 214 or
  • Show VA Card

Early Check In

     Friday at 1700
     Fallen Timbers Room

FIDE Rapid Tournament

     Friday at 1800
     G/15; +10 Inc
     Fallen Timbers Room
     See FAQ tab for details

Armed Forces Chess
Committee Meeting

     Friday after FIDE Rapid
     Fallen Timbers Room
     See FAQ tab for details

On Site Registration

     Saturday 0800 to 0845
     Fallen Timbers Room

Opening Ceremony

     Saturday 0900 to 0920
     Fallen Timbers Room

Group Photos

     Right right after the Opening Ceremony and before Round 1
     Fallen Timbers Room
     Moved here because one player
     is leaving early for NATO

Round 1

     Saturday 0930
     TL: G/90; +30 Inc
     Fallen Timbers Room

Round 2

     Saturday 1515
     TL: G/90; +30 Inc
     Fallen Timbers Room

FIDE Blitz Tournament

     Saturday after Dinner Break & Round 2
     G/3; +2 Inc
     Fallen Timbers Room

Texas Hold'em

     Last Agenda Item for Saturday
     Fallen Timbers Room

Round 3

     Sunday 0800
     TL: G/90; +30 Inc
     Fallen Timbers Room

Round 4

     Sunday 1400
     TL: G/90; +30 Inc
     Fallen Timbers Room

Veterans Banquet

     Sunday Evening at 1900 Hrs
     Red Oak Room
     Guest Speaker

Round 5

     Monday 0800
     Fallen Timbers Room
     TL: G/90; +30 Inc

Awards Ceremony

     After Round 5
     Fallen Timbers Room


  • US Armed Forces Chess Champion
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place
  • Commander's Cup
  • Top Cadet/Midshipmen
  • 2nd Place Cadet/Midshipmen
  • 3rd Place Cadet/Midshipmen
  • Top Class A
  • Top Class B
  • Top Class C
  • Top Class D
  • Top Class E
  • Top Class F
  • Top Class G
  • Top Unrated
  • Top Retiree
  • Top Active Service
  • Top Active Reserves/National Guard
  • Top Service Team
  • Top Military Academy Team
  • Top Air Force
  • Top Army
  • Top Coast Guard
  • Top Marine
  • Top Navy
  • Top Space Force
  • Top Woman
  • US Veterans Chess Champion
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place
  • Top Expert through Class A
  • Top Class B
  • Top Class C through D
  • Top Class E through F
  • Top Class G through J
  • Top Unrated
  • Top Service Team
  • Top Air Force Veteran
  • Top Army Veteran
  • Top Marine Veteran
  • Top Navy Veteran
  • Top Student
  • Top Women
Other Awards TBA
The above will be increased or decreased depending on fundraising and advance registrations.

Lodging Information

Great Wolf Lodge
100 Great Wolf Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051
+1 (844) 554-9653

IMPORTANT: Identify yourself as a chess player. Reservation ID CHESSCHAMP

All rooms are suites.   Each has 2 queen-size beds and one pull-out cot that sleeps two.   Maximum occupancy is six (6) guests.

CUT OFF date for special Chess Rate WAS 7 September 2021. A few players may be eligible for waiver of the Hotel Occupancy Tax if certain criteria is met. Contact the organizer or your Unit Travel Coordinator for details.

Special Chess Rate is NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Sorry!

Check In NET 1600.
Check Out NLT 1100.

ORGANIZER COMMENTS:       "All guests enjoy unlimited high speed wireless Internet; local and outgoing 800 telephone calls; in-room coffee; unlimited access to Iron Horse Fitness Center; both incoming facsimile message service; plenty of free parking; life jackets and towels in the water park."

American Legion Post 379 is a proud co-host of the 61st Annual US Armed Forces Open Chess Championship

American Legion Post 379 in Bedford, Texas is a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness and committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

Texas Armed Forces Chess (TXAFC) (US Chess Affiliate A6035657) is a Subordinate Element of American Legion Post 379. TXAFC is authorized to conduct nationally rated events. TXAFC is dedicated to organizing and sponsoring chess tournaments for chess playing veterans, and dedicated to assisting veterans playing in chess tournaments.

The success of this nonprofit event depends on donations, large and small, from generous individuals and gifts from sponsors. There definitely is a need. Some of our players may be experiencing hardship and we try our best to reduce their burden so they can focus on enjoying chess. Please help us help our Veterans.

Tax exempt donations can be made to US Chess, a 501(C)(3) organization. On the US Chess Donations Page, type "MILITARY CHESS" in the "OTHER" block. Your donation will be used to support this USAFOCCs and future USAFOCCs.

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