On top of our weekly Monday Night tournaments, Diamondback chess has hosted several scholastic tournaments, and it branching into longer time control tournaments outside our normal Monday night! Check out upcoming tournaments below. We also strive to support other local chess clubs and events. You can learn more about those by following the link under our tournaments to the New Mexico Chess Organization's website.
Diamondback Chess strives to support all of the local chess clubs and events here in New Mexico. Click here to view the New Mexico Chess Organizations website to see a list of local clubs from all over New Mexico as well as locally held chess tournaments in New Mexico.
Almost all of our tournaments and the tournaments on the NMCO website are USCF rated tournaments. Your rating is a numerical approximation of your skill level compared to other players, where a brand new beginner would be 100 and the best chess player ever would be around 2900 or so. When playing in rated tournaments, winning a game makes your rating go up and losing makes it go down. How much it changes is based on your opponents rating, so beating someone 500 rating points above you will increase your rating a lot more than beating someone 10 points below you, and losing to someone 50 points lower than you will decrease your rating more than losing to someone 300 points above you.
To get this rating and play in rated tournaments, you must be a member of the US Chess Federation. Prices vary based on age and term of membership (1 year or 2 years). You can check out USCF and join here.