The Tulsa Midtown Chess Club presents the

National Chess Day Bughouse & Blitz

Saturday, October 15 at the Harvard Avenue Baptist Church

3235 E 17th St, Tulsa, OK  74104 map

The Oklahoma Bughouse Championships

Round One at 10:30 a.m. EF: $12.50/player ($25/team)

Five-round double Swiss. G/5; +0 (no bonus, no delay).

Prizes: 1st place team-$250 (guaranteed) and a championship plaque. Other prizes based on 25 teams entered. 2nd place team $100, top scholastic team $100. A scholastic team is one in which both players are presently enrolled or homeschooled in grades K-12. 

Unrated. No membership required. Sets provided. BRING YOUR OWN CLOCK.

Register: Online (below) or onsite from 9 to 10:15.

New to bughouse?  Bughouse is a variant of chess played by four players (two teams) on two separate boards. Each partner plays an opposing team member with the goal being to win the game by normal means (checkmate or timeout). One partner plays Black, the other White. Partners help each other by capturing enemy pieces — which their partner may, in place of a regular move, place  on an empty square on own board.


The basic rules: When you capture one of your opponent's pieces, it is immediately passed to your teammate for them to use. On any turn, instead of making a move, a player can "drop" any piece received from their partner to any open square . Exception: pawns may not be dropped on the 1st or 8th ranks. A pawn that is placed on the 2nd rank may move two squares on its first move. Pawns that have promoted and are then captured go back to being pawns, not as the piece to which they promoted. A bughouse game is over when a game on either board ends in checkmate, resignation, or timeout.  


Click here to read the US Chess Bughouse rules (Updated 2021. Opens in a new window).

Tulsa Blitz Championship

Starts at 2 p.m.*  EF: $15

*or ASAP following the bughouse.

Five-round double Swiss. G/3; +2 


Prizes:  Based on 25 Entries. 1st $125, 2nd $75, top scholastic player $50. A scholastic player is a student presently enrolled or homeschooled in grades K–12.

Affects blitz rating. Current US Chess membership required. Sets provided. BRING YOUR OWN CLOCK.

Registration: Online (below) or onsite 9:00-10:15 (for both events. Onsite registration for the blitz only will close at 1:45 p.m.). 

Inquiries to TD Harold Brown at

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Want to play in the bughouse but don't have a partner? If you find one before the tournament, please email us and tell us who you're playing with. If  you do not find a partner, come early and check in with the TD. We will try to help you find one, but we cannot guarantee this.

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