*** And here is how I play this game (: 
I usually play well but often knock myself out when pressured by time.

Example #1 
Position after 36. -, Nxd4

United States Grand Prix Tournaments

Source: USCF
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March
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US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 3-5 OR 4-5   CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN
TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 100 (ENHANCED)
24th annual Western Class Championships

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406. Parking $8/day to midnight or $12/day including overnight. Flyaway bus from LAX to Van Nuys $9 each way; free shuttle to bus and train station. Free wireless, indoor pool, gym, hot tubs; restaurants within walking distance. $18,000 guaranteed prizes. 7 sections. Master (over 2199): $2000-1000-500-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100 bonus, top U2300 $600-300. Expert (2000-2199): $1200-600-400-200. Class A (1800-1999/Unr): $1200-600-400-200. Class B (1600-1799/Unr): $1200-600-400-200.Class C (1400-1599/Unr): $1100-600-300-200. Class D (1200-1399/Unr): $900-500-300-200. Class E (Under 1200/Unr): $500-250-150-100. Rated players may play up one section. Unofficial uschess.orgratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Prize limits: Unrated may not win over $100 in E, $200 D, $300 C, $500 B, or $700 A. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $600-300. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register at site (no extra fee) by 2 pm 3/4, prize limits do not apply to mixed doubles. Top 6 sections EF: $115 online at chessaction.com by 3/1, $120 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 2/27, 3-day $118, 2-day $117 mailed by 2/22, $130 online until 2 hours before game or at site. Class E EF: all $50 less than top 4 sections EF. GMs free; $100 deducted from prize. No checks at site; credit cards OK. SCCF memb. ($18, under 18 $13 with magazine, $3 without) required for rated Southern CA residents; join/renew atscchess.com. All: Special 1 yr USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry: Online at chessaction.com. Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry (except Master) $60. 3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 6 pm, rds. Fri 7, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg. Sat to 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. Byes: OK all rds, limit 2; Master must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $119-119, 818-997-7676, reserve by 2/17 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633. Questions:chesstour.com, 347-201-2269, DirectorAtChess.US. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, PO Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for withdrawals. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com(online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Saturday 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 3-5 OR 4-5   PENNSYLVANIA
TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50 (ENHANCED)
18th annual Pittsburgh Open

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Wyndham Garden Pittsburgh Airport Hotel, One Industry Ln., Pittsburgh 15275. Free parking, free airport shuttle, free internet in guest rooms and skittles room. Hotel restaurant is expected to be open most of the time this year; many other restaurants are 1 to 1.5 miles away (free shuttle). Prizes $10,000 based on 140 paid entries (U1200 & re-entries count half), $7000 (70% each prize) minimum guaranteed. In 5 sections. Open: Open to players who are/were 1800/up or pay $100 extra. $1400-700-350, top Under 2300/Unr $500. Under 2100: $1000-500-300, top Under 1900/Unr $400. Under 1800: $1000-500-300, top Under 1600 (no unr) $300. Under 1500: $800-400-200, top Under 1300 (no unr) $200. Under 1200: $400-200-100. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $300-150. Team average must be under 2200; may play in different sections; must register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 3/4. Unrated prize limits: $100 in U1200, $200 U1500, $400 U1800. Top 4 sections EF: $95 online at chessaction.com by 3/1, $100 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 2/27, 3-day $103, 2-day $102 mailed by 2/22, all $110 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before rd 1. GMs, IMs & WGMs free; $90 from prize. U1200 Section EF: all $50 less than top 4 sections EF. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated.Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry $60 (not Open to Open). 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. All: Half point byes OK all, limit 2, Open must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $102-102, 1-800-996-3426, 724-695-0002; reserve by 2/17 or rate may increase. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Saturday 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 3-5 OR 4-5   OHIO
TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30
2017 Arnold Schwarzenegger Open (Open Section FIDE Rated)

5SS, 40/100 SD 30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G60 d10 schedules merge starting round 3 for all sections). The Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High St., Columbus, OH 43215. Playing hall in rooms A102 – A104, Skittles area in room A101. For hotel information or parking go to: http://arnoldsportsfestival.com/visitor-info/find-a-hotel/ or http://arnoldsportsfestival.com/visitor-info/parking/. Over 185,000 spectators at this sports festival so make your accommodation’s early. Your entry fee gets you a wristband that gives you access to all the sporting events and EXPO and is required by all participants.Prizes $7000 based on 100 paid entries in 4 sections: Open $1200 - $900 - $600 - $400 Top U2300 - $450 U2000 $700 - $500 - $300 - $150 U1700 $500 - $350 - $200 - $100 U1300 $350 - $200 - $100 Unrated players and provisional rated players only qualify for 25% of any prize in all sections except Open, balance goes to next player in line. Entry Fee: Online - $100 ($90 plus $10 athlete wristband) by February 14, 2016 after that EF is $115 ($105 plus $10 athlete wristband), Mail - $105 by February 14, 2016 after that EF is $115, On-site EF $115. All: No checks at site credit cards are ok. Re-Entry all sections - $20. GM & IM free entry. 3-day Schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6pm, rds. Fri 6:30pm, Sat 10:30pm & 4pm, Sun 10am & 3:30pm. 2-day Schedule: Reg. ends Sat 9am, rds. Sat 9:30am, 12:15pm, & 4pm, Sun 10am & 3:30pm. Byes: all sections, limit 1 - 1/2 point bye, no last round bye, must commit before round 3. Side Event: Sat 9pm Blitz (G/5 d0) (USCF Rated) 9 rounds entry fee $20, 80% entries= prize fund. Location: Room A102 at the Columbus Convention Center. Entry or more information: http://buckeyechess.com/Arnold or mail to: Buckeye Chess Club, 6321 E. Livingston Ave. Suite E, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068. Questions: Chairman of Chess – Mr. Kelly M. Bloomfield – Bloomfield.40@gmail.com or 614-668-5588

This TLA has been accepted and processed by the USCF office but has not yet been verified as correct by the organizer.


MAR. 4   NEW HAMPSHIRE
TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
4th Queen City Tornado

4SS, G/60 d5. Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St. (Granite St. exit off I-293), Manchester, NH. $$G 1,230. Three sections. Open, EF: $37 if rec'd by 3/2, free to GM/IM. $$G: $200-130-100, U2050 $120. Under 1800,EF: $35 if rec'd by 3/2. $$G: $150-100-60, U1600 $95. No Unr. may win over $80. Under 1400, EF: $33 if rec'd by 3/2, except $27 for age U21 or rated U1000. $$G: $100-70-40, U1200 $65. No Unr. may win over $55. All, EF $5 more if paid at site. Online advance entry available at www.nhchess.org until 6 p.m. on 3/3. NHCA membership required of rated NH residents; dues $8 adult, $6 age U19. Reg.: 8:30-9:35 a.m. Sat. 3/4. Rds.: 10-1-3:30-6. Half-point bye OK for any one rd, must commit before rd 2; no half-point byes for players receiving full-point byes. Ent: NHCA, c/o Hal Terrie, 377 Huse Rd. Unit 23, Manchester, NH 03103. Info: halterrie@comcast.net or (603) 668-8368.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 4-5   MARYLAND
TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
UMBC Open - Alvin S. Mintzes Chess Tournament

5SS, G/90, +30incr. University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore (in Commons, 3rd floor). Held concurrently with Maryland “Sweet 16” (Invitational)—winner to receive in-state fixed-dollar tuition scholarship to UMBC. Open: (All) $$1260: $400-300-200 Gtd., Class prizes $120 ea. to top U2300, U2100, U1900. Free ent. to GMs, $50 deducted from any prizes. U1800: (U1800/Unr.) $$1080 b/40: $350-250-150, Class prizes $110 ea. to top U1600, U1400, U1200 (b/4). No Unr. player may win more than $250 in this section. All: EF: $50 if postmarked by 2/17, $60 later, $10 less if under age 20. Reg.: 8:30-9:30am Sat., Rds.: 10-3-7:30pm Sat, 10:30-3:30pm Sun. Byes: Up to three 1/2-pt. byes avail. in Rds. 1-5 if req’d at least 1 hr. before Rd. (before Rd. 2 for any Rd. 4-5 bye), but only at most one 1/2-point bye in Rds. 4-5. HR: La Quinta Inn and Suites, 1734 West Nursery Rd., Linthicum, MD 21090, 410-859-2333, http://www.lq.com (From I-95, take Exit 47A onto I-195 towards BWI Airport. Take Exit 2A onto 295 north towards Baltimore; take first exit, bearing right onto West Nursery Road.) Directions to UMBC: Take Exit 47B off I-95 & follow signs to UMBC. Park in Commons Drive garage. Ent:Register online at http://mdchess.com (email questions to dewyerj@umbc.edu), or mail to Joel DeWyer, UMBC, Attn: Open, 1000 Hilltop Circle, The Commons, Rm. 335, Baltimore, MD 21250. Make out check to Maryland Chess Association. For more information: www.umbc.edu/chess. W.

This TLA has been accepted and processed by the USCF office but has not yet been verified as correct by the organizer.


A State Championship Event!
MAR. 10   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
2017 PA Quick Chess Championship (QC)

6SS, G/8 d3. Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center, 2300 Lincoln Hwy East (Rt 30), Lancaster, PA 17602. 3 sections, EF rec'd by 2/25: Open: $12. U1500: $11. U1100: $10. $$ (750G): Open: 175-100-50, U1800 $45, U1600 $40. U1500: 125-75-50, U1300 $40, U1200 $30, Unr $20. U1100: Trophies: 1-12, U800, U600, U400, 1-2 Unr. All: EF: $20 after 2/25, PSCF $5 OSA. Reg.: 5:30-6:15pm. Rd 1: 7pm. Feb 2017 Reg rating used. Bye: limit 1, ask by rd. 2. HR: Mention "chess tourney": 800-233-0121 $82-$82-$87-$92. Ent: PSCF, c/o Tom Martinak, 25 Freeport St., Pittsburgh, PA 15223-2245. Info:martinak_tom_m@hotmail.com, 412-908-0286, pscfchess.org/pascholasticchamp/.


A State Championship Event!
MAR. 10   NORTH CAROLINA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
NCCA State Blitz Championship (BLZ)

5-DSS, G/5 +2/s. Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601. Reg.: 5PM-6:45PM, Rd. 1 7PM, all other rounds ASAP. Entry Fees, OPEN section: $30 by 3 Mar. / $40 on site. $200G-$100G, X,A,B,C, u1400 $80 ea. $700 b/30, More if more people enter. Top North Carolinian will be declared state Blitz Champion, co-champs if tied. U1400 section: $20 by 3 Mar / $25 on site. Trophies to Top 3, Top E, Top F. U800 section: $20 by 3-3 / $25 on site. Trophies to Top 3, Top H, Top I, Top J. USCF March supplement regular ratings will be used for pairings and prizes. One round of half point byes permitted. Must request upon before start of event. Website: http://ncchessk12.info or checks may be mailed to NCCA, PO Box 37336, Raleigh, NC 27627.


MAR. 11   MARYLAND
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
Maryland March Action

5SS, G/45;+5: incr. Rockville Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. All Prizes Guaranteed. 2 Sections: Championship (min 1600 rating) $350-$225-$125-$75, U2000 $150. Under 1800 $275-$175-$100-$50, U1600 $75, U1400 $50. Sets, boards and clocks provided. EF: $35 by 3/7, $40 later Schedule: Reg. ends 10am, rds 10:30-12:30-3:00-5:00-7:00. More information & online http://mdchess.com


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 11-12   TEXAS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED)
2017 DCC FIDE Open III

5SS, G/90 inc/30. Dallas Chess Club, 200 S. Cottonwood Dr. #C, Richardson, TX 75080. Two sections: Open and Reserve. Open: $$875G. FIDE and US Chess rated but uses FIDE rules. Use US Chess ratings and rules for pairings and for awarding prizes. Default late forfeiture time is one hour. TD may extend this time at TD’s discretion. Note that Foreign players must disclose their FIDE ID number before 1st round in order to play. Note that USA Players with no FIDE ID must disclose their email address. $$ $500-$250-$125. EF: 2400+ $125, 2000-2399 $90, 1600 -1999 $99, U1600 $125, Senior/Birthday during tournament/Additional Family Member $55. For DFW area players, Dallas Chess Club membership required or pay $20 non member fee. Small Minimum prize to the First three GM/IM’s who apply. GM/IM must play all rounds to get minimum prize (entry fee may be deducted from prize). Reserve: Open to players rated below 2000 USCF. This section is not Fide Rated but is US Chess rated and uses US Chess rules. EF: $40. The Reserve give back 10% in prizes and if at least 8 paid entries and if there is a clear winner, then that winner receives free entry to next DCC Fide Open. In the reserve section, Tournament reserves the right to use Fide rules on electronic devices and on starting White’s clock at start of a round and to use FIDE pairing rules. Also clocks will be set to ‘halt at end’. Both: Reg.: Saturday from 9:45–10:15 am. Rds.: Sat 10:45 am-3:10pm-7:16pm, Sun 9:45 am-2:10pm. One half point Bye allowed if requested before end of round 2 and before getting full point bye. Withdrawals and zero point last round byes are not eligible for prizes. Note that house players (if required) must pay $5 per round and be US Chess members. ENT: Make/mail Checks payable to Dallas Chess Club, C/O Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036-4719. Info: 214-632-9000. FIDE.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
A State Championship Event!
MAR. 11-12   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
2017 Ira Lee Riddle Memorial PA State Championship & PA Collegiate Championship

5SS, G/90 d5. Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center, 2300 Lincoln Hwy East (Rt 30), Lancaster, PA 17602. 3 sections: $$ (1875G): Open: 350-150, U2200 $125, U2000 $100. U1800: 200-150, U1650 $125, U1500 $100. U1400: 200-150, U1200 $90, U1000 $75, Unr $60. All: College Tr: 1-2 in each section, 1-2 team (top 4 over all sections). EF: $40 rec'd by 2/25, $50 after, PSCF $5 OSA. Reg.: 8:45-9:30 am. Rds.: 10-2-5:30, 9-1. Feb 2017 ratings used. Bye: limit 1, ask by rd. 2. HR: Mention "chess tourney": 800-233-0121 $82-$82-$87-$92. Ent: PSCF, c/o Tom Martinak, 25 Freeport St., Pittsburgh, PA 15223-2245. Info: 412-908-0286, martinak_tom_m@hotmail.com, pscfchess.org/pascholasticchamp/.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
A State Championship Event!
MAR. 11-12   DELAWARE
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
Delaware State Open Championship

Hilton Wilmington/Christiana Hotel, 100 Continental Dr., Newark, DE 19713 (off I-95). Ask for special price to reserve room for the chess tournament. 303-454-1500. 6-SS Open, 5-SS U1600, G/90 d5. Open:$600, $300, $150, U2200 $150, U2000 $150, U1800 $150, U1600: $400, $240, $140, U1400 $140, U1200 $140, U1000 $140. Trophy Top DE U1600 player. Special DE Resident Prizes: Delaware State Champion = Trophy + Free EF to next year's event, Top Delaware Junior = Trophy, Delaware Women's State Champion = Trophy + Free EF to next year's event - may be in Open or U1600 section). Reg.: Advanced Reg see delawarechess.org. By Mail: Delaware Chess Association, 2400 N. Broom St., Apt. 203, Wilmington, DE 19802. Call 302-893-9519 for info. On Site: 8am - 9am. EF: Free entry to GM's and IM's ($50 deducted from prizes). $65 by 3/07. On site: $70. Rds.: Sat.10, 2, 6. Sun.9, 1, (5, open only). Half point Byes: 2 available. $ prizes b/40 in each section. Email: Trueman56@gmail.com.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 12   NEW JERSEY
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 (ENHANCED)
Dr. David Ostfeld Memorial ICA Open Championship

Bergen Academy, 200 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack, NJ 07601. Open to All Ages With Rating above 1400. 4SS, G/61 d5. Prize Fund: 1st - 3rd $300, $250, $200, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600 each $100. Best Under 13 Years Old $75, Best Over 55 Years Old $75. Reg.: Ends at 9 AM Only one 1/2-point bye allowed, if requested before the start of round two. EF: Adv (pmk. By Mar 8) $45, AT Site $50. GMs Free Entry. INFO: 201-797-0330 or chessdirector@icanj.net. $$b/40: Prize Fund Will Not Be Reduced Below 70%. Rds.: 9:30 AM, 11:45 AM, 2:15 PM, 4:30 PM. ENT: Make EF payable to: International Chess Academy. Mail To: Diana Tulman, 28 Canterbury Ln., New Milford, NJ 07646. INFO: www.icanj.net. W.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 17-19 OR 18-19   GEORGIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
2017 Boris Kogan Memorial

5-SS, Interactive College of Technology, 5227 New Peachtree Rd., Chamblee, GA 30341. $3,000 guaranteed. In four sections. Championship: FIDE and USCF rated. Must be rated at least 1900 USCF. $400-300-200. under 2200 $250, under 2050 $250. Amateur: Under 1900 $300-200-100, under 1750 $200, under 1600 $200. Reserve: Under 1400 $250-150-100, under 1200 $100. Unrated: Trophies to top five. Time Controls: Championship G/90, inc. 30; Others sections G/120 d5. Two-day schedule’s first round is G/90 d5 for all sections. Entry fee: $60 three-day, $59 two-day by March 16, $65 at site. Unrateds $30, GMs and IMs free. Reentry except Championship $35. Byes: Available all rounds (limit two), must commit before first round. Three-day schedule: Registration ends 6:30 p.m. March 17. Rounds 7 p.m., 2:15 p.m.-7 p.m., 10 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Two-day schedule: Registration ends 10 a.m. First round 10:30 a.m., then merges with three-day. Info: (478) 973-9389 or info@americanchesspromotions.com Enter: americanchesspromotions.com.


MAR. 18   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 (ENHANCED)
18th Annual Bruce Bowyer Memorial

4SS, G/45 d10. **NEW LOCATION!** ESTONIAN HOUSE, 243 East 34th Street between Second and Third Avenues. 212.684.0336. **Note: Saturday Grand Prix and Sunday Scholastic • Info@ Facebook: Bruce Bowyer Foundation or (Pat Bowyer) 516.641.4521. EF: $20. $$G: $250-$175-$125, U2200 $100, U2000 $75, U1800 $60. Reg.: 10am-10:45. Rds.: 11-1:30-3:45-5:45pm. Limit 2 byes (1 bye if U2000), must commit by 1:30PM. Ent: Cks or MO payable to Pat Bowyer (be sure to specify "Grand Prix, Saturday"), c/o APS, 3500 North State Road 7, Ste 400, Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319. • NO door ents. You *MUST* bring clocks and sets, none will be provided. $$$ Payment & entries must be received by Monday, March 13 at the latest.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 18-19   CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
2017 Smyslov Memorial

(A Sponsored event) 4 Sections. Open/U1800/U1400/U700; 6SS, G/61 d5 for top 2 sections and G/30 d0 for bottom 2. 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90025, 2nd fl. EF: $75; $55 LACC members; No prizes 1/2, spouses/siblings 1/2, new members 1/2. Reg.: Sat 10-11:45. Register at LAChessClub.com and receive a free gift. Rds.: 12, 2, 4 pm each day. Byes: Up to three 1/2-point byes available. Last Rd bye before Rd. 5. 1-Day option I: Play 1 day- no 1/2 pt byes- 1/2 EF. 1-Day option II: Play 1 day & get three 1/2 pt byes- Full EF. Prizes: $$1,500 (b/45) $750 Gtd. 1st-3rd $400-200-100 U2000: $100. U1800: $200-100-$50; U1600: $100-50; U1400: $100-50; U1200: Book prize. Best attack: $25; Biggest upset: $25. Info: (310) 795-5710; Mick@LAChessClub.com or www.LAChessClub.com. Parking: Free on streets, BoA, or basement.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 18-19   MAINE
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED)
Saco Open

Hampton Inn Saco/Biddeford, 48 Industrial Park Rd., Saco, ME 04072. Both sections will use FIDE pairing rules. In 2 Sections, Open: 4SS, 40/90, SD/30 + 30 Sec. Increment. FIDE rated. $$GTD: $500-250. U2250 $150, U2000 $150. No analog clocks allowed in this section. U1750: 4SS, 40/90, SD/30 + 30 Sec. Increment, Analog clocks play 40/90, SD/60, Open to 1749 & under. $$GTD: $400-200. U1500 $100, U1250 $100, Unrated $75. ALL: EF: $50 postmarked by 3/11, $55 at site. Reg.: Registration 9:00-9:45. Advance entries must be postmarked by 11 March 2017. Rds.: 10-4, 10-4. One half point bye available rounds 1-3. Must be requested before round 1. ENT: Alex Relyea, 49 Technology Dr. #89, Bedford, NH 03110. INFO: Alex Relyea relyea@operamail.com. www.relyeachess.com. HR: $89 by 25 February. Call 207-282-7222 and mention Relyea Chess. W.


MAR. 19   NEW JERSEY
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
Westfield Grand Prix

4-SS. G/40 d5. Westfield Y, 220 Clark St., Westfield, NJ 07090. 3 Sections: Open, U1800, U1200. Open Section: EF: $40, $30 members, $30 FM (-$10 from prize), $20 IM (-$20 from prize), GM free (-$30 from prize). Prize Fund: $900 b/30 paid section entries. 70% guaranteed. Prizes: $240-200-160. U2400 USCF $120, U2200 $100, U2000 $80. U1800 Section: EF $25, $20 members. Prizes, b/14: $80-60, U1600 $50, U1400 $40. U1200 Section: EF $25, $20 members. Prizes, b/14: $80-60, U1000 $50, U800 $40. Register: 11:15 a.m. -12 noon. Rounds: 12:15, 2:00, 3:45, 5:30 p.m. Byes: 1 per player allowed. Must declare before round 3. Information: email John Moldovan: westfieldchessclub@gmail.com.


MAR. 21   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
Marshall Masters

4-SS, G/25 d5. Open to 2000+ players. FIDE Rapid rated. $750 GTD: 250-150-100. Top U2400 125, Top U2300 100, Biggest upset $25. EF: $40, MCC Mbrs $30. GMs Free. Reg.: 6:15-6:45pm. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. Max one bye, for round 1 or 4 only. Request at entry. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716, www.marshallchessclub.org.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 23-26   MASSACHUSETTS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
New England Masters 2017

Boylston Chess Club, 40 Norris St., Suite B101, Cambridge, MA 02140. In 2 Sections, Masters: 7SS, G/90;+30, Open to players rated over 2000. $$GTD: $500-300-200. U2200: 7SS, G/90; +30, Open to 2199 & under. $$GTD: $250-150-100. ALL: FIDE rated. EF: 100, $80 for BCF members, $20 more after March 15. Free entry for GM's and IM's. Reg.: 6:30pm - 6:55pm. Rds.: Thursday 7:00pm, Friday to Sunday 11:00am and 5:00pm each day. No limit on number of half point byes. ENT: Boylston Chess Foundation, boylstonchess.org. INFO: boylstonchess@gmail.com. LS, W.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 24-26 OR 25-26   FLORIDA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 60 (ENHANCED)
15th annual Southern Class Championships

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Dr., Orlando 32819. Special parking $5. Prizes $14,000 guaranteed.. In 7 sections. Master (2200/up): $1400-700-400-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100 bonus. Expert (2000-2199): $1000-500-300-200. Class A (1800-1999): $1000-500-300-200. Class B (1600-1799): $1000-500-300-200. Class C (1400-1599): $1000-500-300-200. Class D (1200-1399): $800-400-200-100. Class E (Under 1200): $500-250-150-100. Rated players may play up one section. Unrated may enter A through E, but may not win over $100 in E, $200 D, $300 C or $500 B. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $400-200. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register at site (no extra fee) by 2 pm 3/25. Top 6 sections EF: $103 online at chessaction.com by 3/22, $110 phoned to 406-896-2038 (entry only, no questions) by 3/20, 3-day $108, 2-day $107 mailed by 3/15, $120 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before rd. 1. GMs & IMs free; $90 deducted from prize. Class E EF: all $40 less than above. Unofficial uschess.org ratingsusually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry $60; not available in Master Section. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. All: Half point byes OK all, limit 2, Master must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $119-119-119-119, 1-800-421-8001, 407-351-2420; reserve by 3/10 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions:DirectorAtChess.us, chesstour.com, chesstour.info, 347-201-2269. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 24-26 OR 25-26   CALIFORNIA, NORTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED)
Bay Area Chess Spring Championship

1639A S. Main St., Milpitas, CA 95035. 5SS, G/90+30 2-day rds. 1-2 G/60 d5. Park free. Prize: 5,000 b/90 (60% guar). 3 sects: 2000+ (FIDE) $1,000-500-200, u2300: 250-125-100. 1600-1999: $700-300-100, u1800: 200-100, u1600: $700-300-100 u1400: 125-100, u1200: 100. Unr max $100 exc Open. Mar 17 Supp & TD disc. Reg.: F 6:30-6:45p & Sa 9:30-9:45a. Rds.: F 7p, Sa 10a, 3p Su 10a 2:30p. (2-day Sa 10a 12:30 & merge). EF: 99, Econ EF: 79 w 60% prz, after 3/17 +20. Playup +25. Rated 2250+ $0 by 3/8 (prize - EF). Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/champs.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 24-26 OR 25-26   MISSOURI
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED)
21st annual Mid-America Open

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis-Clayton, 7750 Carondelet Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105 (I-64 W/US 40-W Exit 32B, 1.2 miles north on Hanley Rd). Free parking. $$ 20,000 GUARANTEED PRIZE FUND. In 7 sections: Open: Open to players who are rated 1800/over or pay $100 extra. $2000-1000-500-300, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300/Unr $800-400. FIDE. Under 2100: $1400-700-400-200. Under 1900: $1400-700-400-200. Under 1700: $1400-700-400-200. Under 1500: $1200-600-300-200. Under 1300: $1000-500-300-200. Under 1000: $500-300-200-100, plaques to first 3, top U800, U600, Unrated Prize limits: Unrated may not win over $150 in U1000, $300 U1300, $500 U1500, or $700 U1700. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $800-400-200. Team average must be under 2200, teammates may play in different sections, teams must register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 3/25. Top 6 sections EF:$109 at chessaction.com by 3/22, $115 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/20 (entry only, no questions), 3-day $113, 2-day $112 mailed by 3/15, $130 online until 2 hours before rd. 1. GMs free; $100 deducted from prize. U1000 Section EF: all $50 less than above. Online EF $3 less to MCA members. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 yr USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry: Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry$60; not available in Open Section. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. Byes: OK all, limit 2; Open must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $99-102, includes free full hot buffet breakfast. 888-303-1746, 314-726-5400, request chess rate, reserve by 3/10 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: chessaction. com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: DirectorAtChess.US, chesstour.com, chesstour.info, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Saturday 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.


A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 24-26   VIRGINIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30
50th Virginia Open

5SS, a VCF Cup Event, $$3600 Guaranteed! SITE: Washington Dulles Airport Marriott Hotel, 45020 Aviation Dr., Dulles, VA 20166; www.marriott.com, 703-471-9500, rooms $100 Chess Rate, res. by 2/24 at 1-800-228-9200. 2 Sections. OPEN (FIDE rated): $650-410-300-240; Top X,A ea $200. AMATEUR (U1900): $420-250-190; Top B,C,D,U1200 ea $160, top Unr $100. Plaques to 1st Place in Open and Amateur. 5 Rds.: Rd. 1 Fri 3/24, 7:45pm (G/120 d5); Rds. 2 & 3 Sat 3/25 10am & 4pm (40/115, SD/30 d5), Rds. 4 & 5 Sun 3/26 10am & 4pm (40/115, SD/30 d5). EF: $75 if rec’d by Tues. 3/21, $90 starting 3/22 and on site. VCF Mem req. for VA Residents ($10 Adults, $5 Junior under 19 yo). One 1/2 point Bye allowed, commit by Sat 9:30am. Re-entry $40, start Rd2 with 1/2 pt. Checks payable to Virginia Chess Federation. REG.:On-line at www.vachess.org, mail to Mike Hoffpauir, ATTN: VA Open, 405 Hounds Chase, Yorktown, VA 23693; On-Site Fri 3/24 5-7pm. Info: andrerea2@yahoo.com.


MAR. 25   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
16th Horizons for Youth Spring Scholastic

$375 GTD. 5SS, G/30 d5. Northampton Com. College, 3835 Green Pond Rd., Main Campus, Coll. Ctr. Bldg., Bethlehem, PA 18020. Reg.: 8:30a, Rds.: 9:30, ASAP. 2 Events: 1) Open and U1200 18 yrs and under. 2) Age-Based, Non-Rated under 14 yrs and under. EF: $34 by11p, 3/24, $39 after. Prizes: OPEN, $200-1st +, $100- 2nd + Trophys-1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, U14. U1200 $75-1st+Trophys-1st, 2nd, 3rd, U10, U8, U6, UNR, Open Tie (Blitzoff), Non-USCF Rated b/0 age. Ent: www.northampton.edu/chess/ (Online only) Info: 610-861-4120; sazrinski@gmail.com. RBO.


A State Championship Event!
MAR. 25   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
2017 PA State Game/29 Championship (QC)

5SS, G/29 d0. O’Hara Student Center, Univ. of Pitt., 4024 O’Hara St., Pittsburgh PA 15213. 2 Sections: Championship: EF: $25 by 3/17, $35 later. $$ (690G): $200-100, U2000 $90, U1800 $80, U1600 $70, U1400 $60, U1200 $50, U1000 $40. Trophies: 1-3 U1400, 1-3 U1200, 1-3 U1000. Scholastic: Grades K-12 unrated or U900. EF: $15 by 3/17, $25 later. Trophies to Top 7, 1-3 U600. ALL: Trophies: 1-2 Schools, 1-2 Clubs, Teams of 4-7 players from both sections. PSCF $5, OSA. Reg.: 10-10:30am. Rds.: 11-12:30-1:45-3-4:15. Ent: PSCF, c/o Tom Martinak, 25 Freeport St., Pittsburgh, PA 15223,martinak_tom_m@hotmail.com


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 25-26   NEW JERSEY
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30
4th annual Dr. Leroy Dubeck Cup

5SS, G/90 d5. South Jersey Innovation Center, 2003 Lincoln Drive West, Suite A, Marlton, NJ 08053. $7,500 guaranteed prizes. In 5 sections. Open: $700-400-200, Under 2300 $300-175. Under 2100: $600-300-200, top U1900 $300-175. Under 1800: $600-300-200, top U1600 $300-175. Under 1500: $600-300-200, top U1300 $300-175. Under 1200: $500-250-150, top U1000 $100. Entry fee: $95 by 3/24, $110 at site. GMs, IMs free; $95 deducted from prize. Schedule: Reg ends Saturday 9:45 am, rds. Sat 10am – 2pm – 6pm, Sun 10am, 2pm. All: Half point byes OK all, must commit before round 2. Ratings: February official USCF rating list used. Registration: www.snjchess.com/register


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 25-26   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED)
Greater Philadelphia Weekend Open

4SS, 40/90, SD/15;+30. Days Inn, 245 Easton Rd., Horsham, PA 19044. EF: $40 cash, GM/IM free. $$GTD: $400-200-100-50. Top U1800 $100-50. Reg.: ends 10:45am. Rds.: Sat/Sun 11:00-3:30 Max one bye, request at entry. ENT/INFO: www.keystonechessclub.org, 267-629-2162. HR: $69 or lower 215-674-2500 free parking/wifi.


MAR. 31   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Marshall $500 FIDE Blitz (BLZ)

9-SS, G/3 +2. FIDE Blitz rated. $500: $200-100, top U2400/unr, U2200, U2000, U1800: $50. USCF regular rating used for pairings & prizes. EF: $30, MCC Mbrs $20. GMs Free. Reg.: 6:15-6:45. Rds.: 7-7:30-7:50-8:10-8:40-9-9:20-9:40-10pm. Max three byes. Request at entry. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716, www.marshallchessclub.org.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 31-APR. 2 OR 1-2   TEXAS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30
Lone Star Open

5SS, (Open and U2000 Sections are G/90 i30, and FIDE rated; All other Sections are G/120 d5). Free entry for GMs,IMs,WGMs and WIMs (EF deducted from winnings). SIDE EVENTS: (Schol. Team & Ind., 4SS, G/30 d5, 1-day only, Sat. Apr. 1st); 5-min. Blitz "CAJUN KNOCK-OUT" (Sat. night after Rd. 3). Separate room for schol. Players - A trophy or medal will be awarded to each schol. player. Houston Marriott North, 255 N. Sam Houston Pkwy East, Houston, TX 77060, Ph: 281-875-4000, $89 chess rate for King or Double (reserve by 3/15 and mention Cajun Chess Tournament). Free Parking! NOTE: Main tournament room will be closed to outside non-playing spectators, but players who have finished their games and have not left the tournament room yet will be allowed to stay to see remaining games still in progress. Free airport shuttle service! Free shuttle service within a 2-mile radius of hotel! Free wireless internet in all guestrooms! Discounted Hotel Breakfast Coupons for Hotel Guests ($5 off of the $17 Hot Breakfast Buffet – Guests are responsible for $12 breakfast cost, tax & gratuities). Hotel check-in time is 3pm; check-out time is 12 noon. 5 Sects. PRIZES: $10,000 b/200 paid ent. OPEN: $1400-800-500-300-200; U2200: $700-400; U2000: $800-400-200-100-50; U1800: $800-400-200-100-50; U1600/Unr*: $800-400-200-100-50; U1300: $400-300-200-100-50. *Unrated players may only win 50% of the prize fund except in the Open Sect. where they must pay full EF and are eligible for full prize fund. Schol.Sects. (Team & Individual): K-2, K-5, K-8, K-12. Prizes: Trophies to top 5 individuals & top 3 teams in each section (more ind. trophies depending on pre-entries). Every non-trophy winner receives a souvenir chess medal. Teams may have as many players as they wish from the same school in the same section but must have a minimum of 3 players to be considered a team; the top 4 scores will count for final team score. Scholastic Players may play in both Scholastic and Main Tournaments if desired by registering for the Scholastic Tournament AND a section in the 3-day Schedule of the Main Tournament with a 1/2-point Bye in the 2nd Round of the 3-Day Schedule – there is a discounted Entry Fee ($69) for Scholastic players playing in both Scholastic Tournament and the U1300 section only of the Main Event. USCF-recommended computer tiebreaks will decide trophy and medal placements for winners of all schol. sections. Free chess gift to oldest player and to player who travels farthest to OPEN tourn. CAJUN BOUNTY: Defeat the top ranked player in the OPEN sect. and win free entry to our next tournament! EF: $89 by 3/24; $99 thereafter and at site; Unr. (U1600) and Jrs. (under 19 yrs of age and playing in U1300 or U1600 Sections) $59 by 3/24; $69 thereafter and at site. Schol. EF: $20 by 3/24; $25 thereafter and at site; Re-Entry Fee (no Re-Entry in OPEN and U2000 Sects due to FIDE): $25 (avail. up to Rd. 4; 3 re-entries or 2 Jr. entries count as one additional entry for prize fund). 3-day Sched: Reg. Fri. 5:30-7pm, Rds. Fri. 8pm; Sat. 2-7, Sun. 10-3. 2-day Sched: Reg. Sat. 7:45-8:30am, (Rds. Sat. 9-2-7, Sun. 10-3. Both schedules merge at Rd. 2. Schol. Sched: (All 4 rds. G/30 d5 - one day only, Sat., Apr 1st). Reg. Sat. 8:30am-9:30am, Rd. one at 10am; Other Rds. will immediately follow. Byes for OPEN Tourn: Avail. all Rds. and must commit before Rd. 3. Byes for SCHOL. Tourn: Only one 1/2-point bye allowed and must commit before Rd. 2. HR: $89 (281-875-4000), reserve by 3/15 and mention Cajun Chess Tournament to assure group rate. ENT: On-line registration for tournament and hotel rooms, printable entry form, and more detailed info at www.cajunchess.com, or mail entry form to Cajun Chess, 12405 Hillary Step Dr., Olive Branch, MS 38654. Info or Phone Ent: 504-208-9596 or 504-905-2971. Major credit cards accepted (no checks at site). FIDE.


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A State Championship Event!
APR. 1   NEW HAMPSHIRE
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
New Hampshire Quick Chess Championship (QC)

8SS, G/25 d3. Holiday Inn Portsmouth, 300 Woodbury Ave., Portsmouth, NH 03801. EF: $20 postmarked by 25 March, $25 at site. Memb. Req'd: $8, Juniors $6. OSA. $$GTD: $200-100. U2000 $100. U1600 $100. Plaque and $100 bonus to top finishing NH resident. Reg.: 9:00-9:45. Rds.: 10-11-1-2-3-4-5:30-6:30. Byes available rounds 1-7, limit two. Must be requested before round four. ENT: Alex Relyea, 49 Technology Dr. #89, Bedford, NH 03110. INFO: Alex Relyea relyea@operamail.com. www.relyeachess.com. W.


APR. 1   VERMONT
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 (ENHANCED)
Quick Chess Again in Middlebury (QC)

6SS, G/25 d3. Middlebury Recreation Center, 154 Creek Rd., Middlebury, VT 05753. EF: $32 if rec’d by 3/30 (PayPal OK) or $38 at site; both $16 less for non-Vermonter or U800/Unr or age 65/older. $$G: 250-150-100, plus 550 divided among 1850-2049, 1650-1849, 1450-1649, 1250-1449, 1000-1249, U1000. Reg.: 9-9:45 a.m., Rds.: 10:10-11:35-1:35-3-4:35-6. Half-point bye (limit 1) OK except for U1650/Unr in round 6. Ent: Parker Montgomery, PO Box 831, Middlebury, VT 05753-0831; mobile 802-349-7739, vermonty64@earthlink.net.


A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 1-2   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED)
39th Annual Marchand Open

Dr. Erich Marchand "requested that his friends play chess in his memory." 5SS, G/115, d5. Location: Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607. $16,440 Gtd. Open Section:$3000-2000-1300-800-500-300. Under 2200 & U2000 each $750-450. FIDE Rated. EF: $85. U1800 Section: $1100-750-450. Under 1600 $750-450. EF: $70. U1400 Section: $500-300-200. Under 1200 $300-200. EF $60. U1000 Section: $400-250-160. Under 800 $200-130. EF: $50. Unrated players in the U1800 section can only win $375, in U1400 $175 & U1000 $125. No limit in Open. Balance to next prize winners. EF refunded and $100 appearance award to all GM and IM if paid by 3/20/2017. All: EF add $20 after 3/20/2017. NYSCA members deduct $3. All sections USCF rated. Ratings as in April Supplement. Bring sets, boards, and clocks – none provided. Food court and chess books & equipment sales available onsite. No smoking allowed on The Strong campus. Free parking. Reg.: 8:30-9:15am. Rds.: Sat. 10-2:15-6:30, Sun. 10-2:15. One 1/2 point bye available in rd. 1, 2, 3, or 4 if requested at entry. Optional first round Friday, 3/31/2017 at 7pm played at Rochester Chess Center (register by 6:30pm). Info: 585-442-2430. Mail entry to:Rochester Chess Center, 221 Norris Dr., Rochester, NY 14610. Web: nychess.org. Store: chessset.com.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 1-2   TEXAS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED)
2017 DCC FIDE Open IV

5SS, G/90 inc/30. Dallas Chess Club, 200 S. Cottonwood Dr. #C, Richardson, TX 75080. Two sections: Open and Reserve. Open: $$875G. FIDE and US Chess rated but uses FIDE rules. Use US Chess ratings and rules for pairings and for awarding prizes. Default late forfeiture time is one hour. TD may extend this time at TD’s discretion. Note that Foreign players must disclose their FIDE ID number before 1st round in order to play. Note that USA Players with no FIDE ID must disclose their email address. $$ $500-$250-$125. EF: 2400+ $125, 2000-2399 $90, 1600 -1999 $99, U1600 $125, Senior/Birthday during tournament/Additional Family Member $55. For DFW area players, Dallas Chess Club membership required or pay $20 non member fee. Small Minimum prize to the First three GM/IM’s who apply. GM/IM must play all rounds to get minimum prize (entry fee may be deducted from prize). Reserve: Open to players rated below 2000 USCF. This section is not Fide Rated but is US Chess rated and uses US Chess rules. EF: $40. The Reserve give back 10% in prizes and if at least 8 paid entries and if there is a clear winner, then that winner receives free entry to next DCC Fide Open. In the reserve section, Tournament reserves the right to use Fide rules on electronic devices and on starting White’s clock at start of a round and to use FIDE pairing rules. Also clocks will be set to ‘halt at end’. Both: Reg.: Saturday from 9:45–10:15 am. Rds.: Sat 10:45 am-3:10pm-7:16pm, Sun 9:45 am-2:10pm. One half point Bye allowed if requested before end of round 2 and before getting full point bye. Withdrawals and zero point last round byes are not eligible for prizes. Note that house players (if required) must pay $5 per round and be US Chess members. ENT: Make/mail Checks payable to Dallas Chess Club, C/O Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036-4719. Info: 214-632-9000. FIDE.


APR. 1-2   CALIFORNIA, NORTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
2017 Sacramento Senior Championship

ROUNDS: 4 FORMAT: Swiss RATING: Full-K. SITE: Courtyard Sacramento Rancho Cordova, 10683 White Rock Rd., Rancho Cordova, CA. ON-SITE REGISTRATION: 4/1 – 9:00 am - 9:45 am. ROUNDS: 4/1 & 4/2 – 10 & 3. TIME CONTROLS: G/120 30 second increment. FIDE Rated SECTIONS: One Open section. ENTRY FEES: $65 postmarked by 3/25. $75 after 3/25. IMs/GMs free (entry fee deducted from any prize money won). $5 discount to CalChess members. PRIZES: 1st Place $300, 2nd Place $225 guaranteed, class prizes based on entries. HOTEL: Courtyard Sacramento Rancho Cordova, 916-638-3800, $109 plus tax single/double per night 3/31 & 4/1 $119 (current as of 12/16/2016 and subject to change). ADVANCE ENTRIES & INFO: John McCumiskey (TD), e-mail: sactochess@sbcglobal.net; phone: (916) 524-9479. Checks payable to Sacramento Chess Club and mailed to 6700 50th St., Sacramento, CA 95823-1306. Full flyer and advance entries: http://sacramentochessclub.org under Weekend Events. OTHER INFO: Must be 50 years old on or before 4/1/2017. No Smoking, No Computers, Wheelchair Access. 4/17 rating list only. Please bring clocks, chess sets provided. 1/2 point byes available in any round and must be requested before the completion of the round 1. 1/2 point byes for round 4 must be requested prior to round 1 and may not be changed. Maximum one 1/2 point bye per entry.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 3, 10, 17, 24   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
108th Nassau Grand Prix

4-SS, 45/90, SD/30 d5. 1st Presbyterian Church, 1st & Main Sts., Mineola. 2 sections. Open: EF: $36 by 3/31. $$ (630 b/20, top 2 G) 180-120, U2200, 2000, 1800/UR each 110. Booster: open to U1600/UR. EF: $19 by 3/31. $$ (210 b/14) 90, U1400, 1200/UR each 60. Both: 2 byes 1-4 (Last rd bye must be req before rd. 3 and is irrevocable). $10 more for non-memb. EF: $7 more at site. Reg ends 7:15 PM. Rds: 7:15 each Mon. Info only: captnhal@optonline.net. Ent: Harold Stenzel, 80 Amy Dr., Sayville, NY 11782.


A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 7-9 OR 8-9   OHIO
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
53rd Cincinnati Open

Hilton Garden Inn, 5300 Cornell Rd., Blue Ash, OH 45242. 5SS; Sections: Open, U2100, U1700, U1300. Open section FIDE rated. Players may choose to play up one section only. Time Control: Open section 40/90, SD/30, i30 except 2-day rds 1&2 G/75 d5. Other sections G/120 d5. Prizes: Open: $800-500-400-300, top under 2300 $250-200; U2100: $600-400-300-200, top under 1900 $175-125; U1700: $400-300-225-150, top under 1500 $125-100; U1300: $250-200-150-125, top under 1100 $125-100; prizes based on 120 paid entries, else proportional. No unrated may win more than the third-place prize amount except in Open. Entry fee: Advance $99, must be received by April 6; onsite $110; re-entry $50. For those who played in 2016 Cincinnati Open, $10 loyalty discount; for all others who played in 2012-2015 Cincinnati Open, $5 loyalty discount; $3 discount for current Ohio Chess Association members. Free entry to GMs/IMs/WGMs/WIMs; $99 less applicable discounts deducted from prize. Advance registration: Mail entries to Cincinnati Open, 9180 Pinewood Dr, Loveland, OH 45140 or enter online at www.chesscincinnati.com. Onsite registration: Friday, April 7 5:30-6:30 pm; Saturday, April 8 8:00-10:00 am. Open 3-day schedule:Fri 7, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 9 & 3. Open 2-day schedule: Sat 11 & 2, then merge with 3-day. All other sections: Fri 7, Sat 9, 2 & 7, Sun 9 & 2; six rounds are scheduled; players must select one zero-point bye so all players play five rounds. Byes: Up to two optional half-point byes, must commit before 5:00 pm Sat; optional half-point byes are additional to zero-point bye in U2100, U1700 and U1300 sections. HR: $105/king bed, $119/two queen beds. Reserve by Friday, March 24, 2017 to ensure rate and room. For reservations, call 513-469-6900, reference code “CSC”, or use link on our website to book online. Bring sets and clocks, especially clocks with increment feature for Open section. Complete information, including online and mail registration forms, at www.chesscincinnati.com. Questions: info@chesscincinnati.com or call/text Alan at 513-600-9915.


APR. 8   MARYLAND
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
Maryland April Action

5SS, G/45;+5: incr. Rockville Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. All Prizes Guaranteed. 2 Sections: Championship (min 1600 rating) $350-$225-$125-$75, U2000 $150. Under 1800 $275-$175-$100-$50, U1600 $75, U1400 $50. Sets, boards and clocks provided. EF: $35 by 4/4, $40 later Schedule: Reg. ends 10am, rds 10:30-12:30-3:00-5:00-7:00. More information & online http://mdchess.com


APR. 8   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Donald Byrne Memorial

4SS, G/60 d5. CLC Charter Schl, 2643 W. College Ave., State College, PA. 2 sections. Open: $300, 200, 100; U1600: $100; Special prize: $100 to highest-scoring Penn State student who wins no other prize. Prizes based on 30 entries. EF: $30; $25 with PSU student I.D. Reg.: On-site cash only 9-9:30 a.m. Rds.: 10:00-1:00-3:30-6:30. Bye: Any round, commit before first round. Parking: free at site. Info:berg411@comcast.net.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 8-9   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
Greater Philadelphia Weekend Open

4SS, 40/90,SD/15;+30. Days Inn, 245 Easton Rd., Horsham, PA 19044. EF: $40. $$GTD: Open: $400-200-100-50 U1800: $100-50. Reg.: to 10:45. Rds.: Sat/Sun 11-3:30 Max one bye, req. at entry. HR: $59, 215-674-2500 free parking/wifi. ENT: www.keystonechessclub.org.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 12-16, 13-16, 14-16 OR 15-16   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED)
11th annual Philadelphia Open

OPEN SECTION, APR 12-16: 9SS, 40/2, SD/30 d10. GM & IM norms possible, FIDE rated. OTHER SECTIONS, APR 13-16, 14-16 OR 15-16: 7SS, 40/2, SD/30 d10 (3-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10; 2-day option, rds. 1-4 G/30 d10). Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, directly across the street from Reading Terminal Market with 80 food vendors. Prizes $80,000 based on 500 paid entries (seniors, re-entries, GMs, IMs, WGMs count as half entries, U1100 Section as 40% entries), else proportional, minimum $60,000 (75% of each prize) guaranteed. In 7 sections: Open: $7000-4000-2000-1000-800-600-500-500-400-400, clear or tiebreak first $200 bonus, FIDE Under 2400/Unr $2000-1000. Under 2200/Unr, Under 2000/Unr, Under 1800: each $5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-400-300-300-300; unrated may not win over $2000 in Under 2000. Under 1600: $4000-2000-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300-300. Under 1400: $3000-1500-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300-300. Under 1100/Unr: $1000-700-500-400-300-300-200-200-100-100; unrated may not win over $300. Unrated not allowed in U1800, U1600 or U1400 sections. Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes: best male/female combined 2-player team score: $1000-500-300-200. In Open Section, only the first 7 rounds are counted. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Prize limits: 1) If post-event rating posted 4/10/16-4/10/17 is more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $1500. 2) Players with under 26 lifetime games as of 4/17 official cannot win over $500 in U1100, $1000 in U1400, $1500 U1600, or $2000 U1800. 3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. Open EF, for GMs, IMs & WGMs: $130 online by 4/11, $160 at site. Minimum prize guarantees in Open Section, to players who enter online by 3/1 and play all 9 games with no byes: US GM $300, foreign GM $700 (limited to first 5 to enter, others $400), foreign IM/WGM $400, foreign FM/WIM $300, foreign FIDE rated $200. Open EF, for US players who are not USCF or FIDE rated 2200/over: $355 online at chessaction.com by 2/4, $375 online by 4/11, $400 at site. Open EF, for others: $205 online at chessaction.com by 2/4, $225 online by 4/11, $250 at site. Open mailed or phoned entries: all $10 more than online entry, mail by 4/4, phone to 406-896-2038 by 4/10. U2200 through U1400 Sections EF: $205 online at chessaction.com by 2/4, $225 online by 4/11, $250 at site. Mailed EF: 4-day $214, 3-day $213, 2-day $212 mailed by 2/4, all $20 more mailed by 4/4. U1100/Unr Section EF: $75 online at chessaction.com by 4/11, 4-day $84, 3-day $83, 2-day $82 mailed by 4/4, $100 at site. Phoned EF: All $10 more than online EF, 406-896-2038 (entry only, no questions), available only through 4/10. Online late entry after 4/11: available until 2 hours before round 1, same price as entry at site. EF $100 less to seniors 65/over in Open through U1400. Special 1 year USCF membership with magazine if paid with entry: Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Re-entry: $100, no re-entry from Open Section to Open Section. 5-day schedule (Open only): Reg. ends Wed 6 pm, rds. Wed. 7 pm, Thu 12 & 7, Fri 11 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:15. 4-day schedule (except Open): Reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds. Thu 7 pm, Fri 11 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:15. 3-day schedule (except Open): Reg. ends Fri 10 am, rds. Fri 11, 2:30 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:15. 2-day schedule (except Open): Reg. ends Sat. 9 am, rds. Sat. 10, 12, 2, 3:45 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:15. 4-day, 3-day, 2-day merge & compete for same prizes. Byes: Half point byes OK all rounds, limit 3 byes, limit 2 in last 4 rounds. Open Section must commit before rd. 2, other sections before rd. 4. Bring sets, boards, clocks if possible- none supplied. HR: $106-106-126, 215-625-2900, reserve by 3/31 or rate may increase. Parking: (rates subject to change) Marriott valet, about $20/day (60% off regular rate) for first 100 spaces sold. Gateway Garage, 1540 Spring St. (3/5 mile from Marriott, 1 block from Sheraton Hotel), $7/day Sat & Sun, $20/day other days. 1324 Arch (2/5 mile from Marriott), $16/day. Car rentals: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633 or reserve car online at chesstour.com. Ratings: FIDE April used for Open, USCF April official for U2200 & below; note that USCF ratings after the April list (see above) may result in a $1500 prize limit. Foreign player ratings: see www.chesstour.com/foreignratings.htm. Cellphone & anti-cheating rules: see www.chesstour.com/devices.htm. Players must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: DirectorAtChess.us, 347-201-2269, chesstour.com. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat. 10:30 pm, reg. by 10:15 pm.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 14-16 OR 15-16   NEVADA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED)
6th Annual Reno-Larry Evans Memorial Open $$23,000 b/275 ($14,150 Gtd) - FIDE NEVADA

6SS, 40/2, G/55min-d5, 2-day (Rds. 1-3) G/1-d5. Sands Regency Hotel/Casino, 345 N. Arlington Ave., Reno, NV 89501.1-866-386-7829 or (775) 348-2200. $$23,000 b/275. $$14,150 Gtd. (Prizes 1-7 in Open Section Gtd. plus 1/2 of all other prizes). 6 Sections. Open (2200 & above) EF: $159, 2000-2199 - $200, 1999 & below $300. (GMs & IMs free but must enter by 3/14 or pay late fee). $$2,000-1,000-800-600-400-300-200, (2399/below)- $1,000, (2299/below)- $1,000. (If there is a tie for 1st then a playoff for $100 out of prize fund plus trophy). Sec. Expert (2000-2199) EF: $159; $$2,000-700-300-200-200. Sec ”A” (1800-1999) EF: $158; $$1,800-700-300-200-200, Sec. ”B”(1600-1799) EF: $157; $$1,700-700-300-200-200, Sec. ”C”(1400-1599) EF: $156; $$1,400-600-300-200-200, Sec. ”D”/under (1399below) EF: $150: $$1,000-500-300-200, 1199/below - $200; 2-day Schedule EF: $155 (no Open Section). Top Senior (65+) - $200; Club Champ $600-300 (Provisional rated players, GM’s, IM’s and unrated players not eligible for Top Senior or Club Championship). ALL: Entries must be postmarked by 3/14 or pay late fee-$11 until 4/11 (do not mail after 4/7 or email after 4/11) $22 at site. Trophies 1st – 3rd (“A” – “D” sections, Expert section 1st only). Unrated players are free entry but not eligible for cash prizes. Unrated players must join USCF for 1 full year or add 1 full year’s membership thru this tournament. 1st Unrated = trophy + 1 yr. USCF Mem. $10 discount to Seniors (65+ yrs.) Players may play up. Provisionally rated players may only win 1/2 of 1st place money (except Open Section 1-7. CCA ratings may be used. Note: pairings not changed for color unless 3 in a row or a plus 3 and if the unlikely situation occurs 3 colors in a row may be assigned. SIDE EVENTS: Wed. (4/12) 7:00pm GM Sergey Kudrin – Clock Simul with game analysis ($30); Thurs. (4/13) 6-7:15pm Lecture by IM John Donaldson (FREE); 7:30pm- GM Melikset Khachiyan - Simul ($20); 7:30pm-Blitz (G/5 d0)) Tourney ($25) 80% entries = Prize Fund. Sat. (4/15) 3-4:30pm Free Game/Position Analysis - IM John Donaldson. ALL REG: (4/13) 5-8pm,(4/14) 9-10am, (4/15) 9-10 am. RDS.: (Fri)12-7, (Sat)10-7, (Sun)9:30-4:30. (2 Day Schedule: (Sat.)Rds. 1 -10:30 am, Rd. 2- 1:00 pm, Rd. 3- 3:30 pm. Rd. 4 merge with regular schedule – 7:00 pm. Byes available any round if requested by Rd.1 (Open Section 2 byes max). ENT: make checks payable and send to: SANDS REGENCY (address listed above). HR: (Sun-Thurs. $41.58!) (Fri. & Sat. $58.60!.1-866-386-7829 Reservation Code: CHESS417 (Reserve by 4/1/17 to get Chess rate. INFO: Jerry Weikel, 6578 Valley Wood Dr., Reno, NV 89523, (775) 747-1405, wackyykl@aol.com or check out our website at: www.renochess.org. To verify entry check website.


APR. 15-16   CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
2017 Alekhine Memorial

(Sponsor: Harold C. Valery MD, Inc.) 4 Sections. Open/U1800/U1400/U700; 6SS, G/60 d0 for top 2 sections and G/30 d0 for bottom 2. 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90025, 2nd fl. EF: $75; $55 LACC members; No prizes 1/2, spouses/siblings 1/2, new members 1/2. Reg.: Sat 10-11:45. Register at LAChessClub.com and receive a free gift. Rds.: 12, 2, 4 pm each day. Byes: Up to three 1/2-point byes available. Last Rd bye before Rd. 5. 1-Day option I: Play 1 day- no 1/2 pt byes- 1/2 EF. 1-Day option II: Play 1 day & get three 1/2 pt byes- Full EF. Prizes: $$1,500 (b/45) $1000 Gtd. 1st-3rd $400-200-100 U2000: $100. U1800: $200-100-$50; U1600: $100-50; U1400: $100-50; U1200: Book prize. Best attack: $25; Biggest upset: $25. Info: (310) 795-5710; Mick@LAChessClub.com or www.LAChessClub.com. Parking: Free on streets, BoA, or basement.


APR. 18   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
Marshall Masters

4-SS, G/25 d5. Open to 2000+ players. FIDE Rapid rated. $750 GTD: 250-150-100. Top U2400 125, Top U2300 100, Biggest upset $25. EF: $40, MCC Mbrs $30. GMs Free. Reg.: 6:15-6:45pm. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. Max one bye, for round 1 or 4 only. Request at entry. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716, www.marshallchessclub.org.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 20, 27, MAY 4, 11, 18, 25   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
Long Island CC Ilan Kreitner Memorial Tournament

6SS, G/90 d5. United Methodist Church, 470 East Meadow Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554. Open to all: $2000 GTD: $600-$400. Top U-2000, U-1750, U-1500, U-1250/unr. $250 ea. EF (cash only): $50 LICC Members, $60 Non-LICC members. Reg: 6:45 – 7:20 PM. Adv. Ent: Cash only in person at the LICC any Thursday evening prior to rd. 1 (NO adv entry via mail, e-mail, or online). Rds: 7:30 PM SHARP ea. Thursday. 2 byes 1- 6 (rd. 6 bye decl. before rd. 3), No draws by agreement prior to Black’s 25th move, Rdm. pairings var. (within each score group) of the SS used. Info: www.lichessclub.com.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 21-23 OR 22-23   IOWA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED)
11th Annual Okoboji Chess Open, Reserve (Under 1600) & Blitz (BLZ)

Okoboji Open (IASCA GP Qualifier):TD Tim McEntee. 5 Round Swiss, G/120 d5 for all rounds in the 3 day option. 2 day option has G/90 Dd for rounds 1 and 2 and G/120 d5 for rounds 3-5. Sections merge after round 2. Arrowhead Resort & Conference Center, 1405 Highway 71 S. Okoboji, IA 51355. On-site registration or 5:00-5:45pm on 4-21 (3 day option) and 8:00-8:45am on 4-22 (2 day option). Rounds: 3 day option: Friday 6:00pm; Saturday 10:00am,4:30pm; Sunday 9:00am;2:30pm. 2 day option: Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm-4:30pm; Sunday 9:00am; 2:30pm. Entry Fee: $50 (juniors and seniors $40) if paid by April 14th. $60 cash or $65 check onsite. GM's and IM's free entry Prize Info: Top 3 (guaranteed) $500+Trophy-$350-$200; U2000-$125,U1800-$115, U1600-$100 (b/30) US Chess Federation (USCF) membership required. On-Site Available. IASCA membership required, $10 Or Patron $25 (Other States accepted) On-Site Available. Okoboji Reserve (Under 1600):TD Tim McEntee. 5 Round Swiss, G/120 d5 for all rounds in the 3 day option. 2 day option has G/90 d5 for rounds 1 and 2 and G/120 d5 for rounds 3-5. Sections merge after round 2. On-site registration or 5:00-5:45pm on 4-21 (3 day option) and 8:00-8:45am on 4-22 (2 day option). Rounds: 3 day option: Friday 6:00pm; Saturday 10:00am,4:30pm; Sunday 9:00am;2:30pm. 2 day option: Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm-4:30pm; Sunday 9:00am; 2:30pm. Entry Fee: $30 if paid by April 14th. Prize Info: Top 3 (guaranteed) $300+Trophy-$175-$125; U1400-$100, U1250-$75, U1000 $50 (b/20). US Chess Federation (USCF) membership required. On-Site Available. Send Entry Fee to: Make checks payable to S-O Chess Club/ Jodene Kruse and mail to 934 6th St., Sibley, IA 51249, (712)330-8254 or email to jodene77@yahoo.com or Pay online: Onlinechessregistration.cc by April 14. Additional Info: $79 Hotel rate if reserved by March 21. Additional Info: $79 Hotel rate if reserved by March 21. Call the Arrowwood resort at 1-800-727-4561. Side Event: Blitz Tournament Friday, Apr. 21 after the 1st round is done. Time Controls: 5SS, G/5 d0. Round Times: Half pt. by given B4 Blitz starts. Only 1 bye given to a player. Prizes $100 based on 10 players: $50 1st, $25 2nd U1600 $15, U1400 $10. Entry Fee for BLITZ: $10.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 22   WISCONSIN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
Hales Corners Challenge XXV

4SS, G/60 d6. 2 Sections: Open & Reserve (under 1600). Olympia Resort Hotel, 1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc, WI 53066; 1-800-558-9573 (mention Southwest Chess Club for $99 room rate). EF: $40-Open, $30-Reserve, both $5 more after April 20. Comp EF for USCF 2200+. $$GTD: Open: 1st-$325, 2nd-$175, A-$100, B & Below-$75; Reserve: 1st-$100, 2nd-$75, D-$50, E & Below-$40. Goddesschess prizes for Females in addition to above prizes: Open: $50 per win/$25 per draw; Reserve: $20 per win/$10 per draw; Perfect Score Prize for Females: $80 in Open/$40 in Reserve. Reg.: 8:30-9:30. Rds.: 10-1-3:30-6. Entries/Questions to: Robin Grochowski, 3835 E. Morris Ave., Cudahy, WI 53110; 414-861-2745, email: rgrochowski@wi.rr.com.


APR. 22   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
3rd Annual LVCA Bruce Alberston Memorial $1500 Gtd-RBO

5SS, G/30 d5. College Hill Moravian Church, 72 W. Laurel St., Bethlehem, PA. 2 Sections: Open: $350 $250-$150, U2100/Unr-U1900-U1700-U1500-$75 ea. U1200:1st-$100, 2nd-3rd-U900-Unr-$50 ea. Mixed/Fam. Doubles: $75 ea. EF: $30 by 4/17, $35 CASH on site. GM/IM free; $30 from prize. Reg.: ends 10:45 am. Rds.: Sat-11,12:30, 2:30, 4, 5:30. 1/2 pt byes: limit 2. Info: www.lehighvalleychesscub.org, 484-866-3045. Checks payable to: Bruce Davis, 1208 Linden St., Fl. 1, Bethlehem, PA 18018.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 22-23   CALIFORNIA, NORTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
12th Annual Frank Doyle Open

Exchange Bank, 444 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95401. 4 Round Swiss, G/120 d5. In 3 Sections, Open: 4SS, G/120 d5, $$GTD: $250-175. Reserve: 4SS, G/120 d5, Open to 1899 & under. $$GTD: $200-125. Booster: 4SS, G/120 d5, Open to 1499 & under. $$GTD: $150-100. Unr. must play in Booster Section. Unrated players winning prizes will only receive half of the prize. ALL: EF: $35 advance until 4/19, $45 at site. No phone or e-mail entries. $10 fee to play up a section. Reg.: 04/22 8:30am - 9:30am. Rds.: Sat 10, 3; Sun 10, 3. ENT: Paul Stagnoli, 4233 Kintyre Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95409-4127. INFO: (707) 478-4385,paulgs@sonic.net. http://pstagnol.users.sonic.net/tournaments. Bring your own equipment, none provided. No Cell phones allowed. W.


A Heritage Event!
A State Championship Event!
APR. 23   MASSACHUSETTS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 (ENHANCED)
27th Massachusetts G/60 Championship

4SS, G/60 d5. Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlboro, MA 01752 (I-495, exit 24B, Rt. 20W, one mile from exit). 508-460-0700 or 888-543-9500. $$ 2,500 b/100 paid entries (U1200 counts 70%), $2,000 minimum (80% each prize). 6 sects. Open: $300-175, top Under 2400 $150, top Under 2200 $150. Under 2000: $250-125. Under 1800: $250-125. Under 1600: $200-125. Under 1400: $200-100. Under 1200: $150-100, top Under 1000 $100. Unrated prize limits: $75 in U1200, $100 in U1400, $125 in U1600, $150 in U1800, $175 in U2000. EF: $34 if mailed by 4/19 or online by 4/21, $45 at site. $10 discount to players in U1200 Section. GMs and IMs free. Reg.: 8-9 a.m. Rds: 10-1-3:30-6. Other: Bye 1-4 with entry, limit 1, must commit before round 2, no half point byes for players receiving full point byes. MACA memb. required for Mass. residents ($12 adult, $6 jr. U18, add $8 for Chess Horizons subscription). Ent: Robert Messenger, 4 Hamlett Dr., Apt. 12, Nashua, NH 03062 or online (PayPal) at www.MassChess.org. Make checks payable to MACA. Info: 603-891-2484 or send email to info@masschess.org. Day of the tournament call 603-557-1732. W.


APR. 28   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Marshall $500 FIDE Blitz (BLZ)

9-SS, G/3 +2. FIDE Blitz rated. $500: $200-100, top U2400/unr, U2200, U2000, U1800: $50. USCF regular rating used for pairings & prizes. EF: $30, MCC Mbrs $20. GMs Free. Reg.: 6:15-6:45. Rds.: 7-7:30-7:50-8:10-8:40-9-9:20-9:40-10pm. Max three byes. Request at entry. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716, www.marshallchessclub.org.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 28-30 OR 29-30   FLORIDA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50
24th Space Coast Open

5SS, Top section FIDE rated (USCF ratings used for pairings & prizes) at G/90+30 sec. incr., All other sections but Class E/U1200 G/120 d5, Class E/U1200 G/90 d5 (2-day Rd. 1 for all sections G/60 d5). International Palms Resort, 1300 N. Atlantic Ave. (Hwy A1A), Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. $$15,000 b/200 pd., $10,000 Gtd. 6 Sections: Master/Expert: $1500+trophy-800-500-300, U2400 $1100+trophy, U2200 $1000+trophy-500-300. Class A: $1000+trophy-500-300-200. Class B: $1000+trophy-500-300-200. Class C: $800+trophy-400-250-150. Class D: $700+trophy-400-200-100. Class E/U1200: $600+trophy-300-200-100, U1000 $300+trophy-200, U800 $200+trophy-100, trophies to top Brevard County scholastics players in K-3, K-5, K-8, K-12, book to plus score not winning other prize. All: Rated players may play up one class only. Unr. may enter any section. Unr. may not win over $300 or trophy unless place prize in Master/Expert section. Prizes for 1st-3rd brilliancy & biggest upset rds. 1-4. EF: $99 by 4/21, $20 more later & onsite; $20 less if Unr. or under age 18. Re-entry $50 by rd. 3 (1/2 pt. byes for earlier rds.). GM/IM free entry available online until 3/31, else $99 from prize. Special EF for Brevard County students in any section: $25 online by 4/21, $30 online by 5 pm on 4/27 or at site (counts as 1/4 entry for based on prize fund). Reg.: Ends 1/2 hr. before 1st rd. Rds.: Rd. 1 7:30 pm Fri. (2-day 10 am Sat. at G/60 d5); Rd. 2 Sat. 1:15; Rd. 3 all sections but Class E/U1200 6:30, Class E/U1200 5:45; Rd. 4 Sun. 9:30; Rd. 5 all sections but Class E/U1200 2:30, Class E/U1200 1:45. Up to 2 half point byes if req’d before rd. 2. Side events: Space Coast Open Blitz. G/5 d0. Prizes: Cash prizes based on entries. EF: $20. Blitz starts at 10:15 pm Sat. Other events: see www.bocachess.com/spacecoastopen. HR: $97, Oceanside $117, Loft $137. Resort fee $5.95. 800-206-2747 or 321-783-2271, reserve by 4/8. Ent: Payable to: Space Coast Chess Foundation, c/o Jon Haskel, 2385 NW Executive Center Dr., #100, Boca Raton, FL 33431. Online entry and add’l info:www.bocachess.com/spacecoastopen, jon@bocachess.com, 561-302-4377.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 28-30 OR 29-30   CALIFORNIA, NORTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED)
Bay Area Chess Summer Start Championship

1639A S. Main St., Milpitas, CA 95035. 5SS, G/90+30, 2-day rds. 1-2 G/60 d5. Park free. Prizes: 5,000 b/90 (60% guar). 3 sects: 2000+ (FIDE) $1,000-500-200, u2300: 250-125-100. 1600-1999: $700-300-100, u1800: 200-100, u1600: $700-300-100 u1400: 125-100, u1200: 100. Unr max $100 exc Open. Apr 17 Supp & TD disc. Reg.: F 6:30-6:45p & Sa 9:30-9:45a. Rds.: F 7p, Sa 10a, 3p Su 10a 2:30p. (2-day Sa 10a 12:30 & merge). EF: 99, Econ EF: 79 w 60% prz, after 4/21 +20. Playup +25. Rated 2250+ $0 by 4/13 (prize - EF). Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/champs.


A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 28-30 OR 29-30   MASSACHUSETTS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED)
26th annual Eastern Class Championships

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Host Hotel at Cedar Lake, 366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 (I-84 Exit 3, near I-90). Free parking. $$20,000 guaranteed prizes. In 7 sections: Master(2200/up): $2000-1000-500-300, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300 $800-400. Expert (2000-2199): $1500-700-400-300. Class A (1800-1999/Unr): $1500-700-400-300. Class B (1600-1799/Unr): $1500-700-400-300. Class C (1400-1599/Unr): $1300-700-400-300. Class D (1200-1399/Unr): $700-400-200-100. Class E (Under 1200/Unr): $600-300-200-100, plaques to top 3, 1st U1000, U800, U600, Unr. Rated players may play up one section. Prize limits: Unrated may not win over $100 in E, $200 D, $400 C or $600 B. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $600-300. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2. Top 5 sections EF: $115 online at chessaction.com by 4/26, $120 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 4/24 (entry only, no questions), 3-day $118, 2-day $117 mailed by 4/19, $130 at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. GMs free, $100 deducted from prize. Class D or E EF: All $50 less than top 5 sections EF. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Online EF $5 less to MACA members; may join/renew at masschess.org. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 yr USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry: Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry $60; not available in Master Section. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. Byes: OK all, limit 2; Master must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $97-97, 800-582-3232, 508-347-7393, request chess rate, reserve by 4/7 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: DirectorAtChess.us, chesstour.com, chesstour.info, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 28-30   MISSOURI
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 100
Bill Wright Saint Louis Open (FIDE Rated) $10K Event

5SS, G/90 + 30 second increment. Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108. Free entries for GMs and IMs. EF: $100, $80 if registered by 4/25. Two Sections:Open (FIDE Rated) & U2000. Prize Fund: $10,000 UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED!! Open Section: $1500-$1000-$800-$650-$300. Under 2300: $600-$400-$250. Under 2100: $350-$200. Under 2000 Section: $1000-$600-$350-$200. U1800: $500-$250. U1600: $400-$200. U1400: $300-$150. Reg.: 3:00-6:30 on Friday Afternoon. Rds.: Friday: 7:00 PM. Saturday 12:00, 5:00 Sunday 11:00, 4:00. Two half point byes available if declared before Round 2. MCA Membership required from $5. OSA. Ent: 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108 or online at saintlouischessclub.org. Info: 314-361-CHESS,info@saintlouischessclub.org.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
A State Championship Event!
APR. 28-30 OR 29-30   GEORGIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40
2017 Phillip Taylor Georgia State Championship

5-SS, G/90 +30. Emory University, Cox Hall Ballroom, 569 Asbury Cir., Atlanta, GA 30322. Park free, allow 15 min to park and walk. Open to all USCF members. GA residents require GCA memberships. Prizes: $10,000 Guaranteed! All players must compete within their ratings class per the April ratings supplements - No Exceptions. “TD reserves the right to assign a rating based on a player having a rating in another rating system such as FIDE or a foreign rating. In instances where the TD assigns a rating that is the rating that will be used for sectioning purposes and prize purposes. Players must disclose if they have a rating in another system. Failure to do so may result in being ineligible for prizes and/or expelled from the tournament." In 4 sections: Championship (FIDE rated; Open to USCF rated 2000 and above):$1000-500-300-150-125; U2100: $250-150-100. Under 2000 $900-500-300-150-125; U1850: $250-150-100. Under 1700: $900-500-300-150-125; U1550: $250-150-100. Under 1400 $900-500-300-150-125; U1200: $250-150-100. Trophies and Titles to top Georgia resident in above sections. EF: $93 online, $ 99 on-site. Free entry to FIDE IGM/IM/WGM/WIM ($93 deducted from prize). Online registration deadline Apr. 26 (Wed). On-site registration: Apr 28 (Fri) 5:30-6:30 pm for 3-day, Apr 29 (Sat) 9:00-10:00 am for 2-day. Rounds: 3 day schedule: Fri-7pm, Sat-2:30pm, 7:30 pm, Sun-10am, 3:30 pm. 2 day schedule: Sat-(Time Control: G/90 d5 – not FIDE-rated), then merges with 3 Day Schedule. Byes: One 1/2 point bye available in rounds 1-4. Must declare 1/2 pt byes when entering and no changes permitted after commencement of Round 1. Info: www.georgiachess.org, gastatechamp@georgiachess.org.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 29-30   ILLINOIS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
Chicago Chess Center 1st Haymarket Memorial

Room 605, UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607. $5,000 based on 88 players; $2,500 guaranteed! All Three Sections: 4SS, 40/90, SD/30, inc/30, Accelerated pairings possible. ½-byes available in all rounds; request before rd.2. Rounds 10-4 Saturday, 10-4 Sunday. Open: EF: $69 in advance, $80 on-site. U2000 may play up for additional $15. GMs and IMs play for free; no prize reduction!.$1000-500-200. U2300 $300 $100 U2100 $200. Under 2000: Open to 1999 & under. EF: $67 in advance, $80 on-site. U1600 may play up for additional $15. $400-200-100. U1800 $300 $150 $100. Unrated may not win more than $200. Under 1600: Open to 1599 & under. EF: $59 in advance, $70 on-site. 20% discount for CCC members. $400-200-100. U1400:$200 $120 $100; U1200 $120 $110 $100. Unrated may not win more than $100. REG.: chichess.org/events or mail to Chicago Chess Center NFP Inc. P.O. Box 180095, Chicago, IL 60618; onsite 8:30-9:45 a.m. No phone entries. 20% discount for CCC members. INFO: Bill Brock, 773-294-1709, info@chichess.org. www.chichess.org. Sets and clocks provided. W.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
APR. 29-30   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
Greater Philadelphia Weekend Open

4SS, 40/90,SD/15;+30. Days Inn, 245 Easton Rd., Horsham, PA 19044. EF: $40. $$GTD: Open: $400-200-100-50. U1800: $100-50. Reg.: to 10:45am. Rds.: Sat/Sun 11-3:30 Max one bye, req. at entry. HR: $59, 215-674-2500 free parking/wifi. ENT: www.keystonechessclub.org.


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US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAY 5-7 OR 6-7   ARKANSAS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED)
4th Annual Little Rock Spring Open

5SS, G/40/120, SD/30 d5. Little Rock Marriott, 3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, AR 72201, (501) 906-4600; HR: $109 (ask for chess rate before April 14). Airport shuttle service, reservation required, complimentary: Shuttle Phone: (501) 906-4000 Valet parking $25/day; nearby garage $12/day. Hotel is approximately 7 miles from Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. Marriott Little Rock. 3 sections. Open, Reserve (U1600) and Novice (U1200). Novice section: 5SS, G/30 d5 (Recording encouraged, but not required). Open and Reserve Sections: 3-day schedule: Rounds 1-5 G/40/120, SD/30 d5. 2-day schedule: Round 1-2, G/60 d5. Rounds 3-5, 40/120, SD/30 d5. Novice Section: Saturday (May 6th) only. 5SS, G/30 d5. Play all 5 rounds. Registration 9-9:45 AM. Round 1 starts at 10:00 AM, remainder ASAP with small lunch break. EF: Open and Reserve: $45 postmarked by April 28th. $50 at site (no checks). GM and IM free entry; $50 deducted from prizes. If first tournament, then $35 (preregistered) or $45 at site. Scholastic Section: $20 postmarked by April 28th, $30 at site (no checks). Must have active USCF membership for all sections; available on site. Prizes: Guaranteed $1,350 Open Section: 1st $500, 2nd $300, U2000 $150, U1800 $50. Unrateds only eligible for Open prizes. Reserve Section (U1600): 1st $200, 2nd $100, 3rd $50 Novice Section (U1200): Trophies to top 3 finishers. Medals to all participants. 3-day schedule: Registration ends Friday 6PM, rounds: Friday 7PM; Saturday 11 AM & 5 PM; Sunday 10 AM & 3:30 PM. 2-day schedule: Registration ends Saturday 10 AM; rounds: Saturday 11 AM, 2 PM & 5 PM; Sunday 10 AM & 3:30 PM.1/2 pt bye (limit 2) available before round 3. Entry: Ron Sanders Jr., P.O.Box 241762, Little Rock, AR 72223, roncsanders@gmail.com.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAY 5-7 OR 6-7   MICHIGAN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
14th Annual Great Lakes Open

Held at McCamly Plaza Hotel, 50 Capital Avenue SW, Battle Creek, MI 49017 (See Lodging below). 4 Sections: OPEN, U1800 (RESERVE), U1400, Novice (U800, 1 Day Only). 5-SS (4-SS in Novice). OPEN Section USCF and FIDE-rated. OPEN Section participants must have USCF and FIDE memberships in addition to a State membership; can be purchased on site (FIDE membership is free). USCF rating is used for PAIRING and PRIZES. GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20. 2-day & 3-DAY SCHEDULES. Up to two 1/2-point byes allowed; must be requested prior to start of RD. 3. SCHEDULES MERGE AFTER RD. 2. NO RE-ENTRIES IN OPEN OR NOVICE SECTIONS. Re-Entry in Reserve (U1800): $40. Re-entry in U1400: $35. USCF and a STATE Membership Required – can be purchased on site! Cell Phone and Headset Rules firmly apply; Rules posted on site. Prize Fund: $4,700. (66 2/3% Guar.). ONLINE REGISTRATION (beginning December 19th) available at: www.bccfoundation.org/glopen. CHIEF TD: Tony Nichols (sensie48910@yahoo.com). NATIONAL ARBITOR: DR. ED MANDELL (allthekingsmench@aol.com). EF: (*SEE NOVICE Section below) By April 28th (add $10 after, add $15 on site): OPEN SECTION: 3-DAY, $83. 2-DAY, $82. IM’s/GM’s Free! ($80 EF deducted from prize.) U1800 SECTION: 3-DAY, $63. 2-DAY, $62. U1400 SECTION: 3-DAY, $46. 2-DAY, $45. NOVICE (U800): $12. TL: 3-DAY: Rds. 1-5, 40/120 d5, SD/30. 2-DAY: Rds. 1-2, G-60 d5. RDs 3-5, 40/120;d5 SD/30. RDS.: 3-DAY: Fri: 7 pm. Sat: 12, 6:00. Sun: 10, 3:30. 2-DAY: Sat: 12:30, 3, 6:00. Sun: 10, 3:30. REGISTRATION: 3-DAY: Fri, May 5, 4:30–6:00 PM. 2-DAY: Sat, May 6: 9:00–11:30 AM. ONLINE REGISTRATION (beginning December 19th) available at: www.bccfoundation.org/glopen. MAIL-IN REGISTRATION: Holly Munsch, Battle Creek Community Foundation, 34 W. Jackson St., Ste. 1, Battle Creek, MI 49017. *NOVICE SECTION (U800): 4-SS. Sat, May 6 (1 Day Only). Open to U800 or Unrated Only. REG.: Sat, 9-10:30 am. TL: G/25 d5. RDS: 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4. PRIZES: Trophies for Top 5 overall. Trophies also for Top U600, U400, UNR. Medals to everyone scoring 2.5 and not receiving a trophy. $$: $4,700 Prize Fund (66 2/3% Guar). OPEN SECTION: $2,500 (b/40): 1st, 2nd, 3rd: $900, $500; $350. Top U2200, U2000, U1800/UNR: $250 Each. RESERVE (U1800): $1,300 (b/34): 1st, 2nd: $550, $350; TOP U1600, U1400/UNR: $200 Each. U1400 SECTION: $90 (b/34): 1st, 2nd: $350, $250; TOP U1200, UI000, U800/UNR: $100 Each. UNR eligible for Top or UNRATED Prizes ONLY. LODGING: This AAA Four-Diamond Hotel is located in Downtown Battle Creek. Call Toll-Free 1-888-622-2659 for Reservations or go online at http://www.mccamlyplaza.com. Ask for the Great Lakes Open chess rate ($94/night)–must reserve by April 9th for this great rate! Parking $8, unlimited in and out privileges. Free parking in nearby areas on weekends. For directions to hotel, go online to http://www.mapquest.com or http://www.yahoo.com/maps. registration Info: Holly Munsch, (269) 962-2181. Email: holly@bccfoundation.org. CHESS INFO: Chief Tournament Director, Tony Nichols, Email: sensie48910@yahoo.com


A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAY 5-7 OR 6-7   MARYLAND
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30
Maryland Open

5SS, 40/90, SD/30 + 30” incr, (Rnd. 1 G/90 +30” incr) (2-day schedule: rds. 1-2 G/45+30"incr) U1300 & U1000 G/120 d5 (rds. 1-2 G/60 d5), (U1300 3-day option rds. 1&2 G/120 d5) Rockville Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. $$Based on score. 7 sections: Championship (min. rating of 2000) FIDE rated: 5.0 =$1600, 4.5 =$800, 4.0=$450, 3.5=$175, 3.0=$50 [min $1500 payout, top score group raised if less than $1500]. U2200 (FIDE rated): 5.0 =$1500, 4.5 =$700, 4.0=$350, 3.5=$150, 3.0=$40. U2000: 5.0 =$1200, 4.5 =$650, 4.0=$325, 3.5=$125. U1800: 5.0= $1200, 4.5 = $600, 4.0= $300, 3.5= $100. U1600: 5.0= $1000, 4.5= $500, 4.0= $250, 3.5= $100. U1300: 5.0= $500, 4.5= $250, 4.0= $125, 3.5= $50. U1000 (no adult UNR): 5.0= $250, 4.5= $125, 4.0= $50, 3.5= $20. Trophies to top 10 & U800 in U1000. If no 5-0 in section, then sole 1st @ 4.5 or shared 1st at lower score receive bonus (added to score prize) - Championship: $300; U2200 $200, U2000 $150, U1800 & U1600: $100; U1300 & U1000: $50. Unrated limited to $100 in U1000, $200 in U1300, and $400 in U1600. Sets and boards provided. Clocks provided in the Championship, U2200, U2000, and U1800 sections. Optionally, pairings can be texted/emailed to your phone. Free Sunday morning continental breakfast for players. Free parking for day guests. EF: $99 by 4/21, $109 by 5/2, and $114 online only by 5/4, $120 at the door. Special EFs: $55 less for U1000 , $35 less for U1300, GMs free, IMs $45 off EF. HR: $99, ($5 EF discount if staying at hotel). Rooms may not be avail after 4/21. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 7pm, rds. Fri 8, Sat 11&6, Sun 9:30 & 3:30. 2-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10am rds. 11, 2:15 & 6, Sun 9:30 & 3:30. U1300 & U1000 schedule Reg. ends Sat 10am rds. 11, 1:15 & 4:00, Sun 9:30 & 1:30. U1300 3-day schedule Reg. ends Fri 7 pm, rds. Fri 8, Sat 11 & 4:00, Sun 9:30 & 1:30. Ent: MCA, 1827 Thornton Ridge Rd., Towson, MD 21204. Detailed rules, more information and registration at http://themdopen.com.


MAY 6   VERMONT
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10 (ENHANCED)
Bennington Spring Open in Southwestern Vermont

4SS, G/60 d5. Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St., Bennington, VT 05201. Three sections. Open, $$G: 200-130, U2100 120, U1900 110. Under 1750, $$G: 130-80, U1550 100. Under 1350, $$G: 100-60, U1150 60-40. All, EF: $30 if rec'd by 5/4 (PayPal OK) or $35 at site; both $8 less if U900/Unr. Half-point bye OK for any one round if requested by 12:35 p.m. Unrated player may win up to $55 in Under 1750, $33 in Under 1350. Reg.: 8:45-9:35 a.m., Rds.: 10-1-3:30-6. Ent: Parker Montgomery, PO Box 831, Middlebury, VT 05753-0831; vermonty64@earthlink.net, mobile 802-349-7739.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAY 7   NEW JERSEY
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 (ENHANCED)
Dr. David Ostfeld Memorial ICA Open Championship

Bergen Academy, 200 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack, NJ 07601. Open to All Ages With Rating above 1400. 4SS, G/61 d5. Prize Fund: 1st - 3rd $300, $250, $200, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600 each $100 Top U2200 will receive a free entry into the 2017 NJ Open. Best Under 13 Years Old $75, Best Over 55 Years Old $75. Reg Ends at 9 AM Only one 1/2-point bye allowed, if requested before the start of round two. EF:Adv (pmk. By May 3) $45, AT Site $50. GMs Free Entry. INFO 201-797-0330 or chessdirector@icanj.net. $$b/40: Prize Fund Will Not Be Reduced Below 70%. Rds.: 9:30 AM, 11:45 AM, 2:15 PM, 4:30 PM. ENT: Make EF payable to: International Chess Academy. Mail To: Diana Tulman, 28 Canterbury Ln., New Milford, NJ 07646. Online reg: https://ica.jumbula.com/#/ica_tournaments. INFO: www.icanj. net. W.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAY 13   OHIO
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
“Don’t Forget Mother’s Day” Pawn Storm XXXV

4SS, G/60, +10. Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. Fifth St., Dayton, OH 45402. EF: $40 to May 10th then $50. GTD Prizes: Open $400-200, U1900 $201-$50, U1600 $200-50. Reg.: 9:30-1015. Rds.: 10:30-1:30-4:30-7:00. DCC mbrs $5 disc. Mail EF to: Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. 5th St., Dayton, OH 45402 or register online at http://www.daytonchessclub.com. More info call 937.461.6283 or email DCC.18W5@sbcglobal.net


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAY 13-14   TEXAS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED)
2017 DCC FIDE Open V

5SS, G/90 inc/30. Dallas Chess Club, 200 S. Cottonwood Dr. #C, Richardson, TX 75080. Two sections: Open and Reserve. Open: $$875G. FIDE and US Chess rated but uses FIDE rules. Use US Chess ratings and rules for pairings and for awarding prizes. Default late forfeiture time is one hour. TD may extend this time at TD’s discretion. Note that Foreign players must disclose their FIDE ID number before 1st round in order to play. Note that USA Players with no FIDE ID must disclose their email address. $$ $500-$250-$125. EF: 2400+ $125, 2000-2399 $90, 1600 -1999 $99, U1600 $125, Senior/Birthday during tournament/Additional Family Member $55. For DFW area players, Dallas Chess Club membership required or pay $20 non member fee. Small Minimum prize to the First three GM/IM’s who apply. GM/IM must play all rounds to get minimum prize (entry fee may be deducted from prize). Reserve: Open to players rated below 2000 USCF. This section is not Fide Rated but is US Chess rated and uses US Chess rules. EF: $40. The Reserve give back 10% in prizes and if at least 8 paid entries and if there is a clear winner, then that winner receives free entry to next DCC Fide Open. In the reserve section, Tournament reserves the right to use Fide rules on electronic devices and on starting White’s clock at start of a round and to use FIDE pairing rules. Also clocks will be set to ‘halt at end’. Both: Reg.: Saturday from 9:45–10:15 am. Rds.: Sat 10:45 am-3:10pm-7:16pm, Sun 9:45 am-2:10pm. One half point Bye allowed if requested before end of round 2 and before getting full point bye. Withdrawals and zero point last round byes are not eligible for prizes. Note that house players (if required) must pay $5 per round and be US Chess members. ENT: Make/mail Checks payable to Dallas Chess Club, C/O Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036-4719. Info: 214-632-9000. FIDE.


MAY 16   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
Marshall Masters

4-SS, G/25 d5. Open to 2000+ players. FIDE Rapid rated. $750 GTD: 250-150-100. Top U2400 125, Top U2300 100, Biggest upset $25. EF: $40, MCC Mbrs $30. GMs Free. Reg.: 6:15-6:45pm. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. Max one bye, for round 1 or 4 only. Request at entry. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716, www.marshallchessclub.org.


A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAY 19-21 OR 20-21   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED)
25th annual New York State Open

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Tiki Resort, 2 Canada St., Lake George, NY 12845. $$G 3200. In 4 sections. Open: $$ 400-200-150, top Under 2010/Unr $240-120, top Under 1810 $200-100. Senior, open to under 1910 or unrated born before 5/21/67. $$ 300-150-100, top Under 1710 $140-70. Under 1610: $$ 250-125-75, Under 1410 $120-60, unrated limit $150. Under 1210: $100-60-40, plaques to top 3, 1st U1000, U800, U600, Unr. Mixed doubles bonus prize: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $200. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 5/20. Top 3 sections EF: $79 online at chessaction.com by 5/17, $85 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 5/15 (entry only, no questions), 3-day $83, 2-day $82 mailed by 5/10, $90 online until 2 hours before round 1 or at site. Under 1210 Section EF: all $40 less than top 3 sections EF. All: Advance or online entry $7 less to NYSCA members (NYSCA dues $12/year with 2 issues Empire Chess, $20/year with 4 issues, may be paid with entry fee). No checks at site, credit cards OK. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry- online at chesstour.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry $40, not available in Open Section. GMs, IMs & WGMs free, $60 deducted from prize. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 &, 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. Half point byes OK all, must commit before rd. 2; limit 2 byes (limit 1 bye if under 1810/unr in Open). HR: $80-80, call 518-668-5744 Mon-Fri 9 am-5pm, reserve by 4/29 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.us, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, reg. ends 9:15 pm.


MAY 20   MARYLAND
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
Maryland May Action

5SS, G/45;+5: incr. Rockville Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. All Prizes Guaranteed. 2 Sections: Championship (min 1600 rating) $350-$225-$125-$75, U2000 $150. Under 1800 $275-$175-$100-$50, U1600 $75, U1400 $50. Sets, boards and clocks provided. EF: $35 by 5/16, $40 later Schedule: Reg. ends 10am, rds 10:30-12:30-3:00-5:00-7:00. More information & online http://mdchess.com


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAY 20-21   WISCONSIN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Arpad Elo Open

Chula Vista Resort, 2501 River Rd., Wisconsin Dells, WI. HR: $85 mention chess 855-388-4782. 5SS Open: EF $45 received by May 18, $50 at site. $$b/25: $400, $250, A $150, U1800 $140. Reserve (U1800):EF $30 received by May 18, $35 at site. $$b/25: $125, $100, C $75, D $75, U1200 $75. TC: Rd1: G/90 d5. Rds. 2-5: 30/90. SD/60, d5. Rds.: 10, 2, 7:30; 10, 3:30. Registration: 9-9:30. Ent: Guy Hoffman, 1305 D Tompkins Dr., Madison, WI 53716-3279. Info: 920-279-0701 www.wischess.org, schachfuhrer@hotmail.com. A WI Tour event. W.


An American Classic!
A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAY 25-29, 26-29, 27-29 OR 28-29   ILLINOIS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED)
26th annual Chicago Open

Open Section, May 25-29: 9SS, 40/2, SD/30 d10, GM & IM norms possible, FIDE rated. Other Sections, May 26-29, 27-29 or 28-29: 7SS, 40/2, SD/30 d10 (3-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10; 2-day option, rds. 1-4 G/30 d10). Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 North Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL 60090 (from Chicago, I-294 north to US-45 north; from Milwaukee, I-94 east to Lake Cook Rd to US-45 south.) Free parking. Free lectures and analysis of your games by GM John Fedorowicz. $100,000 guaranteed prize fund. In 8 sections (unrated allowed only in Open, U2300, U2100 or U1000). Open: Open to players who are/were rated 2200/over by USCF or FIDE or pay $100 extra. $10000-5000-2500-1300-1000-800-600-500-400-400, clear or tiebreak winner bonus $300, top FIDE Under 2400/Unr $2000-1000. FIDE rated, GM and IM norms possible. Under 2300: $5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-400-300-300-300. Under 2100: $5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-400-300-300-300; unrated limit $1000. Under 1900: $5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-400-300-300-300. Under 1700: $5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-400-300-300-300. Under 1500: $4000-2000-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300-300. Under 1300: $4000-2000-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300-300. Under 1000: $1000-500-300-200-200-150-150-100-100-100, unrated limit $200, trophies to first 10, top U800, U600, U400, Unrated. Prize limits: 1) If any post-event rating posted 5/24/16-5/24/17 was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $1500. 2) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated as of 5/17 official list cannot win over $500 in U1000, $1000 U1300, $1500 U1500, $2000 U1700, or $2500 U1900. 3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes: best male/female combined 2-player “team” score: $2000-1000-500-400-300. For Open Section, only rounds 1-7 counted towards mixed doubles. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2; teammate pairings avoided but possible; teams including an unrated limited to $500. Open through U1300 entry fee: $207 online at chessaction.com by 3/20, $227 by 5/24. $215 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/21, $235 phoned by 5/22 (entry only, no questions). 5-day $215, 4-day $214, 3-day $213, 2-day $212 mailed by 3/21, all $20 more mailed by 5/12. All $250 online until 2 hours before round 1 or at site until 1 hour before round 1. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Do not mail entry after 5/12. Open EF for titled players: GMs free; $200 deducted from prize. IMs/WGMs $100; another $100 deducted from prize. EF $100 less to seniors age 65/over, except U1000 Section. Under 1000 Section EF: $57 online at chessaction.com by 5/24, $65 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 5/22 (entry only, no questions), 4-day $64, 3-day $63, 2-day $62 mailed by 5/12, all $80 online until 2 hours before round 1 or at site until 1 hour before round 1. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Online EF $5 less to ICA members; join at il-chess.org. An ICA Tour Event. Special 1 yr US Chess dues with magazine if paid with entry: Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry: $100, no re-entry from Open to Open. 5-day schedule (Open only): Reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds. Thu 7 pm, Fri 12 & 7, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:15. 4-day schedule (U2300 to U1500): Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, Rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:15. 3-day schedule (U2300 to U1500): Reg. ends Sat 10 am, Rds. Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:15. 2-day schedule (U2300 to U1500): Reg. ends Sun 9 am, Rds. Sun 10, 12, 2, 3:45 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:15. Under 1300 & Under 1000 schedules: Same as U2300 to U1500 (4-day, 3-day, 2-day options), except last round Mon is 3:15. 4-day, 3-day & 2-day schedules merge & compete for same prizes. Byes: OK all, limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), Open must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 4. Hotel rates: $109-109-109-109, 800-937-8461, 847-777-6500, reserve by 5/11 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Foreign player ratings: See www.chesstour.com/foreignratings.htm. US player ratings: May official ratings used; FIDE ratings used for Open Section. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special rules: 1) Players must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director. See also chesstour.com/devices.htm. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: chesstour.com, chesstour.info, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. Entriesposted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied.


MAY 26   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Marshall $500 FIDE Blitz (BLZ)

9-SS, G/3 +2. FIDE Blitz rated. $500: $200-100, top U2400/unr, U2200, U2000, U1800: $50. USCF regular rating used for pairings & prizes. EF: $30, MCC Mbrs $20. GMs Free. Reg.: 6:15-6:45. Rds.: 7-7:30-7:50-8:10-8:40-9-9:20-9:40-10pm. Max three byes. Request at entry. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716, www.marshallchessclub.org.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAY 26-29 OR 27-29   VIRGINIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 80 (ENHANCED)
5th Cherry Blossom Classic

Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport, 2200 Centerville Road, Herndon, VA 20170. A VCF Cup Event. 6 Sections - 7-SS in 5 sections (4-day or 3-day): Open/U2200 (FIDE Rated), U2000, U1700 and U1400. 6-SS in U1200 (2-day only – Sat and Sun). GMs, IMs & WGMs free, deduct $50 from prize; Addl. Conditions - First 6 GMs/IMs to Register by May 15th - Free HR in double shared accommodation (Must Register in advance). Prizes $10000 b/180 ($9000 Unconditionally GTD - 70% each prize GTD all sections except Open $3100 GTD, Re-entries count as half, No Re-entry in Open/U2200, U1200 count as 3/4 entry), Open:$1300-600-400-200 U2300 $300-200. Clear 1st $100 bonus. Minimum USCF/FIDE 2000 Rating else pay $50 more. U2200: $900-400-200 U2100 $300-200. USCF/FIDE Minimum 1900 to play else pay $50 more. U2000: $600-300-200 U1850 $300-200 U1700: $600-300-200, U1550 $200-100 U1400: $500-300-200 U1300 $100 U1200: $400-200-100 U1100 $100. Unrated prize limits: $100 in U1200/U1400, $150 U1700/U2000, $200 U2200. EF: Top 5 sections $95 by May 15, $100 by May 22, $105 by May 25, $115 after May 25 and at site. Re-entry $60 for all players, no re-entry in Open/U2200; U1200 Section $20 less. Time control: Top 5 Sections: 4-day Schedule: 7SS 40/90;SD/30;+30sec inc. 3-day Schedule: Rd. 1 G/45;+30, Rds. 2-3 Sat G/90;+30, Rds. 4-7 Sun/Mon 40/90;SD/30;+30sec inc. U1200 plays only 2-day G/90 d5. Round times: 4-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 7 pm, Rds. Fri 8 pm, Sat/Sun 11am - 5:30pm, Mon 9:30am - 3:30pm. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10am, Rds. 1-3 Sat 11am-2pm-7pm and Rd. 4-7 follows 4-day schedule. 2-day schedule (U1200 only) Reg. ends 10am, Rds. Sat 11am-3pm-7pm, Sun 10am-2pm-6pm. Byes: Up to two 1/2pt byes available in all sections, must commit 1 hour before start of rd. 4 (by Sun 8:30am). HR $99/night if reserved by May 15th. Reservations 703-471-6700, mention Chess Tournament. More information/Online registration: www.cherryblossomchess.com. Mail checks (payable to Capital Area Chess.) to CHERRY BLOSSOM CLASSIC/ Attn. Capital Area Chess, PO Box 223582, Chantilly, VA 20171. Email info only: Anand Dommalapati, cbc2017@capitalareachess.com. Boards and sets provided in ALL sections. Clocks supplied in the Open section. Two Side Events: Sat May 27. 5th Cherry Blossom Classic Scholastic 10am (Enter by 9:30am) & Sun May 28th 10pm FIDE Blitz Tournament (Enter by 9:45pm).


A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAY 26-29 OR 27-29   TEXAS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50 (ENHANCED)
72nd Annual Texas State and Amateur Championships

7SS. Doubletree DFW Airport North, 4441 W John Carpenter Fwy., Irving, TX 75063. $$ 8,350G. Championship: This section is FIDE rated and uses FIDE rules. The tournament will use USCF ratings for pairings and prize purposes. Must be rated 2000 or above by either USCF or Fide to play in this section. Defending Texas State Amateur Champion may also play in this section. Texas Scholastic High School Champions (either South or North Central) may also play in this section. Foreign unrateds may play in this section and at TDs discretion may be required to play in Championship section. G/90 with 30 sec. increment. Foreign players must disclose their FIDE ID number before 1st round in order to play in Championship section. Default late forfeiture time is one hour. TD may extend this time at TD’s discretion. $$ 1,000-500-250, 2200-2399 $750, U2200 $750. Amateur: U2000 & unrated. Rds. 1-7 G/90 with 30 sec increment. $$ 800-400-200. B $$ 600-300-150, C 500-250-125, U1400 $500-250-125, U1200 $400, U1000 $300 Unrated $200. Both: TCA membership required. Other states accepted. EF: $89 if received by 5/19, else $99. $80 Junior (U19) if received by 5/19 else $90, Senior (over 65)/Handicapped/ additional family participant $53 if receive by 5/19 else $65. Add $5 for CC phone entries; pre-reg requires pre-payment. After 5/24 all registration and changes on site only; all changes including withdrawals, $10 after 5/24. 4 day: Reg. Friday 5/26, 6:15 pm-7:15. Rds. Fri: 7:45, Sat: 2:45 pm - 7:30, Sun: 11:00 am - 5:15 pm, Mon: 9:30 am - 2:15 pm. 3 day: Reg. Sat. 5/27, 9-9:30 am, Rd. 1 at 10 am then merge with 4 day. Foreign Unrated must play in Championship section. Registrations that do not indicate 4 or 3 day schedule will be put in the 3 day. HR: $99/99/99/99, 972-929-8181or 800-222-8733 reserve by 5/6 and ask for Chess rate. Note that tournament players and/or their families can purchase a hot breakfast for $12. Inquire at cash register in the atrium near the hotel front desk. Free Parking. Up to two 1/2 pt byes available if requested before end of rd. 2 and before receiving full point bye, but byes for both rounds 6 AND 7 not permitted. K-12 Scholastic on Saturday, 5/27. 5-SS, Rds. G/30 d5, EF: $29 by 5/19, $45 after; Pre-reg. requires pre-payment. After 5/24 all registration and changes on site only; all changes $10 after 5/19. No refunds after 5/24, $10 handling fee for refunds before 5/24. Registration 8:15-8:45 am, Rd. 1 at 9:30 am, rest ASAP with small lunch break. Sections: K-12 Championship and K-12 U1000. Prizes: Trophies to top 12 individuals, top five teams in each section. K-12 U1000 also top three unrateds. Medals to those who do not win a trophy. Ent: Dallas Chess Club, C/O Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036. Info: Barb Swafford, 214-632-9000, info@dallaschess.com www.dallaschess.com W. FIDE.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAY 27-28   OKLAHOMA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
Frank K. Berry Memorial

5-SS; G/90+30. Trade Winds Central Hotel, 3141 E. Skelly Dr. (NW corner of 51st and Harvard), Tulsa, OK 74105 (918-749-5561). Free WiFi, www.tradewindstulsa.com. Hotel Rates: $55-$69. Two Sections:Open, and Reserve (U1700). EF: $40 if mailed by 5/21, $50 thereafter, FREE entry for Masters 2200+ (deducted from prize winnings). Free OCF Memb. Prizes $$2400 (1st prize Gtd., the rest b/65 paid entries). Open: $600(G)-250 U2100: 200-100, U1900: 200-100, Reserve (U1700): $300-200, U1400: 200-100, U1100/UNR: 150. More $$ if entries permit. Byes: One half-point bye Rds. 1-5 if commit before Sat 9PM. REG.: 9-9:45 Sat AM. Rounds: 10-2:30-7, 9-1:15. Entries to: Tom Braunlich, 7500 S. Birch, Broken Arrow, OK 74011. Inquiries: tom.braunlich@cox.net Web: www.ocfchess.org


A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
A State Championship Event!
MAY 27-29 OR 28-29   MASSACHUSETTS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 80 (ENHANCED)
86th Massachusetts Open

6SS, 40/100, SD/60, d5 (2-day schedule, G/45, d5 in rounds 1-3). No 2-day schedule in Championship sect. Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlboro (I-495, exit 24B, Rt. 20W, one mile from exit). $$6,000 b/120 paid entries ($25 off entries count half), 75% G. Prizes in Championship sect. are 100% G. 4 sects. Championship (open to players rated 1800 or above): $2,000-800-400, top U2300 $450. FIDE. 3-day schedule only. Under 2100: $400-200, top U1950 $200. Under 1800: $400-200, top U1650 $200. Under 1500: $300-150, top U1350 $150, top U1200 $150. State championship title to high scoring Mass. resident or student in each sect. Unrated prize limits: $200 in U2100, $150 in U1800, $100 in U1500, can’t win title. EF: $55 for 3-day, $54 for 2-day if mailed by 5/22 or online by 5/25, $70 at site. GMs and IMs free. $25 discount to players in U1500 sect. rated under 1000 or unrated. 3-day Schedule: Reg. Sat. 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Rds. Sat. 10:30 & 5, Sun. 10:30 & 5, Mon. 10 & 4. 2-day Schedule (U2100 to U1500 only): Reg. Sun. 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Rds. Sun. 10:30, 1, 3 & 5, Mon. 10 & 4. Schedules merge in round 4. Byes: 1-6, limit 2, rounds 4-6 must commit before rd. 2. Massachusetts Blitz Championship: Sun. 5/28, 5SS (dbl), G/5 d0. Blitz rated but higher of blitz and regular ratings used for pairings and prizes. EF $10 if playing in main tnmt., else $15. 75% of EFs returned as prizes. Reg. ends 9:15 p.m., 1st rd. at 9:30 p.m., others ASAP. Bye allowed 1st rd. Scholastic Sections: K-12 U1500 and K-12 U800 on Sat. 5/27, K-3 U1200 and K-3 U400 on Sun. 5/28, K-6 U1400 and K-6 U600 on Mon. 5/29. Each is 4SS, G/30 d5. EF: $20 if mailed by 5/22 or online by 5/25, $25 at site. Reg. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 1st rd. at 11 a.m., others ASAP. Trophies to top 3 in each sect. Medals to players scoring 3+ points and not winning a trophy. All: MACA membership required for Mass. residents ($12 adult, $6 jr. U18, add $8 for optional Chess Horizons subscription). MACA Annual Meeting: Mon. 5/29 at 9:30 a.m. HR: $119-119 standard, 134-134 deluxe, includes full breakfast buffet, reserve by 5/13 and mention chess tnmt. 508-460-0700 or 888-543-9500. Ent: payable to MACA and mail to Robert Messenger, 4 Hamlett Dr. Apt. 12, Nashua, NH 03062, or enter online (PayPal) at www.MassChess.org. Info: send email to info@masschess.org or call 603-891-2484. Day of the tournament call 603-557-1732. W.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAY 27-29 OR 28-29   CALIFORNIA, NORTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 80 (ENHANCED)
Best of the West Class Championship

6SS, 40/120 SD30 d5 (2-day rds. 1-3 G/61 d5 merge in rd4). Marriott, 2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054. Prizes: $16,000 b/250 (60% Guar). 6 sections. Open (2000+ FIDE rated): 2000 1200 700 300 150, u2300 500 300 150. 1800-1999, 1600-1799: 1,500-800-500-200-100. 1400-1599: 1,000-500-300-200-100. u1400: $800, 500, 300, 150, 100 u1200 $300-200-100. Unr capped at 300 exc in Open. EF by 5/21: 129, After 5/21 & Onsite +25, Play-up +25 (max 200 rating diff). Reentry: 50. Econ Opt: 109 & 50% calc prize (not avail in Open). GMs/IMs free by 5/12: prize-EF. May 2017 Supp, CCA min & TD disc to place players. Sched: 3-day Reg Sa 10-10:45a, Rds. Sa/Su 11a 5p, M 10a 3:30p; 2-day Reg Su 8:30-9a, Rds. Su 9:30a 12n 2:30p 5p M 10a, 3:30p. Max three 1/2-pt byes, Rds. 5-6 byes must commit bef rd. 1. Ent:Bay Area Chess, 2050 Concourse Dr. #42, San Jose, CA 95131. Rfnd fee 20. Info: BayAreaChess.com/bestwest. E: ask@BayAreaChess.com. W.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAY 27-29   CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40 (ENHANCED)
2017 Lina Grumette Memorial Day Classic

6-SS, 3-day 40/100, SD/60 d10 2-day rds. 1-3 G/60 d2 then merges. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 2280 South Haven Ave., Ontario, CA 91761. $10,000 b/200, 50% of each prize guaranteed. In five sections: Open: $$T+1700- 750-400-300-200, U2400 400, U2200 700-300-200. Premier (under 2000): $$750-300-200-100. Amateur (Under 1800): $$750-300- 200-100. Reserve (Under 1600): $$750-300-200-100. Booster (Under 1400/unrated): $$400-200-100, U1200 150, Unr 150. (Unrated may win unrated prizes only.) EF: $88 by 5/20, $99 at door. Booster (U1400) section EF: $72 by 5/20, $85 door. Reg.: ends 9:30am 5/27, 8:30 AM, 5/28. Rds: 3-day: 10-5, 10-5, 9:30-4:30. 2-day: 9-11:30-2 (G/60, d/2), then merges with 3-day at 5. All: SCCF membership req. ($18 adults, $13 youth with print mag, $3 youth w/o mag), OSA: $25 Best Game prize, all sections eligible. 1 half-point bye if requested at least 1 round in advance, rd. 6 must be requested with entry. HR: $99., comp breakfast (909) 930-5555, www.hiexpressontario.com, code Southern California Chess Federation, reserve by 4/26. Parking Free. Free WiFi, airport shuttle. Info: contactashok.21@gmail.com On-line entry: www.scchess.com. Ent: SCCF, 12710 Bloomfield Ave., Apt #148, Norwalk, CA 90650. State Championship Qualifier.


MAY 28   VIRGINIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10 (ENHANCED)
5th Cherry Blossom Classic FIDE Rated Blitz! (BLZ)

Side Event to 5th Cherry Blossom Classic (May 26-29). Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport, 2200 Centerville Rd., Herndon, VA 20170. 2 Sections - Open (FIDE) and Amatuer/U1800. Open: G/3;+2; 5 Rounds Double Swiss. $500 GTD $$200-100 Top U2200/U2000 $100 each. Amateur/U1800 (b/16; Section maybe combined with Open): $$100-$50 Top U1400/U1200 $50 each. EF: Enter online $25 by May 27th online or onsite. $30 after May 27th and onsite by 9:45pm. Rounds start 10pm. Max 1 byes allowed, req at entry. More information/Online registration: www.cherryblossomchess.com. Mail checks (payable to Capital Area Chess) to Cherry Blossom Classic, Attn. Capital Area Chess, PO Box 223582, Chantilly, VA 20151. Email info only: Anand Dommalapati, cbc2017@capitalareachess.com.


MAY 28   ILLINOIS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED)
6th annual Chicago Open Blitz (BLZ)

5SS, G/5 d0, double round, 10 games. Westin North Shore Hotel (see Chicago Open). In 2 sections with $2500 guaranteed. Open: $400-250-150, U2300/Unr $220-110, U2100/Unr $200-100. Under 1900/Unr:$300-150-90, U1700/Unr $180-90, U1500 $120-60, U1300 $80. EF: $40 by 7 pm 5/28, $50 by 10 pm 5/28. GMs free; $40 from prize. Enter at site only, no checks. Reg. ends 10 pm, rds. 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12, 12:30. 1 bye allowed (1 point out of 2), must give notice before rd. 2. Blitz rated, but higher of regular or blitz used for pairings & prizes.​


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A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 2-4 OR 3-4   OHIO
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 60
2017 Gem City Open

5-SS, 40/90, SD/60 +10 (2-day schedule, Rd. 1 G/75 +5) at Dayton Chess Club, 18 West 5th St., Dayton, OH 45402. PRIZES GUARANTEED TWO (2) sections: OPEN (FIDE Rated) $1200, 800, 600, 500, 401; U2000: $400, 300. U1800 Section. $800, 600; U1600: $500; U1400: $400; U1200: $300 EF: 3-day $90, 2-day $91 if mailed or registered online by 5/27, then $110 online or at site 2 or 3 day. Free to 2400 & above-($90 deducted from winnings), DCC mbrs $5 discount. 3-day schedule: Reg. Fri. 5- 6:30pm, Rds: Fri 7pm; Sat 1pm, 7:30pm; Sun 9am, 3:30pm. 2-day schedule: Reg. Sat. 8:30- 9:30am. Rd1 at 10am, then merges with 3-day. Any player who loses Rd1 in U1800 Section night may re-enter for $35 and loss will not count in tournament standings. One 1/2 pt bye available in Rds. 1-4 (request prior to R1). Unrated players may play in any section with prizes limited to 1/3 except in OPEN with balance to next player(s). More info email DCC.18W5@sbcglobal.net. Hotel TBD.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 9-11 OR 10-11   CONNECTICUT
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50 (ENHANCED)
23rd Annual Northeast Open

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Sheraton Hotel, 700 Main St., Stamford 06901. Free parking. $10,000 guaranteed. 4 sections. Open: Open to all; U1800/Unr EF $50 more. $1200-700-400, U2250/Unr $600-300. Under 2050: $1000-600-300, U1850 $500-250. Under 1650: $800-500-300, U1450 $400-200. Under 1250: $600-400-200, U1050 $150, plaque to top 3, 1st U1000, U800, U600, Unr. Unrated limit $100 in U1250, $300 U1650. Mixed doubles prizes: best male/female 2-player combined score among all sections: $400-200. Must average under 2200; may play different sections; must register (no extra fee) before both begin round 2. Top 3 sections EF: $95 at chessaction.com by 6/7, 3-day $98, 2-day $97 mailed by 6/1, $110 at site, or online until 2 hrs before rd. 1. U1250 Section EF: all $40 less than above. No checks at site, credit cards OK. GMs $90 from prize. CSCA members, online EF $3 less. Re-entry $50, except Open Section. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 yr USCF with magazine if paid with entry. At chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. Bye: all, limit 2; must commit before rd. 2. HR: $105-105, 800-408-7640, 203-358-8400; reserve by 5/26 or may increase. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: Chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.us, 347-201-2269. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 10   NEW HAMPSHIRE
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED)
In Memory of IM Dr. Danny Kopec (b. 2/28/1954, d. 6/12/2016)

4SS, G/62 d5. Congregation Ahavas Achim, 84 Hastings Ave., Keene, NH 03431. $$G 2,300. Three sections. Master-Expert (open to 1800/above), EF: $40 if rec'd by 6/8 or $47 at site; free to IM/GM. $$G: 612.16-228.54-159.30, U2300 215, U2100 210. Under 1900, EF: $35 if rec'd by 6/8 or $42 at site. $$G: 200-130, U1700 110-70; no unrated player may win more than $100. Under 1500, EF: $30 if rec'd by 6/8 or $37 at site. $$G: $130-80, U1300 80, U1100 75; no unrated player may win more than $50. All, Reg.: 8:30-9:35 a.m., Rds.: 10-1-4-7. Half-point bye OK for any one round if requested before start of Round 2. No player may receive more than one bye of any type. Ent: NHCA, c/o Hal Terrie, 377 Huse Rd Unit 23, Manchester, NH 03103; or enter online at NHchess.org. Info: Parker Montgomery, vermonty64@earthlink.net, 802-349-7739.


JUNE 10   TENNESSEE
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Rea Hayes Open Chess Tournament

4SS, G/60 d5. Bethel Bible Village, 3001 Hamill Rd., Chattanooga (Hixson), TN 37342. $1,000 Guaranteed. Open: $250-150, Top A $75 if 2 or more players, Top B $75 if 2 or more players, Top U1600 $50. EF$30/40 at site. Reserve U1400 and below: $175-100, Top E $50 if 2 or more players, Top U1000 $45, Top Unrated $30. EF $25/35 at site. Rds.: 9:00, 11:15, 2:15, 4:30 Eastern. Ent/Info: Go to www.chattanoogachess.org or contact Malcolm Estrada, P. O. Box 1102, Chattanooga, TN 37401, 423-280-9526; or write to mrestrada111@comcast.net


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 13-18   WISCONSIN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120
Wisconsin International Chess Festival

9SS, 40/90, SD/30, 30 sec/move increment. Open to all. GM & IM norms possible, satisfies FIDE requirement that one GM norm be in an event with only one round per day for a minimum of 3 days. Directed by FIDE arbiter Glenn Panner and Jim Hodina. FIDE rated. Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, 3841 East Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53704. Free parking. Free internet. Free breakfast. Many restaurants within walking distance. $8,000 guaranteed prize fund: $3,000-$2,000-$1,000-$500-$500, top FIDE Under 2450/Unr $500, top FIDE Under 2250 $500. Minimum prize guarantees: $500 to foreign GMs (first five to enter), $100 to all other foreign FIDE rated players (all must complete all 9 rounds with no byes). EF: GMs free, no deduction from prizes; IMs $159, FIDE 2200+ $249, FIDE u2200 $299, FIDE unrated $349; $50 more after May 15th, $100 more after June 5th. All players must confirm arrival by 4pm on June 13th in order to be paired for round one. Schedule: on-site registration ends at 4pm on June 13th, rds. Tue 6pm, Wed-Thu-Fri 11am & 6pm, Sat-Sun 11am. Blitz on Sat at 7pm with $500 minimum prize fund. Byes: Two half point byes available (must commit before round 2), no norms possible with byes. HR: $79 if reserved by June 1st (mention CHESS), 608-244-2481. Ent: www.wisconsinchessfestival.com or make the check payable and send to: Wisconsin Chess Academy, 1280 Greenway Terrace #1, Brookfield, WI 53005. $20 service charge for refunds. Questions: www.wisconsinchessfestival.com, abetaneli@hotmail.com, 608-334-2574.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 14-15   NEVADA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50 (ENHANCED)
2017 U.S. Women’s Open

5SS, G/90 +30. Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Rd., 89109. $$3,500 Guaranteed Prize Fund. $1000-600-400, U2000 $350-200, U1800 $250-150, U1600 $200-100, U1400 $150-100. EF: $99 by 5/26, $125 later. REG.: 9-9:30 a.m. RDS.: 10-2:30-7, 10-2:30. 1/2 point bye available in any round (limit 1). HR: $69 ($89 Friday and Saturday nights) (800) 732-7117 ask for the CHESS rates. This event kicks off the LAS VEGAS INTERNATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL on Wednesday before the National Open. ENT: Vegas Chess Festivals, PO Box 90925, Henderson, NV 89009-0925 or www.VegasChessFestival.com. FIDE.


JUNE 15   NEVADA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50 (ENHANCED)
Walter Browne Memorial National Open Blitz Championship (BLZ)

7 D-SS (14 games), G/3 +2. Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Rd., 89109. $5,000 Guaranteed Prize fund! Open: $1000-500-300. U2400 300, U2300 275, U2200 250, U2100 225, U2000 200. Reserve (U1900): $500-300-150, U1800 250, U1700 200, U1600 175, U1500 150, U1400 125, U1200 100. Open section FIDE blitz rated. Must be 3 players eligible for each prize awarded. Unrated eligible for under prizes in open section only. EF: $50 by 5/26, $60 later. REG.: by 6:30 p.m. Rd. 1 at 7:30 p.m. www.VegasChessFestival.com. FIDE.


An American Classic!
A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 16-18 OR 17-18   NEVADA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 300 (ENHANCED)
2017 National Open

6-SS, 40/90, SD/30 +30 (2-day rounds 1-3 and Unrated Section G/40 +5). Westgate Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas 89109. $100,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund will not be reduced! In 8 sections, top 2 FIDE rated. Open: $8,000-4,000-2,000-1,000-600-500-400-300-300-300, top under 2500 $2,500, top under 2400 $2,400, EXTRA $2,500 for perfect score. The winner of the Open section also receives a replica of the Edmondson Cup. Under 2300: $6,000-3,000-1,500-750-400-350-300-250-250-250. Under 2100: $6,000-3,000-1,500-750-400-350-300-250-250-250. Under 1900: $5,000-2500-1250-600-350-300-250-250-250-250. Under 1700: $4,000-2,000-1,000-500-300-250-250-250-250-250. Under 1500: 3000-1500-700-350-300-250-250-250-250-250. Under 1300: $2000-1,000-500-300-250-250-250, top under 1000 (no provisional) $900. Unrated/Under 1000: 3 schedules with 5 rounds per day $200-125-75 each day plus $300 overall (best 2 results). Plus Score Bonus: ($12,000 guaranteed) in addition to any other prizes, every player with 3-1/2 points or more wins a $50 gift certificate. Plus score certificates will be awarded on site only. Mixed Doubles: best male/female combined 2-player team score: $1,500-750-350-250-150. Teammates may play in different sections but must have average rating below 2200. The Freddie: Players age 14 and under are eligible for best game prizes including the Freddie Award and $400 in cash prizes (donated by Fred Gruenberg). Unrated players may play only in Unrated or Open Section. Provisionally rated players may not win more than 40% of top prize in any under section; balance goes to next player(s) in line. CCA minimum ratings or other ratings may be used if higher than US Chess June Supplement. EF: $199 by 1/31, $225 by 5/26, $250 by 6/14, $280 later. Add $125 for adults rated under 2200 or juniors under 2100 playing in the Open Section. $40 less for seniors 65 and over. Unrated section only: $125 less for players in only 1 schedule, $60 less for 2 schedules. Reg.: 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday. Rds.: 11-5:30, 10-4:30, 10-4:30. 2-day schedule: Reg.: 8:30-9 a.m. Saturday. Rds.: 10-12-2 then merge with 3-day in round 4 at 4:30. Half point byes available in any round; round 5 or 6 byes must be requested before the start of round 2 and may not be cancelled. Chess sets and boards provided for tournament play only, not for skittles. Please bring digital chess clocks! The LAS VEGAS INTERNATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL features the National Open, the U.S. Women’s Open, the International Youth Championship, and other events. Many free extras and surprises! Free parking. Free raffles with great prizes. Free GM Lectures. Free GM analysis of your games. Free Daily Bulletins and free commemorative DVD mailed to all participants. Grandmaster Simuls and Chess Camp for all ages on Thursday. U.S. Women’s OpenWednesday and Thursday. Walter Browne Memorial Blitz Thursday 7:30 p.m. Youth Tournaments Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Blitz Sectionals Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Poker Tournament Monday Morning. Don't be shut out - make your reservations early and be sure to ask for the CHESS rates — $69 single or double ($89 Friday and Saturday nights) guarantees a premium room with new furniture, refrigerator, flat screen TV and more. The optional resort package including access to the Fitness Center, free WI-FI, and more is substantially discounted for our group. Cutoff for special hotel rate is May 26; after that rates will increase significantly and there may not be any rooms available. (800) 732-7117 or www.VegasChessFestival.com/hotel. ENT: Vegas Chess Festivals, PO Box 90925, Henderson, NV 89009-0925, on line at www.VegasChessFestival.com. Info: (702) 930-9550 and leave a message. FIDE.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 16-18 OR 17-18   GEORGIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120
Castle Chess Grand Prix

5-SS, G/120 d10 (2 day schedule, rd. 1 G/90 d10). Cox Hall Ballroom, Emory University, 569 Asbury Cir., Atlanta, GA 30322. $13,500 G! Seven Sections: Master: $2,100-1250-750-450; U2400: $1050-650; Expert: $900-650-400; Class A: $800-500-300; Class B: $600-400-250; Class C: $500-300-200; Class D: $400-250-150; U1200: $350-200-100. Official June rating used. Players may request to use latest unofficial US Chess rating if higher. This will be used if otherwise unrated. Players rated within 100 points of next higher section may up play one section, except must be 2150 to play Master section. EF: $79 if received by 6/15. $100 later or at site. Free to GM, IM, or USCF 2400. Unrated players: $50. Re-entry: $50. Cash or check only at site. Unrated may enter any section except Master. Prize limit of $150 in U1200, $200 in Class D, $250 in Class C, $300 in Class B, $350 in Class A, and $400 in Expert to all unrated players and to rated players with fewer than 10 lifetime rated games who are not playing up. Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. 3 day schedule: Reg.: 6-6:30 pm on 6/16. Rds.: 7:00; 2:00-7:00; 9:30-2:30. 2 day schedule: Reg.: 8:30-9:30 am on 6/17. Rd. 1 at 10:00, then merges with 3 day schedule. One 1/2 pt. bye any round. Must commit before playing first game. No changes. Ent: Castle Chess Inc., 5025 Antebellum Dr., Stone Mtn., GA 30087. Make check payable to: Castle Chess Inc. Info:tournament@castlechess.org; Before June 16: Scott Parker (770-939-5030). June 16-18 only: Jim Mundy (770-313-2684). HR: see www.castlechess.org Note: Bring sets, boards, clocks. None supplied. All parking at Emory is in either Fishburne or Peavine parking decks. No parking next to Cox Hall. Please allow time to walk from the deck to Cox Hall (the building with the clock tower.) 


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 16-18 OR 17-18   VIRGINIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED)
6th annual Continental Class Championships

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Westin Tysons Corner, 7801 Leesburg Pike (VA-7), Falls Church, VA 22043. Free parking, free shuttle to Tysons Corner Center and Metro. $20,000 guaranteed. 7 sections: Master (2200/up): $2000-1000-500-300, clear win or 1st on tiebreak $100, top U2400 $800-400. FIDE. Expert (2000-2199): $1400-700-400-200. Class A (1800-1999/Unr): $1400-700-400-200. Class B (1600-1799/Unr): $1400-700-400-200.Class C (1400-1599/Unr): $1200-600-400-200. Class D (1200-1399/Unr): $800-400-200-100. Class E (Under 1200/Unr): $800-400-200-100, plaques to top 3, 1st U1000, U800, Unr. Rated players may play up one section. Unrated limits: E $150, D $250, C $400, B $600. Mixed doubles prizes: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $800-400-200. Must average under 2200; may play different sections; must register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 6/17. Top 5 sections EF: $108 at chessaction.com by 6/14, 3-day $113, 2-day $112 mailed by 6/7, $130 at site, or online until 2 hrs before rd. 1. GMs $90 from prize. Class D or E Section EF: all $40 less than above. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 yr USCF with magazine if paid with entry. At chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry $50 (no Master Section). GMs $80 from prize. 3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 6 pm, rds. Fri 7, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg. Sat to 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. Bye: all, limit 2; Master must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $99-99, 1-866-716-8108, reserve by 6/2 or may increase. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Refunds, $15 service charge. Questions: Director@Chess.US, chesstour.com, 347-201-2269. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 23-25   FLORIDA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 60
5 Rounds Chess Educators International Open Tournament

$10,000 prize fund, based on 160 paid entries, with $7,000 minimum guaranteed! 5-SS, 40/90, SD/30 +10 seconds delay. FIDE & USCF rated. 5 Sections All FIDE rated: Open, U2100, U1900, U1700 & U1500. Prizes The event has a $10,000 prize fund, based on 160 paid entries, with $7,000 minimum guaranteed! The event has a $10,000 prize fund, based on 160 paid entries, with $7,000 minimum guaranteed! Open Section: 1st $2,600, 2nd $1300, 3rd $800, U/2200 1st $500, 2nd $250; U/2100 Section: 1st $800, 2nd $400, 3rd $200; U/1900 Section: 1st $700, 2nd $350, 3rd $175; U/1700 Section: 1st $600, 2nd $300, 3rd $150; U/1500 Section: 1st $500, 2nd $250; U/1200 $125. Unrated players can only win up to $100, unless they are playing in the open section. USCF membership required. Entry Fee: $99 by May 1, 2017; US$109 by June 1, 2017 & US$120 After June 2, 2017. Schedule: Fri 6pm; Sat. 10am & 5pm; Sun. 10am & 5pm. Byes: 2 byes available, must commit before round 3; 0 point bye for round 5. Official Hotel & Playing site: Park Inn Resort and Conference Center Orlando by Radisson, which is located on 3011 Maingate Ln., Kissimmee, FL 34747, United States – +1 407 396-1400. website: https://www.parkinn.com/orlandoGuest room rates for both King and or Queen/Queen guestrooms exclude 13% . Guest room rates will be available for attendees to book (3) Days Pre & Post event. $99 room rate per night. Reservation Method: SPECIAL CODE IS “MEETING OF THE MINDS”. Registrations and hotel reservation at www.chesseducators.com Transportation available for a fee. For more information contact: info@chesseducators.com or Tel. 1-917-553-4522.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 23-25   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED)
6th annual World Open Women’s Championship

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia 19107 (see World Open for rates & parking info). Open to all females. $2000 guaranteed prizes. In 2 sections. Open, open to all. $400-200-100, clear or tiebreak win $50 bonus, Under 1900/Unr $240, Under 1700/Unr $220. Under 1500: $280-140-70, Under 1300 (no Unr) $160, Under 1100 (no Unr) $140. EF: $88 online at chessaction.com by 6/21, $92 mailed by 6/12, $100 at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. GMs, IMs, WGMs free; $80 from prize. Reg. ends 6 pm 6/23, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:15 pm. Half point byes OK all rounds, limit 2 byes (limit 1 bye if under 1700 in Open or under 1100 in U1500), must commit before rd. 2. Special USCF dues: see World Open. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, PO Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly).


JUNE 23-25   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50 (ENHANCED)
2nd annual World Open Senior

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia 19107 (see World Open for rates & parking info). Open to all born before 6/25/67. $5000 guaranteed prizes. In 2 sections. Open, open to all. $1000-600-300, clear or tiebreak win $100 bonus, Under 2210/Unr $440-220, Under 2010/Unr $400-200. Under 1810: $$600-320-200, Under 1610 (no Unr) $280-140, Under 1410 (no Unr) $200; unrated limit $200. EF: $98 online at chessaction.com by 6/21, $105 mailed by 6/12 or phoned to 406-896-2038 by 6/19, $120 at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. GMs free; $90 deducted from prize. Reg.: ends 6 pm 6/23, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:15 pm. Half point byes OK all rounds, limit 2 byes (limit 1 bye if under 2010 in Open or under 1410 in U1810), must commit before rd .2. Special USCF dues: see World Open. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, PO Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly).


JUNE 23-25   PENNSYLVANIA
2nd annual World Open Senior
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 24-29   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED)
11th annual Philadelphia International

9SS, 40/2, SD/30 d10, open to all. GM & IM norms possible, satisfies FIDE requirement that one GM norm be in an event with only one round per day for a minimum of 3 days. FIDE rated. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 (see World Open for rates & parking info). $$G 10,000: $3000-1500-1000-700-600-500-400-300-200, top FIDE under 2300 or unrated $1200-600. Minimum prize guarantees: $700 to foreign GMs with FIDE ratings 2500/over, $500 to foreign GMs with with FIDE ratings under 2500, $300 to foreign IMs/WGMs (all must complete all 9 games with no byes; limited to first 5 foreign GMs & first 5 foreign IMs/WGMs to enter by 5/22 at chessaction.com). Minimum prize $300 to other GMs (including US) who enter at chessaction.com by 5/22 and complete all 9 games with no byes. Players who have forfeited without notice in past CCA Internationals are not eligible for minimum prizes. EF: GMs, IMs, WGMs $50 online at chessaction.com by 5/22, $75 online at chessaction.com by 6/22, $100 at site; $100 deducted from prize (no deduction from minimum prize). Foreign FIDE rated players: $100 online at chessaction.com by 5/22, $125 online by 6/22, $150 at site. USA players FIDE rated 2200/up: $200 online by 5/22, $225 online by 6/22, $250 at site. Others: $300 online by 5/22, $325 online by 6/22, $350 at site. All: Phoned entry (406-896-2038) all $10 more; no phoned entry after 6/19. Mailed entry all $10 more; do not mail entry after 6/14. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine: see World Open. Schedule: Late reg. ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat & Sun 11 am & 6 pm, Mon & Tue 6 pm, Wed 11 am & 6 pm, Thu 11 am. Two half point byes available (must commit before rd 2); norm not possible if taking bye. HR: see World Open. Bring sets, boards, clocks if possible- none supplied. Ent: chessaction.com. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.us, 347-201-2269. Online entries posted instantly at chessaction.com. Invitations: GoAtChess.us (use @ symbol instead of “At” in email address). Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803.


JUNE 29   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED)
World Open Action Championship

5SS, G/25 d5. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia 19107 (see World Open for rates & parking info). $2000 guaranteed prizes. In 2 sections. Open, open to all: $400-200-150, U2200/Unr $180-90, U2000/Unr $160-80. Under 1800/Unr: $250-120-60, U1600 (no Unr) $140-70, U1400 (no Unr) $100. EF: $53 online at chessaction.com by 6/27, $60 online by 11 am 6/29 or at site. GMs $50 from prize. Reg. ends 12 noon 6/29, rounds 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00. Half point byes OK all rounds, limit 2 byes (limit 1 bye if U2000 in Open or U1400 in U1800), must commit before rd. 2. Special USCF dues: see World Open. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly).


An American Classic!
A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 29-JULY 4, JUNE 30-JULY 4, JULY 1-4 OR 2-4   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 300 (ENHANCED)
45th Annual World Open

9SS at luxurious Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, directly across the street from the world famous Reading Terminal Market with over 80 food vendors. In 9 sections. $225,000 guaranteed prizes. Unrated may enter only Open, U2200, U2000, or Unrated Sections. Free analysis of your games by GM Sam Palatnik 6/30-7/4, free GM lectures 9 am 7/2 & 7/3. Open Section, June 30-July 4 only: Open to all who are or were rated 2200/over USCF or FIDE or pay $100 more. 40/2, SD/30 d10. Under 2200 to Under 1200 Sections, June 29-July 4, June 30-July 4, July 1-4 or 2-4: 40/2, SD/30 d10 (4-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10; 3-day option, rds. 1-5 G/35 d10). Under 900 Section & Unrated Section, July 2-4 only: G/60 d10, play separate schedule. Open: $20000-10000-5000-2500-1300-1000-800-700-600-500, clear winner bonus $500, top FIDE 2300-2449 $5000-2500-1500, top FIDE 2200-2299 $5000-2500-1500. Top FIDE U2200/Unr $5000-2500-1500. If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game 10 pm 7/4 for title & bonus prize. GM & IM norms possible. FIDE rated. Under 2200/Unr: $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, top U2100 (no unr) $2000-1000, unrated limit $2000. Under 2000/Unr: $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, top U1900 (no unr) $2000-1000, unrated limit $1000. Under 1800: $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, top U1700 $2000-1000. Under 1600: $10000-5000-2500-1300-900-700-600-500-400-400, top U1500 $2000-1000. Under 1400: $8000-4000-2000-1300-900-700-600-500-400-400, top U1300 $1600-800. Under 1200:$4000-2000-1000-800-600-500-400-400-300-300, top U1000 $1000-500. Under 900: $600-400-300-200-100, plaques to top 10. Unrated: $600-400-300-200-100, plaques to top 10. Prize limits: 1) If any post-event rating posted 6/26/16-6/26/17 was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $2000. 2) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated as of 7/17 official list cannot win over $1000 in U1200, $2000 U1400, $3000 U1600 through U2000. Games rated too late for 7/17 official list not counted toward 26 game total. 3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes: best male/female combined 2-player “team” score: $3000-1500-700-500-300. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2; teams including an unrated limited to $500. Entry fee for Open through U1400 sections: Online at chessaction.com: $308 by 4/15, $318 by 5/15, $328 by 6/26, $350 until 2 hours before round 1. Phoned to 406-896-2038: $325 by 5/15, $335 by 6/22. Mailed by 5/15: 6-day $326, 5-day $325, 4-day $324, 3-day $323. Mailed by 6/12: all $10 more. All $100 more for Open Section if never rated 2200/over by USCF or FIDE. Do not mail entry after 6/12. At site until 1.5 hours before first game: all $350; no checks, credit cards OK. GMs in Open: free; $200 deducted from prize. IMs, WGMs in Open: EF $100 less. Open Section EF $100 more if never rated 2200/over by USCF or FIDE. Under 1200 Section EF: all $100 less than above. Seniors 65/up: all EF $100 less in U1400 or above sections. U900 Section or Unrated Section EF: $68 online at chessaction.com by 6/26, $73 mailed by 6/12 or phoned by 6/22, $80 at site until 1.5 hours before round 1 or online until 2 hours before round 1. No checks at site; credit cards OK. Re-entry: $160, no re-entry from Open to Open. $20 fee for switching section after 6/28. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry: Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. 6-day schedule: Thu/Fri 7 pm, Sat 6 pm, Sun/Mon 11 am & 6 pm, Tue 10 am & 4:30 pm. 5-day schedule: Fri 7 pm, Sat/Sun/Mon 11 am & 6 pm, Tue 10 am & 4:30 pm. 4-day schedule: Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun/Mon 11 & 6, Tue 10 & 4:30. 3-day schedule: Sun 11, 1:30, 3:30, 6 & 8:30, Mon 11 & 6, Tue 10 & 4:30. U900 Section, Unrated Section schedule: Sun 11, 2:30 & 6, Mon 11, 2:30 & 6, Tue 10, 1:30 & 4:30. All schedules merge & compete for same prizes. Half point byes OK all, limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), Open must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 5. Entries, re-entries close 90 minutes before your first game. HR: $115-115-135, 215-625-2900, reserve early as chess block may sell out by early June. Parking: Marriott valet parking, about $20/day (60% off regular rate) for first 100 valet parking spaces sold. Gateway Garage, 1540 Spring St. (3/5 mile from Marriott, 1 block from Sheraton Hotel), about $7/day Sat & Sun, $20/day other days. Free shuttle from Marriott to Gateway Garage each night, 6/30-7/4. Special car rental rates: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Foreign player ratings: See www.chesstour.com/foreignratings.htm. US player ratings: Official July ratings used; June FIDE ratings used for Open Section. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special rules:Players must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director. See also chesstour.com/devices.htm. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: chesstour.com, chesstour.info, DirectorAtChess.US. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Awards: Open through U1800 prizes awarded 7/4, others mailed by 7/18. Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied.


JUNE 30   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 (ENHANCED)
World Open G/7 Championship (BLZ)

5-SS, double round (10 games), G/7 d2. Marriott Philadelphia Downtown (see World Open). Prizes $1000 guaranteed: $300-150-70, U2100 $130-70, U1800 $120-60, U1500/Unr $100. EF: $40, at site only, no checks. GMs $40 from prize. Reg. ends 10:30 am, rds. 11, 12, 1, 2, 3. One pair of 1/2 pt byes available, must commit before rd. 2. Blitz rated (will not affect regular ratings), but higher of regular or blitz used for pairings & prizes.

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US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JULY 1-3   CALIFORNIA, NORTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
2017 Sacramento Chess Championship

ROUNDS: 6 FORMAT: Swiss RATING: Full-K. SITE: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 2224 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA. ON-SITE REGISTRATION: 7/1 – 8:30 am - 9:45 am; 7/2 – 8:00 am - 8:45 am. ROUNDS: 3-day: 7/1 – 10 & 3:30, 7/2 – 10:30 & 4, 7/3 – 10 & 3:30. 2-day : 7/2 – 9, 11:15, 1:30, & 4, 7/3 – 10 & 3:30. TIME CONTROLS: 40/100 G/30 +30 inc, 2-day: Rounds 1-3, G/50 +10 inc, Rounds 4-6, 40/100 G/30 +30 inc. SECTIONS: Master/Expert (above 1999) - FIDE Rated, Reserve (1600-1999), Amateur (U1600). ENTRY FEES: $85 postmarked by 6/26. $95 after 6/26. IMs/GMs free. Entrants may play up one section (max 200 points) for $20. $5 discount to CalChess members (excluding reentries). Reentry after round 2 of the 3-day schedule: $45. PRIZES: Master/Expert 1st Place $625 & Trophy, 2nd Place $400, 3rd Place $350. 1st Place Reserve & Amateur $550 & trophy. Prize fund of $5,100 based on 90 full paid entries (with 75 full paid entries, the prize fund will be $4,100). HOTEL: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, $95 per night, available until 5/30/2017, (916) 923-1100 or 1-888-465-4329, online at www.hiexpress.com/sacramentone, group code SCC. Reserve early, last year the hotel sold out over the tournament weekend. ADVANCE ENTRIES & INFO: John McCumiskey (TD), email: sactochess@sbcglobal.net; phone: (916) 524-9479. Checks payable to Sacramento Chess Club and mailed to 6700 50th St., Sacramento, CA 95823-1306. Full flyer and advance entries: http://sacramentochessclub.org under Weekend Events. OTHER INFO: Wheelchair Access. 07/17 rating list, CCA minimums, and/or TD Discretion. The Master/Expert section FIDE rated using FIDE rules, with modifications (information on-site). E-mail address required for entrants of the Master/Expert section


JULY 3   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED)
World Open G/10 Championship (QC)

5SS, G/10 d2. Marriott Philadelphia Downtown (see World Open). $1700 guaranteed prizes. In 2 sections. Open Section: $300-200-100, top U2300 $220, U2100/Unr $200. Under 1900 Section: $200-100-50, top U1700 $130, U1500 $110, U1300 $90. EF: $40, at site only, no checks. GMs $40 from prize. Reg: 6-9 pm, rounds 9:30, 10:10, 10:50, 11:30, 12:10. 1 half point bye available, must commit before rd. 2. Quick-rated (will not affect regular ratings); higher of regular or quick used for pairings & prizes.


JULY 4   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED)
World Open Blitz Championship (BLZ)

5SS, G/5 d0 (double round, 10 games). Marriott Philadelphia Downtown (see World Open). $3000 guaranteed prizes. In 2 sections: Open Section: $500-300-200, top U2400 $220-110, U2200/Unr $200-100. Under 2000 Section: $400-200-100, top U1800/Unr $220-110, U1600 $160-80, U1400 $100, unrated limit $200. EF (at site only, no checks): $40 by 7 pm 7/4, $50 after 7 pm 7/4. GMs $40 from prize. Reg. ends 9:30 pm, rounds 10, 10:45, 11:20, 11:55, 12:30. Half point bye available (1 point out of 2); must commit before rd. 2. Blitz rated (will not affect regular ratings); higher of regular or blitz used for pairings & prizes.


A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
A State Championship Event!
JULY 8-9   NEW HAMPSHIRE
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40 (ENHANCED)
67th New Hampshire Open

4SS, 40/100, SD/60 d5. Courtyard Nashua Hotel, 2200 Southwood Dr. (Exit 8 off Everett Turnpike), Nashua, NH 03063; 603-880-9100. $$G 5,467. Five sections. Open, EF: $67 if rec'd by 7/6; free to GM/IM.$$G: 600-400-240, U2300 300, U2150 240-180. NH Champion title and $67 bonus to top-scoring NH resident. Under 2050, EF: $67 if rec'd by 7/6. $$G 400-240-180. Under 1850, EF: $67 if rec'd by 7/6. $$G400-240-180-120. Under 1650, EF: $67 if rec'd by 7/6. $$G 400-240-180. Under 1450, EF: $57, U1050/Unr $47, if rec'd by 7/6. $$G 300-180-120, U1250 160-100. All, No unrated player may win more than $90 in Under 1450, $120 in Under 1650, $150 in Under 1850, $200 in Under 2050. EF $7 more if paid at site. NHCA memb. required for rated NH residents: $8 adult, $6 age 18/younger. Reg.: Sat. 8:30-9:35 a.m., Rds.: 10-4:15, 9:30-3:45. Half-point bye OK for any one round except Rd 4 in Open section. No player will receive both half-point bye and full-point bye. NHCA membership meeting 9 a.m. Sunday. HR: $120 (plus 9% tax) if reserved directly with hotel; reserve by 6/23, mention NH Chess or NHCA. Direct online reservation link available at www.nhchess.org. Ent: NHCA, c/o Hal Terrie, 377 Huse Rd. Unit 23, Manchester, NH 03103. To enter online using credit card, start by visiting www.nhchess.org. Info: Hal Terrie, halterrie@comcast.net or 603-668-8368 (home).


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JULY 14-16 OR 15-16   ILLINOIS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED)
10th annual Chicago Class

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, G/60 d10). Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL 60090 (from Chicago, I-294 north to US-45 north; from Milwaukee, I-94 to Lake Cook Rd to US-45 south). Free parking. $20,000 guaranteed prizes. In 7 sections: Master (2200/up): $2000-1000-500-300, clear/tiebreak win $100, top U2400 $800-400. FIDE. Expert (2000-2199): $1400-700-400-200. Class A (1800-1999/Unr): $1400-700-400-200. Class B (1600-1799/Unr): $1400-700-400-200. Class C (1400-1599/Unr): $1200-600-400-200. Class D (1200-1399/Unr): $1000-500-300-200. Class E (Under 1200/Unr): $500-250-150-100, trophies to first 3, top Under 1000, Under 800, Under 600, Unrated. Rated players may play up one section. Prize limits: Unrated may not win over $100 in E, $200 D, $300 C, $500 B or $700 A. Mixed Doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $800-400-200. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; must register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 7/15. Top 6 sections EF: $105 at chessaction.com by 7/12, 3-day $108, 2-day $107 mailed by 7/5, all $120 at site, or online until 2 hrs before round 1. GMs $100 from prize. Class E Section EF:all $50 less than above All: No checks at site, credit cards OK. Online EF $5 less to ICA members; join/renew at il-chess.org. ICA Tour event. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry (except Master) $50. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. Bye: all, limit 2; Master must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $109-109-109-109, 800-937-8461, 847-777-6500, reserve by 6/30 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: DirectorAtChess.US, chesstour.com, 347-201-2269. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JULY 14-16 OR 15-16   CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED)
22nd annual Pacific Coast Open

6SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-3 G/45 d10). Ontario Airport Hotel and Conference Center, 700 N. Haven Ave., Ontario, CA 91764 (I-10 to N. Haven Ave). Free parking, free shuttle to Ontario Airport or Ontario Mills Mall, free wireless, heated pool, restaurants within walking distance. $25,000 guaranteed prizes. 6 sections. Open: $3000-1500-1000-500, clear/tiebreak 1st $100 bonus, top U2300/Unr $1200-600. FIDE. Under 2100, Under 1900: Each $2000-1000-500-300. Under 1700, Under 1500: Each $1600-800-400-200. Under 1250: $800-400-200-100, plaques to first 3, top U1000, U800, Unr. Mixed doubles:male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $1000-500-300-200. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; must register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 7/15. Unrated may enter any section, with prize limit U1900 $600, U1700 $450, U1500 $300, U1250 $150; balance to next player(s) in line. Top 5 sections EF: $135 at chessaction.com by 7/12, 3-day $138, 2-day $137 mailed by 7/5, $150 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hrs before rd 1. GMs $120 from prize. Under 1250 Section EF: All $50 less than top 5 sections entry fees. SCCF membership ($18, under 18 $3) required for rated Southern CA residents. Re-entry (except Open section) $70. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 yr USCF with magazine if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. 3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 11 am, rds. Fri 12 & 6, Sat 12 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg Sat to 9 am, rds. Sat 10, 12:45, 3:15 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:15. All: Half point byes OK all rounds, limit 2, Open must commit before rd. 2, other sections before rd. 4. HR: $97-97, 909-980-0400, request chess rate, reserve by 6/30 or may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Refunds, $15 service charge. Questions: www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat 10 pm, enter by 9:45 pm.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JULY 15   MINNESOTA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
OleChess Summer Chess Tournament

4-SS, G/61+d5. St. Olaf College, Buntrock Commons, 1520 St. Olaf Ave., Northfield, MN. Open Section: EF: online $40 by 7/14 5 pm, $50 after; cash or CC on site. 1 half-point bye any rd. except 4. Prizes: $1050 prizes b/30 entries, minimum 2/class: $250-$175-$125-$100. Class X, A, B, C/Below/Unrated: $100. Reserve Section (U1400): online $25 by 7/14 5pm, $40 after; cash or CC on site. 1 half-point bye any rd. except 4. Prizes: $500 b/30 entries, min 2/class: $150-$125-$75-$50. Class E, F/UNR: $50. Also (overlapping prizes): plaques to top 5, medals to next 10. Both Sections: Sched: Reg. 9-9:45; Rds. 10, 12:45, 3:00, 5:45; Rd. 3 & 4 earlier if results allow. Ent: http://go.stolaf.edu/olechess. Info: summer@stolaf.edu, 507-786-3042. Restaurants within 5-minute drive; Bon Appetit sack lunch option-order online at entry url. W.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JULY 21-23 OR 22-23   CONNECTICUT
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50 (ENHANCED)
22nd Annual Bradley Open

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Sheraton Hotel, 1 Bradley Airport (visible at airport entrance), Windsor Locks, CT 06096 (I-91 Exit 40 to Rt 20). Free parking. $8000 guaranteed prizes. In 5 sections. Open: Open to all; U1800/Unr EF $50 more. $1000-500-300, U2300/Unr $400. Under 2100: $800-400-200, top U1900/Unr $300. Under 1800: $800-400-200, top U1600 (no unr) $300. Under 1500:$700-400-200, top U1300 (no unr) $200. Under 1200: $300-200-100, plaques to first 3, top U1000, U800, U600, Unrated. Mixed Doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $200-100. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 7/22. Unrated prize limits: U1200 $100, U1500 $200. Top 4 sections EF: $78 online at chessaction.com by 7/19, 3-day $83, 2-day $82 if check mailed by 7/12, $90 at site, or online until 2 hrs before rd 1. U1200 Section EF: all $30 less than above. All: No checks at site, credit cards OK. GMs, IMs, & WGMs free, $70 deducted from prize. Online EF $3 less to CSCA or WMCA members. Re-entry (no Open to Open) $50. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF dueswith paper magazine if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. Bye: all, limit 2; must commit before rd. 2. HR: $105-105, 860-627-5311; reserve by 7/7 or rate may increase. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: chesstour.com, chesstour.info, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.


JULY 21-23   MINNESOTA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
2017 U.S. Senior Open

6SS, G/90+inc 30, must be 50 years old by July 21. St. Olaf College, Bunt-rock Commons, 1520 St. Olaf Ave., Northfield, MN. $45 chess rate dorm single, $72 double; see www.chessweekend.com for rates for nearby hotels. Please reserve early. July supplement used. EF: $100 USPS or online by 6 pm July 7, $110 USPS or online by 6 pm July 14, $120 online until 6 pm July 20 and at door until 12:30pm. chessweekend.com for more info and complete details. Prizes: $5,000 b/80 paid entries: $1300-800-500, U2200 $500-300, U2000 $275-125, U1800 $275-125, U1600 $275-125, U1300 $275-125. Unrated eligible for overall or U1300 prizes only. Plaque to top player in each age category: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+. Players may win both a cash award and an age award. One 1/2 point bye available for any round, must commit before end of round 2. Rounds: Friday 1:00pm & 6:00pm, Saturday 9:30am & 3:00pm, Sunday 9:30am & 3:00pm. Side events: Thursday evening GM Simul, Blitz Saturday after R4, Awards banquet after R6. Entries: Make checks payable and send to: Chess Weekend, 21694 Doud Ct., Frankfort, IL 60423, or online at chessweekend.com. Info: chessweekend.com, 815-955-4793 before 8 pm. Chess Weekend will provide sets, boards; please bring clocks.


A Heritage Event
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JULY 21-23 OR 22-23   FLORIDA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 100 (ENHANCED)
25th annual Southern Open

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Dr., Orlando 32819. Special parking $5/day. $15,000 guaranteed prizes. In 5 sections. Open: Open to all; U1800/Unr EF $50 more. $1800-900-500-300, clear/tiebreak 1st $100 bonus, top U2300/Unr $600-300. Under 2100: $1200-600-300-200, top U1900/Unr $500-250. Under 1800: $1200-600-300-200, top U1600 (no unr) $400-200. Under 1500: $1000-500-300-200, top U1300 (no unr) $300-150. Under 1200: $600-300-200-100, plaques to top Under 1000, Under 800, Under 600, Unrated. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $600-300. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 7/22. Unrated prize limits: U1200 $100, U1500 $200, or U1800 $400. Top 4 sections EF: $105 online at chessaction.com by 7/19, 3-day $108, 2-day $107 mailed by 7/12, all $120 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. GMs, IMs & WGMs free; $100 deducted from prize. U1200 Section EF: all $40 less than above. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF with paper magazine, paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry $60; no Open to Open. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. All: Half point byes OK all, limit 2, Open must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $105-105 (no resort fee), 1-800-421-8001, 407-351-2420; reserve by 7/6 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Refunds, $15 service charge. Questions: www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JULY 28-30 OR 29-30   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED)
Peter Henner Memorial

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10), Best Western Sovereign Hotel, 1228 Western Ave., Albany 12203. $4000 guaranteed prize fund. In 4 sections. Premier: Open to 1800/above. $600-400-200, top U2210 $300-150. Under 2000: $400-200-100, top U1800 (no unr) $240-120. Under 1600: $300-150-80, top U1400 (no unr) $140-70. Under 1200: $140-70-40, plaques to 1st, top U1000, U800, U600, Unr. Unrated may not win over $60 in U1200 or $120 in U1600. Mixed doubles: $200-100 to best male/female “team” combined score among all sections. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 7/29. Top 3 sections EF: $68 online at chessaction.com by 7/26, 3-day $73, 2-day $72 mailed by 7/19, $80 at site or online until 2 hours before round 1. Online entry $5 less to NYSCA members (may join with entry). U1200 Section EF: all $30 less than above. No checks at site, credit cards OK. GMs, IMs & WGMs free, $60 deducted from prize. All: Re-entry $40; not available in Premier. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF with magazine if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. 3-day reg. ends Sat 6 pm, rds. Fri 7, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day reg. ends Sat 10 am, rds Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. Bye: all, limit 2; must commit before rd. 2. HR: $95-95, reserve by 7/14, use link at chesstour.com or call 518-489-2981. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tmt. Sat 9:30 pm, reg. ends 9:15 pm.


JULY 29-30   VIRGINIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Weekend Swiss (at the 118th Annual U.S. Open)

5SS, G/60 d5 $1,150 Guaranteed Prizes: $200-100-50, U2200/Unrated $160, U2000 $150, U1800 $140, U1600 $120, U1400 $100, U1200 $80, Unrated $50. Entry fee: $40, Unrated players free if paying US Chess dues. On-site Registration: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Rounds at noon & 3:00 p.m. Saturday, 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Sunday. (See U.S. Open Chess Championship TLA for venue details.)


A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JULY 29-AUG. 6, AUG. 1-6 OR AUG. 3-6   VIRGINIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 300 (ENHANCED)
118th Annual U.S. Open

Includes Traditional one game per day schedule (9 days), a 6-day slow time control option, and 4-day option. 9SS, 40/120, SD/60; d5 (4-day option, Rds. 1-6, G/60 d5). Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, 777 Waterside Dr., Norfolk, VA 23510, HR: $114, Call (866) 716-8134, mention "US Chess". Reserve by July 7 or rate may increase. $50,000 in prizes based on 500 paid entries, else proportional, $40,000 (80% of each prize) minimum guaranteed. A one-section tournament with Class prizes. Top U.S. player not otherwise qualified qualifies for 2018 U.S. Championship. Choice of three schedules: Traditional: 40/120 SD/60; d5. One round daily at 7 PM, except Rd. 9, 3 PM 8/6. 6-Day Option: 40/120, SD/60; d5. 7 PM 8/1, 12 NOON & 7 PM 8/2-8/4, 7 PM 8/5, 3 PM 8/6. 4-Day Option: Rds. 1-6: G/60 d5; then 40/90, SD/30; inc. 30. 12 NOON, 3 PM, 7 PM, 10 PM 8/3; 12 NOON, 3 PM, 7 PM 8/4; 7 PM 8/5; 3 PM 8/6. All schedules merge after Round 6 & compete for same prizes. Projected prizes: Top places $8000-4000-2000-1500-1000-800-600-500, clear or playoff winner $200 bonus. If tie for first, top two on tiebreak play Armageddon game (White 5 minutes, 2-sec delay, Black 3 minutes, 2-sec delay and gets draw odds) for bonus and title. Class Prizes: Top Master (2200- 2399) $2500-1200-800-500, Expert (2000-2199) $2500-1200-800-500, Class A (1800-1999) $2500-1200-800-500, Class B (1600-1799) $2500-1200-800-500, Class C (1400-1599) $2000-1000-600-400, Class D (1200-1399) $1500-700-500-300, Class E or below (under 1200) $1500-700-500-300, Unrated $800-400-200. Half-Point Byes: must commit before Round 4; up to 3 byes allowed for 2000/up, 2 byes for 1400-1999, one bye for Under 1400/Unr. Limit 1 bye in last two rounds. Zero-point byes are always available in any round if requested at least two hours before the round(s) in question. Entry Fee: Online, $145 by 6/26, $165 by 7/17, $185 after 7/17. By mail, $147 postmarked by 6/26, $167 postmarked by 7/17, $187 after 7/17; do not mail after 7/24! By phone, $150 by 6/26, $170 by 7/17, $185 after. No phone entries after 5PM Central 7/28 (close of business at the US Chess Office)! At site, all $190; Free entry for GMs and WGMs for main event only. All entries must be made at least two (2) hours prior to the player’s first game. Current US Chess membership required. July Rating Supplement used; unofficial ratings (at least four games) used if otherwise unrated. CCA ratings used if above US Chess. Foreign player ratings: usually 100 points added to FIDE or FQE, 200+ added to most foreign national ratings, no points added to CFC. Highest of multiple ratings generally used. Entries: US Chess, ATTN: 2017 U.S. Open, PO Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557. Online entry available, see website. Phone entry: 800.903.8723. Not FIDE rated, No cell phones. Bring a clock -- none supplied. Sets/boards supplied for tournament but not for skittles. Many meetings, workshops and seminars, including: US Chess Committee Meetings 8/2-8/4, US Chess Awards Luncheon 8/5 Noon, US Chess Delegates Meeting 8/5-6. Many side events and other championships, including: U.S. National Blitz Championship 7SS Double, G/5 d0, Rd. 1 at 12 NOON 8/5; U.S. Open Weekend Swiss 5SS, G/60 d5, 12-3 Sat 7/29, 10-12:30-3 Sun 7/30; U.S. Open Scholastic (see separate TLA for the Scholastic event); Mon-Wed-Thu-Fri July 31, August 2, 3, 4 U. S. Open Quads (one-day events) G/30 d5. Entry fee $20. Registration 9:30-11:30 a.m., Rounds at noon, 1:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. $50 to first in each quad. Tue August 1 U.S. Open Quads (Tuesday Quads Only) G/60 d5. Entry Fee $20. Registration 9 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Rounds at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. $50 to first in each quad. U.S. Open Bughouse Sat. 10:30 AM 7/29. 18th Annual Golf Tournament for the US Open Chess Players, (see tournament website for details). US Open Tennis Tournament (see tournament website for details). In addition, three other championships will also take place: the 2017 Denker Tournament of HS Champions (see website for participants’ list), the 2017 Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions (see website for participants’ list) and the 2017 National Girls’ Tournament of Champions (see website for participants’ list). Please check the U.S. Open website often for updates, new information and corrections and other useful documents! http://www.uschess.org/tournaments/2017/usopen/

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August
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AUG. 5   VIRGINIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
U.S. Open National Blitz Championship (BLZ)

7 Double Round (14 games) Swiss, 1 section, G/5 d0. Blitz rated, higher of Regular or Blitz rating used for pairings and prizes. Entry fee: $40, free to Unrated players if paying US Chess dues. Registration: 9-11:30 a.m, round 1 begins at noon. $2000 Guaranteed Prizes! $$400-200-150, U2200 $200-100, U2000 $200-100, U1800 $180-90, U1600/Unrated $140-70, U1400 $100, U1200 $70. (See U.S. Open Chess Championship TLA for venue details.)


A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
AUG. 10-13, 11-13 OR 12-13   MASSACHUSETTS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED)
47th annual Continental Open

6SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option except Open Section, rds. 1-3 G/40 d10). Host Hotel at Cedar Lake, 366 Main St. (Rt 20 West), Sturbridge, MA 01566 (I-84 Exit 3, near I-90). Free parking. Experience early 19th century America at Old Sturbridge Village (see www.osv.org). $30,000 guaranteed prizes. In 7 sections. Open: Open to all; U1800/Unr EF $100 more. $3000-1500-700-500-300, clear or tiebreak win $200 bonus, top U2300/Unr $1400-700. FIDE. Under 2100: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 1900: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 1700: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 1500: $1400-700-400-300-200. Under 1300: $1400-700-400-300-200. Under 1000: $800-400-300-200, plaques to top 3, first U800, U600, Unr. Unrated may enter any section, with prize limit U1000 $150, U1300 $300, U1500 $450, U1700 $600, U1900 $750; balance to next player(s) in line. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $1000-600-400. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; must register (no extra fee) before both begin round 2. Top 4 sections EF: $158 at chessaction.com by 8/9, 4-day $164, 3-day $163, 2-day $162 mailed by 8/2, $180 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before rd. 1. GMs free; $150 deducted from prize. Under 1500 or Under 1300 Section EF: all $40 less than top 4 sections EF. Under 1000 Section EF: all $80 less than top 4 sections EF. All: Online EF $5 less to MACA members; may join/renew at masschess.org. Re-entry $80; not available in Open. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF with magazine if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. 4-day schedule: Reg Thu to 6 pm, rds. Thu 7 pm, Fri 6 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 11 am, rds. Fri 12 & 6, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg Sat to 9 am, rds. Sat 10,12:15, 2:30 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. No 2-day Open Section. All schedules: Bye all, limit 2, Open must commit before rd. 2, other sections before rd. 4. HR: $97-97, 800-582-3232, 508-347-7393, request chess rate, reserve by 7/28 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, PO Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: chesstour.com, chesstour.info, DirectorAtChess.us, 347-201-2269. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat. 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
AUG. 12-16   MARYLAND
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED)
6th Annual Washington International

9SS, 40/90, SD/20 inc/30 Rockville Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, 301-468-0308. All prizes guaranteed. Three Sections, Masters Section (minimum 2100 FIDE or 2200 USCF to play. FIDE ratings used for pairings and prizes) $4400-2100-1100-900-700-600-500-400, top U2500 $1400-750, top U2300 $1200-650. Limited number of minimum prizes for non-US FIDE rated players, see web page. Limited amount of housing support is available for non-US GMs and IMs. GM and IM norms possible. Experts Section 9-SS (under 2201 USCF and under 2100 FIDE, minimum 1700 USCF to play. USCF ratings used, FIDE rated) $2200-1100-600-500-400, top U2000 $1100-525. Contenders (under 1800 USCF): $2000-1000-500, top U1600 $400. Free Continental breakfast for players Sat. and Wed. mornings. All equipment provided for all sections. Hospitality Suite Friday evening. Masters section EF: GMs, non-US IMs Free; US IMs and WGMs $199; FMs $299; FIDE above 2200 $349; FIDE from 2100 to 2199 $399, FIDE from 2000 to 2099 $600, FIDE below 2000 $800. All $25 more after 6/12, $35 more after 7/29, $45 more after 8/8, $70 more at the door. Experts EF: USCF above 1799 $249; USCF below 1800 $299. $20 more after 7/29, $30 more after 8/8, $40 more at the door. Contenders EF: $249. $20 more after 7/29, $30 more after 8/8, $40 more at the door. Special EFs: All $100 less for non-US FIDE rated in masters section; If staying at the Hilton (min 3 nights), $50 less. All $25 less for new WI players. All $20 rebate for every new paying WI player you refer. All $50 less, if born before 8/12/1967. ScheduleReg ends Sat 10 am, rds. 8/12-8/15:11am & 5:30pm, Wed 8/16 11am. HR $99 Ent: MCA, c/o Michael Regan, 1827 Thornton Ridge Rd., Towson, MD 21204. More information, hotel reservation link, & online entry @ http://washintl.mdchess.com

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September
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A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
SEPT. 2-4 OR 3-4   CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED)
39th Annual Southern California Open

6-SS, G/100 + 30 second inc. (2-day schedule rds. 1-3 G/45 d5 then merges). Town & Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108. $$20,000 in Guaranteed Prizes, 6 Sections. Prizes: Open Sec1st $2,400-1,600-1,200-900-600-500-400, plus BU2300 $1,000-600; U2200, U2000, U1800 and U1600 Sections ALL: $1,000-600-400-200; U1400: $600-400-200-100, plus BU1200 $400-200. Plus Best Game Prizes: $75/$25 Reg.: 3-day: 8 to 9:30 AM, Sept official rating list used. Open Section FIDE rated except for fast games in 2-day section. Re-entry from 3-day to 2-day: $75, but must be U2300. 2-day: 8 AM to 9 AM Sunday. Rds.: 3 day: 10 AM & 4 PM Sat, Sun and Mon. 2- day: 9:30 AM, 11:30, 1:30 & 4 PM (merged) Sun, then 10 AM & 4 PM Monday . EF: $90 Early Bird Special if received by 7/31, $100 from 8/1 to 8/26, $120 after 8/26, or $140 at door. No credit cards at door, checks or cash only. Special rate of only $75 if U1400 or unrated. One book prize for Best Unrated player in each section; unrated players are noteligible for cash prizes. Special rate for GMs, WGMs, IMs and WIMs: free if emailed by 9/01/17 (but $100 deducted from any prize winnings), or $60 if late entry at door. Players who forfeit any round are subject to a possible $25 fine at TD discretion! SCCF membership req’d ($18 Adult; $13 Jr or $3 Jr w/o mag,) for all So Cal residents. Two byes allowed, but must be requested at least 1 hour before each round; last round byes are ok but must be requested before Rd. 2 and are irrevocable. Bring your own equipment and know how to set your clock for incremental play. Entries: SDCC, PO Box 120162, San Diego, CA 92112 or enter online at www.scchess.com. For more info call Chuck Ensey 858- 432-8006, or email me at chucnglo@aol.com SCCF Annual Membership Meeting: Sunday 2 PM. Hotel Rates: Special rate of only $135, 619-291-7131, or 1-800-772-8527 if booked by mid-August, please book ASAP, as the rates may go up and/or sell out at any time. This large hotel in Mission Valley has hosted this event for the last 4 years, please stay here, as they help us guarantee the prize fund by offering lower ballroom fees compared to other locations. The SCO is a State Championship Qualifier.

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David Csordas (1821) - Zoltan Bartok
Veszprem, August 20, 2013

In this game, instead of 29. axb5, White could have played 29. Nc5, derailing 
my chances. 29. axb5 made my strong attack possible with 29. -, Bb6 
Later, I really liked how my f4 pawn won the game for me.
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Example #3
Position after 38. Kh1

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http://www.chess.hu/hu/csapatfordulo.php?csapatfordulo_id=1440
Zoltan Bartok - Tamas Halasz IM (2404)
Kisber-Aszar, November 30, 2014
Black accepted my draw offer. Looking at his pawns, it's understandable.
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I can play well when my opponent plays poorly:


http://www.chess.hu/hu/csapatfordulo.php?csapatfordulo_id=1441#8537
Lendvai Edit (2032) - Zoltan Bartok
Papa, December 14, 2014

1 move before time control, with a minute left, my brain froze. 
I failed to see the obvious 40. -,h5 and lost the game.
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Of course, I also get "lucky" from time to time:
Example #1
Position after 45. Bxf7

Position after 84. -, Kd7

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Edit Machlik (1950) - Zoltan Bartok
Gyor, July 13, 2014

After sacrificing my Bishop in move 20, I struggled for almost another 30 
moves trying to checkmate White's King. By move 20, both of us had used 
up most of our time, and the game got somewhat wild. 
After 37. -, Qh3+ 38. Kf2, Bh4+ 39. Kg1 I played 39. -, Bd8. White had only 
seconds left, playing with the 30 seconds added after each move, so I thought 
this move would surprise my opponent and would cause her to lose on time. 
She was probably expecting 39. -, Qg3+ ... and that is exactly what I should have played.

40. Kh1 or g1 gives up the Rook on d2. 40. Bg2 is at least a draw. 
After 40. Rg2, Qe1+ 41. Kh2, Bd8 is draw by the Qe1-Qh4 checks. (41. -, Bf6  
is, of course, good for White: 42. Rh7+, Kxh7 43. Nxf6+ and then mate on g8.)
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Another undeserved loss (: 

Books and games by Zoltan Bartok

[25. -, Rxd4 26. Bxd4, exd followed by 27. -, Be5 could have been interesting] Position after 46. Rg2

Zoltan Bartok - Ferenc Lengyel (2177)
Balatonfoldvar, Aug. 31, 2014


I had a good plan with 37. c4, bxc 38. bxc, dxc 39. Nxc4  
Hardly any time left on my clock, I suddenly realized that after 39. Nc4x 
Black can play 39. -, Rxc4 and if I take the Rook, 40. -, Nd6+ wins my Rook. 
I failed to see that after 39. -, Rxc4 I have 40. Rxe7+ capturing Black's Bishop. 
So, instead of 39. Nxc4 I played 39. Kc3 and then quickly lost the game. 
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Example #3 
Position after 39.Kg1

http://www.chess.hu/hu/csapatfordulo.php?csapatfordulo_id=1439#8526
Mate Egresi (2246) - Zoltan Bartok
Papa, November 17, 2014
Accepted white's draw offer, perhaps a bit too quickly.

http://www.chess.hu/hu/csapatfordulo.php?csapatfordulo_id=1443#8548
Zoltan Bartok - Farkas Zsolt (2187)
Zalaegerszeg, February 8, 2015 

Zoltan Bartok - Rudolf Raba (1840)
Papa-Balaton team match, 2012
Instead of 22. -, h6, 22. -, b4 looks better for Black.
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Example #4
Position after 46. -, g5

Imre Csala (2191) - Zoltan Bartok
Zalakaros, June 30, 2014

This was a rather dull game until White's King advanced to f6 in move 73, 
allowing me to push my c pawn. White had no defense because I was lucky
to have all the pieces in the right places.

Becoming more "stable":
Games from the Hungarian National Team Championship

Zoltan Bartok - Attila Czupor (2180)
Balatonalmadi, July 27, 2014

After Black's 36. -, Nxd4 move, I over-complicated the game by playing 
37. Qf4, N8e6 38. Qg4+, Kh8 39. Bxd4, etc. and lost(!) it 20 moves later.
Simply taking the Knight with the Bishop would lead to a quick end:
37. Bxd4, Kxh6 38. e6, f6 39. g4 followed by g5
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Example #2
Position after 38. -, dxc4

 Motto:  I  am,  therefore  I  (try to)  think 

Zoltan Bartok - Gyula Hegedus (2020)
Veszprem, August 18, 2013

Here, instead of 36. Bc4, 36. g5 quickly decides the game. Luckily, I still 
managed to win.
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Example #2
Position after 45. -, Bc8