US Chess Tournaments

Source: USCF
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October
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A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
OCT. 6-8 OR 7-8   ILLINOIS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED)
26th annual Midwest Class Championships

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 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 to Lake Cook Rd to US-45 south). Free parking. $20,000 guaranteed prizes. In 7 sections. Premier (1900/up): $2000-1000-500-300, clear win or 1st on tiebreak $100, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE. 1700-2099: $1400-700-400-200. 1500-1899/Unr: $1400-700-400-200. 1300-1699/Unr: $1300-700-400-200. 1100-1499/Unr: $1200-600-400-200. Under 1300/Unr: $1000-500-300-200. Under 1100/Unr: $500-300-200-100, plaques to top 3, top U900, U700, U500, Unrated. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player 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 10/7. Unrated prize limits: $100 U1100, $200 U1300, $300 1100-1499, $400 1300-1699, $600 1500-1899. Top 6 sections EF: $109 online at chessaction.com by 10/4, 3-day $113, 2-day $112 mailed by 9/27, all $125 at site, or online until 2 hrs before round 1. Under 1100 EF: all $50 less than above. All: No checks at site, credit cards OK. Online or mailed EF $5 less to ICA members; join/renew at il-chess.org. 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 paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry $50; not available in Premier Section. GMs $90 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. Bye: all, limit 2; Premier must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $111-111-111-111, 800-937-8461, 847-777-6500, reserve by 9/22 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
OCT. 6-9 OR 7-9   VIRGINIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED)
9th annual Washington Chess Congress

7SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10, (3-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Hilton Crystal City at National Airport, 2399 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA 22202 (2/5 mile from Crystal City Metro). Free shuttle from airport and Metro. $24,000 guaranteed prizes. In 4 sections: Premier: Open to 1900/up. $3000-1500-800-500-300, clear/tiebreak first bonus $100, top Under 2300 $1400-700. Under 2100: $2000-1000-600-400-300, top Under 1900 (no Unr) $1200-600. Under 1700: $1700-900-500-300-200, top Under 1500 (no Unr) $1000-500. Under 1300: $1000-500-300-200-100, top Under 1100 (no Unr) $400-200. Prize limits: Unrated limit U1300 $200, U1700 $400, U2100 $700. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player combined score among all sections: $1000-500-300. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) before both begin round 2. Unofficial web ratings usually used if otherwise unrated, Top 3 sections EF: $148 online at chessaction.com by 10/4, 4-day $154, 3-day $153 mailed by 9/27, all $170 at site until 1 hour before rd 1, or online at chessaction.com until 2 hours before. U1300 Section: all EF $70 less than top 3 sections EF. GMs: $140 from prize. Special 1 yr USCF with magazine 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. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Re-entry (except Premier) $80. 4-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm. Sat 11 & 5, Sun 11 & 5, Mon 10 & 3:15. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 11 & 5, Mon 10 & 3:15. Byes: OK all; limit 2; Premier must commit before rd. 2, others before round 4. Bring sets, boards, clocks if possible- none supplied. HR: $99-99-109, 1-800-HILTONS, 703-418-6800, reserve by 9/21 or rate may increase.Special chess rate parking$13/day, with or without guest room. Car rentals: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633 or reserve car online at chesstour.com. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269, www.chesstour.com. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly).

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
OCT. 6, 13, 20, 27, NOV. 3, 10, 17   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 (ENHANCED)
2017 Queens Chess Club Championship

7-SS, G/120 (G/115 d5). All Saints Lutheran Church, 164-02 Goethals Ave., Jamaica, NY 11432. EF: $55 advance, $60 at site, $900 gtd: $300-$180-$120, U2100 $108, U1800 $90, U1500 $72, upset $30. Prizes increased proportionally if over 24 paid entries (increased by 1/3 the last 4 years (32 players each time)). QCC membership required ($25 for 6 mos, $20 U19/65+/female). Up to three 1/2 pt byes permitted (request prior to Rd. 4). Mail advance entries by 9/30/17 to: Ed Frumkin, 445 E. 14th St. #10D, New York, NY 10009. Rounds at 7:45 each Friday.

An American Classic!
A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
OCT. 13-15 OR 14-15   NEVADA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED)
35th Annual Sands Regency Reno - Western States Open - FIDE

6SS, OPEN Section 40/2, G/55 Min-d5, (“A”, “B”, “C”, “D” Sections 40/2, G/1-d5 - 2-Day Schedule G/1-d5). Sands Regency Hotel/Casino, 345 N. Arlington Ave., Reno, NV 89501.1-866-386-7829 or (775) 348-2200. $$25,500 b/275. $$15,500 Gtd. (Prizes 1-7 in Open Section Gtd. plus 1/2 of all other prizes). 6 Sections. Open (2200 & above) EF: $159, (2000-2199) EF: $200 (1999 & below) EF: $300) (GMs & IMs free but must enter by (9/15) or pay late fee). $$2,000-1,000-800-600-500-300-300, (2399/below)- $1,000-500, (2299/below)- $1,000-500. (If there is a tie for 1st then a playoff for $100 out of prize fund plus trophy). Expert Section (2000-2199) EF: $159; $$2,000-700-400-300-300. Sec. ”A” (1800-1999) EF: $158; $$1,800-700-400-300-300, Sec. ”B” (1600-1799) EF: $157; $$1,700-700-400-300-300, Sec. ”C” (1400-1599) EF: $156; $$1,400-600-400-300-300, Sec. ”D”/under (1399 & below) EF: $150; $$1,000-400-300-300; (1199 & below) - $$300; Top Senior (65+) -$200; Club Champ.-$600-300. ALL: Entries must be postmarked by 9/15 or pay late fee-$11, do not mail after 10/6 or email after 10/10, $22 at site. Trophies 1st – 3rd (“A” – “D” sections). Unrated players are free entry but not eligible for cash prizes- must join USCF for 1 full year thru this tournament. 1st Unrated = trophy + 1 yr. USCF Mem. Senior discount (65+ yrs.) $10. 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 cause a plus 3 and if the unlikely situation occurs 3 colors in a row may be assigned. SIDE EVENTS: Wed. (10/11) 7:00pm GM Sergey Kudrin – Clock Simul with game analysis ($30); Thurs. (10/12) 6-7:15pm Lecture by IM John Donaldson (FREE); 7:30pm- GM Alex Yermolinsky - Simul ($20); 7:30pm-Blitz (G/5 d0)) Tourney ($25) 80% entries = Prize Fund. Sat. (10/14) (3-4:30pm) Free Game/Position Analysis - IM John Donaldson. REG.: (10/12) 5-8pm (10/13) 9-10am and (10/14) 9-10 am. RDS.: (Fri) 12-7, (Sat) 10-7, (Sun) 9:30-4:30. 2-Day (10/14) Rd. 1 (11:00 am), Rd. 2 (1:15 pm), Rd. 3 (3:45 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), postmarked by 9/15. $11 late fee if postmarked after 9/15. Do not mail after 10/6 or email after 10/10. $22 late fee at site. HR: (Sun-Thurs. $47.19!) (Fri. & Sat. $81.19!) 1-866-386-7829 Reservation Code: CHESS1017 (Reserve by 9/23/17 to get Chess rate. INFO: Jerry Weikel, 6578 Valley Wood Dr., Reno, NV 89523, (H) 775-747-1405 or (Cell) 775-354-8728 wackyykl@aol.com or check out our website at: www.renochess.org. To verify entry check website.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
OCT. 14   MISSOURI
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
$1,000 National Chess Day G/65 Championship

4SS, G/65 d5. EF: $25, $20 for annual members of the club if registered by 10/13. One Section. Prize Fund: $1000 UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED!! $200-$150. $125 for 1st in each Section: A, B, C, D, U1200/UNR. Biggest Upset: $25. Reg.: 10-10:45. Rds.: 11, 1:15, 3:45, 6:15. One 1/2 point bye if declared before round 2. Ent: 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, or online at saintlouischessclub.org. Info: 314-361-CHESS info@saintlouischessclub.org.

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US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
OCT. 14   WISCONSIN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
Hales Corners Challenge XXVI - National Chess Day!

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 $10 more after October 12. 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. Reg.: 8:30-9:30. Rds.: 10-1-3:30-6. Questions to Chris Wainscott (414-839-5232, after 5:30 pm), or e-mail: chris.wainscott13@outlook.com. Entries to: Robin J. Grochowski, 3835 E. Morris Ave., Cudahy, WI 53110, (414-861-2745), e-mail: rgrochowski@wi.rr.com.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
OCT. 21-22   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED)
4th annual Central New York Open

5SS, rounds 1-2 G/90 d10, rds 3-5 40/100, SD/30 d10. Hall of Languages, Syracuse University, S. Crouse Ave., Syracuse 13210. $2500 guaranteed prizes. In 3 sections. Open: $500-300-200, top U2100/Unr $210. Under 1900: $300-150-70, top U1700 (no unr) $160. Under 1500: $200-100-50, top U1300 (no unr) $110. Unrated may not win over $140 in U1500. Mixed doubles: $150 bonus to best male/female combined score among all sections. Team must average under 2200; may enter different sections; must register by 2 pm 10/21. College team prizes: Plaques to first 3 teams based on top 3 scorers from school among all sections. Top 2 sections EF: $68 online at chessaction.com by 10/18, $72 mailed by 10/12, $80 at site, or online until 8 am 10/21. Online entry $5 less to NYSCA members (may join with entry). U1500 Section EF: all $20 less. No checks at site, credit cards OK. GMs, IMs & WGMs: $60 from prize. Re-entry (no Open Section) $40. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCFwith 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. Schedule: Reg ends Sat 9 am, rds. Sat 10, 2 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:15. Bye: all, limit 2; must commit before rd. 2. HR: See travel websites. 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).


US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
OCT. 21-26   MISSOURI
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED)
11th Annual SPICE Cup Open

9SS, G/90 + inc/30 Clayton Plaza Hotel, 7750 Carondelet Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105. $16,500 in prizes - all guaranteed. GM and IM norms possible. One Section, minimum 2100 FIDE to play. FIDE ratings used for pairings and prizes. $5000-3000-2000-1500-1000-500-300, top U2400 $600-400-250-150, top U2250 $400-250-150 top Woman $500-250 (can win both open and women prize), top Senior (born after 1/1/, 1967) $250. Limited free hotel accommodation at event hotel for non-US GMs. All equipment provided. EF: Free to GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs, FIDE-rated players over 2300+, and all foreign players with 2100+ FIDE (must complete all 9 rounds), by 10/1. $100 later or on site. The rating minimums are to be met at the time of registration (or at any time starting June 2017 until the start of the tournament). $100 to FIDE 2200-2299, $200 to FIDE U-2200 if received by 9/30. Additional $50 later or on site. Schedule: Reg ends Sat 3pm, rds. 10/21 5pm, 10/22 &23 10am & 5pm, 10/24 5pm, 10/25 10am & 5pm 10/26 10am. HR: $109 including free breakfast, internet & parking. For reservations call 314-726-5400 and ask for "In House Reservations". Group Name is SPICE Cup; Group Code is SPZ. Ent: Webster University SPICE, c/o Clare Brown, 314-246-8075, spice@webster.edu, 470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119. More info @ www.webster.edu/spice.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
OCT. 27   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30
Fischer v Spassky 45th Year Commemoration (BLZ)

9-SS, G/3 +2. FIDE Blitz Rated. $2500 Guaranteed! $600-450-350-250-150; top U2400/unr, U2200, U2000, U1800: $100 each; Top Senior (born in/before 1955): $100-50; Top Junior (born in/after 2001): $100-50. EF: $25; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr Fee. GMs Free. Reg.: 6:15-6:45pm. Rds.: Begin at 7pm and continue ASAP. Max three byes; request at entry. This tournament is made possible thanks to the generosity of Mr. Paul M. Albert, Jr. Register online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. 23 W. 10th St. / NYC / 212-477-3716.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
OCT. 27-29 OR 28-29   GEORGIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
2017 Atlanta Class Championship

5-SS, Interactive College of Technology, 5227 New Peachtree Rd., Chamblee, GA 30341. $5,000 b/95 in top 6 sections; $3,000 Guaranteed. In 6 sections: Master/Expert: $500-350-200; under 2200: 400-200-100. FIDE rated. Must be 1950 with no playing up! Class A (1800-1999): $400-200-100. Class B (1600-1799): $400-200-100. Class C (1400-1599): $400-200-100. Class D (1200-1399): $300-200-100. Class E (1000-1199): $300-150-100. Entry Fees: $74 3-day, $73 2-day by October 26th; $79 at site. GMs, IMs & WGMs free, $60 deducted from prize. Unrated: $40 Limited to 2nd place prize in each section. Unofficial uschess.org ratings used if otherwise unrated. Players may play up one section! 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri. 6:30 p.m. Rounds: Fri. 7 pm, Sat. 2:30 and 7, Sun. 10 and 3:30. 2-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat. 10 am. Rounds: 10:30 then merges with 3-day. Time Controls:Master/Expert: 40/90, SD/30 d10; Class A and below: G/120 d5. 2-day option: G/90 d5. All, Byes: Available all rounds (limit 2), must commit before 1st round. Info: info@americanchesspromotions.com or (478)-973-9389. Enter: www.americanchesspromotions.com

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
OCT. 27-29 OR 28-29   NEW JERSEY
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED)
21st annual Eastern Chess Congress

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Hyatt Regency Princeton, 102 Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ 08540. Free parking, wireless & fitness center,10% discount in hotel restaurant (except alcohol). Guaranteed prizes $20,000. In 7 sections. Premier (1900/up): $2000-1000-500-300, clear win or 1st on tiebreak $100, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE. Under 2100: $1400-700-400-200. Under 1900: $1400-700-400-200. Under 1700: $1300-700-400-200. Under 1500: $1200-600-400-200. Under 1300: $1000-500-300-200. Under 1100: $500-300-200-100, plaques to top 3, top U900, U700, U500, Unrated. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player combined score among all sections: $800-400-200. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 10/28. Unrated prize limits: $150 U1100, $300 U1300, $450 U1500, $600 U1700, $750 U1900. Top 6 sections EF: $113 online at chessaction.com by 10/25, 3-day $118, 2-day $117 mailed by 10/18, all $130 at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. Under 1100 EF: all $50 less than above. All: No checks at site, credit cards OK. 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 paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry $50; not available in Premier. GMs $90 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. Bye: all, limit 2; Premier must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $110-110, 609-987-1234 or use link at chesstour.com, reserve by 10/12 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
A State Championship Event!
OCT. 28-29   VERMONT
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
2017 Vermont Open

4SS, 40/90, SD/45 d5. Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, 149 Church St., Burlington, VT 05401. Three sections. Championship: EF: $44 if rec'd by 10/26. $$G: 250-160, U2110 155, U1910 150. State champion title to top-scoring Vermont resident. Under 1810: EF: $39 if rec'd by 10/26. $$ b/16: 200-135, U1610 130-100. Under 1410: EF if rec'd by 10/26: $34 if rated 800-1409, $24 if U800/Unr. $$ b/16: 150-100, U1210 90, U1010 80. All sections: EF $6 more if paid at site. No Unr may win more than $90 in Under 1810, $45 in Under 1410. Reg.: Sat. 9-10:05 a.m., Rds.: 10:30-3:45, 10-3:15. Half-point bye OK except for Champ round 4. Ent: Parker "Monty" Montgomery, PO Box 831, Middlebury, VT 05753-0831; vermonty64@earthlink.net, mobile 802-349-7739.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
OCT. 28-29   WASHINGTON
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
Washington Challenger’s Cup

2 Sections. Open: 4SS, 40/120, SD/30 d10. Reserve (U1800): 5SS, Rd. 1 G/60 d10, Rds. 2-5 40/120, SD/30 d10. Seattle Chess Club, 2150 North 107th St., Seattle, WA 98133. 206-417-5405. $$2,500/b60. Open: FIDE Rated, $600-400, U2100 $200, U1900 $200. Reserve (U1800): $400-250, U1600 $150, U1400 $150, U1200/Unr $150. Foreign ratings used for players with no USCF rating. EF: $75 if postmarked or online by 10/25, $85 at site. Free entry for GMs, IMs, WGMs. Registration: 9-9:45am. Rds.: Open: Sat. 10am & 4pm, Sun. 11am & 5pm. Reserve: Sat. 10am, 12:30pm, 6pm, Sun. 11am & 5pm. Bye: limit 1 (Open), limit 2 (Reserve), request before end of Rd. 2. Memb. Req'd: $25 ($19 juniors). OSA. ENT: Checks payable to Washington Chess Federation. Mail to: Dan Mathews, 749 Somerset Ln., Edmonds, WA 98020-2646. Info: danomathews01@gmail.com, 425-218-7529. Enter online: www.nwchess.com/onlineregistration. W.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
OCT. 28-29   ILLINOIS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50
City of Chicago Class Championships

Student Center East, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 750 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607. 4SS, 40/100, SD/30; +30 increment from move 1. $5,600 guaranteed! FIVE SECTIONS: Open: FIDE. EF: Advance $69 if rated above 2099, $89 if rated below 2100. $20 more onsite. GMs & IMs: free w/ advance registration. $1000-500-300-200. U2300 $400-250. Accelerated possible. Under 2100: EF: Advance $68 if above 1899, $88 if rated below 1900. $20 more onsite. $500-250-100. Under 1900: EF: Advance $67 if above 1699, $87 if below 1700. $20 more onsite. $450-225-100. Under 1700: EF: $66 if above 1499, $76 if under 1500; $20 more onsite. $400-200-100. Under 1500: EF: Advance $62; $20 more onsite. $350-175-100. ALL: Rounds Sat. 10 & 4, Sun. 10 & 4. Oct. ratings used. Re-entry: $50. Byes: limit 2, must commit before rd. two; 2nd voluntary bye in rd. 3 or 4 counts as 0.4 towards prizes. REG.: chichess.org/events; mail to Chicago Chess Center NFP Inc., PO Box 180095, Chicago, IL 60618 postmarked by Oct. 20. No phone entries. Onsite 8:30-9:30 Sat. and 8:30-9:30 Sun. INFO: Bill Brock (773) 294-1709, info@chichess.org. Sets & clocks supplied. W.


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NOV. 3-5 OR 4-5   CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 80 (ENHANCED)
12th annual Los Angeles Open

NOTE Corrections: This version supercedes all previous versions published prior to the Sept. 2017 CL issue: 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, $12 including overnight. Flyaway bus from LAX to Van Nuys $9 each way; free shuttle to bus and train station. Free wireless, gym, indoor pool, got tubs; restaurants within walking distance. $15,000 guaranteed prizes. 6 sections. Open: Open to all; U1800/EF $50 more. $1500-700-500-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100 bonus, top U2250 $600-300. Under 2050: $1200-600-300-200. Under 1850: $1200-600-300-200. Under 1650: $1000-500-300-200. Under 1450: $1000-500-300-200. Under 1200: $800-400-200-100. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Prize limits: Unrated may not win over $100 in U1200, $200 U1450, $300 U1650 or $500 U1850. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $600-300. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 11/4. Top 5 sections EF: $108 online at chessaction.com by 11/1, 3-day $113, 2-day $112 mailed by 10/25, $120 online until 2 hours before round 1 or at site. Under 1200 EF: all $40 less than top 5 sections EF. GMs free; $100 deducted from prize. No checks at site; credit cards OK. Online EF $5 less to SCCF members; join/renew at scchess.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 Open) $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; Open must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $109-109, 818-997-7676, reserve by 10/4 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 refunds. 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!
NOV. 3-5 OR 4-5   CONNECTICUT
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40 (ENHANCED)
3rd annual Stamford Open

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Sheraton Hotel, 700 Main St., Stamford, CT 06901. Free parking. $8000 guaranteed prizes. In 5 sections. Open: Open to all; U1800/Unr EF $50 more. $1000-500-300, top Under 2210/Unr $400. Under 2010: $800-400-200, top U1810 $300. Under 1710: $700-400-200, top U1510 $300. Under 1410: $600-300-200, top U1210 $200. Under 1110: $300-200-100, plaques to first 3, top Under 900, Under 700, Unrated. Unrated may enter any section, but cannot win over $100 in U1110, $200 in U1410 or $300 in U1710. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $400-200. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 11/4. Top 4 sections EF: $83 online at chessaction.com by 11/1, 3-day $88, 2-day $87 if check mailed by 10/25, $95 at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. Under 1110 Section EF: All $40 less than above. No checks at site, credit cards OK. GMs free, $80 deducted from prize. Online EF $3 less to CSCA members. Re-entry $40; not available in Open Section. 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 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, 800-408-7640, 203-358-8400; reserve by 10/20 or rate may increase. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Refunds, $15 service charge. Questions: DirectorAtChess.us, www.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.

NOV. 4   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
16th Horizons for Youth Fall Scholastic RBO

$375 GTD. 5SS, G/30 d5. NorthamptonCom.College, 3835 Green Pond Rd., Main Campus, Coll. Ctr. Bldg., Bethlehem, PA 18020. Reg.: 8:30am, Rds: 9:30, ASAP. 2 Events:1) Open and U1200,18yrs & under 2) Age-Based, Non-Rated,14 yrs & under. EF: $34 by 11pm, 11/2, $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. OpenTie (Blitzoff); Non-USCF Rated b/0 age. Ent: https://northampton.edu/noncredit/horizons-for-youth/bethlehem-school-year-programs.htm Online only. Info: 610-861-4120; sazrinski@gmail.com.

A State Championship Event!
NOV. 4   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
2017 PA State Action Championship

6SS, G/30 d5. O’Hara Student Center, Univ. of Pitt., 4024 O’Hara St., Pittsburgh PA 15213. 2 Sections: Championship: EF: $25 by 10/27, $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 U900. EF: $15 by 10/27, $25 later. Trophies to Top 7, 1-3 U600. All: Trophies: 1-2 Schools, 1-2 Clubs. PSCF $5, OSA. Reg ends 10am. Rds: 10:30-Noon-1:15-2:30-3:45-5:15. Ent/Info: PSCF, c/o Tom Martinak, 25 Freeport St., Pittsburgh, PA 15223. 412-908-0286 martinak_tom_m@hotmail.com.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 4-5   VIRGINIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
25th Annual David Zofchak Memorial

5SS, G/2 d5. Site: Sleep Inn Lake Wright, 1521 Premium Outlets Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23502, 757-461-6251. EF: $55 if rec’d. by 11/1 else $65. Prizes: $2000 b/o 45. Sections: OPEN Section $$350-$$225-$$160 All place prizes guaranteed - Top Expert $150 - Top A $125. U1800 Section b/o 45. $$270 -$170 - $130 Top C/Unr $120 - Top D $110 – Top E $100 - U1000 $90. A VCF Cup event. Reg:. 8:30-9:15. Rds.: Sat: 9:30-2:00-7:00, Sun: 9:30-2:00. Mbr: VCF $10/$5. Req. for VA residents HR: $59 w/Free breakfast. Please reserve by 10/13. Entry & checks: Virginia Chess, 1370 S. Braden Cres., Norfolk, VA 23502. Info only: ernest.schlich@gmail.com (757)362-6542. On-line entry and details www.vachess.org.

A State Championship Event!
NOV. 4-5   ILLINOIS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
2017 Illinois Senior State Championship

4SS, G/120 d5. Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, 1800 E. Golf Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173, (847) 605-1234. Tournament open to all born before November 6, 1967. $1,850 prize fund b/60 paid entries. Two sections: Open (FIDE Rated!) and Reserve (Under 1700). Schedule: Sat-10:00am, 3:00pm and Sun-10:00am, 3:00pm. One 1/2-point bye any round, must commit by end of Round 2. Prizes: Open Section: $500-250-150; Under 1900 $125-75. Reserve section (Under 1700): $275-150-100; Under 1500 $100-50; Under 1300 $50-25. EF: $50 by 10/27, $65 by 11/3. On-site registration: $70, 8:30-9:30. $5 discount for ICA members (annual dues $15). $10 extra to play in Open with rating 1699 and below. Free entry to Illinois GMs, WGMs, IMs, WIMs, FMs, WFMs. Register at www.il-chess.org/ilsenior2017 or mail checks postmarked by 10/20/17 to Illinois Chess Association, P.O. Box 4521, Skokie, IL 60077-4521. No phone entries. Boards, sets, and clocks provided by The Illinois Chess Association. All special rules, details, and tournament conditions subject to change without notice; changes will be posted ASAP at the site & online. INFORMATION: www.kingregistration.com/contact.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 10-12 OR 11-12   TEXAS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40
2017 U.S. Class Championships

5SS, G/90 i30. $16,000 Prize Fund b/250 full-paid entries, 50% guaranteed. 2-day or 3-day Schedule avail. No entry fee for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs but EF will be deducted from winnings. Houston Marriott North, 255 North Sam Houston Parkway East, Houston 77060, Ph: 281-875-4000, $89 chess rate! Free Parking! Free airport shuttle service to/from IAH! Free wireless internet in all guestrooms! Discounted Hotel Breakfast Coupons ($12 per person + tax & gratuity)! 8 Sects (Rated players may play up one class only – Master & Expert Sects. are FIDE rated and Re-Entry is not allowed in those two sects only): Master (2200/up): $1500-900-700-500; U2400: $600-400; Expert(2000-2199): $1000-700-500-350; Class A (1800-1999): $1000-700-500-350; Class B (1600-1799): $800-600-400-200; Class C (1400-1599): $800-600-400-200; Class D (1200-1399): $400-300-200-100; Class E (Under 1200): $400-300-200-100; Unr: $200-100. National Class Champion title to each class winner(s) and plaque to class winner on tiebreaks (MSCO), if necessary. All players must have a USCF membership to play; provisional ratings will be used based on at least a minimum of 4 games. Ratings used will be from Nov. 2017 supplement. EF: $99 for Classes M, X, A, B, C by 11/3; $119 at site. $59 for Classes D, E, Unr. by 11/3; $79 at site. Re-Entry Fee (not avail in Classes M or E): $35 for all other Classes avail. up to Rd. 3. 3 re-entries or 2 reduced entries count as one additional entry for prize fund. Free chess gift to oldest and youngest player and to player who travels farthest in main event.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. Byes: Two 1/2pt. byes allowed – avail. for any round (must commit to Byes before Rd. 3). CAJUN BOUNTY: Defeat the top ranked player in the main event and win free entry to our next tournament. SIDE EVENTS: 7SS, G/5 d0, USCF-Blitz rated "BAYOU BLITZ" (Open to All - Sat. night after Rd. 3 – uses USCF-Blitz Ratings for pairings & prizes - $20 EF - Cash Prizes – sign up on site). Schol. Team & Ind., 4SS, G/30 d5, 1-day only, Sat. Nov. 11; Separate room for schol. players - A trophy or medal will be awarded to each schol. player. Schol. Sects. (Team & Individual): K-2, K-5, K-8, K-12. Minimum of 3 players from the same school or home school district to make a team; the top 4 scores will count toward final team score. Prizes: Trophies to top 10 individuals in each section and to top 3 teams in each section. Every non-trophy winner receives a souvenir chess medal. USCF-recommended computer tiebreaks will decide trophy and medal placements for winners of all schol. sections. Schol. EF: $25 by 11/3; $35 at site. Schol. Sched: (All 4 rds G/30 d5 - one day only, Sat., Nov. 11). Reg. Sat. 8:30am-9:30am, 1st Rd. at 10am (lunch break after 1st Rd.) Remaining Rds. at 12noon-1:15pm-2:30pm. Byes: One 1/2-pt. bye allowed for any round (must notify TD prior to Rd. 1). Scholastic players may play in both adult (main event Classes D, E and Unr.) and scholastic tournaments by registering for the 3-day schedule in the main event with a 1/2-pt. bye for Rd. 2 and registering for the scholastic tournament, and those players will receive a discounted Entry Fee of $69 to play in both events. HR: $89 + tax for king or double (281-875-4000), reserve by Oct. 21 and mention Cajun Chess tournament to assure group rate. ENT: On-line registration, 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.

A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 10-12 OR 11-12   OHIO
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED)
26th annual Kings Island Open

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Embassy Suites Cincinnati Northeast, 4554 Lake Forest Dr., Blue Ash, OH 45242 (I-71 to Exit 15 or I-275N to Exit 47). Free parking. $$ 30,000 based on 350 paid entries (GMs, re-entries & U1000 Section count as half entries); minimum $21,000 (70% of each prize) guaranteed. In 7 sections: Major: Open to 1800/up. $3000-1500-700-500-300, clear win or 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300 $1600-800. FIDE. Under 2100: $2000-1000-500-400-300. Under 1900: $2000-1000-500-400-300. Under 1700: $1800-900-500-300-200. Under 1500: $1500-800-400-300-200. Under 1250: $1200-600-400-300-200. Under 1000: $800-400-250-150-100. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $1000-500-300. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 11/11; prize limits do not apply to mixed doubles. Unrated prize limits: U1000 $100, U1250 $200, U1500 $300, U1700 $400, U1900 $600. Balance goes to next player(s) in line. Top 6 sections EF: $118 online at chessaction.comby 11/8, 3-day $123, 2-day $122 mailed by 11/1, $140 at site or online until 2 hours before round 1. GMs free, $100 deducted from prize. Under 1000 Section EF: all $40 less than above. OCA members: online EF $5 less.. All:No checks at site, credit cards OK. Re-entry $60; not available in Major Section. 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 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. Byes: OK all; limit 2, Major must commit by rd. 2, others by rd. 3. HR: Suite with king bed & queen couch/bed $105, suite with 2 beds & queen couch/bed $115, more than 2 in room $10 more each additional person. Rates include free hot breakfast for all room occupants and free wifi. Up to 4 people allowed in king suite, up to 6 in larger suite. 513-733-8900, reserve by 11/1 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Car rental is easiest & cheapest transportation from Cincinnati Airport. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803 (chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269). $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, reg. by 9:15 pm.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 10-12 OR 11-12   FLORIDA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30
16th Annual Turkey Bowl

5SS, Open section G/90+30 sec. incr., All other sections but U1100 G/120 d5, U1100 section G/90 d5 (2-day Option all sections Rd. 1 G/60 d5). Sawgrass Grand Hotel, 3003 N. University Dr., Sunrise, FL 33322 (Sunrise is close to Ft. Lauderdale). $$9,000 b/200 paid entries, 70% min. Gtd. Open: $1000/Trophy-600-450, U2300/Unr. $350-250. FIDE. U2100: $800/Trophy-500-400, U1950 $300-250. U1750: $700/Trophy-450-350, U1650 $250-200. U1450: $700/Trophy-450-350, U1350/Unr. $250-200. U1100: Trophies for 1st to 3rd, 1st U900, 1st U700, Medals to all others. Top Senior Prize (among all cash prize sections, must be at least 55 on November 10) $200. Unr. May enter Open, U1450 or U1100 only. EF: $89 by November 7, $10 more later, $15 more on-site, GMs & IMs free ($89 deducted from prize). U1100 section $44 by November 7, $10 more later, $15 more on-site. Re-entry cash prize sections $45. Reg.: Ends 1/2 hr before 1st rd. Rds.: 3-Day 1st Rd. Fri. 7:30; 2-Day 1st Rd. Sat 10; 2nd Rd. Sat. 1:15; 3rd Rd. all sections but U1100 6:30, 3rd Rd. U1100 5:45; 4th Rd. Sun. all sections but U1100 9:30, 4th Rd. U1100 10:00; 5th Rd. 2:30. 2 1/2 pt. byes, if req’d before rd. 2. HR: $79 by Cut-off Date ($15 resort fee waived), Includes free Internet & parking, 954-748-7000. Ent: Boca Raton Chess Club, 2385 Executive Ctr. Dr., Ste. 100, Boca Raton, FL 33431. $10 service charge for refunds. Online entry & add’l info: www.bocachess.com, 561-302-4377.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 11   ARKANSAS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
2017 Veteran’s Day Memorial - $1225 Prize Fund

1100 Garrison Ave. Ft. Smith, AR. All veterans & active military w/ID recognized & enjoy discounted entry. 3 Section: OPEN & RESERVE(U1600): 4rd SS, G/60 d6. EF: $30; $20 veterans, active military, K-12 student. AFTER 11/5/17 add $10. USCF rated req’d.; PF: Open $400/$200/$100; Reserve $300/$150/$75 (1st /2nd GUAR.; 3rd b12/section). NOVICE(U1100): 5rd SS, G/40 d5. EF: $10, after 11/5/17 add $5 non-uscf rated. Trophies 1st, 2nd, 3rd & certificate for all “plus” scores. Branch competition: Marines, Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force. Min. 2 player team, unlimited # per branch, top 4 scores used. Eagle Award. Check-in: 8:30-9AM Rds: 9:30, 12, 2:30, 5:30, optional ASAP start. Food on-site. Restaurants/hotels nearby. BLITZ SideEvent: 5 Rd SS, G/5 d0, Rd. 1: 7:45pm, then ASAP; awards 9:25pm. USCF. EF: $5; $10 after 11/5/17. PF: $40/$20 (b12). Contact: KarisCM@cox.net479-420-6354. Entry form details: http://westarkchess.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/November-11-Tournament-1.pdf.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 11   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
3rd Annual Seneca Lake Open

Presbyterian Church, 24 Park Place, Geneva, NY 14456. 4 Round Swiss, G/60 d5 first 2 rounds and G/90 d5 last 2 rounds. 2 Sections: Open, U1500. EF: $40 all sections, $25 youth under 18, Add $20 at door. Guaranteed Prize Fund over $1000. $$ Open: 350, 200, 100; U1500: 150, 100, 75; U1000: 50. Rds.: 9:30, 12, 2:15, 5:30. Entries to: Jonathan Porschet, 191 White Springs Rd., Geneva, NY 14456. Checks to: Jonathan Porschet. Questions: jporschet@gmail.com.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 11-12   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
18th Greater Philadelphia Weekend Open

Premier(1800+): 4SS, 40/90,SD/15;+30. Days Inn, 245 Easton Rd., Horsham, PA. EF: $50 by Nov 8, club mbr $40, both $10 more after. GM/IM free, $40 deducted if win $200+. $$GTD: $500-200-100-50, top U2000 $100. Rds.:Sat/Sun 11-3:30. Max one bye, req.at entry. Also U1900 & U1500. HR: $59, 215-674-2500. Info/Reg: keystonechessclub.org

NOV. 11-12   CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
2017 Euwe Memorial

(A sponsored event) 1 open Section. 6SS, G/60 d5. 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90025, 2nd fl. EF: $75; $55 LACC members; No-prize players, spouses/siblings, new members 1/2 EF. Reg.: Sat 10-11:45. Rds.: 12, 2, 4 pm each day. Byes: Up to three 1/2-point byes. 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.

NOV. 12   VIRGINIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10 (ENHANCED)
Dulles FIDE Rapid/USCF Quick Rated (QC)

Location: Washington Dulles Airport Marriott (Downstairs Reston Salon); 45020 Aviation Dr., Dulles, VA 20166. Two Sections. Open (FIDE) and U1800. 5-SS, G/15;10sec inc. Open MIN 1700 to play otherwise pay $30 addl EF. U1800 only USCF QuickRated. Prizes: Open $$350 GTD: $200- 100-50. U1800 $$250 b/20: $140-70-40. EF: $35 by 11/7, $40 by 11/10, $45 after and onsite, CAC Mbrs $5 less. GMs/IMs Free - $20 deducted from winnings. U1200 Scholastic $5 less. Onsite Reg.: 8:30am-9:15am. Rds.: 9:30-10:30-11:30-12:30-1:30pm. Side Event: U1200 Scholastic 5- SS G/30 d5; Rounds 9:30am and ASAP. Trophies to Top 5; Other Class Trophies and Medals. Max two byes allowed: Req before Round 2 starts. Mailed entries: PO Box 223582, Chantilly, VA 20151 Checks payable to 'Capital Area Chess'. Email info only: info@capitalareachess.com. Online Reg/Adv Entries: capitalareachess.com.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 17-22   TEXAS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED)
2017 UTDallas Fall FIDE Open

9SS. G/90 +30sec from move 1. Embassy Suites Dallas – Park Central, 13131 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75243. GM & IM norms possible! Min. 2000 FIDE or 2200 USCF required. Prizes $7,500 G: $$3000-1500-1000, U2500 $$1000, U2300 $$1000. EF: GMs, foreign IMs, 2500+: Free; 2450-2499: $100; 2400-2449 $150; 2350-2399: $200; 2300-2349 $250; 2250-2299: $300; 2200-2249 $350; 2100-2199: $400; 2000-2099 $450; U2000: $500; Unr: $700; $75 discount to all non-US Federation players. FIDE ratings used for EF/pairings/prizes. Tournament will be run using FIDE Rules. Non-US Federation players must have/provide a FIDE ID number or they cannot play. (New players can get a FIDE ID number for their Country’s Federation.) This tournament is open to players with FIDE Ratings above 2000 (a few special exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Organizers.) Note that anyone rated USCF 2200 is also eligible to play but must pay Entry Fees according to their FIDE Ratings. To improve chances to make GM Norms, a maximum of one-third of the total field will be permitted to be U2200 FIDE. May use accelerated pairings if in the opinion of the Chief Arbiter, that would improve norm chances. Tournament is limited to a total of around 50 players. Schedule: Onsite registration if not full, 11/17 at 2pm-2:30 pm. Opening Ceremony at 5:30 pm. Rds.: Rd on 11/17 at 6 pm; 11/18 at 10 am and 5 pm; 11/19 at 10 am and 5 pm; 11/20 at 5 pm; 11/21 at 10 am and 5 pm; 11/22 at 9 am. Chief Arbiter: IA Francisco Guadalupe. HR: $105-$105-$105-$105 includes free breakfast, 972-234-3300 mention UTD to get $105 rate. Reserve by 11/1 or rate may go up. Hotel will provide guests free rides (base on availability) to anywhere within 3 miles. Make checks payable to Dallas Chess Club. ENT: Dallas Chess Club, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036. 214.632.9000. INFO: Barb Swafford or Luis Salinas, info@dallaschess.com or Luis.Salinas@utdallas.edu. www.utdallas.edu/chess. FIDE.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 18   OHIO
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
“Veterans Day” Pawn Storm XXXIX

4SS, G/60 +10. Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. Fifth St., Dayton, OH 45402. EF: $45 to Nov 16 then $55. Prizes b/40: Open $500-300, U1900 Section $250-$150 & U1600 $150-50. Reg.: 9:30-1015. Rds.: 10:30-1:30-4:30-7:30. New Section for players rated U1000 to gain tournament practice. EF $20 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.

NOV. 18   MASSACHUSETTS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
WN 2017 G/25 d3 Quick (QC)

5SS, G/25 d3. Town Hall Annex, 381 Main St., West Newbury, MA 01985. EF: $30 postmarked by 10 Nov. $35 at site. Free entry to players rated 2200 or above. 75% Returned. $200 $100 (Top 2 Prizes Guaranteed.) Other prizes are based on 75% of entries. Reg.: Registration 9:15-9:45. Rds.: 10-11:15-1:15-2:30-3:45. 1 1/2 point byes rounds 1-4, must request by round 3. ENT: Alex Relyea, 49 Technology Dr. #89, Bedford, NH 03110. INFO: Alex Relyea relyea@operamail.com. www.relyeachess.com.

NOV. 18   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
10th Annual David Elliott Memorial Cup

5-SS, G/30 d5. St Luke's Church, 417 N. 7th St., Allentown, PA 18102. Park in the lot -- enter thru the red gate. 2 Sections: OPEN $700 $$GTD. EF: $30, U1800/UNR $25, 2400+ free, 2500+ free plus gtd $25 expense stipend. Prizes: $350 1st + Elliott Cup, $150 2nd, Top 2099-1800 $100, Top U1800 $100. RESERVE (U1600/UNR) $150 $$GTD. EF: $20, U1000/UNR $15. Prizes: $100 1st + Reserve Trophy, Top U1200 $50 + award. Both Sections:Registration 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM, opening ceremony 11 AM. Rounds: 11:15-1:15-2:30-3:45-5. Playoff for trophies (if needed) 6:30 PM. Lunch break (meet/greet Elliott family) included after round 1. Random book prize drawing after round 3. Players may request one half-point bye -- none for last round. No draws by agreement under 15 moves. Games from top boards collected for possible publication. No advance entries. Org: Eric C. Johnson. Questions: 484-547-6103. USCF-rated events every Saturday -- see www.freewebs.com/allentowncentercitychessclub

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 18-19   TENNESSEE
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
58th Mid-South Open

5SS, G/120 d5. Site: IBEW Local 474, 1870 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104. Three Sections: Open, U1700, and U1000. $1700 Prizes are based on 35 paid entries in top 2 sections. Open: $550, $300, $200. U1700: $350, $200, $100. Entry Fee: $50 early by Nov 11, $60 late. MCC Members $50 anytime; Masters: free (EF deducted from winnings). Rounds: Saturday: 9am-2pm-7pm; Sunday: 9am-2pm. U1000 Trophy Section: 4SS, G/45 d5; Saturday only; Entry Fee: $15. Trophies for top 3 overall, top U800 and top U600. Round 1 at 9am, next rounds ASAP (as soon as possible). On-site Registration: November 18, 2017 - 7:30am-8:45am. Send mail entries to:MCC, P.O. Box 17864, Memphis, TN 38187. On-line entries: http://memphischessclub.homestead.com/58th-Mid-South-Open.html. Email: gpylant@gmail.com.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 18-19   VIRGINIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30
22nd Annual Northern Virginia Open!

5SS. A VCF Cup Event! US Chess and FIDE-rated. FIDE Rules, 30-minute default period for late arrivals. Hotel and Tournament Site: Washington Dulles Airport Marriott, 45020 Aviation Dr., Dulles, VA 20166, 703-471-9500. Chess Rate: $89 plus 6% tax, reserve by Fri. Oct 20. PRIZE: $$3500-GUARANTEED, $800, $550, $375, $250, Top X/A/B/C/D/ $225 each, Top U1200-UNR $200, Top Upset Sat & Sun $100 each. Reg.: www.vachess.org, Onsite Fri 11/17 7-10PM, Sat 11/18 7:30-8:45AM. Rds.: Sat. 9:30-2:30-7, Sun. 10-4:30; TC: Sat G/90 inc/30, Sun. 40/90, SD/30, inc/30. EF: $80 thru 11/11, $95 starting 11/12 and on site. VCF membership required for VA residents. Entries: Online www.vachess.org or Postal Mail to Mike Hoffpauir, ATTN: NoVA Open, 405 Hounds Chase, Yorktown, VA 23693-3356. Info: www.vachess.org or mhoffpauir@aol.com, 757-846-4805. No email entries.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 18-19   TEXAS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
2017 Turkey Shoot

Hornbeak Bldg., 3rd Flr. 4450 Medical Dr., San Antonio, TX 78229. 5SS, Rd. 1 G/60 + 5s, Rds. 2-5 G/90 + 30s.($$ 2,725 b/80 full entries, 2/3 gtd). Open tournament. Prizes: $450-225-125, U2200 $250-125, U2000 $200-100, U1800 $250-125, $200-100, U1400 $250-125, U1200 $100-50, U1000/Unr $50. EF: $50 if received by 11/16/17, $55 after and at site. Option play for 1/2 prizes, EF: $25 by 11/16/17, $30 after and at site. $5 discount to club members and veterans/active duty military paying full entry. Unrated players eligible for top prizes and U1000/unr only. GMs/IMs free entry to be deducted from winnings. USCF rated, current membership required, November 2017 rating supplement used to determine section and prize eligibility. Please bring set and clock. Reg.: 8:30-9:30. Rds.: 10-1-6; 10-3. One 1/2 pt bye if requested before end of Rd. 2. Swap and shop used books, equip.: 8:30-9:30 AM. Entries: PayPal sanantoniochessclub@gmail.com or mail to SACC, PO Box 690576, San Antonio, TX 78269-0576. Contact info: E-mail: louisrimpel2@gmail.com Ph.: (210) 384-4797.

A State Championship Event!
NOV. 19   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
2017 PA State Game/15 Championship (QC)

7SS, G/15 d3. O’Hara Student Center, Univ. of Pitt., 4024 O’Hara St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. 2 Sections: Champ: EF: $25 by 11/11, $35 later. $$ (690G): $200-100, U2000 $90, U1800 $80, U1600 $70, U1400 $60, U1200 $50, U1000 $40. Trophies: Top 3 U1400, Top 3 U1200, Top 3 U1000. Scholastic: Grades K-12 unrated or U900. EF: $15 by 11/11, $25 later. Trophies to Top 7, Top 3 U600. ALL: Trophies: Top 2 Schools, Top 2 Clubs. PSCF $5, OSA. Reg.: 11-11:30am. Rds.: 12-12:45-1:30-2:15-3-3:45-4:30. Ent/Info: PSCF, c/o Tom Martinak, 25 Freeport St., Pittsburgh, PA 15223-2245, 412-908-0286. W.

A State Championship Event!
NOV. 19   ILLINOIS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
2017 Illinois Class State Championship

An Illinois Chess Tour Event. $2000 in cash prizes, plus trophies. 4SS. Hilton Lisle/Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Dr., Lisle, IL 60532. Seven Sections: Master/ Expert, Class A, B, C, D, U1200, U800. Prizes: Master/Expert: $500-200-60; Classes A thru D: $150-75-40; U1200: Trophies to top 3 and for top 2 Under 1000; U800: Trophies to top 3 and for top 2 Under 600. Schedule: M/X and Class A-D (G/60 d5) – 10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm. U1200 and U800 (G/45 d5) – 10:00am, noon, 2:00pm, 4:00pm. One 1/2-point bye any round, must commit by end of Round 2. EF: $45 (M/X,A-D) and $25 (Under 1200/800). $10 increase after 11/12. $5 discount to ICA members. $10 extra to play up any class. Free entry to Illinois GMs, WGMs, IMs, WIMs, FMs, WFMs. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $120-60. May play in different sections; must register (no extra fee) before both begin Round 2. Register online at www.kingregistration.com/tournaments/event/ilclass17 or mail checks postmarked by 11/10/17 to Illinois Chess Association, P.O. Box 4521, Skokie, IL 60077-4521. Onsite registration available until 9:30am. Boards, sets, and clocks provided by The Illinois Chess Association. All special rules, details, and tournament conditions subject to change without notice; changes will be posted ASAP at the site and on ICA website. INFO: www.kingregistration.com/contact. No phone entries, questions only. HR: $89 room rate if reserved by 10/28. Hilton: (630) 505-0900. Group code: CILC.

NOV. 19   CONNECTICUT
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
2017 Greater New Haven Fall Open!

at Elm City Prep, $1000 Prize Fund! b/30. Open, U1700: 4SS, G/60 d5, Rds.: 9-11-1:30-3:30, Rds. 1 & 2 accl'rtd prngs if nec. U1200, U1000, U800/UNR: 5SS, G/30 d5, Rds.: 10am then ASAP, Open: $300, $200, $100, $50. U1700 $150 + trophy, $100, $50, $50. Trophies to top 5 U1200, U1000, U800/Unrated, top 3 school teams. EF: $40 Online, $50 by 11/13, $80 on site. EF: Educational Technologies, 343 Beach St. #404, West Haven, CT 06516. Online EF save $10! www.edutechchess.com or www.CTChess.com.

NOV. 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, $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. Info: westfieldchessclub@gmail.com. Note: Club Championship 12/3 & 12/10. Visit www.westfieldchessclub.org/Events.html for details.

NOV. 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; U2400: $125; U2300: $100; Biggest upset: $25. EF: $30; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. GMs Free. Reg.: 6:15-6:45pm. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. Max one bye, for Rd. 1 or 4 only; request at entry. Register online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. 23 W. 10th St./ NYC / 212-477-3716.

An American Classic!
A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 23-26 OR 24-26   CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED)
53rd Annual American Open

Costa Mesa. 8 rounds, 40/120, SD/55 d5. (3-day option, rounds 1-4, G/60 d5). Site: Hilton Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Prizes: $$50,000 based on 500 entries, $25,000 guaranteed. In 6 sections: Open:$5000-2500-1200-800-600-300, U2450/Unr. $1500-700-500, top U2300/Unr. $800-400. FIDE Rated Under 2200: $3000-1500-1000-500-400-300. FIDE Rated. Under 2000: $3000-1500-1000-500-400-300. Under 1800: $3000-1500-1000-500- 400-300. Under 1600: $3000-1500-700-500-400-300. Under 1400/Unr: $2000-1000-500-300-200-100, U1200 $1000-500-300 (not a separate section; U1200s also eligible for U1400 prizes), Unrated: $300-200-100 (Unrateds in this section eligible for these prizes only). Mixed Doubles: Top 3 best male and female team $500-250-125. Plus score bonus: every player who finishes with 4 1/2 points or better who don't place in the money prizes wins a $25 gift certificate towards chess store - redeemable only onsite. EF: $185 by Nov. 22nd, $220 after, $50 more for players under 2000 playing in Open. All: SCCF membership required for So Cal residents ($18 adults, $13 youth with print mag, $3 youth without mag). Re-entry $100. No checks at door - cash only, credit card accepted for a $10 fee. Schedule: 4-day schedule Reg. closes 9:30 am on 11/23, Rounds 11 – 6, 10:30-5:30, 10 - 5, 9:30 -4). 3-day schedule: Reg. closes 9:30am on 11/24.1st thru 4th rounds are 11 -2:30 – 5 -- 8pm (G/60 d5), schedules merge in Rd. 5 and compete for common prizes. Bye: Two half point byes for all rounds may be requested in advance. Lectures and videos. LOW room rates! Across street from John Wayne Airport, complimentary shuttle available. HR: Use group code “American Open” to reduce regular rate of >$214 to a discounted rate $125/day single or double, rates may go up after Oct 23. Call Hilton (714) 540-7000. Parking: >$20 $10 per day. Ratings: November Rating Supplement used. CCA minimum ratings and TD discretion used to protect you from improperly rated players. Info: organizing club - Chess Palace 714-899-3421, play@americanopen.org. Entry: American Open, 5246 Lampson Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92845 or www.AmericanOpen.org. W. FIDE.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 23-26 OR 24-26   TEXAS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50 (ENHANCED)
2017 Texas Masters

7SS, G/90 inc/30. Dallas Chess Club, 200 S. Cottonwood Dr. #C, Richardson, TX 75080. FIDE and USCF rated but uses FIDE rules. Will use USCF ratings and rules for awarding prizes. Default late forfeiture time is one hour. TD may extend this time at TD’s discretion. Two sections: Masters and Reserve. Masters: EF: USCF +2400 $90, USCF 2200-2400(or if you ever been rated 2200 USCF) $105, Fide rated 2000 and above is $140, U2200USCF/U2000Fide $175. USCF Membership Required. Texas Chess Association Membership also required for Texas players). $$b/25: 70% Guaranteed. $1600-800-400-275. U2400 $500. Reserve: Open to players rated U2000. EF: $50, This section is not Fide rated and uses USCF rules. 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. Both:Registration: 4 day 5:00 - 5:45 on Thurs 11/23. Rds.: Thurs 6 pm, Friday 2:30 pm, 7:00 pm, Sat 11am -4:30pm, Sun 9:00am-2pm. Reg 3 day on Friday 9 am - 9:45 am, Rd. 1 at 10 am then merge with 4 day. Two half point Bye allowed if requested before end of round rd. 2 and before getting full point bye, but half point byes for both rounds 6 AND 7 is not allowed. Withdrawals and zero point last round byes are not eligible for prizes. NEW: Mix Doubles:Teams (one male and one female make up a team,) that pay a $20 fee, are eligible for a Mix Doubles Prize. Teams must be formed before the 3rd round. Prizes for Mix doubles are 1st receives 60% of mix doubles fees and 2nd receives 30% of mix doubles fees. ENT: Make/mail Checks payable to Dallas Chess Club, C/O Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX, 76036-4719. INFO: Barb Swafford, 214-632-9000, info@dallaschess.com,www.dallaschess.com. FIDE.

NOV. 24   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Marshall $500 FIDE Blitz (BLZ)

9-SS, G/3 +2. FIDE Blitz rated. USCF regular rating used for pairings & prizes. $500 GTD: $200-100; U2400/unr, U2200, U2000, U1800: $50. EF: $20; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. GMs Free. Reg.: 6:15-6:45pm. Rds.: Begin at 7pm and continue ASAP. Max three byes; request at entry. Register online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. 23 W. 10th St./ NYC / 212-477-3716.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 24-26   WISCONSIN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
2017 North Center Open/Martz Memorial

6-SS. TC: Rds. 1-4, 6 45/2, SD/1 d5 Rd. 5 G/120 d5. America’s Best Value Inn, 809 Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701, 715-834-6611. HR: $54.95 one bed, $64.95 two beds. Reg.: 10:30-11:30. Rds.: 12-6, 10-5, 10-3. EF:$40 if received by 11/22, $45 at site. $$ b/50 1st $400 +traveling trophy, 2nd $250, 3rd $160, A $140, B $130, C $120, D $110, E $100, U1000 $90. Ent: Guy Hoffman, 1305 D Tompkins Dr., Madison, WI 53716-3279. Checks payable to WCA. 920-279-0701. schachfuhrer@hotmail.com. A Wisconsin Tour event.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 24-26 OR 25-26   ILLINOIS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30
2nd Annual Sevan Muradian Memorial

Come help us celebrate the memory of one of the truly unique personalities of chess! Proceeds benefit Sevan’s family. Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, 1800 E. Golf Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173. 5SS. G/90+30 inc. 2-day G/60 d5 for rounds 1-2. $12,000 b/220 paid. 3 Sections: Premier: $1500- 700-400-250, U2400: $500 U2200: $700-400-200; U2000: 700-400-200; Reserve U1800: $1000-500-250; U1600: $700-400-200; Unrated $200; U1400: $700-400-200; Booster U1200: $400-200-100. U1000 $200 Special Prizes: Mixed Doubles 500-300. Board/sets/clocks provided. Entry Fee: $95 early mail-in or online by 11/11. $110 entry available online only till 9pm Wednesday, 11/22. $120 onsite. $20 additional to play up a section. $60 U1200 section (counts as 1/2 entry towards based-on number). GM and IM free if registered by 11/20. Reentries $50 available. https://www.onlineregistraton.cc Rounds: 3-day schedule , Friday 6pm, Saturday 10am and 4pm, Sunday 10 am and 3:30 pm, 2-day Saturday 10am, 1pm, 4pm, Sunday 10am and 3:30 pm. Side Event: Sevan’s Blitz Chess Championship (USCF and FIDE Blitz rated). 5SS (2 games per round), G/3+ 2. Prizes: $1000 based on 75 paid entries, EF $25 (enter online by 11/24) $30 at the door. Saturday 8pm start. Mail in Entries to: Chess Weekend, 21694 Doud Ct., Frankfort, IL 60423. Please no phone or email entries. Credit Card entries available online only. General Info: Glenn Panner, glenn@chessweekend.com.

An American Classic!
A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 24-26 OR 25-26   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED)
48th annual National Chess Congress

6SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-3 G/45 d10). Trophy sections play separate 2-day schedule only, 11/25-26, G/45 d10. Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 201 North 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. $35,000 GUARANTEED PRIZE FUND. In 10 sections. Premier, open to 1900/above. $3000-1500-700-400-200, clear win or 1st on tiebreak $200, U2400 $1600-800. FIDE. Under 2200: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 2000: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 1800: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 1600: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 1400: $1600-800-400-300-200. Under 1200: $1600-800-400-300-200. Under 1000: Trophies to top 10. Under 800:Trophies to top 10. Scholastic Under 600: K-12 only, trophies to top 10. Unrated may not win over $200 in U1200, $400 in U1400, $600 in U1600, $800 in U1800, or $1000 in U2000. Mixed doubles prizes: best male-female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $2000-1000-600-400. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; must register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2, teams including an unrated limited to $400. Student/Alumni plaques to top 5 teams of 4 (regardless of section) representing any U.S. college, HS or pre-HS players attend or have graduated from. Top 7 sections entry fee: $120 online at chessaction.com by 11/22, 3-day $128, 2-day $127 mailed by 11/14, $140 at site, or online until 2 hours before rd 1. GMs $100 from prize. Re-entry $60, not available in Premier. Under 1000, Under 800, Under 600 entry fee: $42 online at chessaction.com by 11/22, $45 mailed by 11/14, $50 at site. All: No checks at site, credit cards OK. 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. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 11 am, rds. Fri 12 & 6, Sat 12 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day top 7 sections schedule: Reg. ends Sat. 9 am, rds. Sat 10, 12:45, 3:15 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day Under 1000, Under 800, Under 600 schedule: Reg. ends Sat 9 am, rds. Sat 10, 12:45 & 3:15 each day. Half point byes OK all rounds; limit 3, Premier must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 4. HR: $106-106-126, 215-448-2000, reserve by 11/9 or rate may increase. Parking: Hotel parking chess rate 50% off regular rate (about $20). Gateway Garage, 1540 Spring St/1540 Vine St. (1 block from site), about $7/day Sat & Sun, $20/day other days. Car rental: 800-331-1600, use 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: chesstour.com, chesstour.info, 347-201-2269. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat 10 pm; enter by 9:45 pm.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 24-26 OR 25-26   WASHINGTON
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30
Washington Class Championships

6SS, 40/120, SD/30 d10, 2-Day Option, Rds. 1-3, G/60 d10. Embassy Suites Seattle North/Lynnwood, 20610 44th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA 98036. 425-775-2500. HR: $129 King, $139 Double until 11/10. $$9,000 Gtd. 7 Sections: MASTER (2200/up), FIDE Rated, $650-450-350 (U2300: $200-150), Top Female: $50, Top Senior 50+: $50, EXPERT (2000-2199), FIDE Rated, $550-350-250 (U2100: $175-125), Top Female: $50, Top Senior 50+: $50, CLASS A (1800-1999), FIDE Rated, $400-250-175 (U1900: $125-100), Top Female: $50, Top Senior 50+: $50, CLASS B (1600-1799), FIDE Rated, $400-250-175 (U1700: $125-100), Top Female: $50, Top Senior 50+: $50, CLASS C (1400-1599), $400-250-175 (U1500: $125-100), Top Female: $50, Top Senior 50+: $50, CLASS D (1200-1399), $400-250-175 (U1300: $125-100), Top Female: $50, Top Senior 50+: $50, CLASS E (1199 & Under),$300-200-150, (U1000: $100, U800/Unr: $100), Top Female: $50, Top Senior 50+: $50. Unrated players may only win 1st-3rd in MASTER or Unrated prize in CLASS E. Foreign ratings used for players with no USCF rating. EF:MASTER $160, EXPERT $150, CLASS A to D $140, Class E $130. Deduct $10 if postmarked or online by 11/19. Deduct $20 if postmarked or online by 10/29. Rated players may play up one class only, add $60 to EF. Special Medal Only EF (Juniors U21): $60 by 10/29, $70 by 11/19, $80 at site. Free entry for GMs, IMs, WGMs. 3-Day Schedule: Registration Fri (11/24) 9-10 am. Rds.: Fri 11 am & 5:30 pm, Sat 11 am & 5:30 pm, Sun 9:30 am & 3:30 pm. 2-Day Schedule: Registration Sat (11/25) 8-8:30 am. Rds.: Sat 9:00 am, 11:45 am, 2:30 pm then merges with 3-Day Schedule. Bye: limit 2, request before end of Rd. 2. ENT: Checks payable to Washington Chess Federation. Mail to: Dan Mathews, 749 Somerset Ln., Edmonds, WA 98020-2646. Info: danomathews01@gmail.com, 425-218-7529. Enter online: www.nwchess.com/onlineregistration. W.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 24-26 OR 25-26   MICHIGAN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50 (ENHANCED)
Motor City Open. Thanksgiving Weekend

4 SECTIONS: OPEN, U1800, U1400, U800. 6-SS (4-SS in U800). PRIZE FUND: $10,000. 65% Guar. Top Section Fide-Rated. Co-Sponsored by Michigan Chess Festival, LLC. Site: The Edward Hotel, Dearborn (See Lodg/Dirs below). IM or FM Lecture, Sat, 5-6 PM ($10). FREE for tournament participants! Format: 4 Sections: OPEN, U1800, U1400, U800. 6-SS (4-SS in U800 Sect). Top Sect. FIDE-Rated (2-Day OPEN FIDE-Rated only after the merge.) FIDE and USCF memberships required; can be purchased on site or on online registration at http://www.onlineregistratiob.cc (FIDE is free). USCF rating used for pairing and prizes (FIDE+50 used if there is no established USCF rating). Clocks provided for OPEN Section only--All DGT North American. All Sections except U800 have 2-Day and 3-Day Schedules. No Re-Entries in OPEN or U800) Up to THREE 1/2-pt. byes available (2 in U800)–must be requested before start of Rd. 4 (Rd. 3 in U800). OK to play up. 2-Day and 3-Day Sections MERGE after RD. 3. Unrated eligible ONLY for Overall and UNRated prizes in all sections; can play in any section. EF: By Mon, 11/13 (add $10 after; add $20 after Mon, 11/20): OPEN Section: 3-DAY: $125. 2-DAY: $126. IM's and GM's Free! ($120 EF deducted from prize). No Re-Entries Allowed. U1800 Section: 3-DAY: $95. 2-DAY: $96. Re-Entries: $50. U1400 Section: 3-DAY: $75. 2-DAY: $76. Re-Entries: $40. U800 Section (1-Day 0nly): $25. No Re-Entries Allowed. TL: OPEN, U1800, U1400 Sections: 3-Day Schedules: 40/90; SD/30; inc. 30 sects/move. 2-Day Schedules: Rds. 1-3, G/45 d5. Rds. 4-6, 40/90; SD/30; inc. 30 sects/move. U800 Section: 1-Day Schedule: (Sat. only): G/25 d5. Up to THREE 1/2-pt. byes available (2 in U800 Section)–must be requested before start of Rd. 4 (Rd. 3 in U800 Section). RDS.: OPEN, U1800, U1400 Sections: 3-Day Schedules: FRI: 12, 6:30. Sat: 12:15, 6. Sun: 10, 4. 2-Day Schedules: Sat: 11, 1:30, 3:45, 6. Sun: 10, 4. U800 Section (4-SS): Sat: 11:15, Novice Orientation. RDS.: 11:30, 1:30, 2:45, 4. REG.: 3-Day Schedules: Fri, 11/24: 9-11am. 2-Day Schedules: Sat, 11/25: 8:30-10:00am. 1-Day Schedule: Sat, 11/25: 8:30-10:30am. Register online at: http://www.onlineregistration.cc (preferred). PRIZES: $10,000 Overall. 65% Guar. (b/48 paid entries per section; min. 6 per prize section): OPEN Section: $4,400: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th: $1,200, $800, $600, $400. TOP 2200-2399: $350, TOP 2000-2199: $350, TOP 1800-1999: $350, TOP U1800: $350. U1800 Section: $3,200: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th: $800, $500, $400, $300. TOP 1st 1400-1599: $250, TOP 2nd 1400-1599: $200, TOP 3rd 1400-1599: $150. TOP 1st U1400: $250, TOP 2nd U1400: $200, TOP 3rd U1400: $150. U1400 Section: $2,400: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th: $600, $400, $300, $200. TOP 1st 1000-1199: $175, TOP 2nd 1000-1199: $150, TOP 3rd 1000-1199: $125, TOP 1st U1000/UNR: $175, TOP 2nd U1000/UNR: $150, TOP 3rd U1000/UNR: $125. U800 Section: LARGE TROPHIES for TOP 3 Overall. Trophies also for TOP U600, U400, U200, UNR. Medals to all non-Trophy players in U800 section scoring 2.5 pts or more! TDs: Chief Sr. TD/Arb: Dr. Ed Mandell; Assistant TD: Jack Kahn. Bring boards, pieces, clocks! None supplied except for U800 section. BOOK VENDOR on site will have boards, pieces, clocks, pencils, scorebooks, and lots of other supplies! LODG/DIRS: The Edward Hotel, 600 Town Center Dr., Dearborn, MI 48126. Rooms: $105 when you ask for the Motor City Open rate. Reserve online at: http://www.edwardvillagedearborn.hotelsone.com OR CALL the Hotel to reserve at (313) 592-3622. Located North of Michigan Ave., South of Hubbard St., East of Evergreen Rd., West of Southfield Rd. Go online to: http://www.mapquest.com or http://www.yahoo.com and click on Maps. INFO/ENTRIES: Mrs. Marcie Kahn (586) 558-4790 OR Jack Kahn at chess.atkm@gmail.com OR Dr. Ed Mandell (248) 635-2375 (Cell), All The King’s Men, 26640 Gratiot Ave., Roseville, MI 48066. Email: allthekingsmench@aol.com.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 24-26   MISSOURI
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 100
Thanksgiving Open (FIDE Rated) 10K Prize Fund

6SS, 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 11/20. Two Sections: Open (FIDE Rated) & U2000. Prize Fund: $10,000 UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED!! Open: $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.: 11 am-12:30pm Friday 11/24. Rds.: Fri: 1 pm, 6 pm Sat: 1 pm, 6 pm Sunday: 11 am, 4 pm Two 1/2 point byes if declared before round 2. Ent: 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, or online at saintlouischessclub.org. Info: info@saintlouischessclub.org, 314-361-CHESS.

NOV. 25   MISSOURI
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
The Kansas City Turkey Day Open

Liberty United Methodist Church, 1001 Sunset Ave., Liberty, MO 64068. G/60 d5. 4SS. EF: $35 Online by Nov. 23. $50, Onsite at 9:30AM. Register online at: Reg4Chess.com. Cash Prizes: $1000! 1st Open $400, 1st U2000 $200, 1st U1600 $300, 1st U1300 $100. RDS.: Sat. 10:30/1PM/3:30PM/6PM. USCF & KCCA Memb. Required. Flyer at www.kansascitychessclub.com Info: kcchess@gmail.com or 816-446-3550.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 25-26   OKLAHOMA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
Steve Wharry Classic

5SS, G/90;+30. Wyndham Hotel, 10918 E. 41st St., Tulsa, OK. 918-627-5000. Free WiFi. EF: $40 if mailed by 11/15, $50 at site. Free OCF Memb.. Two Sections: Open & Reserve (U1700). $$Prizes: Open: 1st $1,000(G), 2nd $250 (G), plus other prizes per entries. Reserve: 1st $300(G) plus other prizes per entries. Reg.: 9-9:45 Sat AM. Byes: One 1/2-pt bye Rds. 1-5 if commit before Sat 9pm. Rds.: 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.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 25-26   GEORGIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
CCSCATL 1st Annual Thanksgiving Open

Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Atlanta, 2500 Old Alabama Rd., Suite 11, Roswell, GA 30076. 3 sections: Open, U1800, U1400. 5 rounds, G/90 d5. Registration: 8:00am-9:30am, Nov 25, or call (678) 628-5615 by November 22 to register by phone. https://atlchessclub.com/ for online registration. Rounds: Sat rounds: 10AM-2PM-6PM, Sun rounds: 10AM-2PM. EF: $55 for CCSCATL members if entered by Nov 21, $5 more at site. Non-Members pay $10 more each. $2500 total prizes Guaranteed. Open Section prizes: 1st -$600, 2nd -$400, 3rd-$200. 1st U2000-$150. U1800 Section prizes: 1st-$300, 2nd-$175, 3rd-$100, 1st U1600-$75. U1400 Section prizes:1st-$250, 2nd-$125, 3rd-$75, 1st U1000/UNR -$50. *Any player can play in the Open Section* *Any player Unrated-1799 can play in the U1800 section* USCF RATED. Sets and Clocks provided for all of our events!! Visit our website: https://atlchessclub.com/

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOV. 25-27 OR 26-27   CALIFORNIA, NORTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40 (ENHANCED)
Class Warfare Championship

6SS, 40/120 SD30 d5 (2-day rd1-3 G/61 d5 merge in rd4) Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy. Free Parking! Prize: $13,000 b/249 (60% guar). 6 Sects: Open (2100+ FIDE rated): $2,000 1,000 500 250, 100 u2300 300 100. 1900-2099: $1000-500-200-150-100. 1700-1899: $1000-500-200-150-100. 1500-1699: $1000-500-200-150-100. 1300-1499: $900-300-200-100-50. u1300: $800-300-200-100-50. Unr max $200 exc in Open. EFby 11/20: 119. Econ: 99 & 50% calc prize (not avail in Open). Onsite +25, Playup +25. r/e 40. Rfnd fee 20. GMs/IMs free by 11/11: prize-EF. Nov 17 Supp, CCA min, & TD disc to place players. Sched: 3-day Reg. F 10-11, Rds. F/Sa 11a 5p, Su 10a 3:30p; 2-day Reg. Sa 8:30-9, Rds. Sa 9:30a 12n 2:30p 5p, Su 10a 3:30p. Any # 1/2-pt byes, Rd. 5, 6 byes must comm bef rd. 1. Ent: Online or mail. Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/tg. E: ask@BayAreaChess.com. T: 408.409.6596. W.

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A State Championship Event!
DEC. 1-3   NORTH CAROLINA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
North Carolina Senior Championship

5SS, G/120 d5. The Cascades Mountain Resort, 201 Sugarloaf Rd., Hendersonville, NC. Age 50+ any state. $$800 gtd Open: $250-100 U1800 $50. Under 1600: $200-100 U1400 $50 U1200 $50. Rds.: Fri 7pm or Sat 9am (G/60 d5), then Sat 12pm - 6pm, Sun 9am - 2pm. EF: $50 by 11/28, $60 after. ENT: Wayne Spon, 112 Glenbrook Dr., Hendersonville, NC 28739. INFO: whspon@gmail.com, 301-787-6479, www.ncchess.org.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DEC. 2-3   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
19th Greater Philadelphia Weekend Open

Premier(1800+): 4SS, 40/90, SD/15;+30. Days Inn, 245 Easton Rd., Horsham, PA. EF: $50 by Nov 29, mbr $40, both $10 more after. GM/IM free, $40 deducted if win $240+. $$GTD: $500-200-100-50, top U2000 $100. Rds.:Sat/Sun 11-3:30. Max one bye, req. at entry. Also U1900 & U1500. Sets/clocks provided. Info/Reg: keystonechessclub.org.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DEC. 2-3   TEXAS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
NTCA Winter Open

5SS, G/75 inc/10. North Texas Chess Academy, 3730 N. Josey Ln. #124, Carrollton, TX 75007. Two Tournaments, Open and Scholastic. Open: $1,000 Guaranteed. USCF Rated only. Default late forfeiture time is one hour. $$ $400-$200-$100 U1750 $200-$100 EF: $60 by 11/26, $70 on site. Rounds: Saturday 3pm - 6:30pm, Sunday 10am – 1:30pm - 5pm. Scholastic (12/2 only): Open to players in grades K-12. USCF rated and uses USCF rules. EF: $30 by 11/26. $40 on site. Trophies to top three finishers and Top U800 Finisher. Both events Registration Ends 30 minutes before round 1. Two half point byes allowed if requested before round 2. Round 1 - 9am, Rest asap. SAVE with early registration at www.northtexaschessacademy.com.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DEC. 3   NEW JERSEY
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 (ENHANCED)
Dr. David Ostfeld Memorial ICA Open Championship

4SS, G/61 d5. Bergen Academy, 200 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack, NJ 07601. Open to All Ages With Rating above 1400. Prize Fund ($$b/40) 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 Nov 26th) $45, AT Site $50. GMs Free Entry. For info, call 201 797-0330, email chessdirector@icanj.net or visit icanj.net. Prize Fund Will Not Be Reduced Below 70%. Rds.: 9:30 AM, 11:45 AM, 2:15 PM, 4:30 PM. Enter online at: https://ica.jumbula.com/ICATournaments2017/DrDavidOstfeldMemorialICAOpenChampionship_183 or mail information to Diana Tulman, 28 Canterbury Ln., New Milford, NJ 07646. Make checks payable to International Chess Academy. W.

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DEC. 9   MARYLAND
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
Maryland December 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 12/5, $40 later Schedule: Reg. ends 10am, rds 10:30-12:30-3:00-5:00-7:00 More information & online http://mdchess.com

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

A Heritage Event!
DEC. 10   MASSACHUSETTS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10 (ENHANCED)
Harry Nelson Pillsbury Memorial

4SS, G/60 d5. Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlboro, MA (I-495, exit 24B, Rt. 20W, one mile from exit). 508- 460-0700 or 888-543-9500. $$ 1,500 b/70 paid entries ($20 off entries count half), 60% G. 4 sects. Open: $350-150, top U2110 $150. Under 1910: $200-100. Under 1710: $200-100, top U1510 $100. Under 1310: $100-50, trophies to top U1100, U900, Unrated. All: Unrated can play in any sect. but can't win more than $50 in U1310, $75 in U1810, or $100 in U1910. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. MACA memb. required for Mass. residents ($12 adult, $6 junior U18, add $8 for Chess Horizons subscription). EF: $39 if mailed by 12/5 or online by 12/8, $45 at site. $20 discount to players in U1310 sect. GMs and IMs free. Reg.: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Rds.: 10-1-3:30-6. Bye: O.K. all, limit 1, must commit before rd. 2, no half point byes for players receiving full point byes. Ent.: payable to MACA and mail to Robert Messenger, 4 Hamlett Dr., Apt. 12, Nashua, NH 03062 or enter online at www.MassChess.org. Info: email to info@masschess.org or phone 603-891-2484. Day of the tournament phone 603-557-1732. W.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DEC. 15-17 OR 16-17   NORTH CAROLINA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40
4th Annual Southeastern FIDE Championship

5SS, G/100 inc/30 (2-day round 1 G/75 d5). Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy, 1800 Camden Road, Suite 108, Charlotte, NC 28203. Free parking. Chief Arbiter: Grant Oen, FA. $$3,000 guaranteed: $900-600-300, top U2300 $400-200, top U2100 $400-200. FIDE Rated, December USCF ratings used for pairings and prizes. Open to players with peak USCF/FIDE rating at least 2000, plus juniors U21 with peak rating at least 1900. EF: $114 online at www.charlottechesscenter.org by 12/8, $125 after. Juniors with ratings U2000: $125 by 12/8, $150 after. CCCSA members $10 discount, GM/IM free ($100 from prize), all reg closes 12/13, (no reg after 12/15, no on-site reg). 3-day schedule: Friday 7pm, Saturday 1:30pm & 7pm, Sunday 10am & 3:30 pm. 2-day: Saturday 10am (G/75 d5), then merge. 2 byes available, commit at reg. Hotel/transportation: contact organizer. Info/Reg:www.charlottechesscenter.org, info@charlottechesscenter.org, 980.265.1156.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DEC. 15-17 OR 16-17   CALIFORNIA, NORTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED)
Bay Area Chess Winter Championship

1639A S. Main St., Milpitas, CA 95035. Park free! 5SS, G/90+30 2-day rds. 1-2 G/61 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. Dec 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 50% prz, after 12/8 +20. Playup +25. GMs/IMs- $0 by 12/1 (prize - EF). Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/champs.

DEC. 16   MISSOURI
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Holiday Bash

3SS, G/65 d5. Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108. Free entries for GMs and IMs. EF: $25, $20 for annual members of the club if registered by 12/15. Three Sections:Open, U1800, U1400. Prize Fund: $800 UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED!! Open Section: $150-$100-$75. Top U2000 $50. U1800 Section: $100-$60-$40. Top U1600 $25. U1400 Section: $100-$50-$30. Top U1000 $20. Reg.: 10-10:45. Rds.: 11, 2, 5. One 1/2 point bye if declared before round 1. Ent: 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, or online at saintlouischessclub.org Info: 314-361-CHESS, info@saintlouischessclub.org.

DEC. 16   MASSACHUSETTS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Back Bay Blitz (BLZ)

8SS, G/5;+2, Hilton Boston Back Bay, 40 Dalton St., Boston, MA 02115. Hotel parking $43 with in & out privileges. Day parking $25. One block from Prudential T station. EF: $20 to players in any Back Bay Open section, $25 otherwise. $$GTD: $200-100. U2000 $100, U1600 $100. Reg.: 8:00-8:45 PM. Rds.: Round 1 at 9 PM, rest ASAP. If fewer than 9 entries, will play 4 DBLSS. ENT: Alex Relyea, 49 Technology Dr. #89, Bedford, NH 03110. INFO: Alex Relyea relyea@operamail.com. www.relyeachess.com.

DEC. 16   OHIO
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Mustard Seed Monster

Mustard Seed Market, 6025 Kruse Dr., Solon, OH 44139. 4SS, G/45 d5 except U1000: G/30 d5. EF: $50, except U1000: $30. Prizes: $1500 Guaranteed. In 4 Sections. Open: $300-$100-U2100 $100. U-1900: $200-$100-U1700 $100. U-1500: $200-$100-U1250 $100. U-1000: $80-$40-U750,U500 $40 Each. Registration: Online at www.progresswithchess.org, 9-9:45 at site. Rds.: 10:00, 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, U1000 ASAP. Free healthy box to all players! Info: Mike Joelson, 216-321-7000.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DEC. 16-17   MISSOURI
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Christmas Tree Open & Scholastic 2017

https://goo.gl/YUt4UX. Open: 5SS, G/90 d5. Scholastic: 4SS, G/60 d0. USCF Rated & Mbr Req. Unity Village Hotel, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065, 888-377-0358. Prizes: Prizes $$b/50: Open $300-1st Gtd, $200-2nd, Expert/A/B/C $100 D/E/U1000-Unr. $75. Scholastic: Medals 1st- 3rd Grades K-2, 3-6, 7-9,10-12. Registration: 8:30-9:30. Round times: Open: Sat-10-2:30-7, Sun-10:30-3. Scholastic: Sat 10-12:30-2:30-4:30. 1st rnd acc pr. Memberships: USCF & MCA Available On Site. Entry Fee: MCA Mbr. $5 discount. Open: $40 pre-registered by 12/15. $50 on site. On site - cash only. Max two 1/2-pt byes if declared by Rd. 2. Scholastic: $25 pre-registration only. Limit 40. Entries/Info: Randy Merrell, 5556 NW Moonlight Meadow Dr., Lee’s Summit, MO 64064. rwmerrell@gmail.com, 321-277-2751, https://www.paypal.me/MOopen2017. Use Friends & Family instead of Goods & Services.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DEC. 16-17   MASSACHUSETTS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED)
Back Bay Open

Hilton Boston Back Bay, 40 Dalton St., Boston, MA 02115. Garage parking $43 per day with in & out privileges. Day parking $25. One block from Prudential T stop. In 4 Sections, Championship: 4SS, 40/90, SD/30; +30, Open to players rated 1800/above. FIDE rated. $$GTD: $600-300- 250. U2400 $250 U2200 $250. U2000: 4SS, 40/90, SD/30;+30, Open to 1999 & under. FIDE rated. $$GTD: $400-200-150. U1800: 4SS, 40/ 90, SD/30;+30, Open to 1799 & under. $$GTD: $400-200-150. U1600: 4SS, 40/90, SD/30;+30, Open to 1599 & under. Open to Adult unrated not allowed in section. $$GTD: $300-150-100. U1400 $150 U1200 $150. ALL: EF: $70 postmarked 9 December, $80 at site. $30 discount to players in U1600 sect. rated U1000 or unrated. Reg.: 8:30-9: 30 on Saturday. Rds.: 10-4, 10-4. 1 1/2 point byes rounds 1-3. ENT: Alex Relyea, 49 Technology Dr. #89, Bedford, NH 03110. INFO: Alex Relyea relyea@operamail.com. www.relyeachess.com. HR $120 by 16 November. 617-236-1100 mention Back Bay Open.

DEC. 16-17   CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
2017 WGM Pourkashiyan Open

(Sponsor: Harold C. Valery MD, Inc.) 1 open Section. 6SS, G/60 d5. 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90025, 2nd fl. EF: $75; $55 LACC members; No-prize players, spouses/siblings, new members 1/2 EF. Reg.: Sat 10-11:45. Rds.:12, 2, 4 pm each day. Byes: Up to three 1/2-point byes. 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.

DEC. 16-17   SOUTH CAROLINA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
9th Annual South Carolina Senior Open 2017

Ages 50+, born before 01/01/1968. 4SS, G/90, +30. Accelerated pairings possible. Hampton Inn, 255 Congaree Rd., Greenville, SC 29607, 864-516-2400; http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com. HR: $90. EF: $50 if rec’d by 12/14; $60 at site. Re-entry $25. Bye: Once per player, any round, must commit before round 2. USCF, SCCA membership required. Other states OK. 1 Open section. Prizes: $250-150-100; U1600: $100-75. Trophy to top SC player. Schedule:Reg ends 10:30am on 12/16. Rds Sat 11 & 5; Sun 9 & 3. Info: Greenville Chess Club, c/o Gene Nix, 119 Northcliff Way, Greenville, SC 29617 (eenixjr@yahoo.com); 864-905-2406. Checks/MO to Greenville Chess Club.

DEC. 17   VIRGINIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10 (ENHANCED)
Dulles FIDE Rapid/USCF Quick Rated (QC)

Location: Washington Dulles Airport Marriott (Downstairs Reston Salon); 45020 Aviation Dr., Dulles, VA 20166. Two Sections. Open (FIDE) and U1800. 5-SS, G/15;10sec inc. Open MIN 1700 to play otherwise pay $30 addl EF. U1800 only USCF QuickRated. Prizes: Open $$350 GTD: $200- 100-50. U1800 $$250 b/20: $140-70-40. EF: $35 by 12/12, $40 by 12/15, $45 after and onsite, CAC Mbrs $5 less. GMs/IMs Free - $20 deducted from winnings. U1200 Scholastic $5 less. Onsite Reg.: 8:30am-9:15am. Rds.: 9:30-10:30-11:30-12:30-1:30pm. Side Event: U1200 Scholastic 5- SS G/30 d5; Rounds 9:30am and ASAP. Trophies to Top 5; Other Class Trophies and Medals. Max two byes allowed: Req before Round 2 starts. Mailed entries: PO Box 223582, Chantilly, VA 20151 Checks payable to 'Capital Area Chess'. Email info only: info@capitalareachess.com. Online Reg/Adv Entries: capitalareachess.com.

DEC. 19   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; U2400: $125; U2300: $100; Biggest upset: $25. EF: $30; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. GMs Free. Reg.: 6:15-6:45pm. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. Max one bye, for Rd. 1 or 4 only; request at entry. Register online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. 23 W 10th St / NYC / 212-477-3716.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DEC. 23-24   TEXAS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED)
2017 DCC FIDE Open XI

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. 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. $10 non Dallas Chess Club membership fee. 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. NEW: Mix Doubles: Teams (one male and one female make up a team) that pay a $20 fee, are eligible for a Mix Doubles Prize.Teams must be formed before the 3rd round. Prizes for Mix doubles are 1st receives 60% of mix doubles fees and 2nd receives 30% of mix doubles fees. 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.

An American Classic!
A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DEC. 26-30, 26-29 OR 27-29   NEVADA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED)
27th annual North American Open

Open Section, Dec 26-30: 9SS, 40/2, SD/30 d10. GM & IM norms possible. Other sections, Dec 26-29 or 27-29: 7SS, 40/2, SD/30 d10 (3-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Bally's Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89103. $120,000 guaranteed prizes. In 7 sections. Open: $10000-5000-2500-1200-1000-800-600-500-400-400, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak bonus $200, top FIDE Under 2400/Unr $2400-1200. FIDE rated, GM & IM norms possible. Under 2300: $7000-4000-2000-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400. Under 2100: $7000-4000-2000-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $2500. Under 1900: $7000-4000-2000-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1800. Under 1700: $6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1300. Under 1500: $5000-2500-1300-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300, no unrated may win over $900. Under 1250: $3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400-300-300, top Under 1000 (no unr) $1000-500, no unrated may win over $500. No separate U1000 section; players under 1000 in U1250 play for both U1250 and U1000 prizes; receive larger if winning both. Prize limits: 1) Under 26 games played as of Dec. 2017 list may not win over $1500 U1250, $3000 U1500 or U1700. Games rated too late for Dec. 2017 list not counted. 2) If post-event rating posted 12/20/16-12/20/17 was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $2000. 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: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Only rounds 1-7 of Open Section counted. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; must register (no exta fee) by 3 pm 12/27; prize limits do not apply to mixed doubles. Top 6 sections EF: Online at chessaction.com: $245 by 9/15, $275 by 12/23. Mailed by 12/15: 5-day $280, 4-day $279, 3-day $278. Do not mail entry after 12/15. Online 12/24 to 2 hours before round 1, or at site 12/26 to 1 hour before round 1: $300. Open Section EF $100 more to US players if not USCF or FIDE rated 2200/over. Under 1250 Section EF: All $120 less than above. Seniors 65/over in U1500/over: All $120 less than above. Re-entry $120; not available in Open Section. GMs, foreign IMs/WGMs in Open Section: Free; $200 deducted from prize. US IMs/ WGMs, foreign FMs/WIMs in Open Section: Entry fees $100 less than above. All: No checks at site, credit cards OK. 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. 5-day reg. ends 12/26 10 am, rds. 12/26-28 11 & 6, 12/29 10 & 4:30, 12/30 10 am. 4-day reg. ends 12/26 5 pm, rds. 12/26 6 pm, 12/27-28 11 & 6, 12/29 10 & 4:30. 3-day reg. ends 12/27 10 am, rds. 12/27 11, 2:30 & 6, 12/28 11 & 6, 12/29 10 & 4:30. Bye: all, limit 4, limit 2 in last 4 rounds; Open must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 4. HR: $99-99, 800-833-3308, 702-739-4111, rate may increase or chess block sell out about 11/15. Free parking. Car rental: for special Avis rate reserve through chesstour.com or call 800-331-1600, use AWD #657633. Ratings: December FIDE used in Open, December official USCF in others. For foreign players in U2300 & below, see www.chesstour.com/ foreignratings.htm; highest of multiple ratings usually used. Players who fail to disclose foreign or FIDE ratings may be expelled. Special rules: CCA electronic devices rules used; see www.chesstour.com/devices.htm. Blitz 12/29 10 pm. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577 (DirectorAtChess.us, www.chesstour.com, 347-201-2269). $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly).

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DEC. 26-30   LOUISIANA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED)
New Orleans Open

7SS, (Open Sect: G/90 i30; Other Sects.: G/120 d5). Open Sect is FIDE rated using FIDE rules. No Entry Fee for GMs, WGMs, IMs and WIMs (EF will NOT be deducted from winnings). SIDE EVENTS: Tue., 12/26: Scholastic (K-12) Tourn.; Bughouse Tourn.; and Blitz Tourn. (Bughouse & Blitz open to all). Hilton New Orleans Airport, 901 Airline Dr., Kenner, LA 70062 (504-469-5000); Complimentary parking for all tournament attendees; Breakfast buffet tickets discounted to $15 including tax and tip (usually $19.95 without tax and tip). Main Event Wed./Thurs./Fri./Sat, Dec. 27-30: 3 Sects. With Class PRIZES: $6,000 b/140 full-pd. ent. OPEN: $1000+plaque-800-500; top U2000: $400-200; U1800: $600+plaque-400-250; top U1600: $200-100; U1400/Unr*: $600+plaque-400-250; top U1200: $200-100. *Unrated players may only win 50% of the prize fund unless playing in the Open Sect. where they must pay full EF and are eligible for full prize fund. Plaque winners determined by USCF-recommended computer tiebreaks. 1/2-pt. Byes: U1800 and U1400 Sects. may take up to three ½-pt, byes for any round; Open Sect. may take up to three ½-pt. byes in any round except the last round due to FIDE restrictions – if you need a bye in the last round it will be a 0-pt. bye; must commit or rescind Byes before the start of Rd. 4 in all Sects. Reg. Wed. 9-10am. Rds: Wed. 11-5; Thur. 11-5, Fri. 11-5, Sat. 10. EF: $75 by 12/20; Unr. (in U1400) and Jrs. (in U1400): $55 by 12/20. All EFs for main event $10 more after 12/20. Re-Entry Fee: $30, avail. up to start of Rd. 4 in U1800 and U1400 only (no Re-Entry in Open Section). 3 Re-entries or 2 Jr. entries count as one additional entry for prize fund. CAJUN BOUNTY: Defeat the top ranked player in the Open Sect. and win free entry to our next tournament! FREE GIFT to oldest player and to player who travels farthest to Main Event! Scholastic Event: NEW ORLEANS OPEN SCHOLASTIC INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS, Tue., 12/26, 10am: Open to all K-12 individual players; 4SS, G/30 d5. Sects: OPEN, U900, U500/Unr. Reg: 8:30-9:15am; Rd. 1 at 10am – other rds. will immed. follow. Prizes: Trophies to top 5 individuals in each section (no team awards). All non-trophy winners receive a souvenir chess medal. USCF-recommended computer tiebreaks will decide trophy and medal placements for winners of all schol. sections. EF for Schol. Tourn: $20 by 12/20; $25 thereafter and at site. NEW ORLEANS OPEN BUGHOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP, Tue., 12/26, 4pm: 5SS, G/5 d0, Reg. 2:30-3:30pm, EF for Bughouse: $20 per team. Trophies to top 3 teams. NEW ORLEANS OPEN BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIP (USCF-rated using Regular ratings for pairing): Tue. 12/26, 8pm, Open to All. 9SS, G/5 d0; sections determined by number of players. Reg. Tue. until 7:45pm. Prizes: 70% of EFs returned as cash prizes. EF for Blitz: $20. Hotel Rate: $99, Hilton New Orleans Airport, 504-469-5000, mention Cajun Chess tourn. and reserve by Dec. 10th to receive chess rate, which is available 2 days pre-tournament and 1-day post tournament. Free Airport Shuttle - Free Hotel Parking – Free in-room Internet! ENT: More detailed info, Online registration and printable entry form at www.cajunchess.com click on “Tournaments” 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. Email: cajunchess@yahoo.com. Major credit cards accepted (no checks at site). FIDE.

A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DEC. 27-30, 28-30, 29-30 OR 27   VIRGINIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 100 (ENHANCED)
44th Annual Eastern Open

7 Sections: Open, U2200, U1900, & U1600 Sections (7-Rd SS in 4- or 3-days); U1300 & U1000 Sections (6-Rd SS in 2-days); Scholastic Section (4-Rd SS in 1-day). Over $14,500 prize fund! Over 60 prizes and trophies/medals awarded! Class prizes at 150-point interval within each section! New Location: Westin Hotel, Tyson's Corner, VA (at I-495 and Rte. 7 E. Shuttle to Metro & Tysons) Open: $2,000-1,000-500; U2350: $500. FIDE Rated. Open section prizes guaranteed. Other section prizes based on 40 paid entries for each section. Under 2200: $1,000-500-250; U2050: $400-200. Under 1900: $1,000-500-250; U1750: $400-200. Under 1600: $800-410-210; U1450: $400-200; Under 1300: $700-350-200; U1150: $300-150; Under 1000: $500-250-125; U800: $200-100 and trophies/medals; UR max $150 in U1600, U1300, U1000. Scholastic: $100-50 and trophies, medals, certs, and book prizes. Special Prizes! Best Fighting Spirit/Best Played Game: $200-100. Brilliancy: $100-50. Opening Innovation: $100-50. Selected winning games, positions, and openings must be annotated and will be submitted for publication in Chess Life. Upset: For U1600, Rds 1-6, $25 book credit prize in 4-day schedule; max 2 prizes per player. Power Moves in U1600 & U1300 Sections: Vote on best moves from rounds 1-6; $30-20 book credit prizes in each section. Byes: 1/2-pt byes available for any round, but Rds. 5-7 must commit before Rd. 4. Limit 2 byes for prizes. Open Section Rules: FIDE Rules used, with regular US Chess 1-hr lateness/default rule in effect. If no US Chess rating, use FIDE rating + 100 pts. If no US or FIDE rating, then rating assigned for other countries per US Chess rulebook. Foreign players with no FIDE ID, MUST pre-register by no later than Dec. 15th so that country can properly register player with FIDE. 4-day schedule only & no re-entries. 4-day Schedule (7 rds. 12/27-12/30) for Open, U2200, U1900, U1600: Rd 1: Wed12/27 at 6 pm; Rds. 2-3, 4-5, 6-7: Thu 12/28 - Sat 12/30 at 11 am & 5:30 pm. On-Site Reg: Wed 12/27 at 4-5:30. TC: 40/120, SD/30 d10. 3-day Schedule (7 rds. 12/28-12/30) for U2200, U1900, U1600: Rds. 1-3: Thu 12/28 at 5, 7, 9 pm. On-Site Reg: Thu 12/28: 4-4:45 pm. TC: G/45 d10. Join 4-day in Rd 4. 2-day Schedule (6 rds. 12/29-12/30) for U1300, U1000: Fri-Sat Rds. 1-3 & 4-6 at 10 am, 2 pm, 6 pm. On-Site Reg: Fri 12/29: 9-9:45 am. TC: G/90 d10. Scholastic Tourney (4 rds. 12/27) in 3 sections: K-12 Open, K-8 U1000, K-5 U700. Rds. 1-4 at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm. On-Site Reg: Wed 12/27: 10-10:45 pm. TC: G/45 d10. Blitz Championship: 5-Rd Dbl Swiss. Wed 12/27 at 1-4:30 pm. Prizes: $850 in prizes based on 40 paid entries: 1st/2nd: $250/150, U2100: $150/75; U1800: $150/75. TC: G/6, i3. Site Reg: Wed 12/27: 12-12:45 pm. EF: Advance EF: $35; on-site EF: $45. Free Lecture: 12/27 at 4-5:30 pm. HR: Amazing, only $89!! To reserve online, go to easternopenchess.com or call (800) 937-8461 or (703) 893-1340 by 12/20 request Eastern Open chess rate. Pkg: Free parking! Shuttle bus to Tyson's Corner and Metro. Entries: If postmarked by Dec 19: Open: $125; U2200: $120; U1900 & U1600: $110; U1300: $100; U1000: $75; Scholastic: $35. Entries after 12/20: $25 more for Open-U1000; $10 more for Scholastic! Reentry $60 and limited to rounds 1-4. GMs: free entry, but $125 deducted from prize; IMs: $65 advance entry, but $60 deducted. FMs: $90 advance entry, but $35 deducted; $10 service charge for refunds. December 2017 Rating List used. Please make checks or money orders payable to Eastern Open. Mail entries to Tom Beckman, 3731 Kanawha St. NW, Washington, DC 20015-1809. For entry forms and info, easternopenchess.com or tombeckman@rcn.com.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DEC. 27-31   WASHINGTON
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
Washington Winter Chess Classic

9SS, 40/90, SD/30, +30. FIDE Rated. 2 Sections: Championship (1800+) & Challengers (U1800). Seattle Chess Club, 2150 North 107th St., Seattle, WA 98133. $$7,000/b60. Championship: $700-525-385, U2300 $350-245, U2150 $350-245, U2000 $350-245, U1850 $350-245, $175 Top Female, $175 Top Senior 50+. Challengers: $420-315-245, U1600 $210-140, U1450 $210-140, U1300 $210-140, U1150 $210-140, $140 Top Female, $140 Top Senior 50+. Foreign ratings used for players with no US Chess rating. EF: $170 if postmarked or online by 12/13, $200 by 12/20. No at site registration. Free entry for GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs, 2400+. Check-in: 5-5:45pm. Rds.: Wed. 6pm, Thurs. 10am & 5pm, Fri. 10am & 5pm, Sat. 10am & 5pm, Sun. 10am & 5pm. Bye: limit 2, request before end of Rd. 2. Memb. Req'd: $25 ($19 juniors). OSA. ENT: Checks payable to Washington Chess Federation. Mail to: Dan Mathews, 749 Somerset Ln., Edmonds, WA 98020-2646. Info: danomathews01@gmail.com, 425-218-7529. Enter online: www.nwchess.com/onlineregistration. W.

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A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DEC. 28-30 OR 29-30   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 80 (ENHANCED)
36th annual Empire City Open - (note changes)

6SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-3 G/40 d10). Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Ave (32nd-33rd St., across from Penn Station), New York 10001. FOOD NOT PURCHASED FROM THE HOTEL IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE HOTEL. $14,000 guaranteed prize fund. In 6 sections. Major (1800/up): $1400-700-400-200, clear/tiebreak win $100 bonus, top Under 2300 $600-300. Under 2100: $1000-500-300-200. Under 1900: $1000-500-300-200. Under 1700: $900-500-300-200. Under 1500: $800-400-250-150. Under 1300: $800-400-250-150. Unrated may not win over $200 U1300, $300 U1500, $400 U1700, or $500 U1900. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $600-400-200. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register before both players begin rd. 2. Sections EF: $108 online at www.chessaction.com by 12/24, 3-day $113, 2-day $112 mailed by 12/17, all $120 at site, or online until 2 hours before rd 1. GMs: $100 from prize. All: Re-entry $50 (no Major to Major). Online EF $5 less to NYSCA members; $12 NYSCA dues may be paid with EF. No checks at site, credit cards OK. 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. 3-Day Schedule: Reg. ends Thu 10 am. Rds. Thu 11 & 5, Fri 11 & 5, Sat 10 & 3:15. 2-Day Schedule: Reg. ends Fri 9 am. Rds. Fri 10, 12:15, 2:30 & 5, Sat 10 & 3:15. Half point byes available all rounds, limit 2 byes, Major must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 4. HR: $139-149-159 plus required $20/night facility fee, reserve at chesstour.com or call 1-800-223-8585 or 212-736-5000, reserve by 12/5 (earlier is better) or rate may increase. Facility fee includes high speed wireless in room, unlimited local & long distance calling & use of Ballys Total Fitness next door to hotel. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament 12/29 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.

A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DEC. 28-30 OR 29-30   GEORGIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
47th Annual Atlanta Open

5-SS, Interactive College of Technology, 5227 New Peachtree Rd., Chamblee, GA 30341. $8,000 b/130, 70% guaranteed. 5 sections. Championship: Open to 1900 and above. $1000-500-300, Under 2100: $400-200. Under 1900: Open to 1500 thru 1899. $800-400-200. Under 1700: Open to 1300 thru 1699. $800-400-200. Under 1500: Open to 1100 thru 1499. $800-400-200. Under 1300: Open to Under 1300/Unrated. $600-300-200, Under 1100: $200-100. Time controls: Championship: 40/90, SD/30, d5. Other sections: G/120, d5. All sections: 2-day Schedule, Rd. 1 G/90, d5. 3-Day Schedule: Reg. ends Thu 6:30 pm. Rds. Thu 7:00, Fri 2:30 & 5:30, Sat 10:00 & 3:30. 2-Day Schedule: Reg. ends Fri 10:00 am. Rds. Fri 10:30, then merges with 3-Day Schedule. Entry Fee: $79 (3-Day), $78 (2-Day) if rec’d by Dec. 27; $85 at site. Unrated: $60. (W)IGMs, (W)IMs Free. Re-Entry: $40 (not available in Championship). Half-point Byes: Available all rounds (limit two), must request before Rd. 1 (no changes afterwards). Bring Set, Board, and Clock – None Are Supplied By The Tournament Organizers. Entries and Info:americanchesspromotions.com, (478) 973 – 9389. PHONE CALLS ONLY AFTER DEC. 27 – no e-mails or TEXT messages, please!!

DEC. 29   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Marshall $500 FIDE Blitz (BLZ)

9-SS, G/3 +2. FIDE Blitz rated. USCF regular rating used for pairings & prizes. $500 GTD: $200-100; U2400/unr, U2200, U2000, U1800: $50. EF: $20; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. GMs Free. Reg.: 6:15-6:45pm. Rds.: Begin at 7pm and continue ASAP. Max three byes; request at entry. Register online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. 23 W 10th St / NYC / 212-477-3716.

DEC. 29   NEVADA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED)
North American Open Blitz (BLZ)

5SS, G/5 d0, double round, 10 games,.Ballys Casino Resort (see North American Open). $3000 guaranteed prizes. In 2 sections. Open: $500-300-200, U2300/Unr $230-120, U2100/Unr $220-110. Under 1900: $400-200-100, U1700 $220-110, U1500 $140-70, U1300 $80. EF (at site only, no checks): $40 by 7 pm 12/29, $50 after 7 pm 12/29. GMs free; $40 deducted from prize. Reg. ends 9:30 pm, rds. 10 pm, 10:45, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15. Bye: 1. Blitz rated, but higher of regular or blitz used for pairings & prizes.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DEC. 29-30   ALABAMA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Evangel Silent Knights

4SS, Game/75 + 15-second increment per move. Location: Evangel Church, 3975 Vaughn Rd., Montgomery, AL. Round times: Friday 6PM, Saturday 9AM, 1PM, 4PM. Three sections: OPEN (b/20, 60%GTD): 1st $350, 2nd $200, U2000/unrated $120. U1800 (b/20, 60%GTD): 1st $300, 2nd $180, U1500/unrated $120. U1200 (b/20, 60%GTD): 1st $250, 2nd $160, U1000/unrated $120. EF (all sections): $40 by December 22, $45 thereafter or onsite (onsite reg. 5-6PM Friday) Byes: limit 1, request before round 1, if bye rd. 1, please arrive promptly for rd. 2. Registration: Send name, USCF ID, section and entry fee (payable to “Evangel Church”) to Doug Strout, 6000 Camelot Ct., Montgomery, AL 36117 (dtstrout@bellsouth.net).

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DEC. 30-31   NEW JERSEY
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30
South Jersey Open - Dr. Leroy Dubeck Cup

$5,000 guaranteed! 5 rounds, Time control G/90 d5. Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Cherry Hill, 2349 West Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002, across from Garden State Park – 5 miles from Philadelphia City Center. In 3 section: Open Section: $1000-500-300, top Under 2100/Unr $300-100. Under 1900 Section: $600-400-250, top Under 1700 $250. Under 1500 Section: $500-350-250, top Under 1300 $200. Trophies for top South Jersey player in Open Section, Top Junior (U18), Top Girl (U18) U1000, U800. Entry Fee: Online $75 by 11/30 $85 by 12/27, $100 at site. GMs, IMs free; $85 deducted from prize. Re-entry - $50. Registration: www.snjchess.com/register. Schedule:Reg ends Saturday 9:45 am, rds. Sat 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 6:00, Sun 10:00 am & 2:00 pm. Time Control: G/90 d5. All: Half point byes OK all, limit 2, must commit before rd. 2. Hotel rates: $109 – “Chess Rate”, 1-856-382-6120; reserve by 12/15. Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied. Ratings: November official USCF rating list. Contact: dgorman@darsemail.com (703) 989-6867


DEC. 30-JAN. 1   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
New Year’s Ridiculousness Insane Person Championship!

15-SS, G/25 d5. $1,432 GTD: $499-222-77-76-1; top U2287: $164; U1974: $144; U1626: $131. Idiocy Prize: $118 to player scoring best with 1. g4 and/or 1. ... g5. EF: $45. GMs Free, $39 reduced from prizes. Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. Reg.: 11:15-11:45am. Rds.: 12-1:15-2:30-4:15-5:30pm each day. Max 5 byes, request at entry. Proper attire appreciated. Register online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. 23 W 10th St / NYC / 212-477-3716.

DEC. 31-JAN. 1   TEXAS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10 (ENHANCED)
DCC New Year Eve Insanity

10 Rd. G/30 d5. 2-SS (Play white and black against each opponent), Dallas Chess Club, 200 S. Cottonwood Dr, #C, Richardson, TX 75080. EF: $40. $25 Junior/Senior/Hcapp/Birthday during tournament. Limited number of House players welcome for $2 per game. Dallas Chess Club membership required or pay $10 non member fee. $$GTD: $200-100. Class prizes (if any) depends on entries. Reg.: 12/31 at 5pm – 5:45 pm. Rds.: Round 1 at 6:05 pm rest ASAP with hour breaks at around 12:30 am, 7:30 am and 12:30 pm. 4 points of 1/2 point Byes allowed. Byes for round 9 and 10 must be requested before round 6. ENT: Dallas Chess Club, C/O Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036. INFO: Barbara Swafford, 214-632-9000, info@dallaschess.com. www.dallaschess.com.

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US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 5-7   TENNESSEE
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED)
3rd Annual Smoky Mountain Chess Tournament

Sponsored by Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa, 2525 DreamMore Way, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. $3500.00 Guaranteed Prize Fund. In 3 Sections, Open: 5SS, G/120 d5, $$GTD: $600-200. Expert, A and below, 1st $300, 2nd $100. Amateur U1800: 5SS, G/90 d5, $$GTD: $300-100. Class C, Class D and Below, 1st $300, 2nd $100. Novice U1200: 5SS, G/90 d5, $$GTD: $150-100. Class F, Class G and below, Unrated, 1st $100, 2nd $50. Unrated eligible for unrated prize only. ALL: EF: $30 if mailed or on line by 12/22/17, $40 later or at site. Online at tnchess.us or send to Harry D. Sabine, PO Box 381, Crossville, TN 38557. Memb. Req'd: TCA $10.00 TN residents only. Over $2000 in door prizes furnished by Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa that include Dollywood Tickets, Dixie Stampede Tickets and DreamMore Gift Certficiates! Reg: Friday 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST. Rds.: Friday 7 pm, Saturday 9 am, 2 pm and 7 pm, Sunday 9 am. INFO: Harry Sabine (931) 484-9593 or (931) 261-8440. Hotel: Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa, 2525 DreamMore Way, Pigeon Forge, TN, 800-365-5996. $77 plus tax Thurs through Sunday only. Reserve by 12/15/2017. Ask for TN Chess rate or online under Special Codes enter Group Code 180104SMCT. W.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 5-7 OR 6-7   CALIFORNIA, NORTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50 (ENHANCED)
2018 New Year Open Championship

6SS, 40/120 sd30 d5 (2-day rd1-3 G/61 d5 merge rd4). Biltmore Santa Clara, 2151 Laurelwood Rd., Santa Clara, CA 95054. Rooms $99 Call Hotel 408-988-8411. Prizes: $12,000 b/159 60% guar. 2000+: $1,500 1000 600 300 100 u2300: 300 100. 1800-1999: 1,000 700 300 100 50. 1600-1799: 1,000 600 300 100 50. 1400-1599: 1,000 600 300 100 50. u1400: 800 400 200 100. u1200: 250 100. Unr max $200 exc Open. Jan ’18 Supp, CCA min & TD disc. EF: $124 by 1/2, Onsite +30 Playup +20. Econ: $104 w 60% prize. GMs/IMs $0 by 12/24: prize-EF. Sched: 3-day Reg F 10 11, Rds Fr/Sa 11 5, Su 10 3:30; 2day Reg Sa 8:30-9, Rds Sa 9-11:30-2-5, Su 10-3:30. Bye for Rd 5&6 must com bef rd 1. Ent: Online or mail to Bay Area Chess, 2050 Concourse Dr. #42, San Jose, CA 95131. Rfnd fee $20. Info: BayAreaChess.com/ny. E: ask@BayAreaChess.com. T: 408.409.6596. W.

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US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 5-7 OR 6-7   MASSACHUSETTS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50 (ENHANCED)
6th annual Boston Chess Congress

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Hyatt Boston Harbor, 101 Harborside Dr., Boston, MA 02128. Free parking, free airport shuttle. Prizes $12,000 based on 220 paid entries (U1250 & re-entries count 60%), minimum $8000 (2/3 each prize) guaranteed. In 6 sections. Premier (1900/over): $1200-600-400, clear or tiebreak 1st $100 bonus, top U2300 $500-250. Under 2100: $1000-500-300. Under 1900: $1000-500-300. Under 1700:$900-500-300. Under 1500: $800-400-300. Under 1250: $400-200-150. Unrated may not win over $100 in U1250, $200 U1500 or $300 U1700. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $800-400-200. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register at site (no extra fee) by 2 pm 1/6. Top 5 sections EF: $87 at chessaction.com by 1/3, 3-day $93, 2-day $92 if check mailed by 12/26, $100 at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. GMs free; $80 from prize. Under 1250 Section EF: All $40 less than above. All: Online EF $5 less to MACA members; may join/renew at masschess.org. Re-entry $50 (no Premier to Premier. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF dues if paid with entry. Online at chesstour.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. Half point byes available all rounds, limit 2 byes, Premier must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $99-99, 617-568-1234, request chess rate, reserve by 12/22 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #657633. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. Entries posted at www.chesstour.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat. 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 5-7 OR 6-7   TEXAS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
8th Annual Austin Chess Club Championship

100% GUARANTEED Prize Fund! Bridge Center of Austin, 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd., Austin, TX 78752. Entries are limited to the first 160 participants to register. No limit on players rated 2200+. In 3 Sections. Championship: 5SS, G/90;+60, Open to players 1800 and above. EF: $55 received or online by 12/01, $65 thereafter/site. $$GTD: $600-400-200. U2200 - $275 $125, U2000 - $250 $100. In order to be crowned club champion, a player must have participated in at least one 2017 ACC slow swiss. Reserve: 5SS, G/90;+60, open to Ratings 1400-1799. EF: $50 received or online by 12/01, $60 thereafter/site. $$: $400-200. U1600 - $200 $100. Novice: 5SS, G/90;+60, Open to Ratings under 1400. EF: $45 received or online by 12/01, $55 thereafter/site. $$: $250-100. U1200 - $100 $50, U1000 - $50 . ALL: Online Registration preferred. Unrateds may only win place prizes. No"playing up". Unrateds placed at TD's discretion. One 1/2 pt. bye if requested before end of Rd 2. Schedule: 3-day: Reg Fri 01/05 (space permitting): Fri. 6:00-7:00pm. Rds.: 01/05 7:30pm, 01/06 1pm & 7pm, 01/7 9:30am & 3:30pm; 2-day: Reg Sat 01/06 (space permitting): 8:00-8:40am. Rd. 1: 9:00am, then merge with 3 day schedule. ENT: AustinChessTournaments.com, P.O. Box 1386, Round Rock, TX 78680, 512- 417-9008, www.AustinChessTournaments.com. INFO: Lori Balkum, Lori. Balkum@AustinChessTournaments.com. DIR: 6700 Middle Fiskville Road (in the Bridge Center of Austin), Austin, TX next to Taj Palace Restaurant. Online entries preferred: www.AustinChessClub.com. January 2018 Supplement. Bring your own board and clock. Entries are limited to the first 160 participants (exceptions granted for ratings 2200+). W.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 5-7 OR 6-7   FLORIDA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40 (ENHANCED)
4th Gulf Coast New Year’s Open

(Sponsored by ChessRegister.com) 5SS, Open section G/90+30 sec incr., All other sections but U1100 G/120 d5, U1100 section G/90 d5 (2-day Option all sections Rd. 1 G/60 d5). Embassy Suites Fort Myers-Estero, 10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive, Estero 33928. $$11,000 b/180 paid entries, 50% min. Gtd. Open: $1100/Trophy-700-600-500, U2300/Unr. $400. FIDE. U2100: $1000/Trophy-600-500, U1950 $400. U1800: $1000/Trophy-600-500, U1650 $400. U1500: $1000/Trophy-600-500, U1350/Unr. $400. U1100: Trophies for 1st to 3rd & 1st U900, 1st U700, Medals to all others. Top Senior Prize (among all cash prize sections, must be at least 55 on Jan. 5) $200. Unr. may enter Open, U1500 or U1100 only. Unr. only eligible for Unr. Prizes in Open & U1500. EF: $99 by Jan. 2, $10 more later, $15 more on-site, GMs & IMs free ($99 deducted from prize). U1100 section $39 by Jan. 2, $10 more later, $15 more onsite. Re-entry cash prize sections $49. Reg.: Ends 1/2 hr before 1st rd. Rds.: 3-Day 1st Rd. Fri. 7:30; 2-Day 1st Rd. Sat 10; 2nd Rd. Sat. 1:15; 3rd Rd. all sections but U1100 6:30, 3rd Rd. U1100 5:45; 4th Rd. Sun. 9:30; 5th Rd. all sections but U1100 2:30, 5th Rd. U1100 1:45. With incr. Open section start times could be delayed. 2 1/2 pt. byes, if req’d before rd. 2. HR: $129 with complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, two-hour beverage reception nightly, Internet, refrigerator & microwave, free airport shuttle, free parking for all, 239-949-4222. Ent: Boca Raton Chess Club, 2385 NW Executive Ctr. Dr., Ste. 100, Boca Raton, FL 33431. $10 service charge for refunds. Online entry & add’l info: www.bocachess.com, 561-302-4377.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 6   OHIO
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Holiday Blues Pawn Storm XL

4SS, G/60 +10. Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. Fifth St., Dayton, OH 45402. EF: $45 to Jan 04 then $55. Prizes b/40: Open $500-300, U1900 Section $250-$150 & U1600 $150-50. Reg.: 9:30-1015. Rds.: 10:30-1:30-4:30-7:30. New Section for players rated U1000 to gain tournament practice. EF $20 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.

A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 6-7   ILLINOIS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
Tim Just Winter Open XXXV

An Illinois Chess Tour Event. 5SS. G/90 inc 30. Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, 1800 East Golf Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173, (847) 605-1234. $89 if reserved by 12/15 at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/timjustwinteropen2018. $4,175 in prizes. Two Sections plus Winter Scholastic on Jan 6. Open Section: open to all (FIDE rated!). Open Prizes: $700-300-200; U2200: $300-150; U2000: $300-125. Reserve Section: open to Under 1800. Reserve Prizes: $700-300-200; U1600: $225-150; U1400: $200-100; U1200: $150-75. Unrated qualify for top prizes only. EF: $72 on-line by 1/5/2018. $90 after that or onsite. Add $10 if playing up from Reserve into Open section. Schedule: Sat. 9am, 2pm, 7pm; Sun. 10am, 3pm. Re-entry: $45 with 1/2pt Bye round 1. Byes OK all rounds must commit by end of round 2. Register online at http://www.kingregistration.com/tournaments/event/winteropen. Winter scholastic on Jan 6. G/25 d0. Two sections: Under 1200 and Under 700. Trophies to top 10 in each section. Schedule: 12pm, 1, 2, 3, 4. EF: $25 by 1/5/2018. $30 onsite. Register online at http://www.kingregistration.com/tournaments/event/winterscholastic.

JAN. 7   VIRGINIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10 (ENHANCED)
Dulles FIDE Rapid/USCF Quick Rated (QC)

Location: Washington Dulles Airport Marriott (Downstairs Reston Salon); 45020 Aviation Dr., Dulles, VA 20166. Two Sections. Open (FIDE) and U1800. 5-SS, G/15;10sec inc. Open MIN 1700 to play otherwise pay $30 addl EF. U1800 only USCF QuickRated. Prizes: Open $$350 GTD: $200- 100-50. U1800 $$250 b/20: $140-70-40. EF: $35 by 1/2, $40 by 1/5, $45 after and onsite, CAC Mbrs $5 less. GMs/IMs Free - $20 deducted from winnings. U1200 Scholastic $5 less. Onsite Reg.: 8:30am-9:15am. Rds.: 9:30-10:30-11:30-12:30-1:30pm. Side Event: U1200 Scholastic 5- SS G/30 d5; Rounds 9:30am and ASAP. Trophies to Top 5; Other Class Trophies and Medals. Max two byes allowed: Req before Round 2 starts. Mailed entries: PO Box 223582, Chantilly, VA 20151 Checks payable to 'Capital Area Chess'. Email info only: info@capitalareachess.com. Online Reg/Adv Entries: capitalareachess.com.

JAN. 8   NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
79th Nassau Action

4-SS, G/25 d5 or G/30 d0. 1st Presbyterian Church, 1st & Main Sts., Mineola. EF: $35 by 1/2, $42 at site, non-memb + $5. $$ (775 b/25, top 2 G) 200-100, U2100, 1900, 1700, 1500, 1300/UR each 95. 2 byes 1-4. Rds.: 7:15-8:20-9:25-10:30. Ent: Harold Stenzel, 80 Amy Dr., Sayville, NY 11782. captnhal@optonline.net.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 12-14 OR 13-14   GEORGIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
2018 Martin Luther King Open

5-SS. Interactive College of Technology, 5227 New Peachtree Rd., Chamblee, GA 30341. $3,000 guaranteed. 3 sections. Championship: Open to 1800 and above. $400-300-200; Top Under 2100, 1900: Each $250. Amateur:Open to 1400 thru 1799 and Unrated. $300-200-100; Top Under 1600, 1500: Each $200. Reserve: Open to Under 1400 and Unrated. $250-150-100; Top Under 1200, $100. Time controls: Championship: 40/90, SD/30 d5. Other sections: G/120 d5. All sections: 2-day Schedule, Rd. 1 G/90 d5. 3-Day Schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6:30 pm. Rds. Fri 7:00, Sat 2:30 & 7:30, Sun 10:00 & 3:30. 2-Day Schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10:00 am. Rds. Sat 10:30, then merges with 3-Day Schedule. Entry Fee: $60 (3-Day), $59 (2-Day) if rec’d by Jan 11; $65 at site. Unrated: $40. (W)IGMs, (W)IMs Free. Re-Entry: $40 (not available in Championship). Half-point Byes: Available all rounds (limit two), must request before Rd. 1 (no changes afterwards). Bring Set, Board, and Clock – None Are Supplied By The Tournament Organizers. Entries and Info: americanchesspromotions.com, (478) 973 – 9389. PHONE CALLS ONLY AFTER JAN. 11 – no e-mails or TEXT messages, please!!

An American Classic!
A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 12-15, 13-15 OR 14-15   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 100 (ENHANCED)
50th annual Liberty Bell Open

7SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (3 day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10, 2-day option in U2100 to U1250, rds. 1-4 G/30 d10). Sonesta Hotel, 1800 Market St., Philadelphia 19103. Prizes $20,000 based on 320 paid entries (re-entries, GMs/IMs & U1250 section count 70%), else in proportion, except minimum 75% of each prize guaranteed. From 2006 to 2017, there were over 320 paid entries each year and the prizes were increased to over $20,000, in proportion. In 6 sections. Major (1800/up): $2000-1200-600-400-300, 1st clear or on tiebreak $100 bonus, top Under 2300/Unr $1000-500. FIDE. Under 2100: $1200-600-400-300-200. Under 1900: $1200-600-400-300-200. Under 1700:$1000-500-400-300-200. Under 1500: $1000-500-400-300-200. Under 1250: $700-400-300-200-100. Unrated may enter any section, but may not win over $100 in U1250, $200 U1500, or $300 U1700. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $1000-600-400. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) before both begin round 2. Top 5 sections EF: $108 online at chessaction.com by 1/10, 4-day $114, 3-day $113, 2-day $112 if check mailed by 1/3, $130 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before rd 1. GMs & IMs free, $80 deducted from prize. U1250 Section EF: All $30 less than top 5 sections EF. All: 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 or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry (no Major to Major) $70. 4-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds Fri 7 pm, Sat 12 & 6, Sun 12 & 6, Mon 10 & 3:15. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 12 & 6, Mon 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule (no Major Section): Reg. ends Sun. 9 am, rds. Sun 10-12-2-3:45-6, Mon 10-3:15. Bye: all, limit 3, Major must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 4. HR: $105-105-105-105, 1-800-SONESTA, 215-561-7500, request Continental Chess rate, reserve by 12/31 or rate may increase. Parking: Chess rate at Sonesta approx. $20/day (half of normal rate). 1540 Spring St., 12 minutes walk, is about $7/day Sat & Sun, $20 other days. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD#D657633 or reserve through chesstour.com. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: DirectorAtChess.US, www.chesstour.com, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sun. 10 pm, enter by 9:45 pm.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 12-15 OR 13-15   MARYLAND
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30
10th Annual Chesapeake Open

7SS, 40/90, SD/30 + 30” incr, (Rnd. 1 G/90 +30” incr) (3-day schedule: rds. 1-2 G/45+30"incr); U1300 & U1000 G/120 d5 (rds. 1&2 G/60 d5) (2-day schedule, rds. 1-4 G/30 d5). Marriott North Bethesda, 5701 Marinelli Rd., Rockville, MD 20852. $$Based on score. 7 sections: Championship (min. rating of 2000) FIDE: 7.0 =$2200, 6.5 =$1600, 6.0=$1100, 5.5=$700, 5.0=$350, 4.5=$125, 4.0=$50 [min $1500 payout, top score group raised if less than $1500]. U2200 (min. rating of 1800) FIDE: 7.0 =$2100, 6.5 =$1500, 6.0=$1000, 5.5=$600, 5.0=$300, 4.5=$100, 4.0=$30. U2000: 7.0 =$2000, 6.5 =$1300, 6.0=$800, 5.5=$500, 5.0=$275, 4.5=$100. U1800: 7.0= $2000, 6.5 = $1200, 6.0= $750, 5.5= $450, 5.0=$225, 4.5=$100. U1600: 7.0= $1800, 6.5= $1000, 6.0= $600, 5.5= $400, 5.0=$200, 4.5=$80. U1300: 7.0= $1200, 6.5= $700, 6.0= $350, 5.5= $225, 5.0=$120, 4.5=$50. U1000 (no adult UNR): 7.0=$500, 6.5=$325, 6.0=$175, 5.5=$100, 5.0=$55, 4.5=$30. Trophies to top 10 & top U800 in U1000. Additional prizes to clear 1st place, if no 7-0 in section (added to score prize) - Championship: $400; U2200 $300, U2000 $250, U1800 & U1600: $200; U1300 $150, U1000 $50. Unrated may not win over $100 in U1000, $200 U1300, or $400 in U1600. Boards and pieces provided in all sections. Clocks provided in the Championship – U1600 sections. Optionally, pairings can be texted or emailed. Free Monday morning continental breakfast for players. Free parking for day guests. EF: $109 by 12/28, $119 by 1/9, and $124 online only by 1/11, $130 after 1/11. Special EFs: $35 less for U1300, $60 less for U1000; GMs free, $50 deducted from prize; IMs $45 less, $20 deducted from prize. HR: $99, ($5 EF discount if staying at hotel). Rooms may not be avail after 12/28. 4-day schedule (Champ-U1600): Reg. ends Fri 7pm, rds. Fri 8, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 9:30 & 3:30. 3-day schedule (Champ-U1600): Reg. ends Sat 10am rds. 11, 2:15 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 9:30 & 3:30. U1300 & U1000 3-day schedule Reg. ends Sat 10am rds. 11, 1:15 & 4:00, Sun 11 & 4:00, Mon 9:30 & 1:30. U1300 & U1000 2-day schedule: reg ends Sun 10am rds. Sun 11, 12:15, 1:30, 2:45, 4:00, Mon 9:30 & 1:30. Ent: Michael Regan, 1827 Thornton Ridge Rd., Towson, MD 21204. Detailed rules, more information and registration at http://thechesapeakeopen.com.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 12-15, 13-15 OR 14-15   CALIFORNIA, NORTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED)
9th annual Golden State Open

7SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (3-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10, 2-day option except in Major Section, rds. 1-4 G/30 d10). Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Dr., Concord, CA 94520 (free BART shuttle often available). Prizes $25,000 unconditionally guaranteed. In 5 sections. Major, open to 1800/up. $3000-1500-700-500-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100, top U2300 $1000-500. FIDE. Under 2100: $1700-900-500-300-200, top U1900 $800-400 . Under 1800: $1700-900-500-300-200, top U1600 $600-300. Under 1500: $1400-700-400-300-200, top U1300 $400-200. Under 1200: $1000-500-400-300-200, top U1000 $200-100. Unrated prize limits: U1200 $200, U1500 $350, U1800 $500. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $1000-500-300. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2. Top 4 sections EF: $138 online at chessaction.com by 1/10, 4-day $144, 3-day $143, 2-day $142 mailed by 1/3, all $160 at site, (no checks, credit cards OK) or online until 2 hours before round 1. GMs $120 from prize. U1200 Section EF: $30 less than top 4 sections entry fee. All: Special 1 yr USCF 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 (no Major to Major) $60. Online EF $5 less to CalChess members. 4-day schedule: Late reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 12 & 6, Sun 12 & 6, Mon 10 & 3:15. 3-day schedule: Late reg. ends Sat 11 am, rds. Sat 12, 3 & 6, Sun 12 & 6, Mon 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Late reg. ends Sun 9 am, rds. Sun 10, 12, 2, 3:45 & 6, Mon 10 & 3:15. No 2-day Major Section. Byes: OK all, limit 2; Major must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 4. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Foreign player ratings: See chesstour.com/foreignratings.htm. HR: $115-115-125, 877-286-8389, 925-825-7700, reserve by 12/29 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. Bring set, board, clock if possible; none supplied. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sun 10 pm, enter by 9:45 pm.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
A State Championship Event!
JAN. 13-14   MICHIGAN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
2018 Michigan Master/Expert & Class Championships

5-SS. Radisson Hotel Lansing, 111 N. Grand Ave., (517) 482-0188. HR: $110.95+tax by 1/2/18, after if space available. www.radisson.com/lansingmi - Code: CHES18. 8 Sections: M/X, A, B, C, D, E (U1200), Novice (Sat)/Fun Swiss (Sun): Both U1000/Unr. M/X Section will be FIDE rated. Most recent USCF rating supplement used for ratings. Players must play in class of their rating. Unrated players must play in Novice sect. Players may request to play up in class (or unrated players may request being seeded into a class) if their recent tournament history shows achievement into that class. TD must approve all requests and will assign a rating to the player within the rating window of that class. EF: M/X $45 (U18 $5 off), Free entry to GM, IM, FM, & 2200+, advanced entry fee deducted from prize. A, B, C, D, E: $42 (U18 $5 off); Novice: $25. Advance entries must be received by 1/11/18, after $10 more. Fun Swiss: $15. Make checks payable to MCA. MCA memb req’d for Michigan residents, other states OK. TL: M/X & Class: G/115 d5, Novice/Fun Swiss: G/30 d5. Reg.: Online: https://onlineregistration.cc/. Sat, 8-9am; Fun Swiss: Sun, 8:30-9:30am. Rds.: Sat 10am-2:30pm-7pm; Sun 10am-2:30pm. $$Gtd: $2850; M/X: $300-$200, X: $230 U2100: $120; Class A, B, C, D, E: $180-$120; U1900/U1700/U1500: $100; Novice: Trophies to Top 5 Overall, Top U800, Top U700, Top 600, Top Unr. Fun Swiss: Trophies to Top 3 Overall, Top U800, Top U700, Top 600, Top Unr. State Champions (Top Michigan Resident): Master/Expert, Expert, and Each Class plus Novice. Trophies for all place-winners listed above. Ent & Info: Jeff Aldrich, P.O. Box 40, Flint, MI 48501; jeffchess64@gmail.com; (810) 955-7271.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 13-14   NEW HAMPSHIRE
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED)
Portsmouth Open

Holiday Inn Portsmouth, 300 Woodbury Ave., Portsmouth, NH 03801. In 2 Sections, Open: 4SS, 40/90, SD/30 + 30 Sec. Increment. Analog clocks not allowed in this section. FIDE rated. $$GTD: $550-300. U2250 $125, U2000 $125. U1750: 4SS, 40/90, SD/30 + 30 Sec. Increment, Analog clocks play 40/90, SD/60, Open to 1749 & under. $$GTD: $500-250. U1500 $100, U1250 $100. ALL: EF: $62 in advance, $67 at site. Hotel requests that you consume all outside food in your sleeping room. Reg.: Registration 9:00-9:45. Advance entries must be postmarked by 1/6/2018. Rds.: 10-4, 10-4. Accelerated pairings may be used. ENT: Alex Relyea, 49 Technology Dr. #89, Bedford, NH 03110. INFORMATION: Alex Relyea relyea@operamail.com. www.relyeachess.com. HR: $89 until 13 December, (603) 431-8000, mention RCT. W.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 13-15 OR 14-15   CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 100 (ENHANCED)
4th Annual Dreaming King Open

6-SS, 5 Sections, G/100, +30 (2-day schedule rds. 1 - 3 are G/45 d5). Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station, 2592 Laning Rd., San Diego, CA 92106 (www.marriott.com/sanal) .We are back to Marriott! $$13,000 Guaranteed prize fund. Prizes: Open Section: $1,800-1,300-900-600-400-200, U2300 $800-500. U2100, U1900, U1700 Sections, all $800-500-300-200, U1500 Section: $300-200, BU1300 $300-150, BU1100 $100, Book Prize for Best Unr in each section. Plus Best Game Prize: $50. Jan. official rating list will be used. Fines: $5 for cell phone violations and possible $25 for forfeits. Reg.: 3-day: 8:30 - 9:30 AM on Sat, 2-day: 8 - 9 AM on Sunday. Rds.: 3 day: 10 AM & 4 PM all 3 days. 2- day: 9:30 AM, 11:30, 1:30 PM & 4:00 PM (merged) on Sunday, then 10 AM & 4 PM on Monday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday). EF: $90 if received by 11/30/17 (Early Bird Special), or $100 between 12/01/17 and 1/03/18, $120 after 1/03/18 and $140 late registration at door on 1/13/18. No credit cards at door, checks or cash only. Special rate of only $75 if U1500 or unrated. GMs, WGMs, IMs and WIMs all play for free, but $100 deducted from any prize winnings. Re-entry from 3-day to 2-day: $75, for players rated U2300 only. This event will NOT be FIDE rated, sorry. SCCF membership req’d ($18 Adult, $13 Jr, or $3 for Jr w/o mag) for all So Cal residents. Two byes allowed, but must be requested at least 1 hour before rd. and last round byes must be requested before Rd. 2 & are irrevocable. Ent: SDCC, PO Box 120162, San Diego, CA 92112 or enter online at www.scchess.com. For more info call Chuck Ensey at (858) 432-8006, or email me at chucnglo@aol.com Hotel Rates: book online or call 619-221-1900, Special rate of $135 (with free parking!) if booked by 12/15/17, but rates may rise and rooms often sell out at this small hotel so please book early.

JAN. 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; U2400: $125; U2300: $100; Biggest upset: $25. EF: $30; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. GMs Free. Reg.: 6:15-6:45pm. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. Max one bye, for Rd. 1 or 4 only; request at entry. Register online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. 23 W 10th St / NYC / 212-477-3716.

A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 19-21 OR 20-21   ARIZONA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40 (ENHANCED)
Tucson Open and Scholastics

Tucson Woman’s Club, 6245 E. Bellevue St., Tucson, AZ 85712, 520-296-3142. Food vendor at playing site. SECTIONS: Premier (1900+) (FIDE/USCF rated), U1900, U1500, & U1100. Two separate scholastic tournaments (K-6/U800) held the same weekend more info at sazchess.org. SCHEDULE: Premier & U1900 (3-day) 5/SS, 40/90 SD/30 + 30 inc. Reg.: 1/19 5:30-6:30 PM; Rds.: 7, 10-5, 9:30-3:30. (2-day) 5/SS, Rds.: 1-2 G/60 + 30 inc. Rds.: 3-5 40/90 SD/30 + 30 inc. Reg.: 1/20 8:30-9:30 AM; Rds.: 10-1:30-5, 9:30-3:30. U1500 & U1100 (2-day only) 5/SS, G/90 d5. Reg.: 1/20 8:30-9:30 AM; Rds.: 10-1:30-5, 9:30-1. PRIZES: Premier ($$Gtd.): $750+Plaque-500-250; $$b/4 Top X, U2000 $150 each; $50 SACA gift certificate to Top Jr. U18, Sr. 50+; U1900 ($$b/36): $300-150; $$b/4 Top B, U1600 $100 each; $25 SACA gift certificate to Top Unr., Jr. U14, Sr. 50+; U1500 ($$b/36): $200-100; $$b/4 Top D, U1200 $50 each; Top Unr. $25 SACA gift certificate; U1100 Trophy to 1st + $50 SACA gift certificate, Trophy to 2nd - 5th Place, Top F, U800/Unr. EF: GM, IM, FM, WGM, WIM, WFM FREE! USCF 2200+ entry fee returned if schedule completed. Premier (1900+): $80 (add $30 if 1700-1899); U1900: $60 (add $20 if U1500); U1500: $50 (add $20 if U1100); U1100: $40. Early Bird: $10 off by 12/19 ($5 off for Scholastic). LATE FEE:Additional $10 if entry received after 1/11, $20 after 1/18. ALL: 1/2 pt. byes all rounds but must be requested prior to start of Round 2 (max 2). Re-entries: $60 Premier, $40 U1900, $30 U1500, $20 U1100. HR: Sonesta ES Suites, 6477 East Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85710 (8-minute walk to site). $119 up to 2 per room (+$10 ea. for 3-4), $159 up to 6 in 2BR suite. Breakfast included in these rates! 520-721-0991. Book by 1/5/2018, after that rates will be on a space available basis. Ask for chess tournament rate. Info: Martha Underwood, 520-990-6765, email: information@sazchess.org Ent: Events4Chess.com; postal registration available (checks payable to SACA) if postmarked by 1/12 to SACA, Attn: 2018 Tucson Open, PO Box 40663, Tucson, AZ 85717. W.

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

9-SS, G/3 +2. FIDE Blitz rated. USCF regular rating used for pairings & prizes. $500 GTD: $200-100; U2400/unr, U2200, U2000, U1800: $50. EF: $20; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. GMs Free. Reg.: 6:15- 6:45pm. Rds.: Begin at 7pm and continue ASAP. Max three byes; request at entry. Register online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. 23 W 10th St / NYC / 212-477-3716.

A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 26-28   NORTH CAROLINA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50 (ENHANCED)
Land of the Sky XXXI

5SS, 40/120, SD/30 d5 (U12 is G/90 d5). Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, One Resort Dr., Asheville, NC 28806. Weekend before Super Bowl at newly renovated hotel. $10,000 b/175 fully paid, $7,500 gtd. Prizes guaranteed 75% across all sections, increased if attendance exceeds projection. Open (FIDE-rated): $1050-525-350-225-175. U2300 $350-200. Asheville (FIDE-rated, Under 2200): $700-350. 1999-1900, 1899-1800, U1800 $350-200 each; Unrated: $100. Buncombe (Under 1700): $700-350. 1599-1500, 1499-1400, 1399-1300, Under 1300 $350-200 each; Unrated: $100. U12 (Under 1200): $350-175. U900: $175-100 Unrated: $100. Biggest Upsets in Tmnt: $50-25. EF (Open, Asheville, Buncombe): $84 by 1/20. GMs/IMs free ($94 deducted from prize). EF: (U12): $42 by 1/20. "No-prize" EF for under age 18 in Asheville, Buncombe, U12: $21 (no discounts). Unrated EF in Asheville, Buncombe, U12: $21 (no discounts, eligible for unrated prize only). ALL: On-site entries $10 more. Discounts (pre-reg or on-site, one per player): $10 off for players new to Land of the Sky, 2nd family member, or Under 18. Add $42 to play in a section more than 200 points above your rating, 1 section max. Rds.: 1st rd. either Fri 7pm or Sat 9am (G/90 d5), then Sat 1pm - 7pm, Sun 9am - 3pm. One 1/2 pt bye avail rds. 1-4, declare by rd. 2. BLITZ: Sat 10 am EF: $20. 100% of entry fees paid in prizes. ENT: WW, PO Box 1123, Weaverville, NC 28787, 828-645-4215, fax: 828-645-4216. HR: $100 dbl. Reserve early at 828-254-3211 or 800-733-3211 and mention tournament. INFO:Wilder Wadford, wwadford48@gmail.com, www.ncchess.org.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 26-28 OR 27-28   CALIFORNIA, NORTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED)
Bay Area Chess Championship

Fri: BAC office, 2050 Concourse Drive, #42, San Jose 95131; Sat&Sun: Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy. Park Free! 5SS, G/90 +30 2-day rds. 1-2 G/61 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. Jan 18 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: 109, Econ EF: 89 w 50% prz, after 1/18 +20. Playup +20. GMs/IMs- $0 by 1/14 (prize - EF). Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/champs.

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US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 26-28 OR 27-28   OHIO
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 80
2018 Cardinal Open (Open Section FIDE Rated)

5SS, 40/110 SD 30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G75 d10 schedules merge starting round 3 for all sections). Embassy Suites Columbus Airport, 2886 Airport Dr., Columbus. Hotel Rate: $109 per night Reservations at: http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/C/CMHATES-BCC-20180126/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG Prizes $15,000 based on 200 paid entries in 5 sections: (top 3 prizes in Open section are guaranteed) Open$2000 - $1500 - $750 - $500 Top U2300 $500 - $350 U2100 $1400 - $700 - $300 - $200 Top U1800 $1400 - $700 - $300 - $200 U1500 $1000 - $600 - $300 - $200 U1200 $$1000 - $600 - $300 - $200 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 by January 22 after that EF is $110 (OCA Membership Required for Ohio Players), Mail - $105 by January 22, 2018 after that EF is $110, On-site EF $110. All: No checks at site credit cards are ok. Re-Entry all sections - $40. GM & IM free entry ($100 held from any winnings). 3-day Schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6:30pm, rds. Fri 7pm, Sat 10pm & 5pm, Sun 9am & 3pm. 2-day Schedule: Reg. ends Sat 9:30am, rds. Sat 10am, 1:30pm, & 5pm, Sun 9am & 3pm. Byes: all sections, limit 1 – 1/2 point bye, no last round bye, all byes must commit before round 2. Side Event: Sat 10pm Blitz (G/5 d0) (USCF Rated) 9 rounds entry fee $20, 80% entries= prize fund. Entry or more information: http://buckeyechess.com or mail to: Buckeye Chess Club, 3180 Wild Dunes Ct., Pickerington, OH 43147. Questions: Mr. Kelly M. Bloomfield – Bloomfield.40@gmail.com or 614-668-5588.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JAN. 26-28 OR 27-28   FLORIDA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
Central Florida Class Championships-2018

Double Tree Hilton at Seaworld, 10100 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32821. $8,500 b/150 (Schol=1/2) 70% Guaranteed! 5 Rounds at G/120 d5 (2-day: Round 1 G/60 d5) time controls. 6 sections: Prizes* GPP 20.Master/Expert $1000-400-200, Under 2200 $350, Class A(1999-1800) $700-300, Under 1900 $150, Class B(1799-1600) $700-300, Under 1700 $150, Class C(1599-1400) $700-300, Under 1500 $150, Class D(1399-1200) $700-300, Under 1300 $150, Under 1200 $500-300, Under 1000 $100, U800 $50. Rated players may play-up one class only. Trophies to top in each section (& Class X), also class F,G,H,I,J & Unr in U1200 having more than one entry. Rated players may play up one section only. *Unrateds limited to $100 unless Place prize in Mast/Exp. Event is part of the CFCC Grand Prix, with $600 additional prizes for year. Trophies only to rated Florida residents. EF: $90 by Jan 15, $100 later; plus $5 if paid on-site, $20 less to students in grades K-8 in U1200 section. CFCC member discount: $10 ($5 for Jr/Sr memb). Byes:1/2-pt must commit before Round 2 paired (max 2). Reg: ends 1/2 hours before 1st round. Round 1: Fri 7pm (2-day:10am Sat at G/60;d5); Reenter $50, Rounds 2 Thru 5: Sat 1pm & 6pm, Sun 9am & 2pm. HR: $139 (Resort Fee $11.95+/night, includes free parking, WiFi, Fitness Cntr, & Appetizer) Call (407) 352-1100 Group Code: CFC. Reserve ASAP;1 Night Early Departure fee. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/january2018hotel; Non-Registered Guests: Free Parking and in-out for all. Ent: CFCC, 95 Orense Way, Oviedo, FL 32765; Or online at: http://onlineregistration.cc; scroll down to Central Florida Chess Club event, or by Vendor--Filter-- Search; EF Quick Link is https://onlineregistration.cc/CFCC/CFCL18. EF must be received by 6am Jan 26 or paid on-site @ $5 extra. Info: 407-312-6237 or www.centralflchess.org; After 4pm Jan 26, call Hotel 407-352-1100 and ask for Chess Office or (407) 670-9304 onsite cell.

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US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
FEB. 3-4   IOWA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10 (ENHANCED)
4th Annual Port of Burlington Open FIDE and USCF Rated

Iowa State GP Qualifier Event. 5SS, G/90 i30. The Loft of Burlington, 416 Jefferson St., Burlington, IA 52601. $600 Guaranteed. Open $200+Trophy-125-100, U2000 $100, U1800 $75. Chess Book for top three Upsets. EF: $55 till Jan 28th then $65. IM and GM free with ($55 deducted from prize). Iowa State Membership (if resident of Iowa) Req’d, Other States Welcome. Reg.: Ends 30 min before round 1. No electronic devices in the playing hall. Rds.: Sat 10:00am; 2:30pm; 7:30pm; Sun 9:00am; 2:00pm. All Sections One half point bye if requested before round 1. Ent: Eric Vigil, 445 Galway Dr., Iowa City, IA 52246. evigil@gmail.com 319-621-3116 or online at https://www.onlineregistration.cc/ Additional Info: USCF and FIDE Rated. Feb 2018 USCF Rating supplement will be used for Pairing Purposes. FIDE rules will be used. Espresso machine will be onsite. Birthday cake will be served.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
FEB. 3-4   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
MasterMinds Open

Esperanza Academy, 421 W. Bristol St., Phila., PA 19140. 5 SS, G/85 d5, $2025b/72 paid entries in the top 3 sections, Open $875 GTD. Open section $500-250; U2000 $125. U1800 section $300-150; U1600 $125. U1400 section $300-150; U1200 $125. Scholastic K-12 U1100 & Unr in grades 8 to 12, trophies top 3. K-7 U700 & Unr in grades K to 7, trophies top 3. Scholastic team trophies top 2 schools and top 2 clubs 4 to 7 players per team in any section. EF: top 3 sections $40 postmarked by 1/26, $60 after. EF: bottom 2 sections $15 postmarked by 1/26, $30 after. Bye: One 1/2 point bye 1-3 if requeted by the end of the second round. Reg.: Saturday 8:30 - 9:00 AM. Rds.: Saturday 9:30, 1:00, 4; Sunday 10, 1:30. Info: mastermindschess.org or brad@mastermindschess.org. Ent: MasterMinds CC, 36 E. Hortter St., Philadelphia, PA 19119.

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US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
FEB. 9-11 OR 10-11   MARYLAND
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30
Baltimore Open

5-SS, 40/90, SD/30 + 30” incr, (Rnd. 1 G/90 +30” incr) (2-day schedule: Rds. 1-2 G/45+30"incr) U1250 & U1000 G/120 d5 (rds. 1-2 G/60 d5), (U1250 3-day option Rds. 1&2 G/120 d5). Sheraton BWI, 1100 Old Elkridge Landing Rd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090. $$Based on score. 7 sections: Championship (min. rating of 1900) 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]. U2100 (min. rating of 1700) FIDE rated: 5.0 =$1500, 4.5 =$700, 4.0=$350, 3.5=$150, 3.0=$40. U1900: 5.0 =$1200, 4.5 =$650, 4.0=$350, 3.5=$125. U1700: 5.0= $1200, 4.5 = $600, 4.0= $300, 3.5= $100. U1500: 5.0= $1000, 4.5= $500, 4.0= $250, 3.5= $100. U1250: 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 & top 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; U2100 $200, U1900 $150, U1700 & U1500: $100; U1250 & U1000: $50. Unrated may not win over $100 in U1000, $200 U1250, or $400 in U1500. Sets and boards provided. Clocks provided in the Championship through U1500 sections. Optionally, pairings can be texted/emailed to your phone. Free Sunday morning continental breakfast for players. Free parking. EF: $99 by 1/26, $109 by 2/6, and $114 online only by 2/8, $120 at the door. Special EFs: $35 less for U1250, $55 less for U1000; GMs free, $50 deducted from prize; IMs $45 off EF, $20 deducted from prize. HR: $89, ($5 EF discount if staying at hotel). Rooms may not be avail after 1/26. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 7pm, rds. Fri 8, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 9 & 3. 2-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10am rds. 11, 2:15 & 6, Sun 9 & 3. U1250 & U1000 schedule Reg. ends Sat 10am rds. 11, 1:15 & 4:00, Sun 9 & 1:00. U1250 3-day schedule Reg. ends Fri 7 pm, rds. Fri 8, Sat 11 & 4:00, Sun 9 & 1:00. Ent: MCA, 1827 Thornton Ridge Rd., Towson, MD 21204. Detailed rules, more information and registration http://thebaltopen.com.

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US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
FEB. 15-19, 16-19, 17-19 OR 18-19   TEXAS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED)
9th annual Southwest Class Championships

9SS (Master Section), 7SS (other sections). DFW Airport Marriott South, 4151 Centreport Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76155. Free parking, free airport shuttle. 5-day schedule, Feb 15-19: Master Section only, GM & IM norms possible, 40/2, SD/30 d10. 4-day schedule, Feb 16-19: Expert through Class E, 40/2, SD/30 d10. 3-day schedule: Expert through Class E, Feb 17-19, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10, then merges with 4-day. 2-day schedule: Class B through E, Feb 19-20, rds. 1-4 G/30 d10, then merges with others. $30,000 prize fund unconditionally guaranteed. FIDE ratings used in Master Section, USCF February official in others. In 7 sections; rated players may play up one section; all foreign FIDE rated may enter Master Section. Master (2200/up): $3000-1500-1000-600-400, clear or tiebreak winner $200, top FIDE U2300 $1400-700. FIDE. Expert (2000-2199): $2000-1000-500-300-200. Class A (1800-1999/Unr): $2000-1000-500- 300-200. Class B (1600-1799/Unr): $2000-1000-500-300-200. Class C (1400-1599/Unr): $1700-900-500-300-200. Class D (1200-1399/Unr): $800-400-300-200-100. Class E (Under 1200/Unr): $800-400-300-200- 100. Unrated (0-3 lifetime games rated) may enter A through E, with maximum prize E $100, D $200, C $300, B $400, A $600. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $1000-600-400. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2; prize limits do not apply to mixed doubles. Top 5 sections EF: $158 online at chessaction.com by 2/14, $180 at site (no checks, credit cards OK), or online until 2 hours before round 1. 5- day $165, 4-day $164, 3-day $163, 2-day $162 mailed by 2/6. GMs, foreign IMs/WGMs in Master Section free; $150 deducted from prize. Minimum prize $400 to first 8 foreign GMs who enter online by 1/15 and play all 9 games with no byes; deduction cannot lower prize to below the minimum. US IMs/WGMs, foreign FIDE rated players in Master Section, EF $80 less. Class D or E Section EF: All $80 less than top 5 sections EF. Re-entry (no Master to Master) $60. All: Special 1 yr USCF dues 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. 5-day schedule: Late reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds Thu 7, Fri 12 & 7, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:15. 4-day schedule: Late reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:15. 3-day schedule: Late reg. ends Sat 10 am, rds .Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:15. 2-day schedule: Late reg. ends Sun 9 am, rds. Sun 10, 12, 2, 3:45 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:15. Byes: OK all, limit 2; Master must commit before rd. 3, others before rd. 4. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Foreign player ratings (Expert & below): See chesstour.com/foreignratings.htm. HR: $103-103, 817-358-1700, reserve by 2/2 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. Bring set, board, clock if possible; none supplied. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sun 10:30 pm, enter by 10:15 pm.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
FEB. 17-19 OR 18-19   CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED)
San Diego Open on President’s Day Weekend

6-SS, 6 Sections, 40/120, SD/30 d10; (2-day schedule rounds 1 - 3 are G/40 d10), then merges with 3 day for round 4 at 4 PM Sunday. Crowne Plaza Hotel San Diego Mission Valley, 2270 Hotel Circle Nrth, San Diego, CA 92108. Open Section slow games are FIDE rated. $$15,000 Guaranteed prize fund. Prizes: Open Section: $1,800-1,300-900-600-400-200, U2300 $800-500. U2200, U2000, U1800 Sections, all: $800-500-300-200; U1600 Section:$700-400-300-200; U1400 Section: $600-300, plus BU1200 $400-200, Book Prize for Best Unrated in each section, but no cash prize for unrated. Feb official rating list will be used. All cell phone violations: $5 fine! Reg.: 3-day:8:30 -10:30 AM on Sat, 2-day: 8 - 9 AM on Sunday. Rds.: 3 day: 11 AM & 5 PM on Sat, 10 AM & 4 PM on Sunday and 9 AM & 3 PM on Monday. 2- day: 9:30 AM, 11:45, 2 PM & then 4 PM on Sunday, 9 AM & 3 PM on Monday (Presidents’ Day). EF: $90 if received by 12/31/17 (Early Bird Special), or $100 1/01/18 - 2/07/18, $120 2/08 - 2/16 and $140 late registration at door on 2/17/18. No credit cards at door, checks or cash only. Special rate of only $75 if U1400 or unrated. GMs, WGMs, IMs and WIMs all play for free, but $100 deducted from any prize winnings. Re-entry fee from 3-day to 2-day is $75, for players rated U2300 only. SCCF membership req’d ($18 Adult, $13 Jr, or $3 for Jr w/o mag) for all So Calif. residents. Two byes allowed, but must be requested at least 1 hour before the round; last round byes must be requested before Rd 3. Ent: SDCC, PO Box 120162, San Diego, CA 92112 or enter online at www.scchess.com. For more info call Chuck Ensey at (858) 432-8006, or email me at chucnglo@aol.com Hotel Rates: book online or call 619-297-1101, Special rate of $129 if booked by 12/15/17, but rates may rise and rooms sell out after this so please book early.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
FEB. 23-25 OR 24-25   VIRGINIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 100 (ENHANCED)
3rd annual George Washington Open

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. (from the east, take, I-66W to VA-7, from other directions, take I-495 to VA-7). Free parking, free shuttle to Tysons Corner Center and Metro. 25 minutes drive from Washington, 50 minutes from Baltimore. $15,000 guaranteed prizes. In 5 sections. Major: Open to 1800/above. $1800-900-500-300, clear/tiebreak win $100 bonus, top Under 2300 $600-300. Under 2100: $1200-600-300-200, top U1900 (no Unr) $600-300. Under 1800: $1200-600-300-200, top U1600 (no unr) $500-250. Under 1500: $1000-500-250-150, top U1300 (no unr) $400-200. Under 1200: $600-300-150-100. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $400-200. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 2/24. Unrated may enter any section, with prize limit U1800 $400, U1500 $200, U1200 $100; balance goes to next player(s) in line. Top 4 sections EF: $108 at chessaction.com by 2/21, 3-day $113, 2-day $112 if check mailed by 2/14, all $120 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. GMs, IMs & WGMs free in Major; $100 from prize. Under 1200 Section EF: all $40 less than top 4 sections EF. Re-entry $50, not available in Major. No checks at site, credit cards OK. 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. 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 available all rounds, limit 2 byes, Major must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $104-104, 1-866-716-8108, reserve by 2/9 or rate may increase, chess block may sell out before 2/9. 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. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.

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March
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A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 2-4 OR 3-4   CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED)
25th 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, $12 including overnight. Flyaway bus from LAX to Van Nuys about $10 each way; free shuttle to bus and train station. Free wireless, indoor pool, gym, hot tubs; restaurants within walking distance. $20,000 guaranteed prizes. 7 sections. Master (over 2199): $2000-1000-500-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100 bonus, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE. Expert (2000-2199): $1500- 700-400-200. Class A (1800-1999): $1500-700-400-200. Class B (1600- 1799/Unr): $1500-700-400-200. Class C (1400-1599/Unr): $1200-600- 300-200. Class D (1200-1399/Unr): $1000-500-300-200. Class E (Under 1200/Unr): $600-300-200-100. Rated players may play up one section. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Prize limits: Unrated may not win over $100 in E, $200 D, $300 C or $400 B. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $500-300-200. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register at site (no extra fee) by 2 pm 3/3, prize limits do not apply to mixed doubles. Top 6 sections EF: $123 online at chessaction.com by 2/28, 3-day $128, 2-day $127 mailed by 2/21, $140 online until 2 hours before round 1 or at site. Class E EF: all $50 less than top 6 sections EF. Online EF $5 less to SCCF members; join/renew at scchess.com. GMs free; $120 deducted from prize. No checks at site; credit cards OK. All: Special 1 yr 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) $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 2/2 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 refunds. 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!
A State Championship Event!
MAR. 10-11   DELAWARE
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
Delaware State Open Chess Championship

Hilton, Christiana Hotel, 100 Continental Dr., Newark, DE 19713 (off I-95). Ask for the special price to reserve room for the chess tournament. 302-454-1500. 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. Special DE Resident Prizes: Delaware State Champion: Crystal Trophy + Free entry in next year's event, Delaware State Woman's Champion: Trophy + Free entry in next year's event (may be in U1600 or open section based on performance), Top DE U1600 Trophy. Top DE Junior under age 18 Trophy. Reg.: Advanced reg: Delaware Chess Association, 2400 N. Broom St., Apt. 203, Wilmington, DE 19802. 302-893-9519. TD: William Trueman. On-site Reg: 8am - 9am. EF: Free entry to GM's and IM's ($50 deducted from prizes), $65 by 3/06, $70 at the site. 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. 16-18 OR 17-18   FLORIDA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 60 (ENHANCED)
16th 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; free with guest room. Prizes $15,000 guaranteed. In 7 sections. Master (2200/up): $1400-700-400-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100 bonus. Expert (2000-2199): $1200-600-300-200. Class A (1800-1999): $1200-600-300-200. Class B (1600-1799): $1200-600-300-200. Class C (1400-1599): $1000-500-300-200. Class D (1200-1399): $800-400-200-100. Class E (Under 1200): $500-300-200-100. 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: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $400-200. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register at site (no extra fee) by 2 pm 3/17. Top 6 sections EF: $108 online at chessaction.com by 3/14, 3-day $113, 2-day $112 mailed by 3/7, $120 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before rd. 1. GMs, IMs & WGMs free; $100 deducted from prize. Class E EF: all $30 less than above. 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 $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: $127-127-127-127 (no resort fee), includes resort fee benefits (free wireless & entertainment in room, parking, use of fitness center, etc). 1-800-421-8001, 407-351-2420; reserve by 3/2 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. 23-25 OR 24-25   MISSOURI
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED)
22nd 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 PRIZES. In 6 sections: Major: Open to 1800/over. $2000-1000-600-400, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300/Unr $800-400. FIDE. Under 2100: $1500-700-500-300. Under 1900: $1500-700-500-300. Under 1700: $1400-700-500-300. Under 1500: $1200-600-400-300. Under 1250: $900-500-300-200. Prize limits: Unrated may not win over $200 in U1250, $400 U1500, or $600 U1700. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $800-400-200. Team must average under 2200, may play in different sections, register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 3/24. Top 5 sections EF:$113 at chessaction.com by 3/22, 3-day $118, 2-day $117 mailed by 3/14, $130 online until 2 hours before round 1 or at site. GMs free; $100 deducted from prize. U1250 Section EF: all $20 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 Major 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; Major must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $102-105, includes free full hot buffet breakfast. 888-303-1746, 314-726-5400, request chess rate, reserve by 3/9 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 Saturday 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 28-APR. 1, MAR. 29-APR. 1, MAR. 30-APR. 1 OR MAR. 31-APR. 1   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED)
12th annual Philadelphia Open

OPEN SECTION, Mar 28 - Apr 1: 9SS, 40/2, SD/30 d10. GM & IM norms possible, FIDE rated. OTHER SECTIONS, MAR 29 - APR 1, MAR 30 - APR 1 or MAR 31-APR 1: 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 must average under 2200; may play in different sections; 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 3/30/17-3/30/18 is more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $1500. 2) Players with under 26 lifetime games as of March 2018 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: $128 online by 3/30, $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 6 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: $358 online at chessaction.com by 1/22, $378 online by 3/30, $400 at site. Open EF, for others: $208 online at chessaction.com by 1/22, $228 online by 3/30, $250 at site. Open mailed entries: all $10 more than online entry, mail by 3/22. U2200 through U1400 Sections EF: $208 online at chessacton.com by 1/22, $228 online by 3/30, $250 at site. Mailed EF: 4-day $214, 3-day $213, 2-day $212 mailed by 1/22, all $20 more mailed by 3/22. U1100/Unr Section EF: $78 online at chessaction.com by 3/30, 4-day $84, 3-day $83, 2-day $82 mailed by 3/22, $100 at site. Online late entry after 3/30: 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 or 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 (no Open): Reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds. Thu 7 pm, Fri 11 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:15. 3-day schedule (no Open): Reg. ends Fri 10 am, rds Fri 11, 2:30 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:15. 2-day schedule (not 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 set, board, clock if possible- none supplied. HR: $108-108-128, 215-625-2900, reserve by 3/17 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. Car rental:Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633 or reserve car online at chesstour.com. Ratings: FIDE March 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.

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April
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May
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An American Classic!
A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAY 24-28, 25-28, 26-28 OR 27-28   ILLINOIS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED)
27th annual Chicago Open

Open Section, May 24-28: 9SS, 40/2, SD/30 d10, GM & IM norms possible, FIDE rated. Other Sections, May 25-28, 26-28 or 27-28: 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 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, Unrated. Prize limits: 1) If any post-event rating posted 5/22/17-5/22/18 was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $1500. 2) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated as of May 2018 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 must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2; teams including an unrated limited to $500. Open through U1300 entry fee: $207 online at chessaction.com by 3/20, $227 by 5/23. 5-day $215, 4-day $214, 3-day $213, 2-day $212 mailed by 3/20, 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, also $100 deducted from prize. EF $100 less to seniors age 65/over, except U1000 Section. Under 1000 Section EF: $67 online at chessaction.com by 5/23, 4-day $74, 3-day $73, 2-day $72 mailed by 5/12, all $90 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 dueswith 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 3, others before rd 4. Hotel rates: $113-113-113-113, 800-937-8461, 847-777-6500, reserve by 5/10 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: 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. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied.

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June
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US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 20-21   NEVADA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50 (ENHANCED)
2018 U.S. Women’s Open

5SS, G/90, +30. Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas 89109. $$3,500 Guaranteed Prize Fund. $1000-600-400, U2000 $350-200, U1800 $250-150, U1600 $200-100, U1400 $150-100. EF: $99 by 5/31, $125 later. REG.: 9-9:30 a.m. RDS.: 10-2:30-7, 10-2:30. Half point bye available in any round (limit 1). HR: $69 ($92 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 online at www.VegasChessFestival.com. FIDE. W.

JUNE 21   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 Road, Las Vegas 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 5/31, $60 later. REG.: by 1 p.m. Rd. 1 at 2 p.m. www.VegasChessFestival.com. FIDE.

An American Classic!
A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 21-24, 22-24 OR 23-24   NEVADA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 300 (ENHANCED)
2018 National Open

7-SS, 40/90, SD/30, +30 (3-day rounds 1-2 G/60, +10, 2-day round 1-4 G/30, +5, Beginners Section G/30, +5). Westgate Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Road, 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. Beginners(unrated or rated under 1000): 3 schedules with 6 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 4 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 Beginners 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, $229 by 5/31, $259 by 6/19, $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. Beginners section only: $125 less for players in only 1 schedule, $60 less in 2 schedules. Reg.: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Thursday. Rds.: 7:30, 11-5:30, 10-4:30, 10-4:30. 3-day schedule: Reg.: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday. Rds 11-2 then merge with 4-day in round 3 at 5:30. 2-day schedule: Reg.: 8:30-9 a.m. Saturday. Rds.: 10-11:30-1-2:30 then merge with 4-day in round 4 at 4:30. Half point byes available in any round; round 6 or 7 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 for all participants. Grandmaster Simuls and Chess Camp for all ages on Thursday. U.S. Women’s Open Wednesday and Thursday. Walter Browne Memorial Blitz Thursday 2:00 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 ($92 Friday and Saturday nights) guarantees a premium room with new furniture, refrigerator, flat screen TV and more. The 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 31; 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, online at www.VegasChessFestival.com. Info: (702) 930-9550 and leave a message. FIDE. W.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 28-JULY 2   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED)
12th annual Philadelphia International

9SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (see World Open for location, rates, parking). $25,000 guaranteed prizes, in 3 sections. Only Premier is FIDE rated. US sections are not open to players listed as foreign by FIDE. Premier uses FIDE ratings for pairngs & prizes, US sections use USCF ratings. Premier: open to FIDE1900/over or USCF 2000/over and all FIDE rated foreign players. GM & IM norms possible. Prizes $5000-2500-1300-800-600-400-300-300, top FIDE under 2300 or unrated $1200-600. US Under 2100/Unr: $2500-1300-700-500-400. US Under 1900/Unr: $2500-1300-700-500-400, unrated limit $1000, top U1700 (no unrated) $800-400. Premier minimum prize guarantees: $600 to foreign GMs, $300 to foreign IMs/WGMs (all must complete all 9 games with no byes; limited to first 6 foreign GMs & first 6 foreign IMs/WGMs to enter by 5/25 at chessaction.com). Minimum prize $300 to other GMs (including US) who enter at chessaction.com by 5/25 and complete all 9 games with no byes. Premier EF: GMs, IMs, WGMs, foreign FIDE rated players: $50 online at chessaction.com by 5/25, $75 online at chessaction.com by 6/25, $100 at site; $100 deducted from prize (no deduction from minimum prize). US FIDE Masters: $200 online by 5/25, $225 online by 6/25, $250 at site. US players USCF or FIDE rated 2100/up: $300 online by 5/25, $325 online by 6/25, $350 at site. US players USCF or FIDE rated 2000-2099: $400 online by 5/25, $425 online by 6/25, $450 at site. Others: $500 online by 5/25, $525 online by 6/25, $550 at site. US sections EF: $250 online by 5/25, $275 online by 5/25, $300 at site. All: Mailed entry all $10 more; do not mail entry after 6/15. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine: see World Open. Schedule: Late reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds. Thu 7 pm, Fri 1 & 7, Sat-Mon 11 & 5. Two half point byes available; must commit before rd. 3; FIDE norm in Premier not possible if taking bye. HR: see World Open. Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied. 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. Entry list: see chessaction.com; online entries posted instantly. Invitations: Go@Chess.us.
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US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JULY 2-3   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40 (ENHANCED)
7th annual World Open Women’s Championship

6SS, G/90 d10. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (see World Open for location, rates, parking). Open to all females. $2500 guaranteed prizes: $1000-500-250, top U2000/Unr $300, U1700 $250, U1400 $200, plaques to 1st, top U1200/Unr, U1000, U800. EF: $88 online at chessaction.com by 6/30, $92 mailed by 6/15, $100 at site, or online until 8 am 7/2. GMs, IMs, WGMs free; $80 from prize. Reg. ends 9 am 7/2, rds. 10, 2, 6 each day. Half point byesOK all rounds, limit 2 byes (limit 1 bye if under 1400), must commit before rd 3. Special USCF dues: see World Open. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, PO Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly).


JULY 3   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40 (ENHANCED)
6th annual World Open Action Championship

6SS, G/30 d5. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (see World Open for location, rates, parking). Prizes $7000 based on 100 entries, otherwise raised or lowered in proportion; minimum guarantee $4667 (2/3 of each prize). GMs count as half entrIes. In 4 sections. Premier, open to 1900/above. Prizes $1000-500-300, top Under 2400 $600-300. Under 2200/Unr: Prizes $600-300-200, top Under 2000/Unr $400-200. Under 1800/Unr: Prizes $600-300-200, unrated limit $350, top Under 1600 (no Unr) $320-160. Under 1400/Unr: Prizes $400-200-100, unrated limit $200, top Under 1200 (no unr) $210-110. Top 3 sections EF: $96 online at chessaction.com by 7/1, $100 mailed by 6/15, $110 at site. GMs free, $90 from prize. Under 1400/Unr section EF: all $20 less than above. Reg. ends 10 am 7/3, rounds 11, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9. Half point byes OK all rounds, limit 2, must commit before rd. 3. 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!
JULY 3-8, 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 300 (ENHANCED)
46th Annual World Open

9SS. 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 7/4-8, free GM lectures 9 am 7/6 & 7/7. Open Section, July 4-8 only: Open to all rated 2200/over USCF or FIDE, or must pay $100 more. 40/2, SD/30 d10. Under 2200 to Under 1200 Sections, July 3-8, 4-8, 5-8 or 6-8: 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 6-8 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 7/8 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 6/30/17-6/30/18 was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $2000. 2) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated as of July 2018 official list cannot win over $1000 in U1200, $2000 U1400, $3000 U1600 through U2000. Games rated too late for July 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 must average under 2200; may play in different sections; 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 6/30, $350 at site until 1 1/2 hours before round 1, or online until 2 hours before. Mailed by 5/15: 6-day $326, 5-day $325, 4-day $324, 3-day $323. Mailed by 6/15: all $10 more. All $100 more for Open Section if not rated 2200/over by USCF or FIDE. Do not mail entry after 6/15. No checks at site, credit cards OK. GMs in Open: free; $200 deducted from prize. IMs, WGMs in Open: EF $100 less. 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 6/30, $73 mailed by 6/15, $80 at site until 9:30 am 7/6 or online until 9 am 7/6. No checks at site; credit cards OK. Re-entry: $160, no re-entry from Open to Open. $20 fee for switching section after 7/2. Special 1 year USCF dueswith 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. 6-day schedule: Tue/Wed 7 pm, Thu 6 pm, Fri/Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm. 5-day schedule: Wed 7 pm, Thu-Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm. 4-day schedule: Thu 11, 2:30 & 6, Fri/Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. 3-day schedule: Fri 11, 1:30, 3:30, 6 & 8:30, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. U900 Section, Unrated Section schedule: Fri 11, 2:30 & 6, Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 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. 3, others before rd. 5. Entries, re-entries close 90 minutes before round 1. HR: $115-115-135, 215-625-2900, reserve early, 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. 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 USCF ratings used; July 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:chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: chesstour.com, chesstour.info, DirectorAtChess.US. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Awards: Open through U1800 prizes awarded 7/8, others mailed by 7/23. Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied.

JULY 4   PENNSYLVANIA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 (ENHANCED)
7th annual World Open Game/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. $20 service charge for refunds.

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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

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 

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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

 *** 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

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=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

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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

Position after 84. -, Kd7

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

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

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