Apr. 26-28 or 27-28 Ohio

Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 15

49th Cincinnati Open  Last year

5SS; Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5901 Pfeiffer Rd., Blue Ash, OH. Five Sections: Open, U2100, U1800, U1500, U1200. Time Control: 40/120, SD/60 d/5; 2-day rds 1&2 G/75 d/5. Prizes: Open: $600-450-325-225; U2100: $450-325-225-175; U1800: $325-225-175-150; U1500: $225-175-150-125; U1200: $160-140-120-100. Prizes based on 100 entries, else proportional. (No unrated may win more than the third-place prize amount except in Open.) Entry fee: All except U1200 $85, U1200 $75, if postmarked/hand delivered by April 22, 2013; All $100 after April 22/onsite. Re-entry $45. Discounts: Loyalty: Anyone who played in the 2012 Cincinnati Open may deduct $10 from entry fee. Ohio Grand Prix: Active OCA members may deduct $3 from entry fee. GMs/IMs: Free entry, $85 deducted from prize. Registration: Mail entries to Cincinnati Open, PO Box 499006, Cincinnati, OH 45249. Onsite entry Friday, April 26 5:00-6:30 pm and Saturday, April 27 9:00-10:30 am. 3-day schedule: Friday 7:00, Saturday 11:00 and 5:30, Sunday 9:30 and 4:00. 2-day schedule: Saturday 11:00 and 2:00, then merge with 3-day. Bring sets and clocks. Byes: Maximum two half-point byes, must commit before round 3. HR: Room $79, suite $109, group code CIN, reserve by 4/12/2013 or rate may go up; reservations 877-227-6963. Registration form, hotel reservation link, and complete information at www.chessinnati.com. Questions: Alan Hodge 513-697-6930, a.hodge195@gmail.com.


May 4-5 Western Kentucky University MasterMind Open

Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 15

5SS, G/120, USCF rated. PRIZES: $23,500 in scholarships & $5,000 open b/75 full ent. Free Entry for GM, IM, & College (by 4/1). SIDE EVENT: Scholastic Tournament: Sat. Only 5/4. 5 SS, G/30, USCF rated. Trophies to top five teams in each section, and top 5 individuals in each section. EF: $15 by 4/26, $25 on site. Reg.: Sat. 8-9 am. Rd 1: 11 am. Rds.: 2-5 ASAP/ as announced. SECTIONS: High (9-12 only): See Open EF, Jr. High (k-8), Elementary (k-5), Primary (k-3, top 3 k-1 awarded). Format: 5 Round Swiss. Top 4 scores count towards team total. SIDE EVENT: Friends and Family Tournament: Sat. Only 5/4. 5 SS, G/30, Non-rated. EF: $8 Reg: Sat. 8-9 am. Rds: see scholastic. Trophies to top player in sections: Adult (18+), Seniors (50+); top 3 in High-school (k-12), Jr. High (k-8), Elementary (k-5), Primary (k-3). Tiebreak: All Ties will be broken. G/10 playoff for first place. Otherwise, the system will be: 1) Modified Median 2) Solkoff 3) Cumulative 4) Median 5) Kashdan 6) Sonnenborn-berger 7) Coin toss. OPEN SECTION, PRIZE FUND: $5,000 (b/75 --$3,000 Gtd) 1st-5th place: $625, 475, 250, 175, 110; Class A, B, & C $225, 175, 125, 75, 75; Class D $165, 140, 125, 70, 70; Class E and below $165, 140, 125, 70, 70; Unrated $125, 75. *Unrated players can only win unrated prizes. Entries posted online. Rds.: Sat. 5/4 10 am, 2:30, & 7; Sun. 5/4 10 am & 2:30 pm. OPEN EF: $60 if postmarked by 4/1, $70 by 4/26, $75 on site. Valid college ID req'd. Free entries count 1/2 entry towards prize fund w/$60 deducted from winnings. High School players: $15 by 4/26, $25 on site. HS compete in own section with Open Rds for annually renewable WKU Scholarship prizes totalling $23,500! HS PRIZES and eligibility: see website for full details. Reg.: Sat. 5/4 8-9 am; Byes: 1/2 point any Rd. (limit 1), must commit by 2nd rd. HR: mention "WKU Hilltopper Chess": Staybridge Suites, 680 Campbell Ln., Bowling Green, KY 42104. Tel: (270) 904-0480 . Hotel adjacent to tourn site. Rate includes: Free brkfast, laundry, & wifi. Rate: Studio, sleeps 2 ($99); 1 Bdrm w/living area, sleeps 2-4 ($109); 2 Bdrm/2 bath suite w/living area, sleeps 6 ($129). Chief TD: Chris Prosser. ENT: Online registration: www.hilltopperchess.net. Mail-in: Dr. Ian Schne,e c/o WKU MasterMind, 319 C Cherry Hall, 1906 College Heights Blvd., Bowling Green, KY 42101. Info or phone entry: Samuel J. Hunt (918) 809-6278.


May 10-12 Chess Extravaganza in T-Town (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 20

Three tournaments in one. Great venue in the heart of the University of Alabama campus within walking distance of restaurants and football stadium of the NCAA champions. 1. Black Warrior Chess Challenge; 5/10-5/12; $2500 GTD; 5SS, 30/90, SD/1; Sections: Open $600-350-200-150, U1800: $100), Reserve: (U1600) $425-250-175-150-U1200 $100; EF:$40 postmarked by 5/6 or $50 at site. ACF memb reqd $10, OSA. GM & IM no fee- EF deducted from winnings; On-site reg: FRI: 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm cst. Rds.: FRI: 6pm SAT: 9:45-4; SUN: 9-3. Bye 1-4. 2. Tuscaloosa Scholastic Chess Championship, May 11 only; 5-SS, See flyer for details. 3. Alabama Quick Chess Championship, May 12 only; $1000 prize fund (50% GTD b/15 per section); Open $200-150-100-(U1800 $90); Reserve: $$175-130-80-(U1200 $75); Trophies to top AL residents. 5 SS, G/25 D4; EF: $30 postmarked by 5/6 or $40 at site. On site reg: 5/12: 8:30-9am; Rds: 9:30-10:45-12:30-1:45-3; Bye 1-4. ENT: Freedom Chess Academy, PO Box 2356, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2356. INFO: See www.freedomchessacademy.org for flyers, entry forms & payment options, HR and directions. OSA. Location: Ferguson Center Student Union, 231 Ferguson Center, Tuscaloosa, AL. Contact: freedomchess@gmail.com. NS, NC, W.

 


May 23-27, 24-27, 25-27 or 26-27 Illinois

Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 200 (Enhanced)

22nd annual Chicago Open  Last year

Open Section, May 23-27: 9SS, 40/90, SD/30, inc/30, FIDE rated, GM & IM norms possible. U2300 Section, May 24-27: 7SS, 40/115, SD/1, d5. FIDE rated. U2100, U1900, U1700, U1500, U1300 Sections, May 24-27, 25-27 or 26-27: 7SS, 40/115, SD/1, d5 (3-day option, rds 1-2 G/75, d5, 2-day option, rds 1-4 G/40, d5). Adult U1100 & Junior U1100 Sections, May 25-27 or 26-27: 7SS, G/90, d5 (2-day option, rds 1-4 G/40, d5). 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 9 sections. Open: $10000-5000-2500-1200-1000-800-600-500-400-300, clear or tiebreak winner bonus $200, top FIDE Under 2500/Unr $2000-1000. FIDE rated, GM and IM norms possible. Under 2300: $5000-2500-1200-1000-800-600-500-400-300-300. FIDE rated. Under 2100: $5000-2500-1200-1000-800-600-500-400-300-300. Under 1900: $5000-2500-1200-1000-800-600-500-400-300-300. Under 1700: $5000-2500-1200-1000-800-600-500-400-300-300. Under 1500: $4000-2000-1000-700-500-400-400-300-300-300. Under 1300: $3000-1500-1000-700-500-400-400-300-300-300; players with under 10 lifetime games may not win over $1000 in this section. Adult Under 1100 (born 1994/before): $1000-700-500-300-200-200, trophies to first 3, top U900, U700, Unrated. Junior Under 1100 (born 1995/after): $1000-700-500-300-200-200, trophies to first 3, top U900, U700, U500, Unrrated. Prize limits: 1) If any post-event rating posted 5/20/12-5/20/13 was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $1500. 2) Unrated (0-3 lifetime games rated) cannot win over $400 in U1100, $800 U1300, $1200 U1500, $1600 U1700, $2000 U1900 or $2500 U2100. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. 3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. Top 7 sections EF: $227 online at chessaction.com by 5/21, $230 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 5/23 (entry only, no questions), 5-day $235, 4-day $234, 3-day $233, 2-day $232 mailed by 5/14; all $250 online until 2 hours before game or at site until 1 hour before game. No checks at site, credit cards OK. GMs in Open: Free; $200 deducted from prize. IMs & WGMs in Open: $30 online at chessaction.com by 5/21, $50 after 5/21 or at site; $200 deducted from prize. Open Section EF $100 more for US players not FIDE rated 2200/over. EF $100 less to seniors age 65/over in U1300 Section or above (except senior GM/IM/WGM in Open, who get no discount but have $100 less taken out of prize.). Under 1100 Sections EF: $77 online at chessaction.com by 5/21, $80 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 5/23 (entry only, no questions), Adult 3-day $83.50, 2-day $82.50 mailed by 5/14, Junior 3-day $83, 2-day $82 mailed by 5/14, all $100 online until 2 hours before game or at site until 1 hour before game. Online or mailed EF $5 less to ICA members; join at il-chess.org. An ICA Tour Event. Special 1 yr USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry: Online at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. 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 & 4:30. 4-day schedule (U2300 to U1300): Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, Rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30. 3-day U2100 to U1300 schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10 am, Rds. Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30. 3-day U1100 schedules: Reg ends Sat 1 pm, rds Sat 2 & 6, Sun 10, 2 & 6, Mon 10 & 2. 2-day U2100 to U1300 schedule: Reg. ends Sun 9 am, Rds. Sun 10, 12, 2, 3:45 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30. 2-day U1100 schedules: Reg ends Sun 9 am rds Sun 10, 12, 2, 3:45 & 6,. Mon 10 & 2. U2100 to U1100 schedules merge & compete for same prizes. Byes: OK all, limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), Open must commit before rd 2, others before rd 4. Hotel rates: $105-105-105-105, 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. In round 3 or after, players with scores of 80% or over and their opponents may not use headphones, earphones, cellphones, or go to a different floor of the hotel without Director permission. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: DirectorAtChess.US, 845-496-9658, www.chesstour.com. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com. Bring set, board & clock if possible- none supplied.


June 8-9 Kentucky

Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 10

2013 Kentucky Open  Last year

5SS, G/90. $$2550 b/100. Registration 9-9:45am. Sat. June 8th: rd 1-3 10am, 2pm, 5:30pm & Sun June 9th: rd 4-5 10am, 3pm. 1 half point bye available rd 1-4 if noted by rd 2. Entry Fee: $42 in advance, $50 on site. KCA dues ($8) required from Kentucky players (according to USCF). Open: $600-300-150-75; X: 150; A: 150; U1800: 300-150-75; C: 150; U1400: 200-100-50; E: 100. Go to kcachess.org for more info. Annual meeting of the KCA Board between rds 4 and 5, at 2 pm. Hotel Louisville (room rates starting at $49), 120 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202. (502)-582-2241. Contact: Steve Dillard stevedillard@hotmail.com, 502-641-1948.


June 21-23 or 22-23 Ohio

Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 80 (Enhanced)

2013 Columbus Open  Last year

5-SS, 30/90, SD/60 (2-day schedule, rd. 1 G/90), ALL PRIZES UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED. 3 sections: Open, open to all. G $1200, 800, 500, 400, 300; U2000, $500, 300; Premier, open to 1799/below: $500, 300; U1600: $500, 300; Reserve, open to 1399/below: $500, 300; U1200: $500, 300. All EF: $85 if rec’d by 6/16/2013. $95 at site. Free to Sr. Master/above who complete their schedule. ($85 EF deducted from winnings.) 3-day schedule: Reg. Ends Fri. 6:30 p.m., Rds: Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 9:30 a.m., 3 p.m. 2-day schedule: Reg. Ends Sat. 9:30 a.m. Rd 1 at 10 a.m., then merges with 3-day schedule. Re-entry: $20. Any player who loses Fri. night may re-enter for $20 and loss will not count in tournament standings! One 1/2-pt. Bye available in Rds 1-4 (request required prior to Rd 1). Unrated players may play in any section. $25 upset prize each section. HOTELS: HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN CAPITAL SQUARE, 175 E. TOWN ST., COLUMBUS, 43215. (614)221-3281. ROOM RATE: $109.00 plus tax (includes parking). Hotel remodeled, with expanded playing space, skittles room, many amenities. Chess rate available through June 1st, code CCC. (note: there is a large convention in Columbus this weekend; rooms scarce.) Alternative hotel: The German Village Inn, one mile from playing site, 920 S. High St., (614) 443-6506, $59.00 plus tax. Free parking: Bd. of Ed. Lot between 5th and 6th St., on Capital St., 5 min. walk from site. ENT: C/O Lou Friscoe, 1645 Glenn Ave., Columbus, OH 43212. Inquires: (614) 486-6856 or (614) 228-8111. Entry forms available at our website: www.centralchessclub.com.


June 27-July 1 Virginia

Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 150 (Enhanced)

DC International  Last year

9SS, 40/90,SD/30, 30 seconds increment. Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA 22202 (free shuttle from Reagan National Airport; see World Open for rates & parking info). $$G 8000: $2000-1200-800-700-600-500-400-300, top FIDE under 2300 or unrated $1000-500. Minimum prize $700 to foreign GMs who complete all games with no byes (limited to first 5 foreign GMs to enter). Minimum prize $300 to foreign IMs who complete all games with no byes (limited to first 5 foreign IMs to enter) IM & GM norms possible; FIDE rated. EF: GMs, IMs, WGMs free; $150 deducted from prize (no deduction from minimum prize) Free advance entries must confirm entry 6/26 by email or 6/27 at hotel. Foreign FIDE rated players: $127 online by 6/25, $150 online or at site until 10 am 6/27. USA players FIDE rated 2200/up: $235 mailed by 6/18, $227 online by 6/25, $250 online or at site until 10 am 6/27. Others: $325 mailed by 6/18, $327 online by 6/23, $350 at tmt. All: No checks at site, credit cards OK. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine: see World Open. Schedule: Late reg. ends Thu 10 am, rds Thu through Sun 11 & 6, Mon 11. Two half point byes available (must commit before rd 2); norm not possible if taking bye. Bring sets, boards, clocks if possible- none supplied. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.us. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com. Invitations: GoAtChess.us. Use @ symbol instead of “At” in email addresses.

July 3-7, 4-7, 5-7,1-7 or June 29-July 7 Virginia

Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 300 (Enhanced)

41st Annual World Open  Last year

NOTE NEW OPEN TIME CONTROL AND TWO WEEKEND SCHEDULE. 9SS. Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202 (a few miles from Washington, DC). Free shuttle from Reagan National Airport, special chess rate for hotel valet parking $6/day, parking about $7-10/day nearby if hotel garage is full. In 9 sections. $250,000 projected prizes based on 1180 paid entries, $175,000 (70% of each prize) minimum guaranteed. GMs, re-entries count as 50% entries, IMs, WGMs, Under 1200, Seniors in U1400/over as 60% entries, U900 as 15% entries. Free analysis of your games by GM Sam Palatnik 7/3-7; free GM lectures 9 am 7/5 & 7/6. Open Section, July 3-7, 1-7 or June 29-July 7: 40/90, SD/30, inc. 30. Under 2400 & Under 2200 Sections, July 3-7, 4-7, 5-7 or June 29-July 7: 40/115, SD/1, d5 (4-day option, rds 1-2 G/75, d5; 3-day option, rds 1-5 G/45, d5). Under 2000 to Under 1200 Sections, July 3-7, 4-7 or 5-7: 40/115, SD/1, d5 (4-day option, rds 1-2 G/75, d5, 3-day option, rds 1-5 G/45, d5.) Under 900 Section, July 5-7: G/65, d5. Open: $20000-10000-5000-2500-1200-1000-800-700-600-500, clear winner bonus $300, top FIDE U2500 $2000-1000, top senior 65/over $1000. If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game 11:30 pm 7/7 for title & bonus prize. GM & IM norms possible. FIDE rated. Under 2400/Unr: $13000-7000-3000-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U2300/Unr $2000-1000, top senior 65/over $800. FIDE rated. Under 2200/Unr: $13000-7000-3000-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U2100 (no unr) $2000-1000, top senior 65/over $800. FIDE rated. Under 2000/Unr: $13000-7000-3000-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U1900 (no unr) $2000-1000, top senior 65/over $800. Under 1800/Unr: $13000-7000-3000-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U1700 (no unr) $2000-1000, top senior 65/over $800. Under 1600/Unr: $11000-6000-3000-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top 1500 (no unr) $2000-1000, top senior 65/over $800. Under 1400/Unr: $8000-4000-2000-1200-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U1300 (no unr) $1600-800, top senior 65/over $800. Under 1200/Unr: $5000-2500-1200-1000-900-800-700-600-500-400, top U1000 (no Unr) $1200-600, top senior 65/over $600. Under 900/Unr: $1000-700-500-400-300-300-300, trophies to first 10, top U700, U500, U300, Unrated. Prize limits: 1) Players with under 10 lifetime games played as of 7/13 official list may not win over $500 in U900, $1500 in U1200, $2500 in U1400 or U1600. Games rated too late for 7/13 list not counted. 2) If any post-event rating posted 6/30/12-6/30/13 was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $2000. 3) Unrated (0-3 lifetime games rated) cannot win over $300 in U900, $800 U1200, $1200 U1400, $1600 U1600, $2000 U1800, or $2500 U2000. 4) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. Entry fee for Open through Under 1400: Online at chessaction.com: $318 by 4/15, $328 by 6/28, $350 until 2 hours before first game. Phoned to 406-896-2038: $325 by 4/15, $335 by 6/28. Mailed by 4/15: 5-day $325, 4-day $324, 3-day $323, 7-day $327, 2-weekend $322. Mailed by 6/18: 5-day $335, 4-day $334, 3-day $333, 7-day $337, 2-weekend $332. Do not mail entry after 6/18. At site until 1 hour before first game: all $350; no checks, credit cards OK. GMs free; $200 deducted from prize. IMs, WGMs: EF $100 less, $100 deducted from prize. All Open Section EF $100 more for US players not FIDE rated 2200 or over. Under 1200 Section EF: all $100 less than above. Under 900 Section EF: $48 online at chessaction.com by 6/28, $52 mailed by 6/18, $60 online until 9 am 7/5, $60 at site until 10 am 7/5. Seniors 65/up: all EF $100 less in U1400 or above sections, $20 less in U1200 Section. 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 dues with magazine if paid with entry: Online at chessaction.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. Open to U1200 5-day schedule: Wed 7 pm, Thu 11 am & 6 pm, Fri 11 am & 6 pm, Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 5 pm. U2400 to U1200 4-day schedule: Thu 11, 2:30 & 6, Fri 11 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 5. U2400 to U1200 3-day schedule: Fri 11, 1:30, 3:30, 6 & 8:30, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 5. Open 7-day schedule: Mon-Wed 7 pm, Thu-Fri 6 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 5. Open to U2200 2-weekend schedule: 6/29 11 & 6, 6/30 10 & 4:30, 7/5 6 pm, 7/6 11 & 6, 7/7 10 & 5. All above schedules merge & compete for same prizes. Under 900 schedule: Fri & Sat each 11 am, 2 pm & 5 pm, Sun 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm. Half point byes OK all, limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), Open must commit before rd 2, others before rd 5. Entries, re-entries close 1 hour before your first game. HR: $95-95-105-115, 703-418-1234, ask for chess rate, may sell out about May 31, two night minimum July 5-6. Special car rental rates: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. US player ratings: Official July ratings used, except Open Section. Unofficial uschess.org usually used if otherwise unrated. Foreign player ratings (except Open Section): see www.chesstour.com/foreignratings.htm. Open Section: June FIDE ratings used for all players. Special rules: Players must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director. In round 3 or after, players with scores of 80% or over and their opponents may not use headphones, earphones, cellphones or go to a different floor of the hotel without Director permission. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 845-496-9658. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries will be posted at chessaction.com. Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied.