Main Tournament

Entry Fees:

$150 before August 31, 2019
$185 September 1 - November 10, 2019
$200 Late registration November 11 - November 27, 2019
$220 ON-Site Registration, Thursday, November 28 and after

Click Here to Register through Eventbrite

Time Control

4-days schedule (November 28 - December 1, 2019): All Rounds are 40moves/2hr + SD/55 min; d5
3-days schedule (November 29 - December 1, 2019): Rounds 1 - 4 are Game/1hr; d5; Round 5-8 are merged with 4-days at Game 40moves/2hr + SD/55 min; d5
5 second time delay will be used with no subtraction


8 Round Swiss System USCF Rated Tournament. There is a 4-day and a 3-day option. Merge on 5th Round.

4-day 3-day
Rd 1 Thu 11:00 AM   Rd 1 Fri 11:00 AM
Rd 2 Thu   6:00 PM   Rd 2 Fri 2:30 PM
Rd 3 Fri 10:30 AM   Rd 3 Fri 5:00 PM
Rd 4 Fri   5:30 PM   Rd 4 Fri 8:00 PM
Rd 5 Sat 10:00 AM MERGE  Rd 5 Sat 10:00 AM
Rd 6 Sat   5:00 PM   Rd 6 Sat 5:00 PM
Rd 7 Sun 9:30 AM   Rd 7 Sun 9:30 AM
Rd 8 Sun   4:00 PM   Rd 8 Sun 4:00 PM

Bye Policy

Maximum of 2 half-point byes. Byes must be requested BEFORE round 1.
Players are REQUIRED to bring their own chess clocks and sets. None will be provided. Chess equipment and other chess merchandise will be available for purchase during the event at the ChessPalace Bookstore.

Prize Awards:

$25,000 Prize Fund guaranteed!

The prize amounts below are the amounts that is guaranteed. For example, $2500 for the first place in the OPEN section; $1,250 for the 2nd place in the OPEN section.

OPEN SECTION: Prizes $2500-1250-600-400-300-150, under 2450/unr: $750-350-250, under 2300/unr: $400-200. FIDE rated.
U2200 SECTION: Prizes $1500-750-500-250-200-150
U2000 SECTION: Prizes $1500-750-500-250-200-150
U1800 SECTION: Prizes $1500-750-500-250-200-150
U1600 SECTION: Prizes $1500-750-350-250-200-150
U1400 SECTION: Prizes $1000-500-250-150-100-50; U1200: $500-250-150 (not a separate section; U1200s also eligible for U1400 prizes); Unrated: $150-100-50 (Unrated players in this section are eligible for these prizes only).

$25 Gift Certificate to ChessPalace Bookstore for all Plus Scorers (4.5 pts or more) who are non cash prize winners
Mixed Doubles: Top 3 best male and female team $500-250-125

Unrated/Provisional (under 26 games) may not win over $500 in U1400, $700 in U1600, $900 in U1800, $1100 in U2000.


Open, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400
The Open section is open to all players over 2000. For players rated under 2000 who want to play in the Open section, you must first sign-up in your current allowed section, and then send a request to play in the Open through the Contact us page. Under sections are open only to players with ratings lower than the section limit.
Open and U2200 are FIDE rated.
Players with provisional rating (under 26 games) as of Nov. 10, 2018 will not be able to win the full money prize. Unrated players (Played zero rated games) will also be imposed a prize limit.

Info on Mixed Doubles

Team up with the opposite sex and be eligible to win Mixed Double Prize. Top 3 best overall scoring (combine two scores of the players) Mixed Double team among all sections get 1st $500 - 2nd $250 - 3rd $125. The following Mixed Double rules apply:
(Please email us to register your Mixed Double Team)

1) No extra fee for registering a Mixed Double Team
2) Team must be registered before the start of the Rd 2 of the 3-day schedule
3) Team's average rating cannot exceed 2200
4) Players can be from different sections