Main Tournament


4-day option is November 23 - 26, 2017
3-day option is November 24 - 26, 2017

Tournament Venue

Hilton Hotel
Address: 3050 Bristol St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Click here to reserve a hotel room!

Use link above to get the $125/night chess rate or call 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) and mention the group name "American Open" or "Chess Palace" to get the chess rate. Book early! The discounted chess rate of $125/night is only available until room blocks are filled or by October 22, 2017.

Complimentary basic guest room internet.
Discounted parking rate: $10 day parking per car; $14/ overnight

Entry Fee

Register early and save

Register September 1 - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 entry fee is $185
Register onsite, Thursday, November 23 and after, entry fee is $220

**Online registration closes on 11:59 pm, Wednesday, November 22, 2017
**4-day onsite registration 8:30am-9:30am November, 23rd
**3-day onsite registration 8:30am-9:30am November, 24th
*** Only cash and credit card will be accepted for onsite registration.

$20 discount for seniors (65 and up) *pay full amount online. Bring your receipt to the tournament and $20 will be refund onsite
$50 additional charge for U2000 playing in the Open section
$100 for Re-entry fee
Free to enter Mixed Doubles team

Memberships and Ratings

Required Memberships
A U.S. Chess Federation Membership is required of all players. Players are not allowed to compete the tournament without a current membership. If you are found to have an expired membership during the event late fees may be charged.
Southern California Chess Federation (SCCF) memberships are also required (Southern California residents only, and can be purchased on-site).

The November USCF Rating Supplement will be used. Other ratings may be used if higher. If your rating changes in the November supplement you will be moved up or down automatically. For any changes please contact us through the Contact page. The decision of the chief tournament director is final regarding eligibility, rating adjustments, conversions, unofficial ratings, the CCA minimum rating list or other rating issues. Unofficial USCF rating usually used if otherwise unrated. Every effort will be made to start players in the appropriate section, but if an error is discovered late in the tournament it will be corrected. If there is any reason you may not be eligible for the section you entered, be sure to ask for a review before Round 1 is paired.

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

Sections and Format

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, 2017 will not be able to win the full money prize. Unrated players (Played zero rated games) will also be imposed a prize limit.

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

Time Control
4-days Option All Rounds are 40moves/2hr + SD/55 min; d5
3-days Option Rounds 1-4 are Game/1hr; d5, Round 5-8 are merged with 4-days.
5 second time delay will be used with no subtraction


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

Other Information

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.


$50,000 Prize Fund
Based on 500 participants, 50% guaranteed!
OPEN SECTION: Prizes $5000-2500-1200-800-600-300, under 2450/unr: $1500-700-500, under 2300/unr: $800-400 FIDE rated
U2200 SECTION: Prizes $3000-1500-1000-500-400-300
U2000 SECTION: Prizes $3000-1500-1000-500-400-300
U1800 SECTION: Prizes $3000-1500-1000-500-400-300
U1600 SECTION: Prizes $3000-1500-700-500-400-300
U1400 SECTION: Prizes $2000-1000-500-300-200-100, U1200: $1000-500-300, Unrated: $300-200-100

$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.