The main tournament is open to players of all ages and levels, from beginners to grandmasters (GM).
US Chess Grand Prix Points: 150 (Enhanced)
$150 before August 31, 2021
$185 September 1 – September 30, 2021
$200 October 1 – October 31, 2021
$220 November 1 – Monday, November 15, 2021
Open Section Entry Fee $100 more if not US Chess Federation or FIDE rated 2200/over.
NO same-day/on-site registration.
Register early to get your seat.
There are two options: * 4-day (Thursday, Nov. 25 – Sunday, Nov. 28) OR * 3-day (Friday, Nov. 26 – 28, 2021)
- 4-day: Daily 10 AM & 5 PM.
- 3-day: Fri 11 AM; 2:30 PM; 5 PM; 8 PM then merge starting Saturday, Round 5 at 10 AM
Eight Round Swiss System USCF Rated Tournament. The 4-day and 3-day group of players will merge on Round 5.
Maximum of 2 half-point byes. Byes must be requested BEFORE start of round 2. (Last Round bye must be requested before round 1 to get half-point.)
- 4-day: All Rounds are 40moves/100 minutes + Sudden Death 30 minutes, with +30 seconds increments from move one.
- 3-day: schedule: Rounds 1 – 4 are Game/1hr; d5; Round 5-8 are merged with 4-days at Game 40moves/100 minutes + Sudden Death 30 minutes, with +30 seconds increments
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, 2021 will not be able to win the full money prize. Unrated players (Played zero rated games) will also have imposed prize limits.
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 $2500-1250-750-500-300-200, under 2450: $1000-500-250, under 2300: $500-250. FIDE rated.
U2200 SECTION: Prizes $1500-750-500-300-200
U2000 SECTION: Prizes $1500-750-500-300-200
U1800 SECTION: Prizes $1500-750-500-300-200
U1600 SECTION: Prizes $1500-750-500-300-200
U1400 SECTION: Prizes $1500-750-500-300-200; U1200: $500-250 (not a separate section; U1200s also eligible for U1400 prizes); Unrated: $300-150 (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
Unrated/Provisional (under 26 games) may not win over $300 in U1400, $400 in U1600, $500 in U1800, $600 in U2000, $700 in U2200.
The November USCF Rating Supplement will be used. Other ratings (CCA minimum rating, US Chess online rating, FIDE) may be used if higher. If your rating changes in the November supplement you will be moved up or down automatically.
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.