Main Tournament

Sections

Open, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400
The Open section is open to players over 2200. For players rated under 2200 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 sections are FIDE rated.

Schedule

Open section

NORM possible with 9 rounds SS:

Round times for Open section

  • 6 days (Tuesday, Nov 22 – Sunday, Nov 27)
  • US Grand Prix Points: 150 (Enhanced)

Sections Under 2200 through Under 1400

All sections Under 2200 8-Rounds SS:

Round times for 4-day and 3-day sections

There are two options:

  • 4-day (Thursday, Nov 24 – Sunday, Nov. 27)
  • 3-day (Friday, Nov. 25 – 27, 2022) The 4-day and 3-day group of players will merge on Round 5.

Eligibility: Open to FIDE 2000/up*, USCF 2100/up; Players with National Master (NM), FIDE Master (FM), and Women FIDE master (WFM) titles. A few special exceptions may be made at the discretion of organizers to ensure players have the opportunity to make grandmaster norms, a maximum of one-third of the total field will be permitted to be Under 2200 FIDE (November Rating Supplement will be used).

*There is a play up fee for players with FIDE rating under 2200. See Entry Fee info below

Ratings, for Under 2200 & lower sections: November official USCF ratings used. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Players must reveal foreign, FIDE, and other over the board ratings, and these ratings, adjusted if necessary, may be used, if higher than US Chess Federation’s.

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.)


Time Control

  • Master Section: All Rounds are 40 moves/90 minutes + Sudden Death 30 minutes, with +30 seconds increments from move one.
  • 4-day: All Rounds are 40 moves/90 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/90 minutes + Sudden Death 30 minutes, with +30 seconds increments

Bring chess sets and clock if possible- these will not be supplied


Entry Fee

Open Section (Entry Fee based on FIDE rating)

Grandmasters, Foreign GMs/IMs click here.

A. FIDE 2200+ entry fee

$180 before August 31, 2022
$220 
September 1 – September 30, 2022
$250 
October 1 – October 31, 2022
$300 
November 1 – November 20, 2022

B. Play UP additional entry fee

  • With FIDE rating between 2000-2200 – additional $100
  • With FIDE rating between 1800-2000 – additional $150
  • With FIDE rating under 1800 – additional $300
  • For Unrated – additional $500
  • Play up fee will be refunded if FIDE rating reaches 2200 or more for November 2022 rating supplement.

Sections Under 2200

$180 before August 31, 2022
$220 
September 1 – September 30, 2022
$250 
October 1 – October 31, 2022
$300 
November 1 – Sunday, November 20, 2022

Re-entry $120; not available for players in Open section

NO same-day/on-site registration. 
Register early to reserve your seat.


Awards

$25,000 Prize Fund guaranteed!

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). 

Unrated/Provisional (under 26 games) may not win over $300 in U1400, $400 in U1600, $500 in U1800, $600 in U2000, $700 in U2200.

$25 Gift Certificate to ChessPalace Bookstore for all Plus Scorers (4.5 pts or more) who are non cash prize winners


Players with provisional rating (under 26 games) as of Nov. 10, 2022 will not be able to win the full money prize. Unrated players (Played zero rated games) will also have imposed prize limits. 

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.

Make your move today.

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