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The Tournament Announcements on the following pages are provided for the convenience of USCF members and for informational pur- poses only. Unless expressly indicated otherwise, neither the U.S. Chess Federation nor Chess Life warrants the accuracy of anything contained in these Tournament Announcements. Those interested in additional information about or having questions concerning any of these tournaments are directed to contact the organizer listed. Chess Lifewill exercise all due diligence in providing accurate typesetting of non-camera-ready copy but assumes no responsibil- ity for errors made in such work.

Effective with TLAs submitted after November 10, 2010, the fol- lowing additional rules apply to Grand Prix tournaments:

1) The guaranteed first prize must be at least $150.

2) No more than one prize under $100 may count towards the Grand Prix point total.

3) Prizes below the maximum entry fee do not count towards the Grand Prix point total.

SUBMISSIONS: If possible e-mail your tla to: (Joan DuBois). For tla deadline schedule, formatting help and Grand Prix information see January 2012 Chess Lifepg. 48-49 or check Payment can be done online through the TD/Affiliate area or sent to: U.S. Chess, TLA Dept., PO Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557.


Feb. 17-19 or 18-19, Florida 2012 U.S. Amateur Team Championship - South 5SS, G/120 (2-day option, Rd. 1 G/60). Universal Palms Hotel, 4900 Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. Only 10 mins. to the Beach. HR: $69 hotel chess rate expires Dec. 14, then $89 is the hotel chess rate, 954-776-4880. 4-player teams (with one optional alternate). Team average (4 highest ratings - January rating list) must be under 2200. Win- ning team qualifies for National playoff online. EF per player: $40 by 2/10, $49 later. SPECIAL EF: Team (one entry must be made for all players) $150 by 2/10, $190 later (any team changes $10). Teams from outside Florida will receive $25 off team entry fee. PRIZES:Top 1-3rd place teams; Top class teams: U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400, U1000, U800; Top Sen- ior team (all 50 & above), Top Female team, Top College team (same school), Top High School team (same school), Top Middle School team (same school, grades 6-8), Top Elementary School team (same school); Top Boards 1-4. Schedule: 3-day: 1st Rd. Fri. 7:30, 2-Day 1st Rd. Sat. 10;Rds. 2-5 Sat. 1:30, 6:45, Sun. 9:30, 2:45. Free parking and Free Inter- net. Ent: Boca Raton Chess Club, 2385 Executive Ctr. Dr., Ste. 100, Boca Raton, FL 33431. Online entry & add'l, 561- 479-0351. Chess Magnet School JGP.

Feb. 17-19 or 18-19, Illinois 2012 U.S. Amateur Team Championship - North One section: Open. Sets-Boards-Clocks provided for USAT only by North American Chess Association. Open: 5SS, G/90+30/increment, 2- day: rd.1-2 G/60. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2875 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062. 847-298-2525. $83.00 chess rate single-double- triple-quad until 2/3/12, FREE BREAKFAST BUFFET INCLUDED WITH ROOM! Please reserve early. Open to 4 player teams with one optional alternate. Team average (4 highest ratings - January Rating List) must be under 2200. EF: 3-day $140, per team if received USPS or on- line 6 PM by February 4th, $160 if received USPS or on-line 6 PM by Feb. 14th, $180 on-line until Feb. 16th 6 PM and at door. Individuals wishing to play, send $35 and request to be put on a team by USPS (received by 2/14) or on-line by 2/16 6 PM, $45 thereafter. Team changes on site or after 2/16 6 PM $20. Check out official website www.chessweek for more info and complete prize list. Prizes: Awards to top two teams, top teams with average rating u1900, u1600, and u1300. Award for Best Team Name. Winning team qualifies for national play-offs. Prizes to best team composed of juniors (high school and younger-must declare eligibility to win prize). Prizes to top score on each board. Rounds: 3-day: on-site registration/check-in 5:30-6:30pm, rds.: 7pm, 10:00am & 4:00pm, 10:00am & 3:30pm. 2-day: on-site registration/check- in from 8:00-9:30am, rds. 10:00am & 1:00pm then merge with 3-day. Illinois Blitz Championship on Saturday night, $25 received by 2/14 USPS or on-line (2/17), $30 at site. Illinois FIDE titled players get free entry-contact us for more info. First round 8 PM, 2 games with each oppo- nent, 5 rounds, bring sets, clock, & boards for Blitz. See www.chessweek for details. All: Checks made payable to and sent to: Chess Cen- tral, 37165 Willow, Gurnee, IL 60031. Please include Team's name and roster (plus ID#s), captain's email and phone number, and desired schedule. Info:, 847-773-7706 before 6 PM. North American Chess Association will provide Sets-Boards-Clocksfor USAT only. Chess Magnet School JGP for US Amateur Team – North, Open Section.

Feb. 18-20, California, Northern 29th Annual U.S. Amateur Team Championship West (Blitz/Scholastic Feb. 20 only.) Main event: 6SS, 30/90 sd/60. Hyatt Regency, 5101 Great America Pkwy., Santa Clara, CA 95054. Free Park- ing! Hotel: Free Parking! $109 call 800-233-1234 for chess rate. Reserve by Feb. 4 or rates may increase. Four-player teams plus optional alter- nate, average rating of four highest must be under 2200, difference between ratings of board 3 & 4 must be less than 1000. January 2012 Supp, CCA min & TD discretion to place players accurately. Main Event Prizes: Exclusive commemoratively inscribed digital clocks to each player and trophy to the team for top 3 overall teams, top team u2000, u1800, u1600, u1400, and u1200; top “industry” team (all players from the same company), top “family” team (siblings, cousins, parents, uncle/aunts, grandparents), top junior team, and top school team; top scorer on each board (1-4). Gift certificates for best 3 team names. Main

Event EF: $188/team or $47/player by 2/14, 2/15-17: $197/team, $56/player, Onsite: $217/team, $66/player. Main Event Sched: Regis- tration: Sat 9:30-10:30am. Rounds: Sat 11:30 5, Sun 11:30 5, Mon 10, 3:30. Info/flyer: Scholastic Side Event: 5SS, G/30. Four-player teams plus optional alternate, may be from same or different schools. Jan 2012 Supp, CCA min & TD discretion to place players accurately. Prizes:Trophies to each player in Top 3 teams over- all, Top team u900, u800, u700, u600, u500, u400, u300, u200, Top scorer on each board (1-4). EF: $156/team or $39/player by 2/14, 2/15-17: $175/team, $48/player, Onsite: $185/team, $58/player. Registration: Mon 8-9am. Rounds: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm. Info/flyer: Blitz Event: Registration Mon 7-8pm, Rounds 8:30-10:30pm. EF: $12. 75% of entry fees returned as prizes. Info/flyer: Help in forming teams: a player and see or email teamhelp@Bay for teams seeking players & players seeking teams. Contact: For all these events, online entry at usatw12 and contact Bay Area Chess, 1590 Oakland Rd., Ste B213, San Jose 95131. T: 408-786-5515. E: NS, NC, W, F. Chess Magnet School JGP.

A Heritage Event! Feb. 18-20, New Jersey 42nd Annual World Amateur Team & U.S. Team East 6SS, 40/2, SD/1. Parsippany Hilton, 1 Hilton Ct., Parsippany, NJ 07054. Chess Rate valid until 1/16. Reserve early 973-267-7373 or 1-800- HILTONS. Morris/Essex train to Morris Plains 1.5 miles. Open to 4- player teams with one optional alternate. Team average (4 highest rat- ings - 2012 January Rating list) must be under 2200. EF: $150 postmarked by 2/5/12. Scholastic teams College and below $145 per team, ALL-$185 after or at door. - all teams, any changes at site $25 charge. Check out official website Prizes: 1-5th Place teams, plaque and 4 digital clocks; Top Team (Denis Barry Award) U2100, 2000, 1900, 1800, 1700, 1600, 1500, 1400, 1300, 1200, 1000 each plaque and 4 Dig- ital Clocks;Top college team (same school) 4 Digital Clocks & plaque; Top HS team (grades 9-12 same school), Top Middle School (grades 5-9 same school), Top Elementary School (grades K-6 same school), Top 2 Scholastic Teams (mixed schools okay) (Collins Award),Mixed Doubles (2 males, 2 females-no alternates), Seniors (all players over age 50), Mil- itary, each plaque & 4 Digital Clocks to top team; Company Team (same employer) Old Timers Trophy (all players over 65), Family (4 family mem- bers), State teams - CT, DE, MD, MA, NJ, NY (Benjamin Award), PA, VA, NC, RI, OH, Canada, each plaque top team; Special Plaque to Top College (NJ , NY, Pennsylvania), Best Player 1-4 and top alternate, All 6-0 scores each Digital clock. Biggest Individual upset each round Engraved Cross pen; Entry fee refunded to team with Best “Chess related” name, Sun- day night-- Best “Chess Related costumes or gimmick—gourmet dinner for four. Reg. 9-12 Sat 2/18: Rds. 1-7:30, 11-6, 9-3:30. Special Events!! Surprises and special give-aways each round. Mystery Guest and special Sunday morning panel on 72 match! Sunday night - Bughouse $20 per team. Cash prizes. HR: Parsippany Hilton, chess rates expire 1/16/2012. Rates $119 (up to 4 in room) 2nd hotel now attached to Hilton also up to 4 in room $126 per night-Hampton Inn---includes breakfast for 4 each day. Back up hotel - Sheraton Parsippany-about 2 miles. 973-515-2000. $99 per night. For help forming teams and more information contact: or Facebook: ATE- Team. Chks payable to NJSCF, mail by 2/05 to: E. Steven Doyle, 17 Stonehenge Road, Morristown, NJ 07960. (Include Team name, Cap- tain, players full names, USCF Expiration, ID numbers and ratings in board order). No team can include more than two GM's. Include SASE for con- firmation if wanted, No registered or certified mail accepted. NS, NC, W. Chess Magnet School JGP.

Feb. 26, New Mexico

Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced) 2012 U.S. G/15 Championship (QC) 6SS, G/15. University of New Mexico – Student Union Building, Albu- querque, NM 87131. USCF Membership required - available onsite. One section, all players have an opportunity to win a U.S. Championship! $$400-200-100 (B/50) U2400, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400, U1200: $100 each, unrated: $50. Higher of regular or quick rating used for prize eligibility. EF: $39. $10 late fee if after 1/23. Free entry to GMs, IMs, and WGMs. Rds.: 6:30pm, 7:10pm, 7:50pm, 8:30pm, 9:10pm, 9:50pm. Up to 2 half point byes upon req. before rd 1. NS NC W. ENT: Wired Kings CC; 12004 Prospect Ave NE; Albuquerque, NM 87112. HR: $71 505- 944-2599 Hilton Homewood Suites – ABQ Airport, available until 2/1/12 or room block full. Online Entry & add'l info: www.SouthernRockyOpen. com,, 505-550-4654. Part of the 2012 Southern Rocky FIDE Open Chess Festival. See 2012 Southern Rocky FIDE Open in Grand Prix for more information.

Mar. 3-4, California, Northern 2012 U.S. Junior Chess Congress (Blitz on Mar. 2) San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency, 1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010. Experience Spring in San Francisco! Hotel rate $99 only. 8 sections based on age: 6 & under, 8 & under, 10 & under, 12 & under, 14 & under, 16 & under, 18 & under, 20 & under. Individual Trophies: All (6 & under), top 20 (8 & under, 10 & under, 12 & under), top 15 (14 & under), or top 10 (16 & under, 18 & under, 20 & under). “Super Performance” trophies to players tied for last place with a trophy award and the top player(s) in each rating class who did not get a place trophy. Participation medals to all entrants. Team Trophies:Top 10 (6 & under, 8 & under, 10 & under, 12 & under) or top 5 (14 & under, 16 & under, 18 & under, 20 & under) based on section. Winning record required for all trophies. Time control: G/90 except G/30 for Ages 6 & under and Ages 8 & under) Schedule: Onsite Registration: Saturday 7:30-8:30am. Rounds: Saturday 9am, 12:45, 4:30pm, and Sun 9, 12:45pm. Ages 6 & under: Saturday 9:00am, 10:45am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm. Ages 8 & under: Onsite Registration: Sunday 7:30-8:30am. Round: Sunday 9:00am, 10:45am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm. Byes: Max one 1/2-point bye except last round (must request before start of 1st round). Entry Fees by 2/18: 1-day $48, 2-day $60, Add $10 (2/19-25), $20 (2/26-3/1), $40 (3/2-3 & onsite). Blitz: Friday Registration: 5-5:30pm, Games 6-8pm. 2

sections (11 & under, 20 & under). Bughouse: Sunday Registration: 5- 5:30pm, Games 6-8pm. 1 section. Side Event Fees: Blitz $15, Bughouse $15, Bughouse team $25. Onsite +$2. Side Event Prizes: Top 3 play- ers and top 3 teams in each section. USCF Membership required for all events except bughouse. March 2012 Supplement & TD discretion to place players accurately. Commemorative T-shirts: $15 pre-order, $20 onsite. Organizers/TDs: S. Azhar, R. Koepcke, T. Langland, & J. McCumiskey. Spon- sored by CalChess and Bay Area Chess. More info & flyer: BayArea Register online at php. Mail entries to Bay Area Chess, 1639A S. Main St., Milpitas, CA 95035. Register early to save. Questions: NS, NC, W. Chess Magnet School JGP for G/90 rounds.

Apr. 13-15, Minnesota

2012 National High School (K-12) Championship (Apr. 12 – Bughouse & Blitz) 7SS, G/120. Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403, 612-370-1234. Chess Rate $125. 5 Sections: K-12 Championship, K-12 Under 1600, K-12 Under 1200, K-12 Under 800, K-12 Unrated. April Rating Supplement will be used. Unrated players may play in the Championship or Unrated sec- tion only. One 1/2-point bye for any round, except Rd. 7, if requested in advance. EF: $50 if by March 25, $70 if by April 8, $85 by 6 PM CDT on April 12 or $90 at site. Mailed entries must be p/m by April 8. $5 extra for all phone registrations, $20 change fee for roster or section changes after April 8. Onsite registration: Thurs. 9am-10pm & Fri. 8am-10am. Players registering after 10am will get 1/2-point for Round 1. Awards: A minimum of 1 individual trophy per 10 players and 1 team trophy per 15 players (average attendance in the past two years, not incl. SN IV) plus plaques for 4 players and coach of top five teams in each section. Class trophies to the top three in the following classes: K-12 Cham- pionship: 1900-1999; 1800-1899; 1700-1799; 1600-1699; 1500-1599; 1400-1499; 1300-1399; 1200-1299; U1200, K-12 UNR. All participants will receive a commemorative medal at the completion of the final round. Teams: A team must have at least two players, although no maximum number of players. The top four scores in any section will count for the team score. All on team must attend the same school. Opening Cere- mony: 12:30pm Friday. Main Event rounds: Friday 1pm, 7pm; Saturday 9am, 2pm, 7pm; Sunday 9am, 2pm. Awards Ceremony: Approx 7pm Sun- day. Special Events: National High School Bughouse Championship: Thursday 11am; EF: (On site only) $25 per team. Bughouse registration ends at 10am Thurs. National High School Blitz Championship:Thurs- day 5pm; EF: $15 per player, $20 after April 8 or on site. Scholastic Meeting: 3pm Saturday. Parents and Friends Tournament: 4SS, G/30, Saturday 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm. Onsite registration only. Rated and Unrated sections. Trophies for Parents/Friends, participant and student combined results. ALL: Please bring clocks. Sets and score sheets provided. USCF membership required. Mail entries to: U.S. Chess Federation, Attn: High School, P.O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557. Additional details, updates, corrections and on-line registration: Chess Magnet School JGP.

Apr. 20-22, Illinois 2012 All-Girls National Championships presented by the Kasparov Chess Foundation in association with the Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation & USCF 6SS, G/90 d5. Swissotel, 323 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601, 888-737- 9477, Hotel Rate includes full breakfast & children under 18 stay free. 6 Sections: 8 years old and younger; 10 and younger, 12 and younger, 14 and younger, 16 and younger, 18 and younger. Age as of

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