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$200, U1800 $200, U1600 $200, U1400 $200, U1200 $200. EF: $50 by 6/3, $70 later. REG.: 9-9:30 a.m. RDS.: 10-2:30-7, 10-2:30. 1/2 point bye available in any round (limit 1). HR $69 ($89 Friday and Saturday nights). (800) 732-7117 – be sure to ask for the CHESS rates. This event kicks off the LAS VEGAS INTERNATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL on Wednesday before the National Open. ENT Vegas Chess Festivals, PO Box 90925, Henderson, NV 89009-0925 or www.VegasChessFestival.com. FIDE.


An American Classic! A Heritage Event! US Chess Junior Grand Prix! JUNE 24-26 OR 25-26, NEVADA TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 300 (ENHANCED) 2016 NATIONAL OPEN 6-SS, 40/90, SD/30 +30 (2-day rounds 1-3 and unrated G/40 +5). Westgate Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas 89109. $100,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund will not be reduced! In 8 sections, top 2 FIDE rated. Open: $8,000-4,000-2,000-1,000-600-500-400-300- 300-300, top under 2500 $2,500, top under 2400 $2,400, EXTRA $2,500 for perfect score. The winner of the Open section also receives a replica of the Edmondson Cup. Under 2300: $6,000-3,000-1,500-750-400-350- 300-250-250-250. Under 2100: $6,000-3,000-1,500-750-400-350- 300-250-250-250. Under 1900: $5,000-2500-1250-600-350-300-250- 250-250-250. Under 1700: $4,000-2,000-1,000-500-300-250-250- 250-250-250. Under 1500: 3000-1500-700-350-300-250-250-250-250- 250. Under 1300: $2000-1,000-500-300-250-250-250, top under 1000 (no provisional) $900. Unrated or Provisional Under 1000: 3 schedules with 6 rounds per day $200-125-75 each day plus $300 overall (best 2 results). Plus Score Bonus ($12,000 guaranteed) in addition to any other prizes, every player with 3-1/2 points or more wins a $50 gift certificate. Plus score certificates will be awarded on site only. Players age 14 and under are eligible for best game prizes including the Freddie Award and $400 in cash prizes (donated by Fred Gruenberg). Mixed Doubles: best male/female combined 2-player team score: $1,500- 750-350-250-150. Teammates may play in different sections but must have average rating below 2200. The Freddie: Players age 14 and under are eligible for best game prizes including the Freddie Award and $400 in cash prizes (donated by Fred Gruenberg). Unrated players may play only in Unrated or Open Section. Provisionally rated players may not win more than 40% of top prize in any under section; balance goes to next player(s) in line. CCA minimum ratings or other ratings may be used if higher than US Chess June Supplement. EF: $199 by 1/31, $225 by 6/3, $250 by 6/22, $280 later. $40 less for seniors 65 and over. $125 less for players in only 1 unrated schedule, $60 less for 2 schedules. Add $125 for adults rated under 2200 or juniors under 2100 playing in the Open Section. Reg 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, 8:30- 9:30 a.m. Friday. Rds.: 11-5:30, 10-4:30, 10-4:30. 2-day schedule: Reg.: 8:30-9 a.m. Saturday. Rds.: 10-12-2 then merge with 3-day in round 4 at 4:30. Half point byes available in any round; round 5 or 6 byes must be requested before the start of round 2 and may not be cancelled.


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3/11-13: Pittsburgh Open, Pittsburgh PA* 3/12-13: NY State Scholastics, Saratoga Springs NY* 3/18-20: Mid-America Open, Saint Louis MO* 3/25-27: Philadelphia Open, Philadelphia PA* 4/1-3: Bill Little Memorial, Albany NY* 4/22-24: Eastern Class Championships, Sturbridge MA* 5/20-22: New York State Open, Lake George NY* 5/26-30: Chicago Open, Wheeling IL* 6/17-19: Continental Class, Herndon VA* 6/30-7/4: World Open, Philadelphia PA* 7/5-7: World Open Womens Champ, Philadelphia PA* 7/5-10: Philadelphia International, Philadelphia PA* 7/6-10: World Open Senior, Philadelphia PA* 7/9-10: World Open Under 13, Philadelphia PA* 7/15-17: Chicago Class, Wheeling IL* 7/22-24: Southern Open, Orlando FL 7/22-24: Bradley Open, Windsor Locks CT 7/29-31: Manhattan Open, New York NY 8/5-7: Northeast Open, Stamford CT 8/12-14: Continental Open, Sturbridge MA 8/12-14: Cleveland Open, Cleveland OH 8/12-14: Pacific Coast Open, Ontario CA 8/19-21: Southern Chess Congress, Atlanta GA 8/19-21: Central California Open, Fresno CA 8/26-28: Atlantic Open, Arlington VA 8/26-28: Indianapolis Open, Indianapolis IN 9/3-5: New York State Championship, Albany NY 10/5-10: Washington Chess Congress, Arlington VA 10/7-9: Midwest Class, Wheeling IL 10/28-30: Eastern Chess Congress, Basking Ridge NJ


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Chess sets and boards provided for tournament play only, not for skittles. Please bring digital chess clocks! The LAS VEGAS INTERNATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL features the National Open, the U.S Game/10 Cham- pionship, the U.S. Women’s Open, the International Youth Championship, and other events. Many free extras and surprises! Free parking. Free raffles with great prizes. Free GM Lectures. Free GM analysis of your games. Free Daily Bulletins and free commemorative DVD mailed to all participants. Grandmaster Simuls and Chess Camp for all ages on Thursday. U.S. Women’s Open Wednesday and Thursday. Walter Browne Memorial Blitz Thursday 7:00 p.m. U.S. Game/10 Championship Monday morning. Youth Tournaments Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Blitz Tournaments Saturday & Sunday. Poker Tournament Thursday after- noon. Don’t be shut out —make your reservations early and be sure to ask for the CHESS rates—$69 single or double ($89 Friday and Saturday nights) guarantees a premium room with new furniture, refrig- erator, flat screen TV and more. The optional resort package including access to the Fitness Center, free WI-FI, and more is substantially dis- counted for our group. Cutoff for special hotel rate is June 3rd. (800) 732-7117 or www.VegasChessFestival.com/hotel. ENT Vegas Chess Festivals, PO Box 90925, Henderson, NV 89009-0925, on line at www.VegasChessFestival.com. Info: (702) 930-9550 and leave a message. FIDE.


JUNE 27, NEVADA TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 60 (ENHANCED) 2016 U.S. GAME/10 CHAMPIONSHIP (QC) 8SS, G/10 +2. Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Road, 89109. $7,500 Prize Fund based on 100 paid entries, $5,000 Guaranteed. $1800-900-600, U2400 575, U2250 550, U2100 525, U1950 500, U1800 475, U1650 450, U1500 425, U1250 400, U1000 300. Must be 3 players eligible for each prize awarded. EF: $69 by 6/3, $79 by 6/22, $100 later. REG.: 8:30-9 a.m. Rd. 1 at 10 a.m. — finish by 2:30 p.m. Higher of regular or quick rating used. 1/2 point bye available in any round (limit 2). HR: $69 single or double ($89 Friday and Saturday nights). (800) 732-7117 – be sure to ask for the CHESS rates. ENT: Vegas Chess Festivals, PO Box 90925, Henderson, NV 89009-0925 or www.VegasChessFestival.com. FIDE.


A Heritage Event! US Chess Junior Grand Prix! JULY 30-AUG. 7, AUG. 2-7 OR AUG. 4-7, INDIANA TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 300 117TH ANNUAL U.S. OPEN Includes Traditional one game per day schedule (9 days), also 6-day slow-time control option, and 4-day option. 9SS, 40/90, SD/30; inc. 30 (4-day option, Rds. 1-6,G/60 d5). Playing and Meeting Areas:Marriott Indianapolis East, 7202 East 21st St., Indianapolis IN 46219. Guest Rooms: Indianapolis Conference Center (formerly La Quinta Inn & Suites), 7304 East 21st St., Indianapolis, IN 46219, HR: $84, Call (317) 359-1021, mention “US Chess”; Fairfield Inn & Suites, 7110 East 21st St., Indianapolis, IN 46219, HR: $99, Call (317) 322-0101, mention “US Chess”. Free parking - All three hotels are next to each other (Marriott at the center) and share same parking lot. Reserve by July 1 or rate may increase. $50,000 in prizes based on 500 paid entries, else proportional, $40,000 (80% of each prize) minimum guaranteed. A one-section tournament with Class prizes. Top US player not otherwise qualified qualifies for 2017 US Championship. Choice of three schedules: Traditional: 40/90, SD/30; inc. 30. One round daily at 7 PM, except Rd. 9, 3 PM 8/7. 6-Day Option: 40/90, SD/30; inc. 30. 7 PM 8/2, 12 NOON & 7 PM 8/3-8/5, 7 PM 8/6, 3 PM 8/7. 4-Day Option: Rds. 1-6: G/60 d5; then 40/90, SD/30; inc. 30. 12 NOON, 3 PM, 7 PM, 10 PM 8/4; 12 NOON, 3 PM, 7 PM 8/5; 7 PM 8/6; 3 PM 8/7. All schedules merge after Round 6 & compete for same prizes. Projected prizes: Top places $8000-4000- 2000-1500-1000-800-600-500, clear winner or playoff $200 bonus. If tie for first, top two on tiebreak play Armageddon game (White 5 minutes, 2-sec delay, Black 3 minutes, 2-sec delay and gets draw odds) for bonus and title. Class Prizes: Top Master (2200-2399) $2500-1200-800-500, Expert (2000-2199) $2500-1200-800-500, Class A (1800-1999) $2500- 1200-800-500, Class B (1600-1799) $2500-1200-800-500, Class C (1400-1599) $2000-1000-600-400, Class D (1200-1399) $1500-700-500- 300, Class E or below (under 1200) $1500-700-500-300, Unrated $800-400-200. Half-Point Byes: must commit before Round 4; up to 3 byes allowed for 2000/up, 2 byes for 1400-1999, one bye for Under 1400/Unr. Limit 1 bye in last two rounds. Zero-point byes are always available in any round if requested at least two hours before the round(s) in question.Entry Fee: Online, $145 by 6/20, $165 by 7/18, $185 after 7/18. By mail, $147 postmarked by 6/20, $167 postmarked by 7/18, $187 after 7/18; do not mail after 7/25! By phone, $150 by 6/20, $170 by 7/18, $185 after. No phone entries after 7/29 (by the close of business at the Office)! At site, all $190; Free entry for GMs and WGMs for main event. All entries must be made at least two (2) hours prior to the player’s first game. Current US Chess membership required. July Rating Sup- plement used; unofficial ratings (at least four games) used if otherwise unrated. CCA ratings used if above US Chess. Foreign player ratings: usually 100 points added to FIDE or FQE, 200+ added to most foreign national ratings, no points added to CFC. Highest of multiple ratings gen- erally used. Entries: US Chess, ATTN: 2016 US Open, PO Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557. Online entry available soon: https://secure2. uschess.org/webstore/tournament.php?wkevent=2016USOPEN. Phone entry: 800.903.8723. Not FIDE rated, No cell phones. Bring a clock — none supplied. Sets/boards supplied for tournament but not for skittles. Many meetings, workshops and seminars, including: US Chess Committee Meetings 8/3-8/5, US Chess Awards Luncheon 8/6 NOON, US Chess Delegates Meeting 8/6-7. Many side events and other championships, including: US National Blitz Championship 7SS Double, G/5 d0, Rd. 1 at 12 NOON 8/6; Weekend Swiss 5SS, G/60 d5, 12-3 Sat 7/30, 10- 12:30-3 Sun 7/31; US Open Scholastic (see separate TLA for the Scholastic event); US Open Quads G/30 d5 except on Wed (G/60 d5) 12-1:30-3 Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri; Wed 10-12:30-3. US National G/15 Cham- pionship 12-1-2-3-4 Wed 8/3; US Open Bughouse Sat. 10:30 AM 7/30. 18th Annual Golf Tournament for the US Open Chess Players, (see tournament website for details). US Open Tennis Tournament (see


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tournament website for details). In addition, three other championships will also take place: the 2016 Denker Tournament of HS Champions (see website for participants’ list), the 2016 Barber Tournament of K- 8 Champions (see website for participants’ list) and the 2016 National Girls’ Tournament of Champions (see website for participants’ list). Please check the US Open website often for updates, new infor- mation and corrections and other useful documents! (Coming soon) http://www.uschess.org/ tournaments/2016/usopen/.


Grand Prix


US Chess Junior Grand Prix! MAR. 11-13 OR 12-13, PENNSYLVANIA TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 80 (ENHANCED) 17TH ANNUAL PITTSBURGH OPEN 5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Wyndham Garden Pittsburgh Airport Hotel, One Industry Ln., Pittsburgh 15275. Free parking, free airport shuttle, free internet in guest rooms and skittles room. $10,000 guaranteed prizes. In 5 sections. Open: $1400- 700-400, clear or tiebreak winner $100 bonus, top Under 2300/Unr $500. Under 2100: $1000-500-300, top Under 1900/Unr $400. Under 1800: $1000-500-300, top Under 1600 (no unr) $300. Under 1500: $600-400-200, top Under 1300 (no unr) $200. Under 1200: $300-200- 100. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $400-200. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must reg- ister (no extra fee) by 2 pm 3/12; teammate pairings avoided but possible. Unrated may not win over $200 in U1200, $400 U1500 or $600 U1800. Top 3 sections EF: $95 online at chessaction.com by 3/9, $100 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/7, 3-day $103, 2-day $102 mailed by 3/2, all $110 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before game. GMs, IMs & WGMs free; $90 deducted from prize. U1500 Section EF: all $30 less than top 3 sections EF. U1200 Section EF: all $60 less than top 3 sections EF. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF dues with paper magazine if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry $60; not available in Open Section. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. All: Half point byes OK all, limit 2, Open must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $99-99, 1-800-996- 3426, 724-695-0002; reserve by 2/26 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD D657633, or reserve car online through chess- tour.com. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. Advance entries posted at chess- action.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Saturday 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.


MAR. 12, ILLINOIS TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10 2016 SCHAUMBURG OPEN - 2ND FIDEL SERRANO JR. MEMO- RIAL CHESS TOURNAMENT Hilton Garden Inn, 1191 E. Woodfield Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173. Tel. 847-524-0455. 4SS, G/60 d5. $1000 b/40, 80% Guaranteed. Registration: starts at 9AM 9:45 AM. Rounds: start at 10 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:15 PM, and 4:30 PM. Byes: Max 2 must commit before 1st round. EF: GM/IM Free $ 35 mailed before March 1. $45 at site. Scholastic EF: $30 mailed before March 1. $35 at site. Open Prizes: 1st - $250, 2nd- $150, 3rd - $125, 4th $100, 5th $75. Top U1800- $100, U1600- $100, U1400- $100. Scholastic: U1600; U1200; U800; U600. 1st Trophy, 2nd Trophy, 3rd Trophy, 4th-6th Medals all sections. Raffles: 1st Prize: 1 night stay at Hilton Garden Inn Schaumburg. 2nd Prize: Chess book. 3rd Prize: Chess book. Bring chess sets and clocks, none provided. Advanced entries checks payable to: Virgilio Forro, 736 Berwick Place, Roselle, IL. 60172 Or PayPal- virgiliofor@yahoo.com. Tournament Consultants: IM Angelo Young/ Florentino Inumerable. Tournament rules: US Chess. Chess Books and equipment on sale at the site.


MAR. 15, NEW YORK TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10 MARSHALL MASTERS 4-SS, G/25 d5. Open to 2000+ players. FIDE Rapid rated. $750 GTD: 250-150-100. Top U2400 125, Top U2300 100, Biggest upset $25. EF: $40, MCC Mbrs $30. GMs Free. Reg.: 6:15-6:45pm. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30- 10:45pm. Max one bye, for round 1 or 4 only. Request at entry. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. www.marshallchessclub.org.


US Chess Junior Grand Prix! MAR. 18-20 OR 19-20, MISSOURI TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED) 20TH ANNUAL MID-AMERICA OPEN 5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis-Clayton, 7750 Carondelet Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105 (I-64 W/US 40-W Exit 32B, 1.2 miles north on Hanley Rd). $$ 20,000 GUARANTEED PRIZE FUND. In 7 sections: Open: $2000-1000-500- 300, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300/Unr $800-400. FIDE. Under 2100: $1400-700-400-200. Under 1900: $1400-700-400- 200. Under 1700: $1400-700-400-200. Under 1500: $1200-600-300-200. Under 1300: $1000-500-300-200. Under 1000: $500-300-200-100, plaques to first 3, top U800, U600, Unrated Prize limits: Unrated may not win over $200 in U1000, $300 U1300, $500 U1500, or $700 U1700. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player “team” com- bined score among all sections: $800-400-200. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must reg- ister at site (no extra fee) before 2 pm 3/19; teammate pairings avoided but possible. Top 6 sections EF: $109 online at chessaction.com by 3/16, $115 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/14 (entry only, no questions), 3-day $113, 2-day $112 mailed by 3/9, $130 online until 2 hours before game or at site. GMs free; $100 deducted from prize. U1000 Section


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