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PO Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803
Email us at DirectorAtChess.US (use the @ symbol in place of "At")
For withdrawals, write to DropoutsAtChess.US (use the @ symbol in place of "At")
IN EITHER CASE, PLEASE
PUT THE NAME OF THE TOURNAMENT AND THE NAME OF THE PLAYER IN THE EMAIL
Phone 347-201-2269, but it's MUCH better to use email, which reduces the possibility of error.
For withdrawals or section switches, please email us at least 2 hours before your first round.
Welcome to Continental Chess! We have organized chess tournaments from coast to coast since the 1960s, open to players of all ages, from beginners to Grandmasters. Most include sections in which less experienced players face only each other.
We are not a membership organization, but are affiliated with the US Chess Federation . Our events award USCF ratings and require USCF membership, available through us at special rates. We presently plan events in California, Connecticut, DC, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. For tournaments in other states, see uschess.org. If you're not ready to enter, please visit any of our tournaments; there is no fee for spectators.
CLICK HERE FOR OUR SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS
For results, see
your latest USCF rating,
Note that only "official ratings" are used at our events, unless you would otherwise be unrated. The official rating corresponding to the month of the ending date of the tournament is used. "Unofficial ratings" are NOT used if you have an official rating.
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Problems With Online Registration, write to
Please specify exactly what the problem is (what you see on the screen).
Please do NOT write to the Admin address for switches, byes, dropouts, or
To view up to date online entries
for any tournament, go to chessaction.com, find the tournament on the
chronological list, and click "entry list." This will show all
online entries received (even online late entries) and some,
but not all, mailed and phoned entries. Often there will be a delay of a week or
more in posting the mailed and phoned entries. When viewing advance entries, please remember that for most
tournaments, the majority of entries are received during the last five days
before the tournament and at the door.
NORTH AMERICAN OPEN: Dec 6 update regarding hotel rooms at Ballys
Smirin Wins World Open, 9
(WorldOpen.com was down much of July 6, came back July 7, you may need to
refresh your browser cache to view site)
New CCA electronic devices policies announced
Sargissian wins Chicago Open on tiebreak over Kannappan; GM norms for Kannappan and Xiong, IM for Lee
Kamsky tops Philadelphia Open, Hua makes IM norm
Kovalyov romps at Foxwoods; Sevian is youngest American to ever make a GM norm
Kachieshvili tops 2013 North American Open on tiebreak; 6 norms achieved
Shabalov wins Continental Class, GM norm for Gerzhoy MOST GAMES AVAILABLE!
10-way tie in World Open, Akobian wins playoff; 6 make norms
Robson tops 2013 Chicago Open; Porper makes GM norm
Corrales Jimenez wins 2013 Philadelphia Open on tiebreak; GM norm for Naroditsky
Chao Li wins 2013 Golden State Open; Xiong & Homa earn IM norms
Gareev wins big in 2012 North American Open; Bryant makes GM norm
Shabalov first in Bahamas; Norowitz & Santarius make IM norms
Sokolov wins 2012 World Open; Arnold, Bryant, and Karavade earn GM norms
Sargissian wins 2012 Chicago Open;
GM norm for Ludwig
Panchanathan wins 2012 Philadelphia Open
Victor Shen Rings the 2012 Liberty Bell Open with record turnout In Philadelphia
Sarkar visits the "other" coast to win 2012 Golden State Open
Pons wins 2011 North American Open
U.S. Champion Gata Kamsky
Laznicka wins 2010 World Open (37 Grandmasters!!)
For results of all CCA events, see CROSSTABLES.
To avoid huge ballroom rent,
most of our tournaments count on having many players use guest rooms at the host
hotel, and asking for the chess rate gives the tournament credit. For all
please stay at the tournament hotel if possible and ask for
the chess rate.
for your support!
OUR EMAIL ADDRESSES: PLEASE PUT THE NAME OF THE TOURNAMENT AND THE NAME OF THE PLAYER IN THE EMAIL SUBJECT HEADING!
To ask questions or change your section or schedule for a tournament: DirectorAtChess.US
To withdraw from a tournament before play begins: DropoutsAtChess.US
To withdraw from a tournament after you have begun play: Best to tell a Director; second best is to use DirectorAtChess.us
To request an invitation for a foreign player: GoAtChess.US
To ask about a prize you didn't claim at a tournament: PrizesAtChess.US
To claim a half point bye or byes: Byes that will occur after you begin play should be requested ONLY AT THE TOURNAMENT. Round 1 byes (or 1-2, 1-2-3, etc.) are available at chessaction.com. We don't want to know about other byes in advance because they are frequently changed (sometimes more than once), causing extra work and occasional pairing errors.
In all cases, use the "@" symbol
for "At." We don't spell out the full email address here to minimize
IMPORTANT NOTICE: WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT ALL PRIZEWINNERS WAIT TO RECEIVE THEIR PRIZES AT THE TOURNAMENT! Prizewinners may receive their prize checks right at the tournament (except for World Open lower sections), as soon as the amount of their prize has been determined! The IRS also requires that anyone who wins $600 or more show proof of their Social Security or Tax ID Number to the Tournament Director, in order to receive their check. Those prizewinners who choose not to receive their prizes at the tournament may instead provide us with their addresses (and tax ID numbers if necessary) so we can mail these prize checks after the tournament. However, especially during our busy periods, it may take up to four (4) or more weeks for us to process all the outstanding prizes.
REFUND POLICY: If you cannot attend any of our tournaments, send us an email at least 2 hours before the first round. If this is not possible, call the tournament site and ask for the chess tournament. You can apply the entire fee to future tournaments, or obtain a refund of the fee minus a $15 service charge. You may also give notice of withdrawal by mail by writing us at least 8 days before the first round. NO REFUND, full or partial, is given once you have started playing your game in the first round.
PLEASE ALLOW at least four weeks to receive your refund!
Especially during busy periods such as June-August or November-January, we tend to have a large backlog of work: entries, refunds, prizes, rating reports, memberships, invitations, questions, hotel contracts & setup, travel to tournaments, etc. If four weeks elapses and your refund does not arrive, it has probably been overlooked- send us an e-mail pointing this out and we will give it priority.
USCF MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL FOR MOST TOURNAMENTS: 1 year USCF dues with paper magazine if paid with entry. Online at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15. By mail, phone or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. Adult and Young Adult (under 25) include monthly Chess Life, Scholastic (under 13) includes bimonthly Chess Life For Kids. USCF membership is required for all our tournaments.
ONLINE ENTRY PROBLEMS? WAS MY ONLINE ENTRY RECEIVED? CLICK HERE.
TOURNAMENT WEBSITES (standings, some have games)BOSTON CHESS CONGRESS (BostonChessCongress.com)
PHILADELPHIA OPEN (PhiladelphiaOpen.net) MANY GAMES
NEW YORK STATE OPEN (NewYorkStateOpen.com)
CHICAGO OPEN (ChicagoOpen.net) MANY GAMES
NORTHEAST OPEN (NortheastOpen.net)
DC INTERNATIONAL (InernationalChess.net) MANY GAMESPHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL (PhiladelphiaInternational.net) REPLACED BY DC INTERNATIONAL 2013-2015
WORLD OPEN (WorldOpen.com) MANY GAMES (refresh browser cache if error message)
PACIFIC COAST OPEN (PacificCoastOpen.com)
CHICAGO CLASS (ChicagoClass.net)
SOUTHERN OPEN (SouthernOpen.com)
BRADLEY OPEN (BradleyOpen.com)
CLEVELAND OPEN (ClevelandOpen.com)
CONTINENTAL OPEN (ContinentalOpen.com)
INDIANAPOLIS OPEN (IndianapolisOpen.com)
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA OPEN (CentralCaliforniaOpen.com)
MANHATTAN OPEN (ManhattanOpen.com)
ATLANTIC OPEN (Atlantic Open.com)
NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIP (NYchampionship.com)
LOUISVILLE OPEN (LouisvilleOpen.com)
CONTINENTAL CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS (ContinentalClass.net) INCLUDES MOST GAMES FROM 2013
LOS ANGELES OPEN (LosAngelesOpen.net)
MIDWEST CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP (MidwestClass.com)
CENTRAL NEW YORK OPEN (CentralNewYorkOpen.com)
BOARDWALK OPEN (BoardwalkOpen.com)
BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL (BahamasInternational.net) MANY 2012 GAMES. NOT SCHEDULED
EASTERN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (EasternTeam.net)
HARTFORD OPEN (HartfordOpen.com)
EASTERN CHESS CONGRESS (EasternChessCongress.com)
KINGS ISLAND OPEN
NATIONAL CHESS CONGRESS (NationalChessCongress.com) GAMES 2010 & BEFORE
NORTH AMERICAN OPEN (NorthAmericanOpen.com) MANY GAMES
EMPIRE CITY OPEN
Our next tournament is:
December 26-28 or 27-28: 33rd Annual Empire City Open. $12,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund plus 3 plaques! At the historic Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, across the street from Penn Station, at 481 Eighth Avenue at 34th Street, New York City: 212-971-0101. December official rating list used (except unofficial ratings usually used if otherwise unrated).
MIXED DOUBLES BONUS PRIZES: $600-400-200! Best male/female 2-player "team" combined score among all sections. Team average rating must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) before both players begin Round 2; teammate pairings avoided but possible. Being on a Mixed Doubles Team is optional to participate in the tournament; you do not have to be on a team to play (but if you are, then you are both eligible to compete for the Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes)!
Click Here to Enter Online (take advantage of the early online entry fee through Dec. 24th)!
Blitz Tournament Saturday
Night, Dec. 27th (enter the Blitz at site Saturday
FREE LECTURE BY
IM JAY BONIN: 9:00 am SUNDAY!
Tournament results website: www.empirecityopen.com
Also coming up around the same time:
December 26-30, 26-29 or 27-29: 24th Annual North American Open. $120,000 Projected Prize Fund-- $90,000 Minimum Guaranteed! At Bally's Casino Resort, located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, at 3645 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada: 702-739-4111. December official rating list used (except December FIDE Ratings used in Open Section); in the lower sections unofficial ratings are usually used if otherwise unrated.
MIXED DOUBLES BONUS PRIZES: $2,000-1,000-500-300-200! Best male/female 2-player "team" combined score through Rounds 1-7 among all sections. Team average rating must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) before 3 pm Dec. 27th; teammate pairings avoided but possible. Being on a Mixed Doubles Team is optional to participate in the tournament; you do not have to be on a team to play (but if you are, then you are both eligible to compete for the Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes)!
Click Here to Enter Online (take advantage of the early online entry fee through Dec. 23rd)!
Blitz Tournament Monday
Night, Dec. 29th (enter the Blitz at site Monday)!
Tournament results website: www.northamericanopen.com
CLICK HERE TO ENTER A CCA TOURNAMENT NOW!
Problems With Online Registration, write to
Please specify exactly what the problem is (what you see on the screen).
Please do NOT write to the Admin address for switches, byes, dropouts, or other issues!
ratings as of
DECEMBER 13th, 2014 are now posted.
They will be used, if above USCF ratings, at all
CCA tournaments, effective immediately.
CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY LISTS - then go to the event you want and click "entry list."
PLEASE NOTE! The purpose of posting entries is NOT to show how many entries there are likely to be! The majority of entries for most tournaments come in the last few days before the event or at the door. Often a week or two before an event, entries are only 5% to 10% of their ultimate total, and even a few days before, there are sometimes just one or two entries in a section/schedule only to have it wind up with ten or more.
If you enter online at chessaction.com, your entry should appear immediately if you click on using the tournament's "entry list" link. If you enter by phone or mail, there may be a delay of a week or two before your entry is posted there. We don't confirm entries by mail, phone or email, only by posting them at chessaction.com. If you mail an entry and two weeks elapse without it being posted, please send us an email.
We will use the
DECEMBER OFFICIAL USCF
for all our tournaments that end in December (except December FIDE
Ratings will be used for the Open Section of the North American Open), but
unofficial ratings at
www.uschess.org will usually be used for players who would
otherwise be unrated, along with the latest
MINIMUM RATINGS for all events, and if
they are too high for the section requested,
the player(s) will be automatically moved up. The latest rating will
not always be shown on the shopping cart- for example, if you enter an
October tournament in September, the cart may display your September rating. If the
cart says you are not eligible for a section you want and you believe you are
eligible based on a rating change, either wait for the cart to display your new
rating or send us an email.
Please note: no events that ended after November 20th are rated for the December official USCF rating list.
Some players have been assigned
CCA MINIMUM RATINGS,
effective immediately, usually as a result of outstanding results.
We hold 5 of the 8 largest prize fund open tournaments in the USA, mostly with FIDE norms possible:
The 2012 World Open, the 40th anniversary of this event, was played with 9 rounds, July 4-8, 5-8 or 6-8 and other schedules at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel. GM norms were achieved by Marc Arnold, John Daniel Bryant and Eesha Karavde and IM norms by Thomas Bartell, Yaacov Norowitz and Luke Harmon-Vellotti. See the World Open website with results and games from World Opens since 1998. The 2013 World Open was held July 3-7, 4-7, 5-7 or 1-7 at Hyatt Regency Crystal City, a few miles from Washington, DC in Arlington, VA, a site with lower room and parking rates and a free airport shuttle. Entries were slightly greater than in 2012, and six players made IM norms: Christopher Gu, Luke Harmon-Vellotti, Arthur Shen, Shiyam Thavandiran, Sean Vibbert, and Kevin Wang. The 2014 World Open was held at Hyatt Regency Crystal City July 2-6, 3-6, 4-6, or June 30-July 6 and was won by Ilya Smirin, with 9 players achieving norms.
The $100,000 guaranteed Chicago Open was held in 2012 at the luxurious Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel in Wheeling, Illinois May 24-28, 25-28, 26-28 or 27-28. The Open Section had 9 rounds with FIDE norms possible, and three were earned: GM Daniel Ludwig, IM Kayden Troff, and WIM Sarah Chiang. The other sections had 7 rounds. The 2013 Chicago Open was held at the same location May 23-27, 24-27, 25-27 or 26-27, with the same format and a GM norm earned by Edward Porper. The 2014 Chicago Open was held at the same location and won by GM Gabriel Sargissian.
The 2012 North American Open was held at Bally's Las Vegas December 26-30, 26-29 or 27-29. The Open Section had 9 rounds for the first time, and four norms were achieved, GM by John Daniel Bryant and Zhanibek Amanov and IM by Yian Liou and Michael Bodek. The lower sections were 7 rounds. The prize fund of $120,000 projected and $90,000 minimum turned out to total $112,901, larger than any other open tournament in the US in 2012 except for the World Open. The 2013 North American Open was held Dec. 26-30, 26-29 or 27-29 and had an even larger prize fund; six norms were achieved. The 2014 North American Open will be Dec 26-30, 26-29 or 27-29 at Ballys. This tournament always uses the same dates each year right after Christmas, regardless of the day of the week.
The 2012 Philadelphia Open, held at luxurious Loews Hotel April 4-8, 5-8, 6-8 or 7-8, was won by GM Magesh Panchanathan. Lighting in our main playing room was greatly improved over 2011. The 2013 Philadelphia Open at Loews March 27-31, 28-31, 29-31 or 30-31 ended in a tie between GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez and 17-year old IM Daniel Naroditsky. Corrales Jimenez took the top prize on tiebreak, while Naroditsky earned a GM norm. IM norms were achieved by 12-year old Jeffery Xiong, Adarsh Jayakumar (FIDE invented a new rule after the fact to cheat him out of this norm), Arthur Shen, and Adithya Balasubramanian. The 2014 Philadelphia Open was held April 16-20, 17-20, 18-20 or 19-20 at a beautiful new site, the Philadelphia Marriott, that was very well received by the players. US Champion Gata Kamsky took clear first place, while David Hua achieved an IM norm.
The 2012 Continental Class was held Columbus Day weekend at Hyatt Regency Crystal City, near DC, with a 9 round Master Section and 7 rounds in the other sections. The Master Section, with a third of the field being GMs and IMs, was won by GM Sergei Azarov on tiebreak over GM Sergey Erenburg. The 2013 Continental Class, with $40,000 guaranteed prizes, was held Columbus Day weekend at Hyatt Regency Crystal City. The Master Section had a new format, 9 rounds in 6 days, allowing not only GM and IM norms, but also offering the opportunity for GM norms of 6 days or more (FIDE rules now require one such norm to obtain the GM title), and IM Leonid Gerzhoy of Canada achieved a GM norm. Lower sections had a 4-day or 3-day schedule. MOST GAMES FROM 2013 ARE POSTED. In 2014 Continental Class will be replaced by a new tournament, the Washington Chess Congress, held at the same site October 8-13, 10-13 or 11-13 with $40,000 projected prizes. This new 7 round event features sections for Premier (1900/up), Under 2100, Under 1700 and Under 1300, with class prizes for Under 2300, Under 1900, Under 1500 and Under 1100. Players in the top 3 sections have the option of a leisurely 6-day schedule which plays one game per day for 5 days and 2 games only on the final day.
The Foxwoods Open returned in 2014 after a 5 year absence, January 22-26, 23-26 or 24-26 at beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino in the woods of southeastern Connecticut. It was a 9 round Open with norms possible and 7 rounds in other sections. 13-year old Samuel Sevian because the youngest US player to ever make a GM norm. The future of the tournament is unclear due to poor attendance this year.
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