CONTINENTAL CHESS ASSOCIATION  

Chess tournament information

NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: DirectorAtChess.US (At = @ symbol)

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 SUBJECT HEADING!

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.  


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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 CROSSTABLES.  For your latest USCF rating, click here. 
       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.

Click here for our shopping cart at chessaction.com. 

For Website Problems With Online Registration, write to AdminAtOnlineRegistration.cc.
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!

       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.
         

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Smirin Wins World Open, 9 norms achieved  (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 wins 2011 World Open

Laznicka wins 2010 World Open (37 Grandmasters!!)

For results of all CCA events, see CROSSTABLES.

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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 tournaments, please stay at the tournament hotel if possible and ask for the chess rate.  Thank you for your support!
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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 spam.  ___________________________________________________

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 Under 1200 through Under 1800), 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. 

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ONLINE ENTRY PROBLEMS?  WAS MY ONLINE ENTRY RECEIVED?  CLICK HERE.


TOURNAMENT WEBSITES (standings, some have games)

BOSTON CHESS CONGRESS (BostonChessCongress.com)

GOLDEN STATE OPEN (GoldenStateOpen.com)

LIBERTY BELL OPEN (LibertyBellOpen.com)

LONG ISLAND OPEN (LongIslandOpen.net)

EASTERN CLASS (EasternClass.com)

WESTERN CLASS (WesternClass.com)

MID-AMERICA OPEN (MidAmericaOpen.com)

PITTSBURGH OPEN (PittsburghOpen.net)

SOUTHERN CLASS (SouthernClass.net)

PHILADELPHIA OPEN (PhiladelphiaOpen.net) MANY GAMES

FOXWOODS OPEN (FoxwoodsOpen.com) MANY GAMES
NEW YORK STATE OPEN (NewYorkStateOpen.com)

CHICAGO OPEN   (ChicagoOpen.net) MANY GAMES

NORTHEAST OPEN (NortheastOpen.net)

DC INTERNATIONAL (InernationalChess.net) MANY GAMES

PHILADELPHIA 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)

BOARDWALK OPEN (BoardwalkOpen.com)  

BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL (BahamasInternational.net) MANY 2012 GAMES. NOT SCHEDULED

EASTERN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (EasternTeam.net)

HARTFORD OPEN (HartfordOpen.com)

KINGS ISLAND OPEN (KingsIslandOpen.com )  

NATIONAL CHESS CONGRESS (NationalChessCongress.com) GAMES 2010 & BEFORE

NORTH AMERICAN OPEN (NorthAmericanOpen.com) MANY GAMES

EMPIRE CITY OPEN (EmpireCityOpen.com)


    
   Our next tournaments are:

July 17-20, 18-20 or 19-20: PACIFIC COAST OPEN, Agoura Hills CA. 6 rounds, $25,000 projected prizes, $20,000 minimum. Includes mixed doubles $1000-500-300-200. Advance entries close Wednesday, July 16.

July 18-20 or 19-20: CHICAGO CLASS, Wheeling IL. 5 rounds, $20,000 guaranteed prizes. Includes mixed doubles $800-400-200. Advance entries close Wednesday, July 16.

July 18-20 or 19-20: BRADLEY OPEN, Windsor Locks CT. 5 rounds, $9000 guaranteed prizes. Includes mixed doubles $600-400-200. Advance entries close Wednesday, July 16.


      MIXED DOUBLES BONUS PRIZES:  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)!

 

 Tournament results websites

www.pacificcoastopen.com

www.chicagoclass.net

www.bradleyopen.com

 

CLICK HERE TO ENTER A CCA TOURNAMENT NOW!

            For Website Problems With Online Registration, write to AdminAtOnlineRegistration.cc
       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!


       CCA minimum ratings as of  July 16, 2014 are now posted.  They will be used, if above USCF ratings, at all CCA tournaments, effective July 17.
 



     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 JULY OFFICIAL USCF RATING LIST  for all our tournaments that end in July (except the OPEN SECTION of the World Open will use the official July FIDE Ratings), but unofficial ratings at www.uschess.org  will usually be used for players who would otherwise be unrated, along with the latest CCA 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 June 18th are rated for the July official USCF rating list. 

       Some players have been assigned CCA MINIMUM RATINGS, effective immediately, usually as a result of outstanding results. 
    


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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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