51st annual

August 23-25 or 24-25, 2019
Westin Tysons Corner, Falls Church, VA

A Heritage Event

August 23-25 or 24-25                                                       Virginia
                            US Chess Grand Prix Points: 150 (enhanced)
51st annual Atlantic Open. 5 round Swiss, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/60, d10), Westin Tysons Corner, 7801 Leesburg Pike (VA-7), Falls Church VA 22043. Free daytime parking for all, free overnight parking with chess rate guest room, free shuttle to Tysons Corner Center and Metro.


Major Section:
Open to 1800/up. Prizes $3000-1500-700-400-300, clear or tiebreak 1st $100 bonus, top USCF U2300 $1300-700.  FIDE rated.
Under 2100 Section:
Under 1900 Section:
Under 1700 Section:
Under 1500 Section:
Under 1300 Section:

Under 1000 Section:

may not win over $150 in U1000, $300 U1300, $450 U1500, $600 U1700 or $750 U1900; balance goes to next player(s) in line.

MIXED DOUBLES BONUS PRIZES: best male/female 2-player "team" combined score among all sections: $1000-500-300-200. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 8/24.


Top 5 sections entry fee: $133 online at chessaction.com by 8/21, 3-day $138, 2-day $137 if check mailed by 8/14, $150 at site until 1 hour before round 1, or online until 2 hours before round 1.


Under 1000 Section entry fee: All $50 less than top 5 sections entry fee.

All sections:
No checks at site, credit cards OK. Re-entry $60, not available to go from Major to Major. GMs, IMs and WGMs free, $100 deducted from prize.  

Special 1 year USCF dues with paper magazine if paid with entry. Online at chesstour.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15.  Mailed or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. USCF membership required.




PLAYERS MAY NOT POSESS CELLPHONES DURING PLAY. Please leave your phone home, or in your hotel room or car, or in a bag at your table. 

For all tournaments, adjusted FIDE or foreign ratings, if higher than USCF, may be used. Players must disclose FIDE or foreign ratings when entering, or may later be expelled. Other over the board ratings such as club, league, scholastic, state or province, etc, adjusted if appropriate, may be used at our discretion if above USCF.  No rating below the latest official USCF rating, on the list corresponding to the ending date of the tournament, will be used. For 9 round events offering title norm possibilities, FIDE ratings are used. Click here for further details.

Ratings: August 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 USCF. See also above.

3-day schedule:
Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:30 pm.
2-day schedule:
Reg. ends Sat. 10 am, rds Sat 11 am, 2 pm & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:30 pm.

Half point byes: OK all, limit 2, Major must commit before rd 2, others before rd 3.

Hotel rates:
$109-109, 1-866-716-8108, reserve by 8/8 or rate may increase.


Room sharing: Post a request to share a room on the USCF "All Things Chess" Forum.  If you have difficulty posting, email your request to Continental Chess and we will post it for you.

Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com.

Ratings:  August official USCF rating list used.  Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated, or to qualify for Major.  FIDE ratings not used for US players. 

Entry: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: www.chesstour.com, www.chesstour.info. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). 



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