7th annual
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA OPEN

August 19-21 or 20-21, 2016
At the luxurious Doubletree Hotel (formerly Radisson), Fresno
Cosponsored by Fresno Chess Club and Fresno Chess Foundation

$10,000 GUARANTEED PRIZES

PRIZES RAISED BY $2500 WITH NO INCREASE IN ENTRY FEES!

August 19-21 or 20-21                                         Northern California
            Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 60 (enhanced)
7th annual Central California Open. 5SS, 40/100, SD/30, d10 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/60, d10), Doubletree Hotel, 2233 Ventura St, Fresno CA 93721.  Downtown hotel, free airport shuttle, free parking for hotel guests.  

In 4 sections:

Open Section: $1300-700-400-200, clear or tiebreak 1st $100, top Under 2250/Unr $600-300.

Under 2050 Section: $1000-600-300-150, top Under 1850 (no unrated) $500-250.

Under 1650 Section: $800-500-250-150, top Under 1450 (no unrated) $400-200.  No unrated may win over $500.

Under 1250 Section: $500-250-150-100, plaques to top Under 1000, Under 800, Under 600, Unr.  No unrated may win over $200.  

Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line.

Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $200-100. Team average rating must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) by 8/20 2 pm.

Top 3 sections entry fee: $85 online at chessaction.com by 8/17, 3-day $93, 2-day $92 mailed by 8/10, $95 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 8/15 (entry only, no questions), $100 at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. Online or mailed EF $10 less to Fresno Chess Club members. No checks at site, credit cards OK.

Under 1250 Section entry fee: All $30 less than above.

GMs, IMs & WGMs free, $80 deducted from prize.

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

Re-entry $60; not available in Open Section.

3-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, Rounds Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:15 pm.
2-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10 am, Rounds 11 am, 2 pm & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:15 pm.
Half point byes: OK all rounds, limit 2 byes; limit 1 bye if eligible for class money; must commit before rd 2.

Hotel rates:
$119-119, 559-268-1000, request chess rate, reserve by 8/15 or rate may increase.

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

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

Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied.

Ratings:
 August official USCF rating list used.  Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. 

Foreign player rating info    CCA electronic devices policies    Prizewinner tax info

Entry: 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 chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly).  US Chess Junior Grand Prix Points available.

BLITZ TOURNAMENT Saturday night.

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