16th annual
CHICAGO OPEN

May 25-28, 26-28 or 27-28, 2007

7 rounds, 8 sections, Memorial Day weekend, at luxurious Doubletree Chicago/Oak Brook.
You play only those in your section. New anti-sandbagging prize limits!  New section boundaries!
SPECIAL RULES HAVE BEEN REVISED- SEE BELOW.


$100,000 PRIZE FUND UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED!

7 round Swiss, 40/2, SD/1. 3-day option, rds 1-2 G/75. 2-day option, rds 1-4 G/40. Doubletree Hotel, 1909 Spring Rd (near I-88 Cermak Rd exit), Oak Brook, IL 60521 (across the street from Oak Brook Shopping Center with over 100 stores). Free parking. Unrated must enter U800/Unr or Open Section.
Free analysis of your games each day by IM John Donaldson! All are invited to submit games or ask questions.

Open Section: $10000-5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400, clear first bonus $300, top Under 2500/Unr $2000-1000. If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game for title & bonus prize. FIDE rated, 150 Grand Prix Points.

Under 2300 Section: $5000-3000-2000-1000-700-500-400-400-300-300.  FIDE rated.

Under 2100 Section: $5000-3000-2000-1000-700-500-400-400-300-300.

Under 1900 Section: $5000-3000-2000-1000-700-500-400-400-300-300.

Under 1700 Section: $5000-3000-2000-1000-700-500-400-400-300-300.

Under 1500 Section:
$4000-2500-1500-1000-700-500-400-400-300-300.

Under 1200 Section: $3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400-300-300.

Under 800/Unrated Section: Trophies to top 10.

Prize limits: 1) If under 26 total games as of 4/07 list, limit $1000 U1200, $2000 U1500 through U2100. 2) If rating was 20/more points over section maximum on any list 4/06 or after, prize limit $1000. 3) Balance goes to next player(s) in line.

Mailed entry fee: 4-day $199, 3-day $198, 2-day $197 mailed by 3/19, 4-day $219, 3-day $218, 2-day $217 mailed by 5/16, all $250 at site. No checks at site, credit cards OK.

Online entry fee at chesstour.com: $200 by 3/19, $220 by 5/22, $250 after 5/22 until 2 hours before rd 1.

Phoned entry fee (406-896-2038, entries only, no questions): $205 by 3/19, $225 by 5/22. No phone entry after 5/22.

Special entry fee: $70 less to all in Under 1200 Section and to seniors over 65 in Under 1500 & above sections. GMs: $150 from prize. Re-entry $100; not available in Open Section.

Under 800/Unrated Section entry fee: 4-day $24, 3-day $23, 2-day $22 mailed by 5/16, all $27 online at chesstour.com by 5/22, $30 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 5/22, $40 at tournament.

Advance entry fee $10 less if paid with $49 adult USCF dues. Renew now and save! USCF membership required. ICA membership ($18, juniors $14) required for Illinois residents.

Foreign player ratings: CFC OK, 100 pts usually added to FIDE or FQE, 200/more to most foreign, no pts added to CFC or Jamaica. Most foreign ratings other than CFC, FQE or Jamaica not accepted for U2000/below. High of multiple ratings used.

US player ratings: MAY USCF RATING LIST USED (usually same as May CHESS LIFE label); June list may be used if otherwise unrated. FIDE ratings not used. CCA ratings used if above USCF.


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SPECIAL RULES (revised):

1) Players with scores of 80% or more in round 3 or after may not use headphones, earphones, cellphones, or hearing aids, or go to a different floor of the building, without Director permission. They must also submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director; refusal to be searched is grounds for expulsion from the tournament, with no refund.

2) Players with scores of 66% to 79% in round 3 or after, all players in round 1 and players with a 1-0 score in round 2 may not use unauthorized cellphones, and may not use unauthorized headphones or earphones if their opponent objects.  

3) If the players in a game have different scores, rules for the higher of the two scores apply to both players.

4)Writing move before playing it is allowed, unless you are using an electronic scoresheet.

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4-day schedule: Late entries end Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30.
3-day schedule: Late entries end Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30.
2-day schedule: Late entries end Sun 9 am; rds. Sun 10, 12, 2, 3:45, 6, Mon 10 & 4:30.
All schedules merge & compete for same prizes.

Hotel rates: $89 for 1-4/room, 800-528-0444, 630-472-6000. Reserve by 5/5; rate may increase or hotel sell out.
Car rental: Avis (800-331-1600), use AWD #D657633
or reserve car online at chesstour.com.

All: -pt byes OK all rounds, limit 3. Open byes must commit before rd 2, lower sections before rd 4. No smoking. Bring sets, boards, clocks- none supplied. $10 charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. Questions: www.chesstour.com, 845-496-9658.

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