17th annual

May 23-26, 24-26 or 25-26, 2008

7 rounds, 10 sections, Memorial Day weekend
Fabulous new site, Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel

You play only those in your section.
Anti-sandbagging prize limits!  New Under 1000 & Under 700 Sections! 

NOTE CHANGE (see below)- special USCF dues rates!

7 round Swiss,
40/2, SD/1 (3-day option, rds 1-2 G/75. 2-day option, rds 1-4 G/45.)
Under 1000, Under 700 and Unrated Sections play separate 2-day schedule only, G/45.

At Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 North Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling IL 60090.  From Chicago, take I-294 north to US-45 north; from Milwaukee, I-94 east to Lake Cook Rd to US-45 south.  Free parking; restaurants within walking distance.

Free analysis of your games each day by IM John Donaldson! All are invited to submit games or ask questions.

In 10 sections (unrated eligible only for Open, U2300 or Unrated, except Unrated age 13/below may enter Under 1000, Unrated age 10/below may enter Under 700).

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 5/26 10:30 pm (white 7 minutes, black 5 minutes & gets draw odds) for title & bonus prize. FIDE rated, 200 Grand Prix Points (enhanced).

Under 2300 Section: $5000-3000-1500-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300.  FIDE rated.

Under 2100 Section: $5000-3000-1500-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300.

Under 1900 Section: $5000-3000-1500-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300.

Under 1700 Section: $5000-3000-1500-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300.

Under 1500 Section:

Under 1300 Section: $3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-300-300-300.

Under 1000 Section: $300-200-100, trophies to top 10.

Under 700 Section:
Trophies to top 10.

Unrated Section: $300-200-100, trophies to top 10.

Prize limits:
1) If under 26 total games as of 5/08 list, limit $1500 U1300, $2000 U1500, $2500 U1700.  Games rated too late for 5/08 list not counted. 2) Players who were rated more than 30 points over section maximum on any list 5/07-4/08 have a prize limit of $1500. 3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line.

Mailed entry fee: 4-day $199, 3-day $198, 2-day $197 mailed by 3/17, 4-day $219, 3-day $218, 2-day $217 mailed by 5/14, all $250 at site. No checks at site, credit cards OK. 

ONLINE entry fee at chesstour.com: $200 by 3/17, $220 by 5/20, $250 after 5/20 until 2 hours before rd 1.

Phoned entry fee (406-896-2038, entries only, no questions): $205 by 3/17, $225 by 5/20. No phone entry after 5/20.

Special entry fee: $70 less to all in Under 1300 Section and to seniors over 65 in Under 1500 & above sections. GMs $150 from prize.  WGMs $100; another $100 from prize. Re-entry $100; not available in Open Section.

Under 1000, Under 700, or Unrated Section entry fee:
$24 if mailed by 5/14, $25
ONLINE at chesstour.com by 5/20, $30 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 5/20 (entry only, no questions), $40 at site.

SPECIAL! (note change): 1 year USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry: if paid ONLINE, unrated $20, rated $30. By mail, phone or at site, unrated $30, rated $40. Cost of reduced dues borne by CCA.  USCF membership required.  Please tell your chess friends about these bargain dues rates!

Mailed EF $5 less to ICA members. $20 fee for switching section after 5/20.

US player ratings: May 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.

4-day schedule: Late entries end Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 12 & 7, Sun 12 & 7, Mon 10 & 4:30.
3-day schedule: Late entries end Sat 11 am, rds. Sat 12, 3:30 & 7, Sun 12 & 7, Mon 10 & 4:30.
2-day schedule (U1300 & up): Late entries end Sun 9 am; rds. Sun 10, 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 & 7, Mon 10 & 4:30.
2-day schedule (U1000, U700, Unr): Late entries end Sun 9 am, Rds. Sun 10, 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, Mon 10, 12:30, 2:30.
Half point byes OK all rounds, limit 3; Open must commit before round 2, others before round 4.
All schedules merge & compete for same prizes.

Hotel rates: $90 for 1-4/room, 800-223-3000, 847-777-6500; reserve by 5/9 or rate may increase or hotel sell out.
Car rental: Avis (800-331-1600), use AWD #D657633
or reserve car online at chesstour.com.

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

In round 3 or after, players with scores of 80% or more in U1300/up and their opponents may not use unauthorized 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.
Writing move before playing it is allowed, unless you are using an electronic scoresheet.

Foreign player ratings: Usually 100 points added to FIDE or FQE, 200/more to most foreign, no points added to CFC or Jamaica. Most foreign ratings other than CFC, FQE or Jamaica not accepted for U2000/below. High of multiple ratings usually used.  Players who fail to disclose foreign or FIDE ratings may be expelled.  More foreign player rating info.

US player ratings: May 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.

Entry: Continental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. $10 service charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. Questions: www.chesstour.com, 845-496-9658.  You may request "lowest possible section" if May rating unknown.  No smoking.  JGP (Junior Grand Prix Points available).

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