21st annual
CHICAGO OPEN
May 24-28, 25-28, 26-28, or 27-28, 2012

Open Section: 9 rounds, May 24-28, GM & IM norms possible
Under 2300 to Under 1300 Sections:
7 rounds, May 25-28, 26-28 or 27-28
Under 1100 Section (note change): 7 rounds, May 26-28 or 27-28
Under 900 Section: 7 rounds, May 27-28
Memorial Day weekend at the elegant Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel

Also side events.

FREE ANALYSIS OF YOUR GAMES BY GM JOHN FEDOROWICZ
Free lectures by GM Fedorowicz 5 pm 5/25, 9 am 5/26, 5/27, 5/28


An American Classic
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced)


You play only those in your section. 
PRIZES $100,000 UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED!

Open Section:
9 rounds, May 24-28. 5-day schedule only, 40/90, SD/30, inc/30.

Under 2300 to Under 1300 Sections: 7 rounds, choice of 4-day, 3-day or 2-day schedules.
       4-day, May 25-28: 40/2, SD/1, d5.
       3-day, May 26-28: rounds 1-2 Game/75, d5, rounds 3-7 40/2, SD/1, d5.
       2-day, May 27-28: rounds 1-4 Game/40, d5, rounds 5-7 40/2, SD/1, d5.

Under 1100 Section: 7 rounds (NOTE CHANGE), choice of 3-day or 2-day schedules.
       3-day, May 26-28: Game/90, d5.
       2-day, May 27-28: rounds 1-4 Game/40, d/5, rounds 5-7 G/90, d5.

Under 900 Section: 7 rounds, May 27-28. 2-day schedule only, G/40, d5.

5 seconds delay is indicated by "d5."  No 5 minute deduction from clocks.

At Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 North Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling IL 60090 (from Chicago, 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.

In 9 sections:

Open Section:
$10000-5000-2500-1200-900-700-600-500-400-300, clear or tiebreak winner bonus $200, top FIDE Under 2500/Unr $2000-1000. GM and IM norms possible, FIDE rated.

Under 2300 Section:
$5000-2500-1200-900-700-600-500-400-300-300. FIDE rated.

Under 2100 Section: $5000-2500-1200-900-700-600-500-400-300-300, unrated limit $2500.
 

Under 1900 Section:
$5000-2500-1200-900-700-600-500-400-300-300, unrated limit $2000.
 

Under 1700 Section:
$5000-2500-1200-900-700-600-500-400-300-300, unrated limit $1500.
 

Under 1500 Section:
$4000-2000-1000-800-600-500-400-400-300-300, unrated limit $1000.

Under 1300 Section: $4000-2000-1000-800-600-500-400-400-300-300, unrated limit $700.
  
Under 1100 Section: $1500-700-400-300-200-200-100-100, unrated limit $400.

Under 900 Section: $500-300-200, trophies to first 5, top Under 700, Under 500, Under 300, Unr. Unrated limit $200.
 
Prize limits:
       
1) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated through May 2012 official rating list may not win over $800 in U1100, $1500 U1300 or $2500 U1500. Games rated too late for May 2012 list not counted.
         2) If official rating 5/11-4/12 or unofficial post-event rating posted 5/24/11-5/24/12 was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $1500.
         3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. 
        

Top 7 sections mailed entry fee:
5-day Open $205, 4-day $204, 3-day $203, 2-day $202 mailed by 3/29; 5-day $225, 4-day $224, 3-day $223, 2-day $222 mailed by 5/16; all $250 at site. No checks at site, credit cards OK.  No mailed credit card entries.

Top 7 sections Online entry fee at chesstour.com: $207 by 3/29, $227 by 5/21, $250 after 5/21 until 2 hours before rd 1.

Top 7 sections phoned entry fee at 406-896-2038 (entry only, no questions): $230 by 5/21 (entry only, no questions). No phoned entry after 5/21.

GMs, IMs, WGMs, foreign FMs free
in Open; $200 deducted from prize. All Open Section EF $100 more for US players never rated 2200 or over by FIDE.

Entry fee $100 less to rated seniors age 65/over in top 7 sections.

Under 1100 Section entry fee:
$85 mailed by 5/16, $87 online at chesstour.com by 5/21, $100 at site.

Under 900 Section entry fee: $35 mailed by 5/16, $37 online at chesstour.com by 5/21, $50 at site.

Online or mailed entry fee: $5 less to ICA members; join at www.il-chess.org.  An ICA Tour event.

Re-entry: $100, no re-entry from Open Section to Open Section.


  
USCF membership required.  Special 1 year USCF dues with paper magazine if paid with entry: Online at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. 

            5-day schedule (Open only): Reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds Thu 7 pm, Fri 12 noon & 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 am & 4:30 pm.  
            4-day schedule
(U2300 to U1300): Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, Rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 11 am & 6 pm, Mon 10 & 4:30.
            3-day schedule
(U2300 to U1300): Reg. ends Sat 10 am, Rds. Sat 11 am, 2:30 pm & 6 pm, Sun 11 am & 6 pm, Mon 10 & 4:30. Merges with 4-day after round 2.
            3-day schedule (U1100): Reg. ends Sat 1 pm, Rds. Sat. 2 pm & 6 pm, Sun 10 am, 2 pm & 6 pm, Mon 10 am & 2 pm.       
            2-day schedule
(U2300 to U1300):
Reg. ends Sun 9 am, Rds. Sun 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, 3:45 pm & 6 pm, Mon 10 & 4:30. Merges with 4-day/3-day after round 4.
            2-day schedule (U1100): Reg. ends Sun 9 am, Rds. Sun 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, 3:45 pm & 6 pm, Mon 10 am & 2 pm. Merges with 3-day after round 4.             
            The above schedules merge into one
and compete for the same prizes.

            Under 900 schedule: Reg. ends Sun 9 am, Rds. Sun 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm & 3:45 pm, Mon 10 am, 12 noon & 2 pm.  

            Half point byes: OK all, limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), Open must commit before rd 2, others before rd 4.


Hotel rates: $103-103-103-103, 800-937-8461, 847-777-6500.  Reserve by 5/11 or rate may increase.

Room sharing:
If you want to share a room to save money, see or post on the CCA FORUM, or write DirectorAtChess.US and ask us to post for you.
 
Car rental:
Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD #D657633, or
reserve car online through chesstour.com.

US player ratings: May official rating list used; FIDE ratings used in Open Section.

Unofficial uschess.org ratings
usually used if otherwise unrated.

Foreign player rating info.  

Special rules: 1) Players must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director.  In round 3 or after, players with scores of 80% or over and their opponents may not use headphones, earphones, cellphones, or go to a different floor of the hotel without Director permission.

Mailed entry:
Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577.
Questions:
DirectorAtChess.US (use @ in place of At), 845-496-9658, www.chesstour.com.
Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied. 
WESTIN NORTH SHORE TRANSPORTATION INFO

You may request "lowest possible section" if May rating unknown. $15 service charge for refunds.  Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com.  No smoking. Invitation requests: Go At Chess.us (use @ symbol in place of "At.") 
JGP (Chess Magnet School Junior Grand Prix Points available).

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