An American Classic!

A HERITAGE EVENT!


US CHESS Junior Grand Prix!

 

25th annual CHICAGO OPEN

MAY 26-30, 27-30, 28-30 or 29-30, 2016

(Memorial Day weekend)

TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED)

 

Open Section, May 26-30: 9 rounds, 40/2, SD/30 d10, GM & IM norms possible, FIDE rated. 

Under 2300 through Under 1300 Sections, May 27-30, 28-30 or 29-30:
 7 rounds, 40/2, SD/30 d10 (3-day option, rounds 1-2 G/60 d10; 2-day option, rds. 1-4 G/30 d10). 


Under 1000 Section, May 28-30 or 29-30: 7 rounds, G/90, d10 (2-day option, rounds 1-4 G/30 d10).


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.

Free lectures and analysis of your games
 by GM John Fedorowicz.
 

 

$100,000 guaranteed prize fund! In 8 sections. 

 

    Open Section: $10000-5000-2500-1300-1000-800-600-500-400-400, clear or tiebreak winner bonus $300, top FIDE Under 2400/Unr $2000-1000. FIDE rated, GM and IM norms possible. 

    Under 2300 Section: $5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-400-300-300-300. 

    Under 2100 Section: $5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-400-300-300-300. 

    Under 1900 Section: $5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-400-300-300-300. 

    Under 1700 Section: $5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-400-300-300-300. 

    Under 1500 Section: $4000-2000-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300-300. 

    Under 1300 Section: $4000-2000-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300-300. 

   Under 1000 Section: $1000-500-300-200-200-150-150-100-100, trophies to first 10, top Under 800, Under 600, Under 400, Unrated. 

 

Unrated allowed only in Open, Under 2300, Under 2100, or Under 1000 sections. Unrated may not win over $1000 in Under 2100 Section or $200 in Under 1000 Section.
 

Prize limits: 1) If any post-event rating posted 5/25/15-5/25/16 was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $1500. 2) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated as of 5/16 official list cannot win over $1000 in U1300, $1500 U1500, $2000 U1700, or $2500 U1900. 3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. 


Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes: best male/female combined 2-player “team” score: $2000-1000-500-400-300. For the Open Section, only the first 7 rounds will be counted. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2; teammate pairings avoided but possible. Prize limits do not apply to mixed doubles.


Open entry fee for titled players: GMs free; $200 deducted from prize. IMs/WGMs $100; another $100 deducted from prize.

Open entry fee, if rated 2200/over by USCF or FIDE or foreign FIDE rated: $207 online at chessaction.com by 3/21, $227 by 5/25, $250 at site, or online until 5 pm May 26. Mailed by 3/21 $215, mailed by 5/13 $235. Phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/21 $215, by 5/23 $235.  Do not mail entry after 5/13.

Open entry fee, for US players not rated 2200/over by USCF or FIDE: $100 more than 2200/over fee. 

U2300 to U1300 Sections entry fee: $207 online at chessaction.com by 3/21, $227 online by 5/25, $215 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/21 (entry only, no questions), $235 phoned by 5/23, 4-day $214, 3-day $213, 2-day $212 mailed by 3/21, 4-day $234, 3-day $233, 2-day $232 mailed by 5/13; all $250 online until 2 hours before game or at site until 1 hour before game. No checks at site, credit cards OK.  Do not mail entry after 5/13.

Entry fee $100 less to seniors age 65/over, except in U1000 Section.

Under 1000 Section entry fee: $57 online at chessaction.com by 5/25, $65 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 5/23 (entry only, no questions), 3-day $63, 2-day $62 mailed by 5/13, all $80 online until 2 hours before game or at site until 1 hour before game. No checks at site, credit cards OK.

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


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

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

5-day schedule
(Open only): Reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rounds Thu 7 pm, Fri 12 & 7, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4. 
4-day schedule
 (U2300 to U1300): Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rounds Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4. 
3-day schedule
 (U2300 to U1300): Reg. ends Sat 10 am, rounds Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4. 
2-day schedule
 (U2300 to U1300): Reg. ends Sun 9 am, rounds Sun 10, 12, 2, 3:45 & 6, Mon 10 & 4. 
3-day Under 1000 schedule:
Reg. ends Sat 1 pm, rounds Sat 2 pm & 6 pm, Sun 10, 2 & 6, Mon 10 & 2.

2-day Under 1000 schedule: Reg. ends Sun 9 am, rounds Sun 10, 12, 2, 3:45 & 6, Mon 10 & 2.

4-day, 3-day & 2-day schedules merge & compete for same prizes. 
Byes:
 OK all, limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), Open must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 4. 

Hotel rates:
 $107-107-107-107, 800-937-8461, 847-777-6500, reserve by 5/12 or rate may increase. It's best to reserve earlier, as rooms can sell out. 
 

HOTEL RESERVATION LINK

Room or travel sharing: Post a request to share 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.

Foreign player ratings  (revised 2/8/16)      Prizewinner tax info       CCA electronic devices policies

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

Foreign player ratings:
 See www.chesstour.com/foreignratings.htm. 
US player ratings:
May official USCF ratings used for Under 2300 & below; May FIDE ratings used for Open Section. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. 

Entry: CHESSACTION.COM or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803.

Questions:
DirectorAtChess.US, chesstour.info, chesstour.com, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds.

Advance entries will be posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly).

Bring sets, boards, clocks if possible- none supplied.

BLITZ TOURNAMENT Sunday Night 10 pm, enter by 7 pm for lowest fee; details to be posted.


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