An American Classic!


28th annual

MAY 23-27, 24-27, 25-27 or 26-27, 2019

(Memorial Day weekend)



Open Section, May 23-27: 9 rounds, 40/2, SD/30, d10, GM & IM norms possible, FIDE rated. 

Other Sections, May 24-27, 25-27 or 26-27:
 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). 

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. HOW TO GET THERE FROM O'HARE AIRPORT

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


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


    Open Section: Open to all; players not rated 2200/over by USCF or FIDE must pay $100 extra. Prizes $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: $1000-500-300-200-200-150-150-100-100-100, trophies to first 10, top Under 800, Under 600, 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 5/21/18-5/21/19 was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $1500. 2) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated as of May 2019 official list cannot win over $500 in U1000, $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. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2. Teams including an unrated limited to $500.

Open through Under 1300 Sections entry fee: $207 online at by 3/19, $227 online by 5/22, 5-day $215, 4-day $214, 3-day $213, 2-day $212 mailed by 3/19, all $20 more mailed by 5/11, all $250 online until 2 hours before round 1 or at site until 1 hour before round 1. No checks at site, credit cards OK.  Do not mail entry after 5/11.

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

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

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

Under 1000 Section entry fee: $67 online at by 5/22, 4-day $74, 3-day $73, 2-day $72 mailed by 5/11, all $90 online until 2 hours before round 1 or at site until 1 hour before.

No checks at site, credit cards OK.

Online entry $5 less to ICA members; join at An ICA Tour Event.

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

 $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 & 4:15. 
4-day schedule
 (U2300 to U1500): Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rounds Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:15. 
3-day schedule
 (U2300 to U1500): Reg. ends Sat 10 am, rounds Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:15. 
2-day schedule
 (U2300 to U1500): Reg. ends Sun 9 am, rounds Sun 10, 12, 2, 3:45 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:15. 
Under 1300 and Under 1000 schedules:
Same as U2300 to U1500 (4-day, 3-day & 2-day options), except last round Mon is 3:15.

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

Foreign player ratings           Prizewinner tax info           CCA electronic devices policies

For all tournaments, adjusted FIDE or foreign ratings, if higher than USCF, may be used. Players must disclose FIDE or foreign ratings when entering, or may later be expelled. Other over the board ratings such as club, league, scholastic, state or province, etc, adjusted if appropriate, may also be used at our discretion if above USCF and must be disclosed.  No rating below the latest official USCF rating, on the list corresponding to the ending date of the tournament, will be used. For 9 round events offering title norm possibilities, FIDE ratings are used. Click here for further details.

Ratings: May official USCF ratings used for Under 2300 & below; May FIDE ratings used for Open Section. Unofficial ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Players must reveal foreign, FIDE and other over the board ratings, and these ratings, adjusted if necessary, may be used in the U2300 and below sections if higher than USCF. See also above.

Hotel rates: $113-113-113-113, 800-937-8461, 847-777-6500. Rooms with two beds are prpbably sold out, but rooms with one king bed may be available, with the option of adding a rollaway bed at extra cost.  If you cannot book a room online, call Maria at 847-777-6556.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS (Westin, if not available call Maria at 847-777-6556 M-F 9 am to 5 pm, at other times leave a message).

Ramada Plaza Chicago North Shore, 1080 South Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling.  3 miles from Westin; free shuttle, free parking. Special chess rate $80 single/double, including free full breakfast. To reserve, use link below:



or contact Sandra at or 847-763-3090.


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.

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

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


$15 service charge for refunds.

Entries are posted at (click "entry list" after entering).




8th annual Chicago Open Blitz. 5SS, G/5, d0, double round, 10 games, Westin North Shore Hotel (see Chicago Open). In 2 sections with $2500 guaranteed. Open Section: $400-250-150, U2300/Unr $220-110, U2100/Unr $200-100. Under 1900/Unr Section: $300-150-90, U1700/Unr $180-90, U1500 $120-60, U1300 $80. Entry fee: $40 by 7 pm 5/27, $50 by 10 pm 5/27. GMs free; $40 from prize. Enter at site only, no checks. Reg. ends 10 pm, rds. 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12. 12:30. 1 bye allowed (1 point out of 2), must give notice before rd 2. Blitz rated, but higher of regular or blitz used for pairings & prizes. $20 service charge for refunds.

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