2014 Continental Open

A Heritage Event

Chess Magnet School Junior Grand Prix

44th annual CONTINENTAL OPEN

AUG 7-10, 8-10 OR 9-10, 2014
Host Hotel at Cedar Lake, Sturbridge, Massachusetts

$40,000 PROJECTED PRIZES, $30,000 MINIMUM GUARANTEED!

TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (enhanced)

6SS, 40/110, SD/30, d10 (2-day option, rds 1-3 G/40, d10), Host Hotel at Cedar Lake, 366 Main St (Rt 20 West), Sturbridge MA 01566 (I-84 Exit 3, near I-90). Free parking. Experience early 19th century America at Old Sturbridge Village (see www.osv.org). Prizes $40,000 based on 280 paid entries (re-entries & U1000 Section count half), minimum $30,000 (75% of each prize) guaranteed.

In 7 sections.

Open: $4000-2000-1000-500-300, clear or tiebreak win $100 bonus, top U2300/Unr $1600-800. FIDE rated.

Under 2100: $3000-1500-700-400-200.

Under 1900: $3000-1500-700-400-200.

Under 1700: $3000-1500-700-400-200.

Under 1500: $2000-1000-500-300-200.

Under 1300: $2000-1000-500-300-200.

Under 1000: $1000-500-300-200-100.

Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player "team" combined score among all sections: $1000-600-400-200. Team average rating 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.  

Unrated may enter any section, with prize limit U1000 $300, U1300 $500, U1500 $700, U1700 $900, U1900 $1100, U2100 $1300; balance goes to next player(s) in line.

Tax information for winners of $600 or over, and for non-resident aliens.

Top 6 sections entry fee: $168 online at chessaction.com by 8/5, $175 phoned by 8/4 (406-896-2038, no questions), 4-day $174, 3-day $173, 2-day $172 mailed by 7/31, $180 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before game. GMs free; $160 deducted from prize.

Under 1000 Section entry fee: all $80 less than above.

All: Advance EF $5 less to MACA members; may join/renew at masschess.org. Re-entry $80; not available in Open. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated.

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

4-day schedule: Reg Thu to 6 pm, rds Thu 7 pm, Fri 6 pm, Sat 12 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:30. 
3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 11 am, rds Fri 12 & 6, Sat 12 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:30.
2-day schedule: Reg Sat to 9 am, rds Sat 10,12:45, 3:15 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:30.
All schedules: Bye all, limit 2, Open must commit before rd 2, other sections before rd 4.

Hotel rates: $94-94, 800-582-3232, 508-347-7393, request chess rate, reserve by 7/25 or rate may increase.
Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or reserve car online at chesstour.com.

New CCA electronic devices policies will be used.

Entry: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, PO Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: chesstour.com, chesstour.info, DirectorAtChess.us, 347-201-2269. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). 

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