Refunds will be credited back to the cards used to enter.

This may take several weeks, because we have other tournaments to refund as well, including one with 1000 advance entries.



 A Heritage Event

29th annual
April 24-26 or 25-26, 2020

Host Hotel at Cedar Lake, Sturbridge, Massachusetts



$20,000 projected prizes based on 220 paid entries
Else raised or lowered in proportion, with $10,000 minimum guaranteed
GMs, Class D, Class E, reentries count as half entries

April 24-26 or 25-26                                                                 Massachusetts
       US Chess Grand Prix Points: 60 (enhanced)

29th annual Eastern Class Championships. 5SS, Master & Expert Sections G/100+30, other sections 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option in all, rds 1-2 G/60 d10), Host Hotel at Cedar Lake, 366 Main St, Sturbridge MA 01566 (I-84 Exit 3, near I-90), near the Connecticut border. Free parking. Master & Expert Sections are FIDE rated, except G/60 games.


Master (2200/up): $2000-1000-500-300, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300 $800-400.
(2000-2199): $1500-700-400-300.  
Class A
(1800-1999/Unr): $1500-700-400-300.
Class B
(1600-1799/Unr): $1500-700-400-300.
Class C
(1400-1599/Unr): $1300-700-400-300. 
Class D
(1200-1399/Unr): $700-400-200-100.
Class E
(Under 1200/Unr): $600-300-200-100.

Rated players may play up one section (see

may enter E through A, with prize limits: E $100, D $200, C $300, or B $400.
Prize limit: $400 if any post-event rating posted 4/21/19-4/21/20 is more than 60 points over section maximum.

Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player "team" combined score among all sections: $600-300. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 4/25.

Top 5 sections entry fee: $118 online at by 4/22, 3-day $123, 2-day $122 if check mailed by 4/15, $130 at site, or online until 2 hours before round1.  GMs free, $100 deducted from prize.

Class D or E Section entry fee: All $50 less than top 5 sections entry fee.

Online entry fee $5 less to MACA members; may join/renew at

No checks at site, credit cards OK.  No credit card mailed entries.


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 be used at our discretion if above USCF.  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: April official USCF ratings used. 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, if higher than USCF. See also above.

Special 1 year 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. 

Re-entry $60; not available in Master Section.
3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rounds Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:30 pm.
2-day schedule:
Reg ends Sat 10 am, rounds Sat 11 am, 2 pm & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:30 pm.
OK all, limit 2 byes; must commit before round 3.

Hotel rates:
$99-99-109, 800-582-3232, link below or 508-347-7393, request chess rate, reserve by 4/10 or rate may increase. 

HOTEL RESERVATIONS (use group attendee code 2004CONTIN)


Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through
US Chess Junior Grand Prix
points available to players under 21.

Entry: or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803. Questions:,, Entries posted at (online entries posted instantly). $15 service charge for refunds. 

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

BLITZ TOURNAMENT  Saturday night, 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.

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