34th annual
EMPIRE CITY OPEN
December 26-28 or 27-28, 2015

$13,000 GUARANTEED PRIZES

 Hotel reservation deadline extended until DECEMBER 18!

A Heritage Event!

Dec. 26-28 or 27-28, 2015   34th annual Empire City Open   GPP: 80 ENHANCED   New York

6 round Swiss, 40/110, SD/30, d10 (2-day option, rds 1-3 G/40, d10).  
Hotel Pennsylvania,
401 Seventh Ave (32nd to 33rd St), across from Penn Station & Madison Square Garden, New York 10001. $13,000 guaranteed prize fund. In 6 sections.

Open Section: $1200-600-300-200, clear or tiebreak win $50 bonus, top Under 2300 or unrated $500-250. 
Under 2200 Section:
$1000-500-250-125, top U2000 or unrated $500-250.
Under 1900 Section:
$1000-500-250-125, top U1700 (no unrated) $400-200.
Under 1600 Section:
$800-400-200-100, top U1400 (no unrated) $300-150.
Under 1300 Section:
$500-250-125-75, top U1100 (no unrated) $200-100.
Under 1000 Section: $200-100-60-40, trophies to first 5, top Under 800, Under 600, Under 400, Unrated.
Unrated
may not win over $100 in U1000, $200 in U1300, $350 U1600, or $500 U1900.

Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player "team" among all sections: $600-400-200. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register before both players begin round 2; teammate pairings avoided but possible.
 


FREE LECTURE BY IM JAY BONIN, MONDAY DECEMBER 28-- 9:00 AM!
 

Top 4 sections entry fee: $105 online at www.chessaction.com by 12/24 (the deadline for the advance online entry fee discount is December 24th), $115 phoned by 12/22 (406-896-2038, no questions), 3-day $113, 2-day $112 if check mailed by 12/17, all $120 at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. Online entry fee $5 less to NYSCA members (may join with online entry; dues $12/yr with 2 issues of Empire Chess, $20/yr with 4 issues). GMs free; $90 from prize.

Under 1300 Section entry fee: all $30 less than top 4 sections entry fee.
Under 1000 Section entry fee: all $60 less than top 4 sections entry fee.

All: Reentry $50, not available in Open. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. USCF membership required. USCF Junior Grand Prix Points available.

Foreign player ratings            Prizewinner tax info           CCA Electonic Devices policy

3-Day Schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10 am. Rds. Sat 11 & 5, Sun 11 & 5, Mon 10 & 3:30.
2-Day Schedule:
Reg. ends Sat 9 am. Rds. Sun 10, 12:15, 2:30 & 5, Mon 10 & 3:30.

Tournament ends Monday, not Sunday.
Does not play on Christmas.

Half point byes available all rounds, limit 2 byes, Open must commit before rd. 2, others before rd 4.

Hotel rates: $159-169-179 plus required $15/night facility fee, 1-800-223-8585, 212-736-5000, reserve by Dec 11 (earlier is better) or rate may increase, ask for Continental Chess Association rate.  Facility fee includes high speed wireless in room, unlimited local & long distance calling, and unlimited use of Bally's Total Fitness located next door to the hotel.

Another option is the Wyndham New Yorker, 3/10 mile away, rates about $300/day plus facility fee, www.newyorkerhotel.com.

CLICK HERE FOR ROOM RESERVATIONS AT HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA

Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied.

Entry: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269, chesstour.com, chessinfo.com. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at www.chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). 
 

SIDE EVENT: EMPIRE CITY OPEN BLITZ, SUNDAY NIGHT
Dec 27 (BLZ). Empire City Open Blitz.
4SS, G/5, d0, double round, 8 games, Hotel Pennsylvania (see Empire City Open). Prizes $300 based on 20 entries, else in proportion: $100-50, U2100 $60, U1800 $50, U1500/Unr $40. EF: $20, at site only, no checks. Reg. ends 9:15 pm, rds. 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11. Bye: 1. Blitz rated, but higher of regular or blitz used for pairings & prizes.


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