A Heritage Event!

37th annual Empire City Open
December 27-29 or 28-29, 2018


US Chess Grand Prix Points: 100 (Enhanced)

6SS, 40/100, SD/30, d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-3 G/40 d10). Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Ave (32nd-33rd St., across from Penn Station), New York 10001.



In 6 sections.

Major (1800/up): $1500-800-500-300, clear/tiebreak win $100 bonus, top Under 2300 $600-300.
Under 2100:
Under 1900:
Under 1700:
Under 1500:
Under 1200:

Unrated may not win over $200 U1300, $300 U1500, $400 U1700, or $600 U1900.

Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $800-400-200. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register before both players begin rd. 2.

Top 5 sections entry fee: $118 online at www.chessaction.com by 12/24, 3-day $123, 2-day $122 mailed by 12/17, all $140 at site, or online until 2 hours before rd 1. GMs: $100 from prize.

All: Re-entry $50 (no Major to Major). Online EF $5 less to NYSCA members; $12 NYSCA dues may be paid with EF. 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 $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17.

Foreign player ratings            Prizewinner tax info           CCA Electronic Devices policy

PLAYERS MAY NOT POSESS CELLPHONES DURING PLAY. Please leave your phone home, or in your hotel room or car, or in a bag at your table. 

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: December official USCF ratings used. Unofficial uschess.org 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. 

3-Day Schedule: Reg. ends Thu 10 am. Rds. Thu 11 & 5, Fri 11 & 5, Sat 10 & 3:30.
2-Day Schedule: Reg. ends Fri 9 am. Rds. Fri 10, 12:15, 2:30 & 5, Sat 10 & 3:30.
Half point byes
available all rounds, limit 2 byes, Major must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 4.

Hotel rates: Upgraded Penn 5000 rooms $189-199, regular rooms $169-179, plus required $20/night facility fee for both, reserve at chesstour.com or call 1-800-223-8585 or 212-736-5000, reserve by 12/5 (earlier is better) or rate may increase. Facility fee includes breakfast, wireless, use of Ballys Total Fitness next door to hotel.

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

Blitz tournament 12/28 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.

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