5th annual


April 17-20 or 18-20, 2003 - Easter Weekend




The 2004 US Championship is expected to be held in September.  There will be qualifying tournaments in both 2003 and 2004.  The 2003 qualifying events (Foxwoods Open, Chicago Open, National Open, World Open, US Open) will each have two overall qualifying spots.  The 2003 World Open will also have an additional qualifying spot for women.  The fee for those wishing to play for qualification is $75 per tournament.  Our online shopping cart is now set up to accept these fees for the 2003 Foxwoods Open, Chicago Open, and World Open.

An American Classic

Apr 17-20 or 18-20                                 GPP: 150                                 Connecticut

5th annual Foxwoods Open.
  7-round Swiss, 40/2, SD/1 (3-day option, rds. 1-4 G/75), Foxwoods Resort Casino & Hotel (World's largest casino), Rt 2, Ledyard 06339 (I-95 to Exit 92 to Rt 2 West, or I-395 to Exit 85 to Rt 164 to Rt 2 East). Free parking. 45 miles from T.F. Green Airport (Providence, RI), shuttle about $15; 14 miles from Groton/New London Airport; shuttle from New London Amtrak station about $3. Free shuttle to Mashantucket Pequot Museum, largest Native American museum in USA.

Free analysis of your games by Grandmaster Arthur Bisguier!

Prizes $100,000 based on 650 entries; else proportional, minimum $70,000 (70% of each prize) guaranteed. Unrated Section players count as 1/3 entry toward prize fund. Unrated must enter Unr or Open section.  In 8 sections:

Open Section: Prizes $10000-5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400, U2400/Unr $2000-1000-700-500. Winner gets free room at 2004 Foxwoods Open.  If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game 4/20 10:30 pm (white 6 minutes, black 5 minutes & gets draw odds) for title & free room. A US Championship qualifier (details later).

Under 2200 Section: $6000-3000-1500-800-600-500-400-400-300-300.

Under 2000 Section:

Under 1800 Section: $6000-3000-1500-800-600-500-400-400-300-300.

Under 1600 Section:

Under 1400 Section:

Under 1200 Section:
$2000-1000-700-500-400-400-300-300-300-300, top Under 1000 $800-400. Under 1000s play for both Under 1000 & Under 1200 prizes; receive larger if winning both. If 1400/over after 12/98, prize limit $500 in Under 1200 Section.

Unrated Section: $1000-600-400-300-200; players without US Social Security ID may not win over $500.

Prize limits for players with under 10 games played as of 4/03 list: U1200 $1000, U1400 through U2200 $2000. Games rated too late for 4/03 list not counted. Balance of prize goes to next player(s) in line.

Mailed entry fee: 4-day $199, 3-day $198 if mailed by 1/14; 4-day $229, 3-day $228 mailed by 4/8; all $250 at site. CSCA members may deduct $4 from mailed EF only. No checks at site, credit cards OK.

ONLINE  entry fee at chesstour.com: $197 by 1/14, $227 by 4/14, $250 after 4/14 until 2 hours before rd 1.

Phoned entry fee at 845-496-9658: $205 by 1/14, $235 by 4/14. No phone entry after 4/14.

Special entry fee: $30 less to rated juniors under 18 or rated seniors over 65. Re-entry (except Open Section) $100. GMs free; $180 deducted from prize.

Unrated Section entry fee: 4-day $64, 3-day $63 mailed by 4/8; all $62 online at chesstour.com by 4/14, $70 by phone by 4/14, $80 at site.

Backup phone entry: 406-896-2038 (entries only, no questions, no dropouts, no switches).

    4-day schedule: Reg. ends Thu 7 pm, rounds begin Thu 8 pm, Fri 12 noon & 7 pm, Sat 12 noon & 7 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm.
    3-day schedule:
Reg. ends Fri 8 pm, rounds begin Fri 9 pm, Sat 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm and 7 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm.
    Half point byes:
OK all rounds; limit 2, rds 5-7 byes must commit before rd 4. Both schedules merge & compete for same prizes.

Hotel rates:
Grand Pequot Tower (tournament site) $110 single or twin, Great Cedar Hotel (connected building; very close) $99 single or twin, Two Trees Inn (15 minute walk; free shuttle) $89 single or twin. 1-800-FOXWOOD, you must reserve by April 3 or you will have to stay at least 3 miles away.  

HOTEL UPDATE:  Foxwoods rooms appear to be sold out.  Here are some alternatives (rates may change):

Hilltop Inn, 877-965-0500.  By far the closest to Foxwoods (3 miles away); the other hotels are 10 miles or more. Rates are $399 for 3 nights or $499 for 4 nights.

Best Western, 860-536-4281.  $79 per night ($89 Saturday), and if you stay 3 or 4 nights,  $59 per night.

Days Inn, 860-572-0574.  $69 Thu/Sun, $85 Fri, $109 Sat.

Comfort Inn, 860-572-8531.  $80/night ($100 Saturday night). 

Reserve hotel room online:  Go to www.foxwoods.com, select "reservations," enter the arrival date, number of nights, and the following group code:

Grand Pequot Tower F26589
Great Cedar Hotel F15057
Two Trees Inn T16451

Car rentals: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633 or reserve car online at chesstour.com.

Foreign player ratings: 100 points added to FIDE, 100 to FQE, 200/more to most other foreign, no pts added to CFC. Highest of multiple ratings used. US player ratings: April list used (usually same as May Chess Life label).

Entries: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. 845-496-9658, www.chesstour. com. Invitation requests: go@chess.usnojunk (delete "nojunk"). You may request "lowest possible section" if April rating unknown. FIDE.

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