10th annual

Open Section: March 19-23, 2008
Lower Sections: March 20-23 or 21-23, 2008

$100,000 projected prizes, $70,000 minimum guaranteed!
NOTE CHANGE (see below)- special USCF dues rates!

An American Classic
An ACP Qualifier

March 19-23 or 20-23                                                                                                                        Connecticut
                    ChessCafe.com Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced)
10th annual Foxwoods Open. 

Open Section, March 19-23:  9SS, 40/2, SD/1.  GM & IM norms possible, FIDE rated. 
Lower Sections,
March 20-23 or 21-23: 7SS, 40/2, SD/1 (3-day option, rds. 1-4 G/50).

Foxwoods Resort Casino & Hotel (World's largest casino), Rt 2, Mashantucket CT 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), 14 miles from Groton/New London Airport; for shuttle from New London Amtrak station call 1-800-USA-RAIL. Bus transportation: 1-888-BUS2FOX. Free shuttle to Mashantucket Pequot Museum, largest Native American museum in USA.

Prizes $100,000 based on 650 paid entries; else proportional, minimum $70,000 (70% of each prize) guaranteed. Seniors count as 3/4 entries; re-entries, GMs, WGMs & foreign IMs as half entries, Under 900/Unr Section not counted. Unrated must enter Under 900/Unr or Open section.  In 7 sections:

Open Section: $10000-5000-3000-1500-1000-700-600-500-400-400, 2300-2499 $3000-1500-700,  Under 2300/Unr $3000-1500-700.  If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game (white 7 minutes, black 5 minutes & gets draw odds) for title & free room at 2009 Foxwoods Open.

Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500 Sections: each $5000-3000-2000-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300.

Under 1300 Section: $4000-2000-1500-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300.

Under 900/Unrated Section: Trophies to top 10.

Prize limits: 1) Players with under 26 games played as of 3/08 list may not win over $1500 in U1300, $2000 in U1500 or $2500 in U1700.  Games rated too late for 3/08 list not counted. 2) If more than 30 pts over section maximum on any list 3/07-2/08, prize limit $1500.  3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line.

Mailed entry fee: 5-day (Open only) $205, 4-day $204, 3-day $203 mailed by 1/10; 5-day $225, 4-day $224, 3-day $223 mailed by 3/11, 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: $207 by 1/10, $227 by 3/17, $250 after 3/17 until 2 hours before rd 1.

Phoned entry fee at 406-896-2038 (entry only, no questions): $210 by 1/10, $230 by 3/17. No phone entry after 3/17.

GMs & foreign IMs free; $150 deducted from prize.  WGMs $100; another $100 deducted from prize.

Entry fee $70 less to seniors over 65 (except GMs, foreign IMs, WGMs, Under 900/Unr.)

Under 900/Unr Section entry fee: 4-day $24, 3-day $23 mailed by 3/11; all $27 ONLINE at chesstour.com by 3/17, $30 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/17 (entry only, no questions), $40 at site.  No checks at site, credit cards OK.

SPECIAL! (note change): 1 year USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry: if paid online, unrated $20, rated $30. By mail, phone or at site, unrated $30, rated $40. Cost of reduced dues borne by CCA.  USCF membership required.  Please tell your chess friends about these bargain dues rates!

Re-entry $100; not available in Open Section.

Advance entry fee minus $10 service charge refunded for withdrawals who give notice at least 1 hour before rd 1 (no service charge if fee applied to future CCA tournaments).

5-day Open Section schedule: Reg. ends Wed 6 pm, rds. Wed. 7 pm, Thu 12 noon & 7 pm, Fri 11 am & 6 pm, Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm. 

4-day Lower Sections schedule: Reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds. Thu 7 pm, Fri 11 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30.

3-day Lower Sections schedule: Reg. ends Fri 7 pm, rds Fri 8 pm, Sat 10,12:30, 3 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. 

4-day and 3-day merge after rd 4 & compete for same prizes. Byes: all; limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), Open must commit before rd 2, lower sections before rd 4.

Hotel rates: Grand Pequot Tower (tournament site, very luxurious) $126-126, Great Cedar Hotel (connected building; very close) $115-115, Two Trees Inn (15 minute walk; free shuttle) $105-105. 1-800-FOXWOOD or https://resweb.passkey.com/go/chess2008,
must reserve by 3/6 or you will have to stay at least 3 miles away. 

Hotel reservation codes:
    Grand Pequot Tower F24747
    Great Cedar Hotel F19627
    Two Trees T11675

If Foxwoods rooms are sold out, try these hotels:

        Hilltop Inn, 877-965-0500.  Closest hotel to Foxwoods (3 miles). 
        Best Western, 860-536-4281. 
        Days Inn, 860-572-0574. 
        Comfort Inn, 860-572-8531. 

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

Foreign player ratings: Usually 100 points added to FIDE, 100 to FQE, 200/more to most other foreign, no pts added to CFC. Most foreign ratings other than CFC, FQE or Jamaica not accepted for U2000 or below.  Highest of multiple ratings usually used.  Players who fail to disclose foreign or FIDE ratings may be expelled.

US player ratings:  March rating supplement used, FIDE ratings not used.  Advance entries may request "lowest possible section" if March rating is unknown.

Special rule:
In round 3 or after, players with scores of 80% or more and their opponents may not use unauthorized headphones, earphones, cellphones, or hearing aids, or go to a different floor of the building without Director permission. They must also submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director; refusal to be searched is grounds for expulsion from the tournament, with no refund.

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

Entry: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. Questions: 845-496-9658, www.chesstour. com. Invitation requests: go@chess.us.   Advance entries posted at chesstour.com.  JGP.

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