11th annual

Open Section: April 8-12, 2009
Lower Sections: April 9-12 or 10-12, 2009

$100,000 projected prizes, $70,000 minimum guaranteed!
An American Classic
An ACP Qualifier

Reasonable airline fares are still available from many places to Providence, Boston or Hartford!  See the airline websites, www.expedia.com, www.orbitz.com, www.travelocity.com, priceline, etc.

April 8-12, 9-12 or 10-12                                                                                                                        Connecticut
                    ChessCafe.com Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced)
11th annual Foxwoods Open. 

Open Section, April 8-12:  9SS, 40/2, SD/1.  GM & IM norms possible, FIDE rated. 
Lower Sections,
April 9-12 or 10-12: 7SS, 40/2, SD/1 (3-day option, rds. 1-4 G/50).

At Foxwoods Resort Casino & Hotel (largest casino in the US), 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; U1000 Section, re-entries, GMs, WGMs & foreign IMs or WIMs as half entries. In 7 sections:

Open Section: $10000-5000-2500-1500-1000-700-600-500-400-400, 2300-2499 $3000-1500-700,  Under 2300/Unr $3000-1500-700.  If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game (white 5 minutes, black 3 minutes & gets draw odds, 5 second delay) for title & free room at 2010 Foxwoods Open.

Under 2100: $5000-3000-2000-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300.

Under 1900: $5000-3000-2000-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300.

Under 1700: $5000-3000-2000-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300.

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

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

Under 1000: $1000-600-400-300-250-200-150-100.

Prize limits: 1) Players with under 26 games played as of 4/09 official USCF list may not win over $500 in U1000, $1500 in U1300, or $2500 in U1500.  Games rated too late for 4/09 list not counted. 2) If official rating was more than 30 points over section maximum on any USCF list 4/08-3/09, prize limit $1500.  3) Unrated (0-3 lifetime games rated) cannot win over $300 in U1000, $600 U1300, $1000 U1500, $1300 U1700, $1600 U1900, or $2000 U2100.  4) 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 3/31, 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 4/6, $250 after 4/6 until 2 hours before rd 1.

Phoned entry fee at 406-896-2038 (entry only, no questions): $210 by 1/10, $230 by 4/6. No phone entry after 4/6.

GMs, foreign IMs, foreign WGMs, foreign WIMs free; $150 deducted from any prize.  US WGMs $100; another $100 deducted from any prize.

Entry fee $70 less to seniors over 65 in Under 1300 & above sections.

Under 1000 Section entry fee: 4-day $104, 3-day $103 mailed by 3/31; all $107 ONLINE at chesstour.com by 4/6, $110 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 4/6 (entry only, no questions), $120 at site.  No checks at site, credit cards OK.

Re-entry $100; cannot go from Open to Open.


SPECIAL 1 YEAR USCF DUES with Chess Life if paid with entry: online at chesstour.com $30, by mail, phone or at site $40.

Advance entry fee minus $15 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 am & 6 pm, Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm.

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

4-day and 3-day merge after rd 4 & compete for same prizes.

Half point byes OK all rounds; limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rounds), must commit before round 3, having under 2 points.  (1-0 score with game in progress counts as 2 points.)

Hotel rates: Grand Pequot Tower (tournament site, very luxurious) $132-132, Great Cedar Hotel (connected building; very close) $118-118, Two Trees Inn (15 minute walk; free shuttle) $108-108. 1-800-FOXWOOD or www.foxwoods.com, must reserve by 3/26 or you will have to stay at least 3 miles away.  Hotel room reservation codes: Grand Pequot Tower 5585, Great Cedar 1205, Two Trees 2221.


Bellissimo Grande, 877-700-0079

Hilltop Inn & Suites, 800-535-0500

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

Ratings:  April official USCF rating list used.  FIDE ratings not used for US players.    Unofficial uschess.org ratings based on 4 or more games are usually used if otherwise unrated.  Unofficial ratings are not used if you have an official rating. Advance entries may request "lowest possible section" if April rating is unknown. Foreign player rating info.

Special rules: Players must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director.  In round 4 or after, players with scores of over 80% and their opponents may not use unauthorized headphones, earphones or cellphones or go to a different floor of the building without Director permission. 

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 at chess.us.   Advance entries posted at chesstour.com.  WCL JGP.

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