13th annual

Open Section: April 17-21, 2019
Lower Sections: April 18-21 or 19-21, 2019

$100,000 projected prizes, $75,000 minimum guaranteed!

An American Classic

APRIL 17-21, 18-21 OR 19-21, CONNECTICUT
13th annual Open at Foxwoods

Open Section, Apr 17-21:  9SS, 40/2, SD/30 d10.  GM & IM norms possible, FIDE rated. 
Other Sections,
Apr 18-21 or 19-21: 7SS, 40/2, SD/30, d10 (3-day option, rounds 1-2 G/60 d10).

At Foxwoods Resort Casino & Hotel, 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), 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.

FOXWOODS was voted the #1 casino in the country outside of Las Vegas by the readers of USA Today. 4500 slot machines, 300 table games, largest poker room on the east coast, separate nonsmoking casino, entertainment, over 30 restaurants.


Prizes $100,000 based on 650 paid entries; else proportional, minimum $75,000 (75% of each prize) guaranteed. Seniors, re-entries, GMs, IMs, WGMs, foreign FIDE & U1100 Section count as half entries). In 7 sections:

Open Section: $10000-5000-2500-1500-1000-700-600-500-400-400, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak $200, FIDE 2250-2399 $3000-1500, FIDE Under 2250/Unr $3000-1500. ENTRY FEE FOR THIS SECTION IS $100 MORE FOR US PLAYERS IF NOT USCF OR FIDE RATED 2200 OR OVER.

Under 2200/Unr: $5000-3000-1600-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300.

Under 2000/Unr: $5000-3000-1600-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300. 

Under 1800: $5000-3000-1600-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300. .

Under 1600: $4000-2000-1300-900-600-500-400-400-300-300. .

Under 1400: $3000-1800-1000-800-600-500-400-400-300-300. .  

Under 1100/Unr: $1500-800-600-500-400-300-300-200-200-200.
Entry fee for U1100 Section is $100 less than higher sections.

Mixed doubles: $1200-800-600-400-200. Best male/female combined team score, must average under 2200, register at site before both players begin round 2. Only rounds 1-7 count towards mixed doubles prizes.

Prize limits: 1) Players with under 26 games played as of April 2019 official USCF list may not win over $800 in U1100, $1500 in U1400, $2500 in U1600 or U1800.  Games rated too late for April 2019 list not counted. 2) Unrated prize limit $2000 in U2000, $400 in U1100. 3) If any post-event rating posted 4/15/18-4/15/19 was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $1500.  4) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line.

Entry fee: $208 online at chessaction.com by 2/11, $228 online by 4/16, $250 at site. Mailed EF $215 by 2/11, $225 by 4/8, do not mail after 4/8.

Open Section: Entry fee $100 more to US players not USCF or FIDE rated 2200/over. GMs, foreign IMs/WGMs: $180 less ($200 deducted from prize). US IMs/WGMs & FIDE rated foreign players $100 less ($100 deducted from prize). Entry fee deduction cannot lower prize to below the minimum.

Open minimum prize guarantees to players who enter online by 4/3 and play all 9 games with no byes: US GM $300, foreign GM $700 (limited to first 8 to enter, others $400), foreign IM/WGM $400 (limited to first 8 to enter), foreign FM/WIM $300.

Under 1100 Section entry fee: All $100 less.
Seniors 65/over in U1400 to U2200: All EF $100 less.
CSCA members: Online EF $4 less.

$100; no re-entry from Open Section to Open Section.

Special 1 year USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry- online at chessaction.com after 10/22, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15.  Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17.  

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 & 4:15 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 & 4:15 pm.

3-day Lower Sections schedule: Reg. ends Fri 10 am, rds Fri 11 am, 2:30 pm & 6 pm, Sat 11 am, & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:15 pm, 

4-day and 3-day merge after rd 2 & compete for same prizes.

Half point byes OK all rounds; limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rounds), O
pen must commit before round 3, others before round 4.

Foreign player ratings             Prizewinner tax info             CCA electronic devices rules

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: April FIDE ratings used in Master Section, April official USCF ratings in other sections. 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.

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

Hotel rates: Grand Pequot Tower (tournament site, very luxurious): Friday & Saturday $205, other days $149. Fox Tower (formerly MGM Grand, 5-7 minute walk from tournament in connected building): Friday & Saturday $175, other days $119. Two Trees Inn (15-20 minute walk from tournament, free shuttle): Friday & Saturday $145, other days $99. For all, $4.95 resort fee, includes high speed wired internet, fitness center, pool, spa, in room coffee & tea, etc.

THESE ARE GREATLY REDUCED CHESS RATES! However, as of about April 9, the chess rate at all three hotels is believed to be sold out and regular rates are much higher. See travel website such as hotels.com, expedia.com, tripadvisor.com for nearby hotels.

As of April 13, the following were listed (rate is Thu-Sun average):
Hilton Garden Inn, about 1 mile away, free shuttle, $167
Bellissimo Grande, about 4 miles, possible free shuttle, $136
Hilltop Inn, about 4 miles, possible free shuttle, $126 

HOTEL RESERVATIONS (Foxwoods, may be sold out)


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

Entry: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803. Questions: 347-201-2269, www.chesstour.com. Invitation requests: GoAtChess.US (use @ symbol instead of "at").   Entries posted at chessaction.com (click "entry list" after entering). $15 charge for refunds.


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