9th annual
GOLDEN STATE OPEN

Concord, California

Martin Luther King weekend, Jan 12-15, 13-15 or 14-15, 2018

$25,000 GUARANTEED PRIZES

US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED)
USCF JUNIOR GRAND PRIX POINTS AVAILABLE

7 rounds at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Dr, Concord CA 94520. Room rates $115-115-125, free parking, free BART shuttle often available.

40/100, SD/30, d10 (3-day option, rds 1-2 G/60, d10, 2-day option except in Major Section, rds 1-4 G/30, d10.)

In 5 sections:
Major,
open to 1800/over. $3000-1500-700-500-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100, top Under 2300 $1000-500. FIDE rated.
Under 2100:
$1700-900-500-300-200, top Under 1900 $800-400.
Under 1800:
$1700-900-500-300-200, top Under 1600 $600-300.
Under 1500: $1400-700-400-300-200, top Under 1300 $400-200.

Under 1200:
$1000-500-400-300-200, top Under 1000 $200-100.

Unrated (0-3 lifetime games rated) may enter any section, with maximum prize U1200 $200, U1500 $350, U1800 $500.

Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $1000-500-300. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2; prize limits do not apply to mixed doubles.

Top 4 sections entry fee:
$138 online at chessaction.com by 1/10, 4-day $144, 3-day $143, 2-day $142 mailed by 1/4, all $160 at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. GMs free, $120 deducted from prize.

Under 1200 Section entry fee: All $30 less than top 4 sections entry fee.

USCF membership required. 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 paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17.

Re-entry (except Major) $60. Online EF $5 less to CalChess members.

4-day schedule: Late reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 12 & 6, Sun 12 & 6, Mon 10 & 3:15.
3-day schedule:
Late reg. ends Sat 11 am, rds Sat 12, 3 & 6, Sun 12 & 6, Mon 10 & 3:15.
2-day schedule:
Late reg. ends Sun 9 am, rds Sun 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, 3:45 pm & 6 pm, Mon 10 am & 3:15 pm. No 2-day Major Section.
Byes:
OK all, limit 2; Major must commit before rd 2, others before rd 4.

January official USCF ratings used (unofficial ratings usually used if otherwise unrated).

Foreign player ratings       Prizewinner tax info    CCA electronic devices policies

Hotel rates: $115 single or twin, $125 3/room, 877-286-8389, 925-825-7700, reserve by 12/29 or rate may increase. 

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

Entry: Continental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. Questions: DirectorAtChess.US, chesstour.com, chesstour.info, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Bring set, board, clock if possible; none supplied.

Blitz tournament Sunday night.

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