11th annual

Concord, California

Martin Luther King weekend, Jan 17-20, 18-20 or 19-20, 2020



7 rounds at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Dr, Concord CA 94520. Room rates $119-119-129, 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:
open to 1800/over. $3000-1500-700-500-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100, top USCF Under 2300 $1000-500. FIDE rated. See peakrating.us for qualification through peak rating.

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 U1200 to U2100, with maximum prize U1200 $200, U1500 $350, U1800 $500.

Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player combined score among all sections: $1000-500-300. Must average under 2200; may play 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 1/15, 4-day $144, 3-day $143, 2-day $142 mailed by 1/8, all $160 (no check, credit card OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. GMs $120 from prize.

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

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 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 & 3:30.
3-day schedule:
Late reg. ends Sat 11 am, rds Sat 12, 3 & 6, Sun 12 & 6, Mon 10 & 3:30.
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 & 3:30 pm. No 2-day Major Section.

Half point byes:
OK all, limit 2; must commit before rd 3.

Foreign player ratings             Prizewinner tax info          CCA electronic devices rules

PLAYERS MAY NOT POSSESS CELLPHONES DURING PLAY. 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: January official USCF ratings used. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated, or to qualify for Major (see peakrating.us). 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: $119 single or twin, $129 3/room, use reservation link below and at chessevents.us or call 877-286-8389 or 925-825-7700, reserve by 1/3 or rate may increase. If reserving by phone, use group code CHS.


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. Refunds, $15 service charge. Entries posted at chessaction.com (click "entry list" after entering). Bring set, board, clock if possible; none supplied.

Blitz tournament Sunday 10 pm, enter by 9:45 pm.

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