4th annual

February 22-24 or 23-24, 2019
Westin Tysons Corner, Falls Church, VA


February 22-24 or 23-24                                              Virginia
            US Chess Grand Prix Points: 100 (enhanced)
4th annual George Washington Open. 5 round Swiss, 40/100, SD/30, d10 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/60, d10), Westin Tysons Corner, 7801 Leesburg Pike (VA-7), Falls Church, VA 22043 (from the east, take I-66W to VA-7, from other directions, take I-495 to VA-7).  Free daytime parking for all, free overnight parking for guests with chess rate, free shuttle to Tysons Corner Center and Metro. 25 minutes drive from Washington, 50 minutes from Baltimore.

Grandmaster Rashad Babaev will give a free lecture, Sunday 9-10 am, and analyze games submitted by players Sunday from 12 noon to about 2 pm.


      Major Section
(1800/up): $1800-900-500-300, clear or tiebreak 1st $100 bonus, top U2300 $600-300.   
      Under 2100 Section:
$1200-600-300-200, top Under 1900 (no Unr) $600-300.
      Under 1800 Section:
$1200-600-300-200, top Under 1600 (no Unr) $500-250.
      Under 1500 Section:
$1000-500-250-150, top Under 1300 (no Unr) $400-200.
      Under 1200 Section:

Unrated may not win over $100 in U1200, $200 U1500, $400 U1800; balance goes to next player(s) in line.

MIXED DOUBLES BONUS PRIZES: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $400-200. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 2/23. Prize limits do not apply to mixed doubles.


Top 4 sections entry fee: $108 online at chessaction.com by 2/20, 3-day $113, 2-day $112 if check mailed by 2/13, $120 at site (no checks, credit cards OK) until 1 hour before round 1 or online until 2 hours before round 1.

Under 1200 Section entry fee: All $40 less than top 4 sections entry fee.

All sections:
Re-entry $50, not available to go from Major to Major. GMs, IMs & WGMs free in Major; $100 deducted from prize.  

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. USCF membership required.


Foreign player rating info              Prizewinner tax info              CCA electronic devices rules


PLAYERS MAY NOT POSESS 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: February official USCF ratings used. 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.   

3-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:30 pm.
2-day schedule:
Reg. ends Sat. 10 am, rds Sat 11 am, 2 pm & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:30 pm.

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

Hotel rates:
$109-109, 1-866-716-8108, reserve by 2/8 or rate may increase. 


Room sharing: Post a request to share a room on the USCF "All Things Chess" Forum.  If you have difficulty posting, email your request to Continental Chess and we will post it for you.

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

Entry: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: www.chesstour.com, www.chesstour.info, 347-201-2269. Entries posted at chessaction.com (click "entry list" after entering). 



BLITZ TOURNAMENT Saturday 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.

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