An American Classic
A Heritage Event

 28th annual

November 15-17 or 16-17, 2019

Embassy Suites Cincinnati Northeast, Blue Ash, Ohio

$30,000 projected prizes, $24,000 minimum guaranteed

Nov. 15-17 or 16-18          Ohio
           US Chess Grand Prix Points: 150 (enhanced)
28th annual Kings Island Open. 5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/60 d10), Embassy Suites Cincinnati Northeast, 4554 Lake Forest Drive (1 mile from I-71 Exit 15), Blue Ash Ohio 45242. Free parking. 

Prizes $30,000 based on 350 paid entries (GMs, re-entries & U1000 Section count as half entries); minimum $24,000 (80% of each prize) guaranteed. 

In 7 sections:     
     Major Section:
Open to 1800.up. $3000-1500-700-500-300, clear/tiebreak win $100 bonus, top USCF Under 2300 $1600-800. FIDE rated.
     Under 2100 Section:
     Under 1900 Section:
     Under 1700 Section:
     Under 1500 Section:
     Under 1250 Section:
     Under 1000 Section:
     Unrated prize limits:
U1000 $100, U1250 $200, U1500 $300, U1700 $400, U1900 $500. Balance goes to next player(s) in line.

     MIXED DOUBLES BONUS PRIZES: best male/female 2-player "team" combined score among all sections: $1000-500-300. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm Nov 16. Prize limits do not apply to mixed doubles.

Top 6 sections entry fee: $118 online at by 11/13, 3-day $123, 2-day $122 mailed by 11/6, $140 at site until 1 hour before round 1 or online until 2 hours before round 1.  Online entry fee $5 less to OCA members. No checks at site, credit cards OK.  GMs free; $100 deducted from prize.

Under 1000 Section entry fee:
All $40 less than above.

Re-entry $60; not available in Major Section.

Special 1 year USCF dues
with Chess Life if paid with entry- online at, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15.  Mailed or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17.  USCF membership required.

3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:30.
2-day schedule:
Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:30.
Half point byes:
OK all rounds; Major must commit by round 2, other sections by round 3.

Hotel rates: Suite with king bed and queen couch/bed $107, suite with two beds plus queen couch/bed $117. More than 2 in room, $10/day more for each extra person. RATES INCLUDE FREE HOT BREAKFAST FOR ALL ROOM OCCUPANTS! Up to 4 people allowed in king suite, up to 6 in larger suite. 513-733-8900, reserve by 11/1 or rate may increase.


Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through Car rental is easiest & cheapest transportation from Cincinnati Airport.

Ratings:  November official USCF rating list used.  Unofficial ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. 

Foreign player rating info.                  Prizewinner tax info                   CCA electronic devices policies

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: November official USCF ratings used. Unofficial ratings usually used if otherwise unrated, or to qualify for Major. 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.
US Chess Junior Grand Prix Points available.

Entry: Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803. Questions:,, $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at (online entries posted instantly). 

BLITZ TOURNAMENT Saturday night, 9:30 pm.

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