41st annual
LIBERTY BELL OPEN

7-round Swiss at Sheraton City Center Hotel, Philadelphia
Jan 16-19, 17-19 or 18-19, 2009 (Martin Luther King weekend)

A Heritage Event

 
Jan. 16-19, 17-19 or 18-19                                             Pennsylvania
                     WorldChessLive.com Grand Prix Points: 80 (enhanced)
41st annual Liberty Bell Open. 7SS, 40/2, SD/1 (3 day option, rds 1-2 G/75; 2 day, rds 1-4 G/40).  U900 Section plays 1/18-19 only, G/40. Sheraton City Center Hotel, 17th & Race Sts., Philadelphia 19103.  Special parking for all players $5/day (guest room not required).

Prizes $20,000 b/320 paid entries (U900 Section counts 1/3, GMs ), else in proportion, except minimum 60% of each prize guaranteed.  In 2006 through 2008, the tournament had over 320 paid entries and the $20,000 projected prize fund was increased! In 8 sections.

Open Section: $2000-1000-500-300-200, 1st clear or on tiebreak $100 bonus, 2300-2399 $800-400, U2300/Unr $800-400. FIDE.

Under 2100 Section: $1000-600-400-300-200.

Under 1900 Section: $1000-600-400-300-200.

Under 1700 Section: $1000-600-400-300-200.

Under 1500 Section: $1000-600-400-300-200.

Under 1300 Section: $700-400-250-150-100. 

Under 1100 Section: $700-400-250-150-100. 

Under 900 Section: $150-100-50, trophies to top 8.

Unrated may enter any section, but may not win over $50 in U900, $100 U1100, $200 U1300, $300 U1500, $400 U1700, or $500 U1900.  Balance goes to next player(s) in line.

Top 5 sections entry fee: 4 day $99, 3 day $98, 2 day $97 mailed by 1/8, all $100 ONLINE at chesstour.com by 1/13, $105 phoned by 1/13 (406-896-2038, entry only, no questions), $120 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site.  GMs free, $80 deducted from prize.

Under 1300, Under 1100 Sections entry fee: All $20 less to rated players. 

Under 900 Section entry fee: $27 mailed by 1/8, $28 ONLINE by 1/13, $30 phoned by 1/13, $40 at site.

All: FREE TO UNRATED if paying USCF dues!  Unofficial uschess.org ratings based on 4 or more games usually used if otherwise unrated. Mailed entry $3 less to PSCF members. Re entry (except Open Section) $80.  USCF membership is required of all players, to participate (in any USCF-rated tournament).  No checks at site, credit cards OK.

Special 1 year USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry- online $30, mailed, phoned or paid at site $40. 

4-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds 7 pm, 11-6, 11-6, 10-4:30.
3-day schedule:
Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds.11-2:30-6, 11-6, 10-4:30.
2-day schedule:
Reg ends Sun 9 am, rds 10-12-2-4-6, 10-4:30.
Under 900 schedule:
Reg. ends Sun. 9 am, rds 10-12-2-4, 10-12-2. 
Half point byes:
all, limit 3, must commit before round 3, having under 2 points when making request (1-0 plus game in progress counts as 2 points).

Hotel rates: $93-93-93-93, 215-448-2000, ask for chess rate, reserve by Jan 2 or rate may increase. 
Special parking for all players
(guest room not required) $5/day. 
Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or
reserve car online through chesstour.com.

Entry: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. Questions: 845-496-9658, chesstour at aol.com, http://www.chesstour.com/. $10 service charge for refunds. Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com.


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