42nd annual
LIBERTY BELL OPEN

7 ROUND SWISS, MARTIN LUTHER KING WEEKEND
Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel
 

$20,000 projected prizes, $12,000 minimum
(Prizes have been larger than projected for each of the last four years!)
 

A Heritage Event


Jan. 15-18, 16-18 or 17-18                                     Pennsylvania
                     ChessCafe.com Grand Prix Points: 80 (enhanced)

42nd annual Liberty Bell Open. 7SS, 40/2, SD/1 (3 day option, rds 1-2 G/75; 2 day, rds 1-4 G/40).  Under 900 Section plays 1/17-18 only, G/40. Sheraton City Center Hotel, 17th & Race Sts., Philadelphia 19103.  Prizes $20,000 based on 320 paid entries (Under 900 Section counts 1/3, GMs ), else in proportion, except minimum 60% of each prize guaranteed.  In 2006 to 2009, the tournament had over 320 paid entries each year 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 rated.

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: $700-400-200-150-100. 

Under 1100 Section: $700-400-200-150-100. 

Under 900 Section: $200-100-60-40, trophies to top 10.

Unrated may enter any section, but may not win over $100 in U900, $200 in U1100, $300 U1300, $400 U1500, $500 U1700, or $600 U1900.


Top 5 sections entry fee: 4 day $99, 3 day $98, 2 day $97 mailed by 1/7, all $100 ONLINE at chesstour.com by 1/11, $105 phoned by 1/11 (406-896-2038, entry only, no questions), $120 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site.  GMs free, $80 deducted from prize.

Under
1300, U1100 Sections entry fee:
4 day $79, 3 day $78, 2 day $77 mailed by 1/7, all $80 ONLINE at chesstour.com by 1/11, $85 phoned by 1/11 (406-896-2038, entry only, no questions), $100 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site. 

Under 900 Section entry fee: $32 mailed by 1/7, $33
ONLINE by 1/11, $35 phoned by 1/11, $40 at site. 


Special 1 year USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry: ONLINE at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30.  Mailed entry $3 less to PSCF members. Re-entry (except Open Section) $80.

4-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds Fri 7 pm, Sat 11-6, Sun 11-6, Mon 10-4:30.
3-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds.Sat 11-2:30-6, Sun 11-6, Mon 10-4:30.
2-day schedule: Reg ends Sun 9 am, rds Sun 10-12-2-4-6, Mon 10-4:30.
Under 900 schedule: Reg. ends Sun. 9 am, rds Sun 10-12-2-4, Mon 10-12-2. 
Half point byes: OK all, limit 3, Open must commit before rd 2, others before rd 4.

 

All: Unofficial uschess.org ratings based on 4 or more games usually used if otherwise unrated.
 
Hotel rates: $95-95-95-95, 215-448-2000, reserve by 1/1 or rate may increase.
Parking: $8/day chess rate with guest room at Sheraton, $15/day chess rate without guest room, parking lot 1 block from hotel may be less than $15.

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, www.chesstour.com. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP.


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