22nd annual

March 23-25 or 24-25, 2018
Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis-Clayton


March 23-25 or 24-25                                                                        Missouri
                                    US Chess Grand Prix Points: 120 (enhanced)
22nd annual Mid-America Open. 5SS, 40/100, SD/30, d10 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/60, d10). Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis-Clayton, 7750 Carondelet Ave., St. Louis MO 63105 (I-64 W/US 40-W Exit 32B, 1.2 miles north on Hanley Rd).  Hotel telephone:
(314) 726-5400 .

In 6 sections:  

Major Section: Open to 1800.above. Prizes $2000-1000-600-400, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300 $800-400.  FIDE-rated.

Under 2100 Section: $1500-700-500-300. 

Under 1900 Section: $1500-700-500-300.

Under 1700 Section: $1400-700-500-300.

Under 1500 Section: $1200-600-400-300.

Under 1250 Section: $900-500-300-200.

Unrated may enter any section, with prize limits: U1250 $200, U1500 $400, or U1700 $600.

Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes: best male/female combined 2-player “team” score: $800-400-200. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 3/24; prize limits do not apply to mixed doubles.

US Chess Junior Grand Prix points available.

Top 5 sections entry fee: $113 online at chessaction.com by 3/21, 3-day $113, 2-day $112 if check mailed by 3/14, $130 online until 2 hours before round 1 or at site until 1 hour before.  

Under 1250 Section entry fees: all $20 less than above.

No checks at site, credit cards OK. No mailed credit card entries.

Re-entry $60; not available to go from Major to Major.  GMs free; $100 deducted from prize.

Online entry fee $3 less to MCA members.

All: Special 1 year USCF dues with paper 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.  USCF membership required.    

Ratings:  March official USCF rating list used.  Unofficial uschess.org ratings are usually used if otherwise unrated.  Unofficial ratings are not used if you have an official rating.  

Foreign player rating info     Prizewinner tax info   
CCA electronic devices policies

3-day schedule:
Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:15 pm.
2-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat. 10 am, rds. Sat. 11 am, 2 pm & 5 pm, Sun. 10 am & 3:15 pm.

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

Hotel rates: $102-105, includes free full hot buffet breakfast and free parking, 888-303-1746, 314-726-5400, request chess rate, reserve by March 9 or rate may increase, rooms may sell out earlier.     


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

Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied!

Entry: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). 


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