15th annual

July 29-31 or 30-31, 2016 at Hotel Pennsylvania

Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 120 (enhanced)

5 round Swiss, 40/100, SD/30, d10 (2-day option, rounds 1-2 G/60, d10), Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Ave. (32nd-33rd St, across from Penn Station), New York NY 10001. 

Guide To Street Parking In Midtown Manhattan

Free lecture by IM Jay Bonin, Sunday 9 am


     In 6 sections:
     Open Section:
$2000-1000-600-400, clear or tiebreak first $100 bonus, top Under 2400/Unr $600-300. FIDE rated.
     Under 2200 Section:
$1500-800-400-200, top Under 2000/Unr $600-300.
     Under 1900 Section:
$1500-800-400-200, top Under 1700 (no unr) $600-300, unrated limit $700.
     Under 1600 Section: $1200-600-300-200, top Under 1400 (no unr) $500-250, unrated limit $500.
     Under 1300 Section: $800-400-200-100, top Under 1100 (no unr) $300-150, unrated limit $300.
     Under 1000 Section: $500-250-150-100, trophies to first 3, top Under 800, Under 600, Unrated. Unrated limit $200.

MIXED DOUBLES BONUS PRIZES: best male/female 2-player "team" combined score among all sections: $800-400-200. Team average rating must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 7/30; teams including an unrated cannot win over $300. 

Top 4 sections entry fee: $128 online at by 7/27, $140 phoned to 406-896-2038 (entry only, no questions) by 7/25, 3-day $138, 2-day $137 if check mailed by 7/20, all $150 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. No phone entry after 7/25, no mailed credit card entries. GMs free, $100 from prize.

Under 1300 Section entry fee: All $30 less than top 3 sections entry fee.
Under 1000 Section entry fee: All $60 less than top 3 sections entry fee.

Online or mailed entry $5 less to NYSCA members ($12/yr with 2 issues Empire Chess, $20/yr with 4 issues, may join with entry).

USCF membership required. Special 1 year USCF membership with paper magazine if paid with entry: Online at, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. 

Re-entry: $60, no re-entry from Open Section to Open Section.

Foreign player rating info     Prizewinner tax info    CCA electronic devices policies

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

3-day & 2-day schedules
merge after round 2 & compete for same prizes.
Byes: all; limit 2, Open must commit before rd 2, others before rd 3.

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

Hotel rates: $139-159-169 plus required $15/night facility fee, 1-800-223-8585, reserve by 7/8 or rate may increase, ask for Continental Chess Association rate.  Facility fee includes high speed WIFI in room, unlimited local & long distance calling, and unlimited use of Ballys Total Fitness located next door to the hotel.

RESERVE HOTEL ROOM (link corrected July 11, reserve by July 14)

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 rentals: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633 or reserve car online at

July official USCF ratings used; unofficial ratings usually used if otherwise unrated.

Entry: Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803. Questions: 347-201-2269,,, $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries will be posted at (online entries posted instantly).

Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.

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