16th annual

August 18-20 or 19-20, 2017 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 8 sections:
     Open Section:
Open to all, U1800/Unr entry fee $100 more.
$2000-1000-600-400, clear or tiebreak first $100 bonus, top Under 2400/Unr $600-300. FIDE rated.
     Under 2200 Section:
     Under 2000 Section:
     Under 1800 Section: $1300-700-400-200, unrated limit $600.
     Under 1600 Section: $1000-500-300-200, unrated limit $400.
     Under 1400 Section: $1000-500-300-200, unrated limit $300.
     Under 1200 Section: $500-250-150-100, unrated limit $200.
     Under 1000 Section: $500-250-150-100, unrated limit $100.

MIXED DOUBLES BONUS PRIZES: best male/female 2-player "team" combined score among all sections: $600-400-200. Team average rating must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 8/19. 

Top 6 sections entry fee: $128 online at by 8/16, 3-day $138, 2-day $137 if check mailed by 8/9, all $150 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. GMs free, $100 from prize.

Under 1200 Section, Under 1000 Section entry fee: All $50 less than top 6 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 (Note change from Chess Life):
     $159-159-169 through below link, reserve by 7/27. Facility fee of $20/day waived if reserving through this link.
     By phone, same rates plus $20/day facility fee, 1-800-223-8585.
      Both types of reservations  include wireless in room, unlimited local & long distance calling, and unlimited use of Ballys Total Fitness located next door to the hotel.

RESERVE HOTEL ROOM (rates may increase after July 27)

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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