18th annual MANHATTAN OPEN

July 19-21 or 20-21, 2019


US Chess Grand Prix Points: 150 (Enhanced)

5 rounds, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Crowne Plaza Times Square, 1605 Broadway (48th-49th Street), New York 10019 (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence). NO FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED IN HOTEL MEETING ROOMS OR ADJACENT FOYERS OR HALLWAYS, even if purchased from the hotel, except for water which will be supplied by the hotel. Prize fund $25,000 unconditionally guaranteed ($5000 more than last year).


In 7 sections:

Major: Open to 1800/up. $2000-1000-600-400, clear/tiebreak win $100 bonus, top USCF Under 2400 $800-400. FIDE rated.

Under 2200: $1600-800-500-300.
Under 2000: $1600-800-500-300.
Under 1800: $1600-800-500-300.
Under 1600:
Under 1400: $1200-600-400-300.
Under 1100:

Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $800-500-300-200. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 7/20.

Unrated prize limits: U2000 $600, U1800 $400, U1600 $300, U1400 $200, U1100 $100; balance goes to next player(s) in line.

Top 6 sections entry fee: $143 at chessaction.com by 7/17, 3-day $148, 2-day $147 if check mailed by 7/10, all $160 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before rd 1. GMs free; $120 from prize.

Under 1100 Section entry fee: all $30 less than top 3 sections entry fees.

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

Re-entry $60, no Major to Major.

No checks at site, credit cards OK.

Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17.


For all tournaments, adjusted FIDE or foreign ratings, if higher than USCF, may be used. Players must disclose FIDE or foreign ratings when entering, or may later be expelled. Other over the board ratings such as club, league, scholastic, state or province, etc, adjusted if appropriate, may be used at our discretion if above USCF.  No rating below the latest official USCF rating, on the list corresponding to the ending date of the tournament, will be used. For 9 round events offering title norm possibilities, FIDE ratings are used. Click here for further details.

Ratings: July official USCF ratings used. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Players must reveal foreign, FIDE and other over the board ratings, and these ratings, adjusted if necessary, may be used, if higher than USCF. See also above. 

3-Day Schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6:30 pm. Rds. Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 11 am & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:30 pm.
2-Day Schedule:
Reg. ends Sat 10 am. Rds. Sat 11 am, 2 pm & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:30 pm.
Half point byes
available all rounds, limit 2 byes, Major must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3.

Hotel rates: $219-269, 877-834-3613, 212-977-4000, reserve by 6/27 or rate may increase.


Entry: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: chesstour.com, chesstour.info, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. Entries posted at chessaction.com (click "entry list" after entering).

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

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