The chess rate for hotel rooms has been reduced from $96 per night to $69, a savings of $27 per night!  If you have already reserved at the $96 chess rate, your rate will be changed to $69.  If you have reserved with a service offering some other rate that his higher than the $69 chess rate, please call 800-833-3308, obtain the $69 chess rate, and cancel the higher rate reservation, so that you save money and the chess tournament gets credit for your room!

GOLDEN STATE OPEN AT CONCORD HILTON:  The advertised chess rate is $99, but it has been reduced to $88, and only $79 for seniors age 62 or over!  Please reserve rooms only directly with the hotel, so you get the lowest rate and the chess tournament is credited with your room.

To avoid huge ballroom rent, most of our tournaments count on having many players use guest rooms at the host hotel, and asking for the chess rate gives the tournament credit.  For all tournaments, please stay at the tournament site whenever possible and ask for the chess rate.  Thank you for your help!

19th annual

Dec 26-29 or 27-29, 2009 at Ballys Las Vegas

$120,000 projected prizes, $90,000 minimum guaranteed!

An American Classic
December 26-29 or 27-29, Nevada
        World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced)

19th annual North American Open. 7SS, 40/2, SD/1 (3-day option, rds 1-4 G/75), Bally's Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas NV 89103. $$ 120,000 based on 600 paid entries (seniors count as 3/4 entries, re-entries & GMs as half entries, U1000/Unr Section as 1/5), else in proportion; $90,000 minimum (75% each prize) guaranteed. No unrateds in U1300, U1500, or U1700 Sections.

In 7 sections.

Open Section: $10000-5000-2500-1200-1000-800-600-500-400-400, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak bonus $200, 2300-2499 $2500-1200, U2300/Unr $2500-1200. FIDE rated.

Under 2100/Unr Section: $8000-4000-2000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $2000.

Under 1900/Unr Section: $8000-4000-2000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1000.

Under 1700 Section: $8000-4000-2000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400.

Under 1500 Section: $6000-3000-1500-1000-800-700-600-500-400-400.

Under 1300 Section: $6000-3000-1500-1000-800-700-600-500-400-400.

Under 1000/Unr Section: $1000-600-500-400-300-200, no unrated may win over $200.

Prize limits: 1) Players with under 26 games played as of 12/09 list may not win over $1500 U1300, $2500 U1500 or U1700. Games rated too late for 12/09 list not counted. 2) If more than 30 pts over section maximum on any list 12/08-11/09, prize limit $1500. 3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line.

Mailed entry fee: 4-day $244, 3-day $243 mailed by 10/15, 4-day $274, 3-day $273 mailed by 12/12.

ONLINE entry fee: $245 at by 10/15, $275 by 12/19, $300 12/20 until two hours before round 1.

Phoned entry fee: $250 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 10/15 (no questions), $280 by 12/19. No phone entry after 12/19.

Entry fee at site: $300.

Special entry fee: Seniors over 65 in Under 1300 or above, $70 less.  Click for online entry including senior option. Re-entry $120; not available in Open Section. GMs $150 from prize.

Under 1000/Unr Section entry fee: 4-day $64, 3-day $63 if mailed by 12/12, $65 ONLINE at by 12/19, $70 phoned by 12/19 (406-896-2038, entry only, no questions), $80 at site.  $30 less to unrated.

All: No checks at site, credit cards OK. Special 1 year USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry- Online at, Adult $30, Young Adult $20. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30. 

4-day schedule reg. ends 12/26 5 pm, rds 12/26 6 pm, 12/27 11 & 6, 12/28 11 & 6, 12/29 10 & 4:30.
3-day schedule reg. ends 12/27 4 pm, rds 12/27 5-8:30, 12/28 11-2:30-6, 12/29 10-4:30.
Half point byes: OK all rounds, limit 4, limit 2 in last 4 rounds; Open must commit before rd 2, others before rd 4. 

Hotel rates: $69-69, 800-833-3308, 702-739-4111. Free parking (garage at adjacent Paris Las Vegas Hotel is most convenient).

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

Ratings:  December official USCF rating list used.  Unofficial ratings based on 4 or more games are usually used if otherwise unrated.  Unofficial ratings are not used if you have an official rating.  Foreign player rating info.

Unofficial ratings based on 4 or more games are usually used if otherwise unrated. 
Unofficial ratings are not used if you have an official rating.

Special rules: In round 3 or after, players with scores of 80% or more and their opponents may not use headphones, earphones, or cellphones or go to a different floor of the hotel without Director permission, and must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director.

Entry: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. Questions:, 845-496-9658. Advance entries posted at WCL JGP.


Dec. 29                             Nevada
World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 30 (enhanced)
North American Blitz.
$2,500 GUARANTEED PRIZE FUND! 5-SS, G/5 (double round,10 games), Bally's Las Vegas (see North American Open). $$G 2500.  In 2 sections: Open: $400-200-100, top U2400/Unr $200-100, U2200 $180-90, U2000 $170-80.  Under 1800: $300-150-70, top U1600 $160-80, U1400 $130, U1200 $90, no unrated may win over $150.  EF: $40, no checks, enter at site only. Quick-rated, but higher of regular or quick USCF rating used for pairings, prizes. USCF membership required. Reg. ends 10:15 pm, rds. 10:45-11:30-12-12:30-1. Bye: 1.

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