24th annual

NORTH AMERICAN OPEN

at Bally's Las Vegas


SEE BELOW FOR LATEST HOTEL RATES

 

OPEN SECTION: 9 rounds, Dec 26-30, GM and IM norms possible!

OTHER SECTIONS: 7 rounds, Dec 26-29 or 27-29

 

Prizes $120,000 based on 600 paid entries, $90,000 minimum guaranteed!


     An American Classic
Chess Magnet School Junior Grand Prix

December 26-30, 26-29 or 27-29, Nevada

Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced)

24th annual North American Open
     Open Section, Dec 26-30: 9SS, 40/2, SD/30, d10, GM & IM norms possible; EF $100 more to US players in this section if not USCF or FIDE rated 2200/over.
     Other sections, Dec 26-29 or 27-29:
7SS, 40/2, SD/30, d10 (3-day option, rounds 1-2 G/60, d10).

Bally's Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas NV 89103.

 

     Prizes $120,000 based on 600 paid entries (seniors, re-entries, GMs, IMs, WGMs & U1250 Section count as half entries), else in proportion; $90,000 minimum (75% each prize) guaranteed. In 7 sections.

    Open Section: $10000-5000-2500-1200-1000-800-600-500-400-400, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak bonus $200, top FIDE Under 2500/Unr $2400-1200. FIDE rated, GM & IM norms possible.
      Under 2300:
$7000-4000-2000-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400.       Under 2100: $7000-4000-2000-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $2500.
      Under 1900: $7000-4000-2000-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1800.
      Under 1700: $6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1300.
      Under 1500:
$5000-2500-1300-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300, no unrated may win over $900.
    Under 1250:
$3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400-300-300, top Under 1000 (no unr) $1000-500, no unrated may win over $500. No separate U1000 section; players under 1000 in U1250 play for both U1250 and U1000 prizes; receive larger if winning both.
     Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes: best male/female combined 2-player team score through rounds 1-7: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) by 3 pm 12/27; prize limits do not apply to mixed doubles.


Prize limits: 1) Players with under 26 games played as of 12/14 list may not win over $1500 U1250, $3000 U1500 or U1700. Games rated too late for 12/14 list not counted. 2) If post-event rating posted 12/20/13-12/20/14 was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $2000. 3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line.

Top 6 sections entry fee:

Online at chessaction.com: $255 7/16-10/15, $275 by 12/23.
Phoned to 406-896-2038: no questions, credit card entry only. $265 by 10/15, $285 by 12/21.

Mailed 7/16-10/15: 5-day $260, 4-day $259, 3-day $258.
Mailed 10/16-12/15: 5-day $280, 4-day $279, 3-day $278. Do not mail entry after 12/15.
Online 12/24 to 2 hours before your first game, or at site to 1 hour before your first game: $300.
 

Under 1250 Section entry fee: All $120 less than above.

Seniors 65/over in U1500/above:
All $120 less than above.

Re-entry $120; not available in Open Section.

 

GMs, foreign IMs, foreign WGMs: free in Open Section; $150 deducted from prize.


US IMs & WGMs $150; $100 deducted from prize.

All:
No checks at site, credit cards OK.


USCF membership required. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry. Online at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20.

 

Prizewinner tax info

5-day late reg. ends 12/26 10:30 am, rounds 12/26-28 11:30 am & 6 pm, 12/29 10 am & 4 pm, 12/30 10 am.  Open Section only.

4-day late reg.
ends 12/26 5 pm, rounds 12/26 6 pm, 12/27-28 11:30 am & 6 pm, 12/29 10 am & 4 pm.  U2300 through U1250 Sections only.

3-day late reg.
ends 12/27 10:30 am, rounds 12/27 11:30 am, 2:30 pm & 6 pm, 12/28 11:30 & 6, 12/29 10 & 4. U2300 through U1250 Sections only.

Half Point Byes:
OK all, limit 4, limit 2 in last 4 rounds; Open must commit before rd 2, others before rd 4.

 

Hotel rates: Players were asked to reserve by Nov 15 to obtain the lowest rates. As of Dec 6, there are still some chess rates available online that have not been raised: $55 for the nights of Dec 21-24 and $90 for Dec 28 and 29. For Dec 25 the new online chess rate is $79, Dec 26 $125, Dec 27 $149. If you are comparing these to Bally's regular rates, please note that the chess rates have no resort fee, the regular rates a $22/night resort fee.

 

RESERVE YOUR ROOM ONLINE NOW

Or call 800-358-8777, 702-739-4111, but the rates by phone may be higher.   

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


Ratings:
FIDE used in Open, Dec 2014 official USCF in others. Unofficial web ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. For foreign in U2300 & below, see www.chesstour.com/foreignratings.htm. Highest of multiple ratings usually used. Players who fail to disclose foreign or FIDE ratings may be expelled.


Special rules:
CCA electronic devices rules used; see www.chesstour.com/devices.htm. Also, in round 3 or after, players with scores of 80% or more and their opponents may not use headphones or earphones, or go to a different floor of the hotel without Director permission.


North American Blitz
12/29 9:45 pm with $3000 GUARANTEED PRIZES; see below.


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

Entry: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577.
Info: DirectorAtChess.us, www.chesstour.com, 347-201-2269.
Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly).

 

NORTH AMERICAN BLITZ, DECEMBER 29:
$3000 GUARANTEED PRIZES.

5 rounds, double round, 10 games. In 2 sections:
Open Section: $500-300-200, top Under 2300/Unr $230-120, Under 2100 $220-110.
Under 1900 Section: $400-200-100, Under 1700 $220-110, Under 1500 $140-70, Under 1300 $80.

Entry fee: At site 12/29 only. $40 by 7 pm 12/29, $50 after 7 pm 12/29. No checks, credit cards OK. USCF membership required. GMs free; $40 deducted from prize. Blitz rated, but higher of regular or blitz used for pairings, prizes. Reg. ends 9:15 pm 12/29, rounds 9:45, 10:30, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15. Half point bye (1 out of 2) available round 1.

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