27th annual

at Bally's Las Vegas

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

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



Parking is free at the Paris/Bally's garage for chess tournament attendees with guest rooms at Bally's (swipe your room key when exiting), and to Total Rewards Platinum and Diamond members with cards.
For others, parking is $10/day at the Paris/Bally's garage, however, you can park free at Planet Hollywood, next door to Bally's, which still has free parking for everyone.

Free lecture by FM/WIM Alisa Melekhina, December 28, 9 to 11 am on "Decision-Making and Logical Thinking in Chess," her new book by that title.

   An American Classic
   A Heritage Event

   US Chess Junior Grand Prix

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

US Chess Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced)

26th 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 guaranteed. 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 2400/Unr $2400-1200. FIDE rated, GM & IM norms possible.

Under 2300 Section:

Under 2100 Section:
$7000-4000-2000-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $2500.

Under 1900 Section:
$7000-4000-2000-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1800.

Under 1700 Section:
$6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1300.

Under 1500 Section:
$5000-2500-1300-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300, no unrated may win over $900.

Under 1250 Section:
$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: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Only rounds 1-7 of Open Section counted. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections;  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 Dec 2017 official list may not win over $1500 U1250, $3000 U1500 or U1700. Games rated too late for Dec. 2017 list not counted. 2) If post-event rating posted 12/20/16-12/20/17 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: $245 by 9/15, $275 by 12/23.
    Mailed by 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 round 1, or at site 12/26 to 1 hour before round 1: $300.

     Open Section entry fee $100 more to US players if not USCF or FIDE rated 2200/over.

     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.


     Open Section GMs, foreign IMs/WGMs: Free, $200 entry fee deducted from prize.
    US IMs/WGMs, foreign FMs/WIMs: All entry fees $100 less.  

     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 $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17.


    Prizewinner tax info

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

     3-day late reg.
ends 12/27 10 am, rounds 12/27 11 am, 2:30 pm & 6 pm, 12/28 11 am & 6 pm, 12/29 10 am & 4:30 pm. 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: $99-99 (no resort fee), 800-833-3308, 702-739-4111, rate may increase or chess block sell out about 11/15.  Free parking.

    PLEASE NOTE! If you see non-chess rates advertised anywhere that are lower than our chess rates, remember that they probably do not include the $34/day resort fee, or have free parking.



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

FIDE used in Open, Dec 2017 official USCF in others. Unofficial web ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. UNDER 2300 & BELOW FOREIGN PLAYER RATINGS

      Players who fail to disclose foreign or FIDE ratings may be expelled.

     Special rules:
CCA electronic devices rules used

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


      North American Blitz
12/29 10 pm with $3000 GUARANTEED PRIZES; see below.

      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). $15 service charge for refunds.



     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 9:30 pm 12/29, rounds 10, 10:45, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15. Half point bye (1 out of 2) available round 1.

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