29th annual

Bally's Las Vegas, Dec 26-30, 26-29 or 27-29, 2019

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

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



   An American Classic
   A Heritage Event

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

US Chess Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced)

29th 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 $2000.

Under 1900 Section:
$7000-4000-2000-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1600.

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 $1000.

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 2019 official list may not win over $1500 U1250, $3000 U1500 or U1700. Games rated too late for Dec. 2019 list not counted. 2) If post-event rating posted 12/20/18-12/20/19 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 to go from Open Section to Open Section.


Open Section GMs, foreign IMs/WGMs/WIMs: Free, minimum prize $300 if playing all 9 games with no byes; $200 entry fee deducted from prize (may not lower prize to below $300).

Open Section US IMs/WGMs, foreign FMs/WFMs:
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 or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. International online membership for foreign players, $20/year. USCF membership is not required for GMs, foreign IMs, foreign WIMs.


    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 round 3, others before round 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 if guest room at Ballys.

    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 $35/day-plus resort fee, or have free parking.



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

December FIDE used in Open, December 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


PLAYERS MAY NOT POSSESS CELLPHONES DURING PLAY. Please leave your phone home, or in your hotel room or car, or in a bag at your table. 

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, only FIDE ratings are used. Click here for further details.

Ratings, for Under 2300 & lower sections: December 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.


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, www.chesstour.info.  
Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (click "entry list" after entering). $15 service charge for refunds.



      5 rounds, double round, 10 games. G/5, no delay. In 2 sections:
      Open Section: $500-300-200, top Under 2300/Unr $230-120, Under 2100 $220-110.
     Under 1900/Unr 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. $20 service charge for refunds.

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