39th annual


November 28-30 or 29-30, 2008

Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel

A Heritage Event
An American Classic

November 28-30 or 29-30, Pennsylvania
World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 150 (enhanced)

39th annual NATIONAL CHESS CONGRESS.  6SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2-day option, rds 1-3 G/50). Trophy sections play separate 2-day schedule only, 11/29-30, G/50.  Sheraton Hotel  Philadelphia City Center, 17th & Race Sts., Philadelphia 19103.
$30,000 GUARANTEED PRIZE FUND. Free analysis of your games by GM Arthur Bisguier.
Unrated may play in U800-U2200 (note change; there is no Unrated Section).  In 10 sections:

        Premier, open to all rated 2000/above and juniors under 18 rated 1800/above.  Prizes  $3000-1500-700-400-200, clear win or 1st on tiebreak $100, U2400/Unr $1400-700. FIDE rated.
        Under 2200/Unr: $2000-1000-500-300-200. 
        Under 2000/Unr: $2000-1000-500-300-200. 
        Under 1800/Unr: $2000-1000-500-300-200. 
        Under 1600/Unr: $2000-1000-500-300-200. 
        Under 1400/Unr: $1400-700-400-300-200. 
        Under 1200/Unr: $1400-700-400-300-200. 

Unrated may not win over $100 in U1200, $200 in U1400, $300 in U1600, $500 in U1800, or $700 in U2000.

Top 7 sections entry fee: 3-day $108, 2-day $107 mailed by 11/19, all $109 
ONLINE at chesstour.com by 11/25, $115 phoned by 11/25 (406-896-2038, no questions), $130 at site. GMs free, $100 deducted from prize. Re-entry $60, not available in Premier. Mailed EF $3 less to PSCF members. No checks at site, credit cards OK.

3-day late entry ends Fri 11 am, rounds Fri 12 noon & 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm. 
2-day late entry ends Sat 9 am, rounds Sat 10 am, 12:45 pm, 3:30 pm and 6 pm, Sun 10 & 4:30.

TROPHY SECTIONS: Under 1000/Unr, Under 800/Unr, Under 600: Trophies to top 8 players in each section.

Trophy sections entry fee: $27 mailed by 11/19, $28
ONLINE at chesstour.com by 11/25, $35 phoned by 11/25 (406-896-2038, no questions), $40 at tournament. No checks at site, credit cards OK.

Late entry ends Sat 9 am, rounds 10 am, 12:45 pm, 3:30 pm each day.

All sections U800-U2200:  FREE ENTRY TO UNRATED if paying USCF dues.

November official ratings used.
Unofficial uschess.org 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 1 year USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry- ONLINE at chesstour.com, unrated $20, rated $30.  If mailed, phoned or paid at site, unrated $30, rated $40.  Cost of reduced dues borne by Continental Chess. USCF membership required. Student/Alumni trophies to top 5 teams of 4 (regardless of section) representing any U.S. college, HS or pre-HS players attend or have graduated from.

Half point byes (note change): OK all rounds; limit 2, must commit before rd 3 and have under 2 points. 

Hotel rates: $91-91-91-91, reserve by 11/13 or rate may increase.  Parking  $5/day to all players; guest room not required.  Car rental: 800-331-1600, use AWD D657633 or
reserve car online through chesstour.com.

Entry: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. $10 charge for refunds. Questions: chesstour.com, ccaguide.com, 845-496-9658. Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP (top 7 sections).


Nov 30. Philadelphia USCF Booster Quads. 3RR, G/30, Sheraton Hotel (see National Chess Congress). EF: $20. 1st prize each section: choice of 2 year USCF Adult membership with Chess Life, 4 year USCF Young Adult Membership with Chess Life, or $40. Reg: 10 am-12 noon, Rds: 12:30-1:30-2:30. Ent: at site only, no checks.

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