An American Classic!
A Heritage Event!

49th annual National Chess Congress

November 23-25 or 24-25, 2018, Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown

US Chess Grand Prix Points: 150 (Enhanced)

6 rounds, 40/100, SD/30, d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-3 G/40, d10). Trophy sections play separate 2-day schedule only, 11/24-25, G/40, d10. Sheraton Philadelphia Hotel, 201 North 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103.


In 10 sections.
open to 1900/above. $3000-1500-700-400-200, clear win or 1st on tiebreak $200 bonus, top U2400 $1600-800. FIDE rated.
Under 2200:
Under 2000:
Under 1800:
Under 1600:
Under 1400:
Under 1200:
Under 1000:
Trophies to top 10.
Under 800:
Trophies to top 10.
Under 600:
Trophies to top 10.
may not win over $200 in U1200, $400 in U1400, $600 in U1600, $800 in U1800, or $1000 in U2000.

Mixed doubles prizes:
best male-female 2-player "team" combined score among all sections: $2000-1000-600-400. Team average must be under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2; teams including an unrated limited to $400.

Top 7 sections entry fee:
$120 online at by 11/21, 3-day $128, 2-day $127 mailed by 11/14, $150 at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. GMs free, $100 deducted from prize. Re-entry $60, not available in Premier.

Under 1000, Under 800, Under 600 entry fee:
$42 online at by 11/21, $47 mailed by 11/14, $60 at site.

No checks at site, credit cards OK.

USCF membership required.
Special 1 year USCF dues with paper magazine if paid with entry. Online at, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17.

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

Ratings: November official USCF ratings used. Unofficial 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.
US Chess Junior Grand Prix Points available.

3-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 11 am, rds. Fri 12 & 6, Sat 12 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:30.
2-day top 7 sections schedule:
Reg. ends Sat. 9 am, rds. Sat 10, 12:45, 3:15 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:30.
Under 1000, Under 800, Under 600 schedule:
Reg. ends Sat 9 am, rds. Sat 10, 12:45 & 3:30 each day.
Half point byes
OK all rounds; limit 3, Premier must commit before rd. 3, others before round 4.

Hotel rates:
$108-108-128, 215-448-2000, reserve by 11/8 or rate may increase.


Hotel parking chess rate 50% off regular rate (about $20). Gateway Garage, 1540 Spring St/1540 Vine St (1 block from hotel), about $7/day Sat & Sun, $20/day other days.

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

Entry: or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions:,,, 347-201-2269. Advance entries posted at (click on "entry list" after entering).

BLITZ TOURNAMENT Sat 10 pm; enter by 9:45 pm.

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