US CHESS Junior Grand Prix!

18th annual Pittsburgh Open

MARCH 3-5 OR 4-5, 2017

Room rates lowered to $95, RESERVATIONS DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 28!




5 rounds, 40/100, SD/30, d10 (2-day option, rounds 1-2 G/60, d10), Wyndham Garden Pittsburgh Airport Hotel, One Industry Lane, Pittsburgh PA 15275. Free parking, free airport shuttle, free internet in guest rooms and skittles room.  Hotel restaurant is expected to be open most of the time this year; many other restaurants 1 to 1.5 miles away (free shuttle).

In 5 sections: 

Open: Open to players who are/were 1800/up or pay $100 extra. Prizes $1400-700-350, top Under 2300/Unr $500. 
Under 2100:
 $1000-500-300, top Under 1900/Unr $400. 
Under 1800: $1000-500-300, top Under 1600 (no Unr) $300. 
Under 1500:
$800-400-200, top Under 1300 (no Unr) $200.
Under 1200:
 may not win over $100 in U1200, $200 U1500 or $400 U1800. 

Mixed doubles bonus prizes:
 best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $300-150. Team average must be under 2200; may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 3/4. 

Top 4 sections entry fee: $95 online at by 3/1, $100 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 2/27, $110 at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. Mailed by 2/22: 3-day $103, 2-day $102. GMs, IMs & WGMs free; $90 deducted from prize. 

Under 1200 Section entry fee:
All $50 less than top 4 sections entry fee.

Special 1 year USCF dues
 with 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. USCF membership required.

Re-entry $60;
 not available in Open Section. 

3-day schedule:
 Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:15 pm. 
2-day schedule:
 Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 am & 3:15. 
 Half point byes OK all, limit 2, Open must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. 

Hotel rates:
 $95-95, 1-800-996-3426, 724-695-0002, free parking, free internet, free airport shuttle; reserve by 2/28 or rate may increase. NOTE REDUCED RATE AND EXTENDED DEADLINE!

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

 March official USCF rating list used. 
Unofficial ratings are usually used if otherwise unrated.  Unofficial ratings are not used if you have an official rating.  

Foreign player rating info     Prizewinner tax info   
CCA electronic devices policies


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


Entry: Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. Advance entries posted at (online entries posted instantly).

BLITZ TOURNAMENT Saturday night.

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