April 20-24, 21-24, 22-24 or 23-24 Pennsylvania
ChessLecture.com Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced)
Prizes $100,000 based on 650 paid entries (unrated in U1200 or U1500, seniors, re-entries, GMs, WGMs & foreign IMs count as half entries), else proportional, minimum $70,000 (70% of each prize) guaranteed. In 6 sections; you face only those in your section.
Open Section: $10000-5000-2500-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, clear or tiebreak first $300 bonus, FIDE 2300-2499 $3000-1500-1000, FIDE Under 2300/Unr $3000-1500-1000. If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game for title & bonus. FIDE rated.
Under 1900 Section: $5000-3000-2000-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300.
Under 1700 Section: $5000-3000-2000-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300.
Under 1500 Section:
top Under 1300 $1000-500.
Under 1200 Section: $3000-2000-1500-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300, top Under 1000 $1000-500.
Under 1000, Under 1300, Under 2300/Unr and 2300-2499 are class prizes, NOT sections! Players winning both a section place prize and class prize receive the larger of the two.
Prize limits: 1) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated as of 4/11 list may not win over $500 in U1000, $1500 in U1300, or $2500 in U1500. Games rated too late for 4/11 list not counted. 2) If more than 30 points over section maximum on any USCF rating supplement 4/10-3/11, prize limit $1500. 3) Unrated (0-3 lifetime games rated) cannot win over $300 in U1200, $600 U1500, $1000 U1700, $1500 U1900, or $2000 U2100. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. 4) Balance of limited prize goes to next player(s) in line.
Mailed entry fee (checks & money orders only): 5-day (Open only) $205, 4-day $204, 3-day $203, 2-day $202 if mailed by 1/26; 5-day $225, 4-day $224, 3-day $223, 2-day $222 mailed by 4/12; all $250 at site. Credit card entries by mail not accepted. PSCF members may deduct $3 from mailed EF only. No checks at site, credit cards OK.
Online entry fee at chesstour.com: $207 by 1/26, $227 by 4/18, $250 after 4/18 until 2 hours before rd 1.
Phoned entry fee at 406-896-2038 (entry only, no questions): $210 by 1/26, $230 by 4/18. No phone entry after 4/18.
GMs & foreign IMs free; $150 deducted from prize. WGMs $100; $120 deducted from prize.
Entry fee $100 less to rated seniors age 65 or over.
Entry fee $100 less to unrated in Under 1200 or Under 1500 sections.
Bring sets, boards, clocks if possible- none supplied.
Hotel rates: $98-98-123-123, 215-627-1200, reserve by 4/7 or rate may increase.
THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, AT 5 PM.
Room sharing: If you want to share a room to save money, post this on the new CCA FORUM.
Car rentals: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633 or reserve car online at chesstour.com.
Parking: Hotel has valet parking only, with a special chess rate of $30/day. Many parking lots nearby charge much less, with rates lowest on the weekend. Among the lots believed to have weekend rates under $10 are 15th & Arch and 8th & Chestnut, each less than a half mile from the hotel.
Open Section ratings: FIDE ratings used.
US player ratings: April list used.
Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. See Foreign player rating info. for foreign players in Under 2100 or below sections.
Special rules: Players must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director. In round 3 or after, players with scores of 80% or over and their opponents may not use headphones, earphones or cellphones or go to a different floor of the hotel without Director permission.
Entry: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. Questions: 845-496-9658, www.chesstour.com. You may request "lowest possible section" if April rating unknown. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com. Chess Magnet School Junior Grand Prix Points available.
Side events: Two quick or blitz side events each day April 22, 23, 24.
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