Easter weekend, March
27-31, 28-31, 29-31 or 30-31, 2013
$75,000 PROJECTED PRIZES, $50,000 MINIMUM GUARANTEED!
GM and IM norms possible! At luxurious Loews Philadelphia Hotel
LOEWS ROOMS MAY BE SOLD OUT- SEE BELOW FOR BACKUP
March 27-31, 28-31, 29-31 or 30-31 Pennsylvania
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced)
Under 1000 Section, March 30-31: 7 rounds, G/40, d5.
At the upscale, luxury Loews Philadelphia Hotel, rated Four Diamonds by AAA, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19107, in Center City one block from the world famous Reading Terminal Market with more than 80 food vendors.
LIGHTING WAS IMPROVED in 2012 in the Millennium Ballroom, which hosted most sections in 2011. The 200 overhead bulbs in this room, which in 2011 were each 2400 lumens, were replaced by bulbs that produced 4500 lumens. The same improved lighting will again be installed for 2013.
Shuttle info from Philadelphia Airport: 800-258-3826, 215-724-8888.
Prizes $75,000 based on 480 paid entries (seniors, re-entries, GMs, IMs, WGMs, U1300 Section as 50% entries, U1000 Section as 15% entries), else proportional, minimum $50,000 (2/3 of each prize) guaranteed. In 7 sections; you face only those in your section.
Open Section: $7000-4000-2000-1000-800-700-600-500-400-400, clear or tiebreak first $200 bonus, FIDE Under 2400/Unr $2000-1000. FIDE rated, GM & IM norms possible.
Under 2000 Section: $5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-400-300-300-300, Unrated limit $2000.
Under 1800 Section: $5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-400-300-300-300, Unrated limit $1500.
Under 1600 Section:
Unrated limit $1000.
Under 1300 Section: $2000-1000-700-500-400-300-300-200-200-200, Unrated limit $500.
Under 1000 Section:
$400-200-100, Unrated limit $200, trophies to first 5, top Under 800, Under 600, Under 400,
Prize limits: 1) If post-event rating posted 3/26/12-3/26/13 is more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $1500. 2) Provisional players (4-25 lifetime games rated) cannot win over $1000 in U1300 or $2000 in U1600. 3) Balance of limited prize goes to next player(s) in line.
Open entry fee: Free to GMs, IMs, WGMs; $150 deducted from prize. US players FIDE rated 2200/over, Life Masters or Original Life Masters: $225 online at chessaction.com by 3/25, $231 mailed by 3/18, $250 at site. Foreign FIDE rated players: $155 online at chessaction.com by 3/25, $161 mailed by 3/18, $180 at site. Others: $375 online at chessaction.com by 3/25, $381 mailed by 3/18, $400 at site.
Under 2200 though Under 1600 Sections entry fee: $225 online at chessaction.com by 3/25, 4-day $229, 3-day $228, 2-day $227 mailed by 3/18, $250 at site.
Under 1300 Section entry fee: $125 online at chessaction.com by 3/25, 4-day $129, 3-day $128, 2-day $127 mailed by 3/18, $150 at site.
Under 1000 Section entry fee: $35 online at chessaction.com by 3/25, $37 mailed by 3/18, $50 at site.
All $5 more than online entry fee, 406-896-2038 (entry only, no questions),
available only through 3/25.
Online late entry after 3/25: Available at chessaction.com until 2 hours before your first game; same price as entry at site.
Entry fee $100 less
to seniors age 65 or over in Open through U1600.
Special 1 year USCF dues with paper magazine if paid with entry: Online at chessaction.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20.
No checks at site, credit cards OK.
Re-entry: $100, no re-entry from Open Section to Open Section.
5-day schedule (Open only): Reg. ends Wed 6 pm, rounds Wed. 7 pm, Thu 12 noon & 7 pm, Fri 11 am & 6 pm, Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm.
4-day schedule (U2200 to U1300): Reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rounds Thu 7 pm, Fri 11 am & 6 pm, Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm.
3-day schedule (U2200 to U1300): Reg. ends Fri 10 am, rounds Fri 11 am, 2:30 pm & 6 pm, Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm.
2-day schedule (U2200 to U1300): Reg. ends Sat. 9 am, rounds Sat. 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, 3:45 pm & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm.
Under 1000 schedule (NOTE
CORRECTION): Reg. ends
Sat. 9 am, rounds Sat. 10, 12, 2 and 3:45, Sun 10, 12 & 2. NO
SATURDAY 6 PM ROUND.
4-day, 3-day, & 2-day schedules merge & compete for same prizes.
Half point byes: OK all rounds; limit 3 byes, limit 2 in last 4 rounds, Open Section must commit before rd 2, other sections before rd 4.
Bring sets, boards, clocks if possible- none supplied.
Hotel rates: $98-98-123-123, 215-627-1200, reserve by 3/13 or rate may increase. AS OF MARCH 23, ONLY A FEW SINGLE ROOMS ARE LEFT, AND NO ROOMS WITH TWO BEDS. OUR OVERFLOW HOTEL IS THE SONESTA AT 18TH & MARKET (3/5 mile walk), 1-800-SONESTA, WHICH WILL OFFER $97 CHESS RATES BEGINNING ABOUT 10 AM MONDAY, MARCH 25.
Room sharing: If you want to share a room to save money, post this on the 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.
Gateway Garage, 1540 Vine St (2/3 mile from Loews, between 16th & 17th streets, near Sheraton Hotel) is about $5/day Sat & Sun, $18/day other days.
Open Section ratings: March FIDE ratings used.
US players in U2200 & lower sections: March USCF official ratings used.
Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated.
Foreign player rating
info. for foreign players in Under 2200 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: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. Questions: 845-496-9658, www.chesstour.com. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries will be posted at chessaction.com. Chess Magnet School Junior Grand Prix Points available.
MAR. 30 Philadelphia Open Game/10 (QC)
d2, Loews Philadelphia Hotel (see Philadelphia Open). Prizes $360 based on
25 entries, else in proportion: $120-60, U2100 $70, U1800 $60, U1500/Unr
$50. EF: $20, at site only. Reg. ends 10:15 pm, rds. 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12.
Half point bye available rd 1. Quick rated, but higher of regular or quick
used for pairings & prizes. NOTE ERROR IN CHESS LIFE: NO TOURNAMENT ON MARCH
MAR. 31 Philadelphia Open Blitz (QC)
4SS, double round (8 games), G/5, d0, Loews Philadelphia Hotel (see Philadelphia Open). Prizes $360 based on 25 entries, else in proportion: $120-60, U2100 $70, U1800 $60, U1500/Unr $50. EF: $20, at site only. Reg. ends 10:15 pm, rds. 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12. One pair of half point byes available rd 1. Quick or Blitz rated, but higher of regular, quick or blitz used for pairings & prizes.