An American Classic!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!

11th annual PHILADELPHIA OPEN

April 12-16, 13-16, 14-16 or 15-16, 2017
(Easter weekend)

Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 200 (Enhanced)

OPEN SECTION, APR 12-16: 9SS, 40/2, SD/30 d10. GM & IM norms possible, FIDE rated.
OTHER SECTIONS, APR 13-16, 14-16 OR 15-16: 7SS, 40/2, SD/30 d10 (3-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10; 2-day option, rds. 1-4 G/30 d10).

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, directly across the street from Reading Terminal Market with 80 food vendors. Prizes $80,000 based on 500 paid entries (seniors, re-entries, GMs, IMs, WGMs count as half entries, U1100 Section as 40% entries), else proportional, minimum $60,000 (75% of each prize) guaranteed.

In 7 sections:

Open Section: $7000-4000-2000-1000-800-600-500-500-400-400, clear or tiebreak first $200 bonus, FIDE Under 2400/Unr $2000-1000.

Under 2200/Unr, Under 2000/Unr, Under 1800 Sections:
each $5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-400-300-300-300; unrated may not win over $2000.

Under 1600 Section: $4000-2000-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300-300.

Under 1400 Section: $3000-1500-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300-300.

Under 1100/Unr Section: $1000-700-500-400-300-300-200-200-100-100; unrated may not win over $300.

Unrated not allowed in U1800, U1600 or U1400 sections.

Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes: best male/female combined 2-player team score: $1000-500-300-200. In Open Section, only the first 7 rounds are counted. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2.

Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated.

Prize limits: 1) If post-event rating posted 4/10/16-4/10/17 is more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $1500. 2) Players with under 26 lifetime games as of 4/17 official cannot win over $500 in U1100, $1000 in U1400, $1500 U1600, or $2000 U1800. 3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line.

Open entry fee, for GMs, IMs & WGMs: $130 online by 4/11, $160 at site.

Minimum prize guarantees
in Open Section, to players who enter online by 3/1 and play all 9 games with no byes: US GM $300, foreign GM $700 (limited to first 5 to enter, others $400), foreign IM/WGM $400, foreign FM/WIM $300, foreign FIDE rated $200.  The March 1st deadline for GMs to be eligible for minimum prizes (foreign $400, US $300) if playing all games and entering online has been extended to April 5th.

Open entry fee, for US players who are not USCF or FIDE rated 2200/over:
$355 online at chessaction.com by 2/4, $375 online by 4/11, $400 at site.

Open entry fee, for others:
$205 online at chessaction.com by 2/4, $225 online by 4/11, $250 at site.

Open mailed or phoned entries:
all $10 more than online entry, mail by 4/4, phone to 406-896-2038 by 4/10.

Under 2200 through Under 1400 Sections entry fee:
$205 online at chessaction.com by 2/4, $225 online by 4/11, $250 at site. Mailed EF: 4-day $214, 3-day $213, 2-day $212 mailed by 2/4, all $20 more mailed by 4/4.

Under 1100/Unr Section entry fee:
$75 online at chessaction.com by 4/11, 4-day $84, 3-day $83, 2-day $82 mailed by 4/4, $100 at site.

Phoned entry fee:
All $10 more than online entry fee, 406-896-2038 (entry only, no questions), available only through 4/10.

Online late entry after 4/11: available until 2 hours before round 1, same price as entry at site.

Entry fee $100 less
to seniors 65/over in Open through U1400.

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

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, rds. Wed. 7 pm, Thu 12 & 7, Fri 11 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:15.
4-day schedule
(except Open): Reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds. Thu 7 pm, Fri 11 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:15.
3-day schedule
(except Open): Reg. ends Fri 10 am, rds. Fri 11, 2:30 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:15.
2-day schedule
(except Open): Reg. ends Sat. 9 am, rds. Sat. 10, 12, 2, 3:45 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:15.
4-day, 3-day, 2-day merge & compete for same prizes.
Byes:
Half point byes OK all rounds, limit 3 byes, limit 2 in last 4 rounds. Open Section must commit before round 2, other sections before round 4.


Foreign player rating info     Prizewinner tax info      Electronic devices policy


Bring sets, boards, clocks
if possible- none supplied.

Hotel rates: $106-106-126, 215-625-2900, may be sold out. Backup hotel is Sonesta, 1800 Market St, 3/5 mile away, $139 single, $164 king plus rollaway, reserve by 4/3 or rate may increase.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS-MARRIOTT

HOTEL RESERVATIONS-SONESTA

Parking:
(rates subject to change) Marriott valet, about $20/day (60% off regular rate) for first 100 spaces sold. Gateway Garage, 1540 Spring St. (3/5 mile from Marriott, 1 block from Sheraton Hotel), $7/day Sat & Sun, $20/day other days. 1324 Arch (2/5 mile from Marriott), $16/day.

Car rentals: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633 or reserve car online at chesstour.com.

Ratings: FIDE April used for Open, USCF April official for U2200 & below; note that USCF ratings after the April list (see above) may result in a $1500 prize limit. Foreign player ratings: see www.chesstour.com/foreignratings.htm.

Cellphone & anti-cheating rules: see www.chesstour.com/devices.htm. Players must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director.

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

Blitz tournament Sat. 10:30 pm, reg. by 10:15 pm.

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