An American Classic!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!


Mar 28-Apr 1, Mar 29-Apr 1, Mar 30-Apr 1 or Mar 31-Apr 1, 2018
(Easter weekend)

US Chess Grand Prix Points: 200 (Enhanced)

OPEN SECTION, MAR 28-APR 1: 9SS, 40/2, SD/30 d10. GM & IM norms possible, FIDE rated.
OTHER SECTIONS, MAR 29-APR 1, MAR 30-APR 1 OR MAR 31-APR 1: 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 in Under 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 must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2.

       April official USCF ratings used for U2200 to U1100. For foreign players, converted FIDE or foreign rating usually used if higher than USCF.  Players must disclose foreign and FIDE ratings.
       March FIDE ratings used for Open Section.
       Unofficial ratings usually used in U2200 to U1100
if otherwise unrated.

Prize limits: 1) If post-event rating posted 3/27/17-3/27/18 is more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $1500. 2) Players with under 26 lifetime games as of April 2018 official list 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: $128 online by 3/27, $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 6 to enter at, others $400), foreign IM/WGM $400, foreign FM/WIM $300, foreign FIDE rated $200. 

Open entry fee, for US players who are not USCF or FIDE rated 2200/over:
$358 online at by 1/22, $375 online by 3/27, $400 at site.

Open entry fee, for others:
$208 online at by 1/22, $228 online by 3/27, $250 at site.

Open mailed entries:
all $10 more than online entry, mail by 3/22.

Under 2200 through Under 1400 Sections entry fee:
$208 online at by 1/22, $228 online by 3/27, $250 at site. Mailed EF: 4-day $214, 3-day $213, 2-day $212 mailed by 1/22, all $20 more mailed by 3/22.

Under 1100/Unr Section entry fee:
$75 online at by 3/27, 4-day $84, 3-day $83, 2-day $82 mailed by 3/22, $100 at site.

Online late entry after 3/27: 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, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed 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.
Half point byes OK all rounds, limit 3 byes, limit 2 in last 4 rounds. Open Section must commit before round 3, other sections before round 4.

Foreign player rating info     Prizewinner tax info      Electronic devices policy


For all tournaments, adjusted FIDE or foreign ratings, if higher than USCF, may be used for foreign or recently foreign players. Players must disclose FIDE or foreign ratings when entering, or may later be expelled. Other 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.

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

Hotel rates: $108-108-128, 215-625-2900, reserve by 3/16 or rate may increase; rooms could sell out earlier.


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. 

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

Ratings: FIDE March used for Open, USCF April official for U2200 & below. Unofficial web ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Foreign player ratings: see

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

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

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

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