A Heritage Event!

27th annual

SOUTHERN OPEN           

July 19-21 or 20-21, 2019, Florida
Wyndham Orlando Resort


      US Chess Grand Prix Points: 120 (enhanced)
27th Annual Southern Open. 5SS, 40/100 SD/30, d10 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/60 d10), Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Drive, Orlando FL 32819. Free parking. 

In 5 sections:
       Major Section
(1800/up): $2000-1000-600-400, clear/tiebreak 1st $100 bonus, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE rated.
       Under 2100 Section:
$1400-700-400-200, top Under 1900/unr $600-300.
       Under 1800 Section: $1400-700-400-200, top Under 1600 (no unr) $500-250.
       Under 1500 Section: $1200-600-300-200, top Under 1300 (no unr) $400-200.
       Under 1200 Section:
may not win over $100 in Under 1200, $200 in Under 1500, or $400 in Under 1800.
       If unrated prize
is limited, balance goes to next player(s) in line. 

        MIXED DOUBLES BONUS PRIZES: best male/female 2-player "team" combined score among all sections: $600-400-200. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 7/20.

Top 4 sections entry fee: $118 online at chessaction.com by 7/17, 3-day $123, 2-day $122 mailed by 7/10, all $140 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. GMs, IMs & WGMs free; $120 deducted from prize.  

Under 1200 section entry fee: All $40 less than above.

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

Re-entry $60; not available to go from Major to Major.

CCA electronic devices policies       Prizewinner tax info       Foreign player rating info

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

Ratings: July official USCF ratings used. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Players must reveal foreign, FIDE and other over the board ratings, and these ratings, adjusted if necessary, may be used, if higher than USCF. See also above. 

3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rounds Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:30 pm.
2-day schedule:
Reg ends Sat 10 am, rounds Sat 11 am, 2 pm & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:30 pm.
Half point byes OK all, limit 2, Major must commit before rd 2, others before rd 3.

Hotel rates: $117-117 (no resort fee, includes resort fee benefits such as free wireless, in room entertainment, use of fitness center), 1-800-421-8001, 407-351-2420; reserve by 7/5 or rate may increase.

Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com.

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

Room or travel sharing: Post a request to share on the USCF "All Things Chess" Forum.  If you have trouble posting, email your request to Continental Chess and we will post it for you.

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

BLITZ TOURNAMENT Saturday 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.

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