9th annual
WASHINGTON CHESS CONGRESS

October 6-9 or 7-9, 2017
7 rounds, Columbus Day weekend
Hilton Crystal City, Arlington, VA

$24,000 GUARANTEED PRIZES

OCT 6-9 or 7-9, VIRGINIA
TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (enhanced)

9th annual Washington Chess Congress

 7 rounds, 40/100, SD/30, d10 (3-day option, rounds 1-2 G/60, d10, then merges with 4-day and competes for same prizes).

Hilton Crystal City, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington VA 22202. Free shuttle to/from Reagan International Airport and Crystal City Metro station (contact hotel for schedule).

NOTE: Premier Section is FIDE rated. USCF has omitted this by mistake but it is being corrected.

        IN 4 SECTIONS:

       Premier: Open to 1900/up. Guaranteed prizes $3000-1500-800-500-300, clear or tiebreak first bonus $100, top Under 2300 $1400-700.  FIDE rated, 150 Grand Prix Points.
       Under 2100: Guaranteed prizes $2000-1000-600-400-300, top Under 1900 (no unr) $1200-600.
       Under 1700:
$1700-900-500-300-200, top Under 1500 (no unr) $1000-500.
       Under 1300:
$1000-500-300-200-100, top Under 1100 (no unr) $400-200.
      Prize limits:
Unrated (0-3 lifetime games rated) cannot win over $200 in U1300, $400 in U1700, or $700 in U2100.

       Mixed doubles bonus prizes:
best male/female 2-player "team" combined score among all sections: $1000-500-300. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm Oct 7.

Top 3 sections entry fee:
$148 online at chessaction.com by 10/4, 4-day $154, 3-day $153 if check mailed by 9/27, all $170 at site until 1 hour before round 1, or online at chessaction.com until 2 hours before round 1.  GMs free; $140 deducted from prize.  

Under 1300 Section entry fee: all entry fees $70 less than top 3 sections entry fee.

USCF MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED.
Special 1 year USCF dues with paper 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:
$80, no re-entry from Premier Section to Premier Section.

     4-day schedule:
Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds Fri 7 pm. Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 5, Mon 10 & 3:15.
     3-day schedule:
Reg. ends Sat 10 am, rds Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 11 & 5, Mon 10 & 3:15.
     Half point byes:
OK all; limit 2, Premier must commit before rd 2, others before round 4.

Ratings:  October official USCF ratings used.  Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. 

Foreign player rating info       Prizewinner tax info      CCA electronic devices policies

Hotel rates: $99-99-109, 1-800-HILTONS, 703-418-6800, reserve by 9/21 or rate may increase.

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

Special chess rate parking
$13/day, with or without guest room.
Car rentals:
Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633 or reserve car online at chesstour.com.

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

BRING SET, BOARD, CLOCK IF POSSIBLE- NONE SUPPLIED. 

BLITZ TOURNAMENT Sunday night.

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