$24,000 GUARANTEED PRIZES
OCT 6-9 or 7-9, VIRGINIA
US CHESS 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.
Hotel rates: $99-99-109, 1-800-HILTONS, 703-418-6800, reserve by 9/21 or rate may increase.
About Sept 10-13 the above link, as well as telephone reservations, have said that our chess rooms are sold out. We believe that this is a mistake and that rooms are still available. The hotel told us on Sept 13 that rooms at the $99 chess rate are available and that they have fixed a "glitch" with our link, however the link seems to still not work as of 5:30 pm, and some callers report being told that no rooms are available.
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
BLITZ TOURNAMENT Sunday night.