ONLINE ENTRY AT CHESSACTION.COM is working again! The online advance entry fee deadline has been extended to Oct 10 (actually Oct 11, 4 am), except for the Premier Section, the deadline is Oct 10, 5 pm.

11th annual


October 10-14, 11-14 or 12-14, 2019
Columbus Day weekend, Premier 9 rounds, other sections 7 rounds
Westin Tysons Corner, Falls Church, VA


OCT 10-14, 11-14 or 12-14, VIRGINIA

11th annual Washington Chess Congress

PREMIER SECTION: 9 rounds, 40/100, SD/30 d10. FIDE rated, GM and IM norms possible.

OTHER SECTIONS: 7 rounds, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (3-day option, rounds 1-2 G/60 d10); both schedules merge and compete for same prizes.

Westin Tysons Corner, 7801 Leesburg Pike (VA-7), Falls Church VA 22043. Free daytime parking for all, free overnight parking with chess rate guest room, free shuttle to Tysons Corner Center and Metro.


        IN 4 SECTIONS:

       Premier: Open to FIDE 1900/up, USCF 2000/up, and all foreign FIDE rated players. Guaranteed prizes $3000-2000-1000-800-700-600-500-400, clear or tiebreak first bonus $100, top FIDE Under 2300/Unr $1400-700.  FIDE rated,
       Under 2100: Guaranteed prizes $2000-1000-500-300-200, top Under 1900 (no unr) $1200-600.
       Under 1700:
Guaranteed prizes $1700-900-500-300-200, top Under 1500 (no unr) $800-400.
       Under 1300:
$1000-500-300-200-100, top Under 1100 (no unr) $400-200.
       Unrated prize limits:
U1300 $200, U1700 $400, or U2100 $600.

       Mixed doubles bonus prizes:
best male/female 2-player "team" combined score among all sections: $1000-500. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2. Only first 7 rounds of Premier count towards mixed doubles.

Top 3 sections entry fee:
$158 online at by 10/9, 5-day $165, 4-day $164, 3-day $163 if check mailed by 10/1, all $180 at site until 1 hour before round 1, or online at until 2 hours before round 1. 

Premier Section specials: GMs, IMs, WGMs, foreign FMs free; $150 deducted from prize; no deduction from minimum prize.  Entry fees $60 less to FIDE rated foreign players. Minimum prizes to players who enter online by 9/27 and play all 9 games with no byes: $700 to first 7 foreign GMs, $400 to first 7 foreign IMs/WGMs, $300 to other foreign GMs, foreign WIMs, US GMs.

Under 1300 Section entry fee: all entry fees $60 less than top 3 sections entry fee.

Special 1 year USCF dues 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.
$80, no re-entry from Premier to Premier.

       5-day schedule:
Reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds Thu 7 pm, Fri 1 pm & 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 5 pm, Sun 11 am & 5 pm, Mon 10 am & 3:30 pm.
       4-day schedule:
Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds Fri 7 pm. Sat 11 & 5, Sun 11 & 5, Mon 10 & 3:30.
       3-day schedule:
Reg. ends Sat 10 am, rds Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 11 & 5, Mon 10 & 3:30.
       Half point byes:
OK all; limit 3 (limit 2 in last 4 rounds), must commit before rd 4,

Ratings:  October FIDE ratings used in Premier, October official USCF ratings in other sections.  Unofficial ratings usually used if otherwise unrated, or to qualify for Premier. 

Foreign player rating info       Prizewinner tax info      CCA electronic devices policies

PLAYERS MAY NOT POSSESS CELLPHONES DURING PLAY. Please leave your phone home, or in your hotel room or car, or in a bag at your table. 

Hotel rates: $109-109-109, use link below or call Cristina at 703-394-2106, reserve by 9/19 or rate may increase. See below regarding double rooms.

Please note! October is a busier time than our other dates for this location, and it is likely that after the reservation deadine (Sept 19), the rate will be higher than the chess rate, or rooms will sell out completely.  Currently as of Sept 9, the lowest non-chess rate we can find anywhere is $139. 

Double rooms at the chess rate are apparently sold out, but rooms with one king bed are available.  The first 20 king rooms that request it by Sept 18 are entitled to a free rollaway bed. After these rollaways are reserved, there may be a charge of $40 per stay for a rollaway, if they are still available. Rollaways cannot be reserved online- call Cristina at 703-394-2106 and ask for a rollaway.

If you have any problem using the link below or reserving by phone, contact Cristina at 703-394-2106.


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.

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

Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803. Questions: DirectorAtChess.US, $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at (click "entry list" after entering).



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