20th annual

March 8-10 or 9-10, 2013 in Southern California

5 round Swiss, Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel (formerly Renaissance)

March 8-10 or 9-10                                 Southern California
         Trophes Plus Grand Prix Points: 100 (enhanced)
20th annual Western Class Championships. 5SS, 40/110, SD/1, d5 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/75, d5), Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills CA 91301 (US-101 to Reyes Adobe Road exit). Adjacent to the Santa Monica Mountains, 26 miles west of Burbank, 12 miles from Malibu, 28 miles from Ventura. Free parking.

$20,000 PRIZE FUND based on 230 paid entries (re-entries, Class E count as half entries), minimum $16,000 (80% each prize) guaranteed.  In 7 sections.

Master Section (over 2199): $2000-1000-500-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100 bonus, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE rated.

Expert Section (2000-2199): $1500-800-400-200.

Class A Section (1800-1999): $1500-800-400-200.

Class B Section (1600-1799): $1500-800-400-200.

Class C Section (1400-1599): $1400-700-400-200.

Class D Section (1200-1399): $1200-600-300-200.

Class E Section (Under 1200): $600-300-200-100, trophies to top Under 1000, Under 800, Under 600, Unrated. 

Rated players may play up one section. Unrated must play in Class A or below with maximum prize A $800, B $600, C $400, D $250, E $150.

Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line.

Top 6 sections entry fee: $115 online at chessaction.com by 3/6, $120 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/6, 3-day $118, 2-day $117 if check mailed by 2/27, $130 online until 2 hours before game or at site.  No mailed credit card entries. GMs free, $100 deducted from prize. 

Class E Section entry fee: all $50 less than above.

March official USCF ratings used.  Foreign player rating info.  
Unofficial uschess.org ratings
usually used if otherwise unrated. 

Unofficial ratings are not used if you have an official rating.

Special 1 year USCF dues with paper magazine if paid with entry: online at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. Re-entry (except Master) $60.  SCCF memb. ($18, jr $10) required for rated Southern CA residents.

3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 6 pm, rounds begin Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10:30 am & 4:30 pm.
2-day schedule: Reg. Sat to 10 am, rounds begin Sat 11 am, 2:30 pm & 6 pm, Sun 10:30 am & 4:30 pm.
Both schedules: Half point byes OK all rds, limit 2, Master must commit before rd 2, others before rd 3.

Hotel rates: $95-95, 818-707-1220, reserve by 2/22 or rate may increase.

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

Questions: chesstour.com, 845-496-9658, DirectorAtChess.US.

Chess Magnet School JGP.available.

Entry: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. $15 service charge for withdrawals. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted immediately).  Questions: DirectorAtChess.us.

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