An American Classic!

A Heritage Event!

Chess Magnet School Junior Grand Prix!


JULY 2-6, 3-6, 4-6 OR JUNE 30-JULY 6


42nd Annual World Open

IMPORTANT! The 7-day schedule of the Open Section has been cancelled, because FIDE seems likely to disallow any norms achieved at the World Open if this section has two schedules. The Open Section will have a 5-day schedule only. A few years ago there was a vote at a FIDE meeting in which a motion to disallow norms in events with multiple schedules did not pass, so we are surprised at what appears to be a new interpretation.  The 7-day U2400, U2200, U2000, U1800, and U1600 schedules remain unchanged.



9SS, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202 (a few miles from Washington, DC). Free shuttle from Reagan National Airport, special chess rate for hotel valet parking $6/day, parking about $7-15/day nearby if hotel garage is full. In 10 sections.$250,000 projected prizes based on 1180 paid entries, $200,000 (80% of each prize) minimum guaranteed. GMs, IMs, re-entries count as 50% entries, Under 1200, Seniors in U1400/over as 60% entries, U900, Unrated/Provisional Section as 25% entries.

Free analysis of your games by GM Sam Palatnik each day 7/2-6, starting 2 hours after the beginning of each 5-day schedule round.

NEW! Free lectures by GM Irina Krush, US Women's Champion! 7/2 5-7 PM, 7/3
9-11 am, 7/4 9-11 am, 7/5 9-11 am, 7/6 9-10 am. 

Open Section, July 2-6 ONLY: 40/2, SD/30, d10. 
Under 2400 to Under 1600 Sections, July 2-6, 3-6, 4-6 or June 30-July 6:
 40/2, SD/30, d10 (4-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10; 3-day option, rds. 1-5 G/35 d10). 
Under 1400 to Under 900 and Unrated/Provisional Sections, July 2-6, 3-6 or 4-6:
 40/2, SD/30, d10 (4-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60, d10; 3-day option, rds. 1-5 G/35, d10.) 

Open Section:
 $20000-10000-5000-2500-1300-1000-800-700-600-500, clear winner bonus $300, top FIDE U2500 $2000-1000. If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game 11:30 pm 7/6 for title & bonus prize. GM & IM norms possible. FIDE rated. 

Under 2400/Unr Section:
 $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U2300/Unr $2000-1000. FIDE rated. 

Under 2200 Section: $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U2100 $2000-1000. 

Under 2000 Section:
 $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U1900 $2000-1000. 

Under 1800 Section:
 $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U1700 $2000-1000. 

Under 1600 Section:
 $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top 1500 $2000-1000. 

Under 1400 Section:
 $8000-5000-3000-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U1300 $1600-800. 

Under 1200 Section:
 $5000-2500-1200-1000-800-700-600-500-400-400, top U1000 $1200-600. U

Under 900/Unr Section:
 $1200-800-600-400-300-300-200-200, trophies to first 10, top U700, U500, U300, Unrated. No unrated may win over $400. 

Unrated/Provisional Section:
 Open to unrated or under 1500 with less than 26 games rated as of the 7/14 official list. $1200-800-600-400-300-300-200-200. 

Prize limits:
 1) If any post-event rating posted 6/27/13-6/27/14 was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $2000. 2) Players with under 10 lifetime games rated as of 7/14 official list cannot win over $1000 in U1200, $1500 U1400, $2000 U1600, $2500 U1800, or $3000 U2000. Games rated too late for 7/14 official list not counted toward 10 game total. 3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line.

Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes:
 best male/female combined 2-player “team” score: $3000-1500-1000-600-400-300-200. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2; teammate pairings avoided but possible. 

Entry fee
 for U2400 through U1400 sections, and Open Section if foreign or USCF or FIDE 2200/over: Online at $318 by 5/15, $328 by 6/29, $350 until 2 hours before first game. Phoned to 406-896-2038: $335 by 6/25. Mailed by 5/15: 5-day $325, 4-day $324, 3-day $323, 7-day $327. Mailed by 6/17: 5-day $335, 4-day $334, 3-day $333, 7-day $337. Do not mail entry after 6/17. At site until 1 hour before first game: all $350; no checks, credit cards OK. GMs & foreign IMs in Open: free; $200 deducted from prize. IMs, WGMs & foreign FMs in Open: EF $100 less, $100 deducted from prize. Open Section EF $100 more for US players not rated 2200 or over by USCF or FIDE. Under 1200 Section EF: all $100 less than above. Under 900 Section or Unrated/Provisional Section EF: $78 online at by 6/29, 5-day $85, 4-day $84, 3-day $83 mailed by 6/17, $100 at site until 1 hour before game or online until 2 hours before game. Seniors 65/up: all EF $100 less in U1400 or above sections. No checks at site; credit cards OK. 

Re-entry: $160, no re-entry from Open to Open. $20 fee for switching section after 7/1. 

Special 1 year USCF dues
 with magazine if paid with entry: Online at, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. 

5-day schedule:
 Wed 7 pm, Thu 11 am & 5:30 pm, Fri 11 am & 5:30 pm, Sat 11 am & 5:30 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:15 pm. 
4-day schedule:
 Thu 11, 2:15 & 5:30, Fri 11 & 5:30, Sat 11 & 5:30, Sun 10 & 4:15. 
3-day schedule:
 Fri 11, 1:15, 3:15, 5:30 & 8, Sat 11 & 5:30, Sun 10 & 4:15. 
7-day schedule: Mon-Wed 7 pm, Thu-Fri 5:30 pm, Sat 11 & 5:30, Sun 10 & 4:15.  Under 2400 through Under 1600 sections only.
All schedules merge & compete for same prizes. 
Half point byes
 OK all, limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds.), Open must commit before rd 2, others before rd 5. 
Entries, re-entries close 1 hour before your first game. 

Bring sets, boards, clocks
 if possible- none supplied. 
Hotel rates:
 $97-97-107-117, 888-421-1442, 703-418-1234, ask for chess rate, may sell out about May 31, two night minimum July 4-5.

THE LINK TO HYATT HOTEL RESERVATIONS IS NO LONGER VALID. However, rooms at the chess rate may still be available: call the Hyatt at the above phone numbers.

IF HYATT ROOMS SELL OUT, a $99 special rate is available for July 2-6 at Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, 2800 S. Potomac Ave, about 2 minutes walk from the Hyatt. Call 800-627-7468 or USE THIS LINK  to reserve a room at the Renaissance. This rate is available until 5 pm Sunday, June 29.

Special car rental rates: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through 

Foreign player ratings:
US player ratings:
 Official July ratings used; June FIDE ratings used for Open Section. Unofficial ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. 

Special rules:
 New CCA electronic devices policies will be used. Players must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director. In round 3 or after, players with scores of 80% or over and their opponents may not use headphones or earphones, and may not go to a different floor of the hotel without Director permission. No players are allowed to use cellphones during play without Director permission. No players may use headphones or earphones if the opponent objects.

Entry: or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions:,, DirectorAtChess.US. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries will be posted at (online entries posted instantly). Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied.

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