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The National Open has moved to: The South Point Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada June 5-7

LVCHESSFESTIVAL.com prize limit $1500.3) Unrated (0-3 lifetime games rated) cannotwin over $100 in U900, $600 U1300, $1000 U1500, $1300 U1700, $1600 U1900 or $2000 U2100. 4) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. Mailed EF: 4-day $199, 3-day $198, 2-day $197 mailed by 3/16; 4-day $219, 3-day $218, 2-day $217 mailed by 5/13; all $250 at site. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Online EF at chesstour.com: $200 by 3/16, $220 by 5/19, $250 after 5/20 until 2 hours before rd 1. Phone EF at 406-896-2038: $205 by 3/16, $225 by 5/19 (entry only, no questions). No phone entry after 5/19. GMs free; $150 deducted from prize. WGMs $100; another $100 deducted from prize. EF $70 less to all in Under 1300 Section and to seniors over 65 in Under 1500 & above sections. Under 900 EF: $24 if mailed by 5/13, $25 online at chesstour.com by 5/19, $30 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 5/19 (entry only, no questions), $40 at site. No checks at site, credit cards OK. All: FREE ENTRY TO UNRATED in U900 or U1300 Sections. ICA membership ($15, scholastic $10) required for rated Illinois residents. Special 1 yr adult USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry: online at chesstour.com $30, mailed, phoned or paid at site $40. Re-entry: $100, no re-entry from Open to Open. $20 fee for switching section after 5/19.4-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, Rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 12 & 7, Sun 12 & 7, Mon

10 &4:30.3-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat 11 am, Rds. Sat 12, 3:30 & 7, Sun 12 &7, Mon 10 & 4:30.2-day schedule (U1300 & up): Reg. ends Sun 9 am, Rds. Sun 10-12:30-2:30-4:30-7, Mon 10 & 4:30. Above schedules merge & compete for same prizes. Under 900 schedule: Reg. ends Sun 9 am, Rds. Sun 10-12:30-2:30-4:30, Mon. 10-12:30-2:30. Byes: OK all, limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), must commit before rd 3 having under 2 pts. Hotel rates: $94-94-94-94, 800-937-8461,847-777-6500, reserve by 5/9 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chess-tour.com. Foreign player ratings: Usually 100 points added to FIDE, 100 to FQE, 200/more to most other foreign, no pts added to CFC or Jamaica. Most foreign ratings other than CFC, FQE or Jamaica not accepted for U2000 or below. Highest of multiple ratings usually used. Players who fail to disclose foreign or FIDE ratings may be expelled. US player ratings: May official ratings used; FIDE ratings not used. Unofficial uschess.org ratings based on 4 or more games usually used if otherwise unrated. Special rules: 1) Players must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director. In round 4 or after, players with scores over 80% in U1300/up and their opponents may not use headphones, earphones, cellphones, or go to a differentfloor of the hotel without Director permission. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: 845-496-9658, chesstour.com. You may request "lowest possible section" if May rating unknown. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP.

A Heritage Event! An American Classic!

July 1-5,2-5,3-5 or June 29-July 5, Pennsylvania

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 300 (enhanced) 37th Annual World Open

9SS, 40/2, SD/1 (4-day option, rds 1-2 G/75,3-day option, rds 1-5 G/45), Under 900/Unr Section plays separate 3-day schedule only, G/45. Sheraton City Center Hotel, 17th & Race Sts., Philadelphia 19103. Parking $5 for hotel guests playing in tournament. Downtown location, Franklin Institute, many museums, stores, restaurants within a few blocks. Prizes $250,000 unconditionally guaranteed. Free analysis of your games by GM Sam Palatnik; free lectures by other GMs 9 am 7/3 &7/4. In 9 sections (Unrated eligible only for Open, Under 2400, or Under 900). Open: $20000-10000-5000-2500-1500-1000-800700-600-500, clear winner bonus $200, top U2500 $2000-1000. If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game 7/5, 11 pm (White 5 minutes, Black 3 minutes & gets draw odds, 5 second delay) for title & bonus prize. GM & IM norms possible in 5-day &7-day schedules. FIDE rated. Under 2400: $14000-70003000-2000-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U2300 $2000-1000. FIDE Under 2200: $14000-7000-3000-2000-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U2100 $20001000. Under 2000: $14000-7000-3000-2000-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U1900 $2000-1000. Under 1800: $14000-7000-3000-2000-1000-900-800-700600-500, top U1700 $2000-1000. Under 1600: $12000-6000-3000-20001000-900-800-700-600-500, top U1500 $2000-1000. Under 1400: $100005000-2500-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U1300 $1500-800. Under 1200: $5000-2500-1500-1000-800-700-600-500-400-300. Under 900/unrated: $300-200-100, trophies to top 10, no unrated may win over $100. Prize limits: 1) Players with under 26 games played as of 7/09 list may not win over $1500 in U1200, $3000 U1400 to U1800. Games rated too late for 7/09 list not counted. 2) Players with official rating more than 30 points over section maximum any month 7/08-6/09 have a prize limit of $2000.3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. EF, if mailed by 2/17:7-day $307, 5-day $305,4-day $304, 3-day $303. Mailed by 5/15:7-day $317, 5-day $315,4-day $314,3-day $313. Mailed by 6/18:7-day $327,5-day $325, 4-day $324,3-day $323. At site: All $350; no checks, credit cards OK. Online entry at chess-tour.com: $310 by 2/17, $320 by 5/15, $330 by 6/24, $350 after 6/24 until 2 hours before rd 1. Phone entry at 406-896-2038: $315 by 2/17, $325 by 5/15, $335 by 6/24 (entry only, no questions). No phone entries after 6/24. GMs free; $200 EF deducted from prize. WGMs $100; another $100 EF deducted from prize. EF $100 less to all in U1200 Section and seniors over 65 in Under 1400 & above. Under 900/Unrated Section EF: $25 if mailed by 6/17, all $26 online at chesstour.com by 6/24, $30 phoned by 6/24 (entry only, no questions), $40 at site. FREE ENTRY TO UNRATED in U900/Unr Section. No checks at site; credit cards OK. Re-entry: $160, no re-entry from Open to Open. $20 fee for switching section after 6/30. Special 1 yr adult USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry: online at chesstour.com $30, mailed, phoned or paid at site $40. 5-day schedule: Wed 7 pm, Thur 11 am & 6 pm, Fri 11 am & 6 pm, Sat

11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 5 pm. 7-day schedule: Mon-Fri each 7 pm, Sat 11am &6 pm, Sun 10 am &5 pm. 4-day schedule:Thurs 11, 2:30 & 6, Fri 11 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 5.3-day schedule: Fri 11,1:30, 3:30,6 & 8:30, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 5. All schedules merge & compete for same prizes. Under 900/Unr schedule: Fri 1:30,3:45 & 6, Sat 11,1:30,3:45 & 6, Sun 10 & 12:30. Half point byes OK all, limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), must commit before rd 3 and have under 2 pts. Entries, re-entries close 1 hour before your first game. Bring sets, boards, clocks if possible- none supplied. HR: 93-93, 215-4482000, may sell out about 5/31, two night minimum 7/3-4. Backup hotel: Radisson Plaza Warwick, 215-735-6000, $93-93. Special car rental rates: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Foreign player ratings: 100 pts added to FIDE, 100 to FQE, 200 or more to most foreign, no pts added to CFC. Most foreign ratings other than CFC or FQE or Jamaica not accepted for U2000 or below. Highest of multiple ratings used. Players who fail to disclose foreign or FIDE ratings may be expelled. US

player ratings: JULY LIST USED; FIDE ratings not used. Unofficial uschess.org ratings based on 4 or more games usually used if otherwise unrated. Special rules: 1) Players must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director. In round 4 or after, players with scores over 80% and their opponents may not use headphones, earphones, cellphones or go to a differentfloor of the hotel without Director permission. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: www.chesstour.com, 845-496-9658. You may request "lowest possible section" if July rating unknown. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com. Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied. WCL JGP.

Regional

Alabama

Meets Mon. nites each wk., 2116 Columbiana Rd. (Columbiana Crossing Shopg. Ctr.) B'ham 35226. All skills & levels welcome! W. N.S. USCF rtd tourns. planned in 09. Mon. Quads by request. Vulcan Open-May; B'ham City C'ships-Aug.; Magic City Open-Nov. SS 4rd G/60 2d Sat.ea. mo. Details &flyers: R.W. Ellis 205-9796068, [email protected].

Dec. 20, B'ham Chess Club

USCF rtd G/45. Loc. Rocky Ridge Church (Fellowship Hall) 2404 Altadena Rd., B'ham, AL. EF: $25 by 12/5; $35 at site. USCF mem. reqd. 1 sect. Checks to B'ham Chess Club 2336 Tyler Rd., B'ham, AL 35226. USCF # on memo line. PRIZES b/25: 1st-$150; 2d-$100; 3d (U1700)-$80; 4th (U1400/UNR)-$65. RDS.: 9:15am; 11:30am; 1:30pm; 3:30pm.Tie Breaks USCF Rule 34E. Cellphones vibrate; score sheets provided. Reg.: Sat. 12/20 8:00am-8:45am. Questions? R.W. Ellis (205) 979-6068; [email protected].

Dec. 20-21, Magic City Classic

5SS,TC: G/120. Alta Vista Hotel & Conference Center 260 Goodwin Crest Dr., Birmingham, AL 35209. $$b/60. Open (1700+): $400-250, U2000: $200, B $150, Reserve (1200-1699): $300-200, U1500: $150, D: $100. Amateur (UNR-1199): $250-150, U1000: $100, G: $50. Scholastic: 4 sections. Late REG.: Dec 20th 7:45-8:30. Rds: 9, 2, 7 & 9-2. EF: $50/$40, mailed by 12/13; $10 more at site. HR: $70. Checks Payable To: Caesar Lawrence. ENT: Caesar Lawrence, 882 McAllister Dr., Calera, AL 35040. Info: [email protected], ACF: www.alabamachess.com. WCL JGP.

Dec. 27-28, Athens-Huntsville CC December 2008

4SS, G100,T/D5, Athens Rec. Ctr., 270 US Hwy 31 N @ US Hwy 251 I-65/Ex. 351; Athens, 35611. $250/b/20:125-75-50, U1800/$30 U1600/$20. EF: $19, if received by Dec. 24, $25 Dec. 27. RDS. 9:00-12:30 daily. ENT/Checks: Edward Labate; l?O. Box 1404; Athens 35612. INFO: www.labatechess.com WCL JGP.

Feb. 7, QoHs Scholastics

6 Sections - 5SS, TC: G/30. AUM Taylor Center 7440 East Drive Montgomery, AL 36117. EF: $20/Rated and $10/Not Rated - mail by JAN31st; ($10 more @ site). Trophies: (Rated) Top 3 Individuals; Top 2 Teams. Medallions: (Not Rated) Top 3 Individuals. Rds: 9:30-10:45-12:30-1:45-3. Late REG.: FEB 7th 8:30-9:10. Checks payable to: Montgomery Chess Club. Ent: MCC-QoH 668 Sandhurst Drive Montgomery, AL 36109. Info: www.alabamachess.com or Cae-[email protected].

A Heritage Event!

Feb. 7-8, Queen of Hearts (37th Annual)

5SS, TC: 30/90;SD: 30. AUM Taylor Center 7440 East Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117. EF: $40 by JAN 31st; ($50 @ Site). Open (All): $$b/25: $300+T, $200, $150, A $150+T, U1800 $100+T. Reserve (U1600): $$b/20: $200+T, $150, D $125+T, E$100+T, U1000 $50. Rds.: 9,2,7 &9-3. Late REG.: FEB 7th 7:458:30. Checks payable to: Montgomery Chess Club. Ent: MCC-QoH 668 Sandhurst Drive, Montgomery, AL 36109. Info: www.alabamachess.com or [email protected]. WCL JGP.

Alaska

Feb. 20-22,2009 Rondezvous Chess Tournament

5SS G/120 IBEWTraining Center 5800 B St Anchorage, AK 99518. EF: $30, $15 Age 15 and Under. Reg.: 5 - 6:45P Fri Feb 20th. Rds.: Fri 7PM, Sat/Sun 10A and 3P Info: Mike [email protected]. WCL JGP.

Arizona

Jan. 16-19,17-19 or 17-18,16th annual Western Class Championships (CA-S)

See Grand Prix.

Feb. 13-16,4th Susan Polgar 2009 Open Challenge for Boys and Girls

Over $250,000 in scholarships and chess prizes! Organized and Directed by Susan Polgar Foundation and Chess Emporium, LLC. 7SS, G/45, Sunrise Mountain High School, 21200 N 83rd Ave, Glendale, AZ 85382. Winners in the Girls sections will qualify for the 2009 SP National Invitational, if meet eligibility requirements. Sections: All-Girls and Open (Boys/Girls): Primary (K-2); Elementary (3-5); Middle School (6-8), High School. Parents/Adults: All ages. Prizes (All Scholastic Sections): Laptop Computer to 1st, $200 (in Chess Prizes) to 2nd, $150 to 3rd $100 to 4th, $50 to 5th All the above are in kind, chess prizes such as chess books/DVDs etc, and not a cash prize. Digital Clock to 7-0 score, Trophies to top 20 Individuals, Trophies to top 3 teams, Medals to 21st-30th Individuals, and to 4-6th Teams, Trophies to top 3 Parent/Child/Sibling Teams. Scholarships to Texas Tech University andTexas A&M -Kingsville will be offered. (Must meet entrance requirements and chess tournament scholarship criteria - www.spice.ttu.edu). Adult Section: $300-$200-$150-$100 in cash prizes, based on 20 paid entries. All sections: EF: $55 by 1/10; $59 by 1/24; $65 by 2/6; $69 after. On Site registration will receive Rd 1 (1/2 pt) bye. Byes: (1/2 pt) must be scheduled by the start of round 2. Schedule: Opening Ceremony 2/14 9:00 am; Rounds: 2/14 9:15-11:30-1:30-3:30; 2/15 9:00-1:00-3:00. Side-Events: Puzzle Solving Championship 2/13 6:00pm. EF: $15 if by 2/6; $20 after. Registration closes 5:30pm. Susan Polgar 64 Board Simultaneous Exhibition 2/13 7:15pm. EF: $25 by 2/6; $30 after. Registration closes 7:00pm (Limit 1st 64 entries). Bughouse Championship, 2/13: 5 Double Rd Swiss, G/5. Prizes: Trophies top 10 teams (2/15 3:30pm -Awards Ceremony). Rounds: 2/13 6:30-7:00-7:30-8:00-8:30. EF (Team): $20 by 2/6; $25 after. Registration closes 6:00pm. Susan Polgar Free Lecture

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