Continental Chess Association Schedule

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11/6-8: Green Mt Open, Stratton Mt VT (see Oct) 11/13-15: Kings Island Open, Mason OH* 11/27-29: National Congress & Blitz, Philadelphia* 12/26-28: Empire State Open, Saratoga Sprgs NY* 12/26-29: North American Open, Las Vegas* 12/29: North American Open Blitz, Las Vegas* 1/15-18: Liberty Bell Open, Philadelphia* 1/15-18: Golden State Open, Concord CA* 2/27-28: NY State Scholastics, Saratoga Sprgs NY* 3/5-7: Eastern Class Champs, Sturbridge MA* 3/12-14: Western Class Champs, Agoura Hills CA* 3/19-21: Mid-America Open, St Louis MO* 3/31-4/4: Philadelphia Open, Philadelphia PA* 4/16-18: Hartford Open, Windsor Locks CT 4/30-5/2: Vermont Resort Open, Fairleee VT 5/14-16: New York State Open, Lake George NY 5/28-31: Chicago Open, Wheeling 1L* 6/25-29: Phila, International, Valley Forge PA 7/1-5: World Open, Valley Forge PA* 7/16-18: Chicago Class, Oak Brook 1L 7/16-18: Pacific Coast Open, Agoura Hills CA 7/23-25: Southern Open, Orlando FL 7/23-25: Bradley Open, Windsor Locks CT 8/13-15: Continental Open, Sturbridge MA 8/20-22: Central California Open, Fresno CA 8/27-29: Atlantic Open, Washington DC 10/7-11: Continental Class Champs, Arlington VA 10/14-16: Midwest Class, Wheeling IL

Tournament Life

Unrated may not win over $150 in U1200 or $300 in U1600. EF: 3-day $83,2-day $82 mailed by 12/18, all $84 online at chesstour.com by 12/23, $86 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 12/23 (entry only, no questions), $90 at site. $50 less to unrated. Special 1 yr USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry Online at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30. Re-entry $50; not available in Open. GMs free, $60 deducted from prize. All: No checks at site, credit cards OK. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10:30 am, rds. Sat 11-6, Sun 11-6, Mon 9-3:15.2-day schedule: Reg. ends Sun 9:30 am, rds Sun 10-1-3-3:30-6, Mon 9-3:15. Bye: all, limit 2, must commit before rd 3. HR: $105-105, 888-999-4711, 518-5844000, reserve by 12/12 or rate may increase. Car rental: 800-331-1600, use AWD D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Inquiries: www.chesstour.com, 845-496-9658. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. $15 service charge for refunds. WCL JGP.

An American Classic! Dec. 26-29 or 27-29, Nevada

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced) 19th (not 18th) annual North American Open

7SS, 40/2, SD/1 (3-day option, rds 1-4 G/75). Bally's Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89103. $$ 120,000 based on 600 paid entries (seniors count as 3/4 entries, re-entries & GMs as half entries, U1000/Unr Section as 1/5, else in proportion; $90,000 minimum (75% each prize) guaranteed. No unrateds in U1300, U1500, or U1700 sections. In 7 sections. Open: $100005000-2500-1200-1000-800-600-500-400-400, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak bonus $200, 2300-2499 $2500-1200, U2300/Unr $2500-1200. FIDE. Under 2100/Unr: $8000-4000-2000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $2000. Under 1900/Unr: $8000-4000-2000-1500-1000-800600-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1000. Under 1700: $80004000-2000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400. Under 1500: $6000-3000-15001000-800-700-600-500-400-400. Under 1300: $6000-3000-1500-1000-800700-600-500-400-400. Under 1000/Unr: $1000-600-500-400-300-200, no unrated may win over $200. Prize limits: 1) Players with under 26 games played as of 12/09 list may not win over $1500 U1300, $2500 U1500 or U1700. Games rated too late for 12/09 list not counted. 2) If more than 30 points over section maximum on any list 12/08-11/09, prize limit $1500.3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. Mailed EF: 4-day $244,3-day $243 mailed by 10/15, 4-day $274, 3-day $273 mailed by 12/12. Online EF: $245 online at chesstour.com by 10/15, $275 by 12/19, $300 12/20 until two hours before round=2 01. Phoned EF: $250 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 10/15 (no questions), $280 by 12/19. No phone entry after 12/19. EF at site: $300. Special EF: Seniors over 65 in Under 1300 or above, $70 less. Re-entry $120; not available in Open Section. GMs $150 from prize. U1000/Unr Section EF: 4-day $64,3-day $63 if mailed by 12/12, $65 online at chesstour.com by 12/19, $70 phoned by 12/19 (406-896-2038, entry only, no questions), $80 at site. $30 less to unrated. All: No checks at site, credit cards OK. Special 1 year USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry: Online at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30.4-day reg. ends 12/26 5 pm, rds 12/26 6 pm, 12/2711-6,12/28 11-6,12/2910-4:30.

3-day reg. ends 12/27 4 pm, rds 12/27 5-8:30,12/28 11-2:30-6,12/29 104:30. Bye: all, limit 4, limit 2 in last 4 rounds; Open must commit before rd 2, others before rd 4. HR: $96-96,800-833-3308,702-739-4111, rate may increase if not reserved by 11/22, all rooms in chess block may sell out about 11/1. Free parking (garage at adjacent Paris Las Vegas Hotel is most convenient). Car rental: for special Avis rate reserve car through chesstour.com or call 800-3311600, use AWD #657633. 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. Some foreign ratings not accepted for U1900 or below. Highest of multiple ratings usually used. Players who fail to disclose foreign or FIDE ratings may be expelled. US player ratings: December list used; FIDE ratings not used. Special rules: In round 3 or after, players with scores of 80% or more and their opponents may not use headphones, earphones, or cellphones or go to a different floor of the hotel without Director permission, and must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: www.chesstour.com, 845-496-9658. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP.

Dec. 27, New York

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 30 (enhanced) Grandmaster Challenge

6-SS G/25 (G/20, D/5). Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC: 212-477-3716, limited to first 64 entries. EF: $35 over 55/under 18, $45 others, $10 less to Marshall members (free buffet for participants.) GMs free, $25 deducted from prize. Reg. ends 11:45 am. G$$350-250-150-100-75-50, $100 U2400, $100 U2200, $75 U2000, $50 U1800, top over 55$=age, top under 18 $=3x age, top scoring female ($=# of players.) Rds.: 12-1:15-2:30-4:00-5:15-6:30. Byes: limit 2, request before Round 3. Quick rated; regular ratings used for pairing and prize purposes. Additional class prize $500 2800+, $250 2700+.

A Heritage Event!

Dec. 27-30, District of Columbia

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 100 36th Annual Eastern Open

8-SS. $17,000 Unconditionally Guaranteed Prizes. Over 60 prizes! Class prizes for each 100 points! Westin Washington DC City Center Hotel, Thomas Circle, 1400 M St. NW, Washington, DC. TC: 40/2, SD/L 5 Sections: Open Section: 2,000-1,250-750, U2400 $500-250, U2300/Unr $500-250. FIDE Rated. Under 2200 Section: $1,000-500-250, U2100 $300, U2000 $250. Under 1900 Section: $1,000-500-250, U1800 $300, U1700 $250. Under 1600 Section: $1,000-500-250, U1500 $300, U1400 $250. Under 1300 section: $750-400-200, U1150/Unr $200. Max prize for unrated players is $250. New Special Prizes! Most Improved Player: $250-150 in each of the top 3 sections, performance rating versus current rating, and won no other section prize. Play up, play well, and win $. Upset: $50 per round in each of the top 4 sections, max 2 prizes per player. Best Played Game: Open: $100 in each of last 2 Rds; U2200: $50 in each of last 2 Rds. Submitted games must be annotated. Entry Fee if received by Dec 15: Open: $125; U2200: $110; U1900: $100; U1600: $100; U1300: $80; Unrated: $50. Entries $20 more at site! Reentry $60 and limited to rounds 2-4. GMs: free entry, but $125 deducted from any prize; IMs: $50 advance entry, but $75 deducted from any prize. No credit cards accepted. Site

Reg.: Sun. 12/27: 10-12 noon, 12/26: 5-6pm. Rds.: 12/27: 1-7:30, 12/28 & 12/29:11-6,12/30:10-4:30. Byes available any round but rds 6-8 must commit before rd 3. Limit 2 byes for class and improved player prizes. New Side Event: Warm up for the tourney by playing GM Alex Ivanov in a Simul on Dec 26 at 6 pm. Only $20 for registered players, $30 for non-registered players. You select color and opening. Quads Side Event: 3-RR Quads on 12/27, 12/28, & 12/30. EF: $30 $$ $80 each quad. Quad 12/27: G/60, Reg: 1:30-2:15, Rds: 2:30-5-8. Quads 12/28 and 12/30: G/75, Reg: 9:30-10:15, Rds: 10:302-5. HR: Only $79! Call 202-429-1700 by 12/4 and ask for this very low rate. Ent: Make checks or money orders payable to Eastern Open. Mail entries to: Tom Beckman, PO Box 42225, Washington DC 20015-2225. Please include Name, USCF# & Exp, Rating, Section, Entry Fee, Email, and Phone. Info only, [email protected] or http://members.cox.net/tournaments/eo_09.h-tm. WCL JGP.

Dec. 29, District of Columbia

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 10 Eastern Open Blitz Championship (QC)

Westin Washington DC City Center Hotel, 1400 M St. NW, Washington, DC. 5-Rd Double Swiss, See Eastern Open TLA for hotel details. TC: G/5 in One Section: Open $$1200 B/40 (top 3 in Open G) $$: Open: $350-$200-$150 (G) U2200-$140, U1900 - $125 U1600 - $115, U1300 - $110. EF: $35 if Rec'd by 12/22, $45 at site, only cash entries. Mail will not be checked after 12/24 so do not send late entries! At Site Reg: Any time during tournament and 12/29 until 10:15PM. Rds will start 10:30p promptly and successive rounds posted as soon as they are ready. One bye allowed for two-1/2 points, only for late entry. Higher of USCF and Quick used for pairings and prizes. Make check payable and send to: Michael Atkins, send to PO Box 6138, Alexandria, VA 22306, http://members.cox.net/tournaments/eoblitz.htm.

Dec. 29, Nevada

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 30 (enhanced) North American Blitz (QC)

5-SS, G/5 (double round,10 games). Bally's Las Vegas (see North American Open). $$G 2500. In 2 sections: Open: $400-200-150, top U2400/Unr $240-120, U2200 $220-110. Under 1800: $300-150-100, top U1600 $180-100, U1400 $150, U1200 $80. EF: $40, no checks, enter at site only. Quick-rated, but higher of regular or quick USCF rating used for pairings, prizes. Reg. ends 10:15 pm, rds. 10:45-11:30-12-12:30-1. Bye: 1.

Dec. 31, New York

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced) (23rd Annual!) Your Last Blunder Of 2009!

4-SS, G/30. Chess Center at the Marshall Club, 23 West 10 St., between 5-6 Ave., NYC: 845-569-9969. EF: $40, Club membs. $25, GMs free ($20 from prize), specified Greater NY Scholastic prizewinners free. $$ 920 b/40 paid entries, minimum half each prize Gtd: $$ 300-200-115, top U2200/unr. $110, U2000 $100, U1800 $95.Limit 2 byes (1 bye if U2000), commit by 1:30. Re-entry $20. CCA ratings may be used. Reg. ends 15 min before game. Rds. 12-1:302:45-4 pm. Online entry at www.chesscenter.cc thru 12/29; phone entry a Big Blunder!

CHECK OUT USCF'S CORRESPONDENCE CHESS RATED EVENTS

USCF's 62nd ANNUAL 2009 Open Correspondence Chess Golden Knights Championship $1,000 First Prize

(plus title of USCF's Golden Knights Champion and plaque) • 2nd place $600 • 3rd place $400 • 4th place $300 • 5th place $200 • 6th thru 10th place $100 each. Entry fee: $25. The entry deadline is November 30, 2009.

These USCF Correspondence Chess events are rated and open to all USCF members who reside on the North American continent, islands, or Hawaii, as well as those USCF members with an APO or FPO address. USCF members who reside outside of the North American continent are welcome to participate in e-mail events. Your USCF membership must remain current for the duration of the event, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Those new to USCF Correspondence Chess, please estimate your strength: Class A: 1800-1999 (very strong); Class B: 1600-1799 (strong); Class C: 1400-1599 (intermediate); Class D: 1399 and below (beginner level). Note: Prize fund based on 300 entries and may be decreased proportionately per number of entries assigned.

USCF's 6th ANNUAL 2009 E-mail Correspondence Chess Electronic Knights Championship

(Seven-player sections, one game with each of six opponents.)

$700 First Prize

(plus title of USCF's Electronic Knights Champion and plaque) • 2nd place $400 • 3rd place $300 • 4th thru 10th place $100 each. Entry fee: $25. The entry deadline is November 30, 2009.

These USCF Correspondence Chess events are rated and open to all USCF members with e-mail access. Your USCF membership must remain current for the duration of the event, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.

Maximum number of tournament entries allowed for the year for each player is ten.

Note: Prize fund based on 200 entries and may be decreased proportionately per number of entries assigned.

Correspondence Chess Matches (two players)

• $5 entry fee per person with two, four or six-game options.

Win A Correspondence Chess Trophy

• Four-player, double round-robin with class-level pairings. • lst-place winner receives a trophy.

Victor Palciauskas Prize Tournaments

• Seven-player class-level pairings, one game with each of six opponents. • Players must have a USCF CC rating to enter. • lst-place winner receives $130 cash prize and a certificate signed by Victor Palciauskas.

John W. Collins Memorial Class Tournaments

• Four-player, double round-robin with class-level pairings (unrateds welcome). • 1 st-place winner receives a John W. Collins certificate.

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