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playing March 6-7 only, G/75. Host Hotel at Cedar Lake, 366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 (I-84 Exit 3, near I-90). Free parking. $$ 20,000 based on 250 paid entries (re-entries count half, U900 one-third), minimum $12,000 (60% of each prize) guaranteed. In 8 sections: Master (2200/up): $2000-1000-500-300, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE. Expert (2000-2199): $1400-700-400-300. Class A (1800-1999): $1400-700-400-300. Class B: $1400-700-400-300. Class C (1400-1599): $1200-600-300-200. Class D (1200-1399): $1200-600-300-200. Class E (Under 1200): $800-400-200100. Under 900: $200-100-60-40. Rated players may play up one section. Unrated may enter U900 through A, with prize limits: U900 $100, E $200, D $300, C $400, B $500, A $600. Balance goes to nextplayer(s) in line. EF: 3-day $108,2-day $107 mailed by 2/25, all $109 online at chesstour.com by 3/2, $110 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/2 (entry only, no questions), $120 at site. GMs free, $90 deducted from prize. Class E EF: All $20 less. Under 900 EF: all $70 less. No checks at site, credit cards OK. All: Unofficial uschess.org ratings based on 4 or more games usually used if otherwise 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 $60; not available in Open Section. MACA memb. ($12, under 18 $6) required for MA residents; WMCA accepted for western MA res. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds Fri 7 pm, Sat 11-6, Sun 9-3:15.2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds Sat 11-2:30-6, Sun 9-3:15. Under 900 schedule: Reg. ends Sat. 10 am, rds Sat 11-2:30-6, Sun 9-12:30-3:15. Byes: OK all, limit 2; Master must commit before rd 2, others before rd 3. HR: $87-87, 800-582-3232,508347-7393, request chess rate, reserve by 2/19 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: 845-496-9658. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. $15 service charge for refunds. WCL JGP.

Mar. 12-14 or 13-14, California Southern

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 100 (enhanced) 17th annual Western Class Championships

Note corrections: 5SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/75), Under 900 Section is 6 rounds. G/75 playing Mar 13-14 only. Renaissance 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 based on 230 paid entries (re-entries, U900 count as half entries), minimum $16,000 (80% each prize) guaranteed. In 8 sections. Master (over 2199): $2000-1000-500-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE. Expert (2000-2199): $1400-700-400-200. Class A (1800-1999): $1400-700-400-200. Class B (16001799): $1400-700-400-200. Class C (1400-1599): $1200-600-300-200. Class D (1200-1399): $1000-500-300-150. Class E (1000-1199): $1000-500-300150. Under 900: $300-150-100-50. Rated players may play up one section. Unrated must play in A or below with maximum prize A $600, B $500, C $400, D $300, E $200, U900 $100; balance goes line to next player(s) in line. Top 7 sections EF: 3-day $113,2-day $112 mailed by 3/4, all $115 online at chess-tour.com by 3/9, $120 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/9 (entry only, no questions), $130 at site. Under 900 Section EF: All $60 less. All: 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 (except Master) $60. SCCF memb. ($18, jr $10) required for rated Southern CA residents. 3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 6 pm, rds Fri 7, Sat 11-6, Sun 10-4:15. 2-day schedule: Reg. Sat to 10 am, rds Sat 11-2:30-6, Sun 10-4:15. U900 schedule: Reg Sat to 9:30 am, rds 10-1-4 each day. Byes: OK all rds, limit 2; Master must commit before rd 2, others before rd 3. HR: $87-87,818-707-1220, reserve by Mar 3 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633. Questions: chesstour.com, 845-496-9658. Ent: Continental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. $15 service charge for withdrawals. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP.

Mar. 19-21 or 20-21, Missouri

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 100 (enhanced) 14th annual Mid-America Open

5SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/75). Under 900 is 6 rounds playing March 20-21 only, G/75. Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis-Clayton, 7750 Carondelet Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105 (I-64 W/US 40-W Exit 32B, 1.2 miles north on Han-ley Rd). $$ 20,000 based on 250 paid entries (re-entries count half, U900 Section one-third), minimum $16,000 (80% of each prize) guaranteed. In 8 sections: Open: $2000-1000-500-300, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE. Under 2200: $1400-700-400-300. Under 2000: $1400700-400-300. Under 1800: $1400-700-400-300. Under 1600: $1200-600-300200. Under 1400: $1200-600-300-200. Under 1200: $800-400-200-100. Under 900: $200-100-60-40. Unrated may enter any section, with prize limits: U900 $100, U1200 $200, U1400 $300, U1600 $400, U1800 $500, U2000 $600. Balance goes to next player(s) in line. EF: 3-day $108.50, 2-day $107.50 mailed by 3/9, all $109 online at chesstour.com by 3/16, $110 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/16 (entry only, no questions), $120 at site. GMs free, $90 deducted from prize. Under 1200 EF: All $20 less. Under 900 EF: all $70 less. All: No checks at site, credit cards OK. Unofficial uschess.org ratings based on 4 or more games usually used if otherwise 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 $60; not available in Open Section. MCA memb. ($5) required for MO residents. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds Fri 7 pm, Sat 11-6, Sun 9-3:15.2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds Sat 11-2:30-6, Sun 9-3:15. Under 900 schedule: Reg. ends Sat. 10 am, rds Sat 11-2:30-6, Sun 9-12:30-3:15. Byes: OK all, limit 2; Open must commit before rd 2, others before rd 3. HR: $87-87,888-303-1746,314726-5400, request chess rate, reserve by 3/3 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: 845-496-9658. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. $15 service charge for refunds. WCL JGP. Mar. 31-Apr. 4, Apr. 1-4 or 2-4 or 3-4, Pennsylvania World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced) Philadelphia Open

Open Section, Mar 31-Apr 4: 9SS, 40/2, SD/1. GM & IM norms possible. U1300 to U2100, Apr 1-4,2-4 or 3-4:7SS, 40/2, SD/1 (3-day option, rds. 12 G/75, 2-day option, rds. 1-4 G/40). U1000, April 3-4:7SS, G/40. Sheraton City Center Hotel, 17th & Race Sts, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Prizes $100,000 based on 650 paid entries (Seniors count as 3/4 entries; U1000 Section, reentries, GMs, WGMs &foreign IMs as half entries), else proportional, minimum

$70,000 (7096 of each prize) guaranteed. In 7 sections: Open: $10000-50002500-1300-1000-700-600-500-400-400, clear first bonus $200, FIDE 2300-2449 $3000-1500-700, FIDE Under 2300/Unr $3000-1500-700. If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game for title & bonus. FIDE rated. Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700: each $5000-3000-2000-1000-700-600-500-400300-300. Under 1500, Under 1300: each $4000-2000-1500-1000-700-600-500400-300-300. Under 1000: $1000-600-400-300-250-200-150-100. Prize limits: 1) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated as of 4/10 list may not win over $500 in U1000, $1500 in U1300, or $2500 in U1500. Games rated too late for 4/10 list not counted. 2) If more than 30 points over section maximum on any USCF rating supplement 4/09-3/10, prize limit $1500.3) Unrated (0-3 lifetime games rated) cannot win over $200 in U1000, $400 U1300, $800 U1500, $1200 U1700, $1600 U1900, or $2000 U2100. Unofficial uschess.org ratings based on 4 or more games used if otherwise unrated. 4) Balance of limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. Mailed EF: 5-day (Open only) $205,4-day $204,

3-day $203 if mailed by 1/13; 5-day $225, 4-day $224, 3-day $223 mailed by 3/23; all $250 at site. PSCF members may deduct $3 from mailed EF only. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Online EF at chesstour.com: $207 by 1/13, $227 by 3/29, $250 after 3/29 until 2 hours before rd 1. Phone EF at 406-896-2038 (entry only, no questions): $210 by 1/13, $230 by 3/29. No phone entry after 3/29. GMs, foreign IMs, foreign WGMs free; $150 deducted from prize. US WGMs $100; $120 deducted from prize. EF $100 less for Under 1000 section. EF $70 less to seniors over 65 in Under 1300 & above sections. 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. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Re-entry: $100, no re-entry from Open Section to Open Section. 5-day schedule (Open only): Reg. ends Wed 6 pm, rds. Wed. 7 pm, Thu 12 & 7, Fri/Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30.4-day schedule: (U1300 to U2100): Reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds. Thu 7 pm, Fri 11 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30.3-day schedule (U1300 to U2100): Reg. ends Fri 10 am, rds Fri 11, 2:30 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. 2-day schedule (U1300 to U2100): Reg. ends Sat 9 am, rds Sat 10,12, 2, 3:45 &6, Sun 10 &4:30. Under 1000 schedule: Reg. ends Sat 9 am, rds. Sat. 10.12. 2, 3:45, Sun. 10,12, 2.

4-day, 3-day, & 2-day merge & compete for same prizes. Byes: all; limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), Open must commit before rd 2, others before rd 4. Bring sets, boards, clocks if possible- none supplied. HR: $93-93-93-93,215-4482000, reserve by 3/23 or rate may increase. Car rentals: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633 or reserve car online at chesstour.com. Foreign player ratings: Usually 100 points added to FIDE, 100 to FQE, 200/more to most other foreign, no points added to CFC, PR 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: April list used; FIDEratings used in Open Section. Special rules: 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, earphones or cellphones or go to a different floor of the hotel without Director permission. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: 845-496-9658, www.chesstour.com. You may request "lowest possible section" if April rating unknown. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP (except U1000).

An American Classic!

May 27-31,28-31,29-31 or 30-31, Illinois

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 300 (enhanced) 19th annual Chicago Open

Open Section, May 27-31: 9SS, 40/2, SD/1, GM &IM norms possible. Under 1300 to Under 2100, May 28-31,29-31 or 30-31: 7SS, 40/2, SD/1 (3-day option, rds 1-2 G/75; 2-day option, rds. 1-4 G/40). Under 1000, May 30-31: 7SS, G/40. Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 North Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL 60090 (from Chicago, I-294 north to US-45 north; from Milwaukee, I-94 east to Lake Cook Rd to US-45 south.) Free parking. $100,000 guaranteed prize fund. In 7 sections. Open: $10000-5000-2500-1200-1000700-600-500-400-400, clear winner bonus $200, FIDE 2300-2449 $3000-1500700, FIDE Under 2300/Unr $3000-1500-700. If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game for title & bonus. FIDE rated. Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700: each $5000-3000-2000-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300. Under 1500, Under 1300: $4000-2000-1500-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300. Under 1000: $1000-600-400-300-300-300-200-200-200-200. Prize limits: 1) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated through 5/10 list may not win over $500 U1000, $1500 U1300 or $2500 U1500. Games rated too late for 5/10 list not counted. 2) If more than 30 points over section maximum on any list 5/09-4/10, prize limit $1500. 3) Unrated (0-3 lifetime games rated) cannot win over $200 in U1000, $400 U1300, $800 U1500, $1200 U1700, $1600 U1900 or $2000 U2100. Unofficial uschess.org ratings based on 4 or more games usually used if otherwise unrated. 4) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. Mailed EF: 5-day (Open only) $200, 4-day $199, 3-day $198, 2-day $197 mailed by 3/15; 5-day $220,4-day $219,3-day $218,2-day $217 mailed by 5/19; all $250 at site. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Online EF at chess-tour.com: $203 by 3/15, $223 by 5/24, $250 after 5/24 until 2 hours before rd 1. Phone EF at 406-896-2038 (entry only, no questions): $205 by 3/15, $225 by 5/24 (entry only, no questions). No phone entry after 5/24. GMs, foreign IMs, foreign WGMs free; $150 deducted from prize. US WGMs $100; $120 deducted from prize. EF $70 less to seniors over 65 in Under 1300 & above sections. Under 1000 EF: $82 if mailed by 5/19, $83 online at chesstour.com by 5/24, $85 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 5/24 (entry only, no questions), $100 at site. No checks at site, credit cards OK. ICA membership ($15, scholastic $10) required for rated Illinois residents. 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: $100, no re-entry from Open Section to Open Section. 5-day schedule (Open only): Reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds Thu 7 pm, Fri 11 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30.4-day schedule (U1300 to U2100): Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, Rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 &6, Mon 10 &4:30.3-day schedule: (U1300 to U2100): Reg. ends Sat 10 am, Rds. Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30.2-day schedule (U1300 to U2100): Reg. ends Sun 9 am, Rds. Sun 10,12,2,3:45 &6, Mon 10 &4:30. Above schedules merge & compete for same prizes. Under 1000 schedule: Reg. ends Sun 9 am, Rds. Sun 10,12, 2, 3:45, Mon. 10,12, 2. Byes: OK all, limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), Open must commit before rd 2, others before rd 4. Hotel rates: $98-98-98-98,800-937-8461,847-777-6500, reserve by 5/14 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.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. 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: May official ratings used; May FIDE ratings used for Open Section. Special rules: 1) 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, earphones, cellphones, or go to a different floor of the hotel without Director permission. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: 845496-9658, www.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 (except U1000).

A Heritage Event! An American Classic!

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

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 300 (enhanced) 38th Annual World Open

9 SS, 40/2, SD/1 (4-day option, rds 1-2 G/75,3-day option, rds 1-5 G/45), Open Section plays 5-day July 1-5 or 7-day June 29-July 5 only. Under 900/Unr Section plays separate 3-day schedule July 3-5 only, G/45. Valley Forge Convention Plaza (and Scanticon & Radisson Hotels), 1160 1st Ave., King of Prussia, PA 19406. Free parking. 20 miles west of Philadelphia (PA Turnpike to I-76 East to Exit 327, right on N Gulph Rd, right on 1st Ave, or from Philadelphia, I-76 West to Exit 328B-A, right on Mall Blvd, right on N. Gulph Rd., right on 1st Ave.). For shuttle info from Philadelphia Airport or 30th St train station, call 800-559-2040 or 215-616-5370. All play in same room (brightly lighted exhibit hall with capacity 1800 players). Radisson and Scanticon hotels are connected to Convention Plaza. Prizes $250,000 based on 1100 paid entries (seniors, reentries, U1200 Section, GMs, WGMs count as 50% entries, rated players in U900 as 25% entries, Unrated in U900 or U1400 not counted), $175,000 minimum (70% of each prize) guaranteed. Free analysis of your games by GM Sam Palatnik; free GM lectures 9 am 7/3 & 7/4. In 9 sections (Unrated eligible only for Open, Under 2400, Under 1400 or Under 900). Open: $20000-10000-50002500-1200-1000-800-700-600-500, clear winner bonus $200, top FIDE U2500 $2000-1000. If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game 11:30 pm 7/5 for title & bonus prize. GM & IM norms possible. FIDE rated. Under 2400/Unr: $13000-7000-3000-2000-1000-900-800-700-600- 500, top U2300 $2000-1000. IM norms may be possible. FIDE rated. Under 2200: $13000-7000-30002000-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U2100 $2000-1000. Under 2000: $13000-7000-3000-2000-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U1900 $2000-1000. Under 1800: $13000-7000-3000-2000-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U1700 $2000-1000. Under 1600: $12000-6000-3000-2000-1000-900-800-700-600500, top U1500 $2000-1000. Under 1400/Unr: $10000-5000-2500-1200-1000900-800-700-600-500, top U1300 $1500-800, top Unrated $200-100, no unrated may win over $400. Unrateds may be paired against each other in later rounds, even with different scores. Under 1200: $5000-2500-1200-1000-800-700600-500-400-300, top U1050 $1000-500. Under 900/Unr: $1000-600-400-300300-300-200-200-200-200, no unrated may win over $200. Prize limits: 1) Players with under 26 games played as of 7/10 list may not win over $500 in U900, $1500 in U1200, $3000 U1400 or U1600. Games rated too late for 7/10 list not counted. 2) Players with official rating more than 30 points over section maximum any month 7/09-6/10 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; $150 EF deducted from prize. EF$150 less to all in U1200 Section and rated seniors over 65 in Under 1400 & above. Under 900/Unr Section EF: $78 if mailed by 6/17, $80 online at chess-tour.com by 6/24, $85 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 6/24 (entry only, no questions), $100 at site. Special EF to unrated in U900 or U1400 Sections: $28 mailed by 6/17, $30 online at chesstour.com by 6/24, $35 phoned to 406896-2038 by 6/24 (entry only, no questions), $40 at site. 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 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 $30.5-day schedule: Thu 7 pm, Fri 11 am & 6 pm, Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 11 am & 6 pm, Mon 10 am & 5 pm. 7-day schedule: Tue-Thu each 7 pm, Fri-Sat each 6 pm, Sun 11 am & 6 pm, Mon 10 am & 5 pm. 4-day schedule: Fri 11, 2:30 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 5.3-day schedule: Sat 11,1:30,3:30,6 & 8:30, Sun 11 & 6, Mon

10 & 5. All schedules merge & compete for same prizes. Under 900/Unr schedule: Sat 1:30, 3:30 & 6, Sun 11, 1:30, 3:30 & 6, Mon 10 & 12:30. Half

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