Silver

Any affiliate that has submitted at least 25 USCF memberships during the current or previous calendar year, or is the recognized State Affiliate, is eligible to become a Silver Affiliate. These affiliates will be recognized in a special list in Tournament Life each month, giving the affiliate name, state, and choice of either phone number, e-mail address, or website. Silver Affiliation costs $150 per year, and existing affiliates may subtract $3 for each month remaining on their regular affiliation. As of August 6, 2007, by paying an annual payment of $250.00 (instead of $150), Silver Affiliate status may be obtained with no minimum requirement for memberships submitted.

18th Annual Kings Island Open

5SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/75). Kings Island Resort, 5691 Kings Island Drive (I-71, 6 mi north of I-275), Mason, OH 45040. Free parking. $$ 25,000 based on 360 paid entries (re-entries count as 60% entries, U1000 Section EF 40% entries, unrated not counted); minimum $20,000 (80% of each prize) guaranteed. Free analysis of your games by GM Arthur Bisguier. In 8 sections: Open: $2500-1200-600-300-200,1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300/Unr $1400-700. FIDE. Under 2100: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 1900: $20001000-500-300-200. Under 1700: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 1500: $1500-700-400-200-100. Under 1300: $1200-600-300-200-100. Under 1000/Unr: $300-200-100-60-40. Unrated prize limits: U1000 $80, U1300 $130, U1500 $300, U1700 $400, U1900 $500. Balance goes to next player(s) in line. EF: 3-day $103, 2-day $102 mailed by 11/5, all $105 online at chess-tour.com by 11/10, $110 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 11/10 (entry only, no questions), $120 at site. Under 1000 Section EF: 3-day $43,2-day $42 if mailed by 11/5, $44 online at chesstour.com by 11/10, $46 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 11/10, $50 at site. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Re-entry $60; not available in Open Section. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. All: FREE ENTRY TO UNRATED in U1000 or U1300 if paying 1yr USCF dues. Special 1year USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry- online at chess-tour. com $30, mailed, phoned or paid at site $40.3-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. Byes: OK all; Open must commit by rd 2, others by rd 3. HR: $73-73,800-727-3050,513-398-0115, reserve by 10/30 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Car rental is easiest & cheapest transportation from Cincinnati Airport. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: 845-496-9658. Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP.

Nov. 17, New York

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 15 (enhanced) St. John's Masters at the Marshall Chess Club

4SS, G/30. ThirdTues. of every month. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. Open to players rated over 2100 (plus all players scoring 2.5 or more at any CCNY at MCC Thursday 4 Rated Games Tonight! since the prior month's SJM). EF: $40, members $30, GMs $10 (returned on completion of tournament). For each event, money added to prize fund by the sponsors, St. John's University, and other generous patrons. Top three prizes guaranteed. $$G 300-200-100. Top U2400 and Top U2300 prizes. Special prize for biggest upset. Reg.: 6:15-6:45. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. One bye available, rds. 1 or 4 only; declare at registration.

Nov. 19, New York

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced) 10 Grand Prix Points Tonight!

4-SS, G/30. Chess Center at the Marshall Club, 23 West 10 St., bet. 5-6 Ave., NYC: 212-477-3716. EF: $35, Club membs $25, GMs free ($20 from prize), specified Greater NY Scholastic prizewinners free. $$560 b/32 paid entries (may be limited to 1st 36 to enter), top 2 Gtd: $$ 200-110-50, Top U2200/unr $105, U2000 $95. Limit 2 byes (1 bye for U2000), commit by 8:15. Reentry $15. CCA ratings may be used. Class pairings OK rd. 4. Reg ends 10 min before game. Rds. 7-8:15-9:30-10:45 pm. Phone entry often impossible!

Nov. 20-22, Georgia

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 10

2009 GA Class Championships - Marshall Jaffe/Earl Morrison

Memorial

5-SS, 35/90, SD/30 (2 day schedule rd.1 G/90). Atlanta Chess Center, 3155A E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Scottdale, GA 30079. $$4,000 b/83, 2/3G. 6 Sections. Premier (over 1999): $500-300-150-100; U2200: $275-175; A(1800-1999): $250-150-100; B(1600-1799): $250-150-100; C(1400-1599): $250-150-100; D(1200-1399): $250-150-100; U1200: $250-150-100. Players may play one section above current rating. Trophy to top Georgia resident each section. EF: $50 if received by 11/18, $60 later or at site. Registration: 6-7pm on 11/20 or 8:309:30 am on 11/21. Rounds: 7:30; 2-7; 10-3 (2 day schedule rd. 1 at 10 am, then merges with 3 day). GCA membership required for Georgia residents. Enter: GCA, PO Box 91, Tucker, GA. 30085-0091. Info: Scott Parker, 770-939-5030, pres-[email protected]. WCL JPG.

Nov. 21, Pennsylvania

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 6 2009 Thanksgiving LVCA Grand Prix

4SS, G/90, St. James Church, 11th &Tilghman Sts., Allentown, PA 18102.

EF: $40, LVCA Members $30, $$200-100 guaranteed to top 2, more per paid entries. FREE ENTRY TO UNRATEDS, if paying 1 year USCF Dues. Up to two 1/2 pt byes with advanced notice (if declared before round 3). REG.: Ends 10am. RDS.: 10-1:30-4:45-7:45. Ent/Info: Checks payable to: Bruce Davis, 1208 Linden St., Fl 1, Bethlehem, PA 18018. 610-625-0467 or [email protected] chess.org orwww.lehighvalleychess.org/. Reg by mail by 11/16 to enter to win a Saitek Competition Chess Clock. WCL JGP.

Nov. 21, Virginia

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 6 Thanksgiving Grand Prix

3-Round Swiss System Game/90. SITE: St. John's Lutheran Church, 4608 Brambleton Ave., SW, Roanoke, VA 24018. GUARANTEED PRIZES:Top Section: $125-$100-$75. Additional Sections: If Octagonals, Each is guaranteed $125-$100, If Hexagonals, Each is guaranteed $100-$75, If Quads, Each is guaranteed $100. ENTRY FEE: If received by May 14, $30.00. At site, $40.00. REGISTRATION: 6-9 pm on 11 / 20; 8:30-9:30 am on 11/21. ROUNDS: 10-2-6. BYES: One only per tournament; must request before 1st round begins. ADVANCE ENTRIES: Roanoke Valley Chess Club, P.O. Box 14143, Roanoke, VA 24038. PHONE: (540) 725-9525 or (540) 890-0478. E-MAIL: [email protected]. WEB PAGE: roanokechess.com. NO SMOKING. NO COMPUTERS.

Nov. 21-22, California Southern

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 10 LACC - Harold Cardinal Valery G/60 Championship

Sponsor: Dr. Harold Valery Cardinal Medical Group - Long Beach. 6-SS, G/60 (no time delay). Los Angeles Chess Club, 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, CA 90025, 2nd floor (4 blocks W. of 405). $$1,500 Guaranteed. In two sections: Open: $400200-50, U2200: $125, U2000: $125. Reserve: (U1800) $$200-100, U1600 $125, Under 1400/unrated $100, U1200 $75. EF: $55 if received by 11/20; $60 at the door ($40 LACC members if received by 11/20; $45 at the door; $30 new LACC members) $6 off SCCF members. Up to 2 half-point byes available. Re entry $25. Reg.: 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Rds.: 12:00, 2:00, 4:00 each day. 1-day option I: Play 3 games- no 1/2 pt byes- 1/2 EF. 1-day option II: Play 3 games- three 1/2 pt byes- full EF. Free Parking lots on the SW corner of Santa Monica & Purdue -1 block, or in the building basement ($3). Info: (310) 7955710 [email protected]. URL: www.LAChessClub.com. Ent: LACC - PO. Box 251774, Los Angeles, CA 90025. State Championship Qualifier.

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced) 2nd Annual "What-A-Turkey" Open!

4-SS, 30/90, SD/1. Chess Center at the Marshall Club, 23 W. 10 St., bet. 5th-6th Ave., NYC: 845-569-9969. $$ 1,200 b/60 paid entries, minimum half each prize Gtd. May be limited to 1st 62 entries! 2 sections, Open. $$ 400-200100, U2200/unr. $100. FIDE. Under 2000. $$ 200-100, U1800 $100, $100 unr. prize limit. Both, EF: $45, Club membs $30, GMs free ($25 from prize), specified CCNY Scholastic prizewinners free. Online entry at www.chesscenter.cc thru 11/19.2 options: 2-Day, rds 12:30-5:30 pm each day; 1-day (rds 1-2 G/30), 10-11:15 am-12:30-5:30 pmSun., merge rd 3.2 byes max, commit by rd 2. Reg. ends 15 min. before game. Re-entry $20, counts half. Foreign unr. must enter Open. CCA Ratings may be used. EF $10 extra by phone! WCL JGP.

Nov. 21-22, Oklahoma

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 6 Get Your FIDE rating - Open

5-SS, G/60 + 60 seconds each move, $$G 650. Quality Inn- 2515 W. 6th Ave. (Hwy-51) Stillwater, OK 1-405-372-0800. HR: 70-70-70. Wi-Fi, EF: Open: $20, FIDE rated players $10; Reserve: $10 (if received before Nov 19th): All $5 more at site. OCF mem req $10. Two Sections: Open (FIDE): Gtd 1st 200,100; A: $75 B: $75 C: $75 Reserve: U-1400 Gtd 1st $75, 50, Reg.: 9-9:45 Rds at 102:30-7, 9-1:15. 2 half pt byes rds 1-5, FIDE (Open), LS, W, Free Parking. Frank Berry, 402 S. Willis St., Stillwater, OK 74074 — [email protected]. 405 3725758. WCL JGP.

Nov. 22, Connecticut

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced) Bethel Thanksgiving Open

4-SS, G/60+5 delay. Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel, CT 06801. EF: $30 before 11/18, $35 onsite. GMs free, $30 deducted from prize. One section: $$ 200-100-50, U2000 $50, U1600 $50. Limit one 1/2 pt bye in advance only. On-site Registration: 8:00-8:50. Rds.: 9-11:15-2:154:30. Entries: Ed Scimia, 20A Durant Ave., Bethel CT 06801. Contact: [email protected].

Nov. 22, New Jersey

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced) Westfield Grand Prix #500

4 SS game/30 full k. Westfield Y, 220 Clark Street, Westfield, NJ. Prizes: $615 Guaranteed $175, $125, $75 U2100, U1850, U1600, U1350 $60 each. Entrance Fee: $40, $30 members. Registration: 2-2:30 p.m. Rounds: 2:45-4:00-5:156:30. Special prizes to be announced for the Westfield Chess Club's 500th event, since the fall of 1990. Todd Lunna, 732-946-7379. www.westfieldchessclub.com.

40th annual NATIONAL CHESS CONGRESS

6 rounds, Nov 27-29 or 28-29, Sheraton City Center Hotel, Philadelphia

$30,000 prize fund guaranteed, 29 trophies!

6 rd SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2-day option, rds 1-3 G/50). Trophy sections play separate G/50 schedule, November 28-29 only.

Sheraton City Center Hotel, 17th & Race Sts., Philadelphia PA 19103. 150 Grand Prix Points.

In 10 sections:

Premier: Open to 2000/over & juniors under 18 1800/over. $3000-1500-700400-200, clear/tiebreak win $100, U2400 $1400-700. FIDE rated, 150 GPP.

U2200: $2000-1000-500-300-200.

U2000: $2000-1000-500-300-200.

U1800: $2000-1000-500-300-200.

U1600: $2000-1000-500-300-200.

U1400: $1400-700-400-300-200.

U1200: $1400-700-400-300-200.

U1000: Trophies to top 8.

U800: Trophies to top 8.

U600: Trophies to top 8.

No unrated may win over $100 in U1200, $200 U1400, $300 U1600, $500 U1800, or $700 U2000.

Unrated may enter U800 to U2200; Unrated age 14/below may enter U600.

Student/Alumni trophies to top 5

teams of 4 (any sections) representing any US college, HS, or pre-HS players attend or have graduated from.

Top 7 sections entry fee: 3-day $108, 2-day $107 mailed by 11/19, all $109 online at chesstour.com by 11/24, $115 phoned to 406-896-203 8 by 11/24, $ 13 0 at site. No online or phone entry after 11/24.

U1000, U800, U600 Sections entry fee: $27 mailed by 11/19, $28 online at chesstour.com by 11/24, $35 phoned by 11/24, $40 at site.

All: No checks at site, credit cards OK. Re-entry (except Premier) $60.

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.

3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 11 am, rds Fri 12& 7, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30.

2-day schedule: Reg. Sat to 9 am, rds Sat. 10, 12:45, 3:30, 6; Sun 10 & 4:30.

Trophy sections schedule: Reg. Sat to 9 am, rounds 10, 12:45, 3:30 each day.

Half point byes OK all rounds, limit 3, Premier must commit before rd 2, others before rd 4.

Bring set, board, clock if possible-none supplied. November ratings used (unofficial usually used if otherwise unr).

USCF membership required.

Hotel rates: $93 for 1-4 in room, 215448-2000, reserve by Nov 13. Parking $5 with guest room, else $12.

Entry: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. Optional entry form faces inside back cover. Questions: chesstour.com, 845-496-9658. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. $15 service charge for refunds.

Tournament Life

A Heritage Event!

An American Classic!

Nov. 26-29, California Southern

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 120 (enhanced) 45th Annual American Open

8SS, 40/2, SD/1. LAX Renaissance Hotel, 9620 Airport Bl., Los Angeles, CA 90045. $$37,500 b/o 400 entries, $19,500 gtd. In 6 sections (Unr. must play in Unr or Open). Open: $3600-1800-800-600-500-400, U2450/Unr. $800-400, U2300/Unr. $600-300. U2200, U2000, U1800: Each $3000-1500-700-300. U1600 $2400-1200-500-300. U1400/Unr: $2000-1000-500, U1200 $900-450 (not a separate section; U1200s also eligible for U1400 prizes), Unrated: $300-150 (Unrateds in this section eligible for these prizes only). Special prizes $1000 gtd. in memory of Joyce Jillson: Best tactical games 200-100, best positional games 150-75, best tactical game non-Master 175, biggest rating gain by woman 200, biggest rating gain under age 13 100 (established ratings over 1000). Special cumulative upset prizes $500 gtd. donated by Dr. Harold Valery: Open, Under 2200, Under 2000 Each $100; Under 1800 $75; Under 1600, Under 1400 Each $50; Under 1200 $25. EF: Open, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400 $120 if rec'd by 11/24, $50 more for players rated under 2000 playing in Open, Unrated $40. All: $30 more at door. SCCF membership req'd, $18, $10 jrs under 19 includes Rank & File magazine, OSA. No checks at door - cash, credit card or money order only. 4-day schedule: Reg. closes noon 11/26, Rds. 12:30-7:30,12:30-7:30,10:30-5,10-4:30.3-day schedule: Reg. closes 11:30 a.m. 11/27, Rds. 12-2:30-5-8 (G/1), schedules merge in Rd 5 and compete for common prizes. Byes (2 max) with advance notice. CCA minimum ratings and TD discretion used to protect you from improperly rated players. November Rating Supplement used. Lectures and videos. HR: $99, (310) 337-2800, mention chess. Parking only $6. Info: NTD Randy Hough (626) 282-7412, randall-[email protected]. Ent: American Open, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754 or www.americanopen.org. NS, W, F. WCL JGP.

A State Championship Event!

Nov. 27-29 or 28-29, California Northern

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 40 CalChess Annual State Championship 2009

6SS 40/2, SD/1 (2-day option, rounds 1-3 G/60). Hotel: Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054. Free parking. Prizes: $8,010 based on 166 paid entries. 7 sections. Master/Open (FlDE rated): $$

Gtd. 1000-500-300-200 (top 4 guaranteed), (u2300 $201-101) - EXPERT: $500200-100-100 (u2100: 201-101) — A: $500-200-100-100 (u1900: 201-101) — B: $500-200-100-100 (u1700:201-101) — C: $500-200-100-100 (u1500:201-101) — D: $300-200-100-100 (u1200: 201-100). Unrated may enter any section but prize limit of $200 in all u2000 sections; balance goes to next player(s) in line. EF: $85 3-day, $79 2-day mailed or online by 11/13. Add $15 for 11/14-11/25, add $25 onsite, add $19 for play-up, and subtract $45 for BayAreaChess Pass. GMs & IMs free before 11/7 (entry feed deducted from prize). Re-entry $39. TD may assign ratings. 3-day schedule: Reg.: Fri 10-10:30a, Fri/Sat 11a 5:15p, Sun 10a, 4:15p. 2-day sched: Reg.: Sat 9-9:30a, Sat 10,12:15,2:30,5:15p. Sun 10am, 3:15pm. Tel 408-786-5515. Byes must commit before rd 3. Max 2 byes. Hotel $99 BayAreaChess rate, 800-233-1234. reserve by 11/13 or rate may increase. Ent: BayAreaChess, 4423 Fortran Ct.,

Ste. 160, San Jose, CA 95134. $20 service charge for refunds. Questions: con-[email protected], Info & Entries: BayAreaChess.com. More info: BayAreaChess.com/events/ccc09. NS NC W. WCL JGP.

Nov. 27-29 or 28-29, Illinois

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 10 1st Annual Martinovsky Memorial

Holiday Inn, 495 Aiport Rd., Elgin, IL 60123 847-488-9000 (Interstate 90 & Hwy 31), 6-SS in 3-Sections: Open G/120+30sec(USCF+FIDE rated), 1500-1799 35/90 SD/60 (USCF rated), U1500+Unrateds 35/90 SD/60 (USCF rated). Entry Fee for all sections: $70 if postmarked by 11/10/09, $75 if received until day of tournament, $80 at the door. Prize Fund: $3000 b/60 Open 1st $700 2nd $400 3rd $250Top Expert $200Top A player $200,1500-17991st $300 2nd $200 3rd $100, U1500+ Unrated 1st $250 2nd $150 3rd $100. Best player u1300 $75. Best Unrated player $75. Schedule: 3-day (FIDE rated for Open only), registration 9:30-10:30am Friday Nov 27. Rounds Fri 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sat 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sun 9:30am - 3:00pm. 2-day, registration 8:00-9:00am Saturday Nov 28. Rounds: 1-3 G/60 Sat9:30am - 12:00pm - 2:30pm, then merge with 3-day schedule. 2 x 1/2 byes available rounds 1-5 if requested at time of registration. Scholastic Event on Sat Nov 28. G/45. Registration 9-10am. EF: $30Trophies+software or books to the top 5 finishers. Book prizes/software to places 6-10. Rounds: 10:30-1:00pm-3:00pm-5:00pm. Preentries/Info: Christopher Baumgartner, 9985 Linda Ln., Apt 2E, Des Plaines, IL 60016. Phone: 847-609-2987 Email: [email protected]. Visit our website for upcoming events: mcafidetournaments.blogspot.com. WCL JGP.

Nov. 27-29, Michigan

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 30 2009 Motor City Open

6-SS. 3 Sections: OPEN, U1800, U1400.Top section FIDE-rated. Prize Fund: $8,500 OVERALL. 70% Guaranteed. Held at New Detroit's FABULOUS MOTOR CITY CASINO HOTEL, 2901 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201 (Directions and Lodging Info below). 2-Day & 3-Day Schedules available. EF by Mon., 11/23 (add $10 after), IM's and GM's Free ($100 EF deducted from prize): 3-DAY: OPEN $103 ($93for Oage 64, Uage 16 or UNR). U1800: $83 ($73 for Oage 64, Uage 16 or UNR). U1400: $63 ($53 for Oage 64, Uage 16 or UNR). 2-Day Open: $102 ($92 for Oage 64, Uage 16 or UNR). U1800: $82 ($72 for Oage 64, Uage 16 or UNR). U1400: $62 ($52 for Oage 64, Uage 16 or UNR). Re-Entries: NO Re-Entries in OPEN Section. U1800, U1400: $40, $30 (Up to two 1/2-pt. byes allowed from previous RDS). TL: 3-Day Schedule: G-120.2-Day Schedule: RDS 1-3, G-50; RDS 4-6, G-120. REG: 3-Day Schedule: Fri, 11/27,9:00-11:00am. 2-Day Schedule: Sat, 11/28,8:30-9:45am. RDS: 3-Day Schedule: Fri, 12,6; Sat, 12:30,6; Sun, 10,2:30.2-Day Schedule: Sat, 10:30, 12:45,3,6; Sun, 10,2:30. Up to three 1/2-pt. byes available; must be requested before start of RD 3. All sections merge after RD 3. Unrated eligible only for UNR and Overall prizes in ALL sections, can play in ANY section. USCF and MCA memberships required; can be purchased on site. IM Ben Finegold Lecture on Fri, 11/27,4:00-5:00pm ($10). Cell phones must be turned off or in silent mode while in tournament room. INFRACTION: deduct 1/2 the remaining time or game forfeiture if less than 10 minutes remaining on clock; automatic forfeiture for 2nd infraction. Spectators will be subjected to expulsion for the remainder of the eventfor any offense. Headphones cannot be used if oppo nent objects for any reason and cannot be used in the last round by players with a plus score. Player must be willing to present same toTDs for examination at any time. Failure to do so will result in removal from tournamen without refund. $$8,500OVERALL (7096 guar): OPEN: $3,600 (b/48): 1st-2nd 3rd, $1,200-$600-$400; 1st U2400, $350; 1st U2200, $350; 1st U2000, $350 1st U1800/UNR, $350. U1800: $2,550 (b/42): 1st-2nd-3rd, $800-$400-$350; 1st-2nd, U1600, $300-$200; 1st-2nd U1400/UNR, $300-$200. U1400: $2,350 (b/50): 1st-2nd-3rd, $500-$350-$300; 1st-2nd U1300, $250-$150; 1st-2nd U1100, $250-$150; 1st-2nd U900/UNR, $250-$150. Mechanical or Quartz Clock for Biggest Upset in each section! Chief Sr. TD: IM Ben Finegold; Asst. Sr. TD: Ed Mandell. Bring boards, pieces, clocks! Directions & Lodging: MOTOR CITY CASINO HOTEL, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48201, (313) 237-1589. Easy access to Grand River Exit from I-94, I-96, I-75 and M-10 (Lodge Freeway). See www.mapquest.com for directions. Reservations: MCO Chess Rate $99 (reg. $249!) by Nov. 7th for this great rate! Reserve online at www.motorcitycasino.com OR call toll-free, 1-866-STAY-MCC (866-782-9622). Info, Ent: Ed Mandell, (586) 558-4790, All The King's Men Chess Supplies and Brain Games, 27170 Dequindre Rd, Warren, MI 48092,Toll-Free, (866) 538-7890. Fax, (586) 558-2046. Email: [email protected], Web: www.allthekings menchess.com. WCL JGP.

Nov. 27-29, Oklahoma

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 20 1st Thanksgiving FIDE Open

7-SS, G/90+30 sec. Quality Inn, 2515 W. 6th Ave (Hwy-51), Stillwater, OK 1405-372-0800. HR: 70-70-70. One section open to all. EF: $40 if postmarked and paid by cash or ck before Nov 24, $50 at door. Reg.: Fri 11AM-12:45; Rds.: Fri 1, 5:30, Sat 9-1:15-5:30, Sun 9-1:30. $$G 2,950 will not be lowered. $$G, $500, 400, 300, 200. $$G $300 each class ($150-100-50) Ex,A,B,C,D & below. Unr. competes in D & below. $50- upset, 2 half pt byes rds 1-7, $10 OCF required from all players. Free Parking. Ent: Frank Berry, 402 S. Willis, Stillwater, OK 74074.1-405-372-5758. [email protected] NC, CMV, LS, W, USCF, FIDE. Brasket-Swiss Pairings used - Top half of the beginning X-table awarded halfpt. WCL JGP.

An American Classic!

A Heritage Event!

Nov. 27-29 or 28-29, Pennsylvania

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 150 (enhanced) 40th annual National Chess Congress

6SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2-day option, rds 1-3 G/50). Trophy sections play separate 2-day schedule only, 11/28-29 (note correction), G/50. Sheraton Hotel Philadelphia City Center, 17th & Race Sts., Philadelphia 19103. $30,000 GUARANTEED PRIZE FUND. In 11 sections. Premier, open to all rated 2000/above and juniors under 18 rated 1800/above. $3000-1500-700-400-200, clear win or 1st on tiebreak $100, U2400/Unr $1400-700. FIDE Under 2200: $2000-1000-500-300200. Under 2000: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 1800: $2000-1000500-300-200. Under 1600: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 1400: $1400700-400-300-200. Under 1200: $1400-700-400-300-200. Unrated may not win over $100 in U1200, $200 in U1400, $300 in U1600, $500 in U1800, or $700 in U2000. Top 7 sections entry fee: 3-day $108,2-day $107 mailed by 11/19, all $109 online at chesstour.com by 11/24, $115 phoned by 11/24 (406-896-

GOLDEN STATE OPEN- Concord, CA

A big new event! Jan 15-18,16-18 or 17-18, Martin Luther King weekend

7 rounds, $60,000 projected prizes, $40,000 minimum guarantee!

7 rounds, 40/2, SD/1 (3-day option, rds 1-2 G/75, 2-day option rds 1-4 G/35, U900 plays Jan 17-18 only), Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd, Concord CA 94520 (1-680 Willow Pass Rd exit). Free BART shuttle, free parking.

In 8 sections. Prizes $60,000 based on 450 paid entries (re-entries & U900 count as 1/3, Unr in U1200/U1400 half), else proportional; min. $40,000 (2/3 each prize) guaranteed.

Open: $4000-2200-1300-1000-800700-600-500-400-400, clear/tiebreak win $300, top U2400/Unr $2000-1000. FIDE rated, 200 GPP (enhanced).

Under 2200/Unr: $3000-1500-800700-600-500-400-300-200-200.

Under 2000/Unr: $3000-1500-800700-600-500-400-300-200-200.

Under 1800/Unr: $3000-1500-800700-600-500-400-300-200-200.

Under 1600/Unr: $2500-1300-700600-500-400-300-300-200-200.

Under 1400/Unr: $2000-1000-700500-400-300-200-200.

Under 1200/Unr: $2000-1000-700500-400-300-200-200.

Under 900/Unr: $800-400-200-150100-80-70.

Unrated prize limits: U900 $200, U1200 $400, U1400 $600, U1600 $900, U1800 $1200, U2000 $1500.

Players with under 26 games rated as of 1/10 list may not win over $400 in U900, $800 in U1200 or $1200 in U1400.

If rating was more than 30 points over section maximum on any list 1/0912/09, prize limit is $1000.

Top 7 sections entry fee: 4-day $174, 3-day $173, 2-day $172 mailed by 1/7, all $175 online at chesstour.com by 1/12, $180 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 1/12 (entry only, no questions), $200 at site. $100 less to unrated In U1200 or U1400. GMs free; $150 deducted from prize. No phone entry after 1/12.

U900 Section entry fee: $52 mailed by 1/7, $55 online at chesstour.com by 1/12, $60 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 1/12 (entry, no questions), $70 at site.

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 at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30.

USCF membership required.

Choice of schedules. All merge and compete for same prizes. Under 900 Section plays 1/17-18 only.

4-day late reg. ends Fri 6:15 pm, rounds. Fri 7 pm, Sat & Sun 11 am & 6 pm, Mon 10 am & 4:30 pm.

3-day late reg. ends Sat 10:15 am, rounds Sat 11 am, 2:30 pm & 6 pm, Sun 11 am & 6 pm, Mon 10 am & 4:30 pm.

2-day late reg. ends Sun. 9:15 am, rds Sun 10,12, 2,4 & 6, Mon. 10 & 4:30.

Under 900 schedule: Reg. ends Sun. 9:15 am, rounds Sun 10, 12, 2, 4, Mon. 10, 12, 2.

Half-pt byes: OK all; Open must commit before rd 2 (limit 3 byes in Open), others before rd 4.

January official USCF ratings used. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used If otherwise unrated.

Bring set, board, clock if possible-none supplied.

Hotel rates: $99-99-109,925-8272000, reserve by Jan 1.

Entry: Continental Chess, c/o Goichberg, Box 661776, Arcadia CA 91066. Optional entry blank faces inside back cover. $15 charge for refunds. Entries posted at chesstour.com.

2038, no questions), $130 at site. GMs free, $100 deducted from prize. Re-entry $60, not available in Premier. Mailed EF $3 less to PSCF members. No checks at site, credit cards OK. 3-day late entry ends Fri 11 am, rounds Fri 12 & 7, Sat 11 &6, Sun 10 & 4:30.2-day late entry ends Sat 9 am, rounds Sat 10,12:45, 3:30 and 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. Trophy Sections: Under 1000, Under 800, Under 600. Unrateds age 15/over may not enter Under 600. Trophies to top 8 players in each section. Entry fee: $27 mailed by 11/19, $28 online atchesstour.com by 11/24, $35 phoned by 11/24 (406-896-2038, no questions), $40 at tmt. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Late entry ends Sat 9 am, rounds 10 am, 12:45 pm, 3:30 pm each day. 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. Student/Alumni trophies to top 5 teams of 4 (regardless of section) representing any U.S. college, HS or pre-HS players attend or have graduated from. Half point byes OK all rounds; limit 3, Premier must commit before rd 2, others before rd 4. HR: $93-93-93-93,215448-2000, reserve by 11/13 or rate may increase. Parking at hotel $5/day with guest room, $12 without; garage next to hotel is about $10. Car rental: 800331-1600, use AWD D657633 or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: chesstour.com, ccaguide.com, 845-496-9658. Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP (top 7 sections).

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 30 9th Annual Ken Smith Memorial Open

5SS, Open: G/90 with 30 sec increment, Rest: 30/90, SD/1 (Rest 2-day options rd 1G/120). DFW Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle, 3300 Championship Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177 HR: $94-94-94-94, (888)-236-2427, reserve by 10/26 or rate may increase, mention Dallas Chess. Open is Fide rated but uses USCF rules. $$8,400 base on 200 full entries (excludes scholastic), 75% GTD. 7 $$ sections. Note that Unrated section may be merged with U1600 section, but in that case, unrateds only eligible for unrated prizes and class pairings possible. EF: $79 mailed by 11/20, $90 thereafter/site; Junior (U19) $70 mailed by 11/20, else $80, Junior (19) counts 90% toward base; Seniors (over 65), Handicap, additional family member and unrated $48, if mailed by 11/20 else $60, these count 60% toward base. GM's free if complete tournament & turn in legible score sheets, $80 deducted from prize. GM's must register at site. Re-entry $55 counts 60% toward base. Re-entry not allowed in open section. 3-day: Reg.: Fri. 6:15-7:15pm, Rds.: 11/27 7:35pm, 11/28 2pm-7, 11/29 8:30am-2. 2-day: Reg.: 11/28 8:35-9:05am, Rd 1: 9:30am then merge with 3 day. Open: $900-500-250, U2400: $550, U2200: $500-125. U2000: $600-300-125, U1900: $125. U1800: $600-300-125, U1700: $125. U1600: $550-250-125, U1500 $125. U1400: $500-200-125, U1300 $125. U1200: $400-200-125, U1100 $125, U900 $125. Unrated: $200-$100. online reg: www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1788966. Note that Active.com charges a small fee. CCA min. ratings. Up to two 1/2 pt. byes if requested before end of Rd. 2, but not for BOTH 4th & 5th Rd. K-12 Scholastic on Fri. 11/27 see DFW K-12 Championships ad elsewhere. Ent: Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036. (Make Checks payable to Dallas Chess Club) Ph: 214.632.9000. Info: [email protected] NS, NC, W. FIDE. WCL JGP.

Nov. 28, California Southern

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 6 American Open Quick Chess Championship (QC)

5-SS (double round), G/10. LAX Renaissance Hotel, 9620 Airport Bl., Los Angeles, CA 90045. $$1000: $250-150; U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400, Unr. each $100 (Unrated eligible only for Open and Unr. prize). EF: $30 received by 11/25, $35 at site. Reg closes 8 pm. Rounds: 8:15-9-9:45-10:30-11:15. Double bye (1 pt) available for round 1. Enter: www.americanopen.org or American Open, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Info: Randy Hough (626) 282-7412, [email protected].

Nov. 28, Connecticut

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 6 3rd Saturday Open

CH Booth Library, 25 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470,100 yds. south of Flagpole on Rte.25. In 2 sections: Open: 3SS, G/60, Prizes: $200-100, Top U1900 $100; All Gtd. Multiple prizes are possible. Rds.: 10:15,12:30,2:45. Under 1600/Unr.: 4SS, G/45, Prizes: $100 Gtd. Unrated may notwin more than $50.Trophies to Top 2 U1200. Rds.: 10:15-11:45-1:30-3:15. EF: Both Sections: $20 if rec'd by 11/25, $30 at door. Reg.: 9:30-10. Ent: Glenn Budzinski, 1 Black Cherry Lane, Sandy Hook, CT 06482. Questions only: [email protected]. May be limited to first 50 players. NS, NC,W.

A Heritage Event! Nov. 29, Massachusetts

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 6 Pillsbury Memorial

4SS, G/60. Leominster Veteran's Association, 100 West Street, Leominster, MA (formerly Boys&Girls Club). $$1350 b/45 fully paid entries, 75% guaranteed. In 3 sections: Open: $300-$150, U2100 $75. Under 1900: $250-$125, U1750 $75. Under 1600: $200-$100, U1300 $75. EF: $39 postmarked by 11/23 or online (PayPal) at www.MassChess.org by 11/27; $45 on site. Discounts: Seniors (65+): $10 off; additional family members: $10 off (firstfamily member pays full entry fee). Limit one discount per player. No credit cards on site (cash or check OK). No phone or e-mail entries. Reg.: 8:30-9:30. Rds.: 10-1-3:15-5:30. Bye: limit one, any round, if requested with entry. Memb. req'd: MACA ($12 adult, $6 junior under 18). WMCA, OSA. Ent: Online at www.MassChess.org or mail check (payable to MACA) to Ken Ballou, 27 Fenway Drive, Framingham, MA 01701-4012. Info: George Mirijanian, 978-345-5011, or [email protected] MassChess.org. Nov. 29, New York

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

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+.

Nov. 29, Pennsylvania

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 10 National Chess Congress Blitz (QC)

5-SS, G/5 (double round,10 games). Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel (see National Chess Congress). $$G 1000: $250-120-60, top U2300 $140, U2100 $130, U1900 $120, U1700/Unr $100, U1500 $80. EF: $40, unrated $20, no checks, enter at site only. Quick-rated, but higher of regular or quick USCF rating used for pairings, prizes. Reg. ends 9 pm, rds. 9:15-10-10:30-11-11:30. Bye: 1.

Dec. 5-6, Alabama

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced) 8th Annual Dothan Open

2000+Free EF -1900 and up 1/2 EF (Limit 15). 6 SS. 2 Sections. Rd 1G/75, Rds 2-6 G/90. Rd times: Sat 9:30,1:00, 4:30 Sun 9,1, 4:30. Limit one bye. EF: $55 on site. Pre-reg $45. Prizes b/28 70% G $ will increase if more. Open: $300 (G), $150 U2000 (if 6 2000+) $125, U1800 $75. Reserve (U1600): $200 $100, U1400 $75, U1200 $45, Unr $40 Site: Holiday Inn Express, HR $80 see dothanchess.com for more details. Q's to [email protected]. WCL JGP.

Dec. 5-6, North Carolina

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 15

Greater Charlotte Championship—A Queen City Chess Association

Sponsored Event!

5-SS, G/120. University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC. All prizes gtd. 3 sections: Open: $500-250-125; U2000, $100; Under 1800: $400-200-100, U1600 $100; Under 1400: $300-150100; U1200 $75. EF: $49 if postmarked by 11/25; $59 later or on site. FREE entry to 2200+ if committed to play by 10/1. (EF deducted from prize). Registration onsite 8-8:45AM Sat. Schedule: Rounds: Sat 9:30-2:30-7:30; Sun 9-2. One Half-point bye (any round) must be requested with entry. Top six residents of Greater Charlotte area in Open Section qualify for round robin to be played in January to decide Charlotte Champion. HR: Sleep Inn University, 1 1/4 miles from site, 704-549-4544, $59.95 chess rate if reserved by 11/15 (mention QCCA). Free b-fast. Entries: Send to Charles Carerros, 2209-I Sumner Green Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203. Make checks to "QCCA". Info: www.queencitychess. com for registration and more details. WCL JGP.

Dec. 5-6, Virginia

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 15 2009 Arlington Chess Club Championship

4-SS, 30/100 SD/1. Henderson Hall/Fort Myer (Arlington), VA (Tournament to be held at the Smith Gym, Bldg 57, South Gate Rd) *This is a military base, your car will be searched upon entry, keep that in mind! One Section: Open: FIDE Rated. $1600 B/50. Top 3 (G) $400-200-150 Top X, A/Unr, B, C, D each $110, U1200 $100. Top ACC Member Wins plaque and 2007 ACC Championship. Top ACC Member U 1800 wins plaque/Amateur title and $200. EF: $40 if recd by 11/28, $50 at site. Active Duty Military entry fees will be paid by MCCS, Henderson Hall, contact John Farrell via e-mail at [email protected]. $5 discount to ACC Members. Reg.: 9-945AM 12/5. Rds.: 10-4 Saturday, 10-330 Sunday. One 1/2 pt bye avail, must declare before rd 1 and then is irrevocable. Ent: Michael Atkins, PO Box 6138, Alexandria, VA 22306, make checks payable to Michael Atkins -Info-(no e-mail entries!) [email protected]. http://members.cox.net/arlingtonchessclub/champ09.htm. NS,W, FIDE. WCL JGP.

Dec. 6, New Jersey

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 10 ICA Early Winter 2009 Open Championship

Bergen Academy, 200 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack, NJ 07601. OpenTo All Ages With Rating over 1400.4SS, G/60. U. S. Chess Federation Membership Required. Prize Fund ($$ b/40): 1st - 3rd $300, $250, $200, U2000, U1800, U1600 each $100. Best Under 13 Years Old $75, Best Over 65 Years Old $75. Prize Fund Will Not Be Reduced Below 70 %. Reg Ends at 9 AM. Late Entrants Will Receive 1/2 Point Bye For Rnd 1. EF: Adv (pmk. By Dec 2nd) $40, AT Site $45. GMs Free Entry. INFO: 201287 0250 or 201833 1741, Email: [email protected] (Web Site Entries: www.icanj.net). Rds.: 9:30 AM, 11:45 AM, 2:15 PM, 4:30 PM. ENT: Make EF and/or USCF Membership checks payable to: International Chess Academy. Mail to: DianaTulman, 28 Canterbury Lane, NewMilford, NJ 07646. NS, NC, W.

A Heritage Event!

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 100 (enhanced) Edward Lasker Memorial and 93rd Annual Marshall Chess Club Championship

9-SS, 40/120, SD/60. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC: 212-477-3716. Open to members and nonmembers rated 2200+, qualifiers from Marshall Amateur Championship Dec.4-6, and seeded players. $$4500 Gtd: $2000-$1000-$500-$350-$100, U 2400/unr $250, U 2300 $200, U 2200 $100. PLUS: Edward Lasker Memorial Brilliancy Prize $300. Title of 2009 Marshall Chess Club Champion to highest-scoring Club member. EF: $125, members $100 if received by 12/10, all $20 more at site. No phone entries. GM EF returned upon completion of tournament; 2 Schedules: 5-Day, Reg.: 4:30 - 5:30pm 12/11; rounds 6pm 12/11,11:30&6PM 12/12,11&5:30PM 12/13,12/19,12/20.4-Day Schedule: Reg.: 9:15-9:45 AM 12/12 Rd.1 (G/30) 10 AM, then merge with

5-Day.Two byes available, must request at registration, no byes on 12/20. FIDE. IM/GM norms maybe possible, must play five day schedule with no byes. WCL JGP.

Dec. 12, New York

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced) Jenifer Woods Memorial Grand Prix

4SS RDS. 1 &2 G/60, RDS. 3 &4 G/90 @RCC (GTD) $150-90-60 class $80. Reg.: 8:30-9:15. RDS.: 9:30-12-2:15-5:30 EF: $30 Adv Ent/Info: Rochester Chess Center, 221 Norris Drive, Rochester, NY 14610. (585)442-2430. WCL JGP.

Dec. 12-13, Pennsylvania

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 20 Delaware Valley Open Championship

5SS, G/90 (U/1000 section: G/40), Rds.: Sat 10-1:30-5, Sun 10-1:30 (U/1000 section: Rds. Sat 10-11:30-1:30-2:50-4:10). The Philadelphia School, 2501 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146.3 Sections ($$G 2,700). Championship: EF $60 by 12/6; $70 by noon 12/11; $80 on-site. $500-300-200, top U/2200, U/2000, U/1800 each $150-100. U/1600: EF $50 by 12/6; $60 by noon 12/11;

$70 on-site. $300-200-100, top U/1400, U/1200 each $100-75. Scholastic U/1000: Open to players in PK-12 rated under 1000; EF $35 by 12/6; $45 by noon 12/11; $55 on-site. Trophies to top players. All sections: House of Staunton set to top club (see website for rules). On-site registration 9:00-9:30. Info/online registration at www.silverknightschess.com, or mail entries to Silver Knights Chess, PO Box 1103, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. WCL JGP.

Dec. 15, New York

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 15 (enhanced) St. John's Masters at the Marshall Chess Club

4SS, G/30. ThirdTues. of every month. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. Open to players rated over 2100 (plus all players scoring 2.5 or more at any CCNY at MCC Thursday 4 Rated Games Tonight! since the prior month's SJM) EF: $40, members $30, GMs $10 (returned on completion of tournament). For each event, money added to prize fund by the sponsors, St. John's University, and other generous patrons. Top three prizes guaranteed. $$G 300-200-100.Top U2400 and Top U2300 prizes. Special prize for biggest upset. Reg.: 6:15-6:45. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. One bye available, rds. 1 or 4 only; declare at registration.

Dec. 19, Pennsylvania

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced) 2009 Christmas LVCA Grand Prix

4SS, G/90. St. James Church, 11th &Tilghman Sts., Allentown, PA 18102. EF: $40, LVCA Members $30, $$200-100 guaranteed to top 2, more per paid entries. FREE ENTRY TO UNRATEDS, if paying 1 year USCF Dues. Up to two 1/2 pt byes with advanced notice (if declared before round 3). REG.: Ends 10am. RDS.: 10-1:30-4:45-7:45. Ent/Info: Check payable: Bruce Davis, 1208 Linden St., Fl 1, Bethlehem, PA 18018.610-625-0467 or [email protected]/. Mail Reg by 12/14 to enter to win a Saitek Competition Chess Clock. WCL JGP.

Dec. 26-27, Texas

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 6 2009 DCC Insanity

10-double SS (Play white and black against each opponent). G/30. Dallas Chess Club, 212 S. Cottonwood Dr, #A, Richardson, TX 75080. EF: $45 ($25 Jr/Sr/Hcap), plus $5 non-DCC membership fee. House players welcome for $1 per game. Reg.: 11:45-12:10 pm. Round 1 at 12:30 pm rest ASAP with hour breaks at around 6:30 pm, 12:30 am and 7:30 am. 4 points of 1/2 point Byes allowed. Byes for round 9 and 10 must be requested before round 6. $$ 300 GTD, $200-$100, class prizes based on entries. Ent: Dallas Chess Club, see address above. Info: 214-632-9000, [email protected], www.dallaschess. com. NS. NC.

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 40 (enhanced) 5th annual Empire State Open

6SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2-day option, rds 1-3 G/60). Saratoga Hilton Hotel, 534 Broadway (I-87 Exit 13-N, 4 miles north on US 9), Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Free parking. Tournament plays Saturday-Monday or Sunday-Monday, no play on Friday. $$G $5000. In 4 sections. Open: $800-400-300, top U2200/Unr $300150. FIDE. Under 2000: $500-250-125, top U1800 $300-150. Under 1600: $400-200-100, top U1400 $250-125. Under 1200: $300-150-75, top U1000 $125.

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