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Feb.13-15 or 14-15, Florida 2009 U.S. Amateur Team - South

5SS, G/120 (2-day option, rd 1G/60). Orlando International Airport Hotel & Conference Center, 3835 McCoy Road, Orlando, FL 32812. 4-player teams (plus alternate). 2 Sections (using Yr-end ratings): OPEN, Team Avg rtng below 2200. SCHOLASTIC, Game/60, Team avg below 1200. 2008 Annual USCF List. Players need not be from the same school. Teams can be formed on-site. ***FCA members in Open are eligible for FL GP Points. *** Winning Open team competes in national playoff online. EF: per player: OPEN $30 by 2/6, $40 later. SCHOLASTIC $20 by 2/6, $25 later. SPECIAL EF: 5-player team $140 by 2/6, $180 later. PRIZES: OPEN 1st,2nd teams: plaque and four Excalibur "specials", 3rd: plaques; SCHOLASTIC 1st, 2nd teams: plaques and four Excalibur "specials", 3rdTrophy Board Prizes: each section: Brds1-4, Excalibur "specials"; Class Prizes: OPEN: U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400; Scholastic: U1000,U800Trophies. OtherawardsTBD. Schedule:OPEN 3-day: rds 8,1-7,9-3,2-day: rds 10-1-7,9-3; SCHOLASTIC (Sat & Sun): 101-4, 9-12, Awards 2:30. HR: $85 (Interior) 407-859-2711; $69 (exterior) 407-367-4225; (mention "Chess") Reserve by Jan 30, ALL HOTELS FILL UP USATS WEEKEND! ENT: CFCC, 921N. Thistle Ln., Maitland, FL 32751 or online See for details or call (407)629-6946. WCL JGP (Open Section). 2009 USAT Playoff is scheduled for March 21,2009 on iCc. More details will be posted soon. Feb. 13-15 or 14-15, Wisconsin 2009 U.S. Amateur Team Championship - North Two sections: Open and Scholastic (Saturday only) 5SS, 30/90, SD/60 (rounds 1-2 for 2-day schedule G/60; scholastic section G/60 all four rounds). Milwaukee Marriott West, W231N1600 Corporate CT, Waukesha, WI 53186. Chess Rate of $85.99 is valid until Feb. 1 st. Reserve early (262) 574-0888. OPEN: Open to 4 player teams with one optional alternate (individuals can enter and be assigned teammates). Team average (4 highest ratings—2008 Annual Rating list) must be under 2200. EF: $140 ($141 if 2-day schedule) postmarked by 2/5/09; $180 after or at door. Prizes: 4 clocks to top two teams, 4 clocks to top teams with average rating u1900, u1600, and u1300. Prizes to best team composed of juniors (high school and younger). Special prizes to top score on each board. Best game prize. Schedule: 3-day: Late Registration: 6-7pm on 02/13. Rounds: 7:30pm; 10:00am-4:00pm; 10:00am-4:00pm. 2-day: Late Registration: 9-10:30am on 02/14. Rounds: 11:00am-1:30pm-4:00pm;

10:00am-4:00pm. Saturday Night Special: dessert + blitz tournament with $$ prizes. SCHOLASTIC: Open to 4 player team with one optional alternate (all players must be High School age or younger; individuals can enter and be assigned teammates). Team average (4 highest ratings—2008 Annual Rating list) must be under 1200. EF: $120 postmarked by 2/5/09; $150 after or at door. Prizes: Prizes to top team overall, top three High SchoolTeams, top three Middle SchoolTeams, top three Elementary School Teams. Special prizes to top score on each board. Schedule: Late Registration: 8:30-9:30am on 02/14. Rounds: 10:15am-1:00pm-3:30pm-6pm. Saturday Night Special: dessert + blitz tournament with $$ prizes. Information/Help with Teams: [email protected], 414-234-1005 or [email protected]. Make Checks Payable to and Send Entries to: VICA, 6822 North Crestwood Dr, Glendale, WI 53209. Please include captain's email and phone number. Online Registration: WCL JGP (Open Section). 2009 USAT Playoff is scheduled for March 21,2009 on ICC. More details will be posted soon.

A Heritage Event!

Feb. 14-16, California Southern

26th Annual U.S. Amateur Team West

6-SS, 40/2, SD/1. Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Four-player teams plus optional alternate, average rating of four highest must be U/2200, diff. between bds. 3 & 4 may not exceed 1000. Dec. list used. EF: $118 per team if received by 2-13, $30 individual (on line only), $136 at site, under age 18 $86 by 2-13, $100 site. EF: $118 per team if received by 2-15, $30 individual (on line only), $136 at site, under age 18 $86 by 2-15, $100 site. Trophies and 4 clocks to top 3 teams, U2100, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400/unr. Trophies (1 large, 4 small) to top college, industrial, junior (under 18), Senior (over 55), U1200. Clocks to best score each board, alternate, and any 6-0. Gift certificate prizes for best team names (1st/2nd). Reg.: 8:30-10 a.m. 2-14. Rds.: 11-6, 11-6, 10-4:30. On-line entry, help in forming teams, advance entry list: HR: $119, 800-228-9290, ask for Western Chess. Reserve by Jan. 23 or rates may go up. Parking $6. Ent: SCCF, c/o John Hillery, 835 N Wilton Place #1A, Los Angeles, CA 90038. NS, NC, W. F. WCL JGP. 2009 U.S. Amateur Team Playoff will be held March 21,2009 on ICC. More details will be posted soon.

A Heritage Event! Feb. 14-16, New Jersey World Amateur Team & U.S. Team East 39th Annual - Celebrate the 60's!

6SS, 40/2, SD/1. Parsippany Hilton, 1 Hilton Ct., Parsippany, N.J. 07054. Chess Rate valid until 1/16. Reserve early 973-267-7373 or 1- 800-HILT0NS. Morris/Essex train to Morris Plains 1.5 miles. Open to 4- player teams with one optional alternate. Team average (4 highest ratings—2008 Annual Rating list) must be under 2200, no more than 1000 points between 3rd &4th board if team average over 2000. EF: $140 postmarked by 2/5/09. $180 after or at door. — all teams, any changes at site $25 charge. Check out official website Prizes: 1-5th Place teams, plaque and 4 digital clocks; Top Team (Denis Barry Award) U2100, 2000, 1900, 1800, 1700, 1600, 1500, 1400, 1300,1200,1000 each plaque and 4 Digital Clocks;Top college team (same school) 4 Digital Clocks & plaque; Top HS team (grades 9-12 same school), Top Middle School (grades 5-9 same school), Top Elementary School (grades K-6 same school), Top 2 Scholastic Teams (mixed schools okay) (Collins Award), Mixed Doubles (2 males, 2 females-no alternates), Seniors (all players over age 50), Military, each plaque & 4 Digital Clocks to top team; Company Team (same employer) Old Timers Trophy (all players over 65), Family (4 family members), State teams—CT, DE, MD, MA, NJ, NY, (Benjamin Award), PA, VA, NC, Canada, Ethel Collins Perseverance (lowest scoring

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Premium membership provides a printed copy of Chess Life (monthly) or Chess Life for Kids (bimonthly) plus all other benefits of regular membership. Regular membership provides online only access to Chess Life and Chess Life for Kids; TLA Bulletin will be mailed to adults bimonthly and to scholas tic members three times per year. Youth provides bimonthly Chess Life, Scholastic bimonthly Chess Life for Kids, others listed above monthly Chess Life. See for other membership categories. Dues are not refundable and may be changed without notice. *Ages at expiration scholastic) each plaque top team; Best Player 1-4 and top alternate, All 60 scores each Digital clock. Biggest Individual upset each round Engraved Cross pen; Entry fee refunded to team with Best "Chess related" name, Sunday night— Best "Chess Related costumes or gimmick—1960's theme"—gourmet dinner for four. Reg. 9-12 Sat 2/14. Rds. 1-7:30,11-6,9-3:30. Special Events!! Surprises and special give-aways each round. Sunday night— Bughouse $20 per team-cash prizes, Sunday Morning— 960 Tournament 8AM-Two Person team event $20 per team—prizes per entries. HR: Parsip-pany Hilton, chess rates expire 1/16/2009. Rates $117 (up to 4 in room) 2nd hotel now attached to Hilton also up to 4 in room $112 per night-Hampton Inn— -includes breakfast for 4 each day. For help forming teams and more information contact [email protected]: Chks payable to NJSCf, mail by 2/01 to: E.Steven Doyle, 17 Stonehenge Road, Morristown, NJ 07960. (IncludeTeam name, Captain, players full names, USCF Expiration, ID numbers and ratings in board order). Include SASE for confirmation if wanted, No registered or certified mail accepted. NS, NC, W. WCL JGP. 2009 USAT Playoff will be held March 21, 2009 on ICC. More details will be posted soon.

Feb. 28-Mar.1, Indiana 2009 U.S. Jr. Chess Congress

6SS, Rds. 1-4 G/60, Rds. 5-6 G/90. East Side Middle School 2300 Lindberg Rd. Anderson, Indiana 46012.6 Sections based on age! 18 & Under, 16 & Under, 14 & Under, 12 & Under, 10 & Under, 8 & Under. CLUBE TEAMS are welcome! Club and school teams are the top 3 scoring team members (minimum 2). Schedule: Opening Ceremony Sat. 2/28 at 8:30 am, Rds 1-4 at 9am, 11:30am, 2pm, 4:30pm. Sun 3/1 Rds. at 9am, 12:30pm. Awards at 4pm. Entry Fee: $40 by 2/16/09, $55 by 2/23/09, $75 after and onsite. Register: Make checks payable to East Side Middle School Chess Club and mail to: c/o 2009 Chess Congress, East Side Middle School, 2300 Lindberg Rd., Anderson, IN. 46012. Email entries to [email protected]. EMAIL ENTRIES are NOT confirmed until receipt of entry fees. Entries will be posted at www.2009Chess as they are received. Onsite entries will be accepted from 6:30am to 8:00am on Sat. morning. Any player not registered by 8am will receive a half-point bye for round one and begin play in round two. Side event: Bughouse tournament Sat. evening 2/28 at 7:00 pm. Register for bughouse onsite ONLY for $10 per player between 10am and 6pm on 2/28. Bughouse awards to each team member of at least the top 5 scoring teams in 2 sections, 12th grade & Under and 6th grade & Under. Awards: More trophies this year! Trophies to at least the top 20 individuals in each section, top 5 teams. Numerous additional class prizes for each section. See website for details. Hotel: Several close to school, Holiday Inn (765) 644-2581, ComfortInn (765) 649-3000, Hampton Inn (765) 622-0700. Additional Info: Limited team rooms available, contact number below for details. Concessions and chess merchandise will be available onsite. All event details at Questions, call (765) 617-3845 after 3pm. WCL JGP.

Apr. 3-5, Tennessee SuperNationals IV

2009 Elementary, Junior High and High School National Championships in one great event! 7SS, G/120 (K-1 G/90), Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, 2802 Opryland Dr., Nashville,TN 37214. (615) 883-2211 HR: $139 single-quad. All under one roof! $50,000 in Cash Scholarships!! 20 Sections (Selectonly one): High School: K-12 Championship; K-12 U1600; K-12 U1200; K-12 U800; K-12 Unrated. Junior High: K-9 Championship; K-8 Championship; K-9 U1250; K-8 U1000; K-8 U750; K-9 Unrated. Elementary: K-6 Championship; K-5 Championship; K-6 U1000; K-5 U900; K-3 Championship; K-3 U800; K-1 Championship; K-6 Unrated; K-3 Unrated. EF: $40 postmarked, faxed or online by 3/5, $60 postmarked, faxed or online by 3/19, $75 after 3/19, $80 on site. DO NOT mail entries after March 19 - they may not be received in time. $5 extra for all phoned registrations. $20 change fee for roster or section changes after March 19. USCF membership is required (may be paid with entry). AWARDS: Trophies awarded in accordance with Scholastic Regulations and based on number of participants. Team score = total of top four (min. two) finishers from each section. March 2009 rating supplement will be used. BYES: One 1/2 -pt. bye available in rounds 1-6 if requested prior to 10am, Fri (4/3). On site entries after 10am, Fri 4/3 will receive a 1/2-pointbye for the first round. SCHEDULE: Rounds 1-2: Friday (4/3) 1:00pm & 7:00pm, Rounds 3-5: Saturday (4/4) 9:00am, 2:00pm, & 7:00pm, Rounds 6-7 (4/5) 9:00am, & 2:00pm. Main Event Awards Ceremonies, Sunday (4/5); K-1 at approximately 5pm, all others approximately 7pm. SIDE EVENTS: Bughouse Championships: Thursday, 4/2,11:00am, Register ON SITE ONLY by 10:00am. EF: $20 per team/2. Blitz Championship:Thursday, 4/2,5:00pm. EF $15 postmarked, faxed or online by 3/19, $20 after 3/19 or on site. On site registration ends at 4pm. Please refer to the website: for updated schedule details, Simuls, lectures, and other activities. Advance entries must include player's name/information and all fees to be accepted. Roster changes are considered new entries and will be charged according to date received. List name, address, phone, section, grade, school (even if no team), coach's name, email, birthdate, USCF ID number, USCF expiration (enclose USCF dues if necessary) and rating. Players must be eligible to play in accordance with USCF Scholastic Regulations. Entries may be faxed to: 931787-1238. Mail Entries To: 2009 SuperNationals IV, P O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557. Enter online at: WCL JGP.

April 24-26, Texas

Kasparov Chess Foundation in Association with UTD, DCC and USCF, Presents All Girls Open National Championships

6SS G/60, Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas,TX 75207; Phone: (800) 233-1234 or 214-651-1234 Mention All Girls National Chess Tournament for special Hotel rate: $109 Reserve By 4/1. 6 sections: 8 years old and younger; 10 years old and younger; 12 years old and younger; 14 years old and younger; 16 years old and younger; 18 years old and younger. Age as of 4/1/2009. USCF rated. USCF membership is required. Winner of 18 years old and younger Section wins an Academic Distinction Scholarship to The University of Texas at Dallas, worth up to $80,000 for an out-of-state student. EF: $45 if postmarked by 3/25. $70 at site. Do not mail after 4/16 as your entry may not be received. Trophies to top 15 ind. & top 3 teams (top three players added for team scores) Sat., April 25: Opening Ceremony: 9 AM, Rounds: 1 - 4; 9:30-11:30 AM; 12:00-2:00 PM; 3:00-5:00 PM; 5:30-7:30 PM. Sun., April 26: Rounds 5 - 6; 9:00-11:00 AM; 11:30 AM-1:30 PM Sun., April 26: Awards Ceremony: 2:30 PM One 1/2 pt bye available, any round, if requested before end of rd. 2 and if player has not received a full point bye. Entries to: Dallas Chess Club, c/o Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036. Entry must include Name, USCF ID (or new/pending), date of birth, grade & school and school location. Email: [email protected], 214-632-9000. Side events: Blitz tournament G/5 Friday April 24 3 pm, EF: $15 by 3-25, $25 on site. Simultaneous exhibition by Anna Zatonskih Fri., April 24 at 7:00 PM. Bughouse Tournament Fri April 24 5 pm. EF: $25/team. NS, NC, W.

May 23-25, Arizona

2009 U.S. Amateur West Championship

Holiday Inn Palo Verde, 4550 S Palo Verde Rd., Tucson, AZ 85714,520-746-1161. SECTIONS: Championship (U2200), Reserve (U1600), Booster (U1200) & Scholastic (must be K-8 and U1000). Scholastic section is 3 separate 1-day tournaments. SCHEDULE: (Championship, Reserve, and Booster) 6/SS, 40/2, 25/1. Reg: By mail or 5/23, 8:30 - 9:30 AM. Rds: 10-4, 10-4, 9-3. (Scholastic) 4/SS, G/40. Reg: By mail or 8:30 - 9:30 AM each day. Rds: Round 1 at 10 AM then as available for Rounds 2-4. PRIZES: (Championship) Chronos clock + plaque to Top 3; Digital clock + plaque to Top 1900-1999,1800-1899,17001799, 1600-1699, and U1600; Plaque to top Senior 50+, Junior U19 and Junior U13. (Reserve) Chronos clock + plaque to 1st; Digital clock + plaque to 2nd, 3rd, Top 1300-1399,1200-1299, and U1200; Plaque to top Senior 50+ and Junior U13. (Booster) Chronos clock + trophy to 1st;Trophy to 2nd - 5th, Top Unrated and Junior U10. (Scholastic, each day) Digital clock + trophy to 1st; Trophy to 2nd - 5th, Top U800, U600, and Unrated. 1-yr USCF membership for perfect scores that don't win the clock. SPECIAL PRIZES: Top 2 Family Pairs in the non-scholastic sections. Biggest Upset of each round in the non-Scholastic sections. Chronos clock to Scholastic player with the highest combined score over the three 1-day tournaments. EF: (Championship & Reserve) $55 if by 5/20, $65 if after 5/20. (Booster) $40 if by 5/20, $50 if after 5/20. (Scholastic) $15 for each tournament or $40 for all three days if by 5/20, additional $5 if after 5/20. ALL: Half-point byes allowed for all rounds but must be requested prior to start of Round 2. HR: (if by 5/8): $64 (single) or $72 (suite), mention "SACA". ENT: Make checks payable to SACA, entry form available at Info: Karen Pennock, 520-975-3946, e-mail: [email protected], web: NC. NS. W. WCL JGP.

June 4, Nevada

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 50 2009 U.S. Game/10 Championship (QC)

6SS, G/10. South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89183. $$b/100 7,000 ($$Gtd 4,500). 2000-1000-700, U2300 600, U2100 550, U1900 500, U1700 450, U1500 400, U1300 350, U1100 300, unrated 150. EF: $79 by 5/19, $89 by 6/3, $100 on site. Late Registration 4-6:30 p.m. Rds: 7-7:30-8-8:30-9-9:30. Higher of regular or quick rating used. Bring clocks. 1/2 point bye available in any round (limit 4), must be requested with entry. HR: $75 single or double ($95 Friday and Saturday nights). 1-866-791-7626 or (702) 796-7111. ENT: Las Vegas International Chess Festival, PO Box 90925, Henderson, NV 89009-0925 or NS NC W.

A Heritage Event! An American Classic! June 5-7 or 6-7, Nevada

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced) 2009 National Open

6-SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2 day option rds 1-3 G/60). South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89183. $100,000 Prize Fund based on 850 paid entries ($70,000 guaranteed). Championship. $$: 80004000-2000-1000-600-400-400-400-400-400-200-200-200-200-200, under 2500 2000, under 24001600, under 23001200, Unrated 600-400-200. $2,000 EXTRA for perfect score. The winner of the Championship section also receives a replica of the Edmondson Cup. Under 2200. $$: 5000-2500-1300-600-350-250-250250-250-250-100-100-100-100-100. Under 2000. $$: 5000-2500-1300-600-350250-250-250-250-250-100-100-100-100-100. Under 1800. $$: 5000-25001300-600-350-250-250-250-250-250-100-100-100-100-100. Under 1600. $$: 5000-2500-1300-600-350-250-250-250-250-250-100-100-100-100-100. Under 1400. $$: 2500-1500-1000-500-250-150-150-150-150-150-100-100-100-100100. Under 1200. $$: 1500-1000-500-250-150-100-100-100-100-100-100100-100-100-100. Plus score bonus ($16,000) in addition to any other prizes, every player who finishes with 3-1/2 points or better wins a $50 gift certificate. Plus score certificates will be given on site only. EF: $159 by 1/19, $179 by 5/19, $199 by 6/3, $220 on site. $41 less for unrated players, $99 more for players rated under 2100 in the Championship Section. This is an open tournament - you may play in any section at or above your rating level; unrated players may play only in Championship Section. CCA minimum ratings or other ratings may be used if higher than USCF June Supplement. Reg: 4-11 p.m. Thursday, 8-9:30 a.m. Friday. Rds: 11-6,11-6,10-5. 2-day schedule: Reg: 8-9 a.m. Saturday. Rds: 10-12:30-3-6: merge with 3-day in round 4. Half point byes available in any round, but round 5 or 6 byes must be requested before the start of round 2. Chess sets and boards provided for tournament play only, not for skittles. Please bring chess clocks! The LAS VEGAS INTERNATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL features the National Open, the U.S Game/10 Championship and the Susan Polgar World Chess Championship for Girls and Boys. Many free extras and surprises! Free parking. Free raffle with great prizes. Free lectures by GM Susan Polgar and others. Free analysis of your games by GM Arthur Bis-guier. Susan Polgar International Chess Camp all dayThursday. Grandmaster Simul Thursday afternoon. US. Game/10Thursday night. Scholastic Tournament Friday. LOW room rates! HR: $75 single or double ($95 Friday and Saturday nights). 1-866-791-7626 or (702) 796-7111. Don't be shut out; make your reservations early and be sure to ask for the chess rates; South Point sells out most weekends. Cutoff for special hotel rate is May 19th. Rates may be as high as $150 a night after May 19th. RESERVE NOW! Credit card or one night room deposit will be required to hold reservation, may be canceled 72 hours in advance for nominal fee. Tournament Registration: National Open, PO Box 90925, Henderson, NV 89009-0125, on line at or by fax at (702) 933-9112. NS. W. FIDE. WCL JGP.

July 10-12, Wisconsin

2009 U. S. Junior Open Championship

Three sections based on age: Under 21, Under 15, Under 11. 5SS, G/90. Milwaukee Marriott West, W231N1600 Corporate CT Waukesha, WI 53186. Chess Rate of $85.99 is valid until July 1st. Reserve early. (262)-574-0888. U21: $300+entry to 2010 Junior Closed-$150. Individual trophies: 1st overall, best player for ages 17-18,15-16, under 15. Team trophies: top three high schools, top club. U15: Individual trophies: top 3 overall, best player for ages 11-13, under 11. Team trophies: top three middle schools, top club. U11: Individual trophies: top 3 overall, best player for ages 9, 8, 7, 6&under. Team trophies: top three

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