Mid-South and Local Area Events
February 16-18 OR 17-18, 2018,   GEORGIA, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10,  2018 Atlanta Winter Congress

5-SS, Interactive College of Technology, 5227 New Peachtree Rd., Chamblee, GA 30341. $5,000 b/95, $3000 guaranteed. 6 sections. Master/Expert: Open to 2000 and above. $500-300-200, Under 2200: $400-200-100. Class “A”: Open to 1800 thru 1999. $400-200-100. Class “B”: Open to 1600 thru 1799. $400-200-100. Class “C”: Open to 1400 thru 1599. $400-200-100. Class “D”: Open to 1200 thru 1399 or Unrated. $350-150-100. Class “E”: Open to Under 1200 or Unrated. $350-150-100. (Players rated within 200 points of next highest section may elect to “play up” in that section.) Time controls: Master/Expert: 40/90, SD/30 d5. Other sections: G/120 d5. All sections: 2-day Schedule, Rd. 1 G/90 d5. 3-Day Schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6:30 pm. Rds. Fri 7:00, Sat 2:30 & 7:30, Sun 10:00 & 3:30. 2-Day Schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10:00 am. Rds. Sat 10:30, then merges with 3-Day Schedule. Entry Fee: $74 (3-Day), $73 (2-Day) if rec’d by Feb. 15; $79 at site. (W)IGMs, (W)IMs Free ($60 deducted from any cash prizes won). Unrated: $40. Re-Entry: $35 (not available in Master/Expert). Half-point Byes: Available all rounds (limit two), must request before Rd. 1 (no changes afterwards). Bring Set, Board, and Clock – None Are Supplied By The Tournament Organizers. Entries and Info: americanchesspromotions.com, (478) 973 – 9389. PHONE CALLS ONLY AFTER FEB. 15 – no e-mails or TEXT messages, please!!

February. 17-18, 2018,   ALABAMA, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6, Queen of Hearts - 46th Annual

5SS, TC: G/120 d5. AUM Taylor Center. 7401 East Dr., Montgomery, AL 36117. PREMIERE (PF: $725 - $$GTD): $300-175-X:125-A:125; RESERVE (PF: $600 - $$GTD): $225-150-125-U1500: $100; AMATEUR (PF: $500 - $$GTD): $180-120-100-U1000: $100.EF: $50; if mailed by FEB 10th: $60 at site. Late REG.: FEB 17th, 8-8:30am. Rds.: 9-2-7; 9-2:30. SCHOLASTIC (K-12): NOVICE (6SS. TC: G/20 d0; Not Rated): EF: $20; if mailed by FEB 10th; $30 at site. Trophy: Top 3; Medal: 4th-6th. Rds.: 9-10-11-12:30-1:30, 2:30. Checks payable to: Caesar Chess. ENT: Caesar Chess LLC, 5184 Caldwell Mill Road, Suite 204 - 202, Birmingham, AL 35244 or email your entry form information before FEB 10th and pay at site. Info: CaesarChess@gmail.com; www.AlabamaChess.org.


February 17-18, 2018,   MISSOURI, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30, 10th Annual Metro Saint Louis Class Championship (FIDE Rated)

4SS, G/90 + 30 second increment. Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108. Free entries for GMs and IMs. EF: $60, $50 for annual members of the club if registered by 2/13. Prize Fund: $3,500 UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED!! Master Section (FIDE rated) $1,000-$500-$300. Expert Section (FIDE rated): $300-$150. $250 and Trophy for 1st in each Section: A, B, C, D, U1200/UNR. Players must compete in their own class. Reg.: 10:00-11:30. Rounds: Saturday 12:00, 5:00 Sunday 12:00, 5:00. Two 1/2 point byes available in any round if declared before round 2. Ent: 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, or online at saintlouischessclub.org. Info: 314-361-CHESS, info@saintlouischessclub.org.

February 24, 2018,   ALABAMA, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6, Tom Nard Memorial IV,

4SS, Game/45 + 10 second increment per move. Round times: 9:30, 11:30, 2:30, 4:30. Location: Evangel Church, 3975 Vaughn Rd., Montgomery, AL. Three sections: OPEN (prizes b/20, 70%GTD): 1st $300, 2nd $150, U2000/unrated $100. U1800 (prizes b/20, 70%GTD): 1st $250, 2nd $125, U1500/unrated $100. U1200 (prizes b/20, 70%GTD): 1st $200, 2nd $125, U1000/unrated $100. EF: $30 by February 17, $35 thereafter. Registration: Send name, USCF ID, section, and EF (payable to “Evangel Church”) to Doug Strout, 6000 Camelot Ct., Montgomery, AL 36117 (email: dtstrout@bellsouth.net)


March 9-11 OR 10-11, 2018,    GEORGIA, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15, 22nd Annual Boris Kogan Memorial

5-SS, Interactive College of Technology, 5227 New Peachtree Rd., Chamblee, GA 30341. $3,000 guaranteed. 3 sections. Championship (FIDE-rated): Open to USCF or FIDE 1900 and above. $400-300-200; Top Under 2200, 2050: Each $250. Amateur: Open to 1400 thru 1899 and Unrated. $300-200-100; Top Under 1750, 1600: Each $200. Reserve: Open to Under 1400 and Unrated. $250-150-100; Top Under 1200, $100. Time controls: Championship: 40/90, SD/30 d5. Other sections: G/120 d5. All sections: 2-day Schedule, Rd. 1 G/90 d5. 3-Day Schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6:30 pm. Rds. Fri 7:00, Sat 2:30 & 7:30, Sun 10:00 & 3:30. 2-Day Schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10:00 am. Rds. Sat 10:30, then merges with 3-Day Schedule. FIDE-Only: Rule 6.7a. “A player who arrives at the board more than 30 min. late shall lose the game.” Entry Fee: $60 (3-Day), $59 (2-Day) if rec’d by Mar 08; $65 at site. (W)IGMs, (W)IMs Free ($60 deducted from any cash prizes won). Unrated: $35. Re-Entry: $35 (not available in Championship section). Half-point Byes: Available all rounds (limit two), must request before Rd. 1 (no changes afterwards). Bring Set, Board, and Clock – None Are Supplied By The Tournament Organizers. Entries and Info: americanchesspromotions.com, (478) 973 – 9389. PHONE CALLS ONLY AFTER MAR. 08 – no e-mails or TEXT messages, please!!


March 10, 2018,   ILLINOIS, Chicago Chess Center Bobby Fischer Memorial, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED) Celebrate the 75th birthday of America's greatest player and forgive those things beyond his control. UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607. 4SS. G/65 d5. Accelerated possible.

Two Sections: Open (Reykjavik): $$GTD: Cash prizes to all plus scores based on final score: $400 minimum for all scoring 4 points, $200 minimum for all scoring 3 1/2, $100 minimum for 3, $50 exactly for 2 1/2. Minimum total $1,000 in prizes guaranteed to players scoring at least 3 points! Under 1800 (Palma de Mallorca): 4SS, G/65; d5, $$GTD: Prizes based on final score. $320 for all scoring 4 points, $160 for 3 1/2, $80 for 3, $40 for 2 1/2. ENT: EF: $53 by March 3, $60 by March 9; $69 onsite. $11 extra for U1700 to play in Open. 20% discount for CCC members. www.chichess.org/events Mail to: Chicago Chess Center NFP Inc., P.O. Box 180095, Chicago, IL 60618. REG.: 9-9:30 a.m. No phone entries. Rds.: 10-1-3:30-6. Bye available in any round: request before rd. 2. All-day parking at 760 W. Taylor St. $7. INFO: Bill Brock, 773-294-1709, info@chichess.org. Sets & clocks provided. W.

2018 City, Amateur, and Reserve Championships: March 17-18, 2018

Site: IBEW Local 474, 1870 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104.  City Closed and Amateur Closed Under 1500: 6 person round robin. Reserve: 5SS (Five round Swiss Pairing System). Time Control: G/120;d5 (game in 2 hours with 5 second delay).  Rounds 9-2-7, 9-2.  On site registration begins Saturday: 7:30am-8:45am CST.  Prizes:To be announced! Entry Fee: $10 plus MCC dues(Adults $30, Under 19: $20 Family $50). This event is USCF Regular Rated.  Free to all who played in Memphis Candidates 2018!

March 16-18 OR 17-18, 2018,   FLORIDA, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 60 (ENHANCED) 16th annual Southern Class Championships

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Dr., Orlando 32819. Special parking $5; free with guest room. Prizes $15,000 guaranteed. In 7 sections. Master (2200/up): $1400-700-400-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100 bonus. Expert (2000-2199): $1200-600-300-200. Class A (1800-1999): $1200-600-300-200. Class B (1600-1799): $1200-600-300-200. Class C (1400-1599): $1000-500-300-200. Class D (1200-1399): $800-400-200-100. Class E (Under 1200): $500-300-200-100. Rated players may play up one section. Unrated may enter A through E, but may not win over $100 in E, $200 D, $300 C or $500 B. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $400-200. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register at site (no extra fee) by 2 pm 3/17. Top 6 sections EF: $108 online at chessaction.com by 3/14, 3-day $113, 2-day $112 mailed by 3/7, $120 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before rd. 1. GMs, IMs & WGMs free; $100 deducted from prize. Class E EF: all $30 less than above. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry $60; not available in Master Section. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. All: Half point byes OK all, limit 2, Master must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $127-127-127-127 (no resort fee), includes resort fee benefits (free wireless & entertainment in room, parking, use of fitness center, etc). 1-800-421-8001, 407-351-2420; reserve by 3/2 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: DirectorAtChess.us, chesstour.com, chesstour.info, 347-201-2269. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.


March 24-25, 2018,   ARKANSAS, Arkansas Open, 5SS, G/90;+30. Mt. Sequoyah Retreat Center, 150 N. Skyline Dr., Fayetteville, AR. (479) 443-4531 or (800) 760-8126, M-F 9-5. Cottage Cabins: 1 King or 2 Queens $75 (no tax). Reserve by Mar. 16! EF: Open: $40 by 3/23; $50 at site; Reserve (U1600): $30 by 3/23; $35 at site. $$ Prizes (b/40): Open: $225-125; U1800 $125; Reserve: $150-75; U1400 $100; U1000 $50; Upset $50. Reg.: 8:15-9:15 Sat AM. Rds.: 9:30-2-6:30; 9-1:15. Byes: One 1/2-pt bye Rds. 1-5 commit before Rd. 3 pairings. Entries: Les Kline, 801 N. Rush Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72701. Info: cl_kline@sbcglobal.net; (479) 595-5720. ACA (OSA).

March 23-25 OR 24-25, 2018,   MISSOURI, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED), 22nd annual Mid-America Open

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Clayton 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 Hanley Rd). Free parking. $$ 20,000 GUARANTEED PRIZES. In 6 sections: Major: Open to 1800/over. $2000-1000-600-400, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE. Under 2100: $1500-700-500-300. Under 1900: $1500-700-500-300. Under 1700: $1400-700-500-300. Under 1500: $1200-600-400-300. Under 1250: $900-500-300-200. Prize limits: Unrated may not win over $200 in U1250, $400 U1500, or $600 U1700. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $800-400-200. Team must average under 2200, may play in different sections, register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 3/24. Top 5 sections EF:$113 at chessaction.com by 3/21, 3-day $118, 2-day $117 mailed by 3/14, $130 online until 2 hours before round 1 or at site. GMs free; $100 deducted from prize. U1250 Section EF: all $20 less than above. Online EF $3 less to MCA members. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 yr USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry: Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry $60; not available in Major Section. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. Byes: OK all, limit 2; Major must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $102-105, includes free full hot buffet breakfast. 888-303-1746, 314-726-5400, request chess rate, reserve by 3/9 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: DirectorAtChess.US, chesstour.com, chesstour.info, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Saturday 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.

Free Quick Chess Tournament at the Library!: March 31, 2018

March 31-APR. 1, 2018,   GEORGIA, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20, 1st Annual Ron Finegold Memorial, Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Atlanta, 2500 Old Alabama Rd., Suite 11, Roswell, GA 30076. 3 sections: Open, U1800, U1400. 5 rounds, G/90 d5. Registration: 8:00am-9:30am, March 31, or call (678) 628-5615 by March 30 to register by phone. https://atlchessclub.com/ for online registration. Rounds: Sat rounds: 10AM-2PM-6PM, Sun rounds: 10AM-2PM. EF: $55 for CCSCATL members if entered by March 30, $5 more at site. Non-Members pay $10 more each. (this means $65 non-members paid by March 30, and $70 day of event). $2500 total prizes Guaranteed. Open Section prizes: 1st -$600, 2nd -$400, 3rd-$200. 1st U2000-$150. U1800 Section prizes: 1st-$300, 2nd-$175, 3rd-$100, 1st U1600-$75. U1400 Section prizes: 1st-$250, 2nd-$125, 3rd-$75, 1st U1000/UNR -$50. *Any player can play in the Open Section* *Any player Unrated-1799 can play in the U1800 section* USCF RATED. Sets and Clocks provided for all of our events!! GM and Senior TD Ben Finegold will be the Chief TD. Visit our website: https://atlchessclub.com/.

Chess Day at the Cordova Library: April 21, 2018

Site: Cordova Library, 8457 Trinity Rd, Cordova, TN 38018. No USCF renewals offered at tournament site. Format: 3 Sections: Open, U1000, and Unrated! 4 Round Swiss, G/35;d5 (game in 35 minutes with five second delay); This event is USCF Dual rated (Regular and Quick ratings).
Round Times: 10:35am and following rounds ASAP. Registration: begins at 10am. Please, bring chess sets, boards, and clocks. Entry Fee: Free! Newcomers, who want to learn how to play chess, are welcome!

April  6-8, 2018,   MISSOURI, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40, Bill Wright Saint Louis Open (FIDE Rated) $10K Event

5SS, G/90 + 30 second increment. Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108. Free entries for GMs and IMs. EF: $100, $80 if registered by 4/3. Two Sections: Open (FIDE Rated) & U2000. Prize Fund: $10,000 UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED!! Open Section: $1,500-$1,000-$800-$650-$300. Under 2250: $600-$400-$250. Under 2150: $350-$200. Under 2000 Section: $1,000-$600-$350-$200. U1800: $500-$250. U1600: $400-$200. U1400: $300-$150. Reg.: 3:00-6:30 on Friday Afternoon. Rounds: Friday: 7:00 pm. Saturday 12:00 pm, 5:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am, 4:00 pm. Two half point byes available in any round if declared before Round 2. MCA Membership required from $5. OSA. Ent: 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, or online at saintlouischessclub.org Info: 314-361-CHESS, info@saintlouischessclub.org.

Bluff City Open: May 19-20, 2018

5SS, G120, d/5. Five round Swiss Pairing System with a time control of game in 2 hours with a 5 second delay (Bronstein method). Site: IBEW Local 474, 1870 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104.
Three Sections: Open, U1700, and U1000. $1700 Prizes are based on 35 paid entries in top 2 sections.  Open $550, $300, $200. U1700 $350, $200, $100.  Entry Fee: $50 early by May 12, $60 late. MCC Members $50 anytime; Masters: free (EF deducted from winnings).  On-line entries per PayPal are accepted until registration end time on Saturday at 8:45am.  Rounds: Saturday: 9am-2pm-7pm; Sunday: 9am-2pm. U1000 Trophy Section: 4SS, G/45 d5; Saturday only; Entry Fee: $15. Trophies for top 3 overall, top U800 and top U600. Round 1 at 9am, next rounds ASAP (as soon as possible).
On-site Registration: May 19, 2018 - 7:30am-8:45am.  Send mail entries to: MCC, P.O. Box 17864, Memphis, TN 38187.

May 18 - 20, 2018, TENNESSEE, 2018 Tennessee Senior Open, Fair Park Senior Center, 1433 Livingston Road, Crossville, TN 38555, 400 Guaranteed, Note: Open to age 50 and older (born before May 18, 1968)

Open Prizes: 400 100% Guaranteed. $150 $100 $50-A/B,C/D,E&Below Plaques to top 2,Top Age 60-69, Top Age 70-79, Top Age 80 & Older (plaques to TN residents only) Medals to all participants.
Format: 5 Round Swiss, G/120;d5 Affects Regular rating only. Entry Fees: $25 if mailed by 5/12/2018 $35 later and at site. 3-Day:Reg Fri 2:00-3:30 PM Rds: 4, 10-4, 9-2. 2 Day:Reg Sat 8:00-9:30. Rds: 10-1-4, 9-2. (2 Day R 1 & 2 at G/60;d5). All times are CDT. State Affiliate membership required.TCA $10, TN residents only. Entries To: Online at tnchess.us or Online entries to send entries to Harry D. Sabine, PO Box 381, Crossville, TN 38557, E-mail:hdsabine@citlink.netEvent Limitations and Site Conditions:No Smoking. Wheelchair Accessible.

May 24-28, 25-28, 26-28 OR 27-28, 2018 , ILLINOIS, 27th annual Chicago Open, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED), An American Classic! A Heritage Event!  Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 North Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL

Open Section, May 24-28: 9SS, 40/2, SD/30 d10, GM & IM norms possible, FIDE rated. Other Sections, May 25-28, 26-28 or 27-28: 7SS, 40/2, SD/30 d10 (3-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10; 2-day option, rds. 1-4 G/30 d10). 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. Free lectures and analysis of your games by GM John Fedorowicz. $100,000 guaranteed prize fund. In 8 sections (unrated allowed only in Open, U2300, U2100 or U1000). Open: Open to players who are rated 2200/over by USCF or FIDE or pay $100 extra. $10000-5000-2500-1300-1000-800-600-500-400-400, clear or tiebreak winner bonus $300, top FIDE Under 2400/Unr $2000-1000. FIDE rated, GM and IM norms possible. Under 2300: $5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-400-300-300-300. Under 2100: $5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-400-300-300-300; unrated limit $1000. Under 1900: $5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-400-300-300-300. Under 1700: $5000-2500-1200-800-600-500-400-300-300-300. Under 1500: $4000-2000-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300-300. Under 1300: $4000-2000-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300-300. Under 1000: $1000-500-300-200-200-150-150-100-100-100, unrated limit $200, trophies to first 10, top U800, U600, Unrated. Prize limits: 1) If any post-event rating posted 5/22/17-5/22/18 was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $1500. 2) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated as of May 2018 official list cannot win over $500 in U1000, $1000 U1300, $1500 U1500, $2000 U1700, or $2500 U1900. 3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes: best male/female combined 2-player team score: $2000-1000-500-400-300. For Open Section, only rounds 1-7 counted towards mixed doubles. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2; teams including an unrated limited to $500. Open through U1300 entry fee: $207 online at chessaction.com by 3/20, $227 by 5/23. 5-day $215, 4-day $214, 3-day $213, 2-day $212 mailed by 3/20, all $20 more mailed by 5/12. All $250 online until 2 hours before round 1 or at site until 1 hour before round 1. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Do not mail entry after 5/12. Open EF for titled players: GMs free; $200 deducted from prize. IMs/WGMs $100, also $100 deducted from prize. EF $100 less to seniors age 65/over, except U1000 Section. Under 1000 Section EF: $67 online at chessaction.com by 5/23, 4-day $74, 3-day $73, 2-day $72 mailed by 5/12, all $90 online until 2 hours before round 1 or at site until 1 hour before round 1. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Online EF $5 less to ICA members; join at il-chess.org. An ICA Tour Event. Special 1 yr US Chess dues with magazine if paid with entry: Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry: $100, no re-entry from Open to Open. 5-day schedule (Open only): Reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds Thu 7 pm, Fri 12 & 7, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:15. 4-day schedule (U2300 to U1500): Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, Rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:15. 3-day schedule (U2300 to U1500): Reg. ends Sat 10 am, Rds. Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:15. 2-day schedule (U2300 to U1500): Reg. ends Sun 9 am, Rds. Sun 10, 12, 2, 3:45 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:15. Under 1300 & Under 1000 schedules: Same as U2300 to U1500 (4-day, 3-day, 2-day options), except last round Mon is 3:15. 4-day, 3-day & 2-day schedules merge & compete for same prizes. Byes: OK all, limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), Open must commit before rd 3, others before rd 4. Hotel rates: $113-113-113-113, 800-937-8461, 847-777-6500, reserve by 5/10 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Foreign player ratings: See www.chesstour.com/foreignratings.htm. US player ratings: May official ratings used; FIDE ratings used for Open Section. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special rules: Players must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director. See also chesstour.com/devices.htm. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: chesstour.com, chesstour.info, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied.


May 27, 2018,   ILLINOIS, 7th annual Chicago Open Blitz (BLZ), US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED)  Westin North Shore Hotel (see Chicago Open).

5SS, G/5 d0, double round, 10 games. Westin North Shore Hotel (see Chicago Open). In 2 sections with $2500 guaranteed. Open: $400-250-150, U2300/Unr $220-110, U2100/Unr $200-100. Under 1900/Unr: , $300-150-90, U1700/Unr $180-90, U1500 $120-60, U1300 $80. EF: $40 by 7 pm 5/27, $50 by 10 pm 5/27. GMs free; $40 from prize. Enter at site only, no checks. $20 service charge for refunds. Reg.: ends 10 pm, rds. 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12, 12:30. 1 bye allowed (1 point out of 2), must give notice before rd. 2. Blitz rated, but higher of regular or blitz used for pairings & prizes. http://www.chesstour.com/refs.html

MAY 25-28 OR 26-28, 2018,   TEXAS, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED) 73rd Annual Texas State and Amateur Championships, A Heritage Event! US Chess Junior Grand Prix! A State Championship Event!

7SS. DFW Airport Marriott South, 4151 Centreport Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76155. $$ 8,350G. Championship: This section is FIDE rated and uses FIDE rules. The tournament will use USCF ratings for pairings and prize purposes. Must be rated 2000 or above regular (not quick, blitz or rapid) by either USCF or Fide to play in this section or have had a provable 2000 or higher regular rating in the past. Defending Texas State Amateur Champion may also play in this section. Texas Scholastic High School Champions (either South or North/Central) may also play in this section. Foreign unrateds may play in this section and at TDs discretion may be required to play in Championship section. G/90 with 30 sec. increment. Foreign players must disclose their FIDE ID number before 1st round in order to play in Championship section. Default late forfeiture time is one hour. TD may extend this time at TD’s discretion. $$ 1,000-500-250, 2200-2399 $750, U2200 $750. Amateur: U2000 & unrated. Rds. 1-7 G/90 with 30 sec increment. $$ 800-400-200. B $$ 600-300-150, C 500-250-125, U1400 $500- 250-125, U1200 $400, U1000 $300 Unrated $200. Both: TCA membership required. Other states accepted. EF: $89 if received by 5/16, else $99. $80 Junior (U19) if received by 5/16 else $90, Senior (over 65)/Handicapped/ additional family participant $53 if receive by 5/16 else $65. Add $5 for CC phone entries; pre-reg. requires pre-payment. After 5/23 all registration and changes on site only; all changes including withdrawals, $10 after 5/23. 4 day: Reg. Friday 5/25, 6:15 pm-7:15. Rds. Fri: 7:45, Sat: 2:45 pm - 7:30, Sun: 11:30 am - 5:15 pm, Mon: 9:30 am - 2:15 pm. 3 day: Reg. Sat. 5/26, 9-9:30 am, Rd. 1 at 10 am then merge with 4 day. Foreign Unrated must play in Championship section. Registrations that do not indicate 4 or 3 day schedule will be put in the 3 day. HR: $109/109/109/109, 817-358- 1700 or 800-228-9290 reserve by 5/13 and ask for Chess rate. Rate includes breakfast for up to 4 hotel guests. Free Parking. Up to two 1/2 pt byes available if requested before end of rd. 2 and before receiving full point bye, but byes for both rounds 6 AND 7 is not permitted. K-12 Scholastic on Saturday, 5/26. 5-SS, Rds. G/30 d5, EF: $29 by 5/16, $45 after; Pre-reg. requires pre-payment. After 5/23 all registration and changes on site only; all changes $10 after 5/23. No refunds after 5/24, $10 handling fee for refunds before 5/24. Registration 8:15-8:45 am, Rd. 1 at 9:30 am, rest ASAP with small lunch break. Sections: K-12 Championship and K- 12 U1000. Prizes: Trophies to top 12 individuals, top five teams in each section. K-12 U1000 also top three unrateds. Medals to those who do not win a trophy. Ent: Dallas Chess Club, C/O Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036. Info: Barb Swafford, 214-632-9000, info@dallaschess.com www.dallaschess.com. W. FIDE.

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