CHICAGO AREA CHESS FESTIVALFull details (in many garish colors) here!
Memorial Day Weekend
20th annual CHICAGO OPEN
Open Section: May 26-30, 9 rounds, norms possible
Other Sections: May 27-30, 28-30 or 29-30, 7 rounds
At the luxurious, AAA four diamonds Westin North Shore Hotel, Wheeling, Illinois. Special chess rates $99 for 1-4 in room. Reserve your room as early as possible by calling 800-937-8461 or 847-777-6500. The reservation deadline is May 13, but the chess block may sell out earlier.
$100,000 GUARANTEED PRIZE FUND
NEW THIS YEAR!
1) FREE ANALYSIS OF YOUR GAMES by Grandmaster John Fedorowicz. Begins two hours after the start of each 4-day round and continues for about three hours. All players are welcome to submit their game scores for analysis.
2) FREE LECTURES by Grandmaster John Fedorowicz each day May 27-30, beginning 5 pm May 27, 9 am each day May 28, 29, 30.
3) QUICK OR BLITZ side events twice daily May 28, 29, 30.
4) LARGE CLASS PRIZES in each section in addition to the place prizes. This event has had Master class prizes in the past, but this year will also have a $1000 class prize for U2000 in the U2100 Section, U1800 in the U1900, U1600 in the U1700, U1350 in the U1500, and $800 for U1000 in the U1200. In 6 sections. FIDE ratings used for Open Section, USCF official May list for other sections. ENTER BY MARCH 15 FOR LOWEST FEE.
OPEN SECTION: $10000-5000-2500-1200-1000-
700-600-500-400-400, clear or tiebreak 1st $200 bonus, top FIDE 2300-2499 (NOT 2449) $2500-1500-1000, top FIDE Under 2300 or unrated $2500-1500-1000. 300 Grand Prix Points (enhanced).
UNDER 2100 SECTION: $6000-3000-1500-1000-700-500-
400-300-300-300, top U2000 $1000. Unrated may not win over $2000.
UNDER 1900 SECTION: $6000-3000-1500-1000-700-500-
400-300-300-300, top U1800 $1000. Unrated may not win over $1500.
UNDER 1700 SECTION: $6000-3000-1500-1000-700-500-
400-300-300-300, top U1600 $1000. Unrated may not win over $1000.
UNDER 1500 SECTION: $5000-2500-1300-1000-700-500-
400-300-300-300, top Under 1350 $1000. Unrated may not win over $600, provisional (4-25 lifetime games) may not win over $2500.
UNDER 1200 SECTION: $4000-2000-1000-700-600-500-
400-300-300-300, top Under 1000 $800. Unrated may not win over $300, provisional (4-25 lifetime games) may not win over $1500.
RATING DROP PRIZE LIMIT: Players who have had official ratings more than 30 points above section maximum any month May 2010 through April 2011 may not win over $1500.