Mid-South and Other Events

February  9-10, 2019   Queen of Hearts - 47th Annual, US Chess Junior Grand Prix! US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10, ALABAMA

5SS, TC: G/120 d5. AUM Taylor Center. 7401 East Dr., Montgomery, AL 36117. PREMIERE (PF: $950 - $$GTD): $350-225-A:200-U1800:175; RESERVE (PF: $650 - $$GTD): $250-150-125-U1200: $125. EF: $50; if mailed by FEB 2nd: $60 at site. Late REG.: FEB 9th, 8-8:30am. Rds.: 9-2-7; 9-2. SCHOLASTIC (K-12): NOVICE (6SS. TC: G/20 d5; Not Rated): EF: $20; if mailed by FEB 2nd; $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 6th and pay at site. Info: CaesarChess@gmail.com; www.AlabamaChess.org.



February 8-10 OR 9-10,  2019 U.S. Amateur Team Championship - Southm US Chess Junior Grand Prix! FLORIDA

5SS, G/120 d5 (2-day Option Rd. 1 G/60 d5). Ramada Gateway, 7470 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., Kissimmee, FL 34747. 4-player teams (with one optional alternate). Minutes away from Disney, Universal, etc. February temperature mid-70’s. Two sections (each paired separately & with their own prizes). Team average (4 highest ratings - January Supplement) must be under 2200 for Open section & under 1500 for U1500 section. Winning team in Open section qualifies for National playoff online. EF: Per player: $54 by 2/3, $64 later. SPECIAL EF: Team (one entry must be made for all players) $190 by 2/3, $220 later (any team changes $10). Teams from outside Florida will receive $25 off team entry fee. Scholastic teams (same school) receive $10 off team entry fee. PRIZES: Top 1st-3rd place teams & Top Boards 1-4 in each section; Top teams: Open section: U2000 & U1800; U1500 section: Top U1300 & U1000. Also in Open section: Top Senior team (all 50 & above as of 2/8), Top College team (same school). Also in U1500 section: Top Female team, Top High School team (same school), Top Middle School team (same school, grades 6-8), Top Elementary School team (same school). Schedule: 3-day: 1st Rd. Fri. 7:30, 2-Day 1st Rd. Sat. 10; Rds. 2-5 Sat. 1:30, 6:45, Sun. 9:30, 2:45. HR: Inn rooms: $57 until cut-off date, Tower rooms: $72 until cut-off date, Reservations can be made by calling 800-327-9170 (mention “chess tournament” for these special group rates). Free parking, Internet, refrigerator (Tower rooms also include a microwave), and transportation to Disney, Universal and other attractions. Group guests also receive 10% off at Hotel food facilities. Ent: Boca Raton Chess Club, 2385 NW Executive Ctr. Dr., Ste. 100, Boca Raton, FL 33431. Online entry & addl info: www.bocachess.com, 561-302-4377.



February 23, 2019   Tom Nard Memorial V, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6, ALABAMA

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 $400 + T, 2nd $200, U2000/unrated $100; U1800 (prizes b/20, 70%GTD): 1st $350 + T, 2nd $175, U1500/unrated $100; U1200 (prizes b/20, 70%GTD): 1st $320 + T, 2nd $160, U1000/unrated $100. EF: $40 by February 16, $45 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).


February 23, 2019 - Southwest Little Rock Chess Quarterly, ARKANSAS

Prizes: 80% returned. With 8-player sections. $40 to first, $24 for the bottom half class prize in all sections others than the top section.  Top section pays 1st and 2nd place. Format: 3 Round Swiss, G/60; d5. Affects both Quick and Regular rating. Round Times: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 1 PM. Lunch (12:00 AM-1:00 PM) Entry: $10, Registration: On-site from 7:15-7:45 AM. To pay online, go to our store and add the appropriate tournament to your cart: Click this link to pay and register for this tournament. https://squareup.com/store/swlrcc, Location: 10701 West Baseline Road. Little Rock, AR 72209
Contact: Ryland Brown. ryland@gatewayseminars.com, Please bring chess set and clock.This is a USCF rated tournament and player must have an active membership. Check out www.uschess.org for membership info. Flyer can be found here. https://swlrchessclub.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/spring-qss-2018-flyer.pdf



March 2, 2019 - QUADS, Beebe, AR, ARKANSAS

All players are placed in quads, and will compete in 3 rounds against the others in their Quad (group of 4), Location: Beebe American Legion Post 91, 115 Illinois St, Beebe, AR, Registration 8-8:50 AM (register by email or phone by the previous Thursday and be eligible for a surprise drawing!)
Two Sections: Open - 3 RR, G/90;d5 or Novice – 3RR, G/30;d5, 1)   Open: EF:$10. $$G $30. Rds. 9AM, 1 PM & 4:30PM/ASAP, 2. Novice (unrated, under 1200 rating or provisional players): EF:$5. $$G $15 prize, Rds 9 AM, 10:30AM & Noon/ASAP,   Coffee (for adults) and water provided FREE!
Free Wi-Fi! TABLES AND SEATING ARE LIMITED – REGISTER TODAY!  THESE ARE United States Chess Federation (USCF) RATED EVENTS – USCF mbrshp required to play and available by phone or on-line at www.uschess.org – credit card required. Contact Paul Hill for more info: ahillsview@gmail.com or 501-882-9301



March 9, 2019   Four States Winter Open, MISSOURI

4-SS, G/60 d5. Hilton Garden Inn, 2644 E. 32nd St., Joplin, MO 64804. 2 Sections, Open: $120-80, U1600 60, U1400: $60-40. 4.0 Bonus: $20. Sections may be combined for pairing purposes. Prizes: b/30 full-paid entries. EF: $30 by 3/8, $40 at door. Scholastic (rating only) $15 by 3/8, $25 at door. Email entry accepted for lower rate. MCA membership required, OSA. Reg.: 8-9. Rounds: 9:30-11:45-2:30-4:45. Byes: One 1/2 point bye if requested before round 2 Ent: martin.stahl@joplinchess.org with cash onsite, paypal.me/joplinchess or mailed to Joplin Chess Club, 2609 New Hampshire, Joplin, MO 64804. Checks payable to Martin Stahl. Info: joplinchess.org, martin.stahl@joplinchess.org, 417-483-1554.


March 15-17 OR 16-17, 2019   17th annual Southern Class Championships, US Chess Junior Grand Prix! US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 80 (ENHANCED) FLORIDA

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Dr., Orlando 32819. Free parking. Prizes $17,000 guaranteed. In 7 sections. Master (2200/up): $1600-800-400-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100 bonus. FIDE. Expert (2000-2199): $1200-700-400-200. Class A (1800-1999): $1200-700-400-200. Class B (1600-1799): $1200-700-400-200. Class C (1400-1599): $1000-500-300-200. Class D (1200-1399): $1000-500-300-200. Class E (Under 1200): $600-400-200-100. 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: $500-300-200. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register at site (no extra fee) by 2 pm 3/16. Top 6 sections EF: $118 online at chessaction.com by 3/13, 3-day $123, 2-day $122 mailed by 3/6, $130 (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 & 3:30. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:30. All: Half point byes OK all, limit 2, Master must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $130-130-130-130 (no resort fee), includes resort fee benefits (free wireless & entertainment in room, use of fitness center, etc). 1-800-421-8001, 407-351-2420; reserve by 3/1 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.

2019 City, U1500, and Reserve Championships: March 16-17, 2019

3 Sections(Top 2 sections closed). 5SS, G/90;+30.  Site: IBEW, 1870 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104;  Entry Fee: $10 (free to all players from Memphis Candidates 2019). On Site Registration: 3/16: 7:30am-8:45am. Rounds: 9-2-7; 9-2.  Prizes: Trophies to top 3 in U1500 and Reserve.

March 22-24 OR 23-24, 2019,   23rd annual Mid-America Open, US Chess Junior Grand Prix! US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED), MISSOURI

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 $150 in U1250, $300 U1500, or $500 U1700. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $800-400-200. Must average under 2200, may play in different sections, register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 3/23. Top 6 sections EF: $113 at chessaction.com by 3/20, 3-day $118, 2-day $117 mailed by 3/13, $130 online until 2 hours before round 1 or at site. GMs $100 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 & 3:30. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:30. Byes: OK all, limit 2; Major must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $105-108-113-118, includes free full hot buffet breakfast. 888-303-1746, 314-726-5400, request chess rate, reserve by 3/8 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.


May 18, 2019 - Southwest Little Rock Chess Quarterly, ARKANSAS

Prizes: 80% returned. With 8-player sections. $40 to first, $24 for the bottom half class prize in all sections others than the top section.  Top section pays 1st and 2nd place. Format: 3 Round Swiss, G/60; d5. Affects both Quick and Regular rating. Round Times: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 1 PM. Lunch (12:00 AM-1:00 PM) Entry: $10, Registration: On-site from 7:15-7:45 AM. To pay online, go to our store and add the appropriate tournament to your cart: Click this link to pay and register for this tournament. https://squareup.com/store/swlrcc, Location: 10701 West Baseline Road. Little Rock, AR 72209
Contact: Ryland Brown. ryland@gatewayseminars.com, Please bring chess set and clock.This is a USCF rated tournament and player must have an active membership. Check out www.uschess.org for membership info. Flyer can be found here.  ttps://swlrchessclub.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/spring-qss-2018-flyer.pdf



MAY 23-27, 24-27, 25-27 OR 26-27, 2019,   28th annual Chicago Open, An American Classic! A Heritage Event! US Chess Junior Grand Prix!, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED), ILLINOIS

Open Section, May 23-27: 9SS, 40/2, SD/30 d10, GM & IM norms possible, FIDE rated. Other Sections, May 24-27, 25-27 or 26-27: 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 5/21/18-5/21/19 was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $1500. 2) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated as of May 2019 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 3/19, $227 by 5/22. 5-day $215, 4-day $214, 3-day $213, 2-day $212 mailed by 3/19, all $20 more mailed by 5/11. 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 5/11. 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 5/22, 4-day $74, 3-day $73, 2-day $72 mailed by 5/11, 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 or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry: $100, no 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 5/9 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 (click “entry list” after entry). Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied.