March 24-26 OR 25-26 -  MISSOURI -21st annual Mid-America Open, US Chess Junior Grand Prix! US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED) 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 PRIZE FUND. In 7 sections: Open: Open to players who are rated 1800/over or pay $100 extra. $2000-1000-500-300, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300/Unr $800-400. FIDE. Under 2100: $1400-700-400-200. Under 1900: $1400-700-400-200. Under 1700: $1400-700-400-200. Under 1500: $1200-600-300-200. Under 1300: $1000-500-300-200. Under 1000: $500-300-200-100, plaques to first 3, top U800, U600, Unrated Prize limits: Unrated may not win over $150 in U1000, $300 U1300, $500 U1500, or $700 U1700. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $800-400-200. Team average must be under 2200, teammates may play in different sections, teams must register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 3/25. Top 6 sections EF:$109 at chessaction.com by 3/22, $115 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/20 (entry only, no questions), 3-day $113, 2-day $112 mailed by 3/15, $130 online until 2 hours before rd. 1. GMs free; $100 deducted from prize. U1000 Section EF: all $50 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 Open 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; Open must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $99-102, includes free full hot buffet breakfast. 888-303-1746, 314-726-5400, request chess rate, reserve by 3/10 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. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Saturday 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.

March 25, 2017 - Free Quick Chess Tournament at the Library! Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111, No USCF renewals are offered at tournament site. 2 Sections: O1599, U1600, 4 Rounds Swiss, G/20;d5, Note: Please bring chess sets, boards, clocks, Thank you! O1599, Format: 4 Round Swiss, G/20;d5, Affects Quick rating only. Round Times: round 1: 1:35pm and following rounds ASAP, Entry Fees: Free Entries To: On-site Reg: Begins Saturday at 1pm, U1600, Format: 4 Round Swiss, G/20;d5, Affects Quick rating only. Round Times: round 1: 1:35pm and following rounds ASAP, Entry Fees: Free, Entries To: On-site Reg: Begins Saturday at 1pm, E-mail: claypolk2014@gmail.com, Official Web Site: http://www.memphischess.com Side Events:Special Side Sections for U1200, U800, and Unrated! Note: Newcomers, who want to learn how to play chess, are welcome! Event Limitations and Site Conditions: No Smoking. No Computers. Wheelchair Accessible.

March 31-April 2 OR April 1-2 - TEXAS - US Chess Junior Grand Prix! US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30, Lone Star Open, 5SS, (Open and U2000 Sections are G/90 i30, and FIDE rated; All other Sections are G/120 d5). Free entry for GMs,IMs,WGMs and WIMs (EF deducted from winnings). SIDE EVENTS: (Schol. Team & Ind., 4SS, G/30 d5, 1-day only, Sat. Apr. 1st); 5-min. Blitz "CAJUN KNOCK-OUT" (Sat. night after Rd. 3). Separate room for school Players - A trophy or medal will be awarded to each school player. Houston Marriott North, 255 N. Sam Houston Pkwy East, Houston, TX 77060, Ph: 281-875-4000, $89 chess rate for King or Double (reserve by 3/15 and mention Cajun Chess Tournament). Free Parking! NOTE: Main tournament room will be closed to outside non-playing spectators, but players who have finished their games and have not left the tournament room yet will be allowed to stay to see remaining games still in progress. Free airport shuttle service! Free shuttle service within a 2-mile radius of hotel! Free wireless internet in all guest-rooms! Discounted Hotel Breakfast Coupons for Hotel Guests ($5 off of the $17 Hot Breakfast Buffet – Guests are responsible for $12 breakfast cost, tax & gratuities). Hotel check-in time is 3pm; check-out time is 12 noon. 5 Sects. PRIZES: $10,000 b/200 paid ent. OPEN: $1400-800-500-300-200; U2200: $700-400; U2000: $800-400-200-100-50; U1800: $800-400-200-100-50; U1600/Unr*: $800-400-200-100-50; U1300: $400-300-200-100-50. *Unrated players may only win 50% of the prize fund except in the Open Sect. where they must pay full EF and are eligible for full prize fund. Schol.Sects. (Team & Individual): K-2, K-5, K-8, K-12. Prizes: Trophies to top 5 individuals & top 3 teams in each section (more ind. trophies depending on pre-entries). Every non-trophy winner receives a souvenir chess medal. Teams may have as many players as they wish from the same school in the same section but must have a minimum of 3 players to be considered a team; the top 4 scores will count for final team score. Scholastic Players may play in both Scholastic and Main Tournaments if desired by registering for the Scholastic Tournament AND a section in the 3-day Schedule of the Main Tournament with a 1/2-point Bye in the 2nd Round of the 3-Day Schedule – there is a discounted Entry Fee ($69) for Scholastic players playing in both Scholastic Tournament and the U1300 section only of the Main Event. USCF-recommended computer tiebreaks will decide trophy and medal placements for winners of all schol. sections. Free chess gift to oldest player and to player who travels farthest to OPEN tourn. CAJUN BOUNTY: Defeat the top ranked player in the OPEN sect. and win free entry to our next tournament! EF: $89 by 3/24; $99 thereafter and at site; Unr. (U1600) and Jrs. (under 19 yrs of age and playing in U1300 or U1600 Sections) $59 by 3/24; $69 thereafter and at site. Schol. EF: $20 by 3/24; $25 thereafter and at site; Re-Entry Fee (no Re-Entry in OPEN and U2000 Sects due to FIDE): $25 (avail. up to Rd. 4; 3 re-entries or 2 Jr. entries count as one additional entry for prize fund). 3-day Sched: Reg. Fri. 5:30-7pm, Rds. Fri. 8pm; Sat. 2-7, Sun. 10-3. 2-day Sched: Reg. Sat. 7:45-8:30am, (Rds. Sat. 9-2-7, Sun. 10-3. Both schedules merge at Rd. 2. Schol. Sched: (All 4 rds. G/30 d5 - one day only, Sat., Apr 1st). Reg. Sat. 8:30am-9:30am, Rd. one at 10am; Other Rds. will immediately follow. Byes for OPEN Tourn: Avail. all Rds. and must commit before Rd. 3. Byes for SCHOL. Tourn: Only one 1/2-point bye allowed and must commit before Rd. 2. HR: $89 (281-875-4000), reserve by 3/15 and mention Cajun Chess Tournament to assure group rate. ENT: On-line registration for tournament and hotel rooms, printable entry form, and more detailed info at www.cajunchess.com, or mail entry form to Cajun Chess, 12405 Hillary Step Dr., Olive Branch, MS 38654. Info or Phone Ent: 504-208-9596 or 504-905-2971. Major credit cards accepted (no checks at site). FIDE.

April 1-2 - TEXAS - 2017 DCC FIDE Open IV, US Chess Junior Grand Prix! US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED) 5SS, G/90 inc/30. Dallas Chess Club, 200 S. Cottonwood Dr. #C, Richardson, TX 75080. Two sections: Open and Reserve. Open: $$875G. FIDE and US Chess rated but uses FIDE rules. Use US Chess ratings and rules for pairings and for awarding prizes. Default late forfeiture time is one hour. TD may extend this time at TD’s discretion. Note that Foreign players must disclose their FIDE ID number before 1st round in order to play. Note that USA Players with no FIDE ID must disclose their email address. $$ $500-$250-$125. EF: 2400+ $125, 2000-2399 $90, 1600 -1999 $99, U1600 $125, Senior/Birthday during tournament/Additional Family Member $55. For DFW area players, Dallas Chess Club membership required or pay $20 non member fee. Small Minimum prize to the First three GM/IM’s who apply. GM/IM must play all rounds to get minimum prize (entry fee may be deducted from prize). Reserve: Open to players rated below 2000 USCF. This section is not Fide Rated but is US Chess rated and uses US Chess rules. EF: $40. The Reserve give back 10% in prizes and if at least 8 paid entries and if there is a clear winner, then that winner receives free entry to next DCC Fide Open. In the reserve section, Tournament reserves the right to use Fide rules on electronic devices and on starting White’s clock at start of a round and to use FIDE pairing rules. Also clocks will be set to ‘halt at end’. Both: Reg.: Saturday from 9:45–10:15 am. Rds.: Sat 10:45 am-3:10pm-7:16pm, Sun 9:45 am-2:10pm. One half point Bye allowed if requested before end of round 2 and before getting full point bye. Withdrawals and zero point last round byes are not eligible for prizes. Note that house players (if required) must pay $5 per round and be US Chess members. ENT: Make/mail Checks payable to Dallas Chess Club, C/O Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036-4719. Info: 214-632-9000. FIDE.

April 15, 2017 - TENNESSEE - Cumberland County Spring Open, Cumberland Co. Community Complex, 1398 Livingston Rd., Crossville, TN 38555. $420 guaranteed prize fund. In 2 Sections, Open: 4SS, G/60 d5, $$: $75. 30- X,A,B,C,D/Below. Amateur: 4SS, G/60 d5, Open to U1200 & under. $$: $75. 30-F,G,H/Below,UNR UNR eligible for unrated prize only. ALL: EF: $15 if mailed by 4/10, $20 at site. Memb. Req'd: TCA $10 TN residents only. ENT: Harry D Sabine, P. O. Box 381, Crossville, TN 38557. INFO: www.cumberlandcountychess.org or Harry at 931-261-8440. W.

April 22, 2017 -  Free Quick Chess Tournament at the Library! Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111, No USCF renewals are offered at tournament site. 2 Sections: O1599, U1600, 4 Rounds Swiss, G/20;d5, Note: Please bring chess sets, boards, clocks, Thank you! O1599, Format: 4 Round Swiss, G/20;d5, Affects Quick rating only. Round Times: round 1: 1:35pm and following rounds ASAP, Entry Fees: Free Entries To: On-site Reg: Begins Saturday at 1pm, U1600, Format: 4 Round Swiss, G/20;d5, Affects Quick rating only. Round Times: round 1: 1:35pm and following rounds ASAP, Entry Fees: Free, Entries To: On-site Reg: Begins Saturday at 1pm, E-mail: claypolk2014@gmail.com, Official Web Site: http://www.memphischess.com Side Events:Special Side Sections for U1200, U800, and Unrated! Note: Newcomers, who want to learn how to play chess, are welcome! Event Limitations and Site Conditions: No Smoking. No Computers. Wheelchair Accessible.

May 5-7 OR 6-7 - ARKANSAS -  4th Annual Little Rock Spring Open, US Chess Junior Grand Prix! US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED) 5SS, G/40/120, SD/30 d5. Little Rock Marriott, 3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, AR 72201, (501) 906-4600; HR: $109 (ask for chess rate before April 14). Airport shuttle service, reservation required, complimentary: Shuttle Phone: (501) 906-4000 Valet parking $25/day; nearby garage $12/day. Hotel is approximately 7 miles from Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. Marriott Little Rock. 3 sections. Open, Reserve (U1600) and Novice (U1200). Novice section: 5SS, G/30 d5 (Recording encouraged, but not required). Open and Reserve Sections: 3-day schedule: Rounds 1-5 G/40/120, SD/30 d5. 2-day schedule: Round 1-2, G/60 d5. Rounds 3-5, 40/120, SD/30 d5. Novice Section: Saturday (May 6th) only. 5SS, G/30 d5. Play all 5 rounds. Registration 9-9:45 AM. Round 1 starts at 10:00 AM, remainder ASAP with small lunch break. EF: Open and Reserve: $45 postmarked by April 28th. $50 at site (no checks). GM and IM free entry; $50 deducted from prizes. If first tournament, then $35 (preregistered) or $45 at site. Scholastic Section: $20 postmarked by April 28th, $30 at site (no checks). Must have active USCF membership for all sections; available on site. Prizes: Guaranteed $1,350 Open Section: 1st $500, 2nd $300, U2000 $150, U1800 $50. Unrateds only eligible for Open prizes. Reserve Section (U1600): 1st $200, 2nd $100, 3rd $50 Novice Section (U1200): Trophies to top 3 finishers. Medals to all participants. 3-day schedule: Registration ends Friday 6PM, rounds: Friday 7PM; Saturday 11 AM & 5 PM; Sunday 10 AM & 3:30 PM. 2-day schedule: Registration ends Saturday 10 AM; rounds: Saturday 11 AM, 2 PM & 5 PM; Sunday 10 AM & 3:30 PM.1/2 pt bye (limit 2) available before round 3. Entry: Ron Sanders Jr., P.O.Box 241762, Little Rock, AR 72223, roncsanders@gmail.com.

May 6, 2017 - Vicksburg Open -Vicksburg, MS, 4SS, G/45 d5. Senior Center, 801 South St., Vicksburg, MS 39180. Reg.: 9am-9:45am. Rounds: 10:00, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30. Prizes: 1st, 2nd, Top U1400. 75% of entry fees returned. EF: $20. MCA membership ($5) required for adult MS residents. Info: www.vicksburgchess.org, 601-831-0362.

May 19 - 21, 2017, 2017 Tennessee Senior Open, Fair Park Senior Center, 1433 Livingston Road, Crossville, TN 38555, 400 Guaranteed, NoteOpen to age 50 and older (born before May 19, 1967) 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 5/13/2017 $35 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.
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