Mid-South and Local Area Events
Idlewild Spring Clash:  April 28, 2018. 

Site: Idlewild Elementary, 1950 Linden Avenue, Memphis TN 38104. Format: 3 Sections: Open, U800, and Unrated! 4 Round Swiss, G/60;d5 for rated and G/30;d5 for unrated.  Round Times: 9am ASAP.  Registration: 8am-8:45am.  Rated sections are USCF Regular Rating.  Adults are welcome to play.

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.

Free Quick Chess Tournament at the Library!: June 16, 2018

Free Chess Tournament at the Library!: August 18, 2018

Free Chess Tournament at the Library!: November 24, 2018

Free Chess Tournament at the Library!: December 15, 2018