Mid-South and Other Events
June 21-24, 22-24 OR 23-24, 2018,  2018–National Open, ––––––NEVADA––––An American Classic! A Heritage Event! US Chess Junior Grand Prix! US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 300 (ENHANCED)

7-SS, 40/90, SD/30, +30 (3-day rounds 1-2 G/60, +10, 2-day round 1-4 G/30, +5, Beginners Section G/30, +5). Westgate Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas 89109. $$100,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund will not be reduced! In 8 sections, top 2 FIDE rated. Open: $8,000-4,000-2,000-1,000-600-500-400-300-300-300, top under 2500 $2,500, top under 2400 $2,400, Extra $2,500 for perfect score. The winner of the Open section also receives a replica of the Edmondson Cup. Under 2300: $6,000-3,000-1,500-750-400-350-300-250-250-250. Under 2100: $6,000-3,000-1,500-750-400-350-300-250-250-250. Under 1900: $5,000-2500-1250-600-350-300-250-250-250-250. Under 1700: $4,000-2,000-1,000-500-300-250-250-250-250-250. Under 1500: 3000-1500-700-350-300-250-250-250-250-250. Under 1300: $2000-1,000-500-300-250-250-250, top under 1000 (no provisional) $900. Beginners (unrated or rated under 1000): 3 schedules with 6 rounds per day $200-125-75 each day plus $300 overall (best 2 results). Plus Score Bonus: ($12,000 guaranteed) in addition to any other prizes, every player with 4 points or more wins a $50 gift certificate. Plus score certificates will be awarded on site only. Mixed Doubles: best male/female combined 2-player team score: $1,500-750-350-250-150. Teammates may play in different sections but must have average rating below 2200. The Freddie: Players age 14 and under are eligible for best game prizes including the Freddie Award and $400 in cash prizes (donated by Fred Gruenberg). Unrated players may play only in Beginners or Open Section. Provisionally rated players may not win more than 40% of top prize in any under section; balance goes to next player(s) in line. CCA minimum ratings or other ratings may be used if higher than US Chess June Supplement. EF: $199 by 1/31, $229 by 5/31, $259 by 6/19, $280 later. Add $125 for adults rated under 2200 or juniors under 2100 playing in the Open Section. $40 less for seniors 65 and over. Beginners section only: $125 less for players in only 1 schedule, $60 less in 2 schedules. Reg.: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Thursday. Rds.: 7:30, 11-5:30, 10-4:30, 10-4:30. 3-day schedule: Reg.: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday. Rds 11-2 then merge with 4-day in round 3 at 5:30. 2-day schedule: Reg.: 8:30-9 a.m. Saturday. Rds.: 10-11:30-1-2:30 then merge with 4-day in round 4 at 4:30. Half point byes available in any round; round 6 or 7 byes must be requested before the start of round 2 and may not be cancelled. Chess sets and boards provided for tournament play only, not for skittles. Please bring digital chess clocks! The LAS VEGAS INTERNATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL features the National Open, the U.S. Women’s Open, the International Youth Championship, and other events. Many free extras and surprises! Free parking. Free raffles with great prizes. Free GM Lectures. Free GM analysis of your games. Free Daily Bulletins and free commemorative DVD for all participants. Grandmaster Simuls and Chess Camp for all ages on Thursday. U.S. Women’s Open Wednesday and Thursday. Walter Browne Memorial Blitz Thursday 2:00 p.m. Youth Tournaments Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Blitz Sectionals Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Poker Tournament Monday Morning. Don't be shut out - make your reservations early and be sure to ask for the CHESS rates — $69 single or double ($92 Friday and Saturday nights) guarantees a premium room with new furniture, refrigerator, flat screen TV and more. The resort package including access to the Fitness Center, free WI-FI, and more is substantially discounted for our group. Cutoff for special hotel rate is May 31; after that rates will increase significantly and there may not be any rooms available. (800) 732-7117 or www.VegasChessFestival.com/hotel. ENT: Vegas Chess Festivals, PO Box 90925, Henderson, NV 89009-0925, online at www.VegasChessFestival.com. Info: (702) 930-9550 and leave a message. FIDE. W.

June 22, 2018  National Open Friday Blitz Sectionals–––––––––NEVADA

(BLZ) 7-RR, G/3, +2. Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. $100-60 in each section of 8. EF: $30. REG.: by 10:30 p.m. Rd. 1 at 11:00 p.m. www.VegasChessFestival.com.

June 22, 2018   Youth Trophy Tournament, ––––––––––NEVADA

5-SS, G/25, +5. Westgate Las Vegas Resort. Open to players age 14 & under. 3 sections: Open, U1000, U700. Trophies top 5 in each section, top 2 in each 200 point rating group and unrated. Must be 3 players eligible for each prize to be awarded. EF: $39 by 5/31, $50 later. Reg.: 8:30-9 a.m. Rds.: 10-11:30-1-2:15-3:30. Youth Blitz: 6:30 p.m. ($20 by 5/31 $25 later). www.VegasChessFestival.com.

June 23, 2018   National Open Saturday Blitz Sectionals (BLZ) ––––––––NEVADA

RR G/3, +2. Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. $100-60, 2nd half $40, in each section of 10-12. EF: $30. REG.: by 9:30 p.m. Rd 1 at 10 p.m. www.VegasChessFestival.com.

June 23-24, 2018,   International Youth Championship, ––––––––NEVADA

6-SS, G/60 +5. Westgate Las Vegas Resort, 3000 Paradise Road, 89109. In 4 Sections by age: 14 & Under Open, 14 & Under Reserve (under 1000), 9 & Under Open, 9 & Under Reserve (under 800). Trophies to top 10 in each section plus class and team trophies. 1st Place in each section wins a Computer loaded with valuable Chess Software and hundreds of Videos, 2nd-4th win chess prizes valued at 250-150-100. Unrated players may not win 1st in Reserve sections. EF $89 by 5/31, $99 by 6/20, $120 later. Half point bye in any round (limit 2) if requested in advance. Reg.: 8:30-9 a.m. Rds.: 10-1-3:30, 10-1-3:30. Youth Blitz: 6/22 6:30 p.m. ($20 by 5/31 $25 later). HR: $69, $92 Friday and Saturday (800) 732-7117 Cutoff for special hotel rate is May 31; after that rates will increase significantly and there may not be any rooms available. ENT: Vegas Chess Festivals, PO Box 90925, Henderson, NV 89009-0925 or www.VegasChessFestival.com.

June 24, 2018,   National Open Sunday Blitz Sectionals (BLZ) ––––––––NEVADA

7-RR G/3, +2. Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. $100-60 in each section of 8. EF: $30. REG.: by 9:30 p.m. Rd. 1 at 10 p.m. www.VegasChessFestival.com.

June 23, 2018,  Alabama Quick & Blitz Championships (QC & BLZ)–––––––––ALABAMA–A State Championship Event!

5SS, TC: G/25 d4. EF: $30. Asbury UMC, 6690 Cahaba Valley Rd., Birmingham, AL 35242. Premiere: (Rating: 1600+; PF: $400, $$GTD): $175-125-U1800:100. Reserve: (Rating U1600; PF: $300, $$GTD): $125-100-U1300:75. Scholastic: EF: $20. (Rating U1200; Trophy Top 3). Rds.: 9-10:15-12-1:15-2:30. Blitz Tnmt: (Rating: Open; PF: $100, $$GTD): $50-30-20. Rds.: 4-4:30-5-5:30-6-6:30. EF: $10; if mailed by JUN 16th. Late REG: JUN 23rd @ 8am. Make checks payable to: Caesar Chess. ENT: Caesar Chess LLC, 5184 Caldwell Mill Road, Suite 204 - 202, Birmingham, AL 35244. Info: CaesarChess@gmail.com; www.AlabamaChess.org.

June 21-24, 2018,  2018 U.S. Senior Open, –––––––––LOUISIANA–US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30

6SS, G/120 i30 (Game in 2 hours with 30-second increment.) USCF and FIDE rated using FIDE Rules. Open to all players age 50+ by start date of tournament (6/21/2018). SIDE EVENT: 2018 U.S. Senior Blitz Tournament: 5-min. Blitz Tournament on Thurs., 6/21, at 1pm (details below). Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel, 901 Airline Dr., Kenner, LA 70062, Ph: 504-469-5000 (hotel is directly across from the New Orleans Int’l. Airport with free hotel/airport shuttle service). HR: $119 + tax for single, double, triple or quad – mention Cajun Chess Tournament and reserve by May 28 to assure group rate. Free parking and free basic internet in each room. Hotel hot breakfast buffet tickets discounted to $15 including tax and tip (usually $19.95 without tax and tip) for hotel guests only. Ratings used will be from June 2018 USCF Supplement. SECT: One OPEN Section only with Class Prizes. $5,000 b/80 full-paid ent. TOP PRIZES: $1250-800-500-300; (U2300): $500-300; (U2000): $300-150; (U1800): $300-150; (U1500/Unr): $300-150. Plaque to top winner in following age categories: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69,70-74, 75+. A player may win both a place award and an age award. In the event of a tie, plaque winner will be determined by USCF computer tiebreaks. EF: $100 by 6/1/18; $110 by 6/15/18; $120 thereafter and at site; On-site Reg: Thurs. 6/21 from 12 noon - 2pm. Rds.: Thurs. 4pm; Fri.10am & 4pm; Sat. 10am & 4pm; Sun. 10am. BYES: 1/2-point bye may be taken for any Round EXCEPT the last round due to FIDE rules – if you must leave prior to the last round you will have to take a zero-point bye or simply withdraw after Round 5; limit of 2 half-pt. byes allowed but must commit to any byes prior to the start of Round 3. U.S. SENIOR BLITZ EVENT: Thurs., 6/21, 1st Round at 1pm. 7SS, G/5 d0 – USCF Blitz Rated (June 2018 Supplement Blitz Ratings used). One Section Only. PRIZES: 70% of EFs returned as Cash Prizes. Blitz EF: $15 by 6/15; $20 thereafter and at site. ENTRIES: On-line registration, 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). Please bring your own chess boards, sets and clocks; chess vendor will be on site. FIDE.

June 22-24, 2018, 2018 U.S. Junior Open, ––––––––––LOUISIANA–US Chess Junior Grand Prix!

6SS, G/90 i30 (Game in 90 min. with 30-second increment.) All Sections are USCF rated and the U21 Section is also FIDE rated using FIDE Rules. SIDE EVENT: 2018 U.S. Junior Blitz Tournament: 5-min. Blitz Tournament on Thurs., 6/21, at 6pm (details below). Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel, 901 Airline Dr., Kenner, LA 70062, Ph: 504-469-5000 (hotel is directly across from the New Orleans Int’l. Airport with free hotel/airport shuttle service). HR: $119 + tax for single, double, triple or quad – mention Cajun Chess Tournament and reserve by May 28 to assure group rate. Complimentary parking for all tournament attendees and free basic internet in each room. Hotel hot breakfast buffet tickets discounted to $15 including tax and tip (usually $19.95 without tax and tip) for hotel guests only. SECTS (based on Player’s Age as of 1/1/2018): U21 (FIDE Rated); U15; U11; U8. Ratings used will be from June 2018 USCF Supplement. INDIVIDUAL PLAYER PRIZES: U21: $500 cash prize awarded to eligible qualifier of the 2019 U.S. Junior (Closed) Championship; Individual plaque to top five overall; Plaque for top player age 18, 17, 16, 15 and under 15. U15: Individual trophies to top ten overall; Trophies to top player age 14, 13, 12, 11 and under 11. U11: Individual trophies to top ten overall; Trophies to top player age 10, 9, 8 and under 8. U8: Individual trophies to top ten overall; Trophies to top player age 7,6, and under 6. SCHOOL TEAM INFO: A team will consist of a minimum of THREE players from the same school or home-school district playing in the same section. No maximum limit of number of players on a team; the top FOUR scores will count for final team standings. TEAM PRIZES: Trophies to top three school teams in each of the four sections. In the event of a tie, plaque/trophy winners for individuals and teams will be determined by USCF computer tiebreaks. EF: $60 by 6/1/18; $75 by 6/15/18; $90 thereafter and at site; Onsite Reg: Fri. 6/22 from 8:30-9:30am. Rds.: Fri/Sat/Sun (June 22-24):10am & 3pm. BYES: 1/2-point bye may be taken for any Round in all sections EXCEPT for the last round (Rd. 6) of the U21 Section due to FIDE rules – if you must leave prior to the last round in the U21 Section, you will have to take a zero-point bye or simply withdraw after Round 5; limit of 2 half-pt. byes allowed but must commit to any byes prior to the start of Round 3. U.S. JUNIOR BLITZ EVENT: Thurs., 6/21, 1st Round at 6pm. 7SS, G/5 d0 – USCF Blitz Rated (June 2018 Supplement Blitz Ratings used). Two Sections Only: U21, U11. PRIZES: Trophies to top 3 in each section. Blitz EF: $15 by 6/15; $20 thereafter and at site. ENTRIES: On-line registration, printable entry form, and more detailed info at www.cajunchesscom 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). Please bring your own chess boards, sets and clocks; chess vendor will be on site. FIDE.

June 22-24, 2018,   2018–Not-A-Junior-Not-A-Senior Open, –––––––––LOUISIANA–US Chess Junior Grand Prix!

5SS, G/90 i30 (Game in 90 minutes with 30-second increment.) Open to all players ages 21 to 49 by start date of tournament (6/22/2018). Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel, 901 Airline Dr., Kenner, LA 70062, Ph: 504-469-5000 (hotel is directly across from the New Orleans Int’l. Airport with free hotel/airport shuttle service). HR: $119 + tax for single, double, triple or quad – mention Cajun Chess Tournament and reserve by May 28 to assure group rate. Complimentary parking for all tournament attendees and free basic internet in each room. Hotel hot breakfast buffet tickets discounted to $15 including tax and tip (usually $19.95 without tax and tip) for hotel guests only. June 2018 USCF Supplement Ratings used. SECTS: OPEN (U2200 & U2000); U1800/Unr.(U1600 & U1400). PRIZES: 80% of Entry Fees. Two place prizes in each main section; one place prize in each class section. EF: $60 by 6/1/18; $70 by 6/15/18; $80 thereafter and at site; On-site Reg: Fri. 6/22 from 11am-1pm. Rds.: Fri (6/22): 3pm; Sat & Sun (6/23-24): 10am & 3pm. BYES: 1/2-point bye may be taken for any Round; limit of 2 half-pt. byes allowed but must commit to any byes prior to the start of Round 3. ENTRIES: On-line registration, 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). Please bring your own chess boards, sets and clocks; chess vendor will be on site.

June 30, 2018   John Hurt Memorial 15, ******MEMPHIS*****–US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6

Site: IBEW, 1870 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104. 4SS; G/60 d5. Two sections: Open and U1600 Prizes: ($1000 based on 25 paid EFs) Open: $300-200-100, U1600: $200-125-75; Rounds: 9-12:30-3-5:30. Open and U1600 Entry Fee: $40 by 06/23, $50 at door, MCC members $40 anytime, Masters: free (EF deducted from winnings); Special U1000 Trophy Section: 4SS, G/45 d5; Entry Fee: $15. Trophies for top 3 overall, top U800 and top U600. Round 1 at 9am, next rounds ASAP. On site Registration: 06/30: 7:30am - 8:45am. You can pay the early entry fee with PayPal until registration end time on Saturday. gpylant@gmail.com. Join online: http://memphischessclub.homestead.com/JohnHurtMemorial15.html


July 2-3, 2018 7th annual World Open Women’s Championship, US Chess Junior Grand Prix!  ––––––––PENNSYLVANIA––––US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40 (ENHANCED)

6SS, G/90 d10. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (see World Open for location, rates, parking). Open to all females. $2500 guaranteed prizes: $1000-500-250, top U2000/Unr $300, U1700 $250, U1400 $200, plaques to 1st, top U1200/Unr, U1000, U800. EF: $88 online at chessaction.com by 6/30, $92 mailed by 6/15, $100 at site, or online until 8 am 7/2. GMs, IMs, WGMs free; $80 from prize. Reg. ends 9 am 7/2, rds. 10, 2, 6 each day. Half point byes OK all rounds, limit 2 byes (limit 1 bye if under 1400), must commit before rd. 3. Special USCF dues: see World Open. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, PO Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly).

July 3-8, 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 2018, 46th Annual World Open, ––––––––PENNSYLVANIA––––US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 300 (ENHANCED) An American Classic! A Heritage Event! US Chess Junior Grand Prix!

9SS. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, directly across the street from the world famous Reading Terminal Market with over 80 food vendors. In 9 sections. $225,000 guaranteed prizes. Unrated may enter only Open, U2200, U2000, or Unrated Sections. Free analysis of your games by GM Sam Palatnik 7/4-8, free GM lectures 9 am 7/6 & 7/7. Open Section, July 4-8 only: Open to all rated 2200/over USCF or FIDE, or must pay $100 more. 40/2, SD/30 d10. Under 2200 to Under 1200 Sections, July 3-8, 4-8, 5-8 or 6-8: 40/2, SD/30 d10 (4-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10; 3-day option, rds. 1-5 G/35 d10). Under 900 Section & Unrated Section, July 6-8 only: G/60 d10, play separate schedule. Open: $20000-10000-5000-2500-1300-1000-800-700-600-500, clear winner bonus $500, top FIDE 2300-2449 $5000-2500-1500, top FIDE 2200-2299 $5000-2500-1500. Top FIDE U2200/Unr $5000-2500-1500. If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game 10 pm 7/8 for title & bonus prize. GM & IM norms possible. FIDE rated. Under 2200/Unr: $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, top U2100 (no unr) $2000-1000, unrated limit $2000. Under 2000/Unr: $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, top U1900 (no unr) $2000-1000, unrated limit $1000. Under 1800: $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, top U1700 $2000-1000. Under 1600: $10000-5000-2500-1300-900-700-600-500-400-400, top U1500 $2000-1000. Under 1400: $8000-4000-2000-1300-900-700-600-500-400-400, top U1300 $1600-800. Under 1200: $4000-2000-1000-800-600-500-400-400-300-300, top U1000 $1000-500. Under 900: $600-400-300-200-100, plaques to top 10. Unrated: $600-400-300-200-100, plaques to top 10. Prize limits: 1) If any post-event rating posted 6/30/17-6/30/18 was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $2000. 2) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated as of July 2018 official list cannot win over $1000 in U1200, $2000 U1400, $3000 U1600 through U2000. Games rated too late for July official list not counted toward 26 game total. 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: $3000-1500-700-500-300. 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. Entry fee for Open through U1400 sections: Online at chessaction.com: $308 by 4/15, $318 by 5/15, $328 by 6/30, $350 at site until 1 1/2 hours before round 1, or online until 2 hours before. Mailed by 5/15: 6-day $326, 5-day $325, 4-day $324, 3-day $323. Mailed by 6/15: all $10 more. All $100 more for Open Section if not rated 2200/over by USCF or FIDE. Do not mail entry after 6/15. No checks at site, credit cards OK. GMs in Open: free; $200 deducted from prize. IMs, WGMs in Open: EF $100 less. Under 1200 Section EF: all $100 less than above. Seniors 65/up: all EF $100 less in U1400 or above sections. U900 Section or Unrated Section EF: $68 online at chessaction.com by 6/30, $73 mailed by 6/15, $80 at site until 9:30 am 7/6 or online until 9 am 7/6. No checks at site; credit cards OK. Re-entry: $160, no re-entry from Open to Open. $20 fee for switching section after 7/2. 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. 6-day schedule: Tue/Wed 7 pm, Thu 6 pm, Fri/Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm. 5-day schedule: Wed 7 pm, Thu-Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm. 4-day schedule: Thu 11, 2:30 & 6, Fri/Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. 3-day schedule: Fri 11, 1:30, 3:30, 6 & 8:30, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. U900 Section, Unrated Section schedule: Fri 11, 2:30 & 6, Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 10, 1:30 & 4:30. All schedules merge & compete for same prizes. Half point byes OK all, limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), Open must commit before rd. 3, others before rd. 5. Entries, re-entries close 90 minutes before round 1. HR: $115-115-135, 215-625-2900, reserve early, chess block may sell out by early June. Parking: Marriott valet parking, about $20/day (60% off regular rate) for first 100 valet parking spaces sold. Gateway Garage, 1540 Spring St. (3/5 mile from Marriott, 1 block from Sheraton Hotel), about $7/day Sat & Sun, $20/day other days. Special car rental rates: 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: Official July USCF ratings used; July 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: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: chesstour.com, chesstour.info, DirectorAtChess.US. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Awards: Open through U1800 prizes awarded 7/8, others mailed by 7/23. Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied.

July 20-22 OR 21-22, 2018,  2018–Mississippi Summer Slam–––––––––––MISSISSIPPI–US Chess Junior Grand Prix! US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 (ENHANCED)

Site: Hilton Garden Inn, 118 Laurel Park Cove, Flowood, MS 39232. 5SS, 40/90, SD/30 d5 (2-day rds. 1-2 G/60 d5). 2 sections: Open and U1600 All sections are USCF rated. Mississippi residents must be a member of MCA ($5). USCF and MCA memberships available onsite. Pre-entry Fee: $40 by July 1st. Onsite Entry Fee: $50 GMs & IMs free $575 GTD in Open: 1st $350 GTD, 2nd $150 GTD, 3rd $75 GTD. U1600: Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd - prizes based on entries. Registration: Fri 5-6:30pm Sat 9-10am. Rounds: Fri 7pm Sat 11am-5pm Sun 10-3:15 2-day Sat 11am-2pm merge round 3. 1/2 point byes OK all rounds, limit 2. Must commit before start of rd. 3 Send entries to: Mark Nicholas, 236 Crosscreek Dr., Brandon, MS 39047. Make checks to MCA. Include your USCF #, Expiration Date and estimated rating. Information: Call Mark at 615-631-3876 or email mark@mcachess.org. http://www.mcachess.org

July 21, 2018   Hot Summer Swiss, *****MEMPHIS*****–US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6

Site: IBEW, 1870 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104. 4SS; G/60 d5. Two sections: Open and U1600 Prizes: ($1000 based on 25 paid EFs) Open: $300-200-100, U1600: $200-125-75; Rounds: 9-12:30-3-5:30. Open and U1600 Entry Fee: $40 by 07/14, $50 at door, MCC members $40 anytime, Masters: free (EF deducted from winnings); Special U1000 Trophy Section: 4SS, G/45 d5; Entry Fee: $15. Trophies for top 3 overall, top U800 and top U600. Round 1 at 9am, next rounds ASAP. On site Registration: 07/21: 7:30am - 8:45am. You can pay the early entry fee with PayPal until registration end time on Saturday. gpylant@gmail.com. Join online: http://memphischessclub.homestead.com/HotSummerSwiss2018.html

July 21-22, 2018,  Arkansas State Championship, –––––––––ARKANSAS–US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10, US Chess Junior Grand Prix! $1980 Prize Fund. Place $ Gtd.

Site: 5805 Hwy 271S, Ft. Smith, AR. 2 Sections. Premiere (1800+) & Reserve(1000-1799): 5rd SS, G/110 d10. EF: $40; AFTER 7/14/18 +$15. USCF req’d.PF: Premiere $525 (G)/$300 (G), Class A $200; Reserve $300 (G), Class B,C,D/u $150/ea. Sat. only -Knights (U1200): 6rd SS, G/35 d5. No-USCF req’d. PF: $75 (G),$40 (G), Class E,F,G/U $30/ea. “Plus” Certificates. EF: $25, after 7/14 +$10. ALL: Class $/ req. 4 min. Check-in: 8-8:45AM. Walk-in reg. closes 8:30AM. Rd. 1 9AM. Bye by Rd. 3. Airport/food/hotels near. AR players: ACA req’d, eligible for AR titles/awards. TD: KarisCM@cox.net Adv. entry discounted/appreciated. See: http://westarkchess.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018-AR-State-Championship-v.5.4-1.pdf

July 21, 2018 Clinton Pearson Jr. Memorial Open, ––––––––––CROSSVILLE, TENNESSEE

Site: 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 7/16, $20 later or at site. Memb. Req'd: TCA $10 TN residents only. ENT: Harry D. Sabine, P. O. Box 381, Crossville, TN 38557. www.cumberlandcountychess.org/tournaments. INFO: www.cumberlandcountychess.org or Harry at 931-261-8440. W.

July 21, 2018,   Alabama Dual-Rated State Chess Championship, ––––––––ALABAMA––––A State Championship Event! US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6

4SS, Game/45 + 10 second increment. Location: Evangel Church, 3975 Vaughn Rd,. Montgomery, AL. Round times: 9:30, 11:30, 2:30, 4:30 Three sections: OPEN (b/20, 70%GTD): 1st $400, 2nd $200, U2000 $100. U1800 (b/20, 70%GTD): 1st $350, 2nd $175, U1500 $100. U1200 (b/20, 70%GTD): 1st $320, 2nd $160, U1000 $100. Trophies and Alabama titles to top Alabamian finishers. USCF and ACF required, OSA. EF (all sections): $40 by July 15, $45 thereafter or onsite (onsite registration 8:30-9:00AM) Registration: Send name, USCF ID, section and entry fee (payable to “Evangel Church”) to Doug Strout, 6000 Camelot Ct., Montgomery, AL 36117, dtstrout@bellsouth.net.

August 25-26, 2-18, 2018, 2018–U.S. Amateur Championship - South, - MEMPHIS - US Chess Junior Grand Prix!

Site: University Center at the University of Memphis, 499 University, Memphis, TN 38152. - 5SS, G/90 d5. 3 Sections: Championship (U2200), 1st: "River Cup" Championship trophy plus commemorative hat, 2nd–5th places: plaque plus commemorative hat. Reserve (U1600) & Booster (U1200), 1st: Championship trophy plus commemorative hat, 2nd–5th places: plaque plus commemorative hat. EF: $40, $10 less to juniors under age 18, $50 at site. Reg.: 9-9:45am. Rds.: Sat.10-2-6, Sun. 10-2. Byes: One requested half-point bye allowed, any round, must request before start of round 2. HR: $119, Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave., Memphis, TN 38111, 901-678-8200, or use booking code CHT online at www.holidayinn.com/mem-uofm, reserve by July 25th to ensure discounted rate. Scholastic Side Event for K-12 players rated U800. Additional details and Online Entry at: www.shelbycountychess.com. Info: Email Arlene Kleiman at midsouthchess@hotmail.com or mail registration to Shelby County Chess, Attention: Amateur South, 1614 Vance Ave., Memphis, TN 38104.

September 15, Oran Quintrell Memorial, *****MEMPHIS*****–US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10

Site: IBEW, 1870 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104. 4SS; G/60 d5. Two sections: Open and U1600 Prizes: ($1000 Guaranteed!) Open: $300-200-100, U1600: $200-125-75; Rounds: 9-12:30-3-5:30. Open and U1600 Entry Fee: $40 by 09/08, $50 at door, MCC members $40 anytime, Masters: free (EF deducted from winnings); Special U1000 Trophy Section: 4SS, G/45 d5; Entry Fee: $15. Trophies for top 3 overall, top U800 and top U600. Round 1 at 9am, next rounds ASAP. On site Registration: 09/15: 7:30am - 8:45am. You can pay the early entry fee with PayPal until registration end time on Saturday. gpylant@gmail.com. Join online: http://memphischessclub.homestead.com/Quintrell_Memorial.html

September 15-16, 2018, 2018 Annual Arkansas Senior Championship––––––––––ARKANSAS

Site: Little Rock Church, 10701 Baseline Road, Little Rock, AR 72209, $1200 Based on 30, 2 Sections: Open (1600+), Reserved 5 Rounds Swiss, G/90 d5,  80% payout guaranteed.
Open (1600+) (Must be 50+ by 9/15/18.) Prizes: $450 $200 $100 Tournament and prize mony open to players from any state, but plaque and"2018 Arkansas Senior Champion" title awarded to the top player from Arkansas. Format: 5 Round Swiss, G/90 d5 Affects Regular rating only. Round Times: Saturday: 9:00 AM, 1:30 PM, 5:30 PM. Sunday: 12:00 PM, 3:30 PM, Entry Fees: $50 by 9/11/18. $60 after or at event. USCF Membership Required-Entries To: SWLR Chess Club, 10701 Baseline Road. Little Rock, AR 72209. Telephone: 501-203-9561 Online entries to www.swlrchessclub.com On-site Reg: 8:00 AM-8:45 AM, 9/15/18
Reserved: (Must be 50+ by 9/15/18.) Prizes: $250 $125 $100. Prizes will be mailed within three business days. Format: 5 Round Swiss, G/90 d5 Affects Regular rating only. Round Times: Saturday: 9:00 AM, 1:30 PM, 5:30 PM. Sunday: 12:00 PM, 3:30 PM, Entry Fees: $50 by 9/11/18. $60 after or at event. USCF Membership Required–Entries To: SWLR Chess Club, 10701 Baseline Road. Little Rock, AR 72209. Telephone: 501-203-9561 Online entries to www.swlrchessclub.com On-site Reg: 8:00 AM-8:45 AM, 9/15/18 Prizes Based On:30Byes:1, must commit before round 2. For More Information:Ryland Brown, 501-203-9561E-mail:ryland@swlrchessclub.comOfficial Web Site:http://www.swlrchessclub.com–Note:Flyer found at website. $89 Hotel Rate at Home2 Suites by Hilton. 2710 Shackleford Road. Little Rock. 501-588-3000. Rate good for 9/14 & 9/15. Must reserve chess rate by 8/14. Mention"Arkansas Senior Chess Championship" when calling. Event Limitations and Site Conditions:No Smoking. No Computers. Wheelchair Accessible.
Flyer Link: https://swlrchessclub.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/1st-annual-seniors-championship.pdf

October 5-7 OR 6-7, 2018, 27th annual Midwest Class Championships, ––––––––––ILLINOIS–A Heritage Event! US Chess Junior Grand Prix! US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED)

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rounds 1-2 G/60 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 to Lake Cook Rd to US-45 south). Free parking. $20,000 guaranteed prizes.. In 7 sections. Premier (1900/up): $2000-1000-500-300, clear win or 1st on tiebreak $100, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE. 1700-2099: $1400-700-400-200. 1500-1899/Unr: $1400-700-400-200. 1300-1699/Unr: $1300-700-400-200. 1100-1499/Unr: $1200-600-400-200. Under 1300/Unr: $1000-500-300-200. Under 1100/Unr: $500-300-200-100, plaques to top 3, top U900, U700, U500, Unrated. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player combined score among all sections: $800-400-200. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 10/6. Unrated prize limits: $100 U1100, $200 U1300, $300 1100-1499, $400 1300-1699, $600 1500-1899. Top 6 sections EF: $113 online at chessaction.com by 10/3, 3-day $118, 2-day $117 mailed by 9/26, all $130 at site, or online until 2 hrs before round 1. Under 1100 EF: all $50 less than above. All: No checks at site, credit cards OK. Online EF $5 less to ICA members; join/renew at il-chess.org. 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 paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry $50; not available in Premier. GMs $100 from prize. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. Bye: all, limit 2; Premier must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $113-113-113-113, 800-937-8461,847-777-6500, reserve by 9/21 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: chesstour.com, 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.

October 13, 2018, National Chess Day in Memphis; To Be Announced–Memphis Chess Club–

October 13, 2018, 2018–Cumberland County Fall Open - National Chess Day ––––––––––CROSSVILLE, TENNESSEE

Site: 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 10/8, $20 later or at site. Memb. Req'd: TCA $10 TN residents only. ENT: Harry D. Sabine, P. O. Box 381, Crossville, TN 38557. www.cumberlandcountychess.org/tournaments. INFO: www.cumberlandcountychess.org or Harry at 931-261-8440. W.

October 13, 2018,   National Chess Day Scholastic - A Charity Event! ––––––––ALABAMA

5SS, TC: G/30, d5. Brookwood Village. 780 Brookwood Village, Birmingham, AL 35209. Rated: Rook (K-12), EF: $20. Not Rated: Novice (6th-12th) and Primary (K-5th): EF: $20, if mailed by OCT 6th. Trophy: 1st-3rd, Medals 4th – 6th. Late REG.: OCT 13th at 8AM; Late Fee: Add $10 more. Rds.: 9-10-11-1-2. Checks payable to: Caesar Chess. Proceeds goes to Children’s of Alabama. ENT: Caesar Chess, LLC 5184 Caldwell Mill Road, Suite 204-202, Birmingham, AL 35244. Info: CaesarChess@gmail.com; www.AlabamaChess.org.

October 27-28, 2018, 2018–Mississippi State Championship, –––––––––––––––––MISSISSIPPI, Tentative Date, Details to be Announced, (Was a CLOSED Event Last Year

November 9-11 OR 10-11, 2018,  27th annual Kings Island Open,–––––––––––––OHIO, A Heritage Event! US Chess Junior Grand Prix! US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED)

5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Embassy Suites Cincinnati NE, 4554 Lake Forest Dr., Blue Ash, OH 45242 (I-71 to Exit 15 or I-275N to Exit 47). Free parking. $$ 30,000 based on 350 paid entries (GMs, re-entries & U1000 Section count as half entries); minimum $24,000 (80% each prize) guaranteed. 7 sections: Major (1800/up): $3000-1500-700-500-300, clear/tiebreak 1st $100 bonus, top U2300 $1600-800. FIDE. Under 2100: $2000-1000-500-400-300. Under 1900: $2000-1000-500-400-300. Under 1700: $1800-900-500-300-200. Under 1500: $1500-800-400-300-200. Under 1250: $1200-600-400-300-200. Under 1000: $800-400-250-150-100. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $1000-500-300. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 11/10; prize limits do not apply to mixed doubles. Unrated prize limits: U1000 $100, U1250 $200, U1500 $300, U1700 $400, U1900 $600. Balance goes to next player(s) in line. Top 6 sections EF: $118 online at chessaction.com by 11/7, 3-day $123, 2-day $122 mailed by 10/31, $140 at site or online until 2 hrs before rd. 1. GMs, $100 from prize. Under 1000 Section EF: all $40 less than above. OCA members: online EF $5 less.. All: No checks at site, credit cards OK. Re-entry $60; not available in Major. 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 or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. 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 by rd. 2, others by rd. 3. HR: Suite with king bed & queen couch/bed $107, suite with 2 beds & queen couch/bed $117, more than 2 in room $10 more each additional. Free hot breakfast for all room occupants, free wifi. Up to 4 allowed in king suite, to 6 in larger suite. 513-733-8900, reserve by 11/1 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or reserve through chesstour.com. Car rental is easiest & cheapest transportation from Cincinnati Airport. Ent: Chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Chesstour.com, Director@Chess.US, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted at chessaction.com (click on “entry list” after entry). Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, reg. by 9:15 pm.

November 17-18, 2018   59th Mid-South Open, *****MEMPHIS*****–A Heritage Event! US Chess Junior Grand Prix! US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10

5SS, G/120 d5. 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 Nov 10, $60 late. MCC Members $50 anytime; Masters: free (EF deducted from winnings). Use PayPal to pay early EF up to registration time on Saturday! http://www.memphischess.com/midsouth59.html Rounds: 9-2-7; 9-2. 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: November 17, 2018 - 7:30am-8:45am. Send mail entries to: MCC, P.O. Box 17864, Memphis, TN 38187. Email: gpylant@gmail.com.