There will be a Sterling Chess tournament on Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24. Sign up now! Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome.
This tournament will be divided into four sections; this page is for the FIDE-Rated section.
It will be played at a rate of Game in 115 with a five second delay. This event is limited to players with FIDE ratings or USCF 1600 and above. This event is regular rated only.
Trophies Plus Grand Prix points: 10 (enhanced). USCF title norms may be available. It is also a Junior Grand Prix event, with points available for juniors in the annual competition sponsored by the Chess Magnet School.
Prizes: $435 guaranteed. First place, $150; second place, $100; third place, $50. Top U2200 $45; U2000, $45; top U1800, $45.
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Dulles; 22700 Holiday Park Drive; Sterling, VA 20166. The hotel is near the intersection of Route 28 and Sterling Boulevard.
Format: Swiss system pairing. G/115 d/5, 4 rounds. Regular rated.
Schedule: Doors open 10 a.m. Rounds Saturday 11:15, 3:30, Sunday 11:15, 3:30. Byes are available for any round. Notify the tournament director before 11 a.m. or the end of the previous round. (Fourth round byes must commit before the end of the second round.) Players with two or more byes are not eligible for a prize.
Entry fee: $50 online. Early bird rate: $45 till noon Wednesday 3/20. On site, $55.
For unrated players, the entry fee reserves their spot in the tournament. It will be refunded after they complete the tournament.
U.S. Chess Federation membership is required. The USCF is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting chess in America. If you need to join the USCF or renew your membership, you can do it online at www.uschess.org (click on USCF and Join/Renew).
Bring your equipment: set, board, and clock, if you have them, plus a pen or pencil for keeping score and posting your result on the pairing sheet. It's also a good idea to bring your USCF card or a current Chess Life with your mailing label, in case any question arises regarding your USCF membership.
Reservation procedure: When you RSVP, I need a full name for the player (or their USCF ID). Each player should have their own membership in the Meetup.
Online registrations close at 10:30 a.m. Everyone who is registered as "Going" will be paired for the first round. If a player has not appeared within 20 minutes after the scheduled start of the round, the tournament director may pair their opponent with another player. If your plans change after 11 a.m., please call Paul Serrano at[masked]-9503.
Entries (as of 3/21/13)
(Player, March regular USCF rating, FIDE rating, USCF ID, expiry)
ZYUZIN, VLAD 1983 - not rated -[masked] - 9/30/2014
XU, RYAN 1846 - not rated -[masked] - 1/31/2014
KHATTAR, TANMAY 1854 - not rated -[masked] - 12/31/2014
MAHAN, BOB 1505 - 1551 -[masked] - Life
Entries will be seeded according to the official March regular USCF rating.