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November Rated Beginners Open (U800)

There will be a Sterling Chess tournament on Saturday, November 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 Rated Beginners Open (under 800).

It will be played at a rate of Game in 25 with a five second delay. This event is limited to players rated 799 or lower, or unrated. It is dual rated, regular and quick. 

Prize: Trophy to first place, medal to second.

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. Game/25 T/D 5, 4 rounds. Regular and quick rated.

Note the schedule: Doors open at 9:15 a.m. Rounds 10:15, 11:30, 12:45, 2:00. Byes are available for any round. Notify the tournament director before 10:00 or the end of the previous round. (Fourth round byes must commit before the beginning of the third round.) Players with two or more byes are not eligible for a prize.

Entry fee: $30. Early bird rate: $25 till Thursday 11/22; unrateds free.

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 (click on USCF and Join/Renew).

Sets and boards will be provided. Bring your clock, if you have one, 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 10:00 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 10:30 a.m., please call Paul Serrano at[masked]-9503.

Hotel rates: A block of rooms is available. Single $79, double $89. Call[masked] and ask for the Sterling Chess rate.


Entries (as of 11/23/12)
(Player, November regular rating, ID, expiry)

KRISHNAN,SIDDHART 786 -[masked] - 9/30/2015
MUSSELMAN,ALEX 768 -[masked] - 10/31/2013
DWIVEDI,ISHAAN 764 -[masked] - 5/31/2013
PANG,MICHAEL 533 -[masked] - 12/31/2012
GUDE,ADITYA 354 -[masked] - 9/30/2015

Entries will be seeded according to the official November regular rating.

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Refunds offered if:

  • you can cancel at least 0 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: If you cannot attend the tournament, you can obtain a refund by changing your RSVP to "Not Going" before 10:00 a.m. on the day of the event.

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