There will be a Sterling Chess event on Saturday, November 2. Sign up now! Players of all ages are welcome. There will be six sections for players of all skill levels, as well as quads for a slower time control.
This page is for the Open section. Trophies Plus Grand Prix points: 15 (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. This section is restricted to players with USCF ratings 1600 and above, or unrated.
Prizes: $550 guaranteed. First place, $250; second place, $150; third place, $100; top U2000, $50.
Location: Embassy Suites – Dulles North; 44610 Waxpool Road; Ashburn, VA 20147. The hotel is two miles west of Route 28. Free parking. Free Wi-Fi. Restaurant on site serves lunch and dinner. The Ashburn Restaurant Park, with a variety of reasonable alternatives, is next door.
Format: Swiss system pairing. G/61 d5, 4 rounds. Regular rated.
Schedule: Doors open 10 a.m. Rounds 11:15, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00. Half-point 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 10/30. 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.
As a practice, we do not pair family members; and we will attempt to honor other non-pairing requests, especially in the early rounds.
Online registrations close at 10:30 a.m. Everyone who has RSVPed as "Yes" 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.
Entries (as of 11/1/13)
(Player, November regular rating, ID, expiry)
TEGSHSURE ENKHBAT 2475 -[masked] - 7/31/2014
JEEVAN KARAMSETTY 2196 -[masked] - 2/28/2014
JERRY T WU 1946 -[masked] - 10/31/2014
PERRY FENG 1790 -[masked] - 12/31/2013
Entries will be seeded according to the official November regular rating.