Past Meetup

November Rated Beginners Open (U1200)

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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 three sections; this page is for the Rated Beginners Open (under 1200).

It will be played at a rate of Game in 45 with a five second delay. This event is limited to players rated 1199 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/45 T/D 5, 4 rounds. Regular and quick rated.

Note the schedule: Doors open at 9:15 a.m. Rounds 10:45, 12:45, 2:45, 4:45. Byes are available for any round. Notify the tournament director before 10:30 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).

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 10:30 a.m., please call Paul Serrano at 703-244-9503.

Hotel rates: A block of rooms is available. Single $79, double $89. Call 703-537-7800 and ask for the Sterling Chess rate.


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

TRAN,TED 1165 - 14469617 - 9/30/2014
CHIN,ANDREW 1151 - 14513042 - 12/31/2012
RECORD,BRAD 1131 - 14969836 - 9/30/2013
HARROD,TOM 1046 - 14898458 - 4/30/2013
GUO,BRADLEY 1013 - 14921922 - 8/31/2013
KRISHNAN,RISHABH 977 - 14711668 - 9/30/2015
GRAHAM,JOHN 967 - 14959102 - 9/30/2013
BIRADAVOLU,ASRITH 938 - 14190950 - 11/30/2013
LUO,AMY 822 - 14322260 - 12/31/2015
HAN,VICTOR 691 - 14867606 - 3/31/2013
HAN,ALICE - unrated - 15005971 - 11/31/2013

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