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112th US Open

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112th United States Open Chess Championship

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End Date/Time: Aug 7, 2011

   Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport
   9300 Airport Blvd
   Orlando, FL, 32827
   United States

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112th United States Open Chess Championship

A Heritage Event
30 July - 7 August 2011
2-7 August 2011
4-7 August 2011
Orlando, Florida
GPP: 300

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Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport
9300 Airport Blvd · Orlando, FL 32827
407.825.1234 · 800.233.1234

Chess Rate $99 Single/Quad
Book by 14 July 2011 to receive the Chess Rate.
Parking: $4 to 2 AM or $12 overnight

Support the USCF and Insure Future Events! The USCF hosts several National Chess Tournaments each year. You can help us to keep entry fees down by staying at the host Hotel. Our events rely on having players staying at the host hotel to avoid attrition and fees for the meeting space we use to hold the events. When we achieve a predetermined number of total room nights, we are not charged for the meeting space which allows us to keep entry fees at a minimum. PLEASE stay at the tournament host hotel whenever possible and ask for the Chess Rate. THANK YOU for your support!!!

Prize Fund
$50,000 based on 500 paid entries - else proportional - $40,000 Guaranteed!! [80% of each prize].  Top US player not otherwise qualified will qualify for the 2012 US Championship!
A one section tournament with Class prizes.

Top Places: $8000-4000-2000-1500-1000-800-600-500. Clear winner - $200 bonus.
If tie for first, top two on tiebreak play speed game [W - 5 min, B - 3 min and draw odds] for bonus and title.
Class Prizes:
Top Master: $2500-1200-800-500.
Top Expert: $2500-1200-800-500.
Class A: $2500-1200-800-500.
Class B: $2500-1200-800-500.
Class C: $2000-1000-600-400.
Class D: $1500-700-500-300.
Class E & Below: $1500-700-500-300.
Unrated: $800-400-200.

Tournament Registration Desk in the Intercon Main Foyer.
Report corrections, byes, membership payments etc. at the Registration Desk.
Phone: (931) 933-8251
This phone line is only active during the tournament...

Three different schedules for the first six rounds:

Traditional: 40/2, SD/1. [7/30] - [8/4] One round daily at 7 pm.
6-Day Option: 40/2, SD/1. [8/2 ] 7 pm; [8/3] to [8/5] Two games per day - one at 12 noon and the second at 7 PM.
4-Day Option: G/60. [8/4] 1 pm, 4 pm & 7 pm; [8/5] at 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm.

All schedules merge after Round 6 and compete for the same prizes.

  • Round Seven [ALL sections]: [8/5] 7 PM.
  • Round Eight [ALL sections]: [8/6] 7 PM.
  • Round Nine [ALL sections]: [8/7] 3 PM.


Half Point Byes:
Must commit before round 4;

  • 2000/up:: Up to 3 half-point byes
  • 1400-1999:: Up to 2 half-point byes
  • Under 1400/Unrated:: Up to 1 bye


  • Zero point byes are always available in any round if requested at least two hours before the start of the desired round!
  • Limit of one bye in the last two rounds!
  • Entry Fee:
    Online, $145 by 6/12, $165 by 7/24, $185 after 7/24.
    By mail, $147 postmarked by 6/12, $167 postmarked by 7/24; do noit mail after 7/24!
    By phone, $150 by 6/12, $170 by 7/24; $185 after. No phone entries after 7/28 [close of business at the Office]!
    At site, all $190
    GMs are free.

    Prize checks will be given out at the Tournament Registration Desk beginning at 11 PM.

    SIDE EVENTS May register on line except for the Bughouse which is on-site only.

    30 - 31 July: U.S. Open Weekend Swiss. GPP:6. 5-SS, G/60. $$1,000 guaranteed prizes. $200-100-50, U2200/Unr $160, U1800 $140, U1600 $120, U1400 $100, U1200 $80, Unr $50. Entry fee $40, Unr free if paying USCF dues. On-Site Registration 8:30-9:30am 7/31, Rds: Sat 10-1-3:30, Sun 10-1.

    31 July: U.S. Open Scholastic.Open to K-12 [2010-2011 school year] 4-SS, G/30, in three sections: Open, Under 1200/Unr, Under800/Unr. Entry fee $20. Registration 9am-11:30am, Rds: 12-1:30-3-4:30. Trophies for top five each section; top U1600 U1400 in Open; Top U1000, Unr in U1200; and Top U600, Unr in U800.

    31 July: U.S. Open Bughouse. G/5. Entry fee $20 per team. 80% of entry fees in cash prizes. Registration ends at 7 PM, first round begins at 7:30 PM.

    1, 3, 4, 5 August: U.S. Open Quads. G/30. Entry fee $20. Registration 9am-11:30am, Rds. 12-1:30-2:30. $50 to first in each quad.

    2 August: U.S. Open Fischer Random Championship. 4-SS, G/30. Not rated, higher of regular or quick rating will be used for pairings. Entry fee $40. Registration 9am-11:30am. Rds: noon, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30. Will split into two sections - top half and bottom half. 80% of entries as returned as cash prizes. First 40%, second 25%, third 15% for both sections.

    3 August: U.S. Open G/15 Championship. 5-SS, G/15. Quick rated, higher of regular or quick rating. Entry fee $40. Registration 9am-11:30am. Rds: noon, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00. 80% of entries as returned as cash prizes. First 30%, second 15%, U2100 12%, U1800 10%, U1500/Unr 8%, U1200 5%.

    6 August: U.S. Open Blitz Championship. WCL GPP: 15. 7-SS (double round, 14 games), 1 section, G/5. Quick rated, higher of regular or quick rating. Entry fee $40, free to Unrated if paying USCF dues. Registration 9am-11:30am, first round begins at noon. $2000 guaranteed prizes! $$400-200-150, Expert $200-100, U2000 $200-100, U1800 $180-90, U1600/Unr $140-70, U1400 $100, U1200 $70.


    Other National Events at the US Open this year:

    2011 US Girls Junior Championship

    2011 Denker Tournament of High School Champions

    2011 Barber Tournament of K-8 State Champions

    US Open Bulletins - $50 for the set of nine!

    This year's Bulletins will all include a CD to be mailed out after the tournament and will also include a three-ring binder to store all of the individual round's bulletins in. Pick up your 3-ring binder at the Chess Registration Desk after round one. The bulletins will be on sale at the tournament as well as online! The CDs will have all of the games that are in the bulletins and more in .pgn format and ChessBase format. Also included will be all of the photographs taken by our staff for the event - even the ones that don't make the bulletin!

    FIDE Arbiter's Seminar at the US Open

    • $150.00 Registration Fee
    • Date: July 30 - August 1, 2011
    • Limited to 20 participants.
    • Given by: Carol Jarecki
    • Assistant: Walter Brown

    To Register:

    Send Name, USCF ID Number, Address, email, phone # and paymernt to:

    US Chess Federation
    Attn: Cody Stewart
    P. O. Box 3967
    Crossville, TN 38557


    Plan on attending:
    USCF workshops: 3-5 August
    USCF Delegates meeting: 6-7 August
    USCF Awards Luncheon: 6 August at noon
    GM Lectures an Simuls to be announced

    NOTE: August Rating Supplement will be used. CCA ratings used. Unofficial ratings used if otherwise unrated.
    Current USCF Membership required - no tournament memberships allowed.
    Foreign player ratings [for pairing purposes and prizes]: Usually 100 points added to FIDE, FQE; 200+ added to most foreign national ratings; no points added to CFC
    Highest of multiple ratings generally used.

    ENTRIES: Mail to USCF, Attn: 2011 US OPEN, P.O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557.

    Online entry available:
    Enter online
    Enter by phone: 1-800-903-8723.

    Reminders:FIDE rated, no cell phones. Bring a clock - none supplied. Sets/boards supplied for tournament, but not for skittles.

    15th Annual Golf Tournament for the US Open Chess Players will be Thursday morning August 6th. (Anyone can enter who plays in the US Open Chess Tournament or a side event or is a Delegate.) More information can be obtained by contacting Mike Wojcio at

    Tennis at the Open in Orlando

    Bring your tennis racquet to the US Open this year and join Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) certified tennis instructor Jim Egerton on the courts for some tennis/chess instruction and fun. Jim is a delegate from IL, a regular US Open attendee with a Category 1 OTB and postal master rating. For the tennis we will utilize courts located about 15 minutes away from our airport based Hyatt hotel at the:

    Fort Gatlin Tennis Center
    2009 Lake Margaret Drive
    Orlando, FL 32806

    We will need to make reservations with costs: before 5PM- $4.00 per hour and after 5PM- $6.00 per hour. The facility is open to the public 7 days a week and operates: Monday � Friday 8:00 am to 10:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday- 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

    Join us for Cardio Tennis or tennis/chess drills. All levels are welcome and you don�t have to be a pro to have heart pumping fun on the court. Please contact Jim at to register for the free classes in conjunction with the US Open Chess tournament.


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