March 9-11 or 10-11 Southern California
Grand Prix Points: 100 (enhanced)
19th annual Western Class Championships. 5SS, 40/2, SD/1, d/5 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/75, d/5), Renaissance Agoura Hills Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills CA 91301 (US-101 to Reyes Adobe Road exit). Adjacent to the Santa Monica Mountains, 26 miles west of Burbank, 12 miles from Malibu, 28 miles from Ventura. Free parking.
5 second delay used, but no 5 minute deduction from clocks.
$20,000 PRIZE FUND based on 230 paid entries (re-entries, Class E count as half entries), minimum $16,000 (80% each prize) guaranteed. In 7 sections.
Master Section (over 2199): $2000-1000-500-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE rated.
Expert Section (2000-2199): $1500-800-400-200.
Class A Section (1800-1999): $1500-800-400-200.
Class B Section (1600-1799): $1500-800-400-200.
Class C Section (1400-1599): $1400-700-400-200.
Class D Section (1200-1399): $1200-600-300-200.
Class E Section (Under 1200): $600-300-200-100, trophies to top Under 1000, Under 800, Under 600, Unrated.
Rated players may play up one section. Unrated must play in Class A or below with maximum prize A $800, B $600, C $400, D $250, E $150.
PAST POST-EVENT RATING PRIZE LIMIT: If any post-event rating posted at uschess.org 12/8/11-3/8/12 is more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $500.
Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line.
Top 6 sections entry fee: 3-day $113, 2-day $112 if check mailed by 3/1, all $115 ONLINE at chesstour.com by 3/6, $120 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/6 (entry only, no questions), $130 at site. No mailed credit card entries.
Entry fee for all in Class E Section, and unrated in Class D: all $60 less.
March official USCF ratings used. Foreign player rating info.
Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated.
Unofficial ratings are not used if you have an official rating.
Special 1 year USCF dues with paper magazine if paid with entry: online at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. Re-entry (except Master) $60. SCCF memb. ($18, jr $10) required for rated Southern CA residents.
3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 6 pm, rounds begin Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm.
2-day schedule: Reg. Sat to 10 am, rounds begin Sat 11 am, 2:30 pm & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm.
Both schedules: Half point byes OK all rds, limit 2, Master must commit before rd 2, others before rd 3.
Hotel rates: $87-87, 818-707-1220, reserve by March 5 or rate may increase.
Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or .reserve car online through chesstour.com.
Questions: chesstour.com, 845-496-9658, DirectorAtChess.US.
Entry: Continental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. $15 service charge for withdrawals. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. Chess Magnet School JGP.