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Hey, any one going to the Chicago Open?
400 people signed up already https://www.chessaction.com/tournaments/advance_entry_list.php?tid=oKij
I bet at least 200 of them have chess.com accounts
Been there many times before - 2003, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, but won't be there this year. Will be a the Cherry Blossom Open instead that same weekend in Virginia near the Dulles Airport area.
How was it, is it different from other big tournaments? What about the hotel? Westin is already sold out. Was it sold out well in advance in previous years?
There is now chess rate at Ramada 2.8 miles away. I don't know how reliable is the shuttle service.
When attending large tournaments, you should always reserve months in advance. For example, I wouldn't be surprised if the main hotel of the World Open, played Independence Day weekend, is already full here in Mid-May.
Chicago Open, usually made reservations in February. I wouldn't say it was significantly different than others. About 400 to 500 players less than the World Open (usually about 700 to 900), and maybe a tad larger than the National Open. The key thing is to make sure you understand all rules for tournaments ran by the CCA (go to www.chesstour.com). Things like cell phone rules and that kind of stuff!
World Open (played '99, '00, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, '09), usually reserved no later than March, maybe early April at the absolute latest!
National Open (played '12, '16), which is typically in mid June, I reserved both times by February, if not January.
Hey this is my first tournament! I'm fucking excited but have no idea what to expect Any thoughts/ suggestions? I registered for U1000, unrated, 3 day. (I don't yet have a board or a clock...I do have to bring them right?)
You should purchase a board, set (the pieces), clock, and scorebook (notation paper is sometimes provided at tournaments but not always). The tournament listing says these items are not provided. You could choose not to get this stuff and count on your opponent to bring the equipment. Likely your opponent would have it all, but if you are going to play in any future tournaments then you should get your own equipment anyway.
Also, I recommend bringing the following:
I was going to get a set/clock/sheets anyway. I didn't even think about lunch. Thanks for your advice, king
Get those items at a chess retailer, like USCF Sales or Chess4Less or WholesaleChess.
Don't go buying these things at a Toys R Us.
There are certain standards that must be met. For example, the King typically has to be between 3 3/4 and 4 1/4 inches tall. Many "toy store" sets use a checkerboard with Red and Black squares to go with White and Black pieces that are no more than 2 inches tall. That won't cut it.
As for food, you won't have a problem. There is ample time between rounds. You may not be able to go to your favorite steak place if your round goes a long time, but for example, right there by the hotel that the Chicago Open is at are a Subway and a Dunkin Donuts. If you are short on time, you can always get a sub.
As for the board, the "Green and Buff" are easiest on the eyes. Brown and Buff probably second. Don't get the Black, and surely don't get Blue, Red, or some other crazy neon color as you may be forced to use your opponent's equipment.
Also, in case you don't know these rules about USCF tournaments that don't provide board, set, clock, etc:
I already managed to obtain a set matching required specs; green & buff, 3.75, etc. I would never buy a board from toys r us, that's just poor taste lol. Everything else you said is great advice, particularly the note about offering draws and insufficient material, I had assumed it was the same across the board.
I'm playing up a section and might not score that well, but if any female players want a mixed doubles partner feel free to send me a message. May as well play for the chance of a little extra cash if you aren't already ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I am female player. If anyone is willing to pay for my entry fee I will team up with him.
Good luck tomorrow Franklin.
Looks like this tournament is going to break all records in terms of participation. Big profit for organizers!