2021 Fredericksburg Open

Oct 30-31, 2021 -- with Blitz on Friday night Oct 29th

A VCF cup imageCup Event

Open Section Prizes
1st-$$600, 2nd-$$400, 3rd-$$250,
Top Expert-$200, Top Class A-$180.

U1800 Section Prizes
1st-$$450, 2nd-$$300, 3rd-$$150
Top U1500-$140, Top U1200-$130, Top Unrated-$100

Entry Fees & COVID-19 Protocols

Early Entry is $80 through Saturday, Oct 23.
Increases to $95 on Sunday Oct 24th and at the Tournament site.

Blitz early entry is $30 and increases to $40 according to the timelines above.
See Who Has Registered

COVID-19 Protocols for the Tournament

  • All participants and attendees will be required to wear face masks, no exceptions.

  • NO SPECTATORS are allowed during games, including Players whose games are finished for the round.

  • Sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer will be at every board. Players will wipe their clocks and pieces after each game. We are providing sets, so you don't have to worry about wiping your own pieces.

Hotel Information & Tournament Site

Country Inn & Suites South, 5327 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22408. 

Chess Rate $79 per night, plus tax.  Reserve your room by Friday Oct 22nd to get the Chess Rate.

To make your ReservationCall the hotel directly at 540-898-1800 and mention the "Chess Tournament".


Entry is capped at 80 players due to space limitations.

3 Ways to Register:  Online, US Mail, and Onsite

Online Engry: Click this button to enter ==>>     Enter Me Now!!
Mail-In Entry: Print, Fill-out and Mail the form =>>      Mail-in Entry Form 
Onsite Entry: 4-9PM on Friday, Oct 29th, and 7:00-9:15AM Saturday morning at the hotel.

Players not registered and paid by 9:15 risk not being paired for Round 1


Round TImes

&  Time Control

Players enter one of two Sections: Open or Under 1800.
The Open Section is for the strongest players, it is not for beginners.

Players will be SECTIONED and PAIRED using the higher of their US Chess over-the-board and on-line Regular Ratings in the US Chess October 2021 Rating Supplement.

All Pairings will use the Swiss System -- this is NOT an elimination event.

Start times for the Rounds are:

* BLITZ on Friday (Oct 29th): 7PM, 4 Double-Rounds in 2 Sections--Open & U1600,
with time control of Game-5, no delay or increment.

Main Event
       * Saturday:
  Round 1 @ 10AM      Rd 2 @ 2PM      Rd 3 @ 7PM
       * Sunday:    Round 4 @ 10AM      Rd 5 (Final round) @ 3PM

Time Control for Main Event:
       * Round 1 at Game 75 with 10-second increment
       * Rounds 2-5 at Game 90 with 10-second increment

Byes & Re-Entry for Rd. 2

One half-point bye is available--it is optional. Byes can be requested as part of your online or onsite entry, but must be locked-in 30 minutes before the start of Round 2 (by 1:30 PM Saturday). The only Bye changes allowed after the 1:30 cut-off time are to change your half-point bye to a zero-point bye. Zero-point Byes in Round 5 are the same as withdrawing from the tournament.

Had a bad Round 1?  You can re-enter the tournament for $30 after Round 1 and receive a 1/2 point Bye for that round, even if you lost your actual Rd. 1 game!!  If you want to re-enter the tournament after Round 1, just talk to the Tournament Director so he can explain how the process works.

Membership Requirements

Current US Chess Federation membership is required.

VCF Membership is required for all Virginia residents. $15 adult. $8 for players age 17 and under.  Out-of-state Players not required to be VCF members.  Click here to check your VCF Membership status.

For More

Mike Hoffpauir, National Tournament Director.  mhoffpauir@aol.com  (757)846-4805 

No registrations by phone or email