2021 Northern Virginia Open
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 20-21, 2021 ... with Friday Night Blitz on Nov 19th
$4,000 Prize Fund based on 80 paid players
Some Prize Amounts GUARANTEED
Register Online NOW !   See who has Registered

A Heritage, US Grand Prix, US Chess Junior Grand Prix, and VCF Cup Event !!

Topic Event Detatils
Tournament Format
  • 5 Rounds, Swiss System (this is not an elimination tournament). 
  • ALL PLAYERS play in one section.
  • Games will be rated by FIDE and US Chess.
  • There is a 30-minute "No Show / Default" rule in effect for all 5 rounds (e.g., Player's late for their game by more than 30 minutes will be forfeited).  
  • FIDE RULES are in effect for ALL PLAYERS in the tournament.
Hotel & Playing Site
  • Marriott Washington-Dulles Airport, 45020 Aviaiion Drive, Dulles VA 20166
  • Chess Rate for lodging is $112 + taxes, must reserve by Oct 29th.

  • To reserve a room, call the hotel at 703-471-9500 and mention "Virginia Chess Federation" as our group name.


Prize amounts GUARANTEED for 1st Place overall and for Top Expert, Top A, Top B, Top C, Top D & Top U1200 !!
Other place, class and under prize amounts are based on 80 paid players.

  • 1st to 5th Places:  $1000, $650, $400, $225, $180 (1st place is guaranteed)
  • Top Expert & 2nd Place Expert:  $165, $82.50

  • Top Class A/Unrated & 2nd Place Class A/Unrated:  $160, $80.  Unrated player winning a place prize limited to $250.

  • Top Class B & 2nd Place Class B:  $155, $77.50

  • Top Class C & 2nd Place Class C:  $150, $75

  • Top Class D & 2ne Place Class D:  $140, $70

  • Top, 2nd Place & 3rd Place U1200:  $130, $65, $45

Entry & Registration
  • Entry Fees: $100 through Sat 11/13; $115 beginning Sun 11/14 through Wed 11/17; increases to $125 on Thu 11/18 and on-site.  $5 retained for withdrawals before Round 1, no refunds once the event begins.
  • A current US Chess membership is required to play; VCF membership required for Virginia players.

  • Players without FIDE ID numbers will receive their ID numbers through participation in the event, there is NO FIDE MEMBERSHIP FEE

  • Ratings for Sectioning and Prizes: We will use the higher of your Over-the-Board and Online regular ratings from the November 2021 US Chess Rating Supplement.

  • Registration:  3 Ways to Register

    1. CLICK HERE to register online now.
      Register Online NOW !

    2. US Mail:  CLICK HERE for the form, print it, fill it out, and mail it by Saturday Nov 13th.
      Mail-in Entry Form

    3. On-Site:  4-9PM Fri 11/19 and 7-8:45AM Sat 11/20

Players not registered by 8:45 risk not being paired for Round 1

Advance registrations can be viewed online at www.vachess.org

Round Times and Time Controls
  • BLITZ:  2 Sections, Open & Under 1600.  Open Section is FIDE-rated Blitz.  Two (2) double-rounds per Round, Time Control is Game/5 with no delay or increment.
    • Friday, Nov 19th:  Blitz Round 1 is at 7PM sharp!
    • Rounds 2-4 will start as soon as possible after Round 1 ends.
  • MAIN Event:  On-site Registration and Entries closes at 8:45 AM Saturday morning!!  Players not registered by 8:45 probably won't be paired for Round 1.
    • Saturday, Nov 20th: Main Event Rounds 1-3 at 9:30AM, 2PM and 7PM (G/90, + 30)
    • Sunday, Nov 21st: Main Event Rounds 4 and 5 at 9:30AM and 3:30PM (40/90, SD/30, + 30)