Virginia Chess Federation

81st Virginia Closed Chess Championship

TWO TOURNAMENTS -- Friday Night Blitz, and the Main Event on 2-4 Sept
Note:  The Main Event has 2 playing schedules and 3 Sections

Main Event Entriies ...     Blitz Entries ...

Tournament Location

Hilton Garden Inn Innsbrook, 4050 Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA.  Call the hotel at (804)521-2900 by Friday Aug 11th for reservations, ask for the "Virginia Closed Chess Rate" of $94 per night plus taxes

Questions Click here to ask a Question to the Chief TD & Organizer, Mike Hoffpauir

Who can Play?

Event Format?


Eligibility:  The Main Event is open to all Virginia residents, military stationed in Virginia, and students attending any Virginia school or college (must show student ID or other proof of Fall 2017 school enrollment).

Format 6 Rounds using the Swiss-System format.  There will be two event Schedules, see below.  All 3 Sections will be USCF Rated.

The Main Event on Saturday - Monday has 3 Sections $3,500 in Cash Prizes based on 90 paid players.  Choose from these Sections based on your playing strength and competitive desires:

  1) Championship:  1st-$700+Champion's Plaque;   2nd-$400;   3rd-$250;  Top Expert and Top Class A, $120 each + Trophy. 

  2) Amateur (Under 1800):  1st-$525+Champion's Plaque;  2nd-$300;  3rd-$200;  Top Class C & Class D, $95 each + Trophy. 

  3) Under-1200 & Unrated:  1st-$300+Trophy;  2nd-$200;  3rd-$110;  Top Unrated-$85;  Trophies to Top U-1000, U-800, and U600.  Unrated winning a place prize is limited to $200.

-- Up to two (2) Half-Point byes are available, but they must be "locked in" no later than 30 minutes before the start of Round 2.  See Tournament Schedule below for the cut-off times for your optional half-point byes.

Tournament Schedule
Entry Fees

Friday Night Blitz on Sept 1st

  • 4 or 5 Rounds, depending on the number of players who enter.

  • Registration:  Closes at 6:30PM; Round 1 is at 7PM sharp!! 

  • Time Control:  Game in 5 minutes, no time delay.  You play 2 games each Round, one game as Black and one as White. 

  • Entry Fee:  $25 by Aug 28th, $35 starting Aug 29th and on-site.

  • How to Enter:  See "Tournament Registration" below.

THE MAIN EVENT on Sat through Mon (Sept 2nd - 4th) HAS TWO SCHEDULE OPTIONS

Long Schedule:  Time Control is 30/90, SD/1, d5 (e.g. 30 moves in the first 90 minutes per player, then complete the game in 1 hour per player, with a 5-second time delay throughout the game)
-- Saturday:  Rd 1 at 1PM;   Rd 2 at 7PM.  Your optional 1 or 2 Half-point Byes must be "locked in" by 6:30 PM
-- Sunday:  Rd 3 at 11AM;  Rd 4 at 5PM
-- Monday;  Rd 5 at 9:30AM,  Rd 6 at 3:30PM

Short ScheduleTime Control is G/60, d5 (e.g. 60 minues per player, with 5-second time delay)
-- Saturday:  Rd 1 at 5PM;  Rd 2 at 8PM.  Your optional 1 or 2 Half-point Byes must be "locked in" by 7:30 PM
-- Sunday and Monday ... All Short Schedule players are merged into the Long Schedule

"Re-Entry":  A player who loses in Round 1 can "re-enter" the tournament by paying the $30 Re-Entry Fee.  In other words:
-- If you lose your Rd 1 game, you can re-enter the tournament in the Short Schedule, or you can re-enter the tournament by taking a 1/2-point bye in Rd 1 and playing in Rd 2 of the Long Schedule.
-- If you re-enter into the Short Schedule, you will play a new Rd 1 game at 5PM.  Your previous Rd 1 game only counts for "rating points."  So if you lose in your "new" Round 1 game, you get 0 points for Round 1, and if you win you get a full point for Round 1.
-- If you decide to Re-enter into Round 2 of the Long Schedule, you receive a 1/2-Point Bye for Rd 1 and then play Rd 2 with the Long Schedule at 7PM.

Entry Fees & Deadlines:  Main Event is $75 if paid on line or post-marked by Sunday Aug 27th; increases to $90 starting Monday Aug 28th and at the Tournament Site.  

UPDATE:  According to an official VCF Motion passed 10 years ago, FREE ENTRY is available only to 3-time or more Champions of the Open Section.  We apologize for this confusion.  (Mike Hoffpauir, VCF Chairman of the Board)

Tournament Registration Two Ways to Enter ...

1.  On-Line:  Click this button to enter the tournament and pay for your entry On-lineOnline Entry Closes at Midnight on Thursday Aug 31.  Starting Friday September 1st, the only way to enter the tournament will be on-site. 
 Enter Online Now!

 2.  On-site:  Enter at the Hotel on Friday evening (5-9PM) or Saturday from
8AM - 12 Noon for the Long Schedule.  Registration for the Short Schedule continues until 4PM.


Click this button to see who already has entered ... Main Event Entriies ...     Blitz Entries ...

What to Bring Please bring your Chess Set, Chess Clock (delay capable), and your favorite score book.
Cell Phones & Electronic Devices Policy

Cell Phones:  If you bring one in the Playing Hall, it must be TURNED OFF and you must leave it ON YOUR TABLE IN PLAIN VIEW at all times during your game. 
-- Phone rings is a 10-min penalty. 
-- If you use your phone to text, or you talk on it during your game without the TD's permission, you most likely will forfeit your game and you may be removed from the tournament.

Headphones, iWatches, iPads, Ear-Buds ... any device capable of transmitting or receiving communications:  NOT ALLOWED !!

Electronic Notation Devices:  The Monrois, E-notate, and PlyCount are the only authorized Electronic Notation Devices allowed.  If you use these, be sure you know how to put it in "notation" mode if your opponent asks to borrow your score book.  ALSO, if your battery dies on your device, you must take manual notation.

Click Here to see the VA Chess Federation's complete policy on Electronic Devices (effective 1 January 2016)

Questions Click here to ask a Question to the Chief TD & Organizer, Mike Hoffpauir, or contact Mike at 757-846-4805 (Cell or Text)