|Virginia Chess Federation|
82nd Virginia Closed Chess Championship
TWO TOURNAMENTS -- Friday Night
Blitz on Aug 31, and the Main Event on Sept 1-3 (Saturday - Monday)
VCF Annual Membership / Business Meeting is Saturday, Sept 1 from 9-11AM
Hilton Garden Inn Innsbrook, 4050 Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA. Call the hotel at (804)521-2900 by Thursday Aug 9th 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?
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 2018 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: $4,500 in Cash Prizes based on 90 paid players--THIS IS A $1,000 INCREASE FROM 2017!!
Choose from the Sections below based on your playing strength and competitive desires. Play in all 3 sections is USCF rated, so a current US Chess Federation membership is required for all players.
1st-$850+Champion's Plaque; 2nd-$575; 3rd-$350;
Top Expert and Top Class A, $150 each + Trophy.
2) Amateur (Under 1800):
1st-$600+Champion's Plaque; 2nd-$400; 3rd-$300; Top
Class C & Class D, $125 each + Trophy.
3) Under-1200 & Unrated:
1st-$375+Trophy; 2nd-$250; 3rd-$150; Top Unrated-$100; Trophies to Top
U-1000, U-800, and U600. Unrated player winning a place prize is limited
-- 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.
|How to ENTER||
Two Ways to Enter
1. On-Line: Click Here or click the button to Register ON LINE NOW ...
2. On-Site. On-site Entry is 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.
Friday Night Blitz on August 31st
THE MAIN EVENT on Sat through Mon (Sept 2nd - 4th) HAS TWO SCHEDULE OPTIONS
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)
Short Schedule: Time Control is G/60, d5
(e.g. 60 minues per player, with 5-second time
A player who loses in Round 1 can "re-enter" the tournament by
paying the $30 Re-Entry Fee. In other words:
Event is $80
if paid on line or post-marked by Saturday Aug 25th;
increases to $95 starting
Sunday Aug 26th and at
the Tournament Site.
FREE ENTRY is available only to any person who has won the Open Section 3 or more times.
|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)