Virginia Chess Federation

2021 (84th) Virginia Closed Chess Championship

TWO TOURNAMENTS -- Friday Night Blitz on Sept 3rd
and the Main Event on Sept. 4th-6th (Saturday - Monday)

Note:  The Main Event has 2 playing schedules and 3 Sections

 

VCF Annual Membership / Business Meeting is Saturday, Sept. 4th from 9-11AM

Register Me NOW!!   See Who's Playing

Location

Hilton Garden Inn Innsbrook, 4050 Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA.  Call the hotel at (804)521-2900 by Friday Aug 13th for reservations, ask for the "VA Chess" rate of $94 per night plus taxes for a King Bed room, and $104/night plus taxes for a Double-Queen Room.  There are 10 King and 10 Queen rooms set aside for the "VA Chess" group name.  If someone asks for a "Group ID Number", it is 437598.

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

US Chess Federation and VA Chess Federation membership are required for all players.

Schedule Overview
  • Blitz: Friday, Sept 3rd.  Round 1 at 7PM.  4 Rounds.  Blitz should be finished by 9:30 at the latest.

  • MAIN EVENT:
    • Championship Section and Amateur Sections: 6 Rounds using the Swiss System of pairings. Games are on Saturday through Monday. Amateur Section limited to players rated under 1800.
    • Novice Section (Players rated under 1200): 5 Rounds using the Swiss System of pairings. Games are on Saturday and Sunday only.
  • See "Detailed Tournament Schedule" below for the start times for each Round of the tournament.

Who can Play?

Event Format?

PRIZES?

Eligibility:  The Main Event is open to all Virginia residents, military stationed in Virginia, VA residents attending school out-of-state, and students attending any Virginia school or college (must be able to show student ID or other proof of Fall 2021 school enrollment).

The Main Event on Saturday - Monday has 3 Sections $5,565 in Cash Prizes based on 90 paid players

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.

  1) Championship: 1st-$900+Champion's Plaque;   2nd-$600;   3rd-$400;  Top Expert-$225, Top Class A-$200.  Unrated player winning a cash prize is limited to $300.  Top Upsets on Day 1 and Day 2, $50 each. Two Half-point Byes allowed, must declare at least 30 min before Round 2.

  2) Amateur (Under 1800): 1st-$600+Champion's Plaque;  2nd-$400;  3rd-$250;  Top Class C-$160, Top Class D-$150. Unrated player winning a cash prize is limited to $250.  Top Upsets on Day 1 and Day 2, $50 each.  Two Half-point Byes allowed, must declare at least 30 min before Round 2.

  3) Novice (Under-1200): Games are Sat & Sun only. 1st-$450+Trophy;  2nd-$300 3rd-$200;  Top U1000-$140, TopU800-$135, TopU600-$130, Top Unrated-$125. Unrated player winning a cash prize is limited to $200.. ONE Half-point Byes allowed, must declare at least 30 min before Round 2.

How to ENTER Three Ways to Enter ...
1. On-Line until Friday, Sept 3 at 11PM: Click Here
or click the button to Register ON LINE NOW ... Register Me NOW!!

2. Mail-In:
Click Here to download or view the Mail-in Entry Form.  Must be postmarked by Friday Aug 27th with your payment.

3. On-Site. 
At the Hotel on Friday evening (Sept 3rd, 5-9PM) or Saturday Sept. 4th from 8AM - 12 Noon for the Long Schedule.  Registration for the Short Schedule continues until 4PM. On-site Entry Fee is $110 for the Main Event, $45 for the Blitz tournament.

Detailed Tournament Schedule
&
Entry Fees

Friday Night Blitz on September 3rd

  • 4 Double-Rounds, depending on the number of players who enter. 

  • Play is in 2 Sections -- OPEN and Under 1600.

  • ANYONE can play Blitz.  You DO NOT need to be a Virginia Resident to play Blitz.

  • Pairings:  All players will be paired using the HIGHER of your Over-the-Board and Online Blitz and Regular US Chess Ratings from the US Chess September 2021 Rating Supplement.

  • 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$35 by Friday Aug 27th, $45 starting Saturday Aug 28th and onsite

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


THE MAIN EVENT on Sat through Mon (Sept 4th - 6th) HAS TWO SCHEDULE OPTIONS

Long Schedule (Open & Amateur Sections):  Time Control is 30/90, SD/30, inc 30 (e.g. 30 moves in the first 90 minutes per player, then complete the game in 1 hour per player, with 30-seconds of time increment from move 1)
-- 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
-- Two Half-point Byes allowed, must declare at least 30 min before Round 2.
-- Notation required throughout the entire game

Short Schedule (Open & Amateur Sections)Time Control is G/60, inc +10 (e.g. 60 minues per player, with 10-seconds of time increment from move 1)
-- Saturday:  Rd 1 at 5PM;  Rd 2 at 8PM.  Optional 1 or 2 Half-point Byes must be "locked in" by 7:30 PM. Chess Notation required until either player has 5 or less minutes remaining on their clock
-- Sunday and Monday ... All Short Schedule players are merged into the Long Schedule as listed above

Novice (Under 1200) Section: All Games on Saturday and Sunday; Time Control is G/60+10 for Rounds 1 through 4, G/90+10 for Round 5.
-- Saturday: Round 1 at 1 PM;  Round 2 at 4PM
-- Sunday, Round 3 at 10AM, Round 4 at 1PM, Round 5 at 5PM
-- One Half-point Bye allowed, must declare at least 30 min before start of Round 2.
-- Chess Notation required until either player has 5 or less minutes remaining on their clock

"Re-Entry":  In the Championship and Amateur sections, a player who loses in Round 1 can "re-enter" the tournament by paying the $40 Re-Entry Fee ($25 in the Novice section).  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 $85 if paid on line or post-marked by Friday Aug 27th; increases to $100 starting Saturday Aug 28th, increases to $110 on Sept. 1st and at the Tournament.  

FREE ENTRY to any person who has won the Open Section 3 or more times--Contact Mike Hoffpauir by email to enter.

What to Bring Please bring your Chess Set, Chess Clock (increment capable), your favorite score book, and something to write with.  The only electronic notation devices authorized are the ChessNoteR, PlyCount and Monroi (the eNotate is no longer authorized).

We will have a Chess Vendor onsite selling chess books and equipment.
Cell Phones & Electronic Devices Policy






QUESTIONS?
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, PlyCount and ChessNoteR 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

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