Virginia Chess Federation
The  2021  (53rd)  Virginia  Open
an in-Person, Over-the-Board Tournament!
Shake-off COVID ... Come out and play!!
April 9-11, 2021
(Friday evening through Sunday)

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Tournament Location

Washington Dulles Airport Marriott Hotel

45020 Aviation Dr., Dulles, VA 20166.

Call 703-471-9500 to reserve a room ... the Chess Rate ($89) has ended, but they might cut you a break!

Round 1 is 7:30 PM on Friday April 9th

Who can Play?

Event Format?


US Chess (USCF) membership required of all players.  Virginia Residents must have active VCF memberships.

(** Change **) Prizes Projected Prize Payout of $4,000.00 based on 80 paid entries.  The VCF will Guarantee ALL PLACE PRIZES, e.g. 1st-4th place in the Open Section and 1st-3rd place in the U1900 Section (see below).

  • NOTE: This status change from a Guaranteed to a Projected prize fund has been authorized by the US Chess Federation Executive Board as of March 4, 2020 for all Grand Prix events because of the threat the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) poses to participation in tournaments.  According to the US Chess policy change, the event organizer must have their 'based on' number of players amount equal to the number of players in the previous year's event.  We had 120 players last year.

Format 5 Rounds using the Swiss-System format, with Players playing in two sections:  The Open Section will be paired and played using FIDE Pairing Rules and US Chess July ratings.  The Under 1900 Section will be paired and played using US Chess Rules and July ratings.

      1) OpenUSCF and FIDE-Rated1st-$750 and Champion's Plaque;   2nd-$475;   3rd-$325;   4th-$230.  Top Expert and Top Class A, $200 each--awarded using USCF ratings.  Top Upset-$100.  FIDE RULES with a 30-minute "no show" rule (e.g. if you are late by more than 30 min, you lose your game).  Players will be PAIRED using their US Chess Ratings from the APRIL 2021 US Chess Rating List.

      FIDE vs. USCF Rules 

      2) Amateur (Under 1900):  USCF Rated, USCF Rules.  1st-$500 and Champion's Plaque;  2nd-$3003rd-$200 ... ALL GUARANTEED.  Top Class B, C, D, each $175.  Top U1200 $165.  Top Unrated $130.  Trophies to Top Under 1000, U800 and U600.  Unrated Players limited to maximum of $250 in winnings and must play in the Amateur Section.  Same Time Control as Open Section. 

Tournament Schedule

Friday, April 9th Round 1 at 7:30 PM.  Time Control is Game-90, with a 30-second Time Increment (e.g. each player has 90 minutes to complete all of their moves, with 30 seconds added for each move)ON SITE REGISTRATION opens Friday at 4 pm and closes at 6:45 pm for players wanting to enter Round 1.

Saturday, April 10thRound 2 at 10 AM Time Control is Game-90, with a 30-second Time Increment.  Round 3 is at 3PM with a Time Control of 40/90, SD/30, increment 30 (e.g. 90 minutes per player for the first 40 moves, then 30 minutes per player to make all remaining moves ... with 30 seconds added to your time for each move throughout the entire game)
   -- Anyone wishing an optional Half-point Bye for Rds 2-5 must "lock it in" with the Tournament Director / Arbiter by 9 AM Saturday morning

Sunday, April 11th Rounds 4 and 5 at 10 AM and 4:30 PM with the same Time Control as Round 3 (e.g. 40/90, +30)

"Re-Entry" Allowed A player who loses in Round 1 can "re-enter" the tournament by paying the $40 Re-Entry Fee.  In other words:
-- If you lose your Round 1 game, you can re-enter the tournament and get credit for a 1/2-point bye in Round 1.  If you take this option you may not take any additional half-point Byes.
-- If you wish to re-enter, you must do so by 9AM on SATURDAY morning.

COVID-19 Precautions - SETS will be provided for all players.  You will not be allowed to use your own set.  Sets will be sanitized by the Tournament Staff in-between each round.  You may use your own clock, but YOU MUST wipe it down before each game.

- NO SPECTATORS are allowed inside the playing hall ... NONE, so don't ask.

- ALL PLAYERS MUST WEAR FACE MASKS.  Bring one and a couple of extras for yourself!

- NO FOOD allowed in the Playing Room.  Bottled drinks with caps, including personal water bottles, will be allowed, this includes water, soda, energy drinks, etc.  Drinks in cups will not be allowed, even if the cup has a lid.

- ALL PLAYERS will have their forehead temperature checked at the start of each round and will be asked a set of Screening Questions at the start of both days of the tournament.  A forehead temperatture over 99.5 ... means you will not be allowed to play.  If you don't agree with this policy and procedures, then don't show up.
Entry Fees
Tournament Registration
Entry Fee:  $85 until Thursday April 8th; $100 starting Friday April 9th and at the Tournament site.  We will retain $5 of your entry for pre-tournament withdrawals.  Full entry fee will be returned if the event is cancelled or postponed again due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

THREE ways for you to enter:  On-Line, or On-Site
1. On-LineClick here or press on the "Register NOW!!" button below
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2. Mail-in:  CLOSED

3. On-Site:  Open 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM on Friday at the Hotel.

What to Bring Please bring your Chess Set and Chess Clock.  Your clock MUST BE increment capable, Delay-only or Analog clocks are not allowed.  You will be allowed to use your own Clock, but you must WIPE IT DOWN before the start of EVERY GAME!  We will provide plenty of disinfecting wipes.
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, FACE DOWN, and 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 (ENDs):  ENDs are allowed in the AMATEUR SECTION ONLY.  The Monrois, PlyCount and ChessNoteR are the only authorized Electronic Notation Devices allowed (eNotate devices are no longer authorized).  If you use these, be sure you know how to put your END in "notation" mode when your opponent asks to borrow your score book.  ALSO, if your battery dies on your END, you must take manual notation.   ENDs may not be used in the Championship Section because it is FIDE-rated.

Click Here to see the VA Chess Federation's complete policy on Electronic Devices (effective 1 January 2019)

Questions Click here to ask a Question by email to the Chief TD, FIDE Arbiter Mike Hoffpauir