|Virginia Chess Federation|
81st Virginia Closed Chess Championship
TWO TOURNAMENTS -- Friday Night
Blitz, and the Main Event on 2-4 Sept
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?
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:
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
-- 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.
Friday Night Blitz on Sept 1st
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 $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)
Ways to Enter ...
1. On-Line: Click this button to enter the tournament and pay for your entry On-line. Online Entry Closes at Midnight on Thursday Aug 31. Starting Friday September 1st, the only way to enter the tournament will be on-site.
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.
3. MAIL-IN REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
Click this button to see who already has entered ...
|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)