Virginia Chess Federation
50th Virginia Open Chess Championship

March 24-26, 2017
30 Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points -- US Chess Junior Grand Prix -- VCF Cup

See Who has Entered     Pairings    Standings

Tournament Location

Washington Dulles Airport Marriott Hotel, 45020 Aviation Dr., Dulles, VA 20166;, 703-471-9500.

Rooms $100 Chess Rate.  Reserve. by Friday, February 24, 2017 at 1-800-228-9200.

Who can Play?

Event Format?


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

Prizes $3,600.00 - GUARANTEED!!  Yes, that's right Thirty-six hundred bucks!

Format 5 Rounds using the Swiss-System format, with Players playing in either of two sections:

      1) OpenUSCF and FIDE-Rated1st-$650 and Champion's Plaque;   2nd-$410;   3rd-$300;   4th-$240.  Top Expert and Top Class A, $200 each. 

      2) Amateur (Under 1900):  USCF Rated.  1st-$420 and Champion's Plaque;  2nd-$2503rd-$190.  Top Class B, C, D, U1200 each $160.  Top Unrated $100. 

One Half-Point bye available, must be "locked in" no later than 30 minutes before the start of Round 2.  See Tournament Schedule below. 

Tournament Schedule

Friday, March 24 Round 1 at 7:45 PM.  Time Control is Game-120, delay-5 (e.g. each player has 120 minutes [ 2 hours] to complete all of their moves, with a 5-second time delay for each move throughout the game)

Saturday, March 25Rounds 2 and 3 at 10 AM and 4PM.  Time Control is 40/115, SD/30, delay-5 (e.g. 115 minutes per player for the first 40 moves, then 30 minutes per player to make all remaining moves ... with a 5-second time delay for each move throughout the entire game)
-- Your optional Half-point Bye must be "locked in" by 9:30 AM

Sunday, March 26Rounds 4 and 5 at 10 AM and 4PM.  Same Time Control as Saturday.

"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 wish to re-enter, you must do so by 9AM on SATURDAY morning.

Entry Fees
Tournament Registration
Entry Fees & Deadlines:  90 on Wednesday March 22nd Online and at the Tournament site.  

THREE Ways to Enter ...
-- On-Line:  Click this link or the button on the right to enter the tournament and pay On-line ... Enter Online Now!

 -- On-site:  Enter at the Hotel on
Friday evening from 5-7PM or Saturday from 8- 9:30AM.

 -- U.S. MailClick this link, then download and save the form on your computer.  Next, open the form in ADOBE or a PDF reader (your computer may do this automatically).  Fill out and print the form, then send your entry and payment to the address on the form.  Include your $75 check payable to "VCF"
Click this button to see who already has entered ...
Click here to see who already is registered to play, or press this button ... Who has Entered?     See Last Year's Results
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, 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:  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 by email to the Chief TD, Anand Dommalapati.