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Wednesday, June 27, 2012


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9th annual

More than five foreign GMs have entered, so the $800 minimum prize is no longer offered to other foreign GMs.

$300 minimum prize to GMs, foreign IMs, foreign WGMs (must play 9 games)

June 29-July 3, 2012 (NEW DATES!), Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel                       
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 150 (enhanced)

9 round Swiss, 40/90, SD/30, inc/30, Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel, 17th & Race Streets, Philadelphia PA 19103. 
See World Open for room and parking rates.

Guaranteed prize fund $8000: $2000-1200-800-700-600-500-400-300, top FIDE under 2300 or unrated $1000-500.  IM & GM norms possible; FIDE rated.

Entry fee: 

GMs, IMs, WGMs: Free.

Foreign FIDE rated players: $125 if check mailed by 6/18, $127 online by 6/23, $150 at site, or online until 10 am 6/29. 

USA current/former 2200/up players: $225 if check mailed by 6/18, $227 online by 6/23, $250 at site, or online until 10 am 6/29. 

Others: $325 if check mailed by 6/18, $327 online by 6/23, $350 at site, or online until 10 am 6/29.

All: No checks at site, credit cards accepted.  Mailed credit card entries not accepted.

Special 1 year USCF dues with paper magazine if paid with entry- online at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15.  Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. USCF membership is required, except for foreign GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs.

Late registration at site ends Thu 10 am, rounds Fri through Mon 11 am & 6 pm, Tue 11 am. 
Two half point byes available (must commit before rd 2); norm not possible if taking bye.

Note error in December and January Chess Life: the days of this event are still Friday through Tuesday, but they are June 29-July 3, not June 28-July 2!

Bring sets, boards, clocks if possible- none supplied. 

Entry: Continental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577.   $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: ChesstourAtAOL.com (use @ instead of At), 845-496-9658, www.chesstour.com.  Advance entries posted at chesstour.com.  Chess Magnet School JGP.

PLEASE NOTE: Last year this event had a very poor turnout, including only one foreign GM, because hotel rooms sold out almost two months before the tournament. This year we have more rooms reserved, have offered more to foreign GMs, and expect a larger and much stronger field, providing good chances for GM and IM norms.

Evgeny Romanov (RUS) 2628
Marin Bosiocic (CRO) 2580
Alexander Evdokimov (RUS) 2569
Axel Bachmann (PAR) 2566
Alojzije Jankovic (CRO) 2568
Alonso Zapata (COL) 2484
Sriram Jha (IND) 2436
Gildardo Garcia (COL) 2414

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