7th Cherry Blossom Classic (200 GPP Enhanced)
OPEN SECTION IS 9-ROUNDS (GM / IM Norms POSSIBLE)
***** A VCF CUP EVENT *****
$$ 20,000 TOTAL GUARANTEED PRIZE FUND !!!
Min Prize Guarantees/Conditions offered for Foreign Title holders/US GMs. Details in Registration section below - Register with Organizer by May 9th!
$4,500 INCREASE FROM LAST YEAR ... 5th Consecutive Year with Prize Increase.
US Chess GrandPrix Points INCREASED FROM LAST YEAR to 200 !!!
May 23th – 27th or 24/25th – 27th 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend)
ECTC (Executive Conference and Training Center), Dulles, VA 20166
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Confirmed Titled Players GMs/IMs/WGMs !
GM Corrales Jimenez, Fidel (USA)
Confirmed Titled Players GMs/IMs/WGMs !
GM Popilski, Jil (ISR)
GM Subramanian, Arun Prasad (IND)
GM Panchanathan, Magesh (IND)
GM Zapata, Alonso (COL) - tentative
GM Forero, Alder Escobar (COL) - tentative
TOP 10 BOARDS WILL BE BROADCASTED LIVE !
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4 Sections: Open (plays 9-rounds 5-days), U2100 & U1700 play 7-rounds (4-day or 3-day schedule)
U1300 Section plays 6-rounds 2-day schedule (G/90;d5)
3-Side events - Fri May 24th - Open Rapid, Sat May 25th - Scholastic, Open FIDE & Amateur Blitz)
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$$20,000 TOTAL GUARANTEED PRIZE FUND - (OPEN $11,000) !!!
Open (FIDE Rated) $4000-$2000-$1000-$800-$600-$500-$400-$300-$200;
Under 2100 (FIDE Rated) $1800-$900-$500-$400-$300 U1900: $300-$200
$Unrated limit $200
| Under 1700 $1400-$700-$400-$300-$200 U1500 $200-$100 Unrated limit $150
| Under 1300 (2-day ONLY) $600-$400-$200 U1100 $100 Unrated limit $100
Registration Details for 7th Cherry Blossom Classic (2019) ...
FIDE RULES followed in OPEN & U2100 Sections. FIDE Ratings used for Pairings & Prizes. FIDE/Foreign Ratings w/Formula used if NO USCF OR Not Current
Entry Fee: For all sections Early Bird Entry deadline is Apr 24th, Regular Entry deadline May 18th, Late Entry by May 22nd, Onsite Entry closes 1-hr before Round 1. GMs/Foreign IMs/Foreign WGMs Free, $120 deducted from Prize. US IMs/US WGMs and Foreign FIDE Players $100 less, $80 deducted from Prize. Re-entry $70 except no re-entry in FIDE Sections - Open/U2100 Sections. Refunds will involve a $5 service charge.
Min Prize Guarantees for titled players who register by 5/9 and play all 9 games with no byes: First 6 Foreign GMs $500, First 6 Foreign IMs/WGMs $300, First 4 US GMs $200.
Time control: Open All games 40/90;SD/30;+30inc. U2100/U1700: 4-day: Rd.1 G/90;+30; Rds. 2-7 40/90;SD/30;+30. 3-day: Rd.1 G/45;+30, Rds. 2-3 G/90;+30, Rds. 4-7 40/90;SD/30;+30. U1300 only Sat & Sun G/90 d5. Rounds:
Registration: Register Online OR Mail checks (payable to Capital Area Chess) to 7th Cherry Blossom Classic, Attn. Capital Area Chess, PO Box 223582, Chantilly, VA 20151. Email info only: Anand Dommalapati, firstname.lastname@example.org
Minimum Rating to play in Open Section: FIDE(1900)/ USCF(2000) except Foreign FIDE Rated Players.; Minimum USCF/FIDE 1600 Rating Requirement to play in Under 2100 Section else pay $50 more. NOTE: Most Recent Published June 2019 Rating Supplement is used for this Tournament, in order to utilize the most up-to-date official information released by US Chess.
Forfeit Time: FIDE Sections Open/U2100 is 30mins. Other Sections follow USCF Forfeit times.
Cell Phone Penalty - All Sections except Open: 1st Offense 10 mins off the clock; 2nd Offense Lose Game (doesn't have to be in the same game). OPEN SECTION LOSE GAME ON 1st OFFENSE
Schedule/Round times: Open 5-day (Thu 7pm; Fri 12pm-7pm, Sat/Sun 11am-5:30pm, Mon 9:30am-3:30pm). U2100/U1700 4-day: Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, Rds. Fri 7pm, Sat/Sun/Mon same as Open. 3-day: Reg. ends Sat 10am, Rds. 1-3 Sat 11am-2pm-7pm and Rds. 4-7 follows 4-day. (U1300 only 2-day Rds. Sat/Sun 11am-3pm-7pm)
Byes: Up to two 1/2pt byes available in all sections, must commit 1 hour before start of rd. 4 (latest by Sun 10am).
Hotel Rate: Holiday Inn (2-3min walk from ECTC/Tournament site). $89/night if reserved by May 10th. Reservations call 1-877-875-9823 OR
Click here to Reserve HR Online
Boards and sets provided in ALL sections. Clocks supplied in the Open section.
Three Side Events
Fri Night Rapid Rated May 24 7pm 2 Sections - Open Section5-SS, G/15 d10. $400 b/25 $180-90-50 TopU1400/TopU1200 $40 each. EF: $20 by May 23rd online, Onsite $25 by 6pm. Rounds start 7pm and ASAP. Max 1 byes allowed at entry. Mail checks (payable to Capital Area Chess) to Cherry Blossom Classic, Attn. Capital Area Chess, PO Box 223582, Chantilly, VA 20151. Email info only: Anand Dommalapati, email@example.com.
Sat Scholastic May 25 10am - 7th Cherry Blossom Classic Scholastic (for Scholastic Players in Grades K to 12). 4-or-5-SS. Sections: K-12 Open, K-8 U1000, K-5 U800, K-3 U600. K-12/K-8: 4-SS, G/45 d5; K-5/K-3: 5-SS, G/30 d5. $32 by May 21st, $37 by May 25th, $45 onsite. Trophies to Top 5, Other Class Trophies and Medals. Onsite Reg. closes 9:30am. Rounds 10am and ASAP. Mail checks (payable to Capital Area Chess) to Cherry Blossom Classic, Attn. Capital Area Chess, PO Box 223582, Chantilly, VA 20151. Email info only: Anand Dommalapati, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat Night FIDE Rated Blitz May 25 10pm (20 GPP Enhanced) 2 Sections - Open (FIDE) and Amatuer/U1800. Open: G/3;+2; 5-SS Double. $$800 GTD $300-200-100 Top U2300/U2100 $100 each. Amateur/U1800 (b/16; Section maybe combined with Open): $100-$50 Top U1400/U1200 $50 each. EF: $25 by May 24th online, Onsite. $30 by 9:45pm. Rounds start 10pm. Max 1 byes allowed at entry. More information/Online registration: www.cherryblossomchess.com. Mail checks (payable to Capital Area Chess) to Cherry Blossom Classic, Attn. Capital Area Chess, PO Box 223582, Chantilly, VA 20151. Email info only: Anand Dommalapati, email@example.com.