4th Cherry Blossom Classic

May 27th - 30th OR May 28th - 30th

Marriott Airport Hotel, Dulles, VA








Under 2200

Under 1900

Under 1600

Under 1300


Sat Scholastic

Sunday Night FIDE Blitz




4th Cherry Blossom Classic (50 GPP)

May 27th – 30th or 28rd – 30th 2016 (Memorial Day Weekend)

Marriott Washington Dulles Airport Hotel, 45020 Aviation Dr., Dulles, VA 20166

5 Sections: Open, U2200, U1900, U1600 play 7-rounds (4-day or 3-day schedule)

U1300 Section play 6-rounds 2-day schedule (G/90;d5)

2-Side events (Sat May 28rd and Sun May 29th)

Total Prize Increased by $500 ... Additional Place Prizes added in each Section !!!

*** NEW PRIZE FUND ... $$8,000 GUARANTEED ***


$$7,500 b/140; Open ($2400) Unconditionally Guaranteed; $5,970 Overall Guaranteed!

        Open (FIDE Rated, 100% gtd)    $1000  $500   $300   $150   $100      U2300  $300  $150

        Under 2200 (FIDE Rated)            $800    $400   $200   $100               U2000  $300  $150

        Under 1900                                    $600    $300   $150   $100               U1700   $200  $100
                                                               Unrated limit $200
        Under 1600                                    $500    $250   $125   $100               U1400 $150    $75
                                                               Unrated limit $150
        Under 1300                                    $400    $200   $100   $50               U1100 $100   $50
                                                               Unrated limit $100


Entry Fee: All Sections except U1300 $89 by May 13, $94 by May 20, $99 by May 26th and $104 later and at site. GMs/IMs/WGMs free; FMs/IMs $20 less. Re-entry $52 for all players (counts as half entry for prizes), except no re-entry in FIDE Sections - Open to Open OR U2200 to U2200. Discounts: $10 less to seniors age 65/over, except in U1300 Section. Refunds will involve a 3% service charge to cover PayPal expenses.U1300 Section entry fee $20 less (counts as 3/4th entry for prizes).

Time control: Open/U2200/U1900/U1600 Sections: 4-day Schedule: May 27-30: 7SS Rd 1 Fri G/90;+30sec inc.); Rd 2-7: 40/90;SD/30;+30sec inc. 3-day Schedule: May 28-30 Rd 1 G/45;+30sec inc,, Rd2-3 Sat G/90;+30sec inc, Rds. 4-7 Sun/Mon 40/90;SD/30;+30sec inc. U1300 plays only 2-day G/90 d5.

Open Section: Minimum USCF/FIDE 2000 Rating (Juniors/K-12 Min 1900) to play in Open Section. Under 2200 Section might require a minimum USCF/FIDE 1700 to play. Different from Advertised in TLA. No minimum Rating Requirement in other sections

Schedule/Round times: 4-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 7 pm, rds. Fri 8 pm, Sat 11am - 5:30pm, Sun 10am - 4:30pm, Mon 9:30am – 3:30pm. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10am, Rds. 1-3 Sat 11am, 2pm & 7 pm and Rd. 4-7 follows 4-day schedule. Under 1300 2-day schedule only (Sat 11am-3pm-7pm, Sun 10am-2pm-6pm).

Byes: Up to two 1/2pt byes available in all sections, must commit 1 hour before start of rd. 4 (latest by Sun 9am)

Hotel Rate: $80/night if reserved by May 13th. Reservations 703-471-9500, mention chess tournament.

Boards and sets provided in ALL sections. Clocks supplied in the Open section.

Two Side Events (Separate playing area from Main Event)

Sat Scholastic May 28 - Cherry Blossom Classic Scholastic (for Scholastic Players Under 1200). Sections: K-3 U600, K-5 U800, K-5 U800, K-8 U1000, K-12 U1200. $25 by May 15 online, $30 by May 20 online, $35 after May 20 online and $40 onsite. Trophies to Top 3 in each section, Medals to 2.5 points or above, Top 3 Teams overall. Onsite Regn closes 9am. Rounds 10am-11:30pm-1pm-2:30pm-4pm. Awards 5:30pm.

Sun Night FIDE Rated Blitz May 29  (10 GPP) G/3;+2; 5 Round Double Swiss. $$200-100 Top U2400, U2200, U2000, U1800: $50 each. Highest rating (regular, quick or blitz) used for pairings & prizes. EF: Enter online $25 by May 27 online or $30 after and onsite by 9:15pm. Rounds start 9:30pm Max 1 bye allowed, req at entry.



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