6th Cherry Blossom Classic

May 25th - 28th OR May 26th - 28th

Washington Dulles Airport Marriott Hotel, Dulles, VA







Open (FIDE) -             4-day or 3-day

Under 2200 (FIDE) -             4-day or 3-day

Under 1900 -               4-day or 3-day

Under 1600 -               4-day or 3-day

Under 1300 -                 2-day only


Friday Night Open Rapid

Sat Scholastic

Sat Evening Scholastic Blitz

Saturday Night Open/U1800 FIDE Blitz



$$12,500 GUARANTEED ... 4th Consecutive year Prizes have been INCREASED!!!

        Open (FIDE Rated)                      $2000  $1000   $500   $300       U2350  $400  $200 

                                                                  $100 Clear 1st/Tiebreaker Bonus

        Under 2200 (FIDE Rated)            $1300    $700   $400                 U2050  $300  $150

                                                                  $Unrated limit $200

        Under 1900                                    $1000    $500   $250                 U1750   $300  $150
                                                               Unrated limit $150
        Under 1600                                    $800    $400   $200                   U1450 $200    $100
                                                               Unrated limit $150
        Under 1300 (2-day ONLY)           $500    $300   $150                   U1150 $200     $100
                                                               Unrated limit $100


Entry Fee: All Sections except U1300 $98 by Apr 8th (Early Bird Entry deadline), $105 by May 8th, $110 by May 22nd, $115 by May 24th and $125 after and onsite. GMs/IMs/WGMs free; GMs, IMs & WGMs free BUT MUST Register first, will deduct $50 from prize winnings. Re-entry $60 for all players, except no re-entry in FIDE Sections - Open/U2200 Sections. Refunds will involve a 3% service charge. U1300 Section entry fee $15 less.

Time control: Open/U2200/U1900/U1600 Sections: 4-day Schedule: May 25-28: 7-SS Rd 1 Fri G/90;+30sec inc.; Rds 2-7: 40/90;SD/30;+30sec inc. 3-day Schedule: May 26-28 Rd 1 G/45;+30sec inc (NOT FIDE Rated), Rds 2-3 Sat G/90;+30sec inc, Rds. 4-7 Sun/Mon 40/90;SD/30;+30sec inc. U1300 plays only 2-day G/90 d5.

Registration: Register Online OR 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, cbc2018@capitalareachess.com

Minimum USCF/FIDE 2000 Rating Requirement to play in Open Section else pay $50 more; Minimum USCF/FIDE 1750 Rating Requirement to play in Under 2200 Section else pay $50 more; Open/U2200 Forfeit time is 30mins. Other Sections follow USCF Forfeit times

Schedule/Round times: 4-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 7 pm, rds. Fri 8 pm, Sat 11am - 5:30pm, Sun 11am - 5:30pm, Mon 9:30am - 3:30pm. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10am, Rds. 1-3 Sat 11am - 2pm - 7pm and Rds. 4-7 follows 4-day schedule. Under 1300 2-day schedule only (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). NOTE: FIDE SECTIONS - OPEN & U2200 NO BYE ALLOWED IN ROUND #7 (FIDE RULES)

Hotel Rate: $99/night if reserved by May 10th. Reservations call 1-800- 228-9290 or 703-471-6700, mention Cherry Blossom Chess Tournament.

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


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