8th Cherry Blossom Classic - MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND !!!

May 27th - 31st, May 28th/29th - 31st 2021

Washington Dulles Airport Marriott

45020 Aviation Dr, Dulles, VA 20166, VA 20166







Open (FIDE) -             5-day ONLY

Under 2300 (FIDE) -             4-day or 3-day

Under 2000 (FIDE) -             4-day or 3-day

Under 1700 -                4-day or 3-day

Under 1400 -                4-day or 3-day


U1100 -Sat 1-day (MAX 24 players)

U1100 -Sun 1-day (MAX 24 players)


Friday Night Open Rapid - TBD

Saturday Night Open (FIDE) Blitz - TBD



Check out the feedback from previous Cherry Blossom players !!!

"This year, 5th Cherry Blossom Classic despite the modest prize fund, there was the strongest tournament in its history. One possible reason is the "conditions" for the grandmasters, which was kindly provided by the organizers. I would like to note that there were many young and already talented players; I made a draw with one of this. The tournament was well organized thanks to the efforts of its main organizer Mr.Anand Dommalapati."--Grand Master Alexey Dreev

"I enjoyed the tournament experience, as the rounds were started on time, the lighting was perfect and tournament venue was great!"--Grandmaster Priyadharshan Kannappan

"The organization was excellent, I have no bad words to say about this tournament. The only thing I would maybe suggest improving for future is maybe not have the top boards so close to the air conditioner. I would say that was the only minor inconvenience. Everything else was excellent. Rounds started on time, pairings were well-known far in advance, and I strongly recommend the Cherry Blossom tournament to other players." -- Grandmaster Alex Lenderman

"Overall, a fantastic event, and a great training tournament, as the World Open begins to loom large on the calendar."--Grand Master Michael Rohde/facebook post

"The following year GM Rohde wrote in his article for ChessLife Online: 'If Memorial Weekend is meant to kick off the summer tournament circuit, then one of the best places to get started was the 6th Annual Cherry Blossom Classic. In its six years, the Cherry Blossom has increased its prizes every year, and is recognized as a Virginia Chess Federation VCF Cup event.'"

"The tournament was very well and neatly organized. It was a great effort by Anand and his team. I will definitely come back…"--National Master/Life Master Lokesh Palani

"We enjoyed our visit and found the tournament to be very professionally organized. Cherry Blossom is creating another solid tournament opportunity for chess players."--Grand Master Akshat Chandra's dad, Tarun

More quotes from other players ...

"Great tournament this weekend. I enjoyed the rounds as well as the post game analysis... I appreciated the punctuality of the round times… Also, the spacing of the boards allowed for comfortable playing conditions... A refreshing contrast to some of the larger tournaments where they pack the players into a large room... I suppose the challenge of effective management comes with a high number of player entries. However, the playing conditions of the Cherry Blossom Classic allowed me to focus on the chess."--Elan Rodan (1967), on 1st Cherry Blossom Classic

"Was a great event and that's what I told everyone. Look forward to playing it next year."--Vinay Doma (2138), on 1st Cherry Blossom Classic

"Thank you very much for running an excellent chess tournament last weekend. I really liked one of the photos on the website with my daughter in it."--Ed Naidich, parent of participant 1st Cherry Blossom Classic

"Thanks for organizing a successful inaugural tournament over the weekend. It's a great addition to the chess events held in the area."--



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