5th Cherry Blossom Classic

May 26th - 29th OR May 27th - 29th 2017

Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport, Herndon, VA







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

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

Under 2000 -               4-day or 3-day

Under 1700 -               4-day or 3-day

Under 1400 -               4-day or 3-day

Under 1200 -                 2-day only


Sat Night Scholastic

Sunday Night FIDE Blitz




5th Cherry Blossom Classic (50 GPP)

May 26th – 29th or 27th – 29th 2017 (Memorial Day Weekend)

Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport, 2200 Centreville Rd, Herndon, VA 20170

6 Sections: Open, U2200, U2000, U1700, U1400 play 7-rounds (4-day or 3-day schedule)

U1200 Section play 6-rounds 2-day schedule (G/90;d5)

2-Side events (Sat May 27rd and Sun May 28th)

New Location for 2017 - closer to Worldgate Center, Herndon/Reston Area & Major highways, Airport Shuttle!

Total Prize Fund Increased by $2,500 from Last year, Added another section !!!

$$10,000 b/180; Open ($3,100) Unconditionally Guaranteed; $9,000 Overall Guaranteed!

        Open (FIDE Rated, 100% gtd)    $1300  $600   $400   $200       U2300  $300  $200 

                                                                  $100 Clear 1st Bonus

        Under 2200 (FIDE Rated)            $900    $400   $200                 U2100  $300  $200

                                                                  $Unrated limit $200

        Under 2000                                    $600    $300   $200                 U1850   $300  $200
                                                               Unrated limit $150
        Under 1700                                    $600    $300   $200                 U1550 $200    $100
                                                               Unrated limit $150
        Under 1400                                    $500    $300   $200                 U1300 $100  
                                                               Unrated limit $100
        Under 1200 (2-day ONLY)           $400    $200   $100                 U1100 $100   
                                                               Unrated limit $100


Results, Crosstables & Photo Gallery from the 4th Cherry Blossom Classic (2016)

USCF Crosstable

Final Standings & Wall Charts


Registration Details for 5th Cherry Blossom Classic (2017) ...

Entry Fee: All Sections except U1200 $95 by May 15, $100 by May 22, $105 by May 25th and $115 later and at site. GMs/IMs/WGMs free; GMs, IMs & WGMs free, deduct $50 from prize; Addl. Conditions - First 6 GMs/IMs to Register by May 15th - Free HR in double shared accommodation (Must Register in advance). Re-entry $60 for all players (counts as half entry for prizes), except no re-entry in FIDE Sections - Open/U2200 Sections. Refunds will involve a 3% service charge. U1200 Section entry fee $20 less (counts as 3/4th entry for prizes).

Time control: Open/U2200/U2000/U1700/U1400 Sections: 4-day Schedule: May 26-29: 7-SS Rd 1 Fri G/90;+30sec inc.; Rds 2-7: 40/90;SD/30;+30sec inc. 3-day Schedule: May 27-29 Rd 1 G/45;+30sec inc, Rds 2-3 Sat G/90;+30sec inc, Rds. 4-7 Sun/Mon 40/90;SD/30;+30sec inc. U1200 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, cbc2017@capitalareachess.com

Minimum USCF/FIDE 2000 Rating Requirement to play in Open Section else pay $50 more; Minimum USCF/FIDE 1900 Rating Requirement to play in Under 2200 Section else pay $50 more;

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 1200 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 8:30am)

Hotel Rate: $99/night if reserved by May 15th. Reservations 703-471-6700, mention chess tournament. OR Reserve online with Group Code CBC - 5th Cherry Blossom Classic Chess Tournament Hotel Reservation

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 27 - Cherry Blossom Classic Scholastic (for Scholastic Players in Grades K to 12). Sections: K-12 Open, K-8 U1000, K-5 U800, K-3 U600. $30 by May 20 online, $35 by May 25 online, $40 after May 25 and onsite. Trophies to Top 5 in each section, Medals to 2.5 points or above. Onsite Regn closes 9:30am. Rounds 10am and ASAP. Awards 5:30pm.

Sun Night FIDE Rated Blitz May 28  (10 GPP) 2 Sections - Open (FIDE) and Amatuer/U1800. G/3;+2; Open: 5 Rounds Double Swiss. $500 GTD $$200-100 Top U2200/U2000 $100 each. Amateur/U1800 (b/16): Section maybe combined with Open); $$100-$50 Top U1400/U1200 $50 each. EF: EF: Enter online $25 by May 27th online or onsite. $30 after May 27th and onsite by 9:45pm. Rounds start 10pm Max 1 bye allowed, req at entry.



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