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Continental Chess Event: 51st Annual 2023 World Open – $200,000 Prizes (Philadelphia, PA)

June 30, 2023 July 4, 2023

51st annual WORLD OPEN (top 6 sections)

June 30-July 4, July 1-4 or July 2-4, 2023  

Under 2200 through Under 1400 Sections, June 30-July 4, July 1-4 or July 2-4: 40/90, SD/30, d30 (4-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10; 3-day option. rds. 1-5 G/35 d10). U2200 and U2000 40/90 games are FIDE rated.

Under 1200 and Under 1000 Sections: see June 23-25.
RATINGS: June FIDE ratings are used for the Open Sction, and July official USCF ratings for Under 2200 through Under 1400. Unofficial or Regular Online ratings are usually used if otherwise unrated. Players must disclose foreign, FIDE and other over the board ratings, and these ratings, adjusted if necessary, may be used if higher than USCF. Over the board ratings such as club, league, scholastic, state or province, etc, adjusted if appropriate, may be used at our discretion if above USCF.  No rating below the latest official USCF rating, on the list corresponding to the ending date of the tournament, will be used. Click here for further details.

Open Section: $20000-10000-5000-2500-1300-1000-800-700-600-500, clear winner bonus $500, top FIDE 2300-2449 $5000-2500-1500, top FIDE 2200-2299 $5000-2500-1500, top FIDE Under 2200/Unr $5000-2500-1500.
If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game 10 pm 7/4 for title & bonus prize.
Under 2200 Section:
 $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, top U2100 (no unr) $2000-1000.
Under 2000 Section: $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, top U1900 (no unr) $2000-1000.
Under 1800 Section: $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, top U1700 (no unr) $2000-1000.
Under 1600 Section:
 $10000-5000-2500-1300-900-700-600-500-400-400, top U1500 (no unr) $2000-1000.
Under 1400 Section:
 $7000-4000-2000-1200-900-700-600-500-400-400, top U1300 (no unr) $1600-800.
Under 1200 Section: Details from Continental Chess Coming Soon
Under 1000 Section: Details from Continental Chess Coming Soon

Prize limits:                 
1) If any post-event Regular OTB or Regular Online rating posted 6/28/22-6/28/23 or current Regular Online rating is more than 40 points over section maximum, prize limit $1000. 
2) Under 26 lifetime OTB regular rated games as of July 2023 official list cannot win over $2000 in U1400, $3000 U1600 through U2000. Games rated too late for July 2023 official list not counted toward 26 game total.
3) Unrated limits U1400 $500, U1600 $600, U1800 $800, U2000 $1000, U2200 $1500. 
4) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line.

Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes:
 best male/female combined 2-player team score in Open through Under 1400: $2400-1200-700-500-300. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2; teams including an unrated limited to $300.

Entry fee: Online at $318 by 5/15, $328 by 6/26, $350 online or at site until 1.5 hours before round 1.  No checks, credit cards OK.

GMs in Open: free; $200 deducted from prize.
IMs & WGMs in Open: Entry fee $100 less, also $100 deducted from prize.
Open Section entry fee $100 more if not rated 2200/over by USCF or FIDE (see

Seniors 65/up: all entry fees $100 less in U1400 or above sections.
No checks at site; credit cards OK. 
Re-entry: $160, no re-entry from Open to Open. $20 fee for switching section after 6/29.
Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid online with entry: Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Youth $18.

      5-day schedule (Open to U1400): 6/30 7 pm, 7/1-2 11 am & 6 pm. 7/3-4 10 am & 5 pm.. .         
      4-day schedule (U2200 to U1400):
 7/1 11, 2:30 & 6. merges with 5-day 7/1 6 pm.
      3-day schedule (U2200 to U1400):
 7/2 11, 1:30, 3:30, 6 & 8:30, merges with 5-day 7/3 10 am.       

Cellphone, electronic device & anti-cheating rules: see Players must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director. Not all electronic score sheets are allowed.

Hotel rates: 
$143 single or double, $163 3 in room. 50 free rollaway beds available; if taken, rollaways are $30/day. Under 18 free in parents room using  existing bedding. Reserve early, the chess block may sell out by early June. Reservation link will be posted soon at

Room or travel sharing: Post a request to share on the USCF “All Things Chess” forum. If you have difficulty posting, email and we will post your request for you.

Parking: One block from the Sheraton is Gateway Garage, 1540 Spring Street, about $ Monday through Friday, $10/day Saturday and Sunday. Sheraton valet parking is about $45/day. 

GUARANTEED PRIZES: $208,000 in top 6 sections
(See June 23-25 for two lower sections with $17,000 guaranteed prizes)

9 rounds at Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, 201 North 17th St, Philadelphia PA 19103
FREE MORNING LECTURES by GM Sam Palatnik, starting 8:45 am June 24-25 and July 1-4, also afternoon lectures on these dates if space permits 
US Chess Grand Prix Points: 300 (enhanced)

Open Section, June 30-July 4 only: 40/90, SD/30, d30. FIDE rated, GM & IM norms possible.
FIDE now requires at least one Swiss System (at least 40 players) norm to obtain a title.

Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through 

Entry: No mailed entries. $15 service charge for refunds. 

Questions:, Director@Chess.US.

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