124th Annual U.S. Open Championship

Heritage Event, American Classic, Enhanced Grand Prix, National Championship Event
Norfolk Sheraton Waterside Hotel

Event Overview

Includes Traditional one game per day schedule (9 days), a 6-day slow time control option, and 4-day option. 9SS, 40/100, SD/30, +30 increment from move one (4-day option, Rds. 1-6, G/60 d5; then 40/100, SD/30, +30). Site: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk VA 23510.  HR: $144 single-quad, Call (757) 622-6664, mention "US Open Chess Championship". Reserve by June 30 or rate may increase.

$60,000 IN PRIZES – 100% GUARANTEED! A one-section tournament with Class prizes. Top U.S. player not otherwise qualified qualifies for 2024 U.S. Championship. 

Choice of three schedules: Traditional: 40/100, SD/30, +30. One round daily at 7 PM, except Rd. 9, 3 PM 8/4. 6-Day Option: 40/100, SD/30, +30. 7 PM 7/30, 12 NOON & 7 PM 7/31/2-8/2, 7 PM 8/3, 3 PM 8/4. 4-Day Option: Rds. 1-6: G/60 d5; then 40/100, SD/30, +30. 12 NOON, 3 PM, 7 PM, 10 PM 8/1; 12 NOON, 3 PM, 7 PM 8/2; 7 PM 8/3; 3 PM 8/4. All schedules merge after Round 6 & compete for same prizes. 

Prizes: Top places $10000-6000-4000-3000-2500-2000-1500-1000, clear or playoff winner $200 bonus. If tie for first, top two on tiebreak play Armageddon game for bonus and title.  (Separate Armageddon game for U.S. Championship qualifier, if necessary.)  Armageddon game(s) will be G/10, no delay.  Armageddon players will bid on start time with Black.  Low bid gets requested start time and draw odds.  Class Prizes: Top Master (2200-2399) $3000-1500-1000-800, Expert (2000-2199) $2500-1300-800-500, Class A (1800-1999) $2500-1300-800-500, Class B (1600-1799) $2500-1300-800-500, Class C (1400-1599) $2000-1000-600-400, Class D (1200-1399) $1500-700-500-300, Class E or below (under 1200) $1500-700-500-300, Unrated $800-400-200.  Mixed Doubles prizes in various categories (see website for details).  Mixed doubles teams: sign up at Chess Control on site. 

Half-Point Byes: must commit before Round 4; up to 3 byes allowed for 2000/up, 2 byes for 1400-1999, one bye for Under 1400/Unr. Limit 1 bye in last two rounds. Zero-point byes are always available in any round if requested at least two hours before the round(s) in question. 

Entry Fee: Online, $155 by 6/24, $175 by 7/8, $195 after 7/22. By mail, $177 postmarked by 7/8, $197 postmarked after 7/8, do not mail after 7/15!  At site, all $200; Free entry for GMs and WGMs for main event only. (GMs and WGMs must email Click here to show email address for their free entry). All entries must be made at least two (2) hours prior to the player’s first game. Current US Chess membership required. 

July 2024 Rating Supplement used for US Open and all other associated events; unofficial ratings (at least four games) used if otherwise unrated. CCA ratings used if above US Chess. Foreign player ratings: usually 100 points added to FIDE or FQE, 200+ added to most foreign national ratings, no points added to CFC. Highest of multiple ratings generally used. 

Entries: US Chess, ATTN: 2024 U.S. Open, PO Box 775308, St. Louis MO 63177. ONLINE ENTRY STRONGLY ENCOURAGED, see website. NO PHONE ENTRIES! 

Not FIDE rated, No cell phones or other electronic devices permitted for use during play.  If requesting an exception, email nationalevents@uschess.org no later than July 6, 2024.

Bring a clock -- none supplied. Sets/boards supplied for tournament but not for skittles.

Many meetings, workshops and seminars, including: US Chess Committee Meetings 7/31-8/2, US Chess Awards Reception 4:00 p.m. 8/2, US Chess Delegates Meeting 8/3-4. Many side events and other championships, including: U.S. National Blitz Championship 7SS Double, G/5 d0, Rd. 1 at 12 NOON 8/3; U.S. National G/15 Championship 5SS, G/15 d5, Rd. 1 at 12 NOON 7/31; U.S. Open Weekend Swiss 5SS, G/60 d5, 12-3 Sat 7/27, 10-12:30-3 Sun 7/28; U.S. Open Scholastic 4SS, G/30 d5, 12-1:30-3-4:30 Sun 7/29; Mon-Wed-Thu-Fri Jul. 29, Jul. 31, Aug. 1, 2, 3, U. S. Open Quads (one-day events) G/30 d5. Entry fee $20. Registration 9:30-11:30 a.m., Rounds at noon, 1:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. $50 to first in each quad. Tue Jul. 30 U.S. Open Quads (Tuesday Quads Only) G/60 d5. Entry Fee $20. Registration 9 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Rounds at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. $50 to first in each quad. U.S. Open Bughouse Sat. 10:30 AM 7/27. 

In addition, five other championships will also take place: the Denker Tournament of HS Champions (see website for participants’ list), the Barber Tournament of MS Champions (see website for participants’ list), the Haring Tournament of Girls State Champions (see website for participants’ list), the Rockefeller Tournament of Elementary State Champions (see website for participants’ list), and the Irwin Tournament of Senior State Champions (see website for participants’ list).

Please check the U.S. Open website often for updates, new information and corrections and other useful documents! http://www.uschess.org/tournaments/2024/usopen/


777 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510
United States

Sections: 1
Grand Prix Points: 300
Prize Fund: $60,000
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

Boyd Reed
Email: nationalevents@uschess.org