1st Penguin Festival

Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center

Event Overview

1st Penguin Festival


April 6th-7th, 2024


Location: Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center, 219 Littleton Road, Westford, MA 01886


$4100+ projected prizes! $2800+ (Top 2 in Premier and 50% of other prizes) Guaranteed! Limited to the first 72 players, so register today!


GMs Jianchao Zhou and Alexander Ivanov are playing!


5 rounds Swiss System, G/60+30 Saturday, G/90+30 Sunday

Rounds: Saturday: 10am-2pm-6pm Sunday: 10am-3pm 




Emperor (Open to 1600+ USCF): $2100 based on 20 entries, Top 2 prizes Guaranteed!: $1000-500, U2325 $325, U2125 $275


Magellanic (U1925): $1210 based on 20 entries: $500-250, U1725 $240, U1525 $220


Little Blue (U1325): $800 based on 20 entries: $350-175, U1125 $150, U925/Unrated $125


Entry Fee: $120 for Emperor, $80 for Magellanic, $60 for Little Blue. EF $10 more after March 15th and $20 more after April 4th and onsite. $20 more for players Under 1900 to play up to the Emperor Section. 

Free entry to GMs, no entry fee deducted from prize. Free entry to non-GMs rated 2400+ USCF, EF deducted from prize. Free entries count as full entries for prize purposes. 

Unrateds may only win the unrated prize in the Little Blue section and up to $200 in Magellanic. 

Prizes will be raised/decreased in proportion to the amount of entries, except 50% of each prize guaranteed.

Onsite registration: Saturday: 9am-9:45am

Byes: 2 half-point byes allowed, must request before Round 2


Hotel Reservations: You can book hotel reservations (single/double) for Friday and Saturday night with the chess rate of $139 at this link: https://us01.iqwebbook.com/WRICCMA543/~/?coupon=NNEC 


Grand Prix: This event is a 4x multiplier in the New England Grand Prix. Learn more about the Grand Prix and view the current standings here: https://newenglandchess.org/ 


Registration: Online advance entry available at onlineregistration.cc. Scroll down the webpage until you see the event, which is being held by the Northern New England Chess Association.


219 Littleton Road
Westford, MA 01886
United States

Sections: 3
Grand Prix Points:
Prize Fund: $4110 based on 60 entries
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: No
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

Northern New England Chess Association
Email: josephtruelson@gmail.com