2024 Cardinal Open

Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus Airport

Event Overview


2024 Ohio Cardinal January 12th – 14th

Embassy Suites—Hilton Columbus Airport

2886 Airport Dr, Columbus, OH 43219

Hotel Rate: $119 per night; Must reserve by January 5th, 2024 for the Chess Rate; Call (614) 536-0500 and ask for the Chess Cardinal Rate

Restaurant attached to the hotel and many within a 5-mile radius


$10,000 based 140 paid entries

2 or 3 Day Options: Open (FIDE Rated), U2200, U1900, U1600, U1300

Open Section (FIDE Rated): $1500-800-500-300 (Open prizes guaranteed)

Under 2200: $1000-700-400

Under 1900: $800-500-300

Under 1600: $800-500-300

Under 1300: $800-500-300, top Under 1000: $200


Entry Fee for all sections: $120 by 12/31, $130 at site or online until two hours before round one.

GM, IM, WGM, WIM free; entry fee will be deducted from the prize.


5 Round Swiss

3-Day Schedule: Registration ends 6:30 PM Friday, January 12th

Time Control for all Rounds: G90+30

Friday: 7 PM

Saturday: 10 AM, 4 PM

Sunday: 10 AM, 4 PM


2-Day Schedule: Registration ends 9:30 AM Saturday, January 13th

Time Control for Rounds 1-2: G60+10; Rounds 3-5: G90+30

Saturday: 10 AM, 1 PM, 4 PM

Sunday: 10 AM, 4 PM


Bring sets and clocks, none provided though there will be some on sale at site.


January official USCF ratings used. Unofficial uschess.org ratings used if otherwise unrated. Players must reveal foreign, FIDE and other over the board ratings, and these ratings, adjusted, if necessary, may be used, if higher than USCF. Notation required in all sections. Only US Chess approved electronic score sheets allowed.

Unrated Players: Unrated players may win no more than 50% of any prize except Open Section. If this happens, the remaining amount of the unrated players’ prize will go to the players in the next score group of the section.

Reentry: $40, not available in Open Section or players in 2-day schedule.

Byes: Half point bye okay, limit 1, must be requested before Round 2 pairings are posted. Discounted entry fee available to players in financial need.

Doubles Bonus Prize: $200-100. Best male/female or female/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections. Register by 5 PM Saturday, January 13th. Prize limits do not apply to Doubles Bonus Prize. No additional fee to register.

Blitz Tournament: Saturday, January 13th at 9 PM, register by 8:45 PM. More details on-site.

Registration: www.columbuschessacademy.org 

Contact: Kathy Lin, 614-746-7682, info@columbuschessacademy.org


2886 Airport Dr
Columbus, OH 43219
United States

Sections: 5
Grand Prix Points:
Prize Fund: 10,000
FIDE Rated: Yes
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

Katherine Lin
Email: info@columbuschessacademy.org
Phone: 6147467682