2024 Ohio Chess Congress

Grand Prix, State Championship Event
Cherry Valley Hotel

Event Overview

79th Ohio Chess Congress

August 30th – September 1st 2024

Cherry Valley Hotel

2299 Cherry Valley Rd SE, Newark, OH

Hotel Rate: $135 per night; Call (740) 788-1200

Ask for the “Chess Rate"

Must reserve by August 12th 2024 to guarantee the Chess Rate


$10,200 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 August 18th, $130 at site or online. 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, August 30th

Time Control for all Rounds: G90+30


Friday: Round 1

7 PM


Saturday: Rounds 2 - 3

10 AM

4 PM

Sunday: Rounds 4 - 5

10 AM

4 PM


2-Day Schedule: Registration ends 9:30 AM Saturday, August 31st

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

Saturday: Rounds 1 - 3

10 AM

1 PM

4 PM

Sunday: Rounds 4 - 5

10 AM

4 PM



Bring sets and clocks, none provided though there will be a few on sale at site


August 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.

Registration: www.columbuschessacademy.org 


Additional Prizes:

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, August 31st. Prize limits do not apply to Doubles Bonus Prize. No additional fee to register.

Trophy to (tiebreaks will apply to highest score group):

Top Senior (50 or older) in each section

Top Under 10 in each section

Top Female in each section


Side Events:

Friday Afternoon Quads

Entry Fee: $10, winner gets $30. On-site registration only.

Time Control: G/10+5

Registration starts at 3 PM, first round at 4 PM.


Saturday Night Blitz Tournament:

Entry Fee: $20. On-site registration only.

Time Control: G/3+2

Registration starts at 7 PM, first round at 8:30 PM.


Contact: Kathy Lin, 614-746-7682, Click here to show mail address


2299 Cherry Valley Rd SE
Newark, OH 43055
United States

Sections: 5
Grand Prix Points: 60
Prize Fund: 10,200
FIDE Rated: Yes
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Residency Restriction: Yes
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

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