The 2nd Annual Beltway Open

Grand Prix
Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport Hotel Herndon

Event Overview

The 2nd Annual Beltway Open

Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport Hotel Herndon

2200 Centreville Road, Herndon, VA 20170

August 4-6, 2023

$5,500 Guaranteed Prize Fund


  • CLICK HERE to view the rating report from last year's tournament.

  • PARKING INFORMATION: The hotel has free parking. There is both a parking lot and parking deck which players can use.

  • Five-round Swiss; three-day and two-day schedules (Premier Section must play three-day schedule); up to two half-point byes allowed

    • Three-day schedule: Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 12:00 noon, Saturday at 5:30 pm, Sunday at 11 am, Sunday at 4:30 pm

    • Two-day schedule: Round 1 on Saturday at 9:30 am, merge with 3-day schedule for round 2

  • On-site registration closes 30 minutes before the start of round one (after that players may register with a half-point bye)

  • Five sections: Premier (FIDE-rated), Under 1900, Under 1600, Under 1300, and Under 1000

    • Click here to view details about The Beltway Open Scholastic

    • Players may not play up more than 200 points without special permission from the tournament director. Special permission will only be granted for very good reasons (e.g. to maintain an even number of players or if the player has a high foreign rating). A player may use their live rating or published rating to qualify for a higher section.

  • $5,500 guaranteed prize fund:

    • Premier: $1300 for 1st, $550 for 2nd, $300 for 3rd

    • U1900: $1000 for 1st, $400 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd

    • U1600: $550 for 1st, $250 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd

    • U1300: $350 for 1st, $150 for 2nd

    • U1000: $300 for 1st, $150 for 2nd

  • Time control: Game in 100 minutes with a 30-second increment

    • (Game/45;+10 for round one of the two-day schedule)

    • NEW POLICY: 30-minute forfeit time. If you do not arrive at the board within 30 minutes of the scheduled round time your opponent can claim a forfeit win. The tournament director may choose to pair the opponents of absent players against each other rather than award a forfeit win.

  • Entry fee: $97 by 6/30, $110 by 7/21, $120 by 8/3, $130 on/after 8/4 (on-site registration closes 30 minutes before round 1)

    • Free entry to GMs ($97 deducted from prizes)

    • Re-entries are permitted in all sections besides Premier--the price to re-enter is $50.

  • Masks are optional. Spectators are welcome.

  • Boards and pieces will be provided for all players, but please bring a clock if you have one.

  • All sections are USCF-rated. The premier section is also FIDE-rated.

  • Hotel chess rate ($109+tax): If staying at the hotel, call the reservation line at 1-877-390-5944 to book the hotel under the chess rate. Mention the chess tournament or the tournament director's name (Joshua Hiban) to get the cheaper rate of $109+tax. The chess rate block has limited availability.

  • Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Click here to show mail address or 703-609-0499 with any questions.


Free Saturday Night Action!

We have a free action tournament on Saturday night (August 5) at 8 pm. This tournament is free for anyone playing in the main event. There will be four rounds. Players can play one, two, three, or four games depending on when their Saturday-night game ends.

If not playing in the main event, you can still participate in the Saturday-night action, although you must pay an entry fee.

View more information about the action side event here:


How to Register for the Beltway Open

Click here to register:

Note: You can also register by going to


2200 Centreville Road
Herndon, VA 20170
United States

Grand Prix Points: 30
Prize Fund:
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

DMV Chess