3rd Annual Beltway Open (In Person)

Executive Conference and Training Center

Event Overview

Beltway Open


The 3rd Annual Beltway Open

Executive Conference and Training Center

22685 Holiday Park Drive, Dulles, VA 20166

September 6-8, 2024

$5,500 Guaranteed Prize Fund


Hotel Information: For those of you who need sleeping rooms, we will be offering multiple "chess rate" room blocks for discounted room rates. There will be at least two hotels to choose from within walking distance, including the Hampton Inn and the Holiday Inn. The Hampton Inn is right in front of the Conference Center (only about a 10-second walk). The Holiday Inn is about a three-minute walk, but offers additional amenities that some players might prefer, such as a sit-down restaurant. The Hampton Inn offers free breakfast, but the Holiday Inn does not. We may also offer a Marriott room block. This information is subject to change, and the room blocks could be closed by the hotel at any time. Please check the registration page for up-to-date information about discounted sleeping rooms.


Register here: https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/3825

  • 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: https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/3826

    • Players may not play up more than 200 points. (If you want to play up, add 200 points to your rating to see which section you qualify for). A player may use either their live (unpublished) rating or published rating to qualify for a higher section. If a player uses their live rating to qualify, the tournament director may also use their live rating for pairing purposes.

    • Unrated players policy: Unrated players may choose to play in either the Under 1300 section or the Under 1000 section. To play in a higher section, unrated players must obtain special permission from the tournament director. Players with foreign ratings, FIDE ratings, and provisional USCF ratings are not considered unrated. The tournament director may use USCF ratings (published or unpublished) from other categories (quick, blitz, online, online quick, online blitz, or correspondence).

  • $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 8/5, $110 by 8/24, $120 by 9/5, $130 on/after 9/6 (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.

  • PARKING INFORMATION: There is plenty of parking at the Executive Conference Center. The Conference Center owns all of the hotel properties nearby, so we also have permission to use any of the nearby hotel parking lots.

  • See last year's tournament: CLICK HERE to view the rating report from last year's Beltway Open, where we had 264 players.

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

Register here: https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/3825



Other Major Events by DMV Chess

Below is a list of major events planned by DMV Chess as of January, 2024. To view a more up-to-date list, visit the Major Events page on our website: https://www.dmvchess.com/majorinpersontournaments


3/15-17: 2nd Annual Murray Newcomb Memorial Tournament Dulles, VA

4/12-14: 1st Annual Keystone Open Langhorne, PA

5/3-5: 2nd Annual Metropolitan Open Dulles, VA

5/10-12: 1st Annual Northern Class Championship Langhorne, PA

5/31-6/2: 2nd Annual Pennsylvania Classic Langhorne, PA

7/12-14: 2nd Annual DMV Open Dulles, VA

9/6-8: 3rd Annual Beltway Open Dulles, VA

9/27-29: 1st Annual Capital Open Dulles, VA

10/25-27: 1st Annual Old Dominion Open Dulles, VA

12/13-15: 1st Annual Federal Open Dulles, VA

12/20-22: 1st Annual Benjamin Franklin Open Langhorne, PA


Local In-Person Tournaments

DMV Chess also holds smaller “local” in person tournaments, often in Tysons Corner, Virginia, but sometimes in other areas.



Online Activities: Tournaments, Classes, and Camps

DMV Chess also runs USCF-rated online tournaments, online classes, and online camps.








22685 Holiday Park Drive
Dulles, VA 20166
United States

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

Organizer Overview

DMV Chess
Email: josh@dmvchess.com
Phone: 703-609-0499