56th American Open

Heritage Event, American Classic, Grand Prix, Enhanced Grand Prix, Junior Grand Prix
Doubletree by Hilton

Event Overview

$25,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund
8 Rounds, 6 sections, 4 or 3-day option

US Chess Grand Prix Points: 150 (Enhanced)


Sections & Prizes:

US Chess Federation membership must be current as of November 1, 2021.

1. OPEN SECTION (FIDE rated): $2500-1500-750-500-300-200; Under 2450: $1000, 500, 250; Under 2300: $500-250.
2. U2200 SECTION (FIDE rated): $1500-750-500-250-150.
3. U2000 SECTION: $1500-750-500-250-150.
4. U1800 SECTION: $1500-750-500-250-150.
5. U1600 SECTION: $1500-750-500-250-150.
6. U1400 SECTION: $1500-750-500-250-150. Under 1200: $500-250 (not a separate section; U1200s also eligible for U1400 prizes); Unrated: $300-150 (Unrated players in this section are eligible for these prizes only).

Prize limits: 1) For Unrated/Provisionally rated, limit of $300 in U1400, $400 in U1600, $500 in U1800, $600 in U2000, and $700 in U2200. 2) Balance of any
limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. 


Time Control: 40 moves/100 minutes, SD/ 30 min, with +30 seconds from move one (3-day Rd 1-4: 60 min with 5 sec delay; Rd 5-8 merge with 4- day schedule)
Rounds: daily 10 AM & 5 PM (3-day schedule - Fri 11 AM; 2:30 PM; 5 PM; 8 PM then merge starting Saturday, Round 5 at 10 AM)
Byes: Maximum of two half-point byes available for any round and must requested before start of Round 2. Additional rounds requested or after Round 2  starts will be zero-point byes.

Entry Fee:

$185 by Sept 30
$200 by Oct 31
$220 by Nov 15
Open Section Entry Fee $100 more if not USCF or FIDE rated 2200/over.

No entries after November 15. There will be no on-site registration


Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton - 100 The City Dr S, Orange, CA 92868 - reserve online or call (714) 634-4500
Hotel rooms at $132/night with group code "CHE" (Parking $7/entry with validation or $15/day for overnight hotel guests) 

Rating: US Chess Federation’s published November supplement will be used (or FIDE rating if it’s higher). CCA minimum ratings will be used. Players who fail to disclose ratings from abroad may be expelled.

Side Events: Novice (Thu); Blitz (Sat); Scholastic (Sat or Sun) and Action (Sun); Tournament Details and Registration at www.americanopen.org

Questions: Email -  americanopen2000@gmail.com or call 1-714-913-8146
Refunds: $25 service charge

Covid Stuff
Mask mandates are rapidly changing and we are a compassionate crowd! Please bring one, and wear one when indoors or asked. We will comply with all mandates as they roll out closer to the event date and ask for your cooperation. Additionally, exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit. The CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from coronavirus. Attendees should evaluate their own risk in determining whether to attend. Don't come if you are sick, showing symptoms, or generally cantankerous. People who show no symptoms can spread coronavirus if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to coronavirus. By attending the American Open, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance.

**Neither the organizers nor tournament director(s) will be held liable for any player/spectator whose health may be compromised by attending the tournament. In addition, the tournament may be restricted based on current  Federal/State/County/hotel covid-19 regulations.


100 The City Dr S
Orange, CA 92868
United States

Sections: 6
Grand Prix Points: 150
Prize Fund: 25,000
FIDE Rated: Yes
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

Email: americanopen2000@gmail.com
Phone: 714-913-8146

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