61st Annual Baltimore Open

Heritage Event, Grand Prix
BWI Sheraton

Event Overview

61st Annual Baltimore Open GPP:30
February 2-4, 3-4, 2024

Championship, U2300, U2100, U1900, U1700, U1500: 5SS, Rnd 1 Game/90+inc/30, Rnds 2-5 Game/110 +inc/30, (Championship - U1500 Two day schedule: Rnds 1-2 Game/45 inc/30)
U1250 and U1000: 5SS, Rnds 1-2 Game/45 d/5, Rnds 2-5 Game/90 d/5 (Three-day U1250 schedule: Rnd 1 Game/90 d/5)

Playing Site
Sheraton BWI
1100 Old Elkridge Landing Road; Linthicum, Maryland 21090; United States


We aim to create a pleasant environment for playing chess. Check out some of the unique characteristics of this tournament. 

Individual Registration

Group Registration 

Tournament Features

  • Sets, boards, and clocks are provided for everyone No more carrying around pieces and a board.
  • Free Sunday morning Continental breakfast  Relax, have some coffee and a danish before you start your game.
  • Score-based prizes  See the advantages below.
  • Top three Sections are FIDE Rated
  • Free parking  Don't worry about where you have to park your car.
  • $99/night room rate  Relax and stay at the tournament hotel. $5 EF discount if staying at hotel. Reserve a room


This tournament will pay prizes based solely on your final score. All the prizes are guaranteed. If the total pay out in the Open section is less than $1500, extra money will be added to the pay out of the top score group to bring the total to $1500. 

      SCORE                                         5.0     4.5    4.0    3.5   3.0

Championship (minimum rating 2100)  - $1600  $800  $450  $175  $50  (FIDE rated)
Under 2300 (minimum rating  1800)     -  $1500  $750  $375  $150  $40  (FIDE rated) 
Under 2100 (minimum rating  1800)     -  $1500  $750  $375  $150  $40  (FIDE rated) 
Under 1900 (minimum rating 1600)      -  $1200  $650  $325  $125
Under 1700 (minimum rating 1400)      -  $1200  $600  $300  $100
Under 1500 (min rating 1100 or unr)    -  $1000  $500  $250  $100
Under 1250 (or unrated)                         -  $500    $250  $125  $50
Under 1000 (only 2-day, no adult unr)  -  $250     $125   $50    $20   (Trophies to top 5 and top U800)


Unrated may enter Under 1500 section and below, but may not win over $100 in U1000, $200 U1250, $400 U1500. Balance goes to player(s) with same score or is divided among players in next lower score group.


Advantages over place-based scoring


Less Waiting
Your score determines your prize. Once you finish your last game, you can receive a check.
Less Uncertainty
Your prize does not get lowered if others tie with you. For example, if there are two 5-0 players, both receive the full amount for 5-0.
Less short draws
The total payout is always higher when games are decisive.

Results from all previous Baltimore Opens

Entrance Fees

Early (online or mail by 1/14) $119
Regular (online or mail by 1/25) $129
Late (online by 1/27) $134
At-the-door (cash or credit card) $140. We'll be using Square to process credit cards. 

Cancellations will receive a 100% refund if we are notified at least 2 hours before start of the 1st round.

Special Entrance Fees

Under 1000 Section: all entrance fees $55 less
Under 1250 section: all entrance fees $35 less. 
Free early entrance to GMs. $50 will be subtracted from any prizes. 
$45 discount EF for IMs. $20 will be subtracted from any prizes.

$5 discount if staying at hotel.

More Information and Registration at https://thebaltopen.com
Mail Registrations to:
Maryland Chess Association
1827 Thornton Ridge Road
Towson, MD 21204

Mailed registrations should include name, section, schedule(2-day or 3-day). The chief TD for the tournament will be Mike Regan. If you have any questions about the tournament email him at Click here to show mail address.

Round Schedules

Championship - U1500 3-day schedule : Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rounds Fri 7 pm, Saturday 11am and 5:30, Sunday 9:30am and 3:30. 
Championship - U1500 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rounds. Saturday 11am, 2:15 and 5:30, Sunday 9:30am and 3:30.
U1000 and U1250 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rounds. Saturday 11, 1 and 3:00, Sunday 9:30am and 12:45pm.
U1250 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6pm, rounds Fri 7pm Saturday 11 and 3:00, Sunday 9:30am and 12:45pm.


1100 Old Elkridge Landing Road
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
United States

Sections: 6
Grand Prix Points: 30
Prize Fund:
FIDE Rated: Yes
Handicap Accessible: No
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

Michael W Regan
Email: mregan@stsci.edu
Phone: 4104195130