9th Annual Golden Buckeye Senior Open & Adult U1800

State Championship Event
Salt Fork State Park, Cambridge, Ohio

Event Overview

A relaxed schedule, intimate atmosphere, rustic secluded venue and natural surroundings all combine to make a unique and memorable weekend!  Players age 18 & up from any state welcome!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!! Bring an interesting set to display on Saturday.  4 Categories: Staunton, Figurine/Theme, Miniature/Travel, and Other Set/Item.  Enter on site, category self-selected.  Best set in each category by vote of the players receives a state park gift certificate.  Sets previously winning top honors not eligible for prizes but may display.

Site: Salt Fork State Park Lodge, www.saltforkstateparklodge.com, 14755 Cadiz Rd, Lore City, OH 43755 (near Cambridge).  $149/night group room rate good through August 24th, special rates on cabins, some pet friendly.  Call 800-ATA-PARK for reservations, ask for Golden Buckeye Chess Tournament room block.  Reserve early to ensure room on site, other hotels are 30 minutes away.

2 Sections (age as of December 31, 2024): Senior Championship (50 & older only), Adult U1800 (ages 18 and up; under 18 may enter with organizer approval if accompanied by another adult player).  An open section for ages 18-49 will be added if 6 or more commit in advance, contact the organizer if interested.

Format: 5 round Swiss, G/75, d10.  One ½-point bye rounds 1-4, commit by end of round 2.  Sets provided, please bring clocks!  Optional Friday evening blitz for all ages, see details below.  Bonfire social Saturday evening, weather permitting.

Prizes: Trophies to top players in each section.  Ohio Senior Champion title & trophy to top-finishing Ohio resident in Senior section.  First time players in this event, and returning players who recruit first time players, will be entered in drawings for a gift certificate good towards lodging, gift shop or restaurant purchases.

Entry Fee: $50 for entries paid by 9/23, $60 thereafter.  No checks at door.  Enter online (check or credit card) or mail entry with check payable to Fellowship of the King Chess Club, c/o Grant Neilley, 13270 Saylor Rd, Baltimore, OH 43105.  Refund less $5 admin fee if withdraw by noon 9/27, then 50% until end of registration.  Online entry/payment recommended due to increasing mail theft and delivery issues; if you choose to mail, send as early as possible to ensure receipt.

Schedule: Registration Sat 9-9:45am, rounds 10-2:15-6:30; Sunday 9:30-1:15.  Bonfire social Saturday evening, weather permitting.  Optional Friday evening rated blitz open to all ages, G5 d/2, register on site by 7:45pm, round 1 8pm.  Entry fee $10, 60-70% paid out as prizes; pairings & rounds at TD discretion. 

On line Registration Here or see website for link.  Flyer and paper entry form at www.neilley.com/chess.  Contact Grant Neilley, Click here to show mail address (preferred) or 614-314-1102.


14755 Cadiz Rd
Lore City, OH 43755
United States

Sections: 2
Grand Prix Points: 0
Prize Fund: 0
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: No
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

Grant Neilley
Email: grant@neilley.com
Phone: 614-314-1102