Bridgeport Open Featuring Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Central High School, Bridgeport, CT

Event Overview

DIG is bringing current World Blitz Chess Champion, and Super Grandmaster celebrity, Maxime-Vachier-Lagrave (MVL), to Bridgeport, CT this August for the Bridgeport Open Chess Tournament. This will be one of the biggest chess events in the history of Connecticut!

The Bridgeport Open will be held from Friday, August 19 to Sunday, August 21st, 2022. Players in the top four sections (Open, U1900, U1500, U1250) will play four rounds in the tournament and spend one round in a lesson with MVL. Each section will spend time with MVL separate from the other sections. For example, the Open Section will spend time with MVL on Friday afternoon and the U1900 Section will spend time with MVL on Saturday morning.

There will be cash prizes for the top three players in each of the top four sections. Players in the U1000 section will get trophies rather than cash prizes.

Additionally, 20 players in each of the top four sections can register for a simul match against MVL directly after their group lesson. The other players in that section may watch.

On the last day of the event (Sunday afternoon), the top two finishers from each of the top four sections will play in a Blitz Tournament with MVL also participating! MVL’s games in this tournament will be projected on a big screen behind him while he is playing so that people can sit and watch him play. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to play, learn and talk to a chess legend. Don’t miss out! Limited entries.



Open: $2,000, $1,200, $800. Trophies to top 3 scholastic players.

U1900: $1,200, $800, $400. Trophies to top 3 scholastic players.

U1500: $800, $600, $300. Trophies to top 3 scholastic players.

U1250: $400, $300, $200. Trophies to top 3 scholastic players.

U1000: Trophies to top 3 players, Top 3 U600 players and Top 3 Unrated players.

Cash prizes are based on 100 entrants in the top four sections. The cash prizes are subject to change if there are less than 100 entrants in the top four sections. $5,000 guaranteed. *

Blitz Tournament with MVL:

  • Top 2 finishers in the Open, U1900, U1500 and U1250 sections will get to play MVL in a round-robin unrated Blitz Championship.
  • The top finisher other than MVL will win a $1,000 cash prize!
  • All the blitz games will be shown on a big screen so other participants can watch and enjoy the blitz championship!

What to bring:

  • Tournament chess set
  • Chess clock


  • $250 for the Open and U1900 tournament with MVL lesson and simul.
  • $150 for the Open and U1900 tournament with MVL lesson.
  • $200.00 for the U1500 and U1250 tournament with MVL lesson and simul.
  • $100 for the U1500 and U1250 tournament with MVL lesson.
  • $50.00 to join a lesson with MVL and not the tournament. (Second payment section)
  • $40 for the U1000 tournament.
  • Ages 18 and younger Bridgeport students and residents can play in the Bridgeport Open Chess Tournament for FREE.

Hotel with Tournament Group Rate:

  • Must reserve room by August 12th at 5:00 p.m. to get the group rate.
  • Group rate is $159 + tax per night. Normal price for Aug 19th through Aug 21st is approximately $238 + tax.
  • Complimentary hot buffet breakfast from 7am to 10am.
  • 14 minute drive from hotel to tournament location.
  • Press this link to reserve with the group rate: Homewood Suites by Hilton Stratford

Check out our promo video: 

Here is the link with registration and more information:


For any questions, please contact Jithu Sajeevan:


Phone Number: 860-801-7630



1 Lincoln Blvd, Bridgeport
Bridgeport, CT 06606
United States

Sections: 5
Grand Prix Points:
Prize Fund: $9000 ($5000 GUARANTEED)
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: No
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

Jithu Sajeevan
Phone: 8608017630

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