Friday Night Blitz at the 2024 Fredericksburg Open!

Country Inn & Suites South

Event Overview

Friday Night Blitz at the 2024 Fredericksburg Open!

Friday, October 25th, 2024

Hotel & Playing Site: Country Inn & Suites Fredericksburg-South, 10358 Patriot Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.

Format: 4 Double-rounds (8 games), Swiss System (this is not an elimination event). Time Control is Game in 5 minutes with no time delay or increment, meaning each player has exactly 5 minutes of total thinking time in each game of Blitz.

Sections: Two Blitz Sections.
    - Championship:
    - Under 1600 & Unrated:
          + An “Unrated” player is someone who does not have a US Chess rating or a rating in a system recognized by the US Chess Federation (e.g., FIDE and many foreign countries). A player who has a rating in a recognized system is NOT Unrated. We do not use ratings in, Lichess, Chesskid, ICC, Tornelo, etc.
         + The Chief TD will pair players and award prizes based on the higher of each player’s Over-the-Board and Online Regular ratings. These ratings also determine players’ section eligibility. The Chief TD is the final authority on ratings used.

Prizes: We will pay out 85% of the entry fees as 1st-4th place prizes in both Blitz sections.

On-Line Registration & Fees: Register online at
    - $30 through Saturday Oct 19th.
    - $35 starting Sunday Oct 20th through Wednesday Oct 23rd.
    - $40 starting Thursday Oct 24th and at the tournament site.

On-Site Registration: At the hotel.
    - Friday, Oct 25th, 4 pm to 6:30 pm. Round 1 of Blitz starts at 7 pm.
    - Credit cards, checks, cash accepted.

Lodging: $89 per night at the hotel. Click here to make your hotel reservation or do so at

Ratings Used for Sectioning and Prizes: For section determination and prizes we use the higher of a player’s Over-the-Board and Online Regular and Blitz ratings from the October 2024 US Chess Rating Supplement. Established ratings trump provisional ratings, and “stale” over-the-board or online ratings will be reviewed by the Chief TD. Players who lack US Chess ratings, but have ratings in other recognized systems, will have their ratings converted by the Chief TD to a US Chess equivalent.

Membership Requirements:
    - All players must be US Chess members in good standing except Foreign GM/WGM, IM/WIM. Check, join, or renew your membership
at the US Chess Federation website.

Mail-in Entries:
    - Checks payable to VA Chess Federation or “VCF”
    - Download our mail-in form from, or include the Player’s Name, Address, Email, Phone Number, US Chess ID, Section Playing In, and whether you want an Optional half-point Bye.
    - Mail by Saturday Oct 21st to Mike Hoffpauir, ATTN: Fredericksburg Open, 405 Hounds Chase, Yorktown, VA 23693-3356

Chess Equipment:
    - VCF will provide all chess sets and clocks for the Blitz tournament.

Face Masks: Optional, please supply your own if you want to wear one. We will have hand sanitizer on site., or Mike Hoffpauir, Click here to show mail address, or text to 757-846-4805.


10358 Patriot Highway
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
United States

Sections: 2
Grand Prix Points: 0
Prize Fund: 85% of Entries
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

Mike Hoffpauir, NTD
Phone: 757-846-4805