The Chesapeake Open is known for its pleasant environment and unique features, such as score-based prizes and complimentary breakfast. In fact, last year, the organizers created a word map based on players’ favorite aspects of the tournament:
GM Sergey Erenburg was the 2016 Chesapeake Open champion. GM Julio Sadorra is the current top seed.
View Michael Regan’s report on the 2016 event and look for Jamaal Abdul-Alim’s article on this year’s event.
Liberty Bell Open
The Liberty Bell Open is one of the longest-running events in the country—with this year being the 49th annual tournament. Last year, three-time NY State Champion, Alexander Ostrovskiy, tied for 1st along with four-time U.S. Champion Alexander Shabalov, IM Thomas Bartell, and IM Igor Khmelnitsky.
For more details on the 2016 tournament, read David Hater’s report, IM Ostrovskiy Pulls Off Comeback at Liberty Bell.
This year’s top seed is GM-Elect Ruifeng Li. The tournament also features a free lecture by one of the 2016 Co-Champions, IM Alex Ostrovskiy, on Monday, January 16th at 9 a.m.
Golden State Open
The Golden State Open draws numerous strong players to the San Francisco area every year. Last year’s victors were GM Andrey Stukopin, GM Eugene Perelshteyn, and IM Andrey Gorovets. Co-Champion Stukopin is also this year’s top seed with nine more GMs entered in the tournament.
View Tournament Director David Hater’s report on the 2016 tournament, Grandmasters and Hopefuls Seek Gold in the Bay, and look for his upcoming article on this year’s event.
Dreaming King Open
San Diego, CA
Although the Dreaming King Open has only been around for a few years, it draws a fairly impressive field. Last year, the event featured six grandmasters, with Timur Gareyev, Enrico Sevillano, and John Bryant tying for first place.
The current top seed is GM Carlos Matamoros. The event features special prizes, such as a Best Game Prize for the open section and a book prize for the Best Unrated Player in any section.