Event Date: July 27, 2024
Location: Norfolk, Virginia

The 2023 Weeramantry Blitz Co-Champions: FM Terry Luo (first on tiebreaks) and FM Gus Huston. Huston by Daniel Day; Luo courtesy of subject. 

Weeramantry Information & Rules

Revised July 1, 2024


The FM Sunil Weeramantry National Blitz Tournament of State Champions is an annual invitational event run by US Chess that has determined the Weeramantry National Champion since 2020. The 2023 champions were FIDE Master Terry Luo (2396, DE) and FIDE Master Gus Huston (2438, NY).


This event is open only to participants in the five simultaneous national invitationals for state champions that run concurrently with the U.S. Open:


Those Invitational players are welcome to register for the free, optional Weeramantry Blitz tournament by filling out an online form, the link to which will be emailed to them.


Registration Deadline: 7 days before the tournament. No onsite signups.

5 sections:

  • Championship: 2100+
  • 1800-2099
  • 1500-1799
  • 1200-1499
  • Under 1200


Prizes: $4,000 ($800 per section; 5 sections).

Prizes for Each Section: Gift Certificates for the U.S. Open Bookstore

  • 1st $240
  • 2nd $200
  • 3rd $160
  • 4th $120
  • 5th $80


Gift certificates may be redeemed onsite with the U.S. Open bookstore vendor or may be redeemed online at uscfsales.com within 6 months (no shipping charged). The Weeramantry certificates will be given out at the start of the opening ceremony for the Invitationals, so only those staying for the U.S. Open will be able to redeem the certificates onsite as the bookstore may not open until 7/30.


Rounds: 4DSS: 4 double rounds (players alternate as White & Black) with Swiss-system pairings.


Time Control: G3 +2: 3 minutes base time with a 2-second increment added after each move.

Event Date, Time, etc.: Saturday, July 27, 2024, 10 AM - 1 PM. Optional. No entry fee. Section eligibility and pairings determined strictly by US Chess Regular rating—no playing up. The tournament follows US Chess rules and is US-Chess-rated. Players must bring a chess clock, and it should support time increment. If neither player brings a clock to the board, then both players will forfeit the round. US Chess will provide boards and pieces—but not clocks. 9:45 AM: announcements & review rules.

If there is a tie, then the prize will go to the highest finisher based on tiebreaks (1. Modified Median, 2. Solkoff, 3. Cumulative, and 4. Cumulative of Opposition); the prize will not be split.


Consistent with the Guidelines for Accessible Chess Events, requests for reasonable accommodations during the event should be made 2-3 weeks before the event. Requests for accommodations made on site will be handled to the best of our ability. All requests should be made to Click here to show email address.



Weeramantry fund


John Rockefeller sponsorship



Contact the Chair of US Chess’s National Tournaments of State Champions Committee, Mike Nietman, at Click here to show email address or 608.467.8510 (landline; no texting) prior to Wednesday, July 24.


If a tournament-related situation arises that is not covered by the text above, then it will be resolved by the Chair of US Chess’s National Tournaments of State Champions Committee.

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