Thursday, April 8, 2010

Women's World Chess Champion GM Alexandra Kosteniuk Simul!

News from GM Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess Blog:

To promote the Space Coast Open, current Women's World Chess Champion GM Alexandra Kosteniuk will play a 50-board simul on April 24, 2010:

Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront Resort and Spa
2605 N. Hwy A1A
Indialantic FL, 32903

About the 17th Space Coast Open and World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk Simul

An event created by chess players for chess players!

Hotel rate extended to April 7; limited number of rooms still available. See below.

Dates: April 23-25 or April 24-25, 2010
USCF Grand Prix Points: 30

Open Section FIDE Rated

5 round Swiss System, 30/90, SD/1 (2-day: Rd.1 G/60)

Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront Resort and Spa, 2605 N. Hwy A1A, Indialantic, FL.

$$10,000 b/165 paid, 60% Guaranteed
6 Sections:

1. Master/Expert $$1200+trophy-700-300, U2400 $600+trophy, U2200 $600+trophy-300.
2. Class A $$600+trophy-300-200.
3. Class B $$600+trophy-300-200.
4. Class C $$600+trophy-300-200.
5. Class D $$600+trophy-300-200.
6. U1200 $$600+trophy-300-200. U1000 $300+trophy-200. U800 $200+trophy-100. U1200 plus scores not winning another prize: Book Prize courtesy of Hollywood Kings Chess. Trophies to top Brevard County scholastic players in grades K-3, K-5, K-8, K-12.

Special Prizes - Sponsored by Hollywood Kings Chess.

Top Upsets Rds 1-4: Book Prize
Wojtkiewicz Brilliancy Prizes: 1st $25, 2nd-3rd Book Prize (Judge: IM Javad Maharramzade)

ALL:  Players in Master section are required to turn in completed scoresheets at completion of each round (Reference USCF Rule 15G). Rated players may play up one class only. Unrated may play in Master or U1200. Unrated limited to $100 prize unless place prize in Master.

½-point Bye available any round if requested in advance and before round 2 (limit 2). No Smoking. No computers. Wheelchair accessible.

Entry Fee:

$79 via mail or on-line at this web site by 4/17, late entry $89 on line by 4/21 or at site (no credit cards at site); $20 less if unrated or under age 18.

Special EF for Brevard County students in K-12 playing in any section: $20 on-line by 4/21 ($25 at site) (counts as ¼ entry for based on prize fund).

GMs and IMs free entry available on-line until 3/31, else $80 from prize. Free entry to past Master Section winners listed above (use GM/IM entry for on-line registration).

Re-entries $40 by round 3 (½ point Byes for earlier rounds).

Indicate 2-day or 3-day when mailing entry. Entries not indicating which schedule is desired will be placed in the 2-day schedule.

Registration ends 1 hr before 1st round.

Rounds: Rd. 1 8pm Fri (2-day:10am Sat at G/60), Rds 2-5: Sat. 1:00 and 7:00, Sun 9:00 and 3:00.

Hotel Rate: $95, $149 studio kitchenette. Reservations: Hotel phone number 321-777-4100, Group Code CHS. Click here for on-line Hotel reservations. Restaurant, lounge, pool, beach. Plus many other restaurants nearby. VERY IMPORTANT: Reserve early (extended deadline is now 3 P.M. on April 7, but lowest price rooms may run out prior to that date). The group rate is *unlikely* to be available after the cut off date. RESERVE EARLY.

*** Special Event *** World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk Simultaneous Exhibition. Saturday, 8am. Special guest Alexandra Kosteniuk will give a simul on Saturday morning starting at 8am. The tournament schedule has been flexibly organized such that players may easily participate in both the tournament and the simultaneous exhibition (to play in all rounds of the tournament plus the simul, enter the 3 day schedule. The simul is expected to end before the start of round 2. Alternatively, a half point Bye is available for round 1).

A portion of the boards for the simul will be reserved for local students. The remaining reservations will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. GM Kosteniuk’s exhibition’s often sell out quickly, so don't wait! GM Kosteniuk will also sign her books at the event including her latest, Diary of a Chess Queen. See the press release at (
Side events:

Space Coast Open Blitz. 4-SS (2 games/Rd), G/5. Prizes: Cash prizes based on entries. EF $10. Rds Sat. 12:30 & 6:30, Sun. 8:30 & 2:30. (i.e., Blitz rounds are prior to rounds 2-5 of main tournament).
Extras and more Side Events:

Free GM and IM lectures:

- Friday: 6:30pm: TBD
- Saturday: 10am: no lecture due to Alexandra Kosteniuk Simul
- Saturday: 11am: no lecture due to Alexandra Kosteniuk Simul

Space Coast Open Massage Therapist $1/minute.
Books and Equipment by Hollywood Kings Chess.

Send Entries to: Space Coast Chess Foundation, c/o Harvey Lerman, 921 N. Thistle Ln, Maitland, FL 32751. PLEASE: no phone or e-mail entries. Credit Card entry available via this web site only. ADVANCE ON-LINE REGISTRATION ENDS April 17, LATE ON-LINE REGISTRATION ENDS April 21.

General Info: Peter Dyson 321-452-9863 (

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