Goddesschess is once again providing some sponsorship for this fine local event:
7th Annual Grand Pacific Open
Easter 2013, March 29-April 1A 6 round FIDE & CFC rated Swiss
$5000 Guaranteed Prize Fund
The Grand Pacific Open is BC's largest chess tournament and this will be it's 7th annual! The main event is a 6 round FIDE and CFC rated Swiss with $5000 in prizes. There are also a number of side events which are free if you play in the main event and include an active tournament, Midnight Blitz with $100 in prizes, and a Bughouse tournament to finish off the weekend.
You can find all of the details at the website. Here's a brief summary:
Registration: Online registration or you can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 1012 Spiritwood Place, Victoria, BC V8Y 1C6 (with cheques payable to "Victoria Chess")
Sections: Open (FIDE and CFC rated); U1800 (CFC rated)
Round Times Rd 1 at 6:00 pm Friday March 29; Rds 2 and 3 at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm Saturday March 30; Rds 4 and 5 at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm Sunday March 31; Rd 6 at 10:00 am Monday April 1
Prize Fund: $5000 Guaranteed:
Open Section: $1150+Trophy, $700, $450 U2100 $475+Trophy, $375
Top BC Player qualifies for BC Closed.
Top Women $80, $70, $60, $50, $40 (in addition to any other prize Courtesy of Goddess Chess)
U1800 Section: $425+Trophy, $325; U1500 $350+Trophy, $250
Top Unrated (Highest score in either section) $100
Biggest Upset $100
Time Control: Game in 90 minutes with a 30 second increment
Entry Fee , $75 registered and paid on or before Feb. 22, $85 registered and paid on or before March 25, $95 on site. Discount $20 if rated U1400 or unrated. Discount of $5 if playing in the Victoria Youth Championship. Add $20 if playing up a section and rated U1700 or unrated.
Non CFC members add $16 (adult) or $8 (junior). First time players who meet the conditions listed on our Policies page have CFC membership included in entry fee. 2nd & higher entries from one family receive a family discount of $30.
WGM Katerina Rohonyan (2296/2347 CFC), who has battled for the title of U.S. Women's Chess Champion in prior years, is among the registered players. I am also hoping that WGM Nino Maisuradze, who won the title in 2011 and came in second place (behind only surprise entrant GM Hikaru Nakamura) in 2012, will be able to return to try and reclaim her title.