Sunday, June 19, 2011

FIDE Continental Americas Amateur Chess Championship 2011

Information consolidated from Susan Polgar's chess blog and the North American Chess Association's website for this fantastic event!  I hope I see the names of many players from my adopted chess club, Southwest Chess Club (southeastern Milwaukee County, Wisconsin), trying for the big prizes!!!  There are already 79 players registered and I recognized several of the names from Goddesschess' sponsorship to the Hales Corners Chess Challenges organized by the Southwest Chess Club -- but so far only four chess femmes!  Come on ladies, now is your chance to shine with these nice class prizes!

$15,000 Prize Fund Guaranteed
The only 4th of July tournament in Chicago with a Guaranteed Prize Fund!

7R-SS Game 90 + 30/sec increment
Playing Venue:  Intercontinental Hotel at O'Hare (Chicago, Illinois)

The FIDE Continental Americas Amateur Chess Championship is brought to the US for the first time in the tournaments history. The event will provide the opportunity to meet and compete against international chess players from North, Central, and South America.

The $15,000 prize fund is guaranteed and will increase in accordance to participation. All participants will compete in a single section with prizes available based upon rating classes:

Overall: $2000-1250-750; Top Female: $800-400
Top 2199-2100 and 2099-2000: $500 each
(1999-1800): $1000-600-400-200
(1799-1600): $1000-600-400-200
(1599-1400): $1000-600-400-200
(Under 1400): $1000-600-400-200

To be eligible to participate you must have a FIDE rating below 2200 and no title or no FIDE rating at all. This makes the event eligible to almost all players!

Rds 1 and 2 - July 1st @ 12pm and 6pm
Rds 3 and 4 - July 2nd @ 12pm and 6pm
Rds 5 and 6 - July 3rd @ 12pm and 6pm
Rd 7 - July 4 @ 12pm or take a bye!

As with all North American Chess Association organized events, all equipment is provided for you to make your chess playing experience the simplest and most enjoyable that it can be!

You have the chance to create fireworks over the board and then head to Navy Pier to watch a fireworks celebration over Lake Michigan! Or spend time at the world famous Taste of Chicago and try out multiple mouth watering cuisines from local restaurants!

$85 room rate - 4 Star Hotel

Make your reservations today for the $85 per night rate good throughout the entire event! Reserve online or by calling the hotel directly at (847) 544-5300. Be sure to mention that you are with the Chess Tournament: group code CHS.

Free shuttle from O'Hare airport and from the CTA Blue Line Train.

Special Prizes
$80,000 in Texas Tech University Scholarships - The SPICE program once again offers us two (2) scholarships valued up to $40,000 each to the top male and female finisher under the age of 26.*

World Amateur Accommodations - The Turkish Chess Federation has graciously extended free hotel, meals, and entry fee accommodations for the World Amateur Chess Championship to be held in Turkey in October to the top male and female finisher.*

Entry fee after 6/18/11:  $100.  Further information

*See official regulations for further information and qualification guidelines for these prizes.

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