The 3rd Charlotte Masters will take place July 16-18, 2021.

This is a high level tournament divided into two sections. Section A is for players rated 2200+ FIDE, and Section B is for players rated 1900+ USCF



July 16, 2021 - July 18, 2021

Students may wish to pair this tournament with the 2021 Elite Chess Camp, July 19-23.


Charlotte Chess Center

10700 Kettering Drive, Unit E

Charlotte, NC 28226

Suggested Hotel:

Hilton Garden Inn - Pineville

425 Towne Centre Blvd.

Pineville, NC 28134

$99/Night - Free Internet, Cook-to-Order Breakfast, Parking



Online registration only.  Maximum 32 players. 

Masters A: Open to players rated 2200+ FIDE on June or July Rating List or have the FM, WIM, or WGM title

Masters B: Open to players 1900+ USCF or FIDE on June or July Rating List


$2,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund

Masters A: $600-300-200

Masters B: $500-250-150

Time Control:

G/90 minutes; increment 30 seconds



Entry Fees:

$150 by June 22

$175 by July 6

$200 after July 6

GM/IMs free by June 22.  $100 deducted from prize.

No entries after July 15

Refunds: Withdrawals are subject to a 5% transaction fee by July 15, no refunds after July 15.

Special Notes

COVID-19 Measures 

We will almost certainly not cancel or postpone this event due to COVID-19.  Restaurants, business, and travel have been open in North Carolina since May 20, 2020.  We will be taking many preventative measures to ensure the safety of our players:

  • Venue facilities (tournament hall) and all chess equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily

  • Players and parents who are sick will be asked to stay home

  • One board per table, promoting social distancing

  • Players are not required to shake hands before and after games

  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipe stations will be placed throughout the tournament hall

  • Masks or face shield required, gloves recommended

  • Spectators will be encouraged to watch games online instead of on-site

  • Temperature checks at the door