The 1st Charlotte Masters will take place over Presidents' Day Weekend, February 13-15, 2021.

This is a high level designed for players rated 2250 FIDE or above.


February 13-15, 2021


Charlotte Chess Center

10700 Kettering Drive, Unit E

Charlotte, NC 28226


Hilton Garden Inn - Pineville

425 Towne Centre Blvd.

Pineville, NC 28134

$99/Night - Free Internet, Breakfast, Parking, Shuttle to the Center



Online registration only.  Maximum 24 players.  Must be 2250+ FIDE or have the FM, WGM, or WIM title to register. 

Five untitled players rated between 2150-2250 may be permitted by the organizer to enter. (Update - All untitled  u2250 spots have been taken)


Time Control:

G/90 minutes; increment 30 seconds


First Place: Free Entry to a Future CCCSA GM Norm Invitational

US Chess tiebreaks used if necessary



Entry Fees:

$200 by February 1, 2021

$50 less for International Masters

$250 for all entries (including IM's) after February 1, 2021

No entries after February 12, First 24 Players to Enroll

Refunds: Withdrawals are subject to a 5% transaction fee by February 9, no refunds after February 9.

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.  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


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