The CCCSA Charlotte Open has a guaranteed $6,000 in cash prizes. 

Fair Play/Anti-Cheating measures will be taken very seriously as to make for a more enjoyable tournament for all.

Over 300 Players Participated in the February Charlotte Open & Scholastic!



Memorial Day Weekend

May 29-31, 2021

2-day and 3-day options available


  • This is a completely open tournament – both adults and scholastic players from any state may play

  • All players must have a lichess account – all lichess accounts are free

  • Players must play from a computer (desktop or laptop). Tablets and cell phones not permitted.

  • US Chess membership required


  • 7 round Swiss tournament 

  • Standard US Chess pairing system will be used - US Chess online regular rated

  • Pairings will be uploaded to Chessstream and players can join their game at the right time with just one click!

  • Higher of US Chess regular OTB rating and USCF online regular rating used for pairings, section placement and prizes.

    • Monthly Supplement Used​

  • Players must be within 100 points of next section cutoff to play up (i.e. 1900+ to play Championship)

    • Players will automatically be moved to appropriate section if they are not eligible

$6,000 Guaranteed in Prizes

Championship Section 

$1000-500-300-200, top U2200 $400-200

Under 2000 Section

$600-300-200-100, top U1800 $350-150

Under 1600 Section

$600-300-200-100, top U1400 $300, top U1200 $200

K-12 Players rated under 1200 may play our May 29 Online Scholastic

Round Times:

All Round Times in EDT (New York, Charlotte, Miami)

3-Day Schedule:

Saturday, May 29: 12:00pm, 3:15pm

Sunday, May 30: 12:00pm, 3:15pm, 6:30pm

Monday, May 31: 12:00pm, 3:15pm

2-Day Schedule:

Sunday, May 30: 11:00am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm (then merge with the 3-day schedule above), 3:15pm, 6:30pm

Monday, May 31: 12:00pm, 3:15pm

Time Control:

3-Day Schedule (all rounds):


2-Day Schedule:

Round 1-3 played at G/25+5, then rounds 4-7 played at G/70+10


Can't make it to all of the rounds? You may take a (3) half point byes in any round

1/2 point byes must be requested before the the tournaments starts.

Byes allow a player to skip a round they can not otherwise attend.


Entry Fee:

$75.00 by May 19

$85.00 by May 26

$95.00 after May 26

GM/IM Free Entry - $70 from Prize

Re-entry from 3-day into 2-day schedule: $30

5% Discount to CCCSA Members

Join the CCCSA and Save - Only $40 a Year for Locals and $25/Year for Travelers



The CCCSA, along with the help of online chess servers fair-play algorithm, has reported and banned over 75 player accounts in our online tournaments. Please read these conditions carefully.


Our principal goal with online events is to ensure a fair and enjoyable experience for all. 

  • Charlotte Chess Center online cash prize tournaments have the highest player-to-TD ratio of any online open events.

  • By registering, all players agree not to use outside assistance of any kind.

  • This is a US Chess online rated tournament.  Players found to be using outside assistance will be reported to US Chess and restricted from future Charlotte Chess Center events.

  • Players found or believed to be using outside assistance will be ineligible for a prize.

  • All games will be reviewed by lichess and tournament staff during and after the event.

  • Tournament staff may expel a player from the tournament, make a player ineligible for a prize, or adjust the standings even if lichess does not close the account.

  • No unnecessary electronics - Players may not listen to music, wear headphones, or have another electronic device near them while playing. 

  • We will remove cheaters from the tournament during and/or after the tournament and adjust tournament results and standings accordingly.

  • All fair play adjustments made by tournament staff are final and are not appealable.


Zoom Meeting (NEW Requirements)

  • To be eligible for a $300+ prize, players must join the tournament Zoom meeting with video, using their real name, with a side or rear camera angle (see picture below).

  • Players with only the standard front-facing webcam view are only eligible for up to $300 in prizes.  You must have a side or rear angle showing the playing and the computer screen in order to be eligible for the complete prize fund.

  • Players who do not join Zoom for every round may play, but are not eligible for any prize. Balance of any limited prize goes to the next player(s) in line.

  • Players must agree to Zoom requests by tournament staff, even during play.

  • In addition to a secondary device as described above, connecting to Zoom from the playing computer is strongly suggested so that players can see TD announcements in Zoom chat.

Best online chess camera angle.