The 2020 Charlotte Open will take place January 1-5, 2020 in Charlotte, NC. Co-organized by Carolinas Chess Initiative and the Charlotte Chess Center after the 2019 Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship!

January 1-5, 2020

Charlotte, North Carolina

6 Sections, US chess Rated; Top 2 Sections FIDE Rated

$21,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund

Largest Prize Fund in the Southeast!

Norms Possible in Championship

Directly After the 2019 Pan-Am Intercollegiate Chess Championship

Pairings, Standings, Games on Chessstream

Free Guest Lectures:

Lectures in Skittles/Bookstore Room

GM Valentin Yotov Friday 1/3, 10:30am-11:30am
GM Alex Lenderman Saturday 1/4, 10:30am-11:30am



Hilton University Place 

8629 JM Keynes Drive

Charlotte, NC 28262

(704) 547-7444








Hotel Booking Link

​Must book by December 26 to receive discount

$101 per night Single or Double - FREE Internet, FREE Parking

$10 Discount on Total Entry Fee if Staying at Sponsor Hotel (up to two discounts per room)



January 1-5, 2020


Players may register ahead of time using the form below

Players may also register on site:

Wednesday, January 1, 5:00pm - 6:15pm

Friday, January 3 , 10:00am -11:15am

Saturday, January 4, 8:45am - 9:30am

Pre-Registration List:

View Here



Participants must be members of the US Chess Federation


Time Control:

Championship Section: G/100 minutes; increment 30 seconds

All Other Sections: G/120 minutes ; delay 10 seconds

2-Day Option: Rounds 1-3 played at G/40 minutes; delay 10

Scholastic Section: G/25 minutes; delay 5 seconds

Round Times:

Championship Section

9 Rounds

Wednesday: 7:00pm

Thursday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Friday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

 Saturday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am - 3:30pm

All Other Sections

6 Rounds

3-Day Schedule

Friday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

 Saturday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am - 3:30pm

2-Day Schedule

 Saturday: 10:00am - 12:45pm - 3:15pm - 6:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am - 3:30pm

Scholastic Section

Saturday: 10:00am - 11:15am - 12:45pm - 2:00pm 



Under 2200

Under 1900

Under 1600

Under 1300

Scholastic (under 1000)

100 Point Rule: Players may only play up if their rating is within 100 points of the section limit. Example: A 1800 may play in the U2200 section but not a 1799.


You may take up to 3 half point byes.

1/2 point byes may be taken in any round but must be requested before round 3.

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


$20,000 Guaranteed in Prizes

Championship Section (2100+)

FIDE and US Chess Rated - Norms Possible

1st Place: $3,000 + Plaque

2nd - 6th: $1,500 - $800 - $500 - $300 - $200

Top U2400 FIDE: $1000

Top U2250 FIDE: $600

Top U2100 FIDE/Unr: $500

*New Bonus Prize* - Top Premium ACP (Association of Chess Professionals) Member: $1000. 

This prize may be won in addition to a place or class prize.


U2200 Section

FIDE and US Chess Rated

1st Place: $1600 + Plaque

2nd - 4th: $800 - $400 - $200

Top U2050: $400


U1900 Section

US Chess Rated

1st Place: $1400 + Plaque

2nd - 4th: $700 - $400 - $200

Top U1750: $400

U1600 Section

US Chess Rated

1st Place: $1200 + Plaque

2nd - 4th: $600 - $300 - $200

Top U1450: $300

U1300 Section

US Chess Rated

1st Place: $1200 + Plaque

2nd - 4th: $600 - $300 - $200

Top U1100: $200

Scholastic Section (u1000)

US Chess Rated

Trophies to top 10


Entry Fee:

Championship Section (9 Rounds)

GM: If Registered by December 1: Free Entry, Minimum $100 Prize (must play all 9 Rounds), No Deduction from Prizes

After December 1: Free Entry; $240 Deducted from Prize, No Minimum Prize

IM: $140 with $100 Deducted from Prize

Players Rated Below 2200 USCF: $340 by December 15; $370 After

All Other Players: $240 by December 15; $270 After

All Other Sections (6 Rounds)

$140 by December 15; $170 After

Re-Entry $50

Scholastic Section (4 Rounds)

$35 by December 29; $45 After

Special Notes:

$10 Discount on total entry fee if staying at sponsored hotel 

Unrated players must enter U1300 or scholastic section and are eligible for place prizes.

Boards and sets provided, bring clocks

Chess vendor on-site

Electronic device penalty for all sections

1st violation time penalty – deduct half remaining time, up to 10 minutes, 2nd violation forfeit of game.

January 2020 FIDE ratings used in Championship,

January 2020 USCF ratings used in other sections.


The CCCSA conducts weekly and monthly chess events such as weekly rated play, special events, lectures, classes, weekend tournaments.

The CCCSA is constantly making efforts to create partnerships with local and national educational programs to further the expansion of chess not only locally but nationally. 




10700 Kettering Drive

Unit E
Charlotte, NC 28226



2020 by Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy Inc.