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At Least Twenty One (ALTO)

Apr 19-21, 2024

Plan Ahead

Adults 21+



ALTO is a special 5-round event open to players aged 21 and older.  There is a registration cap of 140 players, and a guaranteed prize fund of $6,000.



April 19-21, 2024


Beautiful Venue in the Heart of Southpark Charlotte! Walk to Starbucks, Whole Foods, dozens of restaurants!

Hilton Garden Inn – Southpark (Official Venue)

4808 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

(704) 362-5080

​$124 per night single or $134 for double 

Free internet and parking

Booking Link – reserve by March 20

Homewood Suites – Southpark – overflow hotel, attached to official venue

King Suites only – larger rooms with pullout sofa bed

$149 for King Suite

Free internet, parking, and breakfast

Booking Link


G/110; increment 10

1 hour and 50 minutes per player with a 10 second increment



Championship Section - FIDE Rated

$1000 – 500 – 300 – 200

Top U2200: $300 - 150

Top U2000: $300 - 150

Under 1800 Section - FIDE Rated

$600 – 300 – 200

Top U1600: $300 - 150

Under 1400 Section

$600 – $300 – $200

Top U1200: $300

Top U1000: $150

100-point rule applies for "playing up" a section - see Special Notes at bottom of page.


5 Rounds - 3-Day Schedule Only






April 19

Round 1



April 20

Round 2


Round 3



April 21

Round 4


Round 5



Standard Entry: $120 by April 8, $135 after

GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs: Free, no deduction from prize if registered by April 1, otherwise $100 deducted.

Online Registration only.  No on-site registration.


General inquiries and withdrawals –

Titled Player Conditions -


  • No spectators are allowed in the playing area.

  • ALTO is only open to players age 21+ as of April 19, 2024.

  • Registration Cap: 140 players

  • Online registration only, closes April 19 at 5:30pm or when the capacity limit is reached.

  • 100 Point Rule: Players may play up if their rating is within 100 points of the section limit. Example: 1700+ to enter Championship Section. Players may use any of the following to qualify for the 100 point rule:

    • Current rating at the time of registration

    • April 2024 US Chess supplement rating

    • Live rating achieved thereafter

  • Byes: 

    • Any changes (registration, byes, withdrawals) must be submitted at least 1 hour before the round in question.

    • Half-point byes allow a player to skip a round they cannot otherwise attend.

    • Players may take up to 3 optional half-point byes, request before round 1.

    • All byes requested during the tournament are zero points.  Half-point byes must be requested before round 1.

  • Refunds – all withdrawals by April 17 will be refunded minus a $10 transaction fee. 50% withdrawals after April 17 until 1 hour before round 1.

  • Unrated players must enter the Under 1400 Section and are eligible for place prizes (1st-3rd).

  • Boards, sets, clocks provided (must use our equipment).

  • In all sections, White's clock will be started at the start of the round, even if players are not present.

  • All sections are US Chess rated. US Chess membership is required. The Championship and Under 1800 sections are also FIDE-rated and uses FIDE rules.

  • April 2024 US Chess regular OTB ratings used for pairings and prizes in all sections.

  • Plaque to first place in each section, based on US Chess cumulative tiebreak and "average opposition rating, drop one" tiebreak if necessary.

  • By registering for or attending this event, players and guests grant permission to CCC to take and use photographs and video for purposes related to the event.


  • No spectators are allowed in the playing area.

  • Live game broadcasts will be on a delay.

  • Tournament staff will be equipped with wands and other anti-cheating equipment.

  • Stronger quality and quantity of tournament directors, arbiters, and organizers than other events.

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