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2024 Charlotte Open

Jan 13-15, 2024

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PAIRINGS, STANDINGS, LIVE GAMES


OVERVIEW

The 2024 Charlotte Open is a 6 round tournament which features a $20,000 guaranteed prize fund in 8 US Chess-rated sections. Alongside the main events are a free $2,500 blitz and a one-day scholastic K-8 tournament.


In addition to the main events and side events, participants may engage with GM Yasser Seirawan who will lead Q&A's, blitz challenges, game analysis, and more! In addition, the Botez Sisters will be hosting a meet and greet on Sunday evening!

 

Enjoy your stay at the UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel & Conference Center on UNC Charlotte's beautiful university campus. Plenty of restaurants and shops in walking distance.



WHEN

January 13-15, 2024

MLK Weekend



WHERE

UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

9041 Robert D Snyder Road

Charlotte, NC 28262


HOTEL BOOKING

Host Hotel:

$122 per night - king bed (available Saturday and Sunday nights)

$132 per night - two queen beds

Booking Link - LIKELY SOLD OUT


Overflow Hotel (1.8 miles from venue):

SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Charlotte University Research Park

8700 Research​ Drive

Charlotte, NC 28262

Booking Link - Book ASAP



PARKING

$6 Daily Parking (self)

Each entry/exit requires payment



REGISTRATION

  • Online registration (link below) is strongly recommended. All registration closes 1 hour before round.

  • On-site Registration

    • Saturday 9:15am - 9:30am (3-day or Scholastic)

    • Sunday 8:45am - 9:00am (2-day or re-entry)

  • Blitz Registration: On-site only, Sunday 4:30 - 8:30pm.



TIME CONTROLS

Championship Section, 3-Day Schedule: G/110, inc/10

Under Sections, 3-Day Schedule: G/100, inc/10

All Sections, 2-Day Schedule: Rounds 1-3: G/20, inc/10, then merge with above



$20,000 GUARANTEED IN PRIZES


Championship (2000+) – FIDE-rated - 100 Grand Prix Points

$2000 - $1000 - $600 - $400 - $300

Top U2400 USCF: $600 - $300

Top U2250 USCF: $600 – $300

Under 2100 – FIDE-rated

$1500 + plaque – $800 – $400 - $300 

Under 1900 – FIDE-rated

$1200 + plaque – $600 – $300 - $200

Under 1700 – FIDE-rated

$1000 + plaque – $500 – $300 - $200

Under 1500

$800 + plaque – $400 – $300 - $200

Under 1300

$800 + plaque – $400 – $300 - $200

Under 1100

$700 + plaque – $400 – $300 - $200

 

Under 900

$700 + plaque – $400 – $300 - $200


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



SCHEDULE

3-Day Schedule - 6 Rounds

Saturday: 10:30am & 4:00pm

Sunday: 10:30am & 4:00pm

Monday: 10:00am & 3:00pm

2-Day Schedule - 6 Rounds

Sunday: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm (merge with 3-day schedule in round 4)

Monday: 10:00am & 3:00pm


SIDE EVENTS

Special Guest - GM Yasser Seirawan


Saturday January 13

  • Q&A or Commentary: 11:30am-1:00pm

  • Player Game Analysis: 2:00-3:30pm and 4:30-6:00pm

  • "Play the Master" Blitz: 7:00-8:30pm

Sunday January 14

  • Q&A or Commentary: 11:00am-12:00pm

  • Player Game Analysis: 1:30-3:00pm

  • Photo/Autograph Session: 3:30-4:00pm

  • "Play the Master" Blitz: 6:00-7:30pm

Monday January 15

  • Open Lecture: 9:00-10:00am

  • Q&A or Commentary: 11:00am-12:30pm

  • Player Game Analysis: 2:00-3:30pm

  • Player Game Analysis or "Play the Master" Blitz: 5:00-6:30pm



K-8 Under 600 Scholastic 

FREE $2,500 Blitz (INCREASED!)


BOTEZLIVE Meet & Greet

  • Sunday, January 14

  • After $1,500 Blitz, around 10:30pm



MAIN EVENT ENTRY FEE

$140 by January 3

$155 by January 10

$170 after January 10

GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs Free Entry, no deduction from prize if registered by December 29, otherwise $140 deducted from prize


Conditions are possible for GMs in the 3-day schedule, inquire by December 15.



CONTACT

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RULES AND NOTES

  • 100-Point Rule: Must be within 100 points of next section to play up (e.g. 2000+ to enter Championship). Players may use any of the following to qualify for the 100-point rule. No exceptions.

    • current rating at the time of registration

    • January 2024 supplement rating

    • live rating achieved thereafter

  • Re-Entry: 

    • If players have an undesirable start to the event, they may wish to re-enter the event, for example re-entering from the 3-day to the 2-day schedule.

    • Players may re-enter for a $60 fee.

    • Online re-entry link coming soon.

    • Re-entry closes Sunday 9:00am.

  • Withdrawals / Refunds:

    • Withdrawals by January 11 in main event will incur a $10 transaction fee and $5 fee for scholastic side event.

    • 50% refunds after January 11 until 1 hour before round 1.

    • No refunds once event begins.

    • All withdrawals during the event must be submitted at least 1 hour before the affected round.

    • Failure to notify us of a pending withdrawal or zero-point bye which leads to a forfeit by “no-show” will incur a fine of $100.


OTHER NOTES

  • Up to 3 optional half-point byes, request before round 1. All byes requested during tournament are zero points.

  • Unrated players must enter U1300, U1100, or U900 Sections or K-8 Scholastic U600. Unrated players are eligible for prizes in these sections.

  • 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 one or both players are not present.

  • January 2024 US Chess (OTB) ratings used for pairings and prizes in all sections,

  • All sections are US Chess-rated.  Championship, U2100, U1900, and U1700 are also FIDE-rated and use FIDE rules except for 2-day schedule games., rounds 1-3, which are US Chess-rated only and use US Chess rules.

  • All registration (online and on-site) closes 1 hour before round.

  • Plaques based on the following tiebreaks: Cumulative, Average Opposition cut one.

  • Trophies to top 10 in scholastic sections, based on US Chess standard tiebreaks if necessary.

CCC FAIR PLAY MEASURES

  • 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.

  • Games may be submitted for thorough review by Dr. Ken Regan's FIDE-approved algorithm prior to submitting the event for rating.

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