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2024 Carolinas Classic

Jun 07-09, 2024

Plan Ahead





The 8th Annual Carolinas Classic is a 5 round event featuring a $15,000 guaranteed prize fund in 7 sections and a FREE $1,500 Blitz tournament! Enjoy your stay at the newly renovated lakeside Hilton Charlotte University Place. Take a walk on the lake, shop, dine and more. 


In addition to the main events and side events, participants may engage with special VIP IM John Bartholomew who will lead Q&A's, blitz challenges, game analysis, and more! Chess legends GM Judit Polgar, GM Veselin Topalov (former World Champion), and world-renowned trainers GM RB Ramesh and GM Daniel Naroditsky will also be present and hold a book signing/autograph session on Sunday of the event. 

Organized just prior to the Charlotte Chess Center's Elite Camp (June 10-14 at the same venue)


Main Event

June 7-9, 2024

Various playing schedules available


Single-day side events on Saturday, June 8 listed below.


Hilton Charlotte University Place – Official Venue

8629 J M Keynes Drive

Charlotte, NC 28262


$129/Night - Free Internet, Parking

Booking Link - Some rooms may be available, most days sold out


  • Players are strongly recommended to register online.

    • On-site check-in not necessary for online registered players.

  • US Chess membership required for all players, including Blitz

  • All registration closes 1 hour before round.

  • On-site registration:

    • 3-day Schedule - Friday 5:00-5:30pm

    • Scholastic Event - Saturday 9:00-9:30am

    • 2-day Schedule / Re-Entry - Saturday 9:00-9:30am

    • Blitz registration: (on-site only) Saturday 4:00-8:15pm


Championship Section: G/110, inc/10

U2100 through U1100 Sections: G/100, inc/10

Rounds 1-2 of 2-Day Schedule: G/45, inc/10


Championship Section (2000+) - FIDE Rated - 80 Grand Prix Points

$1600 + plaque – $800 – $600 – $300

Top U2400: $600 – $300

Top U2250: $400 – $200

Under 2100 Section - FIDE Rated

$1000 + plaque – $500 – $300 - $200 

Under 1900 Section - FIDE Rated

$800 + plaque – $400 – $300 - $200

Under 1700 Section - FIDE Rated

$800 + plaque – $400 – $300 - $200

Under 1500 Section

$800 + plaque – $400 – $300 - $200

Under 1300 Section

$800 + plaque – $400 – $300 - $200

Under 1100 Section

$700 + plaque – $400 – $200 - $100

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


3-Day Schedule - 5 Rounds

Friday: 6:30pm

Saturday: 10:30am & 4:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am & 3:00pm

2-Day Schedule - 5 Rounds

Saturday: 10:00am*, 1:00pm*, 4:00pm (merge with 3-day schedule)

Sunday: 10:00am & 3:00pm

* Rounds 1 & 2 of 2-Day played at G/45; inc/10 time control


Special Guests GMs Judit Polgar, Veselin Topalov, RB Ramesh, Daniel Naroditsky

  • Book signing/autograph session on Sunday, June 9 from 1:30-3:00pm.

  • A fantastic opportunity to meet a World Champion, the strongest female player of all time, and world-renowned trainers/Grandmasters!


Special Guest VIP IM John Bartholomew

Saturday, June 8

  • Open Lecture: 9:30-10:30am

  • "Play the Master" Blitz: 11:30am-12:30pm

  • Player Game Analysis: 1:30-2:30pm

  • Player Game Analysis: 5:00-6:00pm

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

Sunday, June 9

  • Q&A and Commentary: 10:30-11:30am

  • "Play the Master" Blitz: 12:00-1:00pm

  • Player Game Analysis: 2:00-3:00pm

  • "Play the Master" Blitz: 4:00-5:00pm

  • Player Game Analysis: 5:30-6:30pm

K-8 U700 Scholastic - Saturday, June 8, 10:30am-4:00pm

See details here

FREE $1,500 Blitz - Saturday, June 8, 8:30pm-10:30pm

See details here


Main Event

$140 by May 28

$155 by June 4

$170 after June 4 or on-site at least 1 hour before round.

GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs Free Entry! No deduction from prize if registered by May 15, otherwise $140 deducted from prize.

See K-8 U700 Scholastic Info and Registration Here

See FREE $1,500 Blitz Info and Registration Here



  • No spectators are allowed in the playing area or nearby hallways

  • 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:

    1. current US Chess rating at the time of registration

    2. June 2024 US Chess supplement rating

    3. live rating achieved thereafter

  • Withdrawals/Refunds:

    • Main Event: $10 transaction fee until June 5.

    • Scholastic: $5 transaction fee until June 5.

    • 50% refunds after June 5 until 1 hour before round 1.

  • Byes:

    • Up to 2 optional half-point byes, request before round 1 begins.

    • All byes requested during tournament are zero points.

  • Unrated Players:

    • must enter U1300, U1100 Sections or Scholastic if K-8.

    • Unrated players are eligible for prizes in these sections.

  • Re-Entry: 

    • If players have an undesirable start to the event, they may wish to re-enter the event.

    • Players may re-enter for a $60 fee

  • 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.

  • June 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 and pairings.

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

  • Plaques to first place in main event sections, based on the following US Chess tiebreaks: Cumulative, Average Opposition Rating cut one.

  • Trophies to top 10 in scholastic event, based on US Chess standard tiebreaks.

  • 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.



  • 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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