The CCCSA Online Fair Play Open has a guaranteed $3000 in cash prizes. 

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



See 2021 Charlotte Open - January 9-10, 2020

All Tournaments Begin at 12:00 pm Eastern / 9:00 am Pacific


  • 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


  • 4 round Swiss tournament based on USCF regular ratings (December)

  • Standard US Chess pairing system will be used. Accelerated Pairings May Be Used If Needed

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

  • This tournament is US Chess online regular rated – brand new USCF online rating system

  • New Higher of USCF regular OTB rating and USCF Online Regular Rating used for pairings, section placement and prizes.

  • 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




$3,000 Guaranteed in Prizes

Championship Section 

$500-250-150, top U2200 $150

Under 2000 Section

$300-150-100, top U1800 $100

Under 1700 Section

$300-150-100, top U1500 $100

Under 1400 Section

$300-150-100, top U1200 $100

Separate Scholastic Tournament Option for Students Under 1200 - More Details Here

Round Times:

Eastern Time





Time Control:

G/45 Minutes; Increment 5 seconds

Each player receives 45 minutes plus a 5 second bonus each move to complete each game. 


Can't make it to all of the rounds? You may take a (2) 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:

$49.00 by Tuesday, December 1

$59.00 by Thursday, December 3

$65.00 after Thursday, December 3

GM/IM Free Entry - $45 from Prize

Registration Closes at 11 am EDT the Day of the Event

10% 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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

  • To be eligible for a prize, players must be in the tournament Zoom meeting using their real name for the duration of the tournament.

  • While they are playing, players must always have video enabled in the Zoom meeting. Players without webcam capabilities are not eligible for a prize.

  • Players must agree to Zoom requests by tournament staff, including turning on audio, giving a scan of the area around a player, adjusting the camera angle, etc.

Best online chess camera angle.