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2023 NC OPEN




The 2023 NC Open will be held over Thanksgiving Weekend. The NCO features an increased $13,000 guaranteed prize fund in 10 US Chess rated sections (top 3 FIDE-rated). The event runs alongside the 2023 US Masters, a premier national event. 

Alongside the main events are side events which include the free $2000 blitz, and a single day scholastic (K-8) tournament. In addition, participants may enjoy free game analysis, lectures, and blitz challenges with special guests!


Enjoy your stay at the lakeside Hilton Charlotte University Place. Take a walk on the lake, shop, dine and more.



Main Event: November 24-26, 2023 

Various playing schedules available

Blitz and K-8 Scholastic: Saturday November 25


Hilton Charlotte University Place

8629 J M Keynes Drive

Charlotte, NC 28262


Hilton Charlotte University Place (host hotel)

$105/Night - Free Internet, Parking

Booking Link - Coming Soon


  • Online registration strongly recommended

  • All Registration closes 1 hour before round 1 start time - Use link below

  • On-Site Registration

    • 3-Day Schedule Registration: Friday 9:00-9:30am

    • 2-Day, Re-Entry, Scholastic Registration: Saturday 9:00-9:30am

    • Blitz Registration: Saturday 4:00-8:30pm

$13,000 GUARANTEED PRIZE FUND - 40 US Chess Grand Prix Points

Championship (FIDE Rated)

$1000 + plaque – 500 – 300 – 200

Under 2000 (FIDE Rated)

$800 + plaque – 400 – 300 – 200

Under 1800 (FIDE Rated)

$800 + plaque – 400 – 300 – 200

Under 1600

$800 + plaque – 400 – 300 – 200

Under 1400

$600 + plaque – 400 – 300 – 200

Under 1200

$600 + plaque – 400 – 300 – 200


Under 1000

$600 + plaque – 400 – 300 – 200


​Under 800

$600 + plaque – 400 – 250 – 150



Special Guest TBD

K-8 Under 600 Scholastic (Saturday)

Trophies to top 10

K-8 Under 300 Scholastic (Saturday)

Trophies to top 10

FREE $2,000 Blitz

Saturday 8:45-11:00pm

6 Rounds, 2 sections – Championship and Under 2000

On-site registration by 8:30pm required for blitz – no online blitz entry

Blitz round 1 starts 8:45pm, ends around 11pm

Both sections US Chess Blitz-rated, Championship also FIDE Blitz-rated

Free Blitz Entry to players in the U.S. Masters, NC Open, and Scholastic, $40 for others


3-Day Schedule - 6 Rounds

Friday: 10:30am & 4:00pm

Saturday: 10:30am & 4:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am & 3:00pm

2-Day Schedule - 6 Rounds

Saturday: 10:30am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, then merge with 3-day schedule Saturday at 4:00pm for round 4

Sunday: 10:00am & 3:00pm

K-8 Scholastic Schedule - 5 Rounds

Saturday: 10:45am, 11:45am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, Awards at 4:30pm


3-Day Schedule: G/100, inc/10

2-Day Schedule Rounds 1-3 at G/25, inc/5, then merge with 3-Day

K-8 Sections: G/25, inc/5




Main Event

$135 by November 15

$150 by November 21

$165 after November 21

K-8 Side Events

$40 by November 21

$50 after November 21

Registration Link and Entry Lists Coming Soon



  • Parents and spectators are not permitted in the playing area and nearby hallways.

  • Byes: Up to 3 optional half-point byes which must be requested at least 1 hour before round one begins.​​

    • All byes requested after the the start of round one are zero-point byes.

    • Any zero-point byes or withdrawals during the event must be submitted at least 1 hour before the round.

    • Players who forfeit a round (no show) or do not provide 1-hour notice to withdrawing will incur a $100 fine.

  • 100 Point Rule: Must be within 100 points of next section to play up (i.e. 1900+ to enter Championship).  Players may use any of the following to qualify for the 100 point rule:

    • Current rating at the time of registration

    • November 2023 US Chess supplement rating

    • Live rating achieved thereafter

  • Withdrawals/Refunds:

    • Main Event: $10 transaction fee until November 22.

    • Scholastic $5 transaction fee until November 22.

    • 50% refunds after November 22 until 1 hour before round 1

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

  • 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

  • Unrated Players:

    • must enter Under 1200, Under 1000, Under 800 sections or Scholastic U300 if K-8.

    • are eligible for prizes in those sections.

    • Unrated players with foreign ratings or ratings from a different rating system are not considered unrated, and must report any foreign OTB ratings to the organizers. ​

  • All sections are US Chess rated and require current US Chess Membership

  • The Championship, Under 2000, and Under 1800 sections are also FIDE rated and uses FIDE rules.  2-day schedule games are not FIDE-rated.

  • Per FIDE rules at this time control, games involving a player rated 2400+ FIDE are not FIDE-rated.

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

  • 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 sections, based on US Chess standard tiebreaks.

  • November US Chess (OTB) ratings used for pairings and prizes in all sections. 

  • 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.


  • Parents and spectators are not permitted in the playing area and nearby hallways.

  • Read CCC Electronic Device Policy

  • 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.

CCC Events Team -

Dr. Walter High - 

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