The 5th Southern FIDE Championship will take place January 18-20, 2020 (MLK weekend) in Charlotte, NC. The tournament will run alongside the Winter GM/IM norm event and is open to players rated 2000 and above and juniors rated 1900 and above.

Previous Southeastern FIDE Champions: GM Ben Finegold, IM Kassa Korley, GM Alonso Zapata, GM Elshan Moradiabadi

Pairings and Standings for the Event


Charlotte Chess Center

10700 Kettering Drive, Unit E

Charlotte, NC 28226


January 18-20, 2020

Recommended Hotel:

Hilton Garden Inn - Pineville

425 Towne Centre Blvd

Pineville, NC 28134

$109 Double Occupancy

Free Parking - Free Internet - Breakfast Included


Book by January 12


Players may register ahead of time using the form below

Players may also register on site:

Saturday, January 18, 10:00am - 11:00am

May also register during any CCCSA hours


Participants must be members of the US Chess Federation

Participants must have peak rating of 2000+ FIDE or USCF

Juniors OK if peak 1900+ FIDE or USCF


Time Control:

G/90 minutes; increment 30 seconds


Round Times:

 Saturday, January 18: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Sunday, January 19: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Monday, January 20: 10:00am - 3:00pm


You may take up to 3 half point byes.

1/2 point byes may be taken in any round but must be requested before round 2.

Byes allow a player to skip a round they can not otherwise attend.


$1,400 Guaranteed in Prizes in 1 Section

20 Grand Prix Points

1st Place: $600 + Plaque

2nd Place: $400

3rd Place: $200

Top U2150: $200


Entry Fee:

IM/GM: Free Entry ($90 Deducted from Prize)

All Others: $95.00 by January 12; $110 After

Special Notes

US Chess Rules Apply; January 2020 US Chess Rating Supplement Will Be Used

Cell Phone Penalty = 1.) 10 Minute Time Penalty; 2.) Forfeit of Round

No Smoking; No E-Cigarettes

No Computers

No Electronics Use Permitted During Game