The 2022 US Masters will be held over Thanksgiving Weekend from November 23-27, 2022. The USM is an official US Chess National Championship event features a $20,000 guaranteed prize fund. Enjoy your stay at the lakeside Hilton Charlotte University Place. Take a walk on the lake, shop, dine and more.

The event runs alongside the 2022 NC Open, an open event with sections for players of all ratings and $11,000 in prizes.



November 23-27, 2022


Hilton Charlotte University Place

8629 J M Keynes Drive

Charlotte, NC 28262


$105/Night - Free Internet, Parking

Booking Link


Online registration until November 22 - Use link below

On-Site Registration: November 23, 4-4:30pm, registrations after this period will result in round 1 bye.


Players rated or once rated at least 2200 USCF or FIDE

Players with the NM, FM, and WFM titles

Juniors (under 20) rated or once rated 2000+ USCF or 2000+ FIDE**

**additional fee applies


The 2022 U.S. Masters is part of the FIDE Open Tournament Aid Program

$5000* - $2500 - $1800 - $1500 - $1200 - $1000 - $800 - $600

Top U2400 FIDE: $1200  - $600

Top U2250 FIDE: $1000 - $500

Senior (50+) Bonus Prizes**: $600 – $400
Female Bonus Prizes**: $600 – $400

GM, IM, WGM, WIM Norms Possible - Norm Super Swiss

*$300 bonus prize for clear first or playoff winner

** Bonus Prizes can be won in addition to other prizes


Free $1,000 Blitz

6 Rounds - US Chess Blitz Rated

Section and Prize Breakdown TBD

FREE to players in the U.S. Masters and NC Open, $30 for others


Main Event

Wednesday: 6:30pm

Thursday: 11:00am & 5:00pm

Friday: 11:00am & 5:00pm

Saturday: 11:00am & 5:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am & 5:00pm

$1,000 Blitz 

Saturday: Round 1 at 9:30pm then rounds ASAP


G/90; +30

90 minutes plus a 30 second increment from move 1


GM, Foreign IMs, Foreign WGMs: Free, no deduction from prize

U.S. IMs, and WGMs: $199 by November 1, $219 by November 15, $249 after

Regular Entry: $249 by November 1, $269 by November 15, $299 after

Junior (U20) with Peak Ratings Under 2200: $150 more than regular entry

Refunds: Withdrawals are subject to a 5% transaction fee by November 22, no refunds after November 22.


  • 2675+ FIDE GMs are eligible for 5 nights shared hotel plus a $1000 minimum prize OR 5 nights single hotel plus a $500 minimum prize.

  • 2600+ FIDE GMs are eligible for 5 nights shared hotel plus a $500 minimum prize or 5 nights single hotel.

  • All GMs, Foreign IMs, and Foreign WGMs are eligible for 5 nights shared hotel or $250 in conditions.

  • Conditions must be arranged in advance. Contact Dr. Walter High (contacts below) as early as possible.

  • Players receiving conditions may not take byes or withdraw without the expressed permission of the organizers.

Registration and Entry Lists Here



  • Masks Optional

  • Up to 3 optional half-point byes which must be requested at least 90 minutes before round one begins.

    • Norms not possible if taking a bye.

    • Byes not available to conditioned players without expressed permission of the organizers.

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

  • In case of a tie for first place, the top two players on "average rating of opposition, cut one" tiebreak will play a blitz playoff of two G/5; +2 games, followed by an Armageddon game as specified by the Chief Arbiter.

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

  • November FIDE ratings used for pairings and prizes.

  • CCC Electronic Device Policy

CCC Events Team - events@charlottechesscenter.org

Dr. Walter High - wmhigh@nc.rr.com