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 $18,000 guaranteed prize fund. 

The event runs alongside the 2022 NC Open, an open event with sections for players of all ratings.


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

9 Round Swiss - US Chess and FIDE Rated - GM, IM, WGM, WIM Norms Possible



November 23-27, 2022


Hilton Charlotte University Place

8629 J M Keynes Drive

Charlotte, NC 28262

Hotel Rates

$101/Night - Free Internet, Parking

Booking Link Coming Soon


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

$18,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund!

Prize fund increase from 2021

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

*$300 bonus prize for clear first or playoff winner

Top U2400 FIDE: $1200  - $600

Top U2250 FIDE: $1000 - $500

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

Side Event

Free $1,000 Blitz

7 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

Time Control

G/90; +30

90 minutes plus a 30 second increment from move 1

Entry Fees

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 Pre-Reg List Coming Soon


Special Notes​​:


  • 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.

Organizer Contacts:

•    Dr. Walter High, wmhigh@nc.rr.com
•    Grant Oen, grant@charlottechesscenter.org
•    Peter Giannatos, peter.giannatos@charlottechesscenter.org