The 2021 US Masters will be held over Thanksgiving Weekend from November 24-28, 2021.

The USM is an official US Chess National Championship event features a $17,000 guaranteed prize fund. 

The event runs alongside the 2021 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 24-28, 2021


Hilton Charlotte University Place

8629 J M Keynes Drive

Charlotte, NC 28262

Hotel Rates

$101/Night - Free Internet, Parking


Rooms are also available on November 23 - adjust dates as needed at the top of the page.


Online registration until November 23 - Use link below

On-Site Registration: November 24, 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**

Players with foreign FIDE federation rated or once rated 2000+ USCF or 2000+ FIDE**

**additional fee applies

$17,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund!

$5000* - $2500 - $1600 - $1200 - $1000 - $800 - $600 - $500

*$500 bonus prize for clear first or playoff winner

Top U2400 FIDE: $1200  - $600

Top U2250 FIDE: $1000 - $500

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 9:15pm then rounds ASAP

Time Control

Main Event

G/100; +30

100 minutes plus a 30 second increment from move 1

Blitz Event

G/3; +2

3 minutes plus a 2 second increment from move 1

Entry Fees

GM and Foreign IMs: Free, no deduction from prize

U.S. IMs: $199 by October 20, $219 by November 15, $239 after

Regular Entry: $249 by October 20, $269 by November 15, $289 after

Junior and Foreign Federation Players with Peak Ratings Under 2200: $100 more than regular entry

Refunds: Withdrawals are subject to a 5% transaction fee by November 23, no refunds after November 23.


GMs and Foreign IMs eligible for conditions. Conditions must be arranged in advance. Contact Dr. Walter High as early as possible.

Players receiving conditions may not take byes or withdraw.



Registration and Pre-Reg List Here


Special Notes​​:


  • Up to 3 optional half-point byes, request at registration. Norms not possible if taking a bye.

  • 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 in the main event.

  • US Chess ratings used for blitz.

Organizer Contacts:

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

COVID-19 Measures 

  • The chess chess equipment will be disinfected and thoroughly cleaned several times daily.

  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipe stations will be placed throughout the chess hotel.


Masks are required for players and spectators.