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Monday, May 30, 2011

Get set for the first Internet Chess Club Open for players of all categories

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Hello everyone,

The official countdown for this week's launch of the inaugural ICC Open with $3,500 in prize money has begun. ICC members will not only get the chance to hone their skills on some of the world's top GMs and IMs, but they will also get the opportunity to win cash prizes within their own rating band!

The 1st ICC Open has something for everyone -  ranging from the hardened-pros of GMs and IMs to tournament players and the occasional club player with an Open, U2200, U2000, U1800 and U1600. Four qualifying tournaments (with a time control of 3 0 throughout) will be held on ICC on Friday and Saturday, 3rd-4th June, starting at 3 pm and 8 pm EDT.  

Class prize-winners will be determined by their best score in one qualifier and competitors can play in as many qualifiers as they like. The Open will be contested in a grand winner-takes-all knockout final that all ICC members can watch live on Sunday, June 5th, starting at 3pm EDT.

Qualifier 1: Friday, June 3, at 3pm
Qualifier 2: Friday, June 3, at 8pm
Qualifier 3: Saturday, June 4, at 3pm
Qualifier 4: Saturday, June 4, at 8pm
Finals: Sunday, June 5, at 3pm

All times are server time (EDT, New York Time, UTC/GMT -5 hours).

For condition of entry, rules and full schedule of the 1st ICC Open, go to the official site at

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