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Monday, December 12, 2011

21st North American Chess Open at Bally's Casino Resort from Dec 26-29

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Hello everyone,

Here is some nice chess news from America. All those who prefer a chess new year holiday in America to Europe can mark this out on their calendar for sure.

The 21st Annual North American Open will be held at Bally’s Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada, from December 26-29, 2011. The event has a $120,000 projected prize fund with $90,000 guaranteed.

The event has 7 sections: Open, Under 2300, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500 and Under 1250. All Sections have 4-day or 3-day schedules to participate in.

Entry fees range from $250 to $300. The hotel provides special rates for the chess players.


Open Section: $10000-5000-2500-1200-1000-800-600-500-400-400, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak bonus $200, top Under 2500/Unr $2500-1200. FIDE rated.

Under 2300 Section: $7000-4000-2000-1200-900-800-600-500-400-400. FIDE rated.

Under 2100 Section: $7000-4000-2000-1200-900-800-600-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $2500.

Under 1900 Section: $7000-4000-2000-1200-900-800-600-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1800.

Under 1700 Section: $6000-3000-1600-1000-800-700-600-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1200.

Under 1500 Section: $5000-2500-1400-1000-800-700-600-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $800.

Under 1250 Section: $4000-2000-1300-900-700-600-500-400-300-300, top Under 1000 $1000, no unrated may win over $400.

North American Blitz with $2,500 guaranteed prize fund will take place on 29th December as 5-double-round Swiss with the time control of 5 min.

You can access the official website for more details.

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