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Saturday, August 17, 2013

US Chess Masters from August 29 in North Corolina

Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) 2013

Hi everyone, 

The 2013 U.S. Masters Championship will be held from 29th August to 2nd September at the Embassy Suites Airport, 204 Centreport Dr., Greensboro, North Carolina.

The tournament will be a 9-round Swiss open only to players who have ratings over 2200, those who have ever been so rated, all foreign FIDE-rated players, and juniors (U21) rated over 2000. GM and IM norms may be possible.

The total prize fund is $17000 unconditionally guaranteed.
Prizes: $5000-3000-1750-1500-1250-1000-800-500-100-100
U2450 – 1000
U2350 – 500
U2300 – 500

Already 77 players are registered to participate. Top rated are:

Rauf Mamedov GM 2641 Azerbaijan (AZE)
Yuniesky Quesada Perez GM 2636 Cuba (CUB)
Ray Robson GM 2623 FL (USA)
Georg Meier GM 2610 Germany (GER)
Bartlomiej Macieja GM 2595 Poland (POL)
Alejandro Ramirez GM 2588 TX (USA)
Fidel Corrales-Jimenez GM 2568 Cuba (CUB)
Alojzije Jankovic GM 2562 Croatia (CRO)
Alexander Shabalov GM 2546 PA (USA)
Aleksandr Lenderman GM 2527 NY (USA)
Alex Fishbein GM 2522 NJ (USA)
Iona-Cristian Chirila GM 2520 Romania (ROU)
Denes Boros GM 2502 Hungary (HUN)
Josh Friedel GM 2500 NH (USA)
Alonso Zapata GM 2496 Colombia (COL)
Irina Krush IM-WGM 2489 NY (USA)
Aryam Abreu GM 2483 Cuba (CUB)
Mikheil Kekelidze GM 2470 Georgia (GEO)
Andre Diamant GM 2469 Brazil (BRA)
Kidambi Sundararajan GM 2458 India (IND)

2013 North Carolina Open
The 2013 North Carolina Open is being held in conjunction with the US Masters. The tournament will be played over 5 rounds of Swiss system in four sections on Aug 30 – Sept 1.

The prize fund is $13000 unconditionally guaranteed
OPEN $1000-500-300-250-150-125-125-100-100-100; U2200 250-150-100
U2000 $1000-500-300-250-150-125-125-100-100-100; U1850 250-150-100
U1700 $1000-500-300-250-150-125-125-100-100-100; U1550 250-150-100
U1400 $1000-500-300-250-150-125-125-100-100-100; U1200 250-150-100

Special Saturday-only U1000 Scholastic Tournament
Saturday, August 31 4SS G/30 D/5 Rounds 10:30-12-2-3:30. In two sections, determined on-site based on entries. Trophies to top 10 in each section. USCF rated. EF $20 in advance $25 onsite.

Tournament website
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