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Dear Chess Enthusiast

Executive Director Tom Beckman and TDs Mike Hoffpauir and Andy Rea welcome you to the

2013 Eastern Open Chess Tournament Web site

We want to personally THANK YOU for your patronage last year, and hope you will join us again for another great time and an exciting tournament. We invite you to make plans to play in the 7-round 40th annual Eastern Open to be held from December 26-29 (Thursday evening-Sunday) and 12/27-12/29 (Friday-Sunday) 2013.

CONVENIENT NEW LOCATION: Doubletree Hotel, Bethesda MD (2 mi. S from 495 at 8120 Wisconsin Ave.)

Over $17,500 in prize money and 50 prizes. Class prizes for every 150- or 200-point interval within each section.


Swiss in 6 Sections: Open Section guaranteed. Remaining prizes based on 220 paid entries.

  • 7-round slow play, 4-day with 40/120, SD/30, d10 with 3-day option (G60, d10 for Rds. 1-3): 

  • Open:    $2,000-1,000-500-250   U2300: $500-250    FIDE rated 

  • Under 2200:  $1,000-600-400-200   U2050: $400-200  

  • Under 1900:  $1,000-600-400-200   U1750: $400-200    

  • Under 1500:  $800-500-250   U1350: $400   


7-round fast play, 3-day weekend format with G/90, d10: Max U/R prize = $150

  • Under 1700:  $1,000-600-300       U1550: $400    

  • Under 1300:  $1,000-600-300       U1150: $300   U1000: $250

  • Special prizes: Best Played Game, Best Fighting Spirit, Brilliancy, Best Opening Innovation, Upset in U1700 & U1300.


Additional events:

  • Partay On Open: December 28th, Open & U1800 sections, 4 Rds, 10am-9 pm, G/60, d5, $2,000

  • Blitz Tournament:  December 28th at 9:30 pm, 5-Rd double Swiss, G/7, $800 in prizes

  • Lecture:   December 26th at 5-6:30 pm, Expert Tom Beckman will talk about How to Attack


Please email me at tombeckman@rcn.com if you have any questions or concerns.


Warmest regards,

Tom Beckman 

Eastern Open Executive Director