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Dear Chess Enthusiast

Executive Director Tom Beckman and TDs Andy Rea and Anand Dommalapati welcome you to the

2014 Eastern Open Chess Tournament Web site


We want to personally THANK YOU for your patronage in previous years, 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 41st annual Eastern Open to be held from December 26-29 (Friday evening-Monday), and 12/27-12/29, and 12/26-12/28 for the U1300 section.


CONVENIENT LOCATION: Doubletree Hotel, Bethesda MD (2 mi. S from I-495 at 8120 Wisc. Ave; 4 blocks N of Metro.)

Over $14,000 in prize money and over 30 prizes awarded. Class prizes for each 150-point interval within sections.

7 Rd. Swiss in 5 Sections: Open section prizes guaranteed. Other section prizes based on 40 paid entries in each section.

Open: $2,000-1,000-600-400 U2300: $400 Open FIDE rated

Under 2200: $1,000-600-300 U2050: $400

Under 1900: $1,000-600-300 U1750: $400

Under 1600: $1,000-600-300 U1450: $400

Under 1300: $1,000-500-250 U1150: $300 Max U/R prize = $150

NOTE: For FIDE Rated players with no USCFID/USCFRating, 100points will be added to his/her FIDE Rating to calculate USCF Rating for Pairings and Prize purposes.:

Special Prizes:

Best Fighting Spirit and Best Played Game: $200-100-50 from any round. Selected game must be annotated by winner. <

Brilliancy: $100-50 from any round. Submit position, game score, and annotate several moves leading up to the brilliancy and the concluding moves of the game.

Best Opening Innovation: $100-50 from any round. Authors must demonstrate the value of their opening innovation vs. current best practice. Winners will have games, brilliancies, and opening innovations submitted to Chess Life for publication.

Upset in U1300 Section: For rounds 1-6, $25 book credit prizes. Max 2 prizes per player.


Additional events:

Eastern Open Blitz Championship Sat 12/27 9:30 pm-12:30 am: 5-rd double Swiss, G/7, d0. $800 based on 40 entries.

Quads: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday: 3 games at 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm: G75, d10. EF = $50: 1st = $90, 2nd = $50

Chess Lecture: Friday 12/26: 4-5:30 pm: The Importance of Pawn Structure in the Middlegame by FIDE Master Allan Savage


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


Warmest regards, Tom Beckman Eastern Open Executive Director