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131st Minnesota Open ⭐️

🗓️ February 23-25, 2024

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West

3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN 55441 (map)

Over $7,000 in prizes projected! 💰️

🏆️ 17 qualifying spots for the State Championship Playoffs! ⚔️

💵 Prize projection based on 200 players. All of these players will be playing in one space, as we return to the large Scandinavian Room! 🤘 Hotel rooms available at a special group rate. 🏨

MSCA membership is required to play in this event. 🎟️

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6 Round Swiss: USCF rated (US Chess membership required)

Sections:

🟠 Premier: Open (FIDE rated!)

🔴 Amateur: U2000

🔵 Reserve: U1700

🟢 Sophomore: U1400

🟣 Bantam: U1100

3-day Schedule 🗓️

⌛️ G/90 +30s increment
Friday 7pm (follows annual MSCA membership meeting which begins at 🕠️ 5:30pm)
Saturday 9am • 2pm • 7pm
Sunday 10am • 4pm

2-day Schedule 🗓️

⌛️ G/60; 5s delay for rounds 1-2, then G/90 +30s
Saturday 9am • 11:30am • 2pm • 7pm (merge with 3-day schedule for round 3)
Sunday 10am • 4pm

🏛️ The 2024 Minnesota Chess Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will begin at 🕑️ 3pm on Sunday. Light snacks will be provided during the ceremony courtesy of the MSCA.

Byes: max two ½ pt byes, any rounds, declared before round 3

🎬️ Tournament Director:

Entry Fees 🎫

by ➡️

🟠 Open

🔴 U2000

🔵 U1700

🟢 U1400

🟣 U1100

☀️

2/2

$90

$85

$80

$75

$65

🌤️

2/16

$100

$95

$90

$85

$75

 🌥️

2/22

$110

$105

$100

$95

$85

Onsite

$120

$115

$110

$105

$95

↗️ Rules for playing up in the Premier, Amateur, and Reserve: Players can play up one section free of cost. However, there is a $100 fee for additional section(s) skipped. The goal of this fee is to discourage folks from playing beyond their ability, to keep all the games competitive, and avoid poor tiebreaker scores for the Closed Playoffs. If you intend to play up more than one section, please email msca.board@gmail.com to process your extra fee.

🖊️ Register online by Thu 2/22 7pm 🕖️ 

🖊️ Register onsite Fri 2/23 5:30-6:30pm 🕠️ or Sat 2/24 8:15-8:45am 🕗️

💵 Cash/check only onsite! 💵

📬️ Mail-in entries, received by Wed 2/21:

Minnesota State Chess Association
PO Box 124
Wayzata  MN  55391

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Projected Prizes 💵

🟠 Open

🔴 U2000

🔵 U1700

🟢 U1400

🟣 U1100

🥇

1st

$750

$550

$500

$450

$400

🥈

2nd

$500

$350

$350

$300

$250

 🥉

3rd

$300

$250

$250

$250

$150

🏅

4th

$200

$150

$150

(Prizes based on 40 players per section and 5 per class)

2024 State Championship Qualifiers

🟠 Premier: Top 3 🏆️

🟠 Expert: Top 5 U2200 in Open 🏆️

🔴 Amateur: Top 4 🏆️

🔵 Reserve: Top 4 🏆️

🟢 Sophomore: Top 1 🏆️ joins Reserve 🔵

Class Prizes

🟠 Premier: U2200 1st $150, 2nd $100

🔴 Amateur: U1850 $150

🔵 Reserve: U1550 $150

🟢 Sophomore: U1250 $150

🟣 Bantam: U900 $100, U700 $100

🟣 Unrated 1st $125, 2nd $75

Unrated players can play in any section but can only win unrated prizes in 🟣 Bantam/U1100, or 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place overall in 🟠 Premier/Open.

📧 Send email to semmons2848@gmail.com with any questions.

Additional Details

🟫♟️⏰ Players should bring chess boards, pieces, and clock.

🏞️ Special accommodations can be made available to players as needed. Please let us know how we can help improve your chess experience!

🧮 Players who have never played a US Chess regular-rated tournament will be considered unrated. Players who have rating history but are published as unrated (due to recency of events) will have their up-to-date US Chess rating used for pairings, prizes, and section eligibility.

🚨 Published unrated players who possess FIDE ratings MUST disclose their FIDE rating to the tournament directors and will be placed with a converted US Chess rating using the formula US = FIDE + 100. Failure to disclose a FIDE rating will result in immediate ejection from the event, and entry fees may not be refunded.

⏱️ Forfeit time: A player who has not shown up to their game 30 minutes after the tournament directors start the round will receive a forfeit loss and be removed from the event, unless they inform the TD they wish to continue playing. (Players who are late on their second offense may be removed.)

🛡️ The MSCA recognizes the importance of a safe and hospitable environment at our chess events.  To promote this type of environment, the MSCA has developed a Policy on Safe Play & Conduct.  The MSCA also follows US Chess guidelines for training TDs with materials developed by the US Center for SafeSport.  To support a safe and hospitable environment, the MSCA reminds all chess participants and attendees that they are responsible for their actions, and that parents/guardians of minors are responsible at all times for the welfare and safety of their children/dependents.

Map to Crowne Plaza in Plymouth, MN
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