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St. Cloud Open 🏁

May 20-21, 2023

River’s Edge Convention Center

10 4th Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN 56301 (map)

Chess Playing Hall is the Opportunities Suite. Multiple hotels & restaurants within walking distance of Convention Center (+ free parking in ramps). We have a block of rooms with a group rate at the Best Western Plus Kelly Inn.

5 Round Swiss: USCF rated (membership req.)

Sections: Open, U1900, U1500, U1100

Time Control: G/90 d10

Rounds: Saturday 10am, 2pm, 6pm & Sunday 10am, 2pm

Entry Fees

If registered online by April 30

$70 Open & U1900

$50 U1500 & U1100

If registered online by May 10

$80 Open & U1900

$60 U1500 & U1100

If registered online or in-person by 9:30am May 20

$90 Open & U1900

$70 U1500 & U1100

Projected Prizes


1st $300    Top U2100 $150

2nd $200

(based on 20 participants)


1st $225    Top U1700 $100

2nd $125

(based on 15 participants)


1st $200     Top U1400 $75

2nd $125

(based on 20 participants)


1st $200     Top  U900 $75

2nd $150     Top  U700 $75

             Top   UNR $75

(based on 25 participants)

* Unrated players can only win unrated prize in U1100 section or 1st & 2nd place Open section.

Send email to 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!

  • This tournament is part of the MSCA’s Summer Grand Prix Series, you can read about the $2,000 in prizes and State Championship Playoff Qualification that is available to the winners of the Summer Grand Prix Points competition.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Consistent with the MSCA Prize Distribution Policy, chess players must be MSCA members to receive a cash prize.

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