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⛄️ Winter Open ❄️

🗓️ January 20-21, 2024

Roseville Skating Center

2661 Civic Center Drive, Roseville, MN 55113 (map)

💰️ $3,500 in prizes projected!

Start out the tournament year with one of the biggest MSCA events! 💵 Prize projection based on 135 players. MSCA membership is required to play in this event. 🎟️

5 Round Swiss: USCF rated (USCF membership required) Open section also FIDE rated!

Sections: 🟠 Open 🟣 U1600 🔵 U900

⌛️ Time Control: G/90 +30s

Rounds: Saturday 10am, 3pm, 7:30pm & Sunday 10am, 3pm 🕙️

Byes: max two ½ pt byes, any rounds, declared before R3

🎬️ Tournament Director:

Dane Zagar

Entry Fees 🎫

🐦️ If registered online by Dec 31

$70 Open

$60 U1600

$50 U900

☀️ If registered online by Jan 14

$80 Open

$70 U1600

$60 U900

⛅️ If registered online by Jan 19 or

⏰ onsite by 9:30am Jan 20

$85 Open

$75 U1600

$65 U900

Projected Prizes 💵

Open 🟠














Top Individual Upset $100

(based on 45 players)

U900 🔵












UNR / U600

1st $100 2nd $60

(based on 45 players)

U1600 🟣














(based on 45 players)

Unrated players can only win unrated prize in 🔵 U900 section or 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place overall in the 🟠 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!

🧮 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.

🛡️ 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.

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