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66th Annual Maryland Open (Postponed)

66th Annual Maryland Open GPP:30
April 17-19, 2020
Rockville, Maryland

Championship, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600: 5SS, Rnd 1 Game/90+inc/30, Rnds 2-5 40/90, SD/30 inc/30 from move 1 (2-day schedule: Rnds 1-2 Game/45 inc/30)
U1300 and U1000: 5SS, Game/90 d/5 with
Rnds 1-2 at Game/45 d/5; U1300 3-day schedule: all rounds Game/90 d/5

Playing Site

North Bethesda Marriott, 5701 Marinelli Road, Rockville, MD 20852

We aim to create a pleasant environment for playing chess. Below are the answers we received at our last tournament to the question of what do we do better than other tournaments.

See pictures from this year's Baltimore Open

Tournament Features

  • We pair rounds as early as possible and start rounds on time You have time to get ready and don't have to waste your time waiting for the round to start
  • Players like the way we run our events Survey results from last year's Maryland Open
  • 30" increment time control in the top five sections No more clock smashing scrambles at the end of the game.
  • Score-based prizes See the advantages below.
  • Additional 1st place prizes to clear first when there is no 5-0 player in the section, added to your score prizeMore prize money
  • Clocks provided in ALL sections All you need to do is show up.
  • Minimum 2000 rating to play in the Championship section Less mismatch games.
  • Sets and board provided for everyone No more carrying around pieces and a board, just bring a clock.
  • Free Sunday morning Continental breakfast Relax, have some coffee and a danish before you start your game.
  • Texting or emailing of pairings to your cell phone available (see Dec. 2011 Chess Life) No rush at the pairing chart before the round
  • Free Day guest parking Don't worry about where you have to park your car.
  • $113/$123 per night room rate includes Wifi Reserve a room Relax and stay at the tournament hotel. $15 EF discount if staying at hotel. Reserve a room.
  • Hotel next to DC Metro stop Take the Metro directly to the tournament.
  • Shorter time controls in lower sections Less waiting around between rounds.


This tournament will pay prizes based solely on your final score. All the prizes are guaranteed. If the total pay out in the Open section is less than $1500, extra money will be added to the pay out of the top score group to bring the total to $1500.

Advantages over place-based scoring

Less Waiting
Your score determines your prize. Once you finish your last game, you can receive a check.
Less Uncertainty
Your prize does not get lowered if others tie with you. For example, if there are two 5-0 players, both receive the full amount for 5-0.
Less short draws
The total payout is always higher when games are decisive.










Clear 1st-Place,
not 5-0

Championship (FIDE rated, minimum USCF 2000 rating)






+$300, Top MD finisher is

MD State Champion

Under 2200
(FIDE rated, minimum USCF1700 rating)







Under 2000






+$150, Top MD finisher is

MD Amateur Champion

Under 1800







Under 1600







Under 1300







Under 1000







Trophies to top 5  & top U800


Adult Unrated may not enter U1000. All unrateds and are limited to a maximum prize of $100 in the U1000, $200 in the U1300, and $400 in the U1600 section. Balance goes to player(s) with same score or is divided among players in next lower score group.

Results of Recent Tournaments with Score-based Prizes

Results from the 2016 Baltimore Open
Results from the 2016 Chesapeake Open
Results from the 2015 Potomac Open
Results from the 2015 Maryland Open

Results from all previous Maryland Opens

Entrance Fees

Early (online or mail by 4/3) $109
Regular (online or mail by 4/14) $119
Late (online by 4/16) $124
At-the-door (cash or credit card) $130.

Special Entrance Fees

Under 1300 section: all entrance fees $35 less.
Under 1000: all entrance fees $55 less. 
Free early entrance to GMs.  nothing will be subtracted from any prizes.
$45 discount EF for IMs. nothing will be subtracted from any prizes.

$15 discount if staying at hotel.

Mail Registrations to:
Maryland Chess Assn.
1827 Thornton Ridge Road
Towson, MD 21204

Mailed registrations should include name, section, schedule(2-day or 3-day). The chief TD for the tournament will be Mike Regan. If you have any questions about the tournament email him at

Advance Registrations


3-day schedule Champ - U1600: Reg ends Fri 7 pm, rds Fri 8 pm, Saturday 11am and 5:30, Sunday 9:30 am and 3:30.
2-day schedule Champ - U1600:
Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Saturday 11am, 2:15 and 5:30, Sunday 9:30 am and 3:30.
U1000 and U1300 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Saturday 11, 12:45 and 3:00, Sunday 9:30 am and 12:45 pm.
U1000 and U1300 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 7 pm, rds Friday 8 pm, Saturday 11 and 3:00, Sunday 9:30 am and 12:45 pm.


Half point byes: all must commit before rd 3


all, $80 except U1000 and U1250 $40. You can reenter any schedule taking 1/2 point byes for unplayed games. If you reenter with a single 1/2 point bye, the cost is $70/$35. If you reenter with two 1/2 point byes, the cost is $60/$30.

Hotel Rates: $113/$123 per night! $15 EF discount if staying at hotel.

Rooms are limited. Reserve a room

So make your reservations early.

MD's Representatives at the U.S. Open's State Invitationals

The highest-finishing senior (age 50+) in the Championship section of the MD Open who is a MD resident will receive the MD Chess Senior Chess Champion Stipend of $750 to represent Maryland at the National Tournament of Senior State Champions. A small portion of each entry fee to the MD Open will be used to help support MD's representatives at US Chess's State Invitationals at the U.S. Open. Each of MD's 5 state representatives will receive $750 to compete at the 6 national state champions invitationals run concurrently with the U.S. Open:

Rule Variations 

  • In sections that the organizer provides clocks, if both players are not present at the start of the round, the tournament director will start white's clock.
  • Any player forfeiting a round must pay a $50 fine before being allowed to play in a future tournament organized by MCA or Baltimore Chess.
  • The electronic score keeping devices, ChessNoteR and eNotate, cannot be used at this tournament.
  • All players with provisional ratings will have 100 points added to their rating for determining section eligibility
  • Players with byes who are eligible to play in a lower section that also has a bye player may get paired in that section as a house player. They will still have the bye for standings in their original section. The game in the lower section does count for standings and must be played.

Event Properties

Event Date 04-17-2020 8:00 pm
Event End Date 04-19-2020 8:00 pm
Registration Start Date 01-31-2020 12:00 am
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 0
Cut off date 03-02-2020 10:00 am
Individual Price $119.00
Late Fee $5.00 (From 04-15-2020 1:00 am 01:00)
Location Bethesda North Marriott
We are no longer accepting online registrations for this event