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2nd Annual East Coast Open (Postponed)

2nd Annual East Coast Open GPP:30

May 22-25, 26-28, 2020 
West Conshohocken, PA

Championship, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600: 7SS, Rnd 1 Game/90+inc/30, Rnds 2-7 40/90, SD/30 inc/30 from move 1, (Three-day schedule: Rnds 1-2 Game/45 inc/30)
U1300 and U1000: 7SS, Game/90 d/5, (
Rnds 1-2 Game/45 d/5), (Three-day schedule: Rnds 1-4 Game/25 d/5)

Playing Site
Philadelphia Marriott West, 
111 Crawford Avenue, 
West Conshohocken, PA, 19428

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


Results from all previous East Coast Opens


Tournament Features

  • Clocks provided in ALL sections → All you need to do is show up.
  • 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
  • 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 7-0 player in the section, added to your score prize→ More prize money
  • Minimum 2000 rating to play in the Championship section  Less mismatch games.
  • Sets, boards and clocks provided for everyone Just show up.
  • Free Monday 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   No rush at the pairing chart before the round
  • Free Day guest parking  Don't worry about where you have to park your car.
  • $129/night room rate  Relax and stay at the tournament hotel. $5 EF discount if staying at hotel. Reserve a Room
  • Hotel near to SEPTA train stop Take the train 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 7-0 players, both receive the full amount for 7-0.
Less short draws
The total payout is always higher when games are decisive.











Clear 1st Place 
(no 7-0)

Championship minimum US Chess rating of 2000 (FIDE rated)









U2200 minimum US Chess rate of 1800 (FIDE rate)













































No Adult Unrated








Trophies to top 5, top under 800

Unrated may enter any section, but may not win over $100 in U1000, $200 U1300, $400 U1600. Balance goes to player(s) with same score or is divided among players in next lower score group.



Entrance Fees

Early (online or mail by 5/11) $159
Regular (online or mail by 5/22) $169
Late (online by 5/24) $174
At-the-door (cash or credit card) $180. 

Cancellations will receive a 100% refund if we are notified at least 2 hours before start of the 1st round.

Special Entrance Fees

Under 1300 section: all entrance fees $75 less. 
Under 1000: all entrance fees $95 less. 
Free early entrance to GMs. 
$45 discount EF for IMs.

$5 discount if staying at hotel.

Mail Registrations to:
Michael Regan
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


Champ - U1600 4-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 7 pm, rds Fri 8 pm, Saturday 11am and 5:3-, Sunday 11am and 5:30, Monday 9:30am and 3:30. 
Champ - U1600 3-day schedule:
 Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Saturday 11am, 2:15 and 5:30, Sunday 11am and 5:30, Monday 9:30am and 3:30.
U1300 and U1000 3-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Saturday 11, 12:45 and 3:00, Sunday 11am and 3pm, Monday 9:30am and 12:45pm.
U1300 and U1000 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sun 9am, Sunday 10, 11:15, 12:30, 1:45, and 3:00, Monday 9:30am and 12:45pm.


Half point byes: all must commit before rd 3


all, $90 except U1000 and U1300 $50. 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 $80/$45. If you reenter with two 1/2 point byes, the cost is $70/$40.

Hotel Rates: $129 per night!

$5 entrance fee discount if staying at hotel.

Rooms are limited. Reserve a room

So make your reservations early. 

Parking Information

Parking is free for day guests and $10/night for overnight guests.  


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 device, 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.
  • In the sections the no-show forfeit time is 60 minutes.

Event Properties

Event Date 05-22-2020 8:00 pm
Event End Date 05-25-2020 8:00 pm
Registration Start Date 02-01-2020 12:00 am
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 0
Cut off date 03-02-2020 10:00 am
Individual Price $169.00
Late Fee $5.00 (From 05-20-2020 2:22 pm 14:22)
Location Marriott West Philadelphia
We are no longer accepting online registrations for this event