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59th Annual Baltimore Open

59th Baltimore Open GPP:30

January 28-30, 29-30

 Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Championship, U2100, U1900, U1700, U1500: 5SS, Rnd 1 Game/90+inc/30, Rnds 2-5 40/90, SD/30 inc/30 from move 1, (Championship - U1500 Two day schedule: Rnds 1-2 Game/45 inc/30)
U1250 and U1000: 5SS, Rnds 1-2 Game/45 d/5, Rnds 2-5 Game/90 d/5 (Three-day U1300 schedule: Rnd 1 Game/90 d/5)

How to set common chess clocks for increment

Playing Site
Sheraton BWI
1100 Old Elkridge Landing Road; Linthicum, Maryland 21090; United States


Special COVID-19 Rules:

All players 12 or older must be fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated players under 12 must always wear a mask. We will be following the local health authority and hotel rules at the time of the event on whether vaccinated players must wear masks. Proof of vaccination will be required before the registration is accepted. 

We aim to create a pleasant environment for playing chess. Check out some of the unique characteristics of this tournament. 


Tournament Features

  • 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 prizes for non-5-0 players who are in a clear 1st place, added to your score prize→ More prize money
  • Under 2100 Section is FIDE Rated
  • Clocks provided in all sections  All you need to do is show up.
  • Minimum 2000 rating to play in the FIDE rated Championship section  Less mismatch games.
  • Sets and board provided for everyone No more carrying around pieces and a board.
  • Free Sunday morning Continental breakfast  Relax, have some coffee and a danish before you start your game.
  • Texting or email of pairings to your cell phone available (see Dec. 2011 Chess Life)  No rush at the pairing chart before the round
  • Free parking  Don't worry about where you have to park your car.
  • $89/night room rate  Relax and stay at the tournament hotel. $5 EF discount if staying at hotel. Reserve a room
  • 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 2000 rating)







Under 2100
(FIDE rated, minimum 1700 rating)







Under 1900 (

minimum 1500 rating)







Under 1700

(minimum 1250 rating)







Under 1500







Under 1250







Under 1000

Only 2-day schedule







Trophies to top 5  & top U800



Unrated may enter Under 1500 section and below, but may not win over $100 in U1000, $200 U1250, $400 U1500. Balance goes to player(s) with same score or is divided among players in next lower score group.


Results from the 2016 Baltimore Open
Results from the 2015 Baltimore Open

Results from all previous Baltimore Opens

Entrance Fees

Early (online or mail by 1/14) $109
Regular (online or mail by 1/25) $119
Late (online by 1/27) $124
At-the-door (cash or credit card) $130. We'll be using Square to process credit cards. 

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

Special Entrance Fees

Under 1000 Section: all entrance fees $55 less
Under 1250 section: all entrance fees $35 less. 
Free early entrance to GMs. $50 will be subtracted from any prizes. 
$45 discount EF for IMs. $20 will be subtracted from any prizes.

$5 discount if staying at hotel.

Mail Registrations to:
Maryland Chess Association
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

Round Schedules

Championship - U1500 3-day schedule : Reg ends Fri 7 pm, rds Fri 8 pm, Saturday 11am and 6, Sunday 9:30am and 3:30. 
Championship - U1500 2-day schedule:
 Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Saturday 11am, 2:15 and 6, Sunday 9:30am and 3:30.
U1000 and U1250 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Saturday 11, 1 and 3:00, Sunday 9:30am and 12:45pm.
U1250 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 7pm, rds Fri 8pm Saturday 11 and 3:00, Sunday 9:30am and 12:45pm.

Half Point Byes

Half point byes: No limit but all sections must commit 1 hour before the start of round 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: $89 per night! $5 EF discount if staying at hotel.  Rooms are limited.

Reserve a room

So make your reservations early. Phone (443) 577-2100.

Parking Information

Parking is free 


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.
  • Clocks that halt on end are preferred in all sections with increment time controls.
  • 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.
  • The TD will specify which direction the clocks must face.
  • The provided clocks will be set to "halt on end". 

Electronic Devices Rules for FIDE Rated Section (Championship and Under 2100)

Do not bring electronic devices (cell phones and smart watches) into the playing venue (playing room, halls outside playing room, smoking area, bathrooms, etc) according to FIDE rule 11.3. Players are subject to scanning to test for possession of cell phones. We plan to monitor using both thermal and magnetic scanners. Traffic in various areas will also be video monitored.

Possession of a device that is turned on or makes a noise

  • Forfeit of the game

Possession of a device that is turned off

  • 1st Violation 30 minute time penalty limited to no more than 1/2 the remaining time on the clock for the current time control.
  • 2nd Violation Forfeit of game


Event Properties

Event Date 01-28-2022 8:00 pm
Event End Date 01-30-2022 9:00 pm
Capacity 245
Registered 222 [View List]
Available place 23
Cut off date 01-29-2022 10:00 am
Individual Price $124.00
Late Fee $6.00 (From 01-28-2022 1:00 am 01:00)
Location BWI Sheraton

We are no longer accepting online registrations for this event