13th Annual Chesapeake Open

13th Annual Chesapeake Open GPP:30

January 12-15, 13-15, 2024 

Rockville, Maryland

Championship, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600: 7SS, Rnd 1 Game/90+inc/30, Rnds 2-7 Game/100+inc/30 (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), (Two-day schedule: Rnds 1-4 Game/25 d/5)

Playing Site
Rockville Hilton, Rockville, MD 20852

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.
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Tournament Features

  • Free Monday morning Continental breakfast Relax, have some coffee and a danish before you start your game.
  • Clocks, sets, and boards provided in all sections All you need to do is show up.
  • Minimum rating to play in the top 5 sections Less mismatch games
  • 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
  • Score-based prizes See the advantages below.
  • Hotel next to DC Metro stop Take the Metro directly to the tournament.


This tournament will pay prizes based solely on your final score. All the prizes are guaranteed. 

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 (min 2000 rating, FIDE)
U2200 (min 1900 rating, FIDE)
U2000 (min 1600 rating)
U1800 (min 1400 rating)
U1600 (min 1200 rating, or unrated)
U1300 (or unrated)
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.

Results from all previous Chesapeake Opens

Entrance Fees

Early (online or mail by 1/3) $134
Regular (online or mail by 1/14) $139
Late (online by 1/16) $144
At-the-door (cash or credit card) $150

Cancelations 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 $35 less.
Under 1000: all entrance fees $60 less.
Free early entrance to GMs. nothing
 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 mregan@stsci.edu or call 410-419-5130.

Champ - U1600 4-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds Fri 7 pm, Saturday 11am and 5:30, 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, 1 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 round 3

Reentries: 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: $119 per night! $5 EF discount if staying at hotel. Reserve a Room

Rooms are limited.

So make your reservations early. 

Parking Information

Parking is $6/day for day guests and $15/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.
  • 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.
  • At this point in time, the electronic score keeping device, ChessNoteR, 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 01-12-2024 8:00 pm
Event End Date 01-15-2024 8:00 pm
Cut off date 01-13-2024 10:00 am
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 7 [View List]
Original Price USD139.00
Discounted Price USD134.00 (Until 12-27-2023 1:00 am 1:00 am)
Late Fee USD5.00 (From 01-10-2024 1:00 am 01:00)
Location Rockville Hilton