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First Annual Bel Air National Chess Day Tournament
From Saturday 09 October 2021 -  08:00am
To Sunday 10 October 2021 - 06:00pm
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Contact Matt Allman RFEChess@yahoo.com

First Annual Bel Air National Chess Day Tournament

Three Great Events in One

Come to visit Bel Air for two days of chess and explore our town!
This is for players of all levels!  We have events for USChess Members, casual players, and a “Learn to Play Chess” class.
At the Bel Air Armory, 37 N Main St, Bel Air, MD 21014 on Oct 9 and 10.

Regiser HERE! at Eventbrite!

Learn to Play Chess: 

Saturday from 9:00 to 10:30:  A class for absolute beginners!  If you are curious on how to play chess, in one morning you will learn the rules and how to play.  Following the class, we will have practice session against fellow students.

A Tournament for Casual Players

Sunday Oct 10:  A great first tournament!  This is a four-round tournament (Swiss System), where players are not eliminated.  Registration is FREE with prizes to the top 3 finishers!  Time control is 30 minutes per player with 10 seconds added per move.

Schedule:

Sunday, Oct 10:
Registration 8:00 am – 8:45
Round 1, 9:00
Round 2, 10:20
Round 3, 1:20
Round 4, 2:40

Prizes:

  • 1st prize – complete chess case with board, pieces, and clock
  • 2nd prize – Chess Board and pieces
  • 3rd prize – Chess clock
  • 4th prize – Chess notation book
  • 5th prize – Chess strategy book (have not purchased this yet)

Tiebreaks will be determined by the USChess tiebreak system.

Rated Tournament for USChess Members

There are two sections over two days.  A 4 round Swiss System SS, G/90 + 10.  Prizes $925 based on 50 entries. Entry Fee: $25

Sections:

Open Section:  1st $175; U2000 $150; U 1800 $150, U1600 $125 
U1400 Section:  1st $125; U1200 $100; U1000 $75

Schedule:

Saturday Oct 9:  Registration; 8:00 – 8:45 am  Round 1, 9:00; Round 2, 2:00 pm
Sunday Oct 10:  Round 3, 8:00 am; Round 4, 1:00 pm. 

Please bring set, board, clock if possible.  While we have many board sets and clocks, this is a big event, and we may run a bit short.

For the Casual Players Tournament:

We may or may not use clocks based upon availability of equipment.  If a game runs a long, we may impose a clock to maintain the schedule.

We strongly urge all USChess players to play in the rated section.

Location Bel Air Armory, 37 N Main St, Bel Air, MD 21014