2021 Las Vegas Open


$30,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund

September 15-19, 16-19, or 17-19

Open Section September 15-19: 9-SS, G/90 +30. GM & IM norms possible.

Under Sections September 16-19 or 17-19: 7-SS, G/90 +30 (3-day round 1 G/45 +10).

Open: 3000-1500-700-300-200;
Top under 2300: 1000-500.
$300 bonus prize for the first 20 GMs, WGMs or foreign IMs who play all 9 rounds with no byes.

Under 2200: 1500-750-350-250-200.
Top under 2050: 500-250.

Under 1900: 1500-750-350-250-200.
Top under 1750: 500-250.

Under 1600: 1500-750-350-250-200.
Top under 1450: 500-250.

Under 1300: 1200-600-250-200-200.
Top under 1000: 400-200.
Top under 800: 400-200.
Top unrated 400-200.

Unrated or provisionally rated players may not win more than $400 in any under section, balance goes to next players in line.

Mixed Doubles: best male/female combined 2-player team score: 1000-500-200. Average rating below 2200; teammates may play in different sections; only rounds 1-7 count for Open Section

Entry Fees
Open: $199 by 7/31, $239 by 8/31, $260 later. $100 less for foreign FIDE rated players. $100 more for players who have never been rated 2200 USCF or 2100 FIDE. GM, WGM and foreign IM free.
Under Sections: $139 by 7/31, $159 by 8/31, $180 later. Re-entry $100: cannot re-enter into same schedule and section.

5-day (Open Only): Wednesday 6:30, Thursday 1 & 6:30, Friday 1 & 6:30,
Saturday 10 & 3:30, Sunday 10 & 3:30.
4-day: Thursday 6:30, Friday 1 & 6:30, Saturday 10 & 3:30, Sunday 10 & 3:30
3-day: Friday round 1 at 10 then join 4-day schedule.

Register at chess.vegas/register. Onsite registration ends 1 hour before round 1. Late entries may receive a half point bye in round 1.

Half point byes (limit 4) available in any round if requested at least 2 hours before the round; Sunday byes must be requested before the start of round 4 and may not be cancelled.

All sections are USCF Rated (membership required). Top 2 sections are FIDE rated.

Chess sets and boards provided for tournament play only, not for skittles. Please bring increment capable digital chess clocks!

Covid Protocols will be in effect. Masks are required for all players, spectators, and staff.

Chess.Vegas Brought to you by the organizers of the Las Vegas International Chess Festival. Contact us at (702) 930-9550 or vegaschess@gmail.com.

Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino 3700 W Flamingo Rd Las Vegas. Use the link chess.vegas/rio2021 for discounted rates of $70/night ($97 Friday & Saturday). The resort fee is $15/night – discounted from $35. Reserve before September 7th.


19 thoughts on “2021 Las Vegas Open

  1. Can I play Under 1300 as a beginner? This is gonna be my first tournament. And is there any hotel discounts?

    • Under the current rules for Clark County

      • Masks are required if you are not vaccinated indoors for everyone
      • Masks are required for employees (hotel and tournament).
      • Masks are recommended now required for everyone indoors.

      The rules also require us to submit a safety/mitigation plan for any event over 250 persons. Other restrictions may be required in order for our plan to be approved.

  2. THIS IS THE BEST NEWS OF 2021!!! after the chess life in vegas been dead for so long – real chess event in vegas is “BACK” – BY POPULAR DEMAND!!! we all thanks the peoples behind the events and hope this only a “START”. corona-no corona – WE WANT TO PLAY!!! in vegas….must be chess event every week!!! thanks for bringing back chess to vegas!!! we will support you in any way we can. well….will see you in september!!!!!

    • We originally scheduled this event for one week later but the hotel had a conflict and had to move us back a week. We were faced with the choice of having some of the schedules conflict with Yom Kipper or not having the event at all. We chose the former.

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