September 16-20, 17-20, 18-20 or 19-20
We are pleased to announce that the 2020 National Open and the U.S. Women’s Open will be held on September 16-20 at the Rio All Suites Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. We will observe safety procedures to keep our players as safe as possible.
We were not able to reschedule all of the side events or any of the Youth events but the Las Vegas International Chess Festival will be back in June of 2021.
The National Open was first established by Ed Edmondson in 1965. Fred Gruenberg brought the National Open back to Las Vegas in 1983. He and Alan Losoff organized the National Open for over 25 years and added to its well-deserved reputation as The Chess Vacation of the Year. Over the years, with additional championships and events, the National Open has grown to become the centerpiece of the Las Vegas International Chess Festival.
Alan and Janelle Losoff have organized the tournament since Fred retired in 2009, but he continues to support the tournament as a player and with the “Freddie” awards for promising players under the age of 15.
The National Open is a 7 round (9 rounds for the Open Section) Swiss System tournament, and you can choose between the standard 4-day or alternate 3-day or 2-day playing schedules. Half-point byes are available for all rounds, with proper notice to the Tournament Directors or with your advance entry. The Open, Under 2300 and Under 2100 Sections will be FIDE rated.
A special Beginners Section allows new players to play more games and choose to play for one, two or three days.
Chess sets and boards are provided for tournament play only, not for skittles. Please Bring Increment-capable Chess Clocks. Live broadcasts of select games from the National Open, and other events will be available here and on some of our sponsor web sites.
Thank you to our many loyal players who keep coming back year after year, for the Chess Event of the Year!