69th Annual Maryland Open

69th Annual Maryland Open GPP:30
April 19-21, 2024
Rockville, Maryland

Championship, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600: 5SS, Rnd 1 Game/90+inc/30, Rnds 2-5, Game/110 inc/30 -- (2-day schedule: Rnds 1-2 Game/45 inc/30)
U1300 and U1000: 5SS, Game/90 d/5 with
Rnds 1-2 at Game/45 d/5;
U1300 3-day schedule: all rounds Game/90 d/5

Playing Site

Rockville Hilton,1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD

We aim to create a pleasant environment for playing chess. Below are the answers we received at a previous tournament to the question of what do we do better than other tournaments.

Tournament Features

  • 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
  • Players like the way we run our events Survey results from a previous Maryland Open
  • 30" increment time control in the top six sections No more clock smashing scrambles at the end of the game.
  • Score-based prizes See the advantages below.
  • Additional 1st place prizes to clear first when there is no 5-0 player in the section, added to your score prizeMore prize money
  • >Sets and boards, and clocks provided in ALL sections All you need to do is show up.
  • Minimum ratings to play in the top six sections Less mismatch games.
  • Free Sunday morning Continental breakfast Relax, have some coffee and a danish before you start your game.
  • Texting or emailing of pairings to your cell phone available No rush at the pairing chart before the round
  • $149/ per night room rate  Relax and stay at the tournament hotel. $10 EF discount if staying at hotel Reserve a room
  • Hotel next to DC Metro stop Take the Metro directly to the tournament.
  • 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 (minimum USCF 2100 rating, FIDE rated)








Under 2200
(minimum USCF 1900 rating, FIDE rated)







Under 2000 (minimum USCF 1700 rating)







Under 1800 (minimum 1500 rating)







Under 1600 (minimum 1200 rating or unrated)







Under 1300







Under 1000

Only 2-day schedule







Trophies to top 5 & top U800

Adult Unrated may not enter U1000. All unrateds and are limited to a maximum prize of $100 in the U1000, $200 in the U1300, and $400 in the U1600 section. Balance goes to player(s) with same score or is divided among players in next lower score group.

The highest-finishing senior (50+) in the Championship section who is a MD resident will receive the MD Chess Senior State Champion Stipend of $750 to represent Maryland in the John T. Irwin National Tournament of Senior State Champions, run concurrently with the U.S. Open.

Entrance Fees

Early (online or mail by 4/5) $124
Regular (online or mail by 4/16 $134
Late (online by 4/18) $139
At-the-door (cash or credit card) $150.

Special Entrance Fees

Under 1300 section: all entrance fees $45 less.
Under 1000: all entrance fees $65 less. 
Free early entrance to GMs.  nothing will be subtracted from any prizes.
$45 discount EF for IMs. nothing will be subtracted from any prizes.

$10 discount if staying at hotel.

Mail Registrations to:
Maryland Chess Assn.
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 tournaments@mdchess.com.


3-day schedule Champ - U1600: At the door Registration ends Fri 6 pm, rds Fri 7 pm, Saturday 11am and 5:30, Sunday 9:30 am and 3:30.
2-day schedule Champ - U1600:
At the door registration ends Sat 10 am, rds. Saturday 11am, 2:15 and 5:30, Sunday 9:30 am and 3:30.
U1300 and U1000 2-day schedule: At the door registration ends Sat 10 am, rds. Saturday 11, 1:00 and 3:00, Sunday 9:30 am and 12:45 pm.
U1300 3-day schedule: At the door registration ends Fri 6 pm, rds Friday 7 pm, Saturday 11 and 3:00, Sunday 9:30 am and 12:45 pm.


Half point byes: all must commit before rd 3


all, $85 except U1000 and U1250 $45. 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 $75/$40. If you reenter with two 1/2 point byes, the cost is $65/$35.

Hotel Rates: $149 per night. $10 EF discount if staying at hotel. Reserve a room

Parking : $8 for day guest and $15 overnight. Parking is free in Metro parking lot over the weekend.

Rooms are limited. So make your reservations early.

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.
  • 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.

Event Properties

Event Date 04-19-2024 7:00 pm
Event End Date 04-21-2024 8:00 pm
Cut off date 04-20-2024 10:00 am
Capacity 280
Registered 195 [View List]
Available place 85
Individual Price $134.00
Late Fee $16.00 (From 04-19-2024 1:00 am 01:00)
Location Rockville Hilton

We are no longer accepting online registrations for this event