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3rd Annual Potomac Open
From Friday 02 August 2013 -  08:00pm
To Sunday 04 August 2013 - 09:00pm
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3rd Annual Potomac Open GPP:30

August 2-4 2013
Rockville, Maryland

Championship, U2100, U1900, U1700, U1500: 5SS, Rnd 1 Game/90+inc/30, Rnds 2-5 40/90, SD/30 inc/30 from move 1, (Two day schedule: Rnds 1-2 Game/45 inc/30)
U1300 and U1100: 5SS, Game/120 d/5, (Two day schedule: Rnds 1-2 Game/60 d/5)


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Playing Site: Rockville Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, United States 20852 301-468-1100

We aim to create a pleasant environment for playing chess. Check out some of the unique characteristics of this tournament.



Tournament Features

  • 30" increment time control in the top four sections No more clock smashing scrambles at the end of the game.
  • Score-based prizes See the advantages below.
  • NEW Additional 1st place prizes to clear first when there is no 5-0 player in the section, added to your score prizeMore prize money
  • Clocks provided in the Championship and Under 2100 sections All you need to do is show up.
  • Minimum 1900 rating to play in the Championship section Less mismatch games.
  • Sets and board provided for everyone No more carrying around pieces and a board, just bring a clock.
  • 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 (see Dec. 2011 Chess Life) No rush at the pairing chart before the round
  • Free Day guest parking Don't worry about where you have to park your car.
  • $99/night room rate includes Wifi Relax and stay at the tournament hotel. $5 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 (no 5-0)



















































Unrated may enter any section, but may not win over $100 in U1000, $200 U1300, $400 U1500. Balance goes to player(s) with same score or is divided among players in next lower score group.

Results from 2008 Chesapeake Open
Results from 2009 Chesapeake Open
Results from 2011 Chesapeake Open
Results from 2011 Potomac Open
Results from the 2012 Chesapeake Open
Results from the 2012 Potomac Open
Results from the 2013 Chesapeake Open
Results from the 2013 Baltimore Open
Results from the 2013 Maryland Open

Entrance Fees

Early (online or mail by 7/19) $95
Regular (online or mail by 7/30) $100
Late (online by 8/1) $105
At-the-door (cash or credit card) $110. We'll be using Square to process credit cards. We'll also be trying our Square's Card Case app. If you have a Android or an iOS phone install and setup the Card Case app and at-the-door registration will be a breeze.

Read about Card Case at Wired, Slate Magazine, and USA Today.

Special Entrance Fees

Under 1100 and Under 1300 section: all entrance fees $35 less.
Free early entrance to GMs. $50 will be subtracted from any prizes.
$45 discount EF for IMs. $20 will be subtracted from any prizes.

$10 discount if staying at hotel.

The current preregistations are here

Mail Registrations to:
Michael Regan
1827 Thornton Ridge Road
Towson, MD 21204

Mailed registrations should include name, section, schedule(2-day or 3-day). {dtregister}65{/dtregister} The chief TD for the tournament will be Mike Regan. If you have any questions about the tournament email him at


3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 7 pm, rds Fri 8 pm, Saturday 11am and 6, Sunday 9am and 3:00.
2-day schedule:
Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Saturday 11am, 2:15 and 6, Sunday 9am and 3:00.
U1100 and U1300 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 7 pm, rds Friday 8 pm, Saturday 11 and 4:00, Sunday 9am and 1pm.
U1100 and U1300 2-day schedule:
Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Saturday 11, 1:15 and 4:00, Sunday 9am and 1pm.


Half point byes: all must commit before rd 3

Reentries: all, $80 except U1100 and U1400 $40. 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 $70/$35. If you reenter with two 1/2 point byes, the cost is $60/$30.

Hotel Rates: $99 per night! $10 EF discount if staying at hotel.

Rooms are limited. Reserve a room.

So make your reservations early. Phone 301-468-1100.
Limited number of free Saturday night rooms for GMs.

Parking Information

Parking is free for day guests and $6/night for overnight guests.


Location Rockville Hilton