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2018 UMBC Open
From Saturday 03 March 2018 -  09:30am
To Sunday 04 March 2018 - 05:00pm
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The UMBC Chess Program presents


2018 UMBC Open—Alvin S. Mintzes Chess Tournament

March 3 & 4, 2018

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

(in Commons Building, 3rd Floor)


5-Round Swiss system in two separate sections (everyone plays 5 games)

Open to all.  Spectators are free and welcome!


Held concurrently with separate Sweet 16 Invitational, which determines the Maryland Scholastic Champion, who wins a four-year in-state fixed-dollar tuition scholarship to UMBC (worth over $41,000).




Under 1800


Open to all *

Rated under 1800 or unrated *

Place Prizes


Unconditionally guaranteed


based on 40 paid entries

Class Prizes


$120 each to top

U2300, U2100, U1900

$110 each to top

U1600, U1400, U1200 (based on 4)

Certificate of Achievement

Available upon request to anyone successfully completing tournament.


10am-3pm-7:30pm Sat;  10:30am-3:30pm Sun

Time Controls

Game in 90 mins, +30 sec. increment (USCF rules)

Entrance Fees

$50 if postmarked by 2/16;  $60 late;  free to GMs ($50 deducted from prizes);


Register online at or from 8:30–9:30 am on site

½-Point Byes Available

Up to 3 in Rounds 1–5 if requested at least 1 hour before round (before Rd. 2 for any Rd. 4–5 bye), but at most one ½-point bye in Rds. 4–5. 

* USCF membership required.  May purchase at site at current rates, which are approximately $46 adult, $24 scholastic.

** Unrated players may not win more than $250 in U1800 section


Directions to UMBC: Take Exit 47B off I95 and follow signs to UMBC.  Park in Lot 9 or 16.  See maps at


Entries:  Register online at (email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)Make checks payable to “Maryland Chess Association.”  Cash prize winners must provide address and social security number; players may do so on their entry fee checks.



Hotel: La Quinta Inn and Suites, 1734 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD 21090, Tel: 410-859-2333

Directions to Hotel:  From I-95, take Exit 47A onto I-195 towards BWI Airport. Take Exit 2A onto 295 north towards Baltimore; take first exit, bearing right onto West Nursery Road. 



Location University of Maryland, Baltimore County (in Commons Building, 3rd Floor)