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2018 UMBC Chess Championship and Beginner's Open
From Saturday 15 September 2018 -  09:30am
To Sunday 16 September 2018 - 05:00pm
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The UMBC Chess Club presents


2018 UMBC Chess Championship and Rated Beginner’s Championship

September 15–16, 2017

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

(Commons, 3rd Floor)


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

Open to all. Spectators are free and welcome!




Under 1800

Rated Beginners


Open to all *

Rated under 1800 or unrated *

Rated under 1200 or unrated *

Place Prizes


(unconditionally guaranteed)


(based on 40 paid entries)

Free USCF membership to

all players scoring at least

3.5 points.

Class Prizes


$120 each to top

U2300, U2100, U1900

$110 each to top

U1600, U1400

Certificate to all players completing five games


Top UMBC student


Top UMBC student

Titles for

UMBC Students

2018–2019 UMBC Chess Champion;

top U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400, U1200, unrated


2018–2019 UMBC

Amateur Chess Champion


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

10-11:30-1:30-3-4:30 Sat

Time Controls

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

Game in 25 mins, d: 5 sec

Entrance Fees

$50 if postmarked by 9/1; $60 later; free to GMs;

$10 less if under 20 years old


$20 if postmarked by 9/1;

$25 later


Register online at, by mail, or 8:30–9:30am 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. No ½-point byes available to any UMBC team prospect.

In any round if requested before Round 1.

* USCF membership required. May purchase at site at current rates, which are approximately $49 adult, $30 scholastic.

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


Any UMBC student who wishes to qualify for any of the three UMBC Chess Teams

for the 2018–2019 academic year must play in the Open Section of the UMBC Championship.


Directions to UMBC: Take Exit 47B off I-95 and follow signs to UMBC. Park in Commons Drive garage.


Entries: Register online at (email questions to, or mail to Dr. Alan T. Sherman, CSEE Dept., UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 ATTN Championship. Make checks payable to “Maryland Chess Association.” Winners of cash prizes must provide address and social security number.


For more information: See or email


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 UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore (in Commons, 3rd floor)