Tuesday, January 13, 2009

31st Annual Southern California Open

Start:     Sep 5, '09 10:00a
End:     Sep 7, '09
Location:     Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
31st Annual Southern California Open on Sept 5-7, 2009
at the CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL (see http://www.cp-sandiego.com)

-------------------------------------- $20,000 PRIZE FUND ---------------------------------------------------------
Based on 200 players, 60% of each prize guaranteed

6 Round Swiss Format in 5 Sections, Time Controls 40 moves/ 2 hours, then SD/1 hour + 5 second delay per move

#1 OPEN SECTION: 1st $2,600, 2nd $1,800, 3rd $1,200
4th $ 900, 5th $ 600, 7th $ 400
BU2300 $ 800, 2nd U2300 $ 400
BU2200: 1st $1,000, 2nd $ 600, 3rd $ 400, 4th $ 200

# 2 PREMIER (U2000): 1st $1,000, 2nd $ 600, 3rd $ 400, 4th $ 200
# 3 AMATEUR(U1800): 1st $1,000, 2nd $ 600, 3rd $ 400, 4th $ 200
# 4 RESERVE(U1600): 1st $1,000, 2nd $ 600, 3rd $ 400, 4th $ 200
# 5 BOOSTER(U1400): 1st $ 600, 2nd $ 400, 3rd $ 200, 4th $ 100
BU1200 $ 300, 2nd $ 150, Best Unrated $ 100
Unrated players must play in the Booster or go for place prizes only in the Open

Plus Best Game Prizes: $75, $50, $25, one reserved for non-Open sections

Directions: Freeway 5 to Freeway 8 East, take first exit: Taylor Street/Hotel Circle
then take Hotel Circle North

Registration: 8:00 AM to 9:30 A; September official rating list used.
Wheelchair access, no smoking, no computers

Rounds: 10 AM & 5 PM Saturday & Sunday
9 AM & 4 PM on Monday

Entry Fee: $120 if received by 8/31, $140 by 9/04, $160 after 9/04 or at door.
Only $75 if rated under 1400 or unrated.
Free entry for GMs & IMs (Entry fee deducted from winnings)
Open Section will be FIDE rated.

Mail Entries to: SCCF, c/o John Hillery, 835 N. Wilton Pl. # 1, Los Angeles, CA 90038
or enter on-line at the SCCF website at http://www.westernchess.com

See advance entries at http://www.westernchess.com/sco09/advance.html
SCCF membership is required for all players ($18 adults/$10 juniors)
Two half point byes available in rounds 1-6, nust be requested at least 1 hour before round, but last round bye must be requested at registration and is irrevocable.

More info: (619) 239-7166

GM Melikset Khachiyan lecture on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. for beginners and 9:00 p.m. for advanced players at the hotel!

Hotel: Special rate of only $110 single or double, (619) 297-1101 or 1-800-227-6963 if booked by 8/31/09. Must reserve at least 2 nights, book ASAP as rated will go up and rooms may sell out by mid-August.

State Championship Qualifier, 150 Grand Prix Points (enhanced)


  1. Great News!...The room rate at the Crowne Plaza has been reduced drom $130 to only $110, making it even more affordable! But remember to book early (by August 15 at the latest to get the reduced rate) Thanks, Chuck Ensey

  2. Any plans to show advance entries on this website?

  3. The advanced entries can be found at westernchess.com.

  4. This prestigious event rotates into the San Diego area once every three years. Organizer Chuck Ensey goes all out to bring the very best conditions to make each event in San Diego a memorable experience! In 2006, the Southern California Open was held at the Pechenga Resort in Temecula (Riverside County). This year, Chuck brings this premier Southern California chess event to The Crown Plaza Hotel in Hotel Circle. Looking at advance entries on 8/22/2009, this looks like it is going to be a well-attended event with many local players and we are expecting a good turnout from our friends in Mexico.

  5. Thanks Rick, as you know I spent an enormous amount of time looking for a suitable venue for this year's event. I checked hotels ALL over the Southern part of Southern California from Imperial Beach up to San Clemente. Many hotels lack a ballroom of sufficient size to host the event, and the big hotels that do have a nice ballroom want an arm and a leg for it. I have been quoted rates as high as $8,000 a night, believe it or not! Who can afford that?? Pechanga was nice in 2006, they gave us a great low rate, but their rooms were so expensive ($220+ a night) that many people skipped the event. This year they wanted a huge amount for the ballroom, so we passed, plus I wanted a hotel with much more affordable rooms anyway. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is a very nice hotel and centrally located in San Diego. At first they wanted way too much for the ballroom, but I loved the location and the ballroom so much I kept going back and negoiating (and badgering) them until they finally agreed to a more reasonable rate. Since then, they have been very nice and I believe they will be wonderful hosts for us... It would be nice to have a big turnout, I am still really hoping for 200 players. Help me make this a reality everyone!


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