Gambito #608, so yes, it has been drawing chess fans for over 11 years at the same place! Every Saturday is a Gambito Open and the 1st Saturday of the month is a SUPER GAMBITO with
$700 in Guaranteed prizes, and we often pay even more (if 32 or more players show up).
Entry fee $25, no memberships required to play other than USCF ($48 a year and we can sign you up on the spot). If you win money, $18 for SCCF membership (the state organization and publisher of Rank and File) may be required if you haven't joined already ($13 for juniors). Also SDCC membership ($60 adults, $30 junior) is required if you win more than $100 over a 12 month period.
Location: 2225 Sixth Avenue (near Ivy St) in beautiful Balboa Park. Home of the SDCC and it's world famous leaky roof. No rain expected this weekend, though.
Registration: 10 AM to 10:25. If you show up after this you will have to take a first round bye. Call 619-239-7166 if you are running late.
Time Control: G/40 minutes, delay/5 seconds.
4 Rounds: 10:30 AM, 12:15, 2:45, and 4:30, lunch break is 1:45 to 2:45 and it's all over by 6 PM, just in time for the Padre game or maybe an impromptu blitz tournament. You can also arrange for lessons from various masters.
Byes: One bye allowed, but no last round byes, sorry that is the most important round.
2 or 3 Sections: Open and Reserve (U1800). Sometimes if there are lots of players we will have 3 sections: Open, Premier (U2000) and Reserve (U1600).
First Place: $125, Second Place: $75
BU2400: $75/$25, BU2200: $75/$25
BU2000: $75/$25, BU1800: $75/$25
BU1600: $50/$20 BU1400 added if we have 4 or more of these players
Best Game Prize: $15 for Open and Reserve Sections.
All these prizes can be increased, these are just the minimums. The more players, the bigger the prizes, so bring a friend. All entry fees are returned in prize money, minus a small rating/club fee (generally $50 or less).
The Gambito Open is a quick way to get a USCF rating if you don't have one. Free entry for players who have never played in a Gambito Open before. Some of the top masters in San Diego often play in this event such as Cyrus Lakdawala, Kyron Griffith, Varun Krishnan, Bruce Baker, Peter Graves and Ali Morshedi. Sometimes we have over 10 Experts. But you don't have to be that good to play, we also often have lots of young players just starting out too. It is a good way gain valuable experience just from playing. And you might make some good new friends too!
Questions?: email Chuck Ensey at chucnglo