The 25th Annual Eastern Class Championships will be held from April 22-24, 2016, at the Host Hotel at Cedar Lake, 366 Main St, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
The event has 7 sections: Master, Expert, Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D and Class E. All sections have either a 3-day (April 22-24) or 2-day schedule (April 23-24) to participate in.
The playing format is 5-round Swiss with the time control 40/100, SD/30, d10 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/60, d10).
Last year the winner of Master section was GM Sergey Kudrin
The event has a guaranteed $20,000 prize fund.
Master (2200/up): $2000-1000-500-300, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300 $800-400.
Expert (2000-2199): $1500-700-500-300.
Class A (1800-1999/Unr): $1500-700-500-300.
Class B (1600-1799/Unr): $1500-700-500-300.
Class C (1400-1599/Unr): $1000-500-300-200.
Class D (1200-1399/Unr): $1000-500-300-200.
Class E (Under 1200/Unr): $500-250-150-100, trophies to first 3, top U1000, U800, U600, Unrated.
Rated players may play up one section.