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SPF National Open for Boys and Girls in Northern California

The official registration for the 2015 Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open Championship for Girls and Boys is open.

The organizers invite you to join the SPFNO on February 27th – March 1st, 2015 in San Mateo, California.

In the course of the three-day chess festival, the SPFNO will award qualifications for:
– The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls
– The FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece.
– As well as $100,000 in prizes.

The prestigious annual Susan Polgar National Open Championship was created in 2006 and is sponsored by the Susan Polgar Foundation to give more opportunities to young chess players in the United States. The SPNOGB is an official qualifying event for the: The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls, and the FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece.

San Mateo Event Center

WHEN: 2/28 – 3/1/2015

WHERE: SAN MATEO EVENT CENTER – Free Parking
1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403

MAIN EVENT SECTIONS:

U8, U10, U12, U14, U16/18* in separate sections for Girls and Boys

New Sections Added: K-2 and 3-6 Unrated Sections (for unrated players only)

Age Cut-Offs

To qualify for an age section the player cannot have reached the age of that section before January 1, 2015.

Example – to qualify for the U14 section the player cannot have reached 14 years of age before January 1, 2015, in other words he/she must be born in 2001 or later.

To qualify for the World Youth places your federation under FIDE must reflect USA otherwise the qualifier spot will go to the next player in line.1st place in each age category will be a wild card representative for the SPICE World Youth Team.

ROUND TIMES: All sections will be G/60 – All players MUST be current USCF Members

2/28/15 * Round 1 @ 9am * Round 2 @ 12:15pm * Round 3 @ 3:30pm

3/1/15 * Round 4 @ 9am * Round 5 @ 12:15pm * Round 6 @ 3:30pm

AWARDS: 3/1/15 @ 6:45pm

Over $100,000 are awarded in prizes, which include trophies, computers, chess prizes and scholarships. Trophies go to the top 20 players and top 3 teams in all sections. All other participants will get medals. Trophies will also be awarded to the top players rated under 800 in the U8 sections, the top players rated under 1000 in the U10 sections, the top players rated under 1200 in the U12 sections. the top players rated under 1400 in the U14 sections, the top players rated under 1600 in the U16 sections, and the top players rated under 1800 in the U18 sections.

The first place winner in the girls sections will qualify for The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls. The first place winner in sections U8, U10, U12, U14, U16/18 will qualify for the World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece. Triple Crown Winners (main event, blitz, and puzzle solving) will receive $1,000 scholarship to help defray expenses to the 2015 World Youth (if participating*)

* After flight ticket has been purchased, a $1,000 reimbursement check will be sent to the winners.

Team Rules: Minimum 2 players in same section from same school or feeder school (if feeder school parent / coach must provide proof). Top 3 (or 4?) scores count if more than 2 players on a team. A single school with many players cannot create additional teams in the same section. 1 team per section per school.

SIDE EVENTS:

2/27/15 – 6:30 pm Q & A and 25 board Simul against GM Susan Polgar

2/28/15 — 5-5:30 pm Puzzle Competition (one section). Top 10 will get trophies

– 5:45pm Blitz Tournament (one section). Top 10 will get trophies

HOTEL: Sofitel San Francisco Bay * Special Room Rate for this tournament $129

Call (650) 598-9000 for reservations 223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City

The Registration links here

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