The 25th Annual Western Class Championships will be held from March 2-4, 2018, at the Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave, Van Nuys, California.
The event has 7 sections: Master, Expert, Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D and Class E. All sections have either 3-day (March 2-4) or 2-day (March 3-4) schedules to play in.
The tournament format is 5-round Swiss with the time control 40/100, SD/30, d10.
The event has a guaranteed $20,000 prize fund. Entry fees range from $123-$140.
Master Section (over 2199): $2000-1000-500-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100 bonus, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE rated.
Expert Section (2000-2199): $1500-700-400-200.
Class A Section (1800-1999/Unr): $1500-700-400-200.
Class B Section (1600-1799/Unr): $1500-700-400-200.
Class C Section (1400-1599/Unr): $1200-600-300-200.
Class D Section (1200-1399/Unr): $1000-500-300-200.
Class E Section (Under 1200/Unr): $600-300-200-100.
Top rated players: GM Robert Aghasaryan 2581, GM Melikset Khachiyan 2572, IM Joshua Sheng 2501, FM Zuhao Luke Li 2410, FM Michael Casella 2328 etc