Scholastic Tournament


Booster Saturday - November 25, 2017
Junior Varsity (JV) Sunday - November 26, 2017
Varsity 2 Days! Saturday & Sunday November 25 - 26, 2017

Tournament Venue

Hilton Costa Mesa
Address: 3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Click here to reserve hotel room!

Use the link above to get the $125/night chess rate or call 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) and mention the group name "American Open" or "Chess Palace" to get the discounted room rate. Book early! The discounted chess rate of $125/night is only available until room blocks are filled or by October 22, 2017.

Complimentary basic guest room internet.
Discounted parking: $10 day parking per car; $14/overnight

Entry Fee

Early Bird (by August 31, 2017): $40
Regular (by November 22, 2017): $50
On-Site Registration: $60

Junior Varsity:
Early Bird (by August 31, 2017) $50
Regular (by November 22, 2017): $60
On-Site Registration: $80

Early Bird (by August 31, 2017) $60
Regular (by November 22, 2017): $70
On-Site Registration: $90

We recommend coaches to contact us directly via contact page for bulk entries.

Memberships and Ratings

All Varsity and Junior Varsity Sections are USCF rated, therefore all players must have an active USCF membership.
You can sign-up or renew your membership here.
All Booster sections are non USCF rated, therefore a USCF membership is not required.

Sections and Format

Booster - Nov. 25th
Sections:Each Grade in K-12 will have its own section
Rounds:8-12 Games - non USCF Rated
Time Control: Game/15 minutes (optional)

Junior Varsity - Nov. 26th
K-3 rated U600 (under 600)
K-6 rated U600
K-6 rated U800
K-8 rated U1000
K-12 rated U1200
(Player's rating must be under the indicated rating)
Rounds:5 Rounds Swiss System - USCF Rated
Time Control: Game/30 minutes

Varsity - Nov. 25 - 26
Rounds:5 Rounds Swiss System - USCF Rated
Time Control: Game/75 minutes


Booster: Saturday - Nov. 25, 2017
All rounds will take place from 9:30am - 2:00pm.
Lunch break from 12pm-1pm
Awards - 3pm

Junior Varsity: Sunday- Nov. 26
Round 1 - 9:00 am
Round 2 - 10:45 am
Round 3 - 12:30 pm
Round 4 - 2:00 pm
Round 5 - 3:30 pm
Awards - 5:00 pm

Saturday - Nov. 25
Round 1 - 9am
Round 2 - 12:15pm
Round 3 - 3:15 pm
Sunday - Nov. 26
Round 4 - 9am
Round 5 - 12:15 pm
Awards - 3:30pm

Other Information

Bye Policy
Players may request 1 half-point bye before the start of the tournament.
Players in all Varsity sections must bring their own sets and clocks, none will be provided.
Chess sets will be provided for the all Junior Varsity and Booster sections, you may bring a chess clock if you have one.
Chess equipment will be available for purchase onsite.