Earlier this evening I received a phone call from USCF Executive Director Bill Hall and National Event Director Pat Knight Smith who told me that Bill had just signed a contract with the Madison Marriott West in Middleton (just off the Beltline at Greenway Blvd.) to host the 2013 US Open Chess Championships!!
The event will be held Saturday, July 27 – Sunday, August 4 and is a nine round event. Traditionally there have been at least three schedules to choose from. The Traditional schedule is one round per night at 7 or 7:30 pm for nine days except the last round which is usually at 3 pm on the last Sunday. The Six Day schedule starts Tuesday and plays two rounds Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to catch up. Both the Traditional and Six Day time controls are 40/120 SD/1. The third schedule is the Four Day which starts on Thursday and plays six rounds of G/60. All sections merge Friday night for the last three rounds at 40/120 SD/60.
In addition to the main event, there are day tournaments, the US Open Blitz Championship, a Fischer 960 (Random) tournament, USCF Sales bookstore, workshops and lots more! Two very prestigious invitational events take place at the US Open as well. They are the Grandmaster Arnold Denker Tournament of High School State Champions and the Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 State Champions. As the host state, we will be allowed to enter a second participant in these events in the event there is an uneven number.
Room rates at the Marriott will be $99 but you may have up to four in a room. About a dozen restaurants in all price ranges are within a ten minute walk as Greenway Station is renowned for its eating and shopping culture.
The US Open was last held in Wisconsin in 1953 or 1954 in Milwaukee.
In 2006 the Wisconsin scholastic chess community turned out in large numbers for the National High School Championships. Now it is everyone’s turn to show the national chess crowd that we can support a large open, national event!
Much more later!