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U.S. Junior Open

June 28-30, 2019

North Central College
Wentz Science Center–Ratio Hall
125 S. Loomis St.
Naperville, IL 60540

(Some tournament optional features are still being finalized. Please watch for updates on optional features.)

Eligible Players: Eligibility for tournament and sections based on age as of 1/1/19; must be under 21 as of 1/1/2019.

Format: 6 round Swiss System, in four sections. One half point bye available in any of rounds 1-6, must commit by end of round 2. June rating supplement will be used.

Sections: Based on age as of 1/1/19: Under 21 (“U21”), Under 15 (“U15”), Under 11 (U11), Under 8 (“U8”)

Time Control: G/90+30 second increment

Registration & Check-In: Friday 6/28 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Round Times: Fri 1:00pm & 6:00pm; Sat 9:30am & 3:00pm; Sun 8:30am & 2:00pm.

Entry Fee:

  • $60 rec’d by USPS or online by 12/31 7:00 p.m. CT;

  • $70 rec’d by USPS or online by May 31, 7:00 p.m. CT;

  • $80 rec’d by USPS or online until June 14, 7:00 p.m. CT;

  • $95 rec’d by USPS or online until June 27, 7:00 p.m. CT & at door .

Prizes: up to $500 cash and 60 plaques

  • Under 21 Section

    • $300 plus, for firstmost only, if eligible, entry in the 2020 U.S. Jr. Closed Championship including $200 cash

    • Plaques to top 5 overall

    • Plaques to top age 18, 17, 16, 15

    • Plaques to top 3 school teams, top 3 scores count as team score.

  • Under 15 Section

    • Plaques to top 10 overall

    • Plaques to top age 14, 13, 12, 11

    • Plaques to top 3 school teams, top 3 scores count as team score

  • Under 11 Section

    • Plaques to top 10 overall,

    • Plaques to top age 10, 9, 8

    • Plaques to top 3 school teams, top 3 scores count as team score.

  • Under 8 Section

    • Plaques to top 10 overall

    • Plaques to top age 7, 6, U6

    • Plaques to top 3 school teams, top 3 scores count as team score.

Lodging Information:

  • Dormitory Rooms - chess rate

    • Youth under age 18 must have a chaperone with them in the dormitories on campus

    • No more than three youth to one chaperone

    • When registering, register in the name of the chaperone, and list the youth on

    • Click here to register

    • $55 dorm single by 5/31

    • $100 double by 5/31

    • $145 triple by 5/31

    • $10 more per person thereafter

    • No taxes/tips for dorm rooms

    • Maximum walk from a dorm is .3 mile - 6 minutes

  • Dorm Hints

  • Hotel Info -

Travel Information

  • North Central College is 35 minutes from both O’Hare airport and Midway airport

  • Metrarail, BNSF (Burlington Northern Sante Fe) runs from Chicago to Aurora; Metra stop is a half mile from the playing site (9 minute walk)

  • Rio2rome.com estimates the Uber cost from an airport to the college at $35. We are working with airport shuttles to try to schedule service at around half that cost. Watch for details.

Tournament Directing Staff:

  • Chief TD: NTD Maret Thorpe

  • Chief Floor TD - Senior Open: Glenn Panner

  • Others - TBA

Key Players Participating

  • 2017 U.S. Junior Open Champ, SM Alex Bian

Tournament Photographer - Ghost Light Foto

  • The tournament photographer will have limited access during each round with non-flash photos

  • Photos will be available to purchase online

Special Events and General Information:

  • Free WiFi on campus

  • Thursday evening, GM Simul, details TBD

  • Thursday evening GM Lecture, details TBD

  • Saturday, after round four, Blitz, details TBD

  • Possible events for chaperoning adults.. Would your parent be interested in an exercise class, guided shopping, a dinner theater event? Email us with your feedback.

  • Possible awards dinner after round 6

  • Possible meal plan - we are working to coordinate this with round times. If we work this out, you’ll be able to add it to your entry.

  • We are working on a bookstore opportunity.

For Additional Information:

Contact us here using online form:

Caveman Chess Camp:
6/23-28; The Caveman Chess Camp is a premier camp for both adults and youth. It includes Intensive Study sections limited to serious and strong students, including a Master Class.

Our 2019 instructors will likely include GM Yermolinsky, GM Kaidanov, GM Shulman, GM D. Gurevich, GM Goldin, WGM Baginskaite. We are currently in negotiation with additional instructors.

Please see website for additional details.

2019 Caveman Summer Open

A one day 4-round Swiss System with $1,550 in prizes based on 60 entries in two sections. Click on the above link for more information.

To Enter the Tournament and Register for Other Events and Features:

  • Online Entry: Click here for ONLINE ENTRY

  • By mail: Use this entry form; mail to Caveman Chess, LLC, 27 Morris St., Park Ridge, IL 60068

  • Checks payable to: Caveman Chess, LLC. No checks after 6/14.

  • Dorm Rooms, Lectures, Simul, Side Events and Other Registration

Equipment:

Caveman Chess provides sets, boards. Please bring your chess clock.