U.S. Senior Open
June 28-30, 2019 ̶ 40 Grand Prix Points
North Central College (Note Building change below)
Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center
171 E. Chicago Ave
Naperville, IL 60540
(Some tournament optional features are still being finalized. Please watch for updates on optional features - see below for details.)
To go straight to tournament registration only, click here.
To register for dorm rooms, see Lodging Information below
Eligible Players: Open to players at least 50 years old as of June 28, 2019
Format: 6 round Swiss System, One half point bye available in any of rounds1-6, must commit by end of round 2. June rating supplement will be used. If possible, directors will avoid pairing players from the same state during rounds 1 and 2.
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.
$100 rec’d by USPS or online by 12/31 7:00 p.m. CT;
$110 rec’d by USPSor online by May 31, 7:00 p.m. CT;
$120 rec’d by USPS or online until June 14, 7:00 p.m. CT;
$130 rec’d by USPS or online until June 27, 7:00 p.m. CT & at door .
Prizes: $8,000 b/100 paid entries:
1st $1,500 and invitation to 2020 U.S. Senior Invitational; 2nd $1,000; 3rd $700; 4th $500;
Unrated eligible for overall or U1200 category prizes only.
Plaque to top in each age group: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+.
Players may win both cash & age awards.
Dormitory Rooms - chess rate
$100 double by 5/31
$10 more per person thereafter
No taxes/tips for dorm rooms
Maximum walk from a dorm is .3 mile - 7 minutes
Hotel Info -
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 (8 minute walk)
Rio2rome.com estimates the Uber cost from an airport to the college at $35. We are currently working with shuttles to see if we can 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
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
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 spouse events. Would your spouse 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:
Caveman Chess Camp:
6/23-28; The Caveman Chess Camp is a camp for both adults and youth, including adult-only camp sections and Intensive Study sections with only serious and strong students, whether adults or youth.
If you’ve ever considered taking a chess vacation to study with Grandmasters and FIDE Trainers, we encourage you to consider the Caveman Chess Camp followed by the U.S. Senior Open. Our 2019 instructors will like include GM Yermolinsky, GM Kaidanov, GM Shulman, GM D. Gurevich, GM Goldin, WGM Baginskaite. We are currently in negotiation with additional instructors.
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.
Caveman Chess provides sets, boards. Please bring your chess clock.