The NATIONAL OPEN
is one of America's longest running, premier Open tournaments.
First established by Ed Edmondson in 1965, Fred Gruenberg brought the tournament back to Las Vegas in 1985. He and Alan Losoff have organized the National Open for over 25 years and have added to its well-deserved reputation as The Chess Vacation of the Year.
Fred retired in 2009, but continues to support the tournament as a player and with the “Freddie” awards for promising players under the age of 15.
Over the years, with additional championships and events the National Open has grown to become the centerpiece of the Las Vegas International Chess Festival.
The National Open is a 6 round Swiss System tournament, and you can choose between the standard 3-day or alternate 2-day playing schedules. Half-point byes are available for all rounds, with proper notice to the Tournament Directors or with your advance entry. As always, there are plenty of fun extras, the Riviera's great hotel rates (reserve before May 16th!), and numerous companion events in this year's Las Vegas International Chess Festival.
The $80,000 Prize Fund is absolutely guaranteed.
The Championship and Under 2200 Sections will be FIDE rated.
Chess sets and boards are provided for tournament play only, not for skittles. Please bring chess clocks! This year we are offering the DGT North American Chess Clock to players in the National Open for only $29.95. They will be pre-programed for all the time controls used at the Chess Festival.