The Chess Event of the Year!

June 20-24, 2018Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Reserve a Room Now

Las Vegas International Chess Festival

“Probably no tournament in U.S. history was handled with more regard for the comfort and convenience of the players than the first National Open”, wrote Chess Life editor J.F. Reinhardt in 1965. We are proud to continue that tradition with the National Open and the Las Vegas Chess Festival which has grown around it.

Latest News

  • Countdown Timer!

    29 May 2017

    Online Entry Form The Westgate is nearly sold out and we are past the cutoff date. You may still be able to get a room by signing up on our Wait List.

  • Prize Fund Increased – $100,000 Guaranteed

    2 Nov 2015

    The 2016 National Open prize fund is now increased to $100,000 guaranteed.   One clear winner of the Open section will now take home $8000, the Edmondson Cup and possibly an EXTRA $2,000 for a perfect score. Top prizes in all sections are also increased. See our National Open prizes for details.  In addition to […]

  • Electronic Device Policy

    22 Oct 2015

    The following Electronic Device Policy will be in effect for all 2016 Las Vegas International Chess Festival events. 1. While playing, players may not use cellphones or other electronic devices capable of chess analysis or communication, without permission of a Tournament Director/Arbiter (TD). A player using a prohibited electronic device during play will be penalized. […]