Reserve your room early for more chances to win! You must reserve your room at the Westgate before May 23rd. You must be part of the chess festival group. Use our online link to reserve your room or phone (800) 732-7117 and use our group code: SVCF9R.
This year the Open Section of the National Open will be a 9-round Swiss with FIDE norms possible and discounts for titled players. All under sections remain at 7-rounds, a popular change we made last year. Extra discounts are also available for returning players who enter before the end of January. We call this the […]
Join us Next Year June 12-16. Many thanks to everyone who came and participated in this year’s Las Vegas International Chess Festival. The National Open broke the 700 player mark for only the 3rd time since 2001, finishing with 722 players in the 8 sections. This was also the 1st time we added an extra […]
All prize checks for less than $600 were mailed Thursday, June 28th, as were larger checks for players who completed a W-9 form. Players expecting prize checks $600 or larger must submit a W-9. You can download the form from the IRS at www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf and mail the completed form to PO Box 90925 Henderson NV 89002. […]
The Las Vegas Chess Festival kicks off with the U.S. Women’s Open. Over 40 women and girls are participation. Watch the games Live.
The drawing for the Free Hotel Room was held at the Las Vegas Chess Center. You can watch a video of the drawing on our Facebook page. The winning ticket number 22348 was held by a guest with the initials V.P. who made a reservation on May 16th. The lucky winner will be notified and […]
A FIDE Arbiters seminar will be held the 3 days before the National Open. Anyone who wishes to become a FIDE Arbiter or International Arbiter must attend one of these seminars. This is likely to be the only seminar in the U.S. this year. Anyone may attend but the US Chess Federation will only submit […]
Each year we invite a player who is or was famous as a child star to host the International Youth Championship. The current U.S. Women’s Champion, Sabina Foisor, has won medals at the European Youth Chess Championships in various age categories. Her result at 2007 European Women’s Championship qualified her for the Women’s World Chess Championship […]
Important features of the redesign include Easier navigation Searchable Pages Responsive Web Design Easier to use on phones and tablets Format adapts to a wide variety of devices Comments Welcome Yet to come FAQ More Photos Timely announcements of featured guests To celebrate our new look we are giving away a Free Hotel Stay to one […]
The U.S. Women’s Open draws women and girls from all over the world to play on the Wednesday & Thursday before the National Open. 5 round US Chess and FIDE rated Swiss Tournament with a $3,500 prize fund and a friendly atmosphere.
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. […]
It’s with great sadness, we must pass along the tragic news that Grandmaster Walter Shawn Browne has quietly and suddenly passed away in Las Vegas Nevada. As we grieve, Alan and I extend our condolences to his wife, family, friends, and the fans of this towering giant. GM Browne had just finished playing in […]
Recordings from the GM Gata Kamsky and IM Anthony Saidy lectures given at the 2014 Las Vegas International Chess Festival. Gata’s lecture was titled “My Favorite Endgames” and Anthoy’s was titled “My Games with Bobby Fischer.” Thanks to Tim Hanks for these videos.
Celebrate the National Open’s 50th Anniversary with us at the Las Vegas International Chess Festival. In addition to the usual great tournaments and activities we have a few surprises in store. Watch this space. If you played in the first National Open at the Stardust in 1965 we want to invite you to play this year […]