Side Events


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  • US Women’s Open on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Poker Tournament on Monday Morning
  • GM Simul Thursday afternoon
  • Walter Browne Memorial Blitz Championship Thursday
  • Grandmaster Chess Camp for Children and Adults Thursday
  • Free Lectures by Our Guest GMs
  • Free GM analysis of your games Friday – Sunday
  • Youth Simul for kids 14 and under by Our Guest GM
  • Book Signings
  • Blitz Sectionals One each on Friday, Saturday & Sunday Nights
  • Winner’s Circle A reception and cash bar
  • The Spirit of Chess Grandmaster Invitational Blitz – at the Winners’ Circle
  • Youth Blitz for kids 14 and under on Friday evening
  • Youth Puzzle Solving Competition for kids 14 and under on Saturday evening
  • Chess Store by Rochester Chess and Chess4Less
  • Free Daily Raffles. Every player in the National Open is automatically entered in a free raffle before each evening round. Prizes include books, chess equipment and the GRAND PRIZE: Free room and entry to the next National Open.

All event times and locations will be listed in our online schedule and in our Free Daily Newsletter.

Extra Bonus!  Vegas Chess Festivals will mail a FREE Commemorative Tournament DVD to every player. Each DVD contains hundreds of games and Photos from the National Open and other Chess Festival events.  Also included will be electronic copies of the daily National Open News for you to print at home in color. DVDs will be mailed within a few weeks of the end of the festival. Here’s a memento to share with others, that will last a life time.