Local Chess Events

DISCLAIMER: The information below is not guaranteed to be complete or totally free of errors. The author of this list does not represent Borders Bookstores or any of the organizations mentioned below (except the Borders Chess Club). Individuals planning to play in any of these tournaments should verify the information with the listed contact person before making travel plans!

Note: USCF rated tournaments require membership in the United States Chess Federation. This can usually be arranged at the tournament site (verify in advance). For information on USCF memberships, visit www.uschess.org. For full details about the USCF-rated tournaments listed below, please see Chess Life magazine.

Abbreviations:

USCF – United States Chess Federation; 
rated – USCF membership required; unrated – USCF membership not required; 
FIDE – Fédération Internationale des Échecs (World Chess Federation); 
4-SS – 4 round Swiss System; RR – Round Robin; 
Quad – 4 person round robin, grouped by rating (each person plays against the other 3); 
Hex – 6 person round robin, grouped by rating (each person plays against the other 5); 
G/60 – each player has 60 minutes total per game; 
40/90 – each player must make at least 40 moves in 90 minutes; 
SD/30 – each player must make remaining moves in 30 minutes; 
G/5 – each player has 5 minutes total per game; 
U1800 – section for those rated under 1800; 
K-12 – kindergarten through 12th grade.

  archive of events in 2001-2002
January 11, 2003 Borders Chess Quads #5 
Format: Unrated, 3 RR, G/30 (or 2 games per round at G/15) 
Entry Fee: $5 (cash only) 
Prizes: $15 to 1st place in each quad 
Registration: 1:30 – 2:15pm 
Location: Borders Books Music & Cafe, 1751 Walnut Street, Cary NC. 
Info: www.BordersChess.org/Tourn.htm
January 18, 2003 Triangle Area Chess Open V 
Format: USCF-rated, 3 SS, 40/90 SD/30 
Entry Fee: $10 
Prizes, Registration: see web site 
Location: Caraleigh Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 Summit Ave., Raleigh, NC 
Info: upperneusechess.freewebpages.org/tournaments/taco.html
February 8, 2003 Borders Chess Quads #6 
Format: Unrated, 3 RR, G/30 (or 2 games per round at G/15) 
Entry Fee: $5 (cash only) 
Prizes: $15 to 1st place in each quad 
Registration: 1:30 – 2:15pm 
Location: Borders Books Music & Cafe, 1751 Walnut Street, Cary NC. 
Info: www.BordersChess.org/Tourn.htm
February 15, 2003 Triangle Area Chess Open VI 
Format: USCF-rated, 3 SS, 40/90 SD/30 
Entry Fee: $10 
Prizes, Registration: see web site 
Location: Caraleigh Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 Summit Ave., Raleigh, NC 
Info: upperneusechess.freewebpages.org/tournaments/taco.html
February 15, 2003 2003 North Carolina High School Scholastic Chess Championship 
Format: USCF-rated, 4 SS, G/60 
Entry Fee: $10 
Prizes, Registration, Contacts: see registration form 
Location: Newton-Conover High School, 338 W. 15th St., Newton, NC 28658 
Registration Form: www.BordersChess.org/nchsscc.htm
February 22, 2003 Mustang XXVII Scholastic Tournament 
Format: USCF-rated, 4SS, G/40 
Entry Fee: $8, USCF membership required; $13 U14 yrs, $20 15-19 
Prizes, Registration: see web site 
Location: McDougle Middle School, 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Chapel Hill, NC 
Info: wschess.org/mustang.html
March 8, 2003 Borders Chess Quads #7 
Format: Unrated, 3 RR, G/30 (or 2 games per round at G/15) 
Entry Fee: $5 (cash only) 
Prizes: $15 to 1st place in each quad 
Registration: 1:30 – 2:15pm 
Location: Borders Books Music & Cafe, 1751 Walnut Street, Cary NC. 
Info: www.BordersChess.org/Tourn.htm
March 15, 2003 Cary Scholastic Chess Association Open Tournament 
Cross Table 
Format: Unrated, 5 SS, G/30 
Entry Fee: $10 before March 12, $15 after 
Prizes: trophies to top 5 in K-3, K-5, K-8 sections 
Note: Students from other schools are welcome! Bring chess sets and clocks if possible 
On-site registration: 8:00 – 8:30am. Rounds at 9am, 10, 11, 1pm, 2 
Pre-registration by mail: (strongly encouraged) Nancy Hammond, 219 Parkgate Drive, Cary, NC 27519 
Location: Davis Drive Elementary, 2151 Davis Drive, Cary, NC. 
Info: (919) 367-7532, WSchess.org/Cary_tourney.html
March 15, 2003 Triangle Area Chess Open VII 
Format: USCF-rated, 3 SS, G/75 
Entry Fee: $10 
Prizes, Registration: see web site 
Location: Caraleigh Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 Summit Ave., Raleigh, NC 
Info: upperneusechess.freewebpages.org/tournaments/taco.html
April 12, 2003 Borders Chess Quads #8 
Format: Unrated, 3-RR, G/30 (or 2 games per round at G/15) 
Entry Fee: $5 (cash only) 
Prizes: $15 to 1st place in each quad 
Registration: 1:30 – 2:15pm 
Location: Borders Books Music & Cafe, 1751 Walnut Street, Cary NC. 
Info: www.BordersChess.org/Tourn.htm
April 26, 2003 Triangle Area Chess Open VIII 
Format: USCF-rated, 3-SS, G/75 
Entry Fee: $10 
Prizes, Registration: see web site 
Location: Caraleigh Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 Summit Ave., Raleigh, NC 
Info: upperneusechess.freewebpages.org/tournaments/taco.html
May 2-4 or 3-4, 2003 North Carolina Class Championship 
Format: USCF-rated, 5-SS, 35/90 + SD/60 
Entry Fee, Prizes, Registration: see web site 
Location: Ramada Inn Burlington, 2703 Ramada Road, Burlington, NC 
Info: www.ncchess.org/tournaments/nccls03.htm
May 10, 2003 Borders Quick-Rated Tournament #1 
Cross Table 
FORMAT: USCF rated, 4-SS, G/25 
NOTE: **USCF membership required** Can join USCF at tournament site, special reduced prices: 
        Adult – $45 / $36 (per year; magazine/no magazine) 
        Youth 19 & under – $23 / n/a 
        Scholastic 14 & under – $17 / $12 
        other categories available, see TD for more information 
SECTIONS: Open, U1600, U1200 
NOTE: rating used is highest of: USCF Quick, Borders-200, or USCF Regular-200 
NOTE: format of sections with less than 8 players may be adjusted at TD’s discretion 
ENTRY FEE: $6 — FREE to 1st time USCF joiners, or if renewing membership that lapsed before Jan 2003 
PRIZES: $25 to 1st, $15 to 2nd in each section (based on 8 paid entries per section, proportional otherwise) 
NOTE: unrated player prizes limited to 75% of 1st prize in U1600, 50% of 1st prize in U1200 
REGISTRATION: 1:00 – 1:45pm (arrive early since maximum number of players is 40) 
NOTE: Maximum per section is 16 until 5 minutes before registration ends 
ROUNDS: 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00pm 
LOCATION: Borders Books Music & Cafe, 1751 Walnut Street, Cary NC. 
INFO: email questions to chessgary@bellsouth.net
May 17, 2003 Triangle Area Chess Open IX 
Format: USCF-rated, 3-SS, G/75 
Entry Fee: $10 
Prizes, Registration: see web site 
Location: Caraleigh Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 Summit Ave., Raleigh, NC 
Info: upperneusechess.freewebpages.org/tournaments/taco.html
June 14, 2003 We will not have a Borders tournament this June (no TD is available).
June 16-19, 2003 Raleigh Chess Camp, Session I 
Registration Fee: $87.50 for one session, $160 for two sessions. 
Location: Caraleigh Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 Summit Ave., Raleigh, NC 
Info: (Session I) D.B. Morris, 919-779-7662
June 21, 2003 City Of Oaks Chess Challenge 
Format: USCF-rated, 5-SS, G/60 
Entry Fee: $25 by 6/18, $30 on-site 
Prizes, Registration: see web site 
Location: Caraleigh Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 Summit Ave., Raleigh, NC 
Info: upperneusechess.freewebpages.org/tournaments/taco.html
July 14-17, 2003 Raleigh Chess Camp, Session II 
Registration Fee: $87.50 for one session, $160 for two sessions. 
Location: Caraleigh Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 Summit Ave., Raleigh, NC 
Info: (Session II) Matt Noble, 704-567-2555
July 19, 2003 Triangle Area Chess Open X 
Format: USCF-rated, 3-SS, G/75 
Entry Fee: $10 
Prizes, Registration: see web site 
Location: Caraleigh Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 Summit Ave., Raleigh, NC 
Info: upperneusechess.freewebpages.org/tournaments/taco.html
August 23, 2003 Triangle Area Chess Open XI 
Format: USCF-rated, 3-SS, G/75 
Entry Fee: $10 
Prizes, Registration: see web site 
Location: Caraleigh Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 Summit Ave., Raleigh, NC 
Info: upperneusechess.freewebpages.org/tournaments/taco.html
September 27, 2003 Triangle Area Chess Open XII 
Format: USCF-rated, 3-SS, G/75 
Entry Fee: $10 
Prizes, Registration: see web site 
Location: Caraleigh Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 Summit Ave., Raleigh, NC 
Info: upperneusechess.freewebpages.org/tournaments/taco.html
October 25, 2003 Triangle Area Chess Open XIII 
Format: USCF-rated, 3-SS, G/75 
Entry Fee: $10 
Prizes, Registration: see web site 
Location: Caraleigh Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 Summit Ave., Raleigh, NC 
Info: upperneusechess.freewebpages.org/tournaments/taco.html
November 22, 2003 Triangle Area Chess Open XIV 
Format: USCF-rated, 3-SS, G/75 
Entry Fee: $10 
Prizes, Registration: see web site 
Location: Caraleigh Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 118 Summit Ave., Raleigh, NC 
Info: upperneusechess.freewebpages.org/tournaments/taco.html