• 2012 UMBC Chess Championship and Rated Beginner's Championship

    September 15-16, 2012 @ University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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    The UMBC Chess Club presents

    2012 UMBC Chess Championship and Rated Beginner’s Championship

    September 15–16, 2012

    University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    (Commons, 3rd Floor)

    5-Round Swiss system in three separate sections (everyone plays 5 games)

    Open to all. Spectators are free and welcome! Open Section FIDE rated.


    Under 1800

    Rated Beginners


    Open to all *

    Rated under 1800 or unrated *

    Rated under 1200 or unrated *

    Place Prizes


    (unconditionally guaranteed)


    (based on 40 paid entries)

    Free USCF membership to

    all players scoring at least

    3.5 points.

    Class Prizes

    $100 each to top

    U2300, U2100, U1900

    $100 each to top

    U1600, U1400

    Certificate to all players completing five games


    Top UMBC student


    Top UMBC student

    Titles for

    UMBC Students

    2012–2013 UMBC Chess Champion;

    top U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400, U1200, unrated


    2012–2013 UMBC

    Amateur Chess Champion


    10am-3pm-7:30pm Sat; 10:30am-3:30pm Sun

    10-11:30-1:30-3-4:30 Sat

    Time Controls

    20/1 hour d:5, SD/1 hour d:5 (USCF rules)

    Game in 30 mins d:5

    Entrance Fees

    $40 if postmarked by 9/1; $50 late; free to GMs;

    $10 less if under 20 years old

    $15 if postmarked by 9/3;

    $20 late


    By mail, 8:30–9:30am on site, or 4–6pm any Friday in Commons 2nd Floor.

    ½-Point Byes Available

    Up to 3 in Rounds 1–5 if requested at least 1 hour before round (before Rd. 2 for any Rd. 4–5 bye), but at most one ½-point bye in Rds. 4–5. No ½-point byes available to any UMBC team prospect.

    In any round if requested before Round 1.

    * USCF membership required. May purchase at site ($46 adult, $33 under 25 yrs old, $28 under 16 yrs old, $40-over 64).

    ** Unrated players may not win more than $200 in U1800 section.

    Any UMBC student who wishes to qualify for any of the three UMBC Chess Teams

    for the 2012–2013 academic year must play in the Open Section of the UMBC Championship.

    Directions to UMBC: Take Exit 47B off I-95 and follow signs to UMBC. Park in Lot 9 or 16.

    Send entries to: Dr. Alan T. Sherman, CSEE Dept., UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 ATTN Championship. Make checks payable to “UMBC.” Winners of cash prizes must provide address and social security number.

    For more information: See www.umbc.edu/chess, email ChessClub@umbc.edu, or call (410) 455-8499.

    Hotel: La Quinta Inn and Suites, 1734 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD 21090, Tel: 410-859-2333

    Ask for UMBC chess rate, http://www.lq.com

    Directions to Hotel: From I-95, take Exit 47A onto I-195 towards BWI Airport. Take Exit 2A onto 295 north towards Baltimore; take first exit, bearing right onto West Nursery Road.