The 27th Space Coast Open Scheduled for April 23-25, 2021 is CANCELED.

January 13, 2021 Update: Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 on when it will be possible to safely hold our event, we are again canceling the 27th Space Coast Open. Our current plans are to reschedule the event for the spring of 2022.
--Dr. Peter Koretsky, Peter Dyson, Scott Langford, Jon Haskel - Organizers

March 14, 2020 Update: Due to public health emergency we are currently facing with the outbreak of Coronavirus, the Space Coast Chess Foundation has made the difficult decision to cancel the 27th Space Coast Open (SCO) scheduled for May 1-3, 2020. Our players, their families and our staff are our top priority and we strongly believe this is the right decision given the current circumstances.
We are grateful for each and every past and future participant in the SCO. It is your passion for the sport of chess and your support of our event that makes the SCO a success year after year, and we thank you.
If you already paid for your registration, your entry fees will be refunded in full in the next 7-14 days.
--Dr. Peter Koretsky, Peter Dyson, Scott Langford, Jon Haskel - Organizers

Upcoming Events:
  • TBD spring 2022 - NEW DATES in 2022 will be announced in the summer or fall of 2021 for the postponed 27th Space Coast Open, Cocoa Beach, FL. Full Details (draft) below. All dates in the draft below are subject to change.
👉Here👈 is a PDF flyer for the 27th Space Coast Open Chess Festival OR full details below
Welcome to On-line Registration for the 27th Space Coast Open! You can register here and pay using a Credit Card via PayPal. Scroll Down to bottom of page for Chess Player’s Information On-line Entry Form. 

Games: followchess (link to be updated)
Games (rounds 4 and 5) with entertaining commentary: (link to be updated)

About the 27th Space Coast Open Chess Festival 
An event created by chess players for chess players! 
This page last updated January 13, 2021. 
Dates: TBA 

Confirmed Titled Players:

Past Space Coast Open Champions:
            2021 – N/A (not held)
            2020 – N/A (not held)
            2019 – GM Olexandr Bortnyk
2018 – GM Hedinn Steingrimsson
2017 – GM Timur Gareyev
2016 – GM Andrey Stukopin, GM Julio Becerra (tie)
2015 – GM Julio Becerra
2014 – GM Mikheil Kekelidze, IM Alex Reprintsev, IM Javad Maharramzade (tie)
2013 – IM Nikolay Andrianov, GM Alex Yermolinsky (tie)
2012 – IM Javad Maharramzade
2011 – GM Julio Becerra
2010 – NM Eric Rodriguez
2009 – NM Jeffrey Haskel
2008 – IM Javad Maharramzade
2007 (Wojtkiewicz Memorial) – GM Alex Stripunsky
2006 – GM Aleks Wojtkiewicz
2005 – GM Julio Becerra
2004 – GM Aleks Wojtkiewicz
2003 – GM Aleks Wojtkiewicz
2002 – GM Aleks Wojtkiewicz
2001 – GM Sergey Kudrin
2000 – IM Virgil Grabliauskes, IM Blas Lugo, NM Marcel Martinez, GM Gennady Sagalchik (tie)
1999 – IM Rashid Ziatdinov
1998 – NM Fabio La Rota
1997 – GM Sergey Kudrin
1995 – GM Gabriel Schwartzman
1992 – NM Mikhail Braude
1991 – Bruce Koopmans

USCF Grand Prix Points: 100
Master Section FIDE Rated (USCF ratings used for pairings and prizes)
5 round Swiss System, Top section FIDE rated at G/90+30 seconds increment. All other sections but Class E/U1200 G/120 d5, Class E/U1200 G/90 d5 (2-day Rd. 1 for all sections G/60 d5).
International Palms Resort, 1300 North Atlantic Avenue. (Hwy A1A), Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. New location TBA.
$$20,000 b/240 paid, $15,000 Guaranteed     
6 Sections:
1. Master/Expert (open to rated 2000 and higher) $$2000+trophy-1000-600-300, U2400 $1500+trophy-750, U2200 $1400+trophy-700-500.
2. Class A (open to 1600-1999)
3. Class B (open to 1400-1799)
4. Class C (open to 1200-1599)
5. Class D (open to 800-1399)
6. Class E/U1200 (open to under 1200; unrated only eligible for place prizes) $$800+trophy-450-250. U1000 $550+trophy-300.  U800 $400+trophy-200. Trophies to top scholastic players in grades K-3, K-5, K-8, K-12.
Master/Expert Section Modified Sofia Rule: No draw offers permitted prior to move 30.
Special Prizes.
Top Upsets: Rds 1-4: Book Prize
Wojtkiewicz Brilliancy Prizes: 1st $200, 2nd $100, 3rd $50 (Judge: IM Javad Maharramzade)
All, Fine Print:
Players in Master section are required to turn in completed scoresheets at completion of each round (Reference USCF Rule 15G). Rated players may play in eligible sections as show in above Section prize details. Unrated may play in any section but may not win over $300 prize or trophy unless place prize (1st-4th overall) in Master/Expert section. Unrated not eligible for U1000 or U800 prizes.
½-point Bye available any round if requested in advance and before round 2 (limit 2).  No Smoking. No computers. Wheelchair accessible.
Players may not use or watch cellphones during play. Continental Chess Association rules and penalties will apply. See
Entry Fee:
$114 by 4/18, $20 more later or on-site. $20 discount if unrated or under age 18.
Special EF for Brevard County students in K-12 playing in any section: $25 on-line by 4/18, $10 more later or at site (counts as ¼ entry for based on prize fund).
GMs and IMs free entry available on-line until 3/31, else $114 from prize.  Free entry to past Master Section winners listed above (GM/IMs enter on-line; Other past Champions e-mail your name, playing schedule & Byes requested to
Re-entries $60 by round 3 (½ point Byes for missed rounds).
Indicate 2-day or 3-day when mailing entry. Entries not indicating which schedule is desired will be placed in the 2-day schedule.
$10 service charge for refunds.

Registration ends ½ hr before 1st round (ends 7 p.m. Friday or 9:30 a.m. Saturday).
Rounds:          Rd. 1 7:30 p.m. Fri (2-day: 10a.m. Sat at G/60, d5),
Rd. 2 1:15 p.m. Sat.
Rd. 3 6:30 p.m. Sat. (except for Class E/U1200 which is at 5:45 p.m.)
Rd. 4 9:30 a.m. Sunday
Rd. 5 2:30 p.m. Sunday (except for Class E/U1200 which is at 1:45 p.m.)
Hotel Rate: $109, Oceanview $129, Loft $159. Resort fee waived. Reservations: Hotel phone number 800-206-2747 or 321-392-1647. Restaurants, bar & grill, pool, beach, beach volleyball, beach rentals.  Plus many other restaurants nearby. Group rate is available for 3 days before and after the tournament. VERY IMPORTANT: Reserve early. Group rate available until April 10 or until Group rooms are sold out, whichever comes first.  The group rate is *unlikely* to be available after the cut-off date.  RESERVE EARLY.
Side events:
Space Coast Open Blitz (USCF rated). G/5 d0. Prizes: Cash prizes based on entries. EF $20, $30 if not playing in main tournament (enter and pay at tournament site). Blitz starts at 10:15 pm Saturday.
Worldwide Broadcast: the top 5 boards will be broadcast on followchess with live commentary (details to be announced)
Free Master and GM lectures:
- Saturday: 10am: TBA
- Saturday: 11am: TBA
- Sunday: 1:30pm (approx.): TBA
Books and Equipment by Orlando Chess & Games. Friday – Sunday
Send Entries payable to: “Space Coast Chess Foundation, Inc.”, c/o Jon Haskel, 2385 NW Executive Center Dr., #100, Boca Raton, FL 33431. PLEASE: no phone or e-mail entries. Credit Card entry available via this web site only (  ADVANCE ON-LINE REGISTRATION ENDS April 18, LATE ON-LINE REGISTRATION ENDS 5 PM APRIL 23. Otherwise, you may enter at the site.
General Info: Jon Haskel 561-302-4377 (
Register Now! (on-line registration not yet open for 2022)
Please select the registration link that matches your situation:
For most players (if not eligible for any of the discounts below), use this main registration link:
xxx (Pre-registrations xxx)
For Players who are Unrated or are Under Age 18 ($20 discount off regular registration):
xxx (Pre-registrations xxx)
Special EF for Brevard County students in K-12 playing in any section (local donors / sponsorships subsidize entry fee):
xxx (Pre-registrations here)

Looking for the list of pre-registered players? The combined list is not yet available, but you can click on each of the 3 “pre-registrations here” links above to see all players who registered on-line. Mailed entries are not included.