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COMPLETED EVENT: 27th Space Coast Open Chess Festival

About the 27th Space Coast Open Chess Festival 

An event created by chess players for chess players! 

The games for all rounds (top 6 boards) will also be viewable on

Hotel Update (all room group rate blocks have expired): The Holiday Inn is almost completely sold out for Saturday night. There are no more rooms for Saturday at the group rate. As of April 1st, rack rates for Saturday are $179 (King only). If you are staying two nights, you may be able to book Friday at the group rate and Saturday at the best available rate. Alternatively, there are a few King suites available. Rates currently $189/night.

As an alternative, we have reserved a small number of rooms at the Hampton Inn across the street. Our group rate is $179/night (discounted from $249/night). To reserve at the Hampton Inn use this link. The group code is SCO. The Hampton Inn group rate available until April 8 (5PM) or until Group rooms are sold out, whichever comes first. 

Dates: April 22-24, 2022 or April 23-24, 2022

USCF Grand Prix Points: 80

Master/Expert Section FIDE Rated (USCF ratings used for pairings and prizes)

5 round Swiss System, G/90+30 second increment for all sections except Class E/U1200, which is G/90 d5 (2-day Rd. 1 for all sections G/60 d5).

Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera Conference Center, 8298 N Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida 32940. (I-95 at exit 191)

$$20,000 b/240 paid, $15,000 Guaranteed     

6 Sections:

1. Master/Expert (minimum USCF or FIDE rating of 2000 required) $$2000+trophy-1000-600-300, U2400 $1500+trophy-750, U2200 $1400+trophy-700-500.

2. Class A (open to 1600-1999) $$1200+trophy-600-300-200.

3. Class B (open to 1400-1799) $$1100+trophy-500-300-200.

4. Class C (open to 1200-1599) $$1000+trophy-500-300-200.

5. Class D (open to 800-1399) $$900+trophy-500-300-200.

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:

Chess set and boards not provided but a chess vendor will be on-site.


Players in Master/Expert section are required to turn in white copies of completed scoresheets at completion of each round. Rated players may play in eligible sections as show in above Section prize details. Unrated may play in any section except Master/Expert but may not win over $300 prize or trophy. 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 (for Rule 15, contact Chief TD, Jon Haskel, at email below).


COVID-19 POLICY: Masks are recommended for all and required for unvaccinated participants. At the discretion of the organizer, based on evolving CDC and State / Local governments guidance, masks may be required for all participants. Any changes to the tournament the mask requirement will be posted to this web site not later than two weeks prior to the event. It is the responsibility of every player to determine and accept the potential risks of participation in this event. By registering and attending this event, you acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume all risk that you may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19. Entrants further certify that during the 14-day period before the tournament, they have not experienced any symptoms associated with COVID-19, which include fever, cough, or shortness of breath, nor had close or direct contact with anyone who is either confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19. Participants and spectators may be subject to a temperature check. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4F or higher will be required to leave and cannot continue in the tournament or spectate. No spectators will be permitted in the main playing hall.

No Food or Drink is allowed in the playing hall, except water or other beverages provided they are in tightly closed containers. No food permitted in playing hall. Food is permitted in the skittles room.

Please do not crowd around any posted pairings, standings, other posted notices or other areas used by our event.


Entry Fee:

$114 early bird by 3/22, $134 by 4/15, $144 later, $150 on-site. $20 discount if unrated or under age 18.

Special EF for Brevard County students in K-12 playing in any section: $30 by 4/15, $40 later, $45 on-site (counts as ¼ entry for based on prize fund).

GMs and IMs free entry available on-line until 3/22, else $134 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.

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; ½ point Bye available for later entries).

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: $119, King or 2 Queens. No resort fee. Free parking. Reservations: Hotel phone number (321) 255-0077, reference group code SCO. Or reserve on-line using our group link: Holiday-Inn-Space-Coast-Open- Reservations. Enter your dates and our group rate will display. Group rate is available for 3 days before and after the tournament (subject to availability). VERY IMPORTANT: Reserve early. Group rate available until April 1 (5PM) or until Group rooms are sold out, whichever comes first. Hotel expects to sell out. The group rate is unlikely to be available after the cut-off date. RESERVE EARLY.

Side events:

Space Coast Open Blitz (USCF rated). 4 round Swiss System, 2 games per round (play white and black against each opponent). G/3 d2. Cash prizes based on entries. EF $20, $30 if not playing in main tournament (enter and pay at tournament site). Blitz starts at 7:30 pm Sunday.

Worldwide Broadcast: the top 6 boards will be broadcast on FollowChess with live commentary by former US Women's Champion WGM Sabina Foisor (details to be announced)

Free Master and GM lectures:

- Saturday: 10am: GM Timur Gareyev - The Blindfold King!! ( Saturday: 11am: International Master Mikhail Zlotnikov

- Saturday: noon: NM Elijah Logozar - "Attacking with the King"

New (corrected) - Chess Simul by GM Timur Gareyev! Come play the world blindfold chess record-holder and past Space Coast Open Champion. Starts 4pm Friday in the main playing hall. Fee: $30 regular, $15 students in K-12. Online registration at these links (for tournament entry see separate links below under Entries):

        Students (K-12): register for simul only here

        Non-students: register for simul only here

        On-site registration 3:45pm. 

Books and Equipment by Chess4Less. Friday – Sunday

Mail-in Entry: Checks payable to: “Space Coast Chess Foundation, Inc.”, c/o Jon Haskel, 7050 W. Palmetto Park Rd, #15-550, Boca Raton, FL 33433.

General Info: Jon Haskel,, 561-302-4377

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