• Next Up!

    Date Name Location
    Mar 7-8 CM Azhar Memorial Championship* Santa Clara Convention Center (map)
    * Thanks to the Azhar Family for sponsoring this event in the loving memory of Chaudhry Mohammad Azhar.
    (You may contact us if you want to sponsor an event for your loved ones.)
  • Upcoming Championships

    Date Name Location
    Apr 4-5 Coach Alan Kirshner Championship Santa Clara Convention Center (map)
    Apr 18-19 GM Walter Browne Memorial Championship Santa Clara Marriott (map)
    May 2-3 CM Frisco Del Rosario Championship Pleasanton Four Points by Sheraton (map)
    Jun 6-7 Elizabeth Shaughnessy Championship Santa Clara Convention Center (map)
    Aug 22-23 Hemmige D. Varadarajan Memorial Championship* Santa Clara Convention Center (map)
    * Thanks to the Varadarajan Family for sponsoring this event in the loving memory of Hemmige D. Varadarajan.
    (You may contact us if you want to sponsor an event for your loved ones.)
  • Prize Fund $6,000 b/117 fully paid entries 60% guaranteed

      1st 2nd 3rd Class Prizes 1st 2nd 3rd
    MX (2000+) FIDE $1,000 $500 $200 under 2300> $400 $200 $100
    AB (1600-1999) $700 $300 $100 under 1800> $400 $200 $100
    (under 1600 & unr)
    $600 $300 $100 under 1400>
    under 1200>
    1. Unrated players prize capped at $200, except the top section.
    2. For all prizes above $600, please fill in the IRS Form W9 (bayareachess.com/fw9) and email it back to us. We cannot send you a prize check without this form based on IRS rules.
    3. If you are a non-resident alien, we must withhold and send to the IRS 30% of your prize. If you have obtained a US Social Security or Tax ID number, please fill in the IRS Form 8233 (bayareachess.com/f8233) and email it back to us.
  • Fees

    • Regular Entry: 99
    • Economy Entry: 79
    • Play-up: 25
    • Late: 21
    • Regular Re-entry: 49
    • Econ Re-entry: 39
    • GM/IM/WGM/WIM: Free entry 10 days before the tournament start date (EF deducted from any prize money).
    • Economy Entry Rules:
      1. Econ is not allowed in the MX (Open) section due to USCF GPP rules.
      2. 50% of any prize money will be paid
      3. Must be finalized before Round 1 starts.
    • Play-up Rules: A player's supplement rating must be within 200 points of rating cutoff to play up.
    • Late Entry Rules: Applied if capacity has reached 80% or the 2 days before the tournament starts.
  • Schedule

    • Time Control:
      • 5SS G/90 +30
    • Registration:
      • Sat 9-9:15am
    • Rounds:
      1. Sat 9:30a
      2. sat 1:50p
      3. Sat 6:10p
      4. Sun 10a
      5. Sun 2:30p
    • Byes:
      • 1/2 pt byes for the last two rounds must be requested before the start of Round 1
  • TDs and Organizers

    • Organizers:
      1. Sr. TD & FIDE NA Dr. Salman Azhar
      2. Zarina Azman
      3. Rahima Azman
      Contact organizers
    • Chief Tournament Directors:
      1. Natl. TD & FIDE IA Tom Langland
      2. Natl. TD & FIDE Arb. John McCumiskey
      3. Natl. TD & FIDE Arb. Richard Koepcke
      4. Sr. TD & FIDE NA Jordan Langland
    • Other Tournament Directors:
      • Ryan Cottone, Michael D'Alfonsi, Brendyn Estolas, Elena Kondakova, Matt LeForce, Arthur Liou, and many others.
  • Location Addresses

    Location Address
    Santa Clara Convention Center 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054 (map)
    Santa Clara Marriott 2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054 (map)
    Pleasanton Four Points by Sheraton 5115 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94588 (map)
  • Accessibility Information

    We are dedicated to making all our events accessible and inclusive for everyone. Please inform us at least two weeks before the tournament if you have any special requirements during the tournament. We will attempt to make reasonable and fair accommodations. We thank you for your continued support in making our events the happiest place on Earth.
  • FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

    1. Don't have a USCF ID? You can purchase or renew membership at here.
    2. Can't find your answer? Please contact us with player's Grade and USCF ID and we can tell you which section.
  • Electronic Devices

    1. Phones:
      • Please turn off all phones in the playing area.
      • The TD may forfeit anyone found operating a phone during an active game.
    2. Electronic Recording Devices:
      • Please come to the registration desk 20 minutes before your first round to get an Authorization Tag for any electronic recording device before using it.
      • The TD may confiscate any devices without an Authorization Tag.
  • Membership Requirement

    • US Chess Federation (USCF) membership is required.
    • Please confirm your membership at bayareachess.com/uscfid and renew it here if expired.
    • US Chess Membership annual fees are based on age:
      1. 12 & under = 17
      2. 13-15 = 22
      3. 16-24 = 26
      4. 25+ = 40
  • Past Championships

    Date Name Location
    February 8-9 NM Paul Gallegos Memorial Championship
    Entries (Live | Processed)
    Santa Clara Convention Center (map)
  • Named Tournaments

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