2022 CalChess STATE Open & Class Championship
on September 4 to 5, 3 to 5, or 3
for all levels (and ages) with free parking!

Play and Stay at Sonesta Silicon Valley on 1820 Barber Ln, Milpitas

We invite you to the 2022 CalChess Championship on Sep 3-5, 2022 (Labor Day Weekend).
This is an Official State Championship Event approved by CalChess and US Chess Federation!
Please read on for detailed schedule.

Welcome to the Chessiest Place on Earth!

Please register ASAP to save your money (and our time) before late fees start. Also, the registration may close at any time if we reach maximum capacity under health and safety protocols! (We will share the orientation Information a few days before the tourney.)

What When Where Actions
The 1000+ Sections Championship: September 4-5 or 3-5
Blitz on September 5
Sonesta
Silicon
Valley
Event
Center
Register
The Under 1000 Sections Championship on September 3 [9:15a-4:30p]
Blitz on September 3 [5:15-7:15p]
Quads on September 4 [9-11:30a] & September 5 [9-11:30a & 12-2:30p]
Quads on September 4 [3-6:30p] & September 5 [3-6:30p]
Chess4Less on September 4 [12-2:30p]

Stay at the tournament site
for 99/night
September 1 to 6 Sonesta Silicon Valley Book

Prize Fund and Awards

Cash Prizes for 1000+ Sections | Trophies & Medals for u1000 Sections

        • Prize Fund (1000+): $26,100 b/297 paid Entries

          Section Eligibility 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
          M (2200+)
          FIDE rated &
          USCF rated
          All $2,500 $1,000 $500 $200
          u 2300 $1,000 $500 $200 $200
          X (2000 - 2199)
          FIDE rated &
          USCF rated
          All $1,500 $700 $300 $200
          u 2100 $700 $500 $200 $200
          A (1800 - 1999)
          FIDE rated &
          USCF rated
          All $1,300 $600 $300 $200
          u 1900 $600 $300 $200 $200
          B (1600 - 1799)
          FIDE rated &
          USCF rated
          All $1,300 $600 $300 $200
          u 1700 $600 $300 $200 $200
          C (1400 - 1599)
          FIDE rated &
          USCF rated
          All $1,000 $500 $200 $200
          u 1500 $500 $200 $200 $200
          D (1200 - 1399)
          USCF rated
          All $1,000 $500 $200 $200
          u 1300 $500 $200 $200 $200
          E (u1200 & unr.)
          USCF rated
          All $1,000 $500 $200 $200
          u 1000 $500 $200 $200 $200

          New & Unrated players: Max prize $400 (except in the Open Section).
      • Blitz Prize Fund (1000+)

        We will group in Hexes (6 players). For each hex:
        • 1st Place = $60
        • Top in the bottom 1/2 = $40
    • Awards (u1000)

      1. Trophies to:
        1. All players with a winning record.
        2. All club teams with 2 or more players.
      2. Medals to all players who do not get a trophy.
      Sections based on rating:
      F (800-999), G (600-799), H (400-599), IJu (unrated & under 400)
    • Blitz Prizes (u1000)

      We will group in Quads (4 players) or Hexes (6 players). For each group:
      1. Trophies to all players with a winning record.
      2. Medals to all players who do not get a trophy.

1000+ (September 4-5, September 3-5) & Blitz (September 5)
u1000 (September 3) & Blitz (September 3)

    • 1000+ Sections
      (September 4-5, September 3-5)

      1. Schedule:
        Schedule 2-day 3-day
        Online Registration Until Sat 11:59p Until Fri 11:59p
        Onsite Registration Sun 8:00-8:30am Sat 12:30-1:00pm

        Round # Round Time
        1 Sun 9:00a Sat 1:30p
        2 Sun 11:20a Sat 6:00p
        3 Sun 1:40p Sun 9:30a
        4 Sun 4:00p Sun 2:00p
        Schedules Merge in Round 5 and compete for the same prizes
        5 Sun 6:45p
        6 Mon 10:00a
        7 Mon 2:30p
      2. Time Control: G/90 +30 (2-day's Rounds 1-4 G/55 +5)
      3. Sections based on US Chess rating:
      Section M X A B C D E
      Min 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000
      Max 9999 2199 1999 1799 1599 1399 1199

    • u1000 Event Schedule
      (Saturday, September 3 only)

      1. Schedule:
        Schedule 1-day (u1000)
        Online Registration Until Fri 11:59p
        Onsite Registration Sat 12:30-1:00pm

        Round # Round Time
        1 9:15a
        2 10:45a
        Lunch Break
        3 12:30p
        4 2:00p
        5 3:30p
        Awards 4:45pm
      2. Time Control: G/25 d5
      3. Sections based on US Chess rating:
        Section F G H I J
        Min 800 600 400 none
        Max 999 799 599 399
    • 1000+ Blitz on Monday

      1. Monday 6:50-8:50pm
      2. Check-in Required before 6:45pm
      3. Time Control: G/5 d1
      4. Groups of 6 players based on US Chess rating; each player plays 2 games against other players. (Some groups may have more/fewer players and more/fewer games between pairs of players.)
    • u1000 Blitz on Saturday

      1. Saturday 5:15-7:15pm
      2. Check-in Required before 5pm
      3. Time Control: G/5 d1
      4. Groups of 6 players based on US Chess rating; each player plays 2 games against other players. (Some groups may have more/fewer players and more/fewer games between pairs of players.)

Fees & Discounts

Please register early to save your money and our time!

      • Entry Fees

        Sect-
        ions
        Entry Type Non-member BAC-Member
        1000+ Regular
        3-day OR 2-day
        156 117
        Econ
        3-day OR 2-day
        117 88
        Blitz 33 25

        under
        1000
        1-day 60 45
        Blitz 33 25


        Econ entry allows players to register for a lower entry by agreeing to receive 50% of the calculated prize. (Tip: This option suits players who are unmotivated by prize money.)
      • Buy More & Save with All-Access Pass
        [available until Sunday, August 28]

        Entry Type Non-member BAC-Member
        All-Access Pass u1000
        1-day AND 2-day AND
        Blitz on Sat & Mon
        216 162
        All-Access Pass u1000 (Econ)
        1-day AND 2-day AND
        Blitz on Sat & Mon
        177 133
        Saturday Access Pass u1000
        1-day AND Sat Blitz
        77 58
        All-Access Pass 1000+
        (3-day OR 2-day) AND Blitz
        173 130
        All-Access Pass 1000+ Econ
        (3-day OR 2-day) AND Blitz
        132 99


        1. 1000+ All-Access Pass includes the 1000+ (3-day or 2-day) and Blitz (1000+ at half price)!
        2. u1000 All-Access includes the u1000 (1-day), 1000+, Blitz (both 1000+ and u1000 free)!
        3. u1000 Saturday Access includes the u1000 (1-day) and Blitz (u1000 at half price)
    • Optional/Other Fees

      1. Play-up Fee: +37 for 1000+ Sections & +27 for Under 1000+ Sections (must be within 300 rating points of the section's minimum rating)
      2. Registration Fees: +0 Until 8/25 | +10 8/26-27 | +20 8/29-31 | +30 9/1-2 | +40 onsite
      3. Cancel/Change Fee: Same as the registration fee; No refunds after 8/31.
      4. Blitz Registration Fees: +0 Until 9/4 | +7 onsite

Post-Registration Information

What to expect after registering

        • After Registering

          1. Check Processed Entries to confirm registration (available one week before the tournament).
          2. Use this form for changes/corrections.
          3. Add @bayareachess.com to safe senders to receive emails with orientation and other notifications.
          4. Reconfirm the email address and other information in your profile.
          5. Check this page the day before the tournament for orientation information.
          6. Contact us for any questions or suggestions.
      • Financial Transparency

        1. The entry fees for members are slightly lower based on a donation by the Azhar Family.
        2. The entry fees for non-members are slightly higher due to inflation and the extra cost of COVID prevention protocols.
        • What's New?

          1. The 2022 CalChess Open & Class Championship will be held on September 3-5, 2022.
          2. The first four rounds of the 2-day schedule will be G/55 +5.
      • What's Expected?

        1. Come as you are! We welcome all players regardless of their rating and playing level.
        2. US Chess and CalChess memberships are required; if you're not a current member, you must renew/signup with your tournament registration so we can process and reconcile your entry.
        3. September 2022 Supplement and TD discretion will be used to place players accurately.
        4. We may adjust round times if needed (but it is unlikely).
        5. Be nice to everyone!