APRIL 28 TO MAY 3, 2008



If your age is not correct or is missing, or any advance byes are not properly shown, send an e-mail. Address correction: The address of the hotel in the TLA and the flyer should be 5150 Town Center Circle and not 1550 Town Center Circle.If you are flying in for the tournament, Boca Raton is located mid-way between the Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale airports.For tournament information not listed elsewhere or other questions, send an e-mail.

Excalibur Electronics has donated a Phantom Force Chess Computer for the winner of the Senior Open. They have also donated five digital chess clocks that will be given, each day, to a tournament player that can first answer a chess related trivia question.
APRIL 29: 1ST U.S. SENIOR OPEN DOUBLES TENNIS TOURNAMENT This will be a round robin taking place after lunch on Tuesday, April 29. The tennis courts are Har-Tru (soft surface). You will have a different partner each round. Tennis balls will be provided and the top finishers will win trophies. The entry fee will be $12 and we will need a minimum of 8 players for this to take place. So we can get an idea of how many players there will be, send an e-mail if you want to participate.

MAY 1: CHESS SET AUCTION (At Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches, 1609 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, FL 33401). Auction takes place 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Those going will probably want to arrive about an hour earlier to view sets. Auction will have live worldwide bidding over the Internet, on eBay and from the Gallery. About 175 collector item chess sets will be auctioned. Even if you are not a buyer or seller this should prove very interesting and enjoyable to you. We will try to arrange car pools to and from the auction. For more information go to http://www.agopb.com/.

MAY 2: CCI WILL BE HOLDING A “CHESS FAIR” with chess sets, chess books and chess ephemera for sale, OPEN and FREE TO THE PUBLIC, at the Marriott Boca Hotel on Friday, May 2, from 1 to 3 p.m.

MAY 3: HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS Bus transportation at a cost of $20 round trip will be provided between the Marriott Boca Hotel and the World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum in Miami where the official inductions of GM’s Joel Benjamin, Larry Christiansen and Nick deFirmian into the Hall will take place. In addition Susan Polgar will give a special ten board Board Simul. If you have never seen the Chess Hall of Fame and Museum you will be surprised. It is spectacular and well worth a visit!

MAY 3: CLOSING BANQUET AND AWARDS PRESENTATION 7 p.m., Saturday, May 3rd. World Women’s Chess Champion Susan Polgar will be the featured speaker. Three new inductees to the US Chess Hall of Fame will be honored at the dinner. For more information/reservations, please contact Donald Schultz at (561) 243-2932 or send him an e-mail.


1) The 60 and Over Official U.S. Representative for entry into World Senior in Bad Zwihenahn, Germany Oct. 28 to Nov. 8 will be determined as follows: The highest finishing senior 60 years and over from the Senior Open qualifies. Only USCF citizens or those meeting USCF residency requirements will be eligible. Two reserve candidates will also be selected from the tournament based on their order of finish, with ties being broken using the ratings from the June supplement. If neither of those players can attend, the official 60 and over U.S. Representative to the World Senior will not be selected from the tournament.

2) Qualifier for the US Championship. The U.S. Senior Champion qualifies for the U.S. Championship Tournament. The U.S. Senior Champion is determined either by a clear eligible winner after 5 rounds or a playoff. NOTE: Players not eligible for the U.S. Championship Tournament: non-citizens not meeting U.S. residency requirements are not eligible for the U.S. Championship title nor qualify for the U.S. Championship, though they compete equally with all players for the prize money. NOTE: There is no reserve spot for substituting for the U.S. Senior Champion playing in the U.S. Championship. If the winner (including the winner of any playoff) cannot play, the Tournament loses its qualifying spot.

3) For the Senior and Age Bracket Championship titles. These will be determined from a 2-player one game armageddon playoff with bidding for black. White gets 120 minutes – sudden death. Black gets draw odds. Players open bids against the other players for black.
The player willing to play the black side with the fewest minutes, gets black and draw odds. Game six will not be rated. The rule of playing a player twice will not apply to game 6. If one player has a clear first in game points after five rounds, there will be no game 6 playoff. If there are multiple players tied for 1st, the 2 players will be determined by the top finishers on tie-breaks. For the tournament the tie-breaks will be Modified Median, Solkoff, Cumulative and Cumulative of Opposition. The winners of the playoff games get first place prize money and the losers get their share of any 2nd place, etc. prize money, if applicable.

Anything that has not been addressed by these 3 items will be decided upon by the Organizer and the Tournament Director.

BYE REQUESTS: Up to two 1/2 point byes may be requested for any round. Any 1/2 point byes must be requested prior to the start of the 2nd round.

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