Win free entry and hotel room for one of the year’s premier United States chess events-the $100,000 2008 Miami Chess Open to be held from September 10th to 14th!

The weekend of August 16th and 17th was the Official Qualifier weekend, World Chess Live is hosting a major qualifying event with prizes for the winners valued at more than $10,000 as well as guaranteed $50 value special prizes for everyone else just for participating.

Best of all, entry is free for all USCF members and prizes were awarded in six different ratings sections!

Tournament Schedule

This online tournament ran over two days, with all players starting in a fifteen round Swiss on Saturday, August 16th at 3pm WCL server time (Eastern Daylight Time). The top six players in each of the ratings Classes went on to sectional playoffs on Sunday 8/17/08 at 2pm server time for the Open, U2100, and U1900 winners or 4pm server time for the U1700, U1500, and U1300 winners.

Prize Structure

The top three winners of each of the six ratings sections received free or highly discounted entry to the Miami Open as well as hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency Miami Convention Center (four nights for Open section winners, three nights for others). Everyone who qualified for the Sunday Playoffs will also receive a free year of WCL membership. All other players who finished the tournament will receive $50 certificates good for discounted tournament entry.

For each section, prizes are as follows:

1st place
Free Miami Open Entry, Free Hotel Room, and 12 Months of WCL

2nd place
Half-Price Entry, One Free Re-entry, Half-Price Hotel Room, and 12 Months of WCL

3rd place
One-Third Off Entry, One Free Re-entry, One-Third Off Hotel Room, and 12 Months of WCL

4th, 5th, & 6th
$50 Off Entry Fee and 12 Months of WCL

All others $50 Off Entry Fee

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