Noel Skelton Open
Crown Plaza Minneapolis West
3131 Campus Drive
Plymouth MN 55441

1-2 September 2012
For once a tournament named after someone who is still alive! Noel Skelton is an Irish immigrant who found success in the States. Now he is giving back by funding this premier event. The Noel Skelton Open is replacing the Region IV, and it is held at one of our favorite playing sites (Crown Plaza Plymouth). We are in discussions with several Grandmasters, and the sponsor has committed funds to bring one of these titled players into Minnesota for this event. Plus IM John Bartholomew (Minnesota’s # 1 ranked player) has committed to playing!

Premier (Open to all). Entry fee: $55 if received by Aug 25th, $65 at site. Those rated under 1800 will be charged an extra $10. Prizes: 1st $1000 guaranteed, 2nd $500 guaranteed! Other prizes (based on 30 participants) U2200 $150; U2000 $150. Note players rated 2400+ USCF can get a full point bye for round one.

Reserve (Open to under 1800). Entry fee: $45 if received by Aug 25th, $55 at site. Prizes: 1st $500 guaranteed! Other prizes are (based on 35 participants) 2nd $250, U1600 $100, and U1400 $100.

Bantam (Open to under 1200). Entry fee: $30 if received by Aug 25th, $35 at site. Prizes: 1st $150, 2nd $100, U1000 $70, and Unrated $70 (based on 35 participants).

For above three sections. Five games, Swiss pairings. Time control for round 1: G/60 plus a 15 second delay. Rounds 2-5: G/90 plus a 30 second increment.

Registration: 8:00-9:00am Saturday.

Rounds: Saturday 9:30-12:30-6, and Sunday at 10 & 3.

State (MSCA) and national (USCF) memberships required.

SATURDAY NON-RATED BEGINNERS TOURNAMENT: Five games, Swiss pairings. Game 60 plus 5 second delay. Open to unrated players and to players rated under 800. Memberships for our state and national organizations NOT required. Entry fee is $15. Prizes: 1st free entry to Sunday’s Side Tournament, and USCF & MSCA memberships for all players scoring 4 points in 5 rounds. Register Saturday (September 1) from 10:00-10:30am. Round 1 is at 10:45am. Games played ASAP, but with a break after game two for lunch.

SUNDAY SIDE TOURNAMENT: Four games, Swiss pairings. Time control is game in 60. Entry fee is $20 if received by Aug 25th, $25 at site. State (MSCA) and national (USCF) memberships required. Prizes: a minimum 50% of entry fees returned, including a class prize for the top score in the lower half of field. Register Sunday (September 2) from 10:00-10:30 am. Rounds are played at 11-1:30-4:00-6:30.

EARLY ENTRIES: should be sent to Chess Castle of Minnesota, 1121 Jackson St NE, #134, Minneapolis, MN 55413, with the checks made out to MSCA.

HOTEL: Crown Plaza Minneapolis West, 3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth MN 55441. Ask for the chess rate, $89! Phone 1-877-270-1393

QUESTIONS: Call 651-280-5473 or e-mail danvoje©
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