Dear Chess Parents,
We sincerely invite you to join the SPFNO on February 27th – March 1st, 2015 in beautiful San Mateo, California.
In the course of the three-day chess festival, the SPFNO will award qualifications for:
– The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls
– The FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece.
– As well as $100,000+ in scholarships and prizes.
Please mark your calendars now and join us this February 27th – March 1st. We look forward to seeing you in San Mateo.
SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN FOR GIRLS AND BOYS
FEBRUARY 28th – MARCH 1st
The prestigious annual Susan Polgar National Open Championship was created in 2006 and is sponsored by the Susan Polgar Foundation to give more opportunities to young chess players in the United States. The SPNOGB is an official qualifying event for the: The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls, and the FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece.
WHEN: 2/28 – 3/1/2015
WHERE: Prestigious 34,000 ft2 San Mateo Event Center – Free Parking provided by the Organizers
1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403
MAIN EVENT SECTIONS:
U8, U10, U12, U14, U16/18* in separate sections for Girls and Boys
All rated sections will be 6 Rounds, G/60 d5 – All players MUST be current USCF Members
New Sections Added: Saturday Only
Unrated K-2 and 3-6 Sections (for unrated players only) 5 rounds, G/30
Age Cut-Offs: To qualify for an age section the player cannot have reached the age of that section before January 1, 2015.
Example – to qualify for the U14 section the player cannot have reached 14 years of age before January 1, 2015, in other words he/she must be born in 2001 or later.
To qualify for the World Youth places your federation under FIDE must reflect USA otherwise the qualifier spot will go to the next player in line. 1st place in each age category will be a wild card representative for the SPICE World Youth Team.
ROUND TIMES: 2/28 * Round 1 @ 9am * Round 2 @ 12:15pm * Round 3 @ 3:30pm
3/1/15 * Round 4 @ 9am * Round 5 @ 12:15pm * Round 6 @ 3:30pm
Unrated Sections: 2/28 * R1 @ 9am * R2 @ 10:30am * R3 @ 1pm * R4 @ 3:30pm * R5 @ 5pm
AWARDS: Unrated Sections: 2/28/15 @ 6:45pm; Rated Sections: 3/1/15 @ 6:45pm
Over $100,000 are awarded in prizes, which include trophies, computers, chess prizes and scholarships.
Trophies go to the top 20 players in all rated sections and top 10 in the unrated sections. In all sections the top 3 teams win trophies. All other participants will get medals.
The Winner of both the Girls and the Boys U16/18 sections each will win a $52,000 ($13,000/year x 4 years) scholarship to Webster University*.
Additional trophies will also be awarded to the: top players rated under 800 in the U8 sections; the top players rated under 1000 in the U10 sections; the top players rated under 1200 in the U12 sections; the top players rated under 1400 in the U14 sections; the top players rated under 1600 in the U16 sections; and the top players rated under 1800 in the U18 sections.
The first place winner in each of the girls’ sections will qualify for the prestigious Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational. The first place winner in sections U8, U10, U12, U14, U16/18 will qualify for the World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece. Triple Crown Winners (main event, blitz, and puzzle solving) will receive $1,000 scholarship to help defray expenses to the 2015 World Youth (if participating**)
Team Rules: Minimum 2 players in same section from same school or feeder school (if feeder school parent / coach must provide proof). Top 3 scores count if more than 2 players on a team. A single school with many players cannot create additional teams in the same section. 1 team per section per school.
* Webster scholarships are not stackable. In other words, for example, if a student already won a similar scholarship to Webster U at another event, for them the scholarship will only have a $4,000 ($1,000/year x 4) value.
** After flight ticket has been purchased, a $1,000 reimbursement check will be sent to the winners.
2/27 – 6:30pm Q & A and 25 board Simul against GM Susan Polgar – FULL
2/28 – 5-5:30pm Puzzle Competition (one section). Trophies to Top 10, Top U1600, and Top U1000
2/28 – 5:45pm Blitz Tournament (one section). Trophies to Top 10, and Top 3 for U-10
HOTEL: Sofitel San Francisco Bay – Special Room Rate for this tournament $129
Call (650) 598-9000 for reservations 223 Twin Dolphin Dr., Redwood City
Main Rated Event – $60 if registered by 2/1; $80 after 2/20
Unrated Sections – $30 if registered by 2/1; $40 after 2/20
Puzzle Solving Competition – $15 if registered by 2/1; $20 after 2/20
Blitz Tournament – $15 if registered by 2/1; $20 after 2/20
Please click on the links to register for each event
Main Event * We do have a sibling discount for multiple children participating in this event, however, we are unable to process automatically process the discount at this time. Please go here to pay online with the sibling discount included
2/27/15 – 6:30 pm Q & A and 25 board Simul against GM Susan Polgar
2/28/15 — 5-5:30 pm Puzzle Competition (one section). Top 10 will get trophies
2/28/15 – 5:45pm Blitz Tournament (one section). Top 10 players will get trophies
If you would rather print out the application, click here. You can mail the application and check to:
16691 Colonial Trail
Lathrop, CA 95330