Minnesota International Chess Festival
FIDE Norm Swiss: August 19-24, 2022
US Chess Swiss: August 19-21, 2022
$12,800 Guaranteed Prize Fund *
* Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Chess Club
9-Round Swiss with GM and IM norm possibilities. GM norm fulfills FIDE requirement that one norm has to be scored in a 6-day event.
5-Round Swiss. 2-Day and 3-Day Schedules are available, merging at round 3. US Chess Rated only (non-FIDE rated)
Daytime parking is free for all players, whether staying at the hotel or not.
There is a $6 fee for players parking overnight, not staying at the hotel.
Time Control (all sections): G/90 + 30 second increment for all sections. Two-day schedule, Rounds 1 and 2, G/30 + 30 second increment then merged in round 3. Unrated players can enter U2200 and U1600 sections, but are only eligible for 1st and 2nd place prizes.
Byes: Up to 2 optional half-point byes are allowed: must be requested before the start of the tournament. All byes requested after the start of round one are zero-point byes.
Electronic Device Policy: Electronic Scoresheets (e.g. NoteR) are not allowed in any section of the tournament. Players need to stow their cell phones in the tournament-provided receptacle while their game is in progress. A player found with a cell phone (or other non-approved electronic devices) may be penalized up to and including game forfeiture. A spectator with such a device in the playing area will be removed.
International Entry Fee
GMs, foreign IMs, & foreign WGMs = Free *
IMs, WGMs = $220
FMs = $260
FIDE 2100 & higher =$290
FIDE U2100 = $390
* $50 deposit is required, refunded after round one.
EF Rebate: $100 refunded to any foreign non-GM/IM/WGM who completes all 9 rounds.
All fees: $40 more after July 19th, $80 more after Aug 14th.
In order to increase norm chances, there is a limit to the number of players whose FIDE rating is under 2000.
U2200 and U1600 Entry Fee
U2200 & U1600 Schedule
There is a $15 service charge for all refunds for the International, U2200, and U1600 events.
The Minnesota International Chess Festival will adhere to local, state, and federal public health guidelines. Based on the CDC Community Level status LOW, wearing a mask is a personal choice and is not mandatory for participation in the event. The tournament staff is choosing to wear masks. Additional masks and sanitizer will be available at the event location.
Bloomington Public Health (redirect to City of Bloomington website), "CDC has decreased Hennepin County’s COVID-19 Community Level to Low as of June 23, after a recent peak to Medium. This does not mean there is no longer a risk. Case counts are still high, and data suggests there will likely be more peaks with summer gatherings, travel, and the coming school year. Now is a great time to get up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations – they are still the best way to protect yourself, those at high risk, and medical staff against severe illness and hospitalization. "
CDC COVID-19 Community Level Low (redirect to CDC website)
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters
Maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces when possible
Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19
If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease
Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (e.g., having home tests or access to testing)
Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antibodies
Blitz Entry Fee
Due to popularity of event, additional "overflow" hotel rates have been set up for our chess players.
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