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)

5-Round Swiss. 2-Day and 3-Day Schedules are available, merging at round 3. US Chess Rated only (non-FIDE rated)

Playing Site

Embassy Suites Bloomington

2800 American Blvd West

Bloomington MN 55431


  • 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.


In order to increase norm chances, there is a limit to the number of players whose FIDE rating is under 2000. Contact mnchessfestival@gmail.com with inquiries.

Players competing in the U2200 or U1600 sections may join the MN International Monday, August 22, (after round 4) with two 1/2 point byes and an entry fee of $200. Contact mnchessfestival@gmail.com with inquiries.

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 Prizes

1st $2,500

2nd $2,000

3rd $1,500

4th $1,000

5th $800

6th $700

7th $500

Top U2400 FIDE $500

Top U2200 FIDE $500

U2200 Prizes

1st $500

2nd $200

Top U2000 $150

Top U1800 $150

Top U1600 $150

U1600 Prizes

1st $500

2nd $200

Top U1400 $150

Top U1200 $150

Top U900 $150

Top Unrated $150

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

  • $89 before midnight, July 19th

  • $99 before midnight, August 14th

  • $119 after August 14th

International Schedule

FIDE rated 9-round Swiss held over six 6 days:

Round 1: August 19th at 7:00pm

Round 2: August 20th at 3:00pm

Round 3: August 21st at 10:00am

Round 4: August 21st at 4:00pm

Round 5: August 22nd at 10:00am

Round 6: August 22nd at 4:00pm

Round 7: August 23rd at 10:00am

Round 8: August 23rd at 4:00pm

Round 9: August 24th at 10:00am

U2200 & U1600 Schedule

U2200 and U1600 sections are USCF rated 5-round Swisses.

3-day round times: 2-day round times:

Round 1: 7pm on 8/19 Round 1: 10am on 8/20

Round 2: 10am on 8/20 Round 2: 12pm on 8/20

Round 3: 3pm on 8/20 (3-day and 2-day schedules merge)

Round 4: 10am on 8/21

Round 5: 4pm on 8/21

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


One section. 5-Round Swiss event (2 games per round = 10 games)

Time Control: G/3+2 second increment.


Blitz Rounds

Round 1: August 20th 8:00pm, then ASAP.

Blitz Entry Fee

$40 on or before the event date

Blitz Prizes

  • 1st $200

  • 2nd $100

  • Class Prizes based on entries (4-8 players/class) = $500 total


Due to popularity of event, additional "overflow" hotel rates have been set up for our chess players.


(Playing Site)

2800 American Blvd West

Bloomington MN 55431


Standard rates remain. You may contact "Dan" at the hotel for availability due to cancelations.

Online Reservations

Included free hot breakfast and other ammenites

HILTON Minneapolis/Bloomington

3900 American Blvd West

Bloomington, MN 55437


Only rooms at standard rates remain.

Click for Online Reservations at the Hilton

or call 844-856-8554 and ask for group code "CHESS"

LA QUINTA INN & SUITES Minneapolis/Bloomington W

5151 American Boulevard West, Bloomington, MN 55437


Only rooms at standard rates remain.

Click for Online Reservations at the La Quinta Inn & Suites

Includes free hot breakfast and other ammenities

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Contact mnchessfestival@gmail.com with inquiries