The 2nd Annual Metropolitan Open (In Person)

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The 2nd Annual Metropolitan Open (In Person)
05/03/2024 - 05/05/2024

The Metropolitan Open

Executive Conference and Training Center

22685 Holiday Park Drive, Dulles, VA 20166

May 3-5, 2024

💰$5,500 Guaranteed Prize Fund💰


  • Five-round Swiss; three-day and two-day schedules (Premier Section must play three-day schedule); up to two half-point byes allowed

    • Three-day schedule: Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 12:00 noon, Saturday at 5:30 pm, Sunday at 11 am, Sunday at 4:30 pm

    • Two-day schedule: Round 1 on Saturday at 9:30 am, merge with 3-day schedule for round 2

  • On-site registration closes 30 minutes before the start of round one (after that players may register with a half-point bye)

  • Five sections: Premier (FIDE-rated), Under 1900, Under 1600, Under 1300, and Under 1000

    • Click here to view details about The Metropolitan Open Scholastic

    • Players may not play up more than 200 points. (If you want to play up, add 200 points to your rating to see which section you qualify for). A player may use either their live (unpublished) rating or published rating to qualify for a higher section. If a player uses their live rating to qualify, the tournament director may also use their live rating for pairing purposes.

    • Unrated players policy: Unrated players may choose to play in either the Under 1300 section or the Under 1000 section. To play in a higher section, unrated players must obtain special permission from the tournament director. Players with foreign ratings, FIDE ratings, and provisional USCF ratings are not considered unrated. The tournament director may use USCF ratings (published or unpublished) from other categories (quick, blitz, online, online quick, online blitz, or correspondence).

  • $5,500 guaranteed prize fund:

    • Premier: $1300 for 1st, $550 for 2nd, $300 for 3rd

    • U1900: $1000 for 1st, $400 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd

    • U1600: $550 for 1st, $250 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd

    • U1300: $350 for 1st, $150 for 2nd

    • U1000: $300 for 1st, $150 for 2nd

  • Time control: Game in 100 minutes with a 30-second increment

    • (Game/45;+10 for round one of the two-day schedule)

    • NEW POLICY: 30-minute forfeit time. If you do not arrive at the board within 30 minutes of the scheduled round time your opponent can claim a forfeit win. The tournament director may choose to pair the opponents of absent players against each other rather than award a forfeit win.

  • Entry fee: $110 by 4/22, $120 by 5/2, $130 on/after 5/3 (on-site registration closes 30 minutes before round 1)

    • Free entry to GMs ($97 deducted from prizes)

    • Re-entries are permitted in all sections besides Premier--the price to re-enter is $50.

  • Masks are optional. Spectators are welcome.

  • Boards and pieces will be provided for all players, but please bring a clock if you have one.

  • All sections are USCF-rated. The premier section is also FIDE-rated.

  • PARKING INFORMATION: There is plenty of parking at the Executive Conference Center. The Conference Center owns all of the hotel properties nearby, so we also have permission to use any of the nearby hotel parking lots.

  • See last year's tournament: CLICK HERE to view the rating report from last year's Metropolitan Open, where we had 209 participants.

  • Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at or 703-609-0499 with any questions.


Sleeping Rooms - 15% Discount for Chess Players - Three Hotel Options

There are three hotels in the same complex as the Dulles Conference Center with a discounted room rate for the chess tournament. The Best Western and Hampton Inn are right in front of the Conference Center (only about a 10-second walk) and they both offer free breakfast. The Holiday Inn is about a three-minute walk, but offers additional amenities that some players might prefer, such as a restaurant open for dinner. The Holiday Inn does not have free breakfast. The Best Western has the cheapest rate of roughly $85 per night. Note that these rates fluctuate, so this is just a rough estimate of what the rate is sometimes. The Best Western and Hampton Inn links require you to enter a rate code (see below), but the Holiday Inn link automatically takes you to the discounted rate.


Best Western Dulles Airport Inn

45440 Holiday Drive, Sterling, VA 20166

Reserve a room here (make sure to enter code XW):

  • Cheapest rate
  • Free breakfast
  • Only about a ten-second walk from the Conference Center


Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Washington-Dulles International Airport

22700 Holiday Park Drive

Sterling, VA 20166

Reserve a room here (make sure to enter rate code T18):


Holiday Inn Washington Dulles

45425 Holiday Drive

Dulles, VA 20166

Reserve a room here