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Tournament
The 1st Annual Benjamin Franklin Open (In Person)
Rounds
5
Start Date
12/20/2024
End Date
12/22/2024
Sections
Premier (FIDE) Section; 3-Day Schedule
Under 1900 Section; 3-Day Schedule
Under 1900 Section; 2-Day Schedule
Under 1600 Section; 3-Day Schedule
Under 1600 Section; 2-Day Schedule
Under 1300 Section; 3-Day Schedule
Under 1300 Section; 2-Day Schedule
Under 1000 Section; 3-Day Schedule
Under 1000 Section; 2-Day Schedule
Tournament Information

The 1st Annual Benjamin Franklin Open

Sheraton Bucks County Langhorne

400 Oxford Valley Road, Langhorne, PA, 19047

December 20-22, 2024

💰$5,500 Guaranteed Prize Fund💰

See below for the distance between Langhorne, PA and other major cities:

Langhorne ➤ Trenton, NJ: 11 miles

Langhorne ➤ Philadelphia, PA: 25 miles

Langhorne ➤ New York, NY: 76 miles

Langhorne ➤ Baltimore, MD: 123 miles

Langhorne ➤ Washington, D.C.: 161 miles

 

Tournament Information:

  • 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 10 am, Sunday at 3:30 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 Benjamin Franklin Scholastic Championshiphttps://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/3840

    • 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 A player may use either their live (unpublished) rating or published rating to qualify for a higher section.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 The tournament director may use USCF ratings (published or unpublished) from other categories (quick, blitz, online, online quick, online blitz, or correspondence).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: 40/80,SD/30;+30 (80 minutes for the first 40 moves, 30 minutes for the rest of the game; with 30 seconds added per move for the entire game)

    • (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: $97 by 11/19, $110 by 12/6, $120 by 12/19, $130 on/after 12/20 (on-site registration closes 30 minutes before round 1)

    • Free entry to GMs and IMs ($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.

  • The hotel has free parking.

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

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

 

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