The 22nd Annual North American Open will be held December 26-30, 2012 at Bally’s Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada. The event has a $120,000 projected prize fund (based on 600 entries) with $90,000 guaranteed!
The event has 7 sections: Open, Under-2300, Under-2100, Under-1900, Under-1700, Under-1500 and Under-1250.
The Open Section will have one schedule, 5-days, held from December 26-30. GM and IM norms possible. The Under-2300 through Under-1250 sections has either 4-day (December 26-29) or 3-day (December 27-29) schedules to play in.
Prizes $120,000 based on 600 paid entries (seniors, re-entries, GMs & U1250 Section count as half entries), else in proportion; $90,000 minimum (75% each prize) guaranteed. In 7 sections.
- Open Section: $10000-5000-2500-1200-1000-800-700-600-500-500, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak bonus $300, top FIDE Under 2500/Unr $2500-1200. FIDE.
- Under-2300: $7000-4000-2000-1200-900-700-600-500-400-400. FIDE.
- Under-2100: $7000-4000-2000-1200-900-700-600-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $2500.
- Under-1900: $7000-4000-2000-1200-900-700-600-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1800.
- Under-1700: $6000-3000-1500-1000-800-700-600-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1300.
- Under-1500: $6000-3000-1500-1000-800-700-600-500-400- 400, no unrated may win over $900.
- Under-1250: $3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400-300-300, top Under-1000 (no unr) $1000-500, no unrated may win over $500. No separate U1000 section; players under-1000 in U1250 play for both U1250 and U1000 prizes; receive larger if winning both.
Hotel rates: Rooms at the chess rate are sold out, however the following rates are available as of Dec 4:
For Bally’s: go to www.ballyslv.com. 12/24 $47, 12/25 $47, 12/26 $63, 12/27 $55, 12/28 $87, 12/29 $119, 12/30 $249. Free parking (garage at adjacent Paris Las Vegas Hotel is most convenient).
Lower cost accommodations: At Expedia and Hotels.com, as of Dec 4 the following very low rates (not chess rates) are available for The Quad Hotel, formerly Imperial Palace, 3535 South Las Vegas Blvd. (10-minute walk from Ballys): 12/24 $57, 12/25 $23, 12/26 $52, 12/27 $37, 12/28 $41, 12/29 $94, 12/30 $265.
Ratings: FIDE used in Open, Dec 2012 official USCF in others. For foreign in U2300 & below, see www.chesstour.com/foreignratings.htm. Highest of multiple ratings usually used. Players who fail to disclose foreign or FIDE ratings may be expelled.