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    The Real Bay Area Chess Championship Series

    Welcome to BAC! The Chessiest Place on Earth!
    Continue your fulfilling journey here.

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    Welcome to the Chessiest Place on Earth!
    These events are for advanced children (rated 1000+) and all adults.
    Others, please check out our scholastic tournaments.

General Information

    • Prize Fund $10,000 b/117

      Section Eligibility 1st 2nd 3rd
      2100+ (FIDE Rated) All $1,000 $500 $200
      u 2300 $500 $300 $200
      1700-2099 (FIDE Rated) All $1,000 $500 $200
      u 1900 $500 $300 $200
      1300-1699 All $1,000 $500 $200
      u 1500 $500 $300 $200
      u1300 All $1,000 $500 $200
      u 1100 $200
      Unrated: Max $300 (except in 2100+) | Econ entries win 50% of the calculated prize

      Blitz Prize Fund 70% of paid entries

  • Championship Fees (All Access Pass gives 50% discount on Blitz)

    Entry Fee Member Non-member
    Regular 99 132
    Econ 73 97
    Blitz 25 33
    All Access
    112 149
    All Access
    86 114
    • Play-up Fee: 25 (optional)
    • Late Fee: +10 (Monday before tourney) |
      +20 (Wednesday before tourney) | +33 (onsite)
    • Blitz Late Fee: +10 (onsite)
    • Note: Member discount is only available for online pre-registration (and not onsite)
  • Championship Schedule & Time Control

    Start Time
    1 Sat 9:30a
    2 Sat 1:50p
    3 Sat 6:20p
    4 Sun 10:00a
    5 Sun 2:30p
    Time Control: G/90 +30 (90 mins/game & an increment 30 secs/move for both players)

    Blitz Schedule & Time Control

    1. Mandatory Check-in by 7pm
    2. 10 rounds (games)
    3. Time Control: G/5 d1 (5 mins/game & a delay of 1 secs/move for both players)
    4. Sections of 6 players based on US Chess rating

Basic Orientation

  • Before You Come

    • Check entries to confirm your registration.
    • Use this form to request changes and/or report any errors.
    • Add @bayareachess.com to safe senders.
    • Reconfirm the email address in your profile.
    • Plan to arrive 15 minutes early.
  • When You Come

    • No check-in required
    • No non-players in the playing area
    • General: Report any errors to the TD ASAP
    • Be nice to everyone!
  • Calendar of Events

    More regular/adult and children tournaments coming soon! Please check back frequently.
    Date Location Honoree
    August 14-15 Fremont Marriott (map) Jordan Langland
    September TBD TBD TBD (Please contact us for naming rights)
    October 9-10 Santa Clara Convention Center (map) TBD (Please contact us for naming rights)
    November 13-14 Santa Clara Convention Center (map) TBD (Please contact us for naming rights)

COVID-19 Precautions

  • Everyone's safety is our top priority. Accordingly, we will enforce all prevailing COVID-19 protocols (such as masks, social distancing, frequent handwashing, no physical contact, ...).. We need your cooperation to keep everyone's safe so expect the following:
    1. We will only allow players the playing area. (No spectators/non-players allowed.)
    2. We will require all our staff to be vaccinated and regularly tested.
    3. Site specific information:
      • Cupertino Juniper Hilton: We will require all games to be played outside (unless both players insist to play inside). Please see detailed information about COVID safety protocols.
      • San Jose Chess Center: We will limit children's tournaments at San Jose Chess Center. This is 12 players and 2 vaccinated staff members (aka pod) until further notice. Please see detailed information about COVID safety protocols.
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