The 2018 Harvard Open, Sept 15, 2018


Recap: The 2018 Harvard Open

Thank you to all who showed up to the 2018 Harvard Open to make it a great event! We had 87 registrants, including 7 masters, and 15 simul players filling up the spacious first floor of the SOCH. Congratulations to Lawyer Times and Juan Lizarazo for tying for first in the Open Section with 3.5/4.0, and to IM David Vigorito and Josue Velazquez Martinez for finishing tied for third with 3.0/4.0. In the U2000 section, Harvard undergrads David Stoner and Bary Lisak took home first-place honors, both with 3.5/4.0 points; behind them was a massive six-way tie for third. Oliver Spohngellert and Ian Van Hulle tied for first in the U1400, also with 3.5/4.0, and four players tied at the top in the U800: Ani Perl, Shouri Rao Mosaliganti, Brian Li, and Vinamra Jain. Congratulations to all winners of the 2018 Harvard Open!

We would like to give special thanks to several partners: the Currier House Faculty Deans (the masterminds who incepted the idea and brought it to life), Future Masters Chess Academy, and the Boylston Chess Club, all of whom played integrable roles in the successful relaunching of the Harvard Open. Many thanks as well to GM Darwin Yang for giving the simul in the morning. Stay tuned for a 2019 iteration of the Harvard Open!

Final Standings

Final Wallchart

See the official tournament webpage below.

The 2018 Harvard Open

Registration for the 2018 Harvard Open is now closed.

See the official flyer here.

Harvard Chess Club, Boylston Chess Club, Future Masters Chess Academy, and Harvard Currier House present the 1st Annual Harvard Open on September 15 at the beautiful SOCH in Harvard’s Radcliffe Quadrangle. The one-day tournament will feature the top chess players in Massachusetts battling it out across four rounds of G/45 for their share of a $750 guaranteed prize fund. In addition, there will be a grandmaster simul in the morning and game analysis throughout the day for players of all levels. Register today for a day full of chess on Harvard’s historic campus! Register today at the Boylston Chess Club website.

2018 Harvard Open Flyer


Four-round USCF-Rated Swiss tournament

Time Control: G/45 d5

Four sections: Open, U2000, U1400, U800

Open Prizes: $300 - $150 - $100

U2000 Prizes: $75 - $50

U1400 Prizes: $50 - $25

U800 Prizes: Books to top two players

Entry Fee: $25, $35 on-site

Schedule: Rounds 1-4 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM.

Simultaneous Exhibition with GM Darwin Yang at 9 AM.

Game Review & Analysis with experienced players all day long.




Parking is limited around the Harvard Radcliffe Quadrangle area. We do, however, have a limited number of FREE parking spots located at the Harvard Observatory (aka Smithsonian Observatory) located at 60 Garden Street, about a block away from the playing venue (the SOCH). The main entrance to the lot is at the intersection of Garden and Linnaean Street. Signs will be posted directing you from the lots to the SOCH. All guests can park in the any of the lots that are marked OBSV. See below for a snapshot of parking locations.


If you don't want to deal with parking, taking the Boston Red Line T to the Harvard Square stop is a convenient alternative. From there, an 11-min walk will get you 0.6 miles from the station to the SOCH. Please make sure to map your route in advance to arrive on time!

Click here to plan your trip on the T and click here for more information about the T, including fare.



Sign up to play International Grandmaster Darwin Yang on the morning of the official tournament. Darwin is a current student at Harvard as well as Harvard's top player, with a USCF rating of 2575. The simul will start at 9:00 AM and all games will be stopped before 10:30. Participation in the official tournament is not required to play in the simul. The simul is free of charge.

>>Sign-ups are now closed<<

Click here to sign up for the simul!

Sign-ups will be capped and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please ensure that you can make it if you sign up for the simul. We will send out a confirmation email for the simul a few days before the tournament. Those on waitlists will be kept up-to-date accordingly!



  • Near Harvard Square: click here. Keep in mind that these options are near the Square, about an 11-minute walk from the Harvard SOCH.
  • Pizza will be available for sale for all players after the first round. Snacks will also be available for sale throughout the tournament.

Click here to search for food around Harvard Square on Google Maps.


  • You must be a registered USCF Member to participate. Please ensure your USCF membership is up-to-date and contact if you have any questions.
  • Be on time! Get to the playing venue in advance. We will be starting the first round at 10:30 AM sharp.
  • Half-point byes are to be declared before round 1; 0-point bye in the last round.
  • Please bring boards and sets, if possible.

Click here for USCF membership options.


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2018 Harvard Open

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