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.

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2018 Harvard Open Flyer

TOURNAMENT INFO

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.

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VENUE: THE HARVARD SOCH


PARKING & DIRECTIONS

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.

Parking

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.

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SIMUL WITH INTERNATIONAL GRANDMASTER DARWIN YANG

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 live<<

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!

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FOOD OPTIONS

  • 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.


THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • You must be a registered USCF Member to participate. Please ensure your USCF membership is up-to-date and contact bhu01@college.harvard.edu 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.


HARVARD CHESS CLUB WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING PARTNERS

BCC
FMCA
Jane Street Capital

2018 Harvard Open

Click here to register for the 2018 Harvard Open.

Please contact Bryan at bhu01@college.harvard.edu with all questions and comments.