Webster University GM Nyzhnyk wins National Open Blitz, teammate Shimanov 2nd


Final standings (top 10)

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$5,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund plus the Walter Shawn Browne Cup

We honor the memory of our friend, GM Walter Browne, by naming the National Open Blitz Championship after him. Walter started the World Blitz Chess Association (WBCA) and always seemed to be in time trouble. His flag has fallen, but he will always be a champion to us.

7 Double Round US Chess Blitz Rated Tournament

Open Section is FIDE Blitz Rated

Play 14 games – white and black against each opponent

Time Control

Game/3 +2 second increment

Sections & Eligibility

Open (Championship) Reserve (Under 1900)

Higher of June US Chess Regular or Blitz Rating used. Other ratings may used at TD’s discretion as described on the National Open page.

Unrated players may play in the Reserve section but may not win class prizes. An unrated prize will be added if more than 3 unrated players participate.

Entry Fee

$50 by May 31, $60 later


Registration 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Round 1 at 2:00 p.m.

1/2 point byes available in first 2 rounds


Membership in the U.S. Chess Federation is required of all players except foreign GMs or IMs. You may join with your entry or on site. Players will not be allowed to complete the tournament without a valid membership.