2019 SPFNO In Santa Clara, CA ($100,000+ in scholarship/prizes)

14th Annual SPFNO on April 27-28, 2019 in Santa Clara

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SPFNO for Girls and Boys

The prestigious annual Susan Polgar National Open Championship for Girls and Boys (SPFNO) was created in 2006 and is sponsored by the Susan Polgar Foundation (SPF) to give more opportunities to young chess players in the United States.

The top player of each championship section in the SPFNO will be awarded:

  • Qualifications for the Prominent Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls (Girls sections only.)
  • $100,000 in prizes and scholarships to Webster University (U16/18 sections only.)
  • $250 cash scholarship to the winner of each section if they go to the World Youth / Cadet (issued upon receipt of their flight ticket.)

14th SPF Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys – APR 27-28, 2019

$100,000+ in Prizes (lots of trophies, chess prizes & scholarships)

CHAMPIONSHIP SECTIONS: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16/18 in separate sections for Girls and Boys. 2 day event!

  • $1,000 Triple Crown Bonus!
  • PRIZES: Trophies to Top 15 players, Top 3 School Teams & Club Teams.
  • TIME CONTROL: G/60;d5
  • ROUND TIMES: Sat 9:30am, 12:30am, 3:30pm, Sun 9:30am, 12pm, 2:30pm

RESERVE SECTIONS: K-Gr4 u500, K-Gr8 u800. Saturday only event.

  • PRIZES: Trophies to Top 10 players, Top 3 School Teams & Club Teams.
  • TIME CONTROL: G/30;d5
  • ROUND TIMES: Sat ONLY 9:30am, 11am, Lunch, 12:30pm, 2pm, & 3:30pm.

Event Venue: Santa Clara Convention Center

Address: 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95045 (map)

Free Parking!

Hotel Information
Please, contact organizers with any hotel request.
Email to ask@bayareachess.com

Tournament and Side Event Information:

Time Control, Round Times & Fees

  • CHAMPIONSHIP SECTIONS – 2 day event!
    Based on Age & Gender:
    U8, U10, U12, U14, U16/18 separate sections for Girls & Boys

Time Control: G/60;d5
Game in 60 minutes with 5 second delay.
Round Times:
Saturday, 4/27: R1 @ 9:30AM – R1 @12:30AM – R3 @ 3:30PM
Sunday, 4/28: R4 @ 9:30AM – R5 @ 12PM – R6 @ 2:30PM
Entry Fee: $59 UNTIL 4/17
Late Fee: +$15 4/18-4/24, +$30 4/25-26, +$40 for onsite.

  • Reserve Sections – SATURDAY ONLY
    K-Grade4 u500, K-Grade8 u800 – these section will be USCF rated, USCF membership required!
    Time control: G/30;d5
    Game in 30 minutes with 5 second delay.
    Round Times:
    Saturday, 4/27: R1 @ 9:30am * R2 @ 11am * R3 @ 12:30pm * R4 @ 2:00pm * R5 @ 3:30pm
    Entry Fee: $49 UNTIL 4/17
    Late Fee: +$15 4/18-24, +$30 4/25-26, +$40 for onsite
  • Q & A and 25 Board Simultaneous against GM Susan Polgar
    Friday, 4/26 – 6:30 pm
    Location: BAC Chess Center in San Jose
    Address: 2050 Concourse Drive #42, San Jose, CA 95131 (map)
    Entry Fee: $20 UNTIL 4/24, $30 AFTER 4/24
  • Puzzle Solving Championship (one section)
    Saturday, 4/27 – 5-5:30 pm
    Trophies to Top 5 1000+ and Top 5 u1000 players.
    Entry Fee: $20 UNTIL 4/24, $30 AFTER 4/24
  • Blitz Championship
    Saturday, 5/5 – 5:45pm
    Trophies to Top 5 players
    Entry Fee: $20 UNTIL 4/24, $30 AFTER 4/24
  • USCF Membership required for all sections and for the blitz.
    April 2019 Supplemental rating & TD discretion will be used to place players accurately.
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