Monday, August 11, 2014

68th Annual NJ Open to Feature GMs

The Morristown Hyatt
The 68th Annual New Jersey Open chess championship will be played Labor Day weekend, August 30-September 1, at the luxurious Morristown Hyatt.  This "heritage" event gets better every year, first with its move to historic Morristown last year and now with commitments from GM Joel Benjamin and GM John Fedorowicz to play in this year's event.  

In his memoir, American Grandmaster, GM Benjamin himself complained that most tournaments are run like weekend gambling junkets rather than as potential tourism opportunities.  With the move to Morristown, the organizers offer you a real family vacation with many potential tourist destinations.  Family fun in Morristown includes:

For more ideas, see the excellent Morris County Visitor's Guide and their 101 Things to Do in Morris County.

Here are the tournament details:

68th Annual New Jersey Open Championship
30-SEPT. 1 OR AUG. 31-SEPT. 1 
TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 60 All Prizes Guaranteed!! 6-SS, 40/2 d5, SD/1. Headquarters Plaza Hyatt, 3 Headquarters Plaza, Morristown, NJ 07960. (973) 898-9100. A luxury hotel including spa. Free parking. For chess rate ($109/night) please use for online reservations. Short walk to train station with service to New York and Philadelphia (via Newark). 5 minute walk to many restaurants and shopping. In 4 sections, Open Section, Gold U1900, Silver U1600 and Booster U1300. With 3 day and 2 day schedules. Prizes: Open: $1000-$800-$600-$400-$200, Top Expert & A: $200 and trophy. Trophy to NJ Champion. Gold Section $500-$300-$100. Top B: $100 and trophy. Silver U1600: $500-$300-$100. Top D: $100 and trophy. Booster U1300: $500-$300-$100. Top E & F $100 & trophy. All Prizes Guaranteed. All sections get these trophies: Top 3, Top Senior over age 55, Top Under age 16, Top Under Age 13. Unrated may win first place in Open section only. EF Early $68 if paid by 8/27. EF onsite is $80. $50 for re-entry. 3 day reg at hotel: 9:00am-11:00am 8/30/2014. 2 day reg at hotel: Sunday, 8/31/2014 9-10am. Rounds: 3 day Saturday 12:00 & 6:30pm, Sunday 11am & 6pm, Monday 9am & 3:30pm. Rounds: 2 day 1-2-3(G/60 d5) Sunday 10:30am, 12:45pm and 3:00pm. 3 Day and 2 Day schedules merge in round 4. Entries to Noreen Davisson, 6 Red Barn Ln., Randolph, NJ 07869. Email: Entries should include name, USCF ID and expirations, mailing address, email address, phone, section and schedule desired and entry fee.

1 comment:

Michael Goeller said...

As of today, they have 5 confirmed GMs: Benjamin, Fed, Alex Stripunsky, Alex Fishbein and Sergey Kudrin! I think that might be one of the strongest NJ Open fields in history!