2017 Illinois Open State Championship

An Illinois Chess Tour Event

Saturday September 2nd to Monday September 4th, 2017
2-day option (Sunday Sept 3rd to Monday Sept 4th)

$10,000 Guaranteed! $9,400 tournament prize fund plus $600 in door prizes for ICA members!

For Labor Day Scholastic see http://www.kingregistration.com/tournaments/event/ldwscholastic17

Pairings and Results are available online at http://www.kingregistration.com/results/ilopen2017.

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2875 N Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, IL 60062, (847) 298-2525

Sections: Open (open to all) and Reserve (Under 1800 or unrated). Both sections FIDE Rated - FIDE Laws of Chess will be followed.


  • 3-day option — Sept 2-4, G/90+30, Sat. & Sun. 12 noon & 6 p.m., Mon. 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
  • 2-day option (ideal for those wanting to play in Saturday night’s Illinois Blitz Championship) — Sept. 3-4, rds. 1-3 G/45 d5, then merge with 3-day at rd. 4. Sun. 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., Mon. 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

1/2-point byes (maximum two) OK all rounds, must commit by end of round 2; round 6 byes may not be rescinded after round 2.

Prizes: $9,400 unconditionally guaranteed!

  • Open Section: $1,500-900-450-260-150; Under 2400 $480-230-120; Under 2200 $460-220-110; Under 2000 $450-210-100.
  • Reserve (Under 1800) Section: $900-500-225-140-105; Under 1600 $360-180-120; Under 1400 $350-170-110; Under 1200 $340-160-100.

Unrated players qualify for top prizes only.

$600 in door prizes! Ten Amazon gift cards given to randomly drawn ICA members.

Entry Fee:

  • $97 USPS postmarked by 8/11 and on-line by 10 p.m. on 8/11
  • $117 USPS postmarked after 8/11 (must be received by 8/30); online by 9/1 for 3-day schedule; online by 9/2 for 2-day schedule
  • On-site registration: $135, 10-11:30 a.m. Sat., 9-10:30 a.m. Sun.
  • Entries after cutoff receive ½-point byes for round 1.
  • Reentries for $50 with appropriate byes.

$5 discount for ICA members (annual dues $15 regular, $10 scholastic)— join at www.il-chess.org. ICA members earn points for the Illinois Chess Tour. To be eligible for 2017 Tour prizes you must join ICA before the conclusion of the Illinois Open.

$20 extra to play in Open Section with rating of 1799 and below.

Free entry to Illinois GMs, WGMs, IMs, WIMs, FMs, WFMs. Use the contact page to request the free entry.

Use the online registration form or mail checks postmarked by 8/25/17 to Illinois Chess Association, P.O. Box 4521, Skokie, IL 60077-4521. No phone entries.

Boards, sets, and clocks provided by The Illinois Chess Association.

All special rules, details, and tournament conditions subject to change without notice; changes will be posted ASAP at the tournament site & and ON THIS WEB PAGE.

Side Events:

Labor Day Weekend Scholastic side event on Saturday 9/2, details and registration at King Registration.

Illinois Blitz Championship on evening of Saturday 9/2, details and registration at King Registration.

Hotel Reservation: (847) 298-2525 or www.crowneplaza.com/northbrookchi, $99 room rate, must use Group Code ILL when registering. Includes free breakfast buffet for up to 4 people. Rate is still available. 25% discount at Willows Restaurant to all tournament participants. Discount is only good off special menu specific for the tournament.

Summary of differences between FIDE Laws of Chess and US Chess Federation rules: http://www.uschess.org/content/view/12723/668

FIDE Laws of Chess: http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=171&view=article