The following was posted by USCF President Bill Goichberg:
The USCF Executive Board has approved a bid by Frank K. Berry to hold the Frank K. Berry US Championship May 15-23, 2007 as a 9-round Swiss at the Holiday Inn in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The vote was 3-1 with Sloan opposed and Channing and Marinello abstaining.
At least $65,000 will be available for prizes and/or player expenses; it has not yet been determined whether money towards expenses will be paid separately, or in the form of prizes to all players. Frank K. Berry has contributed $50,000 and may raise or donate more, and USCF has committed to raising or donating $15,000.
If enough money is available, it is possible that the top two players in the Swiss will qualify for a match to be played in Stillwater several months later to decide the US Champion. Whether or not this format will be used has not yet been decided.
It is expected that at least 34 players will compete in this event, the 31 who qualified according to procedures previously announced by America’s Foundation for Chess when that group planned to be the sponsor and three “wildcard” players, probably local, to be named by the organizing committee. It is also possible that additional “wildcard” spots will be offered to any player willing to pay a very high entry fee (probably in five figures) to compete; an announcement regarding this fee may be made soon.
The Tournament Directors will be Frank K. Berry, Jim Berry, and Alex Relyea, all of whom are donating their services. The organizing committee consists of Frank K. Berry, Jim Berry, John Donaldson, Bill Goichberg, Bill Hall, and Jerry Hanken.
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