Sections: Under 8, 11, 15, 19
(as of June 6, 2008)
Prizes: Trophies to top 10 individuals and top 3 teams in each section. Special medals to 11th – 20th place individuals and 4th – 6th teams. 3 or more from the same school and section or same chess club and section (top 3 scores added to give team final standings). Trophies to top 3 two–person family (siblings – parent/child) team regardless of section including National Open Rounds 1-5 and unrated parents/coaches event.
Additional Individual Prizes to each section: In each section 1st place receives a Monroi Personal Chess Manager!! $200 in prizes to 2nd $150 in prizes to 3rd $100 in prizes to 4th $50 in prizes to 5th! Any player with 5-0 score in the main event will also receive a digital chess clock! Scholarships to Texas Tech will be awarded based in part on performance in this event.
Prizes for Blitz / Puzzle Solving Championships: Trophies to top 3 players in each section. Special medals to 4th – 10th place. Blitz and Puzzle Solving Championships will be only one section but trophies will be given out to separate categories.
Special Prizes: Any school with 10 or more participants will receive a set of 6 Winning Chess the Easy Way Training DVDs by Susan Polgar ($175 retail value). – The winner of each section in the SP World Open Championship for Girls (must meet age and residency requirements) will automatically qualify to the 2008 SP National Invitational for Girls in Texas!
See details on Parents/Coaches section, Susan Polgar CHESS CAMP for All Ages, and Breakfast with Susan at www.vegasChessFestival.com/polgar
Entry Fees: $39 if received by February 29, 2008; $49 if received by May 19, 2008; $69 if received by June 4, 2008; $75 on site – Blitz EF: $16 – Puzzle Solving EF: $12 – Simul: $26 Special $40 entry fees for all 3 events (Blitz, Puzzle & Simul).
Registration: Further info or sign up at www.VegasChessFestival.com/Polgar or send checks to the: Susan Polgar Foundation 6923 Indiana Ave. #154 Lubbock, TX 79413. On site registration: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Friday and 8:30AM to 9:30 AM on Saturday.
Hotel Information: Riviera Hotel and Casino, 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109. HR: $82 single or double ($92 Friday and Saturday nights) Phone: 1-800-634-6753 or (702) 734-5110. Make your reservations early and be sure to ask for the chess rates; Cutoff for special hotel rate is May 19th.
Friday, June 6:
3:30 PM Special lecture – Q&A for by Susan Polgar
5:00 PM Puzzle Solving Championship
6:15 PM Simul with Susan Polgar (Maximum 70 players)
Saturday, June 7:
10:00 AM Opening Ceremony
Rounds: 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM, 4:00 PM
7 PM Blitz Championships (G/5 – 7 SS)
Sunday, June 8:
Rounds: 10:00 AM, 12:30 AM
3:30 PM Closing Ceremony
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