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October 10, 2021
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Bel Air Armory
37 N. Main St.
Bel Air, MD 21014
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Bel Air Chess Tournament

Sunday, October 10, 2021

First Annual Bel Air National Chess Day Tournament: Three Great Events in One!

Come visit Bel Air for two days of chess and explore our town!

This is for players of all levels! We have events for USChess Members, casual players, and a “Learn to Play Chess” class.

Please bring set, board, clock, if possible. While we have many board sets and clocks, this is a big event, and we may run a bit short. 

For the Casual Players Tournament: We may or may not use clocks based upon availability of equipment. If a game runs a long, we may impose a clock to maintain the schedule. 

We strongly urge all USChess players to play in the rated section.

Learn to Play Chess: Saturday from 9:00 to 10:30am: A class for absolute beginners! If you are curious on how to play chess, in one morning you will learn the rules and how to play. Following the class, we will have practice session against fellow students. 

A Tournament for Casual Players Sunday Oct 10: A great first tournament! This is a four-round tournament (Swiss System), where players are not eliminated. Registration is FREE with prizes to the top 3 finishers! Time control is 30 minutes per player with 10 seconds added per move. 

Schedule: Sunday, Oct 10: 

  • Registration 8:00 am – 8:45 
  • Round 1-9:00am
  • Round 2-10:20am 
  • Round 3-1:20pm
  • Round 4-2:40pm

Rated Tournament for USChess Members There are two sections over two days. A 4 round Swiss System SS, G/90 + 10. Prizes $925 based on 50 entries. Entry Fee: $25 


Open Section: 1st $175; U2000 $150; U 1800 $150, U1600 $125 

U1400 Section: 1st $125; U1200 $100; U1000 $75 

Saturday Oct 9: 

  • Registration; 8:00 – 8:45am 
  • Round 1-9:00am
  • Round 2-2:00pm 

Sunday Oct 10: 

  • Round 3-8:00am
  • Round 4-1:00pm