2018 US Masters and NC Open

Coverage Completed: Jul 19-Aug 21, 2018 from Greensboro, North Carolina



An Official US Chess Championship

Friday, August 17, 2018 – Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Embassy Suites Hotel, 204 Centreport Dr., Greensboro, NC 27409


9-round swiss.    Time control:  40/90/inc. 30; SD 30/inc. 30

GM, WGM, IM, WIM norms possible. Has been Superswiss last 5 years.

Eligibility: USCF or FIDE Master title required.  Juniors – USCF 2000 rating at any time.



Rd. 1: Friday, Aug. 17th   7:00 p.m.
Rd. 2:  Saturday, Aug. 18th   11:00 a.m.
Rd. 3:  Saturday, Aug. 18th 6:00 p.m.
Rd. 4:  Sunday, Aug. 19th 11:00 a.m.
Rd. 5:  Sunday, Aug. 19th 6:00 p.m.
Rd. 6:  Monday, Aug. 20th   11:00 a.m.
Rd. 7:  Monday, Aug. 20th 6:00 p.m.
Rd. 8:  Tuesday, Aug. 21st 11:00 a.m.
Rd. 9:  Tuesday, Aug. 21st 6:00 p.m.



Invited players with conditions must play all 9 rounds to help with norms.

Three half-point byes allowed for all others (any round); request before rd. 4.


Prizes $27,000 total:

all prizes are unconditionally guaranteed

  1st: $7,000, 2nd: $4,000; 3rd: $3,000;

4th: $2,000; 5th: $1,500; 6th: $1,000; 7th: $1,000;

8th: $1,000; 9th: $1,000; 10th: $1,000;

  Class prizes:  U2500: $900, $600; U2400: $700, $500; U2300: $600, $400;

  U2200: $500, $300.  All class prizes based on FIDE rating.

Entry fees:

GM/Foreign IMs: FREE; US IMs and NC residents: $199. Others:  $249 by Aug.12th;

Add $50 if late entry.  $25 discount for playing in the 2018 Washington International.

No entry fee taken out of prize winnings, you keep it all!

Enter Online:

Click Here To Register

or mail fee with entry information to:

Walter High, 105 N. Crabtree Knoll,

Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

No rd. 1 registration on site.

Electronic entries for rd. 1 close at noon, Aug. 17th


Embassy Suites (336-668-4535) mention CIC group.

Homewood Suites (336-393-0088) mention CIC group.

$102 rate until August 3, 2018.  Non-refundable deposit required.

Booking Link:


King Suites at the Embassy Hotel have a full double-bed that pulls out of the living room couch. Double rooms have already sold out.

The Homewood Suites shares the same parking lot with the Embassy Suites and is a one minute walk door-to-door.  The booking link below will still have double rooms available for a limited time:



Walter High (wmhigh@nc.rr.com)

Cell: (919) 619-3541