The two main events are a USCF dual-rated, 4-Round, event on Saturday, Dec. 28 and a USCF dual-rated, 4-Round (may become five) on Wednesday, Jan. 1 (in honor of 2014, get it?).
- Saturday, 12/28: This is the 2nd Home for the Holidays Open... and who can forget last year's thrilling tournament? Game/45, 5 second delay.
- Wednesday, 1/1: 2014 Illinois Kick-Off, Game/20, 14 second delay (if my calculations are correct, this should come out to about an hour per game for both sides, assuming 40 moves and players generally taking advantage of the delay).
There will also be an unrated event with the same time controls and round set up on Saturday, 12/28 with both individual and team prizes. Cheap entry fee, no USCF membership required for THAT section. It's basically designed as a high school event, but it is open to all ages -- and would make a wonderful first tournament. USCF rules will be followed meaning that the taking of notation is HIGHLY encouraged unless you have a really, really good excuse.
If that's enough there will also be an unrated section on Wednesday, 1/1, again following the round structure of the rated event, but this does not require USCF membership. Again, a low, low entry fee, open to all ages.
And, if all that's STILL not enough, there will be both RATED and UN-RATED Blitz events Wednesday morning to kick off the day. So those of you who want to get an early start on New Year's Day can play blitz games... and those of you who don't want to show up until noon or so, you can do so and still enjoy an afternoon of chess.
Hit me with questions or your pre-registrations.