North American Open 2018

The 28th Annual North American Open will be held from 26-30 December, 2018, at Bally’s Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event has 7 sections: Open, Under 2300, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500 and Under 1250.

The Open Section is a 5-day tournament (December 26-30) with FIDE norms possible. The Under 2300 to Under 1250 Sections have either a 4-day schedule (December 26-29) or 3-day schedule (December 27-29) to participate in.

GM and IM norms are possible in the Open Section which will be played over 9 rounds of Swiss system with the time control 40/2, SD/30, d10. The other sections will be completed over 7 rounds of Swiss system.

Top rated players are Grandmasters Jinshi Bai 2568, Julio J Becerra 2520, Adrien Demuth 2517, Andrey Gorovets 2509, Zbigniew Pakleza 2506, Artur Jakubiec 2497 etc

Bally’s Casino Resort

Bally’s Casino Resort

The event has a $120,000 prize fund unconditionally guaranteed.

Open Section: $10000-5000-2500-1200-1000-800-600-500-400-400, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak bonus $200, top FIDE Under 2400/Unr $2400-1200. FIDE rated, GM & IM norms possible.
Under 2300 Section: $7000-4000-2000-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400.
Under 2100 Section: $7000-4000-2000-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $2000.
Under 1900 Section: $7000-4000-2000-1200-800-600-500-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1600.
Under 1700 Section: $6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-500-400-400, no unrated may win over $1300.
Under 1500 Section: $5000-2500-1300-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300, no unrated may win over $1000.
Under 1250 Section: $3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400-300-300, top Under 1000 (no unr) $1000-500, no unrated may win over $500. No separate U1000 section; players under 1000 in U1250 play for both U1250 and U1000 prizes; receive larger if winning both.