2008 Pan American - Continental Championship Invitation. Print
Friday, 29 August 2008 08:01

Qualifier to the 2009 FIDE World Cup
November 1 -7, 2008
Boca Raton, Florida USA

2008 Pan American - Continental Championship Invitation.


The Confederation of Chess for America (CCA), the United States Chess Federation (USCF), and Chess Educators, LLC are pleased to invite all National Federations of the Americas to the 2008 Pan American – Continental Championship.

The 2008 Pan American – Continental Championship will be held at the Marriott Boca Raton Hotel, located in Boca Raton, Florida in the United States of America from November 1-7, 2008. Please see the schedule for round times.

The Miami International Airport, Ft. Lauderdale Airport as well as the West Palm Beach Airport are all on the Tri Rail system and offer rides to the Tri Rail station on Palmetto Road for a nominal fee.

The hotel will provide complimentary transportation from the Tri Rail station on Palmetto Road to the Hotel. Please call: 561-392-4600 - for transportation to the Hotel.

The event was planned in Boca Raton and to take place prior to the Chess Olympiad in Dresden to allow players from different countries in the Americas to participate in the Championship as well as in the Chess Olympiad. The Marriott at Boca Raton is in an excellent location near Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, FL. Traveling to Europe from Miami is also convenient and should be taken into consideration.


This event will be following the rules and regulations written in this invitation. In case of any omissions, the Regulations for the Pan American- Continental Championship will be in effect. These regulations can be found at www.fideamerica.com.


Each National Federation may register as many players as it wishes. These players must have a minimum FIDE rating of 2000 or USCF rating of 2100. All participants must be endorsed by their FIDE recognized, national federations.

Tournament Format:
9 Rounds, Swiss System.

Time Control: The time control shall be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an additional 30 seconds per move from move one.

Tie Breaks System:
One player qualifies to the World Cup From This Event

1. If it’s a two players tie for one qualifying place for the World Cup, these two players will play two games, 15 minutes per player with 10 seconds increment from move one. If after these two games, there is still a tie, then they shall play a three games match, 5 minutes per player. If the tie remains, they will play an additional three games match until the tie break is decided.

2. If three or more players tie for one qualifying place for the World Cup, a double round robin tournament shall be played, starting with 25 minutes on the clock, an additional 10 seconds incremental per move. If the tie remains, then the tie-break system of the main Swiss tournament will apply.

3. The tie breaking system of the main Swiss tournament will be as follows:
a) The result of their particular game, if applicable.
b) Progressive
c) Progressive with cuts
d) Bucholz
e) Drawing of lots
4. The tie break system will not apply for monetary prizes, which must be divided among the players who tie for those places.



The GM, IM, WGM, WIM titles norms can be earned in internationally rated tournaments played according to FIDE regulations. Continental Championship’s regulations apply for this event.

Place Prize       
1st Place 4,000.00
2nd Place 3,000.00
3rd Place 2,000.00
4th Place 1,500.00
5th Place 1,000.00
6th Place 900.00
7th Place 800.00
8th Place 700.00
9th Place 600.00
10th Place 500.00
11th Place 200.00
12th Place 200.00
13th Place 200.00
14th Place 200.00
15th Place 200.00

Top player 18 years old or younger (age at the time of registration in the tournament) $300; Top women player $300; Top player over 50 years old or older (age at the time of registration in the tournament) $300. No player can win more than one monetary prize, in the event that a player has the option to win two prizes, she or he will have to choose only one prize.

Additional Information:

The following seven players have the right for accommodations in a double room and a $50 stipend for meals, per day:

GM Julio Granda Peru
GM Alexander Ivanov USA
GM Varuzhan Akopian USA
GM Darcy Lima Brazil
IM Eduardo Iturriazaga Venezuela
GM Fernando Peralta Argentina
IM Everaldo Matsuura Brazil


Entry fee: $175 due by September 30. Entry Fees received after September 30 are $200.

Make Checks Payable to: Checks must be payable to Chess Educators, LLC and mailed to P.O. Box 160 New York, NY 10028.

On-line Registration: On line registration will also be available at ChessEducators.com as of August 1st 2008.

Deadline for Registration:

Hotel registrations for all players should be made directly with the Hotel
. Information will be provided at Chesseducators.com as of August 1st 2008.

The registrations will have to be formalized by the National Federation via e-mail by October 15, 2008. Information should include the players: Names, FIDE titles, FIDE code, ELO FIDE, Date of Birth, Category and Country.

Please send this information to:
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Only registrations from the National Federations will be accepted. The registrations must be signed by the President or Secretary. For U.S. players, the endorsements will be submitted to the USCF office for further approval.

If you need assistant with a letter for the purpose of applying for a VISA to enter into the United States of America, please request this information to us in advance.


We will be glad to assist with this process, which should be requested only by National Federations.

Daily Schedule
Saturday, Nov. 1st
Arrival Day
Daily Schedule
Sunday, Nov. 2nd
Technical Meeting
9 a.m.
Opening Ceremony
9:45 a.m.
Round 1
10 a.m.
Round 2
5 p.m.
Daily Schedule
Monday, Nov. 3rd
Round 3
10 a.m.
Round 4
5 p.m.
Daily Schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 4th
Round 5
5 p.m.
Daily Schedule
Wednesday, Nov. 5th
Round 6
10 a.m.
Round 7
5 p.m
Daily Schedule
Thursday, Nov. 6th
Round 8
5 p.m.
Daily Schedule
Friday, Nov. 7th
Round 9
10 a.m.
Play Off (if necessary)
5 p.m.
Closing Ceremony
5 p.m. (if no play off)
7 p.m. (if play off)


Tournament information and pairings will be available on-line starting on August 1, 2008.

The hotel has internet access in each room.

The pairings will be published in the official tournament web site at: www.chesseducators.com

More information will be posted in the US Chess Federation Website at uschess.org and the US Chess Trust Website at uschesstrust.org.

In addition, the pairings will be posted at the official hotel.


Reservations must be made directly with the hotel by October 3, 2008. Room rate $120 per night. Rooms are for up to four people, but only with double beds.

For more information please contact Beatriz Marinello at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and/or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We are looking forward to seeing you at this exciting event!

Please let us know how we can assist you with your travel arrangements and during your stay in United States of America.

Yours for Chess,

Bill Hall
US Chess Federation
Executive Director

Beatriz Marinello
Tournament Organizer

Please download invitation In PDF format in English and Spanish languages.
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