2016 US Amateur Team North

US Amateur Team North




2016 U.S. Amateur Team Championship North
February 19-21, 2016

The 2016 U.S. Amateur Team Championship North will take place February 19-21, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, 1800 E. Golf Rd., Schaumburg, Illinois.

Event Information: 5 round Swiss, open to 4 player teams with one optional alternate. Teams average rating (January 2016 rating list) must be under 2200.

Time Controls: Game/90 +30s increment from move 1. Rounds 1 and 2 in the 2-day schedule play Game/60, d5.

Entry Fees: $160 per team if received USPS or online by 6pm on February 5th, $180 if received USPS or online by 6pm on February 12th, $200 online until 6pm on February 19th and onsite.

Individuals wishing to play, send $45 and request to be put on team by USPS and online by 6pm on February 14th,  or $50 thereafter.

Team changes onsite or after 6pm on February 19th, $20.

Prizes: Awards to top two teams, top teams with average rating Under 1900, Under 1600 and Under 1300. Award for Best Team Name, Best Costume or theme. Winning team qualifies for national play-offs. Prizes to best team composed of juniors (high school and younger), college team, best HS team, top Senior team, top team of coach and students. Prizes to top score on each board. Prizes are players choice of a selected clock or equivalent book store credit. Special raffle with prizes for players staying at the Hyatt!

Schedule: 3-day, onsite registration/check-in February 19, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Round 1; February 19, 7pm, Round 2; February 20, 10am, Round 3; February 20, 4pm, Round 4; February 21, 10am and Round 5; February 21, 3:30pm.

2-day, onsite registration/check-in February 20, 8am-9:30am. Round 1; February 20, 10am, Round 2; February 20, 1pm then merge with 3-day schedule in Round 3.

Northern Blitz Championship: 5 round Swiss, Saturday night, February 20. Entry fee $25 if received USPS or online by February 18th, $30 at site. Round 1; 8pm, 2 games with each opponent.

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, 1800 E. Golf Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173. Telephone 847-605-1234. $95.00 chess rate single-double-triple-quad until 2/6/16, Free WiFi included with Room! Please reserve early.  https://resweb.passkey.com/go/USAmateurTeamChess

To Enter: Make checks payable to and send to: Chess Weekend, 21694 Doud Ct., Frankfort, IL 60423. Please include Teams name and roster (plus ID#), captains email and phone number, and desired schedule. Info: 815-955-4793 before 8pm.  Or click here to register online

ChessIQ will provide Sets-Boards-Clocks.

24 comments to 2016 US Amateur Team North

  • Is the “Northern Blitz Championship” a replacement for the IL Blitz or a different event altogether? Thanks

    • glennpan

      Hi George,

      Yes, the Northern Blitz championship is a replacement for the IL Blitz Championship. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach terms with the ICA to hold the state blitz championship at the event. However, we anticipate this event may be even bigger and stronger as we are anticipating a huge turnout for the USAT North. Hope to see you there!


      • George Li

        Awesome! I’ll certainly be attending. Does the first place team this year get another opportunity to play in the national version of the USAT against the winners of east, west, etc.? Thank you!

  • If a player is FIDE rated only do you add 100 points to that?

  • Ian

    The current published rating (Feb rating) is used to order the board with a team and to pair teams, right?

    • glennpan


      No, USCF mandates that all of the USAT events must use the January supplement for this event. That is for both pairing and board orders. They do this so the new ratings which only come out a few weeks before the event don’t suddenly make teams ineligible.


  • Alan

    We must make a change to our team. We are already registered under the name, “We are Groot.”
    Our Board 4 can no longer join us.
    Looking at the list of preregistered individual entrants, several options are possible.
    It’s not clear how we might add one of them to our team, or contact them to see if they would like to join our team.
    Please help me connect the dots to complete our team.
    Thank you.

  • Bondar

    We didn’t find our team “Kings and Queens”.
    3-days schedule. Today we will play: Bondar, Feygin, Prilutsky, Prupes.
    Check ($180) we send 02/11/15

  • Julie

    The dates listed under the “Schedule” section do not match the dates given at the top of the page. Is the tournament Feb. 19-21 or 20-22 for 2016?

  • scot henderson

    link to register on line isn’t linking

  • scot henderson

    well, i mean it links but takes one to the chessIQ site which doesn’t have entry option.

    • glennpan

      Scot, The link will take you to the onlineregistration.cc website. Sevan uses the same site for his ChessIQ events, but it appears to be working fine. You may have to clear your cache, but I hope you will find that it is working.

  • Les Kistler

    Hi Glen:

    Looking forward to seeing you again this year.

    Best regards,
    Les K.

  • I will be playing with Pete Karagianis, Gopal and an underrrated 1700

    Life Master Brian Wall

  • Scott Allsbrook

    From what I can tell the easiest way to register is to simply go directly to https://www.onlineregistration.cc
    and select the US Amateur Team under the heading Chess Weekend.

  • Alex Konovalenko

    I sent a check on Jan.26 which was deposited on Feb.1 However I do not see our team registered/team posted (on-line). Now you have another team with the similar name.
    Can you call me to resolve the issue?



  • I tried to sign up my son as individual for a team who needs a player but the link is not there. He is rated 1250 and can play any/all games on 3 day schedule and all but round 2 if using 2 day schedule (unless needed for all games he could potentially skip his 1 PM basketball game). Thanks!

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