• The Greensboro Open Tournament •

Feb 29, 2020 • May 2, 2020 • June 20, 2020

Tournament History

The Greensboro Open is a 3-round, one-day event that began in December of 2013 and is held every other month. One of the largest and most successful one-day events in the Southeast, this tournament attracts players from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. The tournament is open to all players with a USCF membership (available for purchase on-site). The prize fund is always 80% of the entry fee pool which is one of the highest guaranteed pay-out percentages in North Carolina. Several USCF Masters regularly play at this event.


Please register in advance using our online registration form:

Credit Card/PayPal are accepted for pre-registrations online.

Only cash or checks will be accepted on site.

Pre-registration deadline is 9:00 pm the day before the event. On-site registration is from 10:00am – 10:45am on the day of the event. Please arrive on-time.


Masters (USCF Rating +2200): Free (Fee deducted from prize)

Pre-Registered Players: $30 (Must register online to receive discount)

On-Site Registered Players: $35 (Cash or Check only)


North Carolina A&T State University-Student Center
which is located at 1403 John W Mitchell Dr, Greensboro, NC 27405

Meeting Room 342 Room of Open Tournament
Meeting Room 311 Skiddles Room
Meeting Room 222 Room of Scholastic Tournament


Parking deck off of Laurel Street. It’s $1 per hour with a maximum of $6 per day.
You may park in a parking spot on campus so long as it is not reserved (handicapped, school personnel). In the case of a full parking lot, we recommend the parking deck.


There is plenty of food choices as they have a Chick-fil-A, Aggie Wings, Sub Connection, Einstein Bagels, 1891 Bistro, Barnes & Nobles, several ATMs, and a Convenience Store. There are several lounges, recreation and gaming areas, and an Information Desk.

Tournament Details

Format: 3 Round Swiss

Time Control: G/60; d5 (Game 60 min with a 5 Sec. delay.)

Round Times: Round 1 — 11:00 am, Round 2 — 1:30 pm & Round 3 — 3:45 pm

Byes: One 1/2-point bye available any round — must declare before the start of the event

Sections: To ensure the best experience possible, we employ a flexible section format. The Tournament Director reserves the right to deviate from the below schedule if necessary. The most current USCF Supplement will be used for ratings/pairings.

  • Based on (=/<28) entrants:
  • 2 sections divided in half according to ratings.
  • Based on (28-40) entrants: 3 sections divided by thirds.
  • Based on (40-56) entrants: 4 sections divided by fourths.
  • Based on (=/>56) entrants: 5 sections divided by fifths and so forth…


Based on 40 entries / $30 each / 3 sections ($960 total prize fund)

Each section (Lower, Middle, Upper) will receive a prize.

$200 (62.5%)

$80 (25.0%)

$40 (12.5%)

*Class prizes available to the lower ½ of each section at the discretion of the TD. Unrated players may win 100% of prizes in Upper Section, 50% of prizes in Middle Section, and 25% of prizes in Lower Section — subject to change depending on the number of Sections.

Need a hotel?

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Greensboro-East. 3111 Cedar Park Rd, Greensboro, NC 27405. Rate is $99/night plus tax. Hot breakfast included. Call 336-697-0101.

Contact Information

For more information or to register early by phone/email, please contact Matt Embler (Chief TD)
Phone No: (828) 525-5584
Email: matt@mattemblercpa.com
You can also contact any of the GCC officers:
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