The Southern Arizona Chess Association (SACA) has been awarded the bid to run the US Amateur West tournament for the years of 2009, 2010, and 2011. SACA has hosted this event for many years so we expected to win the bid. But being awarded a National Title Event for 3 years into the future is something the USCF does not do often, so it shows their confidence in SACA to host a quality event year in and year out.
Over the past 6 years of SACA running this event, participation has gone up every year from 117 players in 2003 to 168 last year.
The 2009 US Amateur West will be held Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25, 2009) at the Holiday Inn - Palo Verde. It is open to all USCF members under the rating of 2200. Other features of the Amateur include a Friday night blitz tournament (open to all ratings) and Master-level analysis of players' games, guest lecture, and simultaneous exhibition.
More details about the tournament will be available as we get closer to the event. For more information, please contact Karen Pennock.