Don't forget that the Tucson Open is just around the corner. Registration for the Tucson Open and Scholastics can be done online at the new SACA Store. Fast and convenient and you don't have to worry about sending in the entry through the mail.
Also new for this year's Tucson Open, is discounted entry fees for Seniors (age 50+). As a thank you to the die-hard veterans who help make our tournaments they wonderful events that they are, we are offering a $10 discount on the Open and Reserve sections entry fees. (The same discount we offer Juniors age under 20.)
The ACFI (the USCF recognized State Chapter) has deemed that the highest placing AZ resident in the Tucson Open will be the 2008 State Champion. SACA and ACFI have donated extra money to this year's prize fund for the tournament. The Tucson Open total prize fund is $2,550 and is worth 40 World Chess Live Grand Prix points.
Eliot Hearst, author of Blindfold Chess: History, Psychology, Techniques, Champions, World Records and Important Games, will provide a guest lecture and book signing at 2:30 pm on Sunday, January 25 at the tournament. His new book is currently available and he'll be happy to sign your copy at the tournament. (A limited quantity will be available for purchase at the tournament as well.)
The special "chess" hotel rates are available up to January 11. The hotel does not have to offer that cheaper rate on reservations made after January 11.
Masters already confirmed for this year's Tucson Open (Arizona State Championship):
IM Levon Altounian
FM Danny Rensch
FM Robby Adamson