Land of the Sky
Entries
Please take the Land of the Sky Survey

Land of the Sky XXXV

The People's Chess Tournament
February 3-5, 2023 (Weekend before Super Bowl)
Downloadable Flier
Registration: https://achievementtesting.info/wp/product-category/land-of-the-sky/

Heritage Event, Grand Prix, Junior Grand Prix

20 Grand Prix Points
Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, One Resort Dr, Asheville NC 28806

New rating limits and time control

$12,000 b/215 fully paid (top 3 open prizes gtd 58%)
5 Rounds Swiss: G/115;+5 (U12 is G/85;+5)
4 Sections: Open, Asheville, Buncombe, U12

Open (FIDE-rated) 
$1000-500-250, Under 2200: $450-250.
Asheville (FIDE-rated, Under 2000)
$1000-500-250, 1899-1800: $450-250, 1799-1700: $450-250-150, Under 1700: $450-250-150, Unrated: $100.
Buncombe (Under 1600) 
$1000-500-250, 1499-1400: $450-250, 1399-1300: $450-250, Under 1300: $450-250, Unrated: $100.
U12 (Under 1200) 
$500-250-125, Under 900: $225-125, Unrated: $100.
Biggest Upset in tournament: $25.

Entry Fee (Open, Asheville, Buncombe): $96 early
Entry Fee (U12): $48 early
"No-prize" Entry Fee for under age 18 in Asheville, Buncombe, U12: $24 early
Unrated Entry Fee in Asheville, Buncombe, U12: $24 early
Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express accepted (add 3% to EF), refunds will have 3% deducted
All sections: Mailed entries should be postmarked by Jan 27. Entries after Feb 1 including on-site cost 12.5% more (please pre-register!)
NCCA membership required for NC residents.
No extra charge to play 1 section above your rating.
Sets and clocks are not provided ... please bring your own.

Byes: one ½-pt bye available any round, declare by round 2
Onsite Registration: Friday by 6pm for Friday round; Saturday by 8am for 1st round, by 1pm for 2nd round.

Rounds: 1st rd either Fri 7pm or Sat 9am, then Sat 2pm - 7pm, Sun 9am – 2pm. Saturday morning round is FIDE-rated.
Re-entry: only in Buncombe and U12: $24 after 1st round.

Pairings: USCF ratings used –
Open and Asheville: FIDE Dutch with Baku Acceleration,
Buncombe and U12: Accelerated with cut at 1400 and 900. Class pairings possible.

Hotel: $107. Reserve early at 828-254-3211 or 800-733-3211 and mention tournament.
Block of rooms for tournament will be released to general public on Jan 20 so availability may be limited afterward.
Blitz: Saturday morning 10am; Entry Fee: $20; Sections determined after entries; 100% of entry fees paid in prizes.

Info: Chief Organizer Wilder Wadford, Chief Arbiter Kevin Hyde
Enter: Checks payable to WW, 705 Old Mountain Page Rd, Saluda NC 28773

Website: https://landofthesky.us for information, registration, pairings, and standings
Email: info@landofthesky.us


Coronavirus Policy: Layered mitigation strategy includes physical distancing, ventilation, and hand hygiene. Masks optional.

Future dates:
2024: LotS XXXVI Feb 2-4
2025: LotS XXXVII Jan 31 - Feb 2
Cross Tables from Previous Years

[Event "Land of the Sky XXXIV"] [Site "Asheville NC"] [Date "2022.02.04"] [Round "1"] [White "Kumar, Arya"] [Black "Smith, Bryan"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2087"] [BlackElo "2540"] [PlyCount "68"] [EventDate "2022.02.04"] 1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bf5 6. Na3 cxd4 7. Nb5 O-O-O 8. cxd4 e5 9. Qa4 Bb4+ 10. Bd2 Bxd2+ 11. Nxd2 Kb8 12. Bc4 Qxg2 13. O-O-O a6 14. Nc3 exd4 15. Rdg1 dxc3 16. Rxg2 cxd2+ 17. Kd1 Be4 18. Rhg1 Bf3+ 19. Be2 Bxg2 20. Qf4+ Ka8 21. Rxg2 Nge7 22. Rxg7 Rd4 23. Qxf7 Rc8 24. Rg4 Rd5 25. Rc4 Rg8 26. Rg4 Rgd8 27. Re4 Rc5 28. Rc4 Rf5 29. Qxh7 Rxf2 30. Re4 Nf5 31. Qc7 Rg2 32. Qf4 Ncd4 33. Qxd2 Rg1+ 34. Bf1 Rxf1+ 0-1 [Event "Land of the Sky XXXIV"] [Site "Asheville NC"] [Date "2022.02.05"] [Round "3"] [White "Horobetz, Graham"] [Black "Smith, Bryan"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2347"] [BlackElo "2540"] [PlyCount "39"] [EventDate "2022.02.04"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. Ngf3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Nxc6 bxc6 8. Bd3 Bd6 9. Qe2 Qc7 10. Nf3 dxe4 11. Qxe4 Nf6 12. Qh4 c5 13. Bg5 Nd5 14. O-O Bc6 15. Rfe1 Nf4 16. Bxf4 Bxf4 17. Ng5 O-O-O 18. Be4 Bd2 19. Re2 Bb5 20. Bd3 0-1 [Event "Land of the Sky XXXIV"] [Site "Asheville NC"] [Date "2022.02.06"] [Round "5"] [White "Sheehan, Ethan Thomas"] [Black "Smith, Bryan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2288"] [BlackElo "2540"] [PlyCount "52"] [EventDate "2022.02.04"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 Na6 7. O-O e5 8. Qc2 Nb4 9. Qd1 a5 10. a3 Nc6 11. d5 Ne7 12. Nd2 Bd7 13. b3 Nc8 14. Bb2 c5 15. Nb5 Bh6 16. Bd3 Nh5 17. Re1 Nf4 18. Bf1 Qg5 19. Kh1 f5 20. Bc3 Nh5 21. b4 b6 22. bxa5 bxa5 23. exf5 gxf5 24. Nf3 Qg6 25. Rxe5 Nf6 26. Re2 Ne4 1/2-1/2 [Event "Land of the Sky XXXIV"] [Site "Asheville NC"] [Date "2022.02.05"] [Round "3"] [White "Hanna, John"] [Black "Sankaranarayanan, Shivkumar"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1723"] [BlackElo "1823"] [ECO "E91"] [Opening "King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation"] 1. d4 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e4 d6 5. Be2 O-O 6. Nf3 Nbd7 7. h3 e5 8. d5 a6 9. Bg5 Qe8 10. O-O h6 11. Be3 Nh5 12. Qd2 Kh7 13. Ne1 Nhf6 14. Nd3 Ng8 15. b4 f5 16. exf5 gxf5 17. f3 f4 18. Bf2 Ndf6 19. Rfe1 Kh8 20. Rad1 Qg6 21. Kh2 Nh5 22. Ne4 Ngf6 23. Rg1 Nxe4 24. fxe4 Ng3 25. Ne1 Rg8 26. Bxg3 Qxg3+ 27. Kh1 Bxh3 28. Qd3 Qxd3 29. Rxd3 Bd7 30. g4 Bf6 31. Rh3 Kh7 32. Rg2 Rg6 33. Rgh2 Rag8 34. Rh5 Kg7 35. Ng2 Bxg4 36. Bxg4 Rxg4 37. Rxh6 Kf7 38. Rh7+ Ke8 39. Rxc7 f3 40. Rc8+ Bd8 {0-1 White resigns.} 0-1 PGN viewer is from https://chesstempo.com