The 2018 U.S. Open Chess Championships return to Madison for the 119th version of the tournament that has taken place annually since 1900.
The event was last held at the Madison Marriott West in 2013 and returns for the second time in five years. Nearly 500 competitors are expected to take part in the nine-day competition.
The tournament itself is for players of all levels and welcomes any player to register for non-invitational events. Players as young as 5 years old all the way up to their mid-80's are expected to compete.
Wisconsin's very own grandmaster Joshua Friedel of Brookfield won the 2013 tournament, becoming the first Wisconsinite to win the open tournament in recent history.