Time control: 8SS G/35+2. (Game in 35 minutes with 2 second increment with each move.)
- current US Chess Federation membership
- chess.com account that is part of Mechanics' Chess Club (free account is perfectly sufficient) -- Don't have one yet? Easy to make, just follow the instructions below.
- 8 rounds of G/35+2 - more details on tournament details here.
- 1 Open Section
- paired based on OTB or ONL Mar 2021 supplemental regular rating!
- paired based on swiss tournament rules
- NEW: pairing will be done manually using match command on chess.com. You'll need to be on chess.com/live and wait for your game to pop up!
- NEW: Pairing will be posted for Round 1, Round 3, and Round 5, and Round 7 on Tuesdays 4:30PM
- if you register after Tuesday 3:00PM, you'll still be able to join the
tournament, but you'll be paired as an extra rated, and will be given a
0.5 point bye for the first round.
- Players have to be online on chess.com/live when Round 1 starts, and their game will be started by the Chief TD.
- Chief TD will have a list of match commands needed to be executed one
by one: IF players are not online when pairing is executed, they'll be
put at the end of the list, and match command will be tried one more
time. Two times not present on chess.com/live will automatically get a
- Late registrations *might* be paired up for extra rated games, but it's not guaranteed.
- Games will be US Chess Online regular rated - tournament will be
submitted 5-7 days after the tournament to allow all games to be screened
for fair play.
US Chess online rated tournament - most USCF rules and consequences apply.
Players should not use any outside assistance: not have other browsers open and not be talking to other people during their games
Parents are strongly encouraged to monitor their kids' activity during the tournament to ensure fair play.
All games will be carefully reviewed by chess.com and Mechanics' Institute Chess club staff during and after the event.
Players found or believed to be violating fair play are not eligible for a prize and their account will be removed from Mechanics' group.
Players who are confirmed to be using outside assistance will be reported to US Chess and restricted from future Mechanics' online and over-the-board events.
Parents - Please help us educate your child that IT'S SIMPLY NOT WORTH THE RISK!
For some helpful links regarding fair play, please check these out:
Fair play screening: all games will be screened by both Chess.com and by Dr. Kenneth W. Regan, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo.
Prize distributions and rating submission will take place AFTER all games have been screened.
MI library member: $30
Non-MI library member: $50
Registration deadline: 2 hours before tournament start time - this is needed to allow time to make sure the chess.com account is set up correctly.
Please contact Mechanics' Institute if you have any questions.