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2021 Mechanics' Institute Rapid & Blitz Online Championship

Saturday, May 29, 2021 to Sunday, May 30, 2021

 

Mechanics' Action Weekend

 

2021 Mechanics' Institute Rapid & Blitz Online Championship
 

Rapid - Saturday, June 5th @ 3PM PT

Blitz - Sunday, June 6th @ 5PM PT

 

Prize fund: $1600 over the weekend

 

USCF Online rated event

 

RAPID Championship  -- 

Format: One open section

Prize fund: $750 total prize fund b/50 paid entries

1st Place: $250
2nd Place: $175
3rd Place: $100
u2000: $100
u1800: $75
u1600: $50

* Class prize are based on OTB or ONL regular USCF rating. Unrated (OTB, chess.com) players are not eligible for class prizes. Organizers reserve the right to determine class prize eligibility based on OTB and online activity in certain cases.

Time Control:  6SS G/15+2inc

Start time: 1PM PT

  • Manually paired tournament
  • Fixed round times: 1PM, 1:45PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:15PM, 5:00PM
  • 2 half-point byes. Last 2 rounds must be requested before Round 1.
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BLITZ Championship   ---  

Format: One open section

Prize fund: $750 total prize fund b/50 paid entries

1st Place: $250
2nd Place: $175
3rd Place: $100
u2000: $100
u1800: $75
u1600: $50

* Class prize are based on OTB or ONL regular USCF rating. Unrated (OTB, chess.com) players are not eligible for class prizes. Organizers reserve the right to determine class prize eligibility based on OTB and online activity in certain cases.

Time Control:  12SS G/3+2inc

Start time: 3PM PT

  • First round is paired at 5PM sharp by chess.com.
  • Consecutive rounds are paired as soon as all games are finished in previous rounds.
  • No bye requests are possible.
  • Late joins are okay, they will be added by the system with 0 point for each missed round.

 

 

USCF Online Rated - Tournament will affect both chess.com and USCF online ratings.

USCF online rated - current USCF membership is required.
Tournaments will be submitted to US chess for rating 4-7 days after the tournament to allow time for fair play screening.

 

Registration Fee: $30 for MI members, $50 for non-members

10% discount if registering for both tournaments.

GM's free, first 10 IM's free by 5/25.

Refund request:

  • before the start of the tournament - 100% refund (email or message had to be received before the start of the tournament)
  • after tournament start - $5 for the tournament in question (each if both).
     

 

Rules:  standard USCF rules apply. Pairings are based on chess.com rapid/blitz rating.

  • Mouse slips count, no takebacks.
  • No rejoin: once a player withdraws/withdrawn from the tournament, no rejoin is possible.
  • if player is not logged in to live chess when pairings occur, the system will assign a 0-point bye for that round.
  • Section prizes will be awarded based on USCF standard rating

 

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.

 

How to join?

1. Register online via jumbula: link coming soon

2. Join the specific Mechanics' club on Chess.com: https://www.chess.com/club/mechanics-chess-club-uscf-online-rated
Note that only those, who registered at least for one tournament through jumbula, and provided their full name, chess.com user ID (handle) and their USCF ID will be accepted to the club. Please, allow us time for this process to take place, 24 hours at least a day ahead of the tournament, and min 2 hours on the same day of the tournament. Tentative registration close time is 1PM PT on 5/29 and 5/30, respectively.

3. Join the tournament an hour prior to the start (4PM PT on Saturday and 2PM PT on Sunday).

 

Note on prizes:
1. Prizes are paid via USD checks, mailed within 3 weeks after fair play screening is confirmed.
2. The IRS requires anyone who wins over $600 in any given calendar year to fill out and sign a W9 form and provide a social security number and valid mailing address. Prizes will not be paid out until this is done by the player.

 

Location: 
virtual - chess.com