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2021 Mechanics' Rapid Championship

Saturday, October 9, 2021


In-Person Over-The-Board Event

Open to Everyone!

Date & Location -- Tournament Format -- Byes -- Prize Fund

Registration -- Eligibility -- Tournament Rules -- FAQ


1. Date & Location

  • Saturday, October 9, 2021
  • Location: Mechanics' Institute Chess Room, 4th Floor
    57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 (click here to map)


2. Tournament format:

  • Tournament Format: individual Swiss
  • Total Rounds: 6
  • Round Times: 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, lunch break, 1:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM
  • Time Control: G/15+2  (Game in 15 minutes with a 2 second increment with each move.)
  • Games will be US Chess quick-rated and FIDE rapid-rated. Tournament results will be submitted immediately after the last round finished.
  • Two Sections: 1800+ and under1800
  • Pairings are based on the Oct. 2021 supplemental regular US Chess rating.
  • Playup: Players must have a 1600 USCF OTB or ONL supplemental rating in order to be eligible to play up to the 1800+ section.

3. Byes

  • Byes are available for players in any rounds in case they can't participate but would like to stay in the tournament.
  • A maximum of 3 half-point byes can be requested in this tournament.
  • Round 1-4 byes must be requested 15 minutes prior to the round start time.
  • Round 5-6 byes must be requested before start of Round 1. Round 6 bye is irrevocable to prevent prize fund manipulations.
  • Late registrations will receive a 0.5 bye for any missed round, up to total 3 rounds.

4. Prize Fund --  $1600 based on 80 paid entries

  1800+ u1800
1st Place $400 $250
2nd Place $300 $150
3rd Place $150 $75
4th Place $100 $75
Best u2000 $50  
Best u1600   $50
  • Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing prize checks.
  • Per IRS rules anyone with a cumulative $600+ prizes in any calendar year will need to fill out a W9 and Mechanics' Institute will be providing a 1099 form. 

5. Registration

6. Eligibility

  • Players must have current US Chess Federation membership. The expiration date of their US Chess membership must be later than the last day of the tournament.
  • Not sure if you have a membership? Need to check the expiration date of your members? Visit: https://new.uschess.org/player-search
  • Become a member or renew your membership: https://new.uschess.org/player-search

7. Tournament rules

  • Standard US Chess rules apply.
  • Forfeit time is 15 minutes.

8. FAQ

  • What do the time controls mean?
    Time controls are telling you how much time you have for each game.
    For example, G15+2 means game in 15 minutes with a 2-second increment with each move. This means you get 15 minutes, your opponent gets 15 minutes, and at each move 2 second is added to the players' clock. 
  • How many games/rounds?
    The 6SS before the time control means there are six rounds or four games a player can play in the tournament. The tournaments are never elimination, so win or lose you can stay in the tournament.
  • Players Database
    For players who are interested in playing in our tournament.
    PLEASE fill out our Players database: https://forms.gle/X3hChCWbusHp4Ze56 to get email notifications about last minute changes and invitational opportunities. 





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