2021 Schutt / Brandwein / Jay Whitehead Memorial Blitz - ONLINE | Mechanics' Institute

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2021 Schutt / Brandwein / Jay Whitehead Memorial Blitz - ONLINE

Sunday, May 2, 2021



2021 Schutt/Brandwein/Jay Whitehead Memorial Blitz Online

via Chess.com

Open for everyone!

Platform -- Tournament format -- Byes -- Prize Fund

Registration -- Eligibility -- Tournament rules -- Fair Play -- FAQ

1. Platform & Date

  • Date: Sunday, May 2 @ 3PM Pacific Time
  • The tournament is played on Chess.com (automatically run tournament - tournament link will be provided).
  • Free account is sufficient to play in the tournament. No Chess.com account yet? Easy to make, just follow the instructions below.
  • See Eligibility for more details on chess.com accounts.

2. Tournament format:

  • Tournament format: individual Swiss
  • Total Round: 12 rounds
  • Round times: consecutively, immediately started after the previous round finished
  • Time control: G/3+2  (Game in 3 minutes with 2 second increement with each move.)
  • Games will be not be USCF rated.
  • Sections: Open
  • Pairings are based on the actual chess.com blitz rating.

3.A. How to Play?

  • Welcome email is sent out before the tournament that explains all the details how to play in the tournament. Be sure to provide a correct email when registering for the event!
  • Players must be logged in to chess.com and go to the tournament link.
  • Players must JOIN the tournament, we can not do this for them! They can join the tournament anytime up to 60 minutes before the tournament starts.

Chess.com --> Log in --> Play --> LIVE Chess --> Tournament tab --> Upcoming Tournaments

  • Games are paired automatically by chess.com. Most USCF pairing rules are followed, however, players MUST be active on the tournament page in order to get paired. Inactive players will receive a 0 (zero) point bye.
  • Tournament Help Desk is available for any player who needs to get in touch with the Chief TD. Zoom link to the Help Desk is shared with every player regsitered for the event.
  • NEW: communication channel for the players to interact with each other is now available through Discord.
    Join us via: https://discord.gg/CXktQgn4MC


3. Byes

  • Byes are NOT available for players.
  • Late registration and Late joins are OK and it's possible, however, they will receive a 0 bye for any missed round.

4. Prize Fund

  • No prize fund - Award: the glory of this year's Champion title!

5. Registration

  • FREE Event. Registration is needed!

6. Eligibility

7. Tournament rules

  • Standard US Chess rules apply, with special focus on the Chapter 10 Online Chess rules.

8. Fair play

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • The Organizer and/or the Chief Tournament Director can require players to play their games with a camera that records the player playing with a view to the screen. Players should be prepared to provide this precaution if asked to do so.
  • Prize distributions and rating submission will take place AFTER all games have been screened.

9. FAQ

  • What do the time controls mean?
    Time controls are telling you how much time you have for each game.
    G/3+2 for example: Game in 3 minutes with 2 second increment. This means you get 3 minutes, your opponent gets 3 minutes and with each move every player gets 2 second added to the clock. So one game can last up to 6-8 minutes.
  • How many games/rounds?
    The 12SS before the time control means how many rounds, i.e. how many games can a player play in the tournament. The tournaments are never elimination, so win or lose you can stay in the tournament.
  • Do I need to join the club on chess.com to play? 
    YES! for the automatically run tournament, it's very important to join the club!
  • Withdrawal: you can always leave a tournament if you wish. Once you leave the touranemnt, you can't rejoin unfortunately, so make sure you decide accordingly.
  • Players Database
    For players who are interested in play in our online tournament.
    PLEASE fill out our online Players database: https://forms.gle/X3hChCWbusHp4Ze56 to get email notifications about last minute changes and invitational opportunities. 



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