2023 San Francisco Scholastic Championship | Mechanics' Institute

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2023 San Francisco Scholastic Championship

Saturday, March 4, 2023

2023 San Francisco Scholastic Chess Championship

Annual free heritage event for our scholastic chess community 


Dates & Location -- Tournament Format -- Side Event -- Byes 

Awards -- Registration -- Eligibility -- Tournament Rules -- FAQ

Event is FREE, but registration is needed. 
Register here.

Any questions? Send email to [email protected]


1. Dates & Location

• Golden Gate Park, County Fair Building
   1199 9th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122
   Parking: on the streets around the park.

• Date: Saturday, March 4
  Onsite registration: Saturday: 9AM - 9:30AM


2. Tournament Format

• Tournament Format: Swiss System

• 6 Sections (play in one of the five):

4 Non-rated sections based on school grade: Grade K-1, Grade 2-3, Grade 4-5, Grade 6-12

2 USCF-rated sections based on USCF regular rating: u800 and 800+

• Total Rounds: 4 rounds

• Round times: 10a, 11:30a, lunch & side event, 1:30p, 3p.

• Time Control: G/30 d5 (Game in 30 minutes with 5 second delay each move.)

• Expected End Time: around 5PM

• Time Control: G/30;d5  (Game in 30 minutes with 5-second delay on each move.)


3. Side Events & Specials

12:30PM: Simultaneous exhibition with TBA Special Guest.

• Free event T-shirt to all participants!

4. Byes

• Half point bye can be requested in case a player can't make one or two rounds.

• Maximum number allowed: 2

• Last round to request a bye: Round 4

5. Awards

• Trophies to top 10 players in each section

• Top 5 overall teams across the four non-rated sections.
Top 5 overall teams across the two USCF-rated sections.

• Medals to all participants who did not earn a trophy.


6. Registration

• Event is free, but registration is required:


7. Eligibility

• Players in the USCF-rated sections must have current US Chess Federation membership. 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 membership? Visit: https://new.uschess.org/player-search

• Become a member or renew your membership: https://new.uschess.org/join-us-chess

8. Tournament Rules

• Standard US Chess rules apply.

• Forfeit time is 30 minutes.

9. FAQ

• What do the time controls mean?
Time controls tell you how much time you have for each game.
G30;d5: Game in 30 minutes with a 5-second delay with each move. This means you get 30 minutes, your opponent gets 30 minutes, and at each move the clock counts down from 5 to 0 before the player's time starts. If a player doesn't use up the whole 5 seconds, the remainder of that time is lost.

• How many games/rounds?
Each player will play 4 games; win or lose, players are expected to play their games. This is not an elimination competition.

• Player Database
For players who are interested in playing in our tournaments, please fill out our player database: https://forms.gle/X3hChCWbusHp4Ze56 to get email notifications about last-minute changes and invitational opportunities. 




County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park