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2024 Sizzling Summer Blitz

Tuesday, August 27, 2024

In-Person Over-The-Board Event

USCF- & FIDE-rated 3+2 BLITZ event

Open for everyone!

Registered Players 

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

Registration -- Eligibility -- Tournament Rules -- FAQ

Tournament capacity: 80 players.
Masks are optional in the chess room.


1. Date & Location

  • Tuesday, Aug 27, 2024 at 7:00 pm (please note that it's 30 minutes later than the usual TNM start time)
  • Location: Mechanics' Institute Chess Room
    57 Post Street, 4th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94104 (click here to map)

2. Tournament Format:

  • Tournament Format: Swiss System
  • Total Rounds: 7 rounds of single games (7SS)
  • First Round: 7:00 pm and consecutive rounds are on a rolling schedule. Estimated end-time: 9:00 pm.
  • Time Control: G/3+2  (Game in 3 minutes with a 2-second increment with each move.)
  • Games will be US Chess blitz rated and FIDE blitz rated. Tournament results will be submitted immediately after the last round is finished.
  • Two Sections: 1800+ and u1800
  • Pairings are based on the higher of Aug 2024 OTB supplemental regular US Chess rating. 

3. Byes

  • Byes are available for players in case they can't participate but would like to stay in the tournament.
  • Byes can be requested for a maximum of 2 rounds, with receiving 0.5 points for each round.
  • Late registrations will receive two half-point byes for any missed round, up to a total of 2 rounds.

4. Prize Fund --  $540 based on 60 paid entries  -- this will be updated for two sections.

  1800+ u1800
1st Place    
2nd Place    
3rd Place    
Best Under 1800    
Best Under 1300    
  • 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. 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/join-us-chess

7. Tournament Rules

  • FIDE blitz rules apply.
  • Forfeit time is 3 minutes.

8. FAQ

  • What do the time controls mean?
    Time controls tell you how much time you have for each game.
    G3+2 means game in 3 minutes with a 2 second increment with each move from move 1. This means you get 3 minutes, your opponent gets 3 minutes, and at each move the clock adds 2 seconds to the player's time. 
  • How many games/rounds?
    The 7SS before the time control means it is a Swiss System tournament with seven rounds. The tournaments are never elimination, so win or lose, you can stay in the tournament. 


Mechanics' Institute Chess Club reserves the right to update any details of this event (including but not limited to sections, time control, round times, prize fund, etc.) as we get closer to the event date to ensure an excellent tournament experience for players.




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