2024 Summer Celebration Blitz | Mechanics' Institute

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2024 Summer Celebration Blitz

Tuesday, June 25, 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, June 25, 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: 5 rounds of double games (5DSS)
  • Players will play TWO games in one round: against the same opponent with alternating colors.
  • Total of 2 points for every round. Maximum score for the tournament is 10.
  • 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.
  • Sections: One Open section.
  • Pairings are based on the higher of June 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 one point for each round (half point for each game in a 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 

1st Place $200
2nd Place $125
3rd Place $90
Best Under 1800 $75
Best Under 1300 $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. 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 5DSS before the time control means it is a Swiss System tournament with five rounds, with two games in each round games. This makes it a total of 10 games played in this tournament. The tournaments are never elimination, so win or lose, you can stay in the tournament. 



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