20th Charles Powell Memorial Championship (G/45) - In-Person | Mechanics' Institute

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20th Charles Powell Memorial Championship (G/45) - In-Person

Saturday, May 7, 2022

In-Person Over-The-Board Event

Open for everyone!

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

Registration -- Eligibility -- Tournament rules -- FAQ


Please Note: Masks are optional if you are vaccinated. Children not yet vaccinated are required to wear a mask. We expect some vaccinated players to also wear a mask to give an extra layer of safety as well.

1. Date & Location

  • Saturday, May 7
  • 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 Round: 4 rounds
  • Round times: 10AM, *lunch break*, 12:30PM, 2:30PM and 4:30PM
  • Time control: G/45;d5  (Game in 45 minutes with 5 second delay with each move. -- Please note that we are back to delay!)
  • Games will be US Chess regular rated - tournament will be submitted immediately after last round finished.
  • Sections: TWO sections: 1800+ and under1800
  • Pairings are based on the May 2022 OTB or ONL supplemental regular US Chess rating. The higher rating will be used for pairing purposes.
  • 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.
  • Max 2 half-point byes can be requested in this tournament.
  • Round 1-2 byes must be requested 15 minutes prior to the round start time.
  • Round 3-4 byes must be requested before start of Round 1. Round 4 bye is irrevocable to prevent prize fund manipulations.
  • Late registrations will receive a 0.5 bye for any missed round, up to total 2 rounds.

4. Prize Fund --  $720 based on 40 paid entries

  1800+ u1800
1st Place $240 $150
2nd Place $120 $65
3rd Place $85 $60
  • 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 - No onsite registration! Please register online!

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/player-search

7. Tournament rules

  • Standard US Chess rules apply.
  • Forfeit time is 45 minutes.

8. FAQ

  • What are the time controls mean?
    Time controls are telling you how much time you have for each game.
    G45;d5: Game in 45 minutes with 5 second delay with each move. This means you get 45 minutes, your opponent gets 45 minutes and at each move the clock counts down from 5 to 0 before the player's time starts. If player doesn't use up the whole 5 seconds, that time is lost.
  • How many games/rounds?
    The 4SS 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.
  • Players Database
    For players who are interested in play in our tournament.
    PLEASE fill out our Players database: https://forms.gle/X3hChCWbusHp4Ze56 to get email notifications about last minute changes and invitational opportunities. 



Prize Winners: 



List of Registered Players -- Standings

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