21st Gross Memorial Championship (G/45) - In-Person | Mechanics' Institute

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21st Gross Memorial Championship (G/45) - In-Person

Saturday, February 5, 2022

In-Person Over-The-Board Event

Open for everyone!

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

Registration -- Eligibility -- Tournament Rules -- FAQ

List of registered players

All attendees must wear masks and bring proof of vaccination (Please do not email us vaccination cards). Entries Will Be Limited To 40 Players.


1. Date & Location

  • Saturday, February 5
  • Location: 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: 4
  • Round Times: 10AM, *lunch break*, 12:30PM, 2:30PM and 4:30PM
  • Time Control: G/45;d5  (Game in 45 minutes with a 5-second delay on each move.)
  • Games will be US Chess regular-rated. Tournament results will be submitted immediately after the last round is finished.
  • Two Sections: 1800+ and under1800
  • Pairings are based on the Dec. 2021 supplemental regular US Chess rating.
  • 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.
  • A maximum of 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. Any Round 4 bye is irrevocable to prevent prize-fund manipulations.
  • Late registrations will receive a half-point bye for any missed round, up to total of 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 W-9 form and Mechanics' Institute will be providing a 1099 form at the end of the calendar year.

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/player-search

7. Tournament rules

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

8. FAQ

  • What do the time controls mean?
    The time controls tell you how much time you have for each game.
    For example, G45;d5 means game in 45 minutes with a 5-second delay on 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 there are four rounds or four games a player can 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 playing in our tournaments, 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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