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2nd Annual IM John Donaldson Championship Online

Saturday, December 19, 2020 to Sunday, December 20, 2020

2nd Annual IM John Donaldson Championship Online

December 19-20, 2020



Saturday, December 19 - Sunday, December 20, 2020


6SS G/60+5inc - 6 rounds of Game in 60 minutes with 5 second increment.
USCF Online rated affecting US Chess Online Regular rating

Sections: 2000+, u2000, u1600

Round times: 10AM, 1PM, 4PM on both days.

Manually paired by TD on chess.com/live
Bye policy: byes are available for players: if you need to miss a round, take a half point bye!
Max 3 half-point byes are allowed - Round 5 & 6 byes must be requested by the start of the tournament.

Prize Fund: $2000 based on 50 paid entries

  1800+ u2000 u1600
1st Place $400 $250 $200
2nd Place $300 $150 $100
3rd Place $150 $100 $50
Best under2200 $100    
Best under1800   $50  
Best under1400     50
Best Female $50


Eligibility - Players must have:

- current US Chess Federation membership
- chess.com account that is part of Mechanics' Chess Club (free account is perfectly sufficient) -- Don't have one yet? Easy to make, just follow the instructions below.


Entry Fee:

  • Mechanics' Institute Member - $40
  • Non-Mechanics' member - $60

Rules:  standard USCF rules apply.

  • Mouse slips count, no takebacks.
  • If player is not logged in to live chess when pairings occur, we will assign a 0 point bye
  • Section prizes will be awarded based on USCF standard ONL or OTB rating (whichever is the higher)


Fair Play

US Chess online rated tournament - most USCF rules and consequences apply.
Players should not use any outside assistance: not have other browsers open and not be talking to other people during their games
Parents are strongly encouraged to monitor their kids' activity during the tournament to ensure fair play.
All games will be carefully reviewed by chess.com and Mechanics' Institue Chess club staff during and after the event.
Players found or believed to be violating fair play are not eligible for a prize and their account will be removed from Mechanics' group.
Players who are confirmed to be using outside assistance will be reported to US Chess and restricted from future Mechanics' online and over-the-board events.

Parents - Please help us educate your child that IT'S SIMPLY NOT WORTH THE RISK!

For some helpful links regarding fair play, please check these out:


Fair play screening: all games will be screened by both Chess.com and by Dr. Kenneth W. Regan, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo. 

The Organizer and/or the Chief Tournament Director can require players to play their games with a camera that records the player playing with a view to the screen. Players should be prepared to provide this precaution if asked to do so.

Prize distributions and rating submission will take place AFTER all games have been screened.



Tournament Informaiton

What are the time controls mean?
Time controls are telling you how much time you have for each game.
G60+5 for example: Game in 60 minutes with 5 second increment. This means you get 60 minutes, your opponent gets 60 minutes and with each move every player gets 5 second added to the clock. So one game can last up to 120-140 minutes.

How many games/rounds?
The 6SS 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.

Pre-requested byes: since we are pairing manually, based on OTB or ONL ratings, pre-requestd byes now available.


How to join us?

If you would like to play in our online tournaments, you must

1) Register for the event -- we need to know your full name, and chess.com ID

2) have an account on chess.com; -- don't have one? Sign up now!

3) join our club on chess.com: https://www.chess.com/club/mechanics-chess-club-uscf-online-rated

Join tournaments: two ways to join the tournaments: 1) log in to chess.com and click on the link above; or 2) log in chess.com --> Play --> Live Chess
For this tournament only: Tournament directors will be pairing players manually, so no tournaments to join!


For players who are interested in play in our online tournament,
PLEASE fill out our online Players database: https://forms.gle/X3hChCWbusHp4Ze56
to get email notifications about last minute changes and invitational opportunities.


Prize Winners: 




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