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2nd Ray Conway Memorial Tournament

Saturday, May 4, 2024

In-Person Over-The-Board Event

Open for everyone!

List of registered players -- Pairings

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

Registration -- Eligibility -- Tournament Rules -- FAQ

Wearing a mask is optional.
Tournament capacity: 80 players.


1. Date & Location

  • Saturday, May 4, 2024
  • 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: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
  • Time Control: G/40;d5  (Game in 40 minutes with a 5-second delay at each move.)
  • Games will be US Chess regular-rated. Tournament results will be submitted immediately after the last round is finished.
  • NEW: Four sections: 2000+, 1600-1999, 1200-1599, u1200 & unrated players
  • Pairings are based on the May 2024 regular supplemental US Chess rating.
  • Play-up rule:
    Players must have an 1800 USCF regular supplemental rating in order to be eligible to play up to the 2000+ section;
    Players must have a 1400 USCF regular supplemental rating in order to be eligible to play up to the 1600-1999 section;
    layers must have a 1000 USCF regular supplemental rating in order to be eligible to play up to the 1200-1599 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 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 the 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 a total of 2 rounds.

4. UPDATED Prize Fund --  $1000 based on 60 paid entries 

  2000+ 1600-1999 1200-1599 u1200
1st Place $200 $120 $80 $55
2nd Place $120 $80 $70 $45
3rd Place $80 $60 $50 $40
  • 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/join-us-chess

7. Tournament Rules

  • Standard US Chess rules apply.
  • Forfeit time is 40 minutes.

8. FAQ

  • What do the time controls mean?
    Time controls tell you how much time you have for each game.
    G40;d5 means game in 40 minutes with a 5-second delay on each move. This means you get 40 minutes, your opponent gets 40 minutes, and at each move the clock counts down from 5 to 0 before the player's time starts. If a player doesn't use up the whole 5 seconds, the remainder of that time is lost.
  • How many games/rounds?
    The 4SS before the time control means it is a Swiss System tournament with four rounds, or four games, that a player can play in the tournament. The tournaments are never elimination, so win or lose, you can stay in the tournament. 



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