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3rd Annual Donaldson Championship - In-Person FIDE (G90+30)

Saturday, December 18, 2021 to Sunday, December 19, 2021

5-rounds Swiss -- Full Weekend, FIDE-Rated Tournament

Open for Everyone!

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

Registration -- Eligibility -- Tournament Rules  -- FAQ

List of registered players


1. Dates & Location

  • Saturday, December 18 - Sunday, December 19
  • 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 Rounds: 5
  • Round Times: Saturday 9am, lunch break, 1:30pm, 5:30pm; Sunday 10am, 2:30pm
  • Time Control: G/90+30s inc  (Game in 90 minutes with 30 second increment at each move.)
  • Games will be US Chess regular-rated and FIDE rated. Tournament results will be submitted immediately after the last round is finished.
  • Sections based on USCF ratings: 2000+, 1600-1999, and under1600.
  • Pairings are based on the Dec. 2021 supplemental regular US Chess rating.
  • Playup: Players must have a 1800 USCF OTB supplemental rating in order to be eligible to play up to the 2000+ section and must have a 1400+ USCF OTB or supplemental rating in order to be eligible to play up to the 1600-1999 section.
  • Unrateds can only play in the u1600 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 1-3 byes must be requested 15 minutes prior to the round start time.
  • Round 4-5 byes must be requested before start of Round 1. Round 5 bye is irrevocable to prevent prize-fund manipulations.
  • Late registrations will receive a 0.5 bye for any missed round, up to total of 2 rounds.

4. Prize Fund

  • $2800 based on 80 paid entries. 
    1st Place $480 $320 $320
    2nd Place $320 $200 $200
    3rd Place $160 $120 $120
    4th Place $120 $80  
    Best Under2000 $120    
    Best Under1800   $80  
    Best Under1400     $80
    Best Under1200     $80

  • Under prizes are based on USCF OTB rating.
  • 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 and modified FIDE rules apply.
  • Forfeit time is 60 minutes. Please be considerate of your opponent, and don't be late! Let us know if you can't make it to one round!

8. FAQ

  • What do the time controls mean?
    The time controls tell you how much time you have for each game.
    For example, G90+30inc means game in 90 minutes with a 90-second increment with each move. This means you get 90 minutes, your opponent gets 90 minutes, and at each move there is a 30 second added to your clock.
  • How many games/rounds?
    The 5SS before the time control means there are five 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: 




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