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Felix German Memorial Tuesday Night Marathon

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 to Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Felix Memorial Memorial Tuesday Night Marathon
Nov - Dec 2022


Standings -- Pairings -- Complete list of games (pdf&pgn)

Dates -- Tournament format -- Byes -- Prize Fund

Registration -- Eligibility -- Tournament Rules -- FAQ

All attendees must wear masks.

Pre-TNM Lectures are back! Arrive at 5:45pm and listen to GM Nick de Firmian or FM Paul Whitehead covering some of the exciting news from the chess world as well as interesting games from our own tournaments!


1. Dates & Location

  • Seven Tuesdays in Nov - Dec 2022: 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20
  • Location: Mechanics' Institute Chess Room
    57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104 (click here to map)


2. Tournament Format:

  • Tournament Format: individual Swiss
  • Total Rounds: 7 (1 round each Tuesday night: 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20)
  • Round Times: Tuesday at 6:30PM Pacific Time (GMT+8)
  • Time Control: G/120;d5  (Game in 120 minutes with 5-second delay on each move.)
  • Games will be US Chess regular-rated. Tournament results will be submitted immediately after last round finished.
  • Sections: 1800+ and under1800.
  • Pairings are based on the Nov 2022 OTB supplemental regular US Chess rating.
  • Play-up: Players must have a 1600 USCF OTB or ONL supplemental or actual 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 that evening, but would like to stay in the tournament.
  • A maximum of three half-point byes can be requested in this tournament.
  • Round 1-5 byes must be requested 60 minutes prior to the round start time.
  • Round 6-7 byes must be requested before start of Round 3. Round 7 bye is irrevocable to prevent possible prize-fund manipulations.
  • Late registrations will receive a half-point bye for any missed round, up to total three rounds.

4. Prize Fund --  $2800 based on 80 paid entries

  1800+ u1800
1st Place $500 $400
2nd Place $350 $300
3rd Place $200 $150
Best under2000 $150  
Best under1800 $150  
Best under1600   $100
Best under1400   $100
  • 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

  • MI library member: $60
  • Non-MI library member: $90
  • Play-up: $15 for members, $20 for non-members.
  • $5 admin fee for all cancellations & refunds.
  • Click here to register: coming soon

6. Eligibility

7. Tournament Rules

  • Standard US Chess rules apply.
  • Forfeit time is 60 minutes: if player is not present at the board by 7:30pm, the opponent will be awarded a forfeit win.

8. FAQ

  • What do the time controls mean?
    Time controls tell you how much time you have for each game.
    G120;d5 means game in 120 minutes (aka 2 hours) with a 5-second delay on each move. This means you get 120 minutes, your opponent gets 120 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 7SS before the time control means
    it is a Swiss System tournament with seven rounds, or seven games, that 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 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. 

  • Complete list of games
    We will publish the complete list of games after they have been processed.
    Check back each Monday to see any new uploads:
    TNM PDF file PGN file
    Round 1    
    Round 2    
    Round 3    
    Round 4    
    Round 5    
    Round 6    
    Round 7    

Prize Winners: 





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