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Free Scholastic Online tournaments every day via

Friday, October 23, 2020 to Thursday, October 29, 2020

Free Scholastic Online Events via

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

First time playing in our tournaments?
All players MUST be a part of Mechanics' Chess on
Please scroll down for step-by-step instructions how to join us! If you still have problems, please email or message us and we'll help you! is a safe, secure and fun platform for kids to learn and play chess, and participate in a wide variety of activities, including listening to lectures, doing puzzles, play with their friends, and participate in online tournaments.

Event Schedule:

Date Day Start time Time Control Link to tournament
10/26 Monday 4:00PM 4SS G/15+0
10/27 Tuesday 4:15PM 5SS G/5+5
10/28 Wednesday 4:00PM 3SS G/20
10/29 Thursday 4:00PM 5SS G/5+5
10/23 Friday 4:15PM 4SS G/10+5
10/24 Saturday 4:00PM 5SS G/5+5
10/25 Sunday 10:00AM 8SS G/5+2

USCF rated
Registration needed!

What are the time controls mean?
Time controls are telling you how much time you have for each game.
G5+5 for example: Game in 5 minutes with 5 second increment. This means you get 5 minutes, your opponent gets 5 minutes and with each move every player gets 5 second added to the clock. So one game can last up to 10-12 minutes.



Why different time controls: because different players prefer different type of games: some like to play fast, some like to play slow. Some don't like to think too much, becuase online play is for fun, some like to think about each move carefully. Choose the time control according to what you like!

How many games/rounds?
The 5SS or 4SS 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.

Late joins: if you joining late, you'll get zero(0) points for each missed rounds.

Withdrawal: you can always leave a tournament if you wish. Once you leave the touranemnt, you can't rejoin unfortunately, so make sure you decide accordingly.

Sections: currently we don't have sections to separete players according to their rating. We tried it but it wasn't efficient for many of the players, and most of you gave us the feedback they prefer tournaments where all players can play together.

Start time: we try to keep the start time around 4PM. Currently we don't have an evening tournament, to respect bedtime :)


Past results


How to join us?

Mechanics' Institute Chess Club on



How to join our group & club?

If you are new: click on this link:

If you already have an account: registration key:  QCJJNH

  • Have the Kid log in to his own account & click the grey Settings icon. **They’ll need to log in from a browser for access to this page.**
  • Click “Do you have a Group Registration Key”
  • Enter the 6 digit Registration Key & click Save. The kid will be added to your Group.

If you already have an account - and you don't have a place to put the registration - need to make Mechanics' as secondary guardian

  • From your Parent account Home screen:
  • Click the "Kids" tab.
  • Select the "Edit Kid" option from the menu next to the kid account to which you'd like to add a guardian.
  • Click the "Edit Guardianship" option on the right side of the screen.
  • Enter '[email protected]' & select "Add Guardian." This adds them as an additional Guardian; you remain the Primary Guardian of the account.



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