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Halloween Special - Scholastic USCF Online Rated

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Halloween Special

USCF Online Quick Rated!

via ChessKid.com, Open for everyone!


Event Schedule: Rounds are manually paired by Chief TD Judit Sztaray. 

Round 1 - 9:30AM
Round 2 - 10:00AM
Round 3 - 10:30AM
Round 4 - 11:00AM
Round 5 - 11:30AM
Round 6 - 12:00PM

Estimated endtime: 12:30PM

Help desk will be available and live througout the tournament!

Eligibility - Players must have:

- current US Chess Federation membership
- chesskid.com account that is part of Mechanics' Chess Club (free account is perfectly sufficient) 


- 6RR G/10+5
- Two sections: u1200 and 1200+ based on USCF OTB or ONL USCF rating.
- players are ordered and assigned to sections based on OTB or ONL (whichever is the higher) Oct 2020 supplemental regular rating!
- pairing will be done manually using match command on chesskid.com. You'll need to be on https://www.chesskid.com/play/fastchess and wait for your game to pop up!
- Games will be US Chess Online quick rated - tournament will be submitted 5-7 days after the tournament to allow all games to be screened for fair play.
- byes are allowed: if you can't make one or more rounds, simply ask for a half point bye in advance!
- more rules might be published as we move forward


Rules: standard USCF rules apply.

  • Mouse slips count, no take-backs.

Prizes: Trophies to Top 10 players in both sections!


Entry Fee: 

All players: $20

Starting 11/1 - Special event pricing:
Mechanics' Institute members: $20
Non-members: $30

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 ChessKid.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.


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: