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Mechanics' Institute Thursday Night Rapid -- 2024 August

Thursday, August 29, 2024

New RAPID Event!

In-Person Event -- Open for everyone!

List of registered Players 

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

Registration -- Eligibility -- Tournament Rules -- FAQ

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


1. Date & Location

• Thursday, August 29, 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

• Total Rounds: 4

• Round Times: 7PM and on a rolling schedule 

• Time Control: G/15;+2inc  (Game in 15 minutes with a 2-second increment at each move.)

• Games will be US Chess quick-rated. Tournament results will be submitted immediately after the last round is finished.

• Sections: 1600+ and u1600

• 2024 August supplemental OTB rating will be used. The Chief TD has discretion to use a player's USCF online rating (ONL) or live rating for pairing purposes in extreme cases where fairness will be preserved by doing so.

• Play-up:Players must have a 1400 USCF regular supplemental or actual rating in order to be eligible to play up to the 1800+ section.

• Unrated players can only play in the u1600 section.

• To request any change, please use the Change Request Form.


3. Byes

• Maximum number of byes: 2

• Last round to request a bye: start of Round 2

• Note: all bye request after Round 2 will be a 0-point bye 


4. Prize Fund --  $450 based on 30 fully paid players.

  1600+ Under1600
1st Place $125 $100
2nd Place $75 $60
3rd Place $50 $40



5. Registration

• MI library member: $30

• Non-MI library member: $45

• Play-up for MI member: $5

• Play-up for non-MI member: $10


• Late fee on the day of the tournament: $15

• $5 admin fee for all cancellations & refunds.

• Free entry for GM/IM/WGM/WIMs 5 days before the event.

• Click HERE to Register:


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:

• Become a member or renew your membership:

7. Tournament Rules

• Standard US Chess rules apply.

• Forfeit time is 15 minutes.

8. FAQ

• What do the time controls mean?
Time controls tell you how much time you have for each game.
G15;+2 means game in 15 minutes with a 2-second added with each move. This means you get 15 minutes, your opponent gets 15 minutes, and at each move there is a 2 second added to the players' time


Mechanics' Institute Chess Club reserves the right to update any details of this event (including but not limited to sections, time control, round times, prize fund, etc.) as we get closer to the event date to ensure an excellent tournament experience for players.

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