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Mechanics' Monthly Online Blitz Championship

Saturday, March 13, 2021

USCF Online BLITZ Rated event via

Open for everyone!


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

Registration -- Eligibility -- Tournament rules -- Fair Play -- FAQ

1. Platform

2. Schedule


Date Day Start time Time Control Link to Register
3/13 Saturday 6:30PM PT 8SS G/5+2 Register:
Join the Tournament - link coming closer to the tournament
4/17 Saturday 6:30PM PT 8SS G/5+2 Register:
Join the Tournament - link coming closer to the tournament
5/15 Saturday 6:30PM PT 8SS G/5+2 Register:
Join the Tournament - link coming closer to the tournament
6/12 Saturday 6:30PM PT 8SS G/5+2 Register: coming soon
Join the Tournament - link coming closer to the tournament
7/17 Saturday 6:30PM PT 8SS G/5+2 Register: coming soon
Join the Tournament - link coming closer to the tournament



3. Tournament format:

  • Tournament format: individual Swiss
  • Total Round: 10 rounds
  • Round times: consecutively, immediately started after the previous round finished
  • Time control: G/5+2  (Game in 5 minutes with 2 second increement with each move.)
  • Games will be US Chess online blitz rated - tournament will be submitted 7-14 days after the tourament to allow all games to be screened for fair play.
  • Sections: Open
  • Pairings are based on the actual blitz rating.

3.A. How to Play?

  • Welcome email is sent out before the tournament that explains all the details how to play in the tournament. Be sure to provide a correct email when registering for the event!
  • Players must be logged in to and go to the tournament link.
  • Players must JOIN the tournament, we can not do this for them! They can join the tournament anytime up to 60 minutes before the tournament starts. --> Log in --> Play --> LIVE Chess --> Tournament tab --> Upcoming Tournaments

  • Games are paired automatically by Most USCF pairing rules are followed, however, players MUST be active on the tournament page in order to get paired. Inactive players will receive a 0 (zero) point bye.
  • Tournament Help Desk is available for any player who needs to get in touch with the Chief TD. Zoom link to the Help Desk is shared with every player regsitered for the event.
  • NEW: communication channel for the players to interact with each other is now available through Discord.
    Join us via:


4. Byes

  • Byes are NOT available for players.
  • Late registration and Late joins are OK and it's possible, however, they will receive a 0 bye for any missed round.

5. Prize Fund

  • $400 based on 30 paid entries
    1st Place $100
    2nd Place $75
    3rd Place $50
    Best under2000 $75
    Best under1800 $50
    Best under1600 $50
  • Under prizes are based on USCF OTB or ONL ratings (whichever is the higher)
  • Prizes are paid out after fair play review has been completed, and results are finalized.
  • 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. More details coming soon.

6. Registration

  • MI library member: $20
  • Non-MI library member: $30
  • $5 admin fee for all cancellations & refunds.

7. 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:
  • Players must have a account in good standing. Any previously closed account must be disclosed to the organizer by sending a confidential email to [email protected]
  • Don't have a account? Sign up now!

8. Tournament rules

  • Standard US Chess rules apply, with special focus on the Chapter 10 Online Chess rules.
  • Forfeit time is 15 minutes: if player is not logged in by 6:45pm and 8:15pm, respectively, the opponent will be awarded a forfeit win.

9. Fair play

  • Fair play screening: all games will be screened by both and by Dr. Kenneth W. Regan, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Prize distributions and rating submission will take place AFTER all games have been screened.

10. FAQ

  • What are the time controls mean?
    Time controls are telling you how much time you have for each game.
    G35+2 for example: Game in 35 minutes with 2 second increment. This means you get 35 minutes, your opponent gets 35 minutes and with each move every player gets 2 second added to the clock. So one game can last up to 70-80 minutes.
  • How many games/rounds?
    The 6SS 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.
  • Do I need to join the club on to play? 
    YES! for the automatically run tournament, it's very important to join the club! 
  • 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.
  • Players Database
    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. 



11. Testimonials

"As always thank you for directing another wonderful tournament. My goodness, you’ve attracted a lot of strong players.” Tom M.


Prize Winners: 
# Name Prize
1 GM Aleksandr Lenderman 1st Place: $70
2 FM Jason Liang 2nd Place: $52.5
3 NM Mike Sailer 3rd Place: $35
6 Ethan Mei 1st u2000: $52.5
11 Sanjeev Anand 1st u1800: $35
1st u1600: $35
4-way split of $70:
​$17.5 each
13 Jose Pacheco
14 Sebby Suarez
15 Adam Stafford

Tentative Final Standings - pending fair play review

Mechanics Monthly Blitz Championship - February 2021

# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total Prize
1 GM Aleksandr Lenderman AlexanderL 12787646 2704 W14 W3 W4 W18 D2 W7 W10 W9 7.5 1st Place: $70
2 FM Jason Liang Marty435 16041488 2406 W9 W5 W7 L4 D1 W18 W6 W10 6.5 2nd Place: $52.5
3 NM Mike Sailer MikeSailer 12451516 2233 W13 L1 W21 W6 D5 D4 X W7 6.0 3rd Place: $35
4 FM Eric Yuhan Li kingandqueen2017 15688436 2344 W6 W20 L1 W2 W8 D3 L7 D5 5.0  
5 Alan Finkelstein stratus_junior 14958842 2058 W17 L2 L6 W11 D3 W15 W12 D4 5.0  
6 Ethan Mei erm999 16090467 1482 L4 W16 W5 L3 W12 W13 L2 W8 5.0 1st u2000: $52.5
7 Austin Mei TitanChess666 16090452 2149 W11 W19 L2 W9 W18 L1 W4 L3 5.0  
8 Stewart Katz knvsback 12458563 1835 U--- W23 W15 W12 L4 L9 W14 L6 4.0  
9 David Flores PlayerCreate1 14799653 1812 L2 W13 W19 L7 L10 W8 W16 L1 4.0  
10 Nicholas Weng ninjaforce 15499404 2045 U--- U--- W17 W21 W9 W11 L1 L2 4.0  
11 Sanjeev Anand chessp1234 14436451 1753 L7 W22 W20 L5 W14 L10 W13 L15 4.0 1st u1800: $35
1st u1600: $35
4-way split of $70:
$17.5 each
12 Adam Mercado A-boy415 16571026 1831 W22 W14 L18 L8 L6 W19 L5 W16 4.0  
13 Jose Pacheco pachewise 17095177 1454 L3 L9 W23 W15 W20 L6 L11 W19 4.0 1st u1800: $35
1st u1600: $35
4-way split of $70:
$17.5 each
14 Sebby Suarez SebbyMeister 16875347 1358 L1 L12 W16 W19 L11 W17 L8 W22 4.0
15 Adam Stafford aanval22 14257838 831 W16 L18 L8 L13 W22 L5 W17 W11 4.0
16 Patrick Donnelly thedarkbishop 12716964 1635 L15 L6 L14 B--- W21 W22 L9 L12 3.0  
17 Nathaniel Andaya nathanieI 30054738 1274 L5 L21 L10 W23 W19 L14 L15 B--- 3.0  
18 FM Kyron Griffith KyronGriffith 12860484 2480 W21 W15 W12 L1 L7 L2 U U--- 3.0  
19 Andrew Ballantyne andrewaballantyne 17079795 1093 B--- L7 L9 L14 L17 L12 W22 L13 2.0  
20 Michael Takahashi ElDiabloTener 14333301 2134 W23 L4 L11 W22 L13 U--- U--- U--- 2.0  
21 Glenn Kaplan kapalovich 12680193 1776 L18 W17 L3 L10 L16 B--- U--- U--- 2.0  
22 Maximillian Katz malletpercussion 13994425 1515 L12 L11 B--- L20 L15 L16 L19 L14 1.0  
23 Kevin Fong chessappeals 17254586 1783 L20 L8 L13 L17 B--- U--- U--- U--- 1.0  
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