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Mechanics' Monthly Online Scholastic Blitz Championship via

Friday, March 5, 2021

Monthly USCF Online Blitz Rated event

via (!) - Open for all scholastic players!

Live broadcast on


 Upcoming Schedule -- Platform -- Tournament format -- Byes -- Awards

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


1. Upcoming Schedule

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

2. Platform

  • The tournament is played on - automatically run by the platform
    This is the only scholastic tournament we run it on -- this is the kids' chance to experience :)
  • Free account is sufficient to play in the tournament. No account yet? Easy to make, just follow the instructions below.
  • See Eligibility for more details on account.

3. Tournament format:

  • Tournament format: automatically paired Swiss.
  • Total Round: 8 rounds.
  • Round times: no set round time - rounds are automatically paired and started once the previous one finished.
  • Time control: G/5+2 (Game in 5 minutes with 2 second increment each move.)
  • Games will be US Chess online Blitz rated - tournament will be submitted 4-10 days after the tourament to allow all games to be screened for fair play.
  • Sections: one Open section
  • Pairings are based on current (actual) blitz ratings at the time of the start of the tournament.

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
  • Players MUST click the JOIN button of the tournament - this can not be done for them.
  • Players MUST be active on the tournament page in order for the system to pair them for the next round.
  • Welcome email will list a contact phone number that is available during the event in case any problem.

4. Byes

  • Since tournament is automatically run on - no byes are possible.

5. Awards

  • Top 5 overall player
    * based on USCF Online (ONL) or regular (OTB) rating, whichever is the higher! **
    This is due to more and more kids starting to have online rating, and it reflects their true strenght better, also encouraging players to participate in online events.
    We reserve the right to use TD discretion.

  • Award pick-up:
    Players who qualify for prizes may choose between getting a special medal via mail soon after the event, or picking up a trophy.
    We now offer curbside trophy pickup at prearranged time.
    To reserve your time to pick up, pleaes fill out this form:


6. Registration

  • Special Mechanics' member / non-member pricing for the recurring weekly tournaments:
    • MI library member: $15
    • Non-MI library member: $25
  • Suggested registration deadline: 2 hours before the tournament - in order to give time for the organizers to forward Welcome email, and make sure that the ChessKid user name is in the correct online club. Any registration within 2 hours of the tournament start might result in missing the first round or the tournament. We will reschedule the registration in this case for an upcoming weekend.
  • $5 admin fee for all cancellations & refunds.

    Want to Join Mechanics' Institute?
  • It's worth getting the Mechanics' Institute Student membership: Only cost $65 - about 6 tournaments and the membership pays for itself!
    Join here:  
    Please make sure to put Chess as a referred byinterest.


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]

8. Tournament rules

  • Standard US Chess rules apply, with special focus on the Chapter 10 Online Chess rules.

9. Fair play

  • Fair play screening: all games will be screened by both, Mechanics' Institute Chess Club staff and if needed, 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.
  • Award distributions and rating submission will take place AFTER all games have been screened.
  • For some helpful links regarding fair play, please check these out:

10. FAQ

  • What are the time controls mean?
    Time controls are telling you how much time you have for each game.
    G5+2 for example: Game in 5 minutes with 2 second increment. This means you get 5 minutes, your opponent gets 5 minutes and with each move every player gets 2 second added to the clock. So one game can last up to 10-12 minutes.
  • How many games/rounds?
    The 8SS before the time control means how many rounds, i.e. how many games can a player play in the tournament. 8SS for example will have 8 rounds. 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 tournament, you can't rejoin unfortunately, so make sure you decide accordingly.

  • Sections: currently we don't have sections to separate 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 decided to start at 6:30PM so players have time to eat before the tournament, but not finish too late.

  • Pre-requested byes: online tournament run on can't have pre-requested byes. Full point byes are assigned when there are odd number of players in a tournament.

  • Do I need to join the club on to play? 
    Yes - More information on this at the Eligibility section.

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


11. Testimonials

Testimonial from parents:
We received a medal in mail from Mechanics Institute, which is absolutely a surprise to my son! His first reaction was it can’t be real! Then he said what is a good hiding spot, I want to hide it! :D  This is absolutely an amazing encouragement for him as this is literally the first ever rated game that he attends! "
"I appreciate your efforts in conducting these online scholastics tournaments. It has encouraged my daughter to learn and play more chess."
"We received her medal in the mail today. It is so pretty and she loved it! A motivation for her to participate in more games!"
"Just received the trophy! It is such a nice feeling for my son to hold these beautiful trophies from MI. Thank you again!" 




Prize Winners: 

Summary of Tournament Result links on ChessKid and links to USCF crosstables.

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