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Mechanics' Thursday Night Rapid -- 2023 Oct

Thursday, October 5, 2023

New RAPID Event!

In-Person Event -- Open for everyone!

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, Oct 5, 2023
  • 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 and FIDE rapid-rated. Tournament results will be submitted immediately after the last round is finished.
  • Sections: 1600+ and u1600
  • 2023 October 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.

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

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 16 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


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