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National Chess Day -- Womens’/Girls’/Gender Expansive Individuals Tournament

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Womens’/Girls’/Gender Expansive Individuals Tournament

Open for everyone -- Non-rated event.

Registered Players 

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

Registration -- Tournament Rules 

Tournament capacity: 80 players.
Masks are optional in the chess room.


1. Date & Location

  • Saturday, Oct 14, 2023 at 1PM
  • Location: Mechanics' Institute Chess Room
    57 Post Street, 4th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94104 (click here to map)

2. Tournament Format:

  • Tournament Format: Swiss System
  • Total Rounds: 4
  • Round Times: 10AM and the rest is on a rolling schedule
  • Time Control: G/25;d5  (Game in 25 minutes with a 5-second delay at each move.)
  • Sections: will be determined as signups and what's best for the players.
  • Pairings are based on the Oct 2023 OTB or ONL supplemental regular US Chess rating if players have one.
  • Event is non-rated. No US Chess membership is needed.

3. Byes

  • Byes are available for players in case they can't participate but would like to stay in the tournament.
  • Byes can be requested for a maximum of 2 rounds, with receiving one point for each round (half point for each game in a round).
  • Late registrations will receive two half-point byes for any missed round, up to a total of 2 rounds.

4. Prize Fund --  TBA

  • 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. 


5. Registration:

7. Tournament Rules

  • General US Chess rules apply with some leniency due to being non-rated.
  • Forfeit time is 25 minutes.





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