Steve Brandwein Memorial TNM | Mechanics' Institute

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Steve Brandwein Memorial TNM

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 to Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Steve Brandwein (1942-2015)
photo in 2014 by Richard Shorman
  • 9 rounds, one game every Tuesday.
  • Round 1: 6:30 p.m. Aug 6th.
    Round 2: Aug 13th. Round 3: Aug 20th. Round 4: Aug 27th. Round 5: Sep 3rd. Round 6: Sep 10th. Round 7: Sep 17th. Round 8: Sep 24th. Round 9: Oct 1st
  • Time Control: Game in 2 hours with a 5-second delay (G/120, d5). There will be no adjournments.
  • All time delay must be from the beginning.
  • Entry Fee: $50.00 (MI members), $60.00 for non-members, $10 additional late for all registrations after 6:15 pm on 8/6. Play up fee is $10, players must be within 200 rating points of the next section.
  • Sections: 
    • Championship; open players rated 2000+ by USCF rating using the May supplement. 
    • A/B; open to all players rated 1600-1999.
    • C/D/E/Unrated; for players rated below 1600 and unrated.
    • Players may play up a section with an additional $10 fee if their rating is within 200 points of the next section.
  • Cash prizes: 
    • Championship: 1st $700, 2nd $400, 3rd $275, Best Under 2200 $150. 
    • A/B: 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $125, best under 1800 $75.
    • C/D/E/Unrated: 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $125, best under 1400 $75.
    • Best Woman Overall: $150. 
    • No restriction on MI membership, all cash prizes fully paid, and based on 100 entries.
  • The tournament will follow USCF rules and all players must be current members of the USCF through the end of October, 2019.
  • The tournament will be FIDE-rated.
  • A request for up to three 1/2 point byes will be accepted under the following conditions:
    • All byes are irrevocable.
    • Byes for rounds eight and ninth must be requested before the start of round 5.
    • Bye requests must be made by noon on Monday for the following Tuesday night round. All bye requests after will be considered 0 point byes.
  • Normally, pairings will be made Monday noon and will be posted online and in the Chess Room.
  • All pairings are tentative. Final pairings will be posted 6:15 pm on Tuesday.
  • In the case of players not showing up, extra rated games will be made wherever possible so that those wanting to play a competitive game may do so. These games are USCF rated, but do not affect scoring for the TNM.
  • The Tournament Director for this event is STD, FA Abel Talamantez  STD, FA Judit Sztaray.
  • All questions and bye requests should be sent to:, or call 415-393-0110.
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