Thursday Night Marathon G/60+5 - Feb & Mar 2021 | Mechanics' Institute

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Thursday Night Marathon G/60+5 - Feb & Mar 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021 to Thursday, March 25, 2021

Five Thursdays: Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25

USCF Online Regular Rated event via
Open for everyone!

List of registered players (Standings) -- Pairings

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

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

1. Platform

2. Dates

  • Five Thursdays in Feb - Mar 2021: Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25

3. Tournament format:

  • Tournament format: individual Swiss
  • Total Round: 5 rounds  ---   1 round each night
  • Round times: each Thursday 6:30PM Pacific Time (GMT+8)
  • Time control: G/60+5  (Game in 60 minutes with 5 second increement with each move.)
  • Games will be US Chess online regular rated - tournament will be submitted 7-14 days after the tourament to allow all games to be screened for fair play.
  • Sections: one Open sections
  • Pairings are based on the February 2021 OTB or ONL supplemental regular US Chess rating. The higher rating will be used for pairing purposes.
  • Pairings for each round are posted on a Google Sheet as well as here.

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 stay on at the start of the round and wait for their game to pop up!
  • Players must NOT engage in any play (game, challenge, other touranment).
  • Games are MANUALLY STARTED by the Chief TD and will automatically pop up for every player. White's clock will automatically start, and games will NOT be aborted due to no move.
  • 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.
    Please connect via:


4. Byes

  • Byes are available for players in any rounds in case they can't participate but would like to stay in the tournament.
  • Max 2 half-point byes can be requested in this tournament.
  • Round 1-4 byes must be requested 15 minutes prior to the round start time.
  • Round 5 bye must be requested before start of Round 1. Round 5 bye is irrevocable to prevent prize fund manipulations.
  • Late registrations will receive a 0.5 bye for any missed round, up to total 2 rounds.

5. Prize Fund

  • NEW Increased Prize Fund: $300 based on 25 paid entries
1st Place $100
2nd Place $65
3rd Place $45
Best under1800 $30
Best under1600 $30
Best under1400 $30
  • 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: $40
  • $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]

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, 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.
    G60+5 for example: Game in 60 minutes with 5 second increment. This means you get 60 minutes, your opponent gets 60 minutes and with each move every player gets 5 second added to the clock. So one game can last up to 120-140 minutes.
  • How many games/rounds?
    The 5SS 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? 
    No, but it's highly recommended. - we provide regular updates and news on that channel, as well as occasional free tournament.
  • 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: 



Total Prize Fund:
$300 b/25 --> $444 b/37 paid entries

GM Gadir Guseinov 1st Place: $148
NM Michael Walder 2nd Place: $96

Kristian Clemens

Kagan Uz

3rd Place: $67

2-way split: $33.5 each

Alexander Huberts Best under1800: $44
Yali Dancig-Perlman Best under1600: $44

Akshaj Pulijala

Kevin Sun

Adam For Stafford

Best under1400: $44
3-way split: $14.67




SwissSys Standings. Feb-Mar 2021 Thursday Night Marathon: Open

# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total Prize
1 GM Gadir Guseinov gguseinov 17343590 2680 W19 W12 W10 W6 W5 5.0 $148
2 NM Michael Walder FlightsOfFancy 10345120 2107 W29 W13 W32 H--- W10 4.5 $96
3 Kristian Clemens kclemens 13901075 1997 W14 L32 W37 W29 W11 4.0 $33.5
4 Kagan Uz uzkuzk 16434922 1812 W39 L6 W28 W21 W17 4.0 $33.5
5 IM Elliott Winslow ecwinslow 10363365 2278 W27 W17 W23 H--- L1 3.5  
6 Theo Biyiasas tabiyiasas 13989054 2175 W33 W4 W9 L1 H--- 3.5  
7 Adam Mercado A-boy415 16571026 1831 H--- W40 W8 L10 W19 3.5  
8 David Flores playercreate1 14799653 1812 H--- W36 L7 W30 W23 3.5  
9 Alexander Huberts cccalboy 16419664 1794 W35 X15 L6 D23 W20 3.5 $44
10 Arthur Liou artliou 12906142 2034 W34 W18 L1 W7 L2 3.0  
11 Ako Heidari ako_h 15206848 1980 W38 L23 W20 W27 L3 3.0  
12 Jonah Busch kondsaga 12469525 1934 W30 L1 L27 W33 W29 3.0  
13 Aaron Mic Nicoski KingSmasher35 12797931 1789 W31 L2 L21 W38 W27 3.0  
14 Yali Dancig-Perlman noydan100 16280288 1442 L3 W42 W24 L17 W25 3.0 $44
15 Brandon Xie swift_breeze 14961610 2130 W28 F9 H--- L20 W31 2.5  
16 NM Thomas F Maser talenuf 10490936 1900 D21 L20 W22 L19 W33 2.5  
17 Robert Smith III maturner 12463327 1853 W22 L5 D19 W14 L4 2.5  
18 Roger V V Shi 1-h4-1-0 16191192 1776 W41 L10 L29 W34 D21 2.5  
19 Jeff C Andersen zenwabi 11296106 1643 L1 W38 D17 W16 L7 2.5  
20 Rama Chitta draidus 17350313 1475 H--- W16 L11 W15 L9 2.5  
21 Akshaj Pulijala Loltheawesomedude 16497860 1392 D16 D25 W13 L4 D18 2.5 $14.67
22 Kevin Sun kevin_mx_sun 16898540 1356 L17 W26 L16 D24 W38 2.5 $14.67
23 Adam For Stafford aanval22 14257838 831 W25 W11 L5 D9 L8 2.5 $14.67
24 Leo Wang mu3tang 16061785 1765 H--- H--- L14 D22 D30 2.0  
25 McCarty-Snead-Cal doctorbanner 14948275 1700 L23 D21 D31 W39 L14 2.0  
26 Christopher Nelson ludimagisterjosephus 13742111 1700 L32 L22 L30 X41 W39 2.0  
27 Patrick Donnelly thedarkbishop 12716964 1635 L5 W35 W12 L11 L13 2.0  
28 Bryan Hood fiddleleaf 12839763 1574 L15 W41 L4 W40 U--- 2.0  
29 Nursultan Uzakbaev rimus11 17137317 1513 L2 W39 W18 L3 L12 2.0  
30 Marina Xiao programmingmax 16380642 1511 L12 D31 W26 L8 D24 2.0  
31 Katherine Sunn Lu 2Nf31-0 16425316 938 L13 D30 D25 W43 L15 2.0  
32 Austin Bourdier austin809 30032406 unr. W26 W3 L2 U--- U--- 2.0  
33 Jacob S Wang jacobchess857 17083655 1629 L6 D34 W36 L12 L16 1.5  
34 Michael Xiao swimgrass 16380636 1363 L10 D33 D40 L18 D36 1.5  
35 Charvi Atreya Charvii 16816706 944 L9 L27 L38 D36 W40 1.5  
36 Tyler Wong tdubchess 30135235 unr. H--- L8 L33 D35 D34 1.5  
37 Jason Romsak zer0chills 12841181 1681 H--- H--- L3 U--- U--- 1.0  
38 Nicholas Reed NXBex 16154827 1416 L11 L19 W35 L13 L22 1.0  
39 Kevin M Chui Kchui999 16998580 1290 L4 L29 W41 L25 L26 1.0  
40 Danny Cao caodanny 16939797 895 H--- L7 D34 L28 L35 1.0  
41 Jake Chi Hang Li jakech1123 17144246 866 L18 L28 L39 F26 W43 1.0  
42 Judit Sztaray juditsztaray 14708926 827 U--- L14 H--- U--- U--- 0.5  
43 Cleveland Lee vincitore51745 12814843 619 H--- U--- U--- L31 L41 0.5  




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