Thursday Night Marathon G/60+5 - May/June 2021 | Mechanics' Institute

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Thursday Night Marathon G/60+5 - May/June 2021

Thursday, May 13, 2021 to Thursday, June 10, 2021

Five Thursdays: May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10

USCF Online Regular Rated event via
Open for everyone!

Standings -- Pairings -- Google Sheet

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

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

1. Platform

2. Dates

  • Five Thursdays in May-June 2021: May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10

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 May 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.
  • NEW: Announced variation:
    When a player is removed due to fair play violation, scores will be adjusted as follows:
    1. If two or more rounds remain, all opponents of the disqualified player will receive a win by forfeit, unless they defeated the disqualified player, in which case they will retain a rated win.
    2. If the tournament has concluded, or if there is only one round remaining:
    The last opponent of the disqualified player will receive a win by forfeit.
    Other opponents who lost to the disqualified player will receive a half-point bye.
    Other opponents who drew with the disqualified player will receive a win by forfeit.
    Anyone who defeated the disqualified player will retain a rated win, instead of a forfeit win.
  • 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: 

Prizes. TempTnmt: Open

# Name Cash Prize credited to pool
1 GM Gadir Guseinov (4.5/2700) 132.00 Place: 1 - $160; 
Place: 2 - $104;
2-way split of $264: $132 each
3 NM Michael Walder (4.5/2155) 132.00
28 Adam Stafford (4.0/1288) 60.00 u1800/1 - $48;
Place: 3 - $72;
2-way spit of $120: $60 each
2 IM Elliott Winslow (4.0/2278) 60.00
42 William Kelly (3.5/0) 48.00 u1400/1 - $48
23 Akshaj Pulijala (3.5/1487) 16.00

u1600/1 - $48;
3-way split: $16 each

18 Bryan Hood (3.5/1574) 16.00
19 Marina Xiao (3.5/1547) 16.00



Final Standings

SwissSys Report:

SwissSys Standings. TempTnmt: Open

# Name Handle Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total Prize
1 GM Gadir Guseinov gguseinov 2700 W23 W8 W12 W3 D2 4.5 132.00
2 NM Michael Walder flightsoffancy 2155 W43 W4 W6 W5 D1 4.5 132.00
3 IM Elliott Winslow ecwinslow 2278 W9 W15 W14 L1 W10 4.0 60.00
4 Adam Stafford aanval22 1288 W35 L2 W30 W14 W16 4.0 60.00
5 Kristian Clemens kclemens 1997 W31 W25 H--- L2 W18 3.5  
6 Jeff Andersen zenwabi 1643 W33 W42 L2 W19 D9 3.5  
7 Bryan Hood fiddleleaf 1574 H--- L21 W36 W38 W23 3.5 16.00
8 Marina Xiao programmingmax 1547 W38 L1 D25 W35 W21 3.5 16.00
9 Akshaj Pulijala loltheawesomedude 1487 L3 W33 W42 X11 D6 3.5 16.00
10 William Kelly wkelly unr. W16 W29 H--- W21 L3 3.5 48.00
11 Pranav Sairam chesspilot01 2103 W17 H--- H--- F9 W30 3.0  
12 Nathan Fong nathanf314 2004 W39 W40 L1 W17 U--- 3.0  
13 Leo Wang mu3tang 1765 L40 L17 W37 W25 W31 3.0  
14 Jason Ochoa barok44 1759 W32 W26 L3 L4 W34 3.0  
15 Nursultan Uzakbaev rimus11 1513 W41 L3 W40 L18 W27 3.0  
16 Ethan Sun sfdeals 1494 L10 W31 W41 W27 L4 3.0  
17 Nick Reed nxbex 1416 L11 W13 W28 L12 W29 3.0  
18 Suhas Indukuri suindu12 1181 D21 W20 D27 W15 L5 3.0  
19 Kevin Thompson aCalBear 1120 H--- H--- W29 L6 W28 3.0  
20 Mark Drury birdorbust 1873 H--- L18 W24 W26 U--- 2.5  
21 Robert Smith maturner 1853 D18 W7 W22 L10 L8 2.5  
22 Aaron Nicoski kingsmasher35 1789 H--- W24 L21 L23 W37 2.5  
23 Kevin Sun kevin_mx_sun 1491 L1 W34 D35 W22 L7 2.5  
24 Ivan Zong ivanzong 1081 D27 L22 L20 W36 W38 2.5  
25 Katherine Sunny Lu 2nf31-0 1008 W28 L5 D8 L13 W40 2.5  
26 Joshua Lu probablyjosh unr. W30 L14 H--- L20 W35 2.5  
27 Alexander Huberts cccalboy 1794 D24 W36 D18 L16 L15 2.0  
28 Matthew Chan hip_hop_99 1659 L25 W39 L17 W40 L19 2.0  
29 Samuel Agdamag sirianluv 1621 W34 L10 L19 W41 L17 2.0  
30 Jacob Wang jacobchess857 1612 L26 W32 L4 X42 L11 2.0  
31 Gabriel Ngam boozerrip 1350 L5 L16 W33 W32 L13 2.0  
32 Christopher Harris charris62606 1017 L14 L30 W39 L31 W41 2.0  
33 Andrejs Gulbis andrejsg 826 L6 L9 L31 B--- X42 2.0  
34 Cleveland Lee vincitore51745 581 L29 L23 B--- X43 L14 2.0  
35 NM Thomas Maser talenuf 1900 L4 W37 D23 L8 L26 1.5  
36 Ian Liao victor6688 1203 H--- L27 L7 L24 B--- 1.5  
37 Bruce Hedman bruce_hedman 1043 H--- L35 L13 W39 L22 1.5  
38 Tobiah Rex tobiahsrex unr. L8 W43 H--- L7 L24 1.5  
39 Michael Xiao swimgrass 1363 L12 L28 L32 L37 X43 1.0  
40 Charvi Atreya charvii 1032 W13 L12 L15 L28 L25 1.0  
41 Pratyush Bhingarkar greenninja2019 unr. L15 B--- L16 L29 L32 1.0  
42 Jeff Rosengarden jrosengarden unr. B--- L6 L9 F30 F33 1.0  
43 Daniel Marcus radio_on 1458 L2 L38 H--- F34 F39 0.5  

SwissSys Standings. TempTnmt: Extra Game

# Name Handle Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Michael Xiao swimgrass 1363 W3         1.0
2 Judit Sztaray juditsztaray 827 W4         1.0
3 Andrejs Gulbis andrejsg 826 L1         0.0
4 Cleveland Lee vincitore51745 581 L2         0.0
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