Thursday Night Marathon Online - Jul-Aug 2021 | Mechanics' Institute

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Thursday Night Marathon Online - Jul-Aug 2021

Thursday, July 29, 2021 to Thursday, August 19, 2021

Four Thursdays:
July 29, August 5, 12, 19

USCF Online Regular Rated event via
Open for everyone!


Final Standings -- Prizes -- Google Sheet

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

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

1. Platform

2. Dates

  • Four Thursdays: July 29, Aug 5, 12, 19

3. Tournament format:

  • Tournament format: individual Swiss
  • Total Round: 8 rounds  ---   2 rounds each night
  • Round times: each Thursday 6:30PM & 8:00PM Pacific Time (GMT+8)
  • Time control: G/35+5  (Game in 35 minutes with 5 second increement with each move.) -- Please note the NEW increment setting!
  • 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 section
  • Pairings are based on the July 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 3 half-point byes can be requested in this tournament.
  • Round 1-6 byes must be requested 15 minutes prior to the round start time.
  • Round 7-8 byes must be requested before start of Round 1. Round 8 bye is irrevocable to prevent prize fund manipulations.
  • Late registrations will receive a 0.5 bye for any missed round, up to total 3 rounds.

5. Prize Fund

  • NEW Increased Prize Fund: $600 based on 40 paid entries
1st Place $200
2nd Place $150
3rd Place $100
Best under2000 $50
Best under1800 $50
Best under1600 $25
Best Female $25
  • 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: $30
  • Non-MI library member: $50
  • $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 and 8:15pm, respectively, 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.
    G35+5 for example: Game in 35 minutes with 5 second increment. This means you get 35 minutes, your opponent gets 35 minutes and with each move every player gets 5 second added to the clock. So one game can last up to 70-80 minutes.
  • How many games/rounds?
    The 6SS 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. July-August Thurdsay Night Marathon Online: Open

# Name Cash Prize credited to pool
1 GM Gadir Guseinov (7.5/2635) 154.00 Place: 1 - $154
2 IM Bala Chandra Prasad Dhulipalla (7.0/2513) 115.50 Place: 2 - $115.50
3 NM Michael Walder (6.5/2171) 77.00 Place: 3 - $77
9 Kevin M Fong (5.0/1783) 38.50 u1800/1 - $38.50
7 Rithwik Narendra (5.0/1849) 19.25 u2000/1 - $38.50;
two-way split
4 Cailen Melville (5.0/1940) 19.25
27 Katherine Sunny Lu (4.5/1152) 4.81 u1600/1 - $19.25;
four-way split
16 Akshaj Pulijala (4.5/1531) 4.81
18 Aaron D Craig (4.5/1408) 4.81
23 Andy Xu (4.5/1312) 4.81



Standing -- Final standing pending fair play review


SwissSys Standings. July-August Thurdsay Night Marathon Online: Open

# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total Prize
1 GM Gadir Guseinov gguseinov 17343590 2635 W10 W14 D3 W2 W4 7.5 154.00
2 IM Bala Chandra Prasad Dhulipalla Swarnapuri 30100858 2513 W16 W5 W4 L1 W3 7.0 115.50
3 NM Michael Walder FlightsOfFancy 10345120 2171 W17 W22 D1 W7 L2 6.5 77.00
4 Cailen Melville Mangonel 14006141 1940 W32 W18 L2 W15 L1 5.0 19.25
5 Rithwik Narendra rukja 14903560 1849 W19 L2 H--- H--- L20 5.0 19.25
6 Kevin M Fong chessappeals 17254586 1783 H--- H--- W17 D10 D13 5.0 38.50
7 Nikunj Oza Motif 12497585 1851 W12 D13 W27 L3 W10 4.5  
8 Sanjeev Anand chessp1234 14436451 1753 L13 W32 W19 W33 W14 4.5  
9 Ricnesh Ravind Fi_Ricnesh 30181578 1651 H--- H--- W20 L14 W19 4.5  
10 Akshaj Pulijala Loltheawesomedude 16497860 1531 L1 W12 W11 D6 L7 4.5 4.81
11 Aaron D Craig aaroncraig602 12872385 1408 H--- H--- L10 W18 W33 4.5 4.81
12 Andy Xu vivianandy 16732301 1312 L7 L10 D16 B--- W31 4.5 4.81
13 Katherine Sunny Lu 2Nf31-0 16425316 1152 W8 D7 L15 W28 D6 4.5 4.81
14 Aaron Nicoski KingSmasher35 12797931 1789 W20 L1 W18 W9 L8 4.0  
15 Jeff Andersen zenwabi 11296106 1643 H--- W30 W13 L4 D24 4.0  
16 Marina Xiao programmingmax 16380642 1554 L2 L19 D12 W29 H--- 4.0  
17 Paul Krezanoski pjkrizzle 16897133 1360 L3 W29 L6 L20 W32 4.0  
18 Ivan Zong ivanzong 30131397 1335 W21 L4 L14 L11 W29 4.0  
19 Sarvagnya Brahmanapally bsarvagnya 16466227 1287 L5 W16 L8 W32 L9 4.0  
20 Austin Jin austinjin666xd 17144712 1153 L14 B--- L9 W17 W5 4.0  
21 Robert Smith maturner 12463327 1853 L18 X33 D24 W27 W23 3.5  
22 Bryan Hood fiddleleaf 12839763 1584 W29 L3 H--- H--- H--- 3.5  
23 Michael Xiao swimgrass 16380636 1363 D30 W28 H--- H--- L21 3.5  
24 Kevin Sun kevin_mx_sun 16898540 1521 H--- H--- D21 W26 D15 3.0  
25 Ian Liao victor6688 16738735 1161 H--- H--- H--- U--- W27 3.0  
26 Zerui Titus Mei thankfuifortune 16959455 984 H--- H--- H--- L24 W28 3.0  
27 Cleveland W Lee vincitore51745 12814843 569 X15 W31 L7 L21 L25 3.0  
28 Bruce Hedman Bruce_Hedman 17344551 1055 D31 L23 W30 L13 L26 2.5  
29 Jimolee Gray jgray43 30172836 unr. L22 L17 L32 L16 L18 2.5  
30 Jonathan Rice ricejonathanc 30205348 unr. D23 L15 L28 L31 H--- 2.5  
31 Christopher Nelson LudiMagisterJosephus 13742111 1700 D28 L27 L33 W30 L12 2.0  
32 Gabriel Ngam boozerrip 13553308 1350 L4 L8 W29 L19 L17 2.0  
33 Tobiah Rex tobiahsrex 30164211 1013 H--- H--- W31 L8 L11 2.0  
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