Thursday Night Marathon Online - Sep 2021 | Mechanics' Institute

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Thursday Night Marathon Online - Sep 2021

Thursday, September 2, 2021 to Thursday, September 16, 2021

Three Thursdays:
September 2, 9, 16

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

  • Three Thursdays: Sept 2, 9, 16

3. Tournament format:

  • Tournament format: individual Swiss
  • Total Round: 6 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 Sept 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 1-4 byes must be requested 15 minutes prior to the round start time.
  • Round 5-6 byes must be requested before start of Round 1. Round 6 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: $1000 based on 50 paid entries
1st Place $300
2nd Place $225
3rd Place $150
Best under2000 $75
Best under1800 $75
Best under1600 $75
Best under1400 $50
Best Female $50
  • 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. September 2021 Thursday Night Marathon Online: Open

# Name Cash Prize credited to pool
1 Gadir Guseinov (5.5/2563) 144.00 Place: 1 - $144
4 Max Gedajlovic (5.0/2264) 108.00 Place: 2 - $108
2 Bala Chandra Prasad Dhulipalla (4.5/2475) 72.00 Place: 3 - $72
11 Bryan Hood (4.0/1574) 36.00 u2000/1 - $36;
u1600/1 - $36;
2-way split of $73: $36 each

17 Katherine Sunny Lu (3.5/1390) 36.00
10 Casimir Dudek (3.5/1649) 18.00 u1800/1 - $36;
2-way split: $18 each
9 Matthew Chan (3.5/1658) 18.00
21 Ian Liao (3.0/1161) 12.00

u1400/1 - $24
2-way split: $12 each

19 Austin Jin (3.0/1318) 12.00




SwissSys Report:

SwissSys Standings. September 2021 Thursday Night Marathon Online: Open

# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total Prize
1 Gadir Guseinov gguseinov 17343590 2563 W13 W20 W2 D3 W4 W7 5.5 144.00
2 Max Gedajlovic MMSanchez 14947382 2264 X15 W5 L1 W7 W3 W6 5.0 108.00
3 Bala Chandra Prasad Dhulipalla Swarnapuri 30100858 2475 W11 W8 W4 D1 L2 W13 4.5 72.00
4 Ezra Chambers Selfishshellfish 15191101 2314 W18 W6 L3 W13 L1 W15 4.0  
5 Bryan Hood fiddleleaf 12839763 1574 W22 L2 W21 W16 D6 H--- 4.0 36.00
6 Casimir Dudek thechesskid2021 30101045 1649 W19 L4 W11 W10 D5 L2 3.5 18.00
7 Sheel Dandekar sdandek 12604772 2034 W9 W23 D10 L2 W8 L1 3.5  
8 Matthew Chan hip_hop_99 12541333 1658 W24 L3 D9 W22 L7 W17 3.5 18.00
9 Katherine Sunny Lu 2Nf31-0 16425316 1390 L7 W26 D8 D11 D14 W16 3.5 36.00
10 Austin Jin austinjin666xd 17144712 1318 W14 D16 D7 L6 L13 W18 3.0 12.00
11 Aaron Craig aaroncraig602 12872385 1451 L3 W24 L6 D9 W12 D14 3.0  
12 Ian Liao victor6688 16738735 1161 D16 L14 D15 W18 L11 W19 3.0 12.00
13 Joseph Flowers CoachJoeF 12691490 1494 L1 W17 W25 L4 W10 L3 3.0  
14 Robert Smith maturer 12463327 1853 L10 W12 H--- H--- D9 D11 3.0  
15 Charles James chuckchess 12448028 1426 F2 H--- D12 W24 X20 L4 3.0  
16 Kevin M Fong chessappeals 17254586 1750 D12 D10 W18 L5 D17 L9 2.5  
17 Stephen Sikes Raindog2 13058987 1339 L20 L13 W19 W21 D16 L8 2.5  
18 Jimolee Gray jgray43 30172836 1442 L4 W19 L16 L12 W24 L10 2.0  
19 Rehaan Malhotra MrRap9 30118209 1055 L6 L18 L17 W25 W21 L12 2.0  
20 Stewart Katz knvsback 12458563 1856 W17 L1 H--- H--- F15 U--- 2.0  
21 Alex C Durig zandor2323 12729479 1290 H--- H--- L5 L17 L19 W24 2.0  
22 Victor Beauchamp Greatboomer 30154650 889 L5 B--- X23 L8 U--- U--- 2.0  
23 James Hamlett James_Hamlett_IV 12374510 1561 W26 L7 F22 U--- U--- U--- 1.0  
24 Bruce Hedman Bruce_Hedman 17344551 1087 L8 L11 X26 L15 L18 L21 1.0  
25 Cleveland W Lee vincitore51745 12814843 524 H--- H--- L13 L19 U--- U--- 1.0  
26 Francisco Ostolaza ostolaza4 30266747 unr. L23 L9 F24 U--- U--- U--- 0.0  

SwissSys Standings. September 2021 Thursday Night Marathon Online: Extra Games

# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
1 Judit Sztaray juditsztaray 14708926 807 W3 U--- U--- 1.0
2 Charles James chuckchess 12448028 1426 U--- U--- W5 1.0
3 Victor Beauchamp Greatboomer 30154650 889 L1 W4 U--- 1.0
4 Bruce Hedman Bruce_Hedman 17344551 1087 U--- L3 U--- 0.0
5 Francisco Ostolaza ostolaza4 30266747 unr. U--- U--- L2 0.0
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