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USCF Online-rated Scholastic Tournaments in 2023 via

Sunday, July 30, 2023


Recurring Weekend USCF Online-rated Event

via -- Open for all scholastic players!

 Upcoming Schedule -- Platform -- Tournament Format -- Byes -- Awards

Registration -- Eligibility -- Tournament Rules -- Fair Play -- FAQ

List of Registered Players for the Upcoming Tournament -- Detailed Results -- Summary of Links to Event Results

1) Video on how to read your tournament results
2) Video on USCF ratings and rating systems


1. Upcoming Schedule




Start time
(Pacific  Time)

Time Control

Important Information & Links

7/30 Sunday 3PM 6 games of G/15+2

Bot-paired, auto-run tournament on ChessKid!

8/26 Saturday 3PM 6 Games of G/10+2 Bot-paired, auto-run tournament on ChessKid!
Registration: coming soon
9/23 Saturday 3PM 6 games of G/15+2 Bot-paired, auto-run tournament on ChessKid!
Registration: coming soon
10/29 Sunday 3PM 6 games of G/10+2 Bot-paired, auto-run tournament on ChessKid!
Registration: coming soon
11/25 Saturday 3PM 6 games of G/15+2 Bot-paired, auto-run tournament on ChessKid!
Registration: coming soon
12/31 Sunday 10AM 6 games of G/10+2 Bot-paired, auto-run tournament on ChessKid!
Registration: coming soon

List of registered players as of ... coming as we get closer to the even.


2. Platform

3. Tournament Format:

  • Tournament Format: automatically paired Swiss.
  • Total Rounds: This varies per event--usually a minimum of 4, a maximum of 8.  Please see the FAQ (item 10 below) for an explanation of round numbers.
  • Round Times: Except for Round One, there are no set round times.  Rounds are automatically paired and started once the previous round has finished.
  • Time Control: Varies by event.  Please see FAQ (item 10) for an explanation of time control.
  • Games will be US Chess online-rated.  The tournament results will be submitted 4-10 days after the tournament to allow all games to be screened for fair play.
  • Sections: one Open section OR two sections based on ChessKid rating (Open & under1300 ChessKid rating).  The number of sections will be based on the number of registered players the day before the tournament--please check back for more information!
  • Pairings are based on current (actual) ChessKid ratings at the time of the start of the tournament.

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
  • Players may join the tournament 30 minutes before it begins by going to Play vs Kid; the tournament will show up on the right side of the board.
  • Players MUST click the orange JOIN button of the tournament, which should appear below on the right--this cannot be done for them.
  • Players MUST be active on the tournament page in order for the system to pair them for the next round.
  • The welcome email will list a contact phone number that is available during the event in case of any problem.

4. Byes

  • Since the tournament is automatically run on ChessKid, no byes are possible.

5. Awards -- Medals to the top players.

  • Two Sections:
    • Prizes to the top 5 players overall shall be the minimum.
    • Additional prizes may be added based on the number of players:
              For an 8-round tournament, anyone with 4.5 points or more.
              For a 6-round tournament, anyone with 3.5 points or more.
              For a 4-round tournament, anyone with 2.5 points or more.

  • One Section:
    • Top 5 players and Top 3 of under800 and Top 3 of under400.
              **Based on USCF online (ONL) or regular (OTB) rating, whichever is higher.**
              This is due to more and more kids starting to have online ratings; it reflects their true strength better, and encourages them to participate in online events.
              We reserve the right to use TD discretion.

  • Medal awards are mailed for everyone. Please fill out this form to request your award:

6. Registration

  • Special Mechanics' member / non-member pricing for the recurring weekly tournaments:
    • MI library member: $15
    • Non-MI library member: $25
  • Suggested registration deadline: 2 hours before the tournament, in order to give time for the organizers to forward the Welcome email, and make sure that the ChessKid username is in the correct online club. Any registration within 2 hours of the tournament start might result in missing the first round or the whole tournament. We will reschedule the registration in this case for an upcoming weekend.
  • $5 admin fee for all cancellations & refunds.

    Want to Join Mechanics' Institute?
  • It's worth getting the Mechanics' Institute Student membership: for $65. In about 6 tournaments it pays for itself!
    Join here:  
    Please make sure to put Chess as a referred by interest.


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 membership? 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].
  • First time playing in our tournaments?
    All players MUST be a part of Mechanics' Chess on
    Please follow the step-by-step instructions on how to join us! If you still have problems, please email or message us and we'll help you! is a safe, secure, and fun platform for kids to learn and play chess, and participate in a wide variety of activities, including listening to lectures, doing puzzles, playing with their friends, and participating in online tournaments.
  • If you are new: click on this link:
  • If you have a ChessKid account already: Follow the instructions:
    • From a Kid account
      • Login from your computer and go to: /settings/account
      • Scroll down and click the link which says "Do you have a Group Registration Key?"
      • When prompted for a registration key, enter QCJJNH

If you are having problems finding the way, please watch the following tutorial video:

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 a 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.


9. Fair Play

  • All games will be screened by both, Mechanics' Institute Chess Club staff and if needed, 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 the 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.
  • Award distributions and rating submission will take place AFTER all games have been screened.
  • For some helpful links regarding fair play, please check these out:

10. FAQ

  • What do the time controls mean?
    Time controls tell you how much time you have for each game.
    G/15+2, for example, means game in 15 minutes with a 2-second increment. This means you get 15 minutes, your opponent gets 15 minutes, and after every move, a player gets 2 seconds added to the clock. So one game can last up to 30-35 minutes.
  • How many games/rounds?
    A “6SS” before the time control means a six-round Swiss system tournament.  Players are expected to play 6 games (unless they are assigned a full-point bye). These are never elimination tournaments, so win or lose you play every round.
  • Late joins: If you join late, you'll get zero (0) points for each missed round.

  • Withdrawal: You can always leave a tournament if you wish. Once you leave the tournament, you can't rejoin unfortunately, so make sure you decide accordingly.

  • Start time: We decided to start at 3PM so players can finish their tournament before dinnertime.

  • Pre-requested byes: An online tournament run on can't have pre-requested byes. Full-point byes are assigned when there is an odd number of players in a tournament.

  • Do I need to join the club on to play? 
    Yes. More information on this at the Eligibility section, item 7 above.


11. Testimonials

Testimonials from parents:
"We received a medal in mail from Mechanics Institute, which is absolutely a surprise to my son! His first reaction was it can’t be real! Then he said what is a good hiding spot, I want to hide it! :D  This is absolutely an amazing encouragement for him as this is literally the first-ever rated game that he attends! "
"I appreciate your efforts in conducting these online scholastics tournaments. It has encouraged my daughter to learn and play more chess."
"We received her medal in the mail today. It is so pretty and she loved it! A motivation for her to participate in more games!"
"Just received the trophy! It is such a nice feeling for my son to hold these beautiful trophies from MI. Thank you again!" 



Prize Winners: 

Summary of Tournament Result links on ChessKid and links to USCF crosstables.


# Date Day Start Time Time Control Results
104 1/29 Sunday 3:00PM 6SS G/15+2 ChessKid:
USCF Crosstable:
105 2/25 Saturday 3:00PM 4SS G/10+2 ChessKid:
USCF Crosstable:
106 2/25 Saturday 4:15PM 5SS G/10+2 ChessKid:
USCF Crosstable:
107 4/22 Saturday 3:00PM 6SS G/15+2 ChessKid:
USCF Crosstable:
108 5/29 Monday 3PM 6SS G/10+2 ChessKid:
USCF Crosstable: coming soon





Detailed Results of each tournament


SwissSys Standings. Mechanics' Scholastic Online -- 2023 January: NoName

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total T-Sonneborn Prize
1 ETHAN LAM 30150899 936 W6 D2 W5 W3 W4 W11 5.5 19.25 1st Place
2 RIS BHATTACHARYYA 30135902 818 W13 D1 W11 W8 W3 W6 5.5 15.75 2nd Place
3 DALLAS PAK 30108777 730 W9 W7 W4 L1 L2 W13 4.0 11 3rd Place
4 ARI M CHI 30196376 unr. W14 X8 L3 W6 L1 W5 4.0 6.5 4th Place
5 ARCHER TROY 16980544 859 D10 W14 L1 W11 W8 L4 3.5 6.25 5th Place
6 Jonathan Gay 30988917 unr. L1 W12 W9 L4 W10 L2 3.0 7.5 1st u800
7 Andrew Halpin 30969202 unr. W11 L3 L8 W13 L12 W10 3.0 5.5 2nd u800
8 ANDREW LUN 17322016 412 W12 F4 W7 L2 L5 B--- 3.0 5 3rd u800
9 PAARTH AGRAWAL 30039635 519 L3 W13 L6 L10 B--- W12 3.0 3  
10 EMRYS DIU 30244048 unr. D5 L11 W12 W9 L6 L7 2.5 6.75 1st u400
11 VIVAAN GARG 30024650 unr. L7 W10 L2 L5 W13 L1 2.0 3.5 2nd u400
12 YEN-HSIU LIN 30901851 393 L8 L6 L10 B--- W7 L9 2.0 3 3rd u400
13 JAMES FRAN HARVEY 30896298 unr. L2 L9 B--- L7 L11 L3 1.0 0  
14 Benjamin Hong 16724714 unr. L4 L5 U--- U--- U--- U--- 0.0 0  


SwissSys Report: Mechanics' Online Scholastic -- 2023 February

SwissSys Report: Mechanics' Online Scholastic -- 2023 February

SwissSys Standings. Mechanics' Online Scholastic -- 2023 February: Open

# Name Handle Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total T-Sonneborn Prize
1 A SHENVI PRIOLKAR CoolEarnestTiger 1283 W10 W6 W3 W4 4.0 8 1st Place
2 ABHIJOY MUKHERJEE LateRainyEdge 972 U--- W9 W5 W7 3.0 5 2nd Place
3 Maclain Wells TanNewPapaya unr. B--- W7 L1 W9 3.0 3 3rd Place
4 MAXIM PAUL DENNIS Maxim20 534 U--- W5 W8 L1 2.0 4 4th Place
5 LAKSHMI NARAYANAN vid2016 640 W8 L4 L2 W12 2.0 2 5th Place
6 YEN-HSIU LIN YenHsiuLBayAreaChess 393 W11 L1 L7 W10 2.0 2 1st u800
7 CONRAD BRAUN NiceUsefulPotato unr. W12 L3 W6 L2 2.0 2 2nd u800
8 DONOVAN A. GEE Lazywazy20 1013 L5 W12 L4 W11 2.0 1  
9 SASHA LUCI DENNIS Sasha20 375 U--- L2 W10 L3 1.0 1 3rd u800
10 CHARLES KIMBERLIN MagicCharles unr. L1 W11 L9 L6 1.0 1 1st u400
11 NOAH PERSILY LeanSimpleApricot unr. L6 L10 W12 L8 1.0 0 2nd u400
12 CHARLOTTE CELLA LastLightBike 179 L7 L8 L11 L5 0.0 0 3rd u400

SwissSys Standings. Mechanics' Online Scholastic -- 2023 February: Bonus

# Name Handle Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total T-Sonneborn Prize
1 ABHIJOY MUKHERJEE LateRainyEdge 972 W8 W2 W7 W3 W6 5.0 11.5 1st Place
2 LAKSHMI NARAYANAN vid2016 640 W5 L1 W9 W4 L3 3.0 6.5 2nd Place
3 CONRAD BRAUN NiceUsefulPotato unr. W9 L7 W6 L1 W2 3.0 6.5 3rd Place
4 DONOVAN A. GEE Lazywazy20 1013 L7 W8 W5 L2 W9 3.0 4.5 4th Place
5 MAXIM PAUL DENNIS Maxim20 534 L2 D6 L4 W9 W8 2.5 3.25 5th Place
6 VIVAAN GARG SlimGleamingParrot unr. W10 D5 L3 W8 L1 2.5 2.25 1st u800
7 A SHENVI PRIOLKAR CoolEarnestTiger 1283 W4 W3 L1 U--- U--- 2.0 6  
8 SASHA LUCI DENNIS Sasha20 375 L1 L4 B--- L6 L5 1.0 0 2nd u800
9 NIKOLAI AN DENNIS Nikolai20 241 L3 B--- L2 L5 L4 1.0 0 3rd u800
10 NOAH PERSILY LeanSimpleApricot unr. L6 U--- U--- U--- U--- 0.0 0 1st u400


2023 April SwissSys Standings. Mechanics' Scholastic Online: Open

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total T-Sonneborn Prize
1 KEPLER MCTIERNAN 31099018 unr. W17 W9 W3 W5 W4 W7 6.0 19.5 1st Place
2 SHIVISH ANEJA 30036465 673 W11 L3 W8 W6 L7 W10 4.0 13 2nd Place
3 ANSHUL AENNAM AENNAM 30035849 unr. W14 W2 L1 W10 W5 L4 4.0 13 3rd Place
4 IAN K CHOW 17070162 511 W15 W6 L5 W9 L1 W3 4.0 12.5 4th Place
5 MACLAIN GANON WELLS 31039112 unr. W18 W10 W4 L1 L3 W9 4.0 11 5th Place
6 THOMAS WASSMAN 30562884 669 W12 L4 W7 L2 D8 W14 3.5 9.75 1st u800
7 YEN-HSIU LIN 30901851 412 D8 W14 L6 W13 W2 L1 3.5 9.75 2nd u800
8 AKHIL VEERAVALLI 30682525 734 D7 W13 L2 D12 D6 W15 3.5 8.75 3rd u800
9 IAN ALEXANDER TINGLEY 31106298 unr. W13 L1 W12 L4 W11 L5 3.0 7.5 1st u400
10 Dylan Wan 31175265 unr. W16 L5 W11 L3 W14 L2 3.0 7 2nd u400
11 ADARSH VYTLA 17114142 585 L2 W15 L10 W16 L9 W13 3.0 6  
12 IKE TINGLEY 31106391 unr. L6 W17 L9 D8 L13 W18 2.5 3.75 3rd u400
13 MICAH CARDINAL 17235413 390 L9 L8 W17 L7 W12 L11 2.0 3.5  
14 DALLAS PAK 30108777 730 L3 L7 W16 W18 L10 L6 2.0 3  
15 MATTHIAS WASSMAN 30562869 214 L4 L11 U--- W17 W16 L8 2.0 3  
16 AIDEN LAU 31035073 641 L10 W18 L14 L11 L15 W17 2.0 2  
17 GEMMA KOTT 30157245 101 L1 L12 L13 L15 W18 L16 1.0 1  
18 TERENCE FENG 30424878 unr. L5 L16 B--- L14 L17 L12 1.0 0  


SwissSys Standings. 2023 Mechanics' Online Scholastic -- 2023 May: NoName


# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total T-Sonneborn Prize
1 ETHAN LAM JadeOldSea 30150899 937 W4 W5 D2 W8 W3 D7 5.0 18.25 1st Place
2 AYAN AGRAWAL GOYAL AyanG_ACC 30917794 unr. W16 W7 D1 W11 D9 L3 4.0 11.5 2nd Place
3 ALESSANDRO HUERTA AiryYoungVulture 17287696 896 L6 W12 W15 W13 L1 W2 4.0 10.5 3rd Place
4 YICHEN JIN ADCablazed 17190136 456 L1 W14 W10 L9 W13 W8 4.0 10.5 4th Place
5 DALLAS PAK dj14 30108777 730 W8 L1 D6 L12 W10 W9 3.5 10.75 5th Place
6 DYLAN WAN LimeSteepKrill 31175265 unr. W3 U--- D5 L10 W16 W12 3.5 9.25 1st u800
7 OLIVER WHITE MagicOliver 30055192 655 W17 L2 L13 W15 W11 D1 3.5 8 2nd u800
8 HAYES ALEXANDER MARVIN dragonking173 30636603 1311 L5 W9 W11 L1 W12 L4 3.0 8.5  
9 ETHAN LIU BestMiddleSun 30021739 1098 D12 L8 W16 W4 D2 L5 3.0 8.25  
10 ACHYUTH VIJAYAKRISHNAN RealWittyPopcorn 30102745 788 W13 L11 L4 W6 L5 W14 3.0 8 3rd u800
11 MAX CHAN FastFarGravel 30666663 540 W15 W10 L8 L2 L7 W16 3.0 5.5  
12 MILES KREPELKA mkrepelka 31284492 unr. D9 L3 W14 W5 L8 L6 2.5 7 1st u400
13 AIDEN LAU HugeMarchingMarble 31035073 539 L10 W17 W7 L3 L4 D15 2.5 5.25  
14 ARMAAN KHOKHA akhokha 31275798 unr. U--- L4 L12 B--- W17 L10 2.0 1 2nd u400
15 NOAH T CHIU MSCMDSNoahC 17304376 649 L11 W16 L3 L7 U--- D13 1.5 2.25  
16 LUCAS SHEH CNYChess-Lucas73 31267961 unr. L2 L15 L9 W17 L6 L11 1.0 1 3rd u400
17 ARJUN SAMEET MEHTA amehta 31260014 unr. L7 L13 B--- L16 L14 U--- 1.0 0  


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