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Saturday, July 11, 2020

USCF Online Rated Scholastic Tournaments

for K - Grade 12 scholastic players



First time playing in our tournaments?
All players MUST be a part of Mechanics' Chess on
Please scroll down for 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.

Event Schedule:

Date Day Start time Time Control Link to Register Link to Tournament - Results
6/14 Sunday 3:00PM 5SS G/15+2
6/28 Sunday 3:00PM 5SS G/15+2
7/5 Sunday 3:00PM 5SS G/15+2
7/11 Saturday 3:00PM 6SS G/10+2
7/19 Sunday 3:00PM 6SS G/10+2  
7/25  Saturday 3:00PM 5SS G/15+2  
8/2 Sunday 3:00PM 8SS G/5+2  
8/8 Saturday 3:00PM 6SS G/15+2

 *** 2020 Mechanics' Summer Scholastic Online Championship with multiple sections!
Sections based on ChessKid rating: 1000+, u1000, u500




List of registered players for 7/5 -as of 7/4 3:00PM

First Last USCF ID Rating ChessKid account
Andrew Ballantyne 17079795 948 DarkCapableCharm
Adrien Cheng 16318903 1294 rarethirddessert
Rohan Chopra 17207844 503 Kindneatquesos
Deven Chopra 17207838 298 Boldbiglaptops
William Fitzgerald 17048414 537 Dinosaurus333
Om Gaddam 17355551 unr magicom
Vidyuth Harish 16094497 1050 standingwriter
Melinda HUANG 17355676 unr SlimFastRing
Joshua Lee 16801938 1077 MagicJoshua
Austin Li 16606238 1200 TopWittyGem
Daniel Videna 17066495 802 GoodShakyBeetle
Tyler Walsh 17351055 952 Newthinclock


Eligibility - Players must have:

- current US Chess Federation membership
- account that is part of Mechanics' Chess Group (free account is perfectly sufficient) -- Don't have one yet? Easy to make, just follow the instructions below.


- 5 rounds of G/15+2: rounds are done consecutively after every game is finished in the previous rounds. - more details on tournament details here.
- paired based on swiss tournament rules: pairing done via automatic by based on the players' online rapid rating.
- games will be US Chess Online quick rated - tournament will be submitted 5-7 days after the tournament to allow all games to be screened for fair play.

Prizes - Trophies or Medals:

Top 5 overall player
Top 3 under800*
Top 3 under400*
* based on USCF regular (OTB) rating

Players have a choice:
-  choose to receive a medal & get it soon via mail: we mail the medals immediately after the tournament result is finalized (after fair play screening come back)
-  choose to receive a trophy & pick up at Mechanics' Institute after the building/chess room reopens: we unfortunately have no firm date when this will happen.
Mechanics' Institute Chess Club staff will be in touch with all winners to get information about their choice.

Fair Play

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.
All games will be carefully reviewed by and Mechanics' Institute Chess club staff during and after the event.
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!

For some helpful links regarding fair play, please check these out:

Entry Fee

$20 - register and pay through jumbula - link here or below
Registration deadline: Sunday 12PM - this is needed to allow time to make sure the account is set up correctly.
Event capacity: 30 players.

Tournament Information

What are the time controls mean?
Time controls are telling you how much time you have for each game.
G15+2 for example: Game in 15 minutes with 2 second increment. This means you get 15 minutes, your opponent gets 15 minutes and with each move every player gets 2 second added to the clock. So one game can last up to 30-34 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.

Late joins: if you joining late, you'll get zero(0) points for each missed rounds.

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.

Sections: currently we don't have sections to separate players according to their rating. We tried it but it wasn't efficient for many of the players, and most of you gave us the feedback they prefer tournaments where all players can play together.

Start time: we decided to start at 3PM so players can finish their tournament before dinner-time.

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


How to join us?

Mechanics' Institute Chess Club on


How to join our group & club?

If you are new: click on this link:

If you already have an account: registration key:  QCJJNH

  • Have the Kid log in to his own account & click the grey Settings icon. **They’ll need to log in from a browser for access to this page.**
  • Click “Do you have a Group Registration Key”
  • Enter the 6 digit Registration Key & click Save. The kid will be added to your Group.

If you already have an account - and you don't have a place to put the registration - need to make Mechanics' as secondary guardian

  • From your Parent account Home screen:
  • Click the "Kids" tab.
  • Select the "Edit Kid" option from the menu next to the kid account to which you'd like to add a guardian.
  • Click the "Edit Guardianship" option on the right side of the screen.
  • Enter '' & select "Add Guardian." This adds them as an additional Guardian; you remain the Primary Guardian of the account.


Prize Winners: 

Final results of tournament on 6/14:

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total Prize
1 Adithya Chitta 16695036 749 W13 D7 W8 W3 W4 4.5 1st Place
2 Rishi Chowdhury 16004660 1089 W10 L3 W14 W12 W8 4.0 2nd Place
3 Austin Li 16606238 1204 W11 W2 D4 L1 W10 3.5 3rd Place
4 Adrien Cheng 16318903 1294 W14 W5 D3 W10 L1 3.5 4th Place
5 Patrick Fang 16536775 595 W6 L4 W11 W7 U--- 3.0 5th Place
6 Ivan Zhou 17352346 unr. L5 L11 W9 W14 W12 3.0 1st Place u800
7 Willia Fitzgerald 17048414 537 W16 D1 L10 L5 W11 2.5 2nd Place u800
8 Arjun Raman 16786670 1310 H--- W12 L1 W13 L2 2.5  
9 Ethan El Calaguas 17081120 501 H--- L10 L6 B--- W14 2.5 3rd Place u800
10 Andrew Ballantyne 17079795 948 L2 W9 W7 L4 L3 2.0  
11 Kyle C Ku 16123563 841 L3 W6 L5 W15 L7 2.0  
12 Oliver Shen 16653081 870 W15 L8 W13 L2 L6 2.0  
13 Tyler Walsh 17351055 unr. L1 W16 L12 L8 W15 2.0 1st Place u400
14 Jonah King 16412806 430 L4 W15 L2 L6 L9 1.0  
15 Massimo Briem 17352640 unr. L12 L14 B--- L11 L13 1.0 2nd Place u400
16 Taurus Tong 16321755 839 L7 L13 U--- U--- U--- 0.0  

Final results of tournament on 6/28:

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total Prize
1 Austin Li 16606238 1204 W17 W4 W6 H--- W8 4.5 1st Place
2 Daniel Tua Videna 17066495 802 W18 W7 W11 W5 H--- 4.5 2nd Place
3 Kai Spada 16565154 933 W25 W12 H--- W7 W9 4.5 3rd Place
4 Anvi Penagalapati 16315087 1243 W19 L1 W17 W16 W6 4.0 4th Place
5 Adrien Cheng 16318903 1294 W24 H--- W9 L2 W14 3.5 5th Place
6 Andrew Ballantyne 17079795 948 W22 W14 L1 W12 L4 3.0  
7 Advaith Si Prabhu 16419560 325 W16 L2 W13 L3 W15 3.0 1st Place u800
8 Adithya Chitta 16695036 749 W13 L11 W24 W10 L1 3.0 2nd Place u800
9 Vidyuth Harish 16094497 1050 W20 W23 L5 W11 L3 3.0  
10 Willia Fitzgerald 17048414 537 L23 W20 W22 L8 W16 3.0 3rd Place u800
11 Stanley Kwok 16599891 896 W27 W8 L2 L9 W19 3.0  
12 Patrick Fang 16536775 595 W21 L3 W25 L6 W17 3.0  
13 Tansen Mehta 17203773 151 L8 W26 L7 W21 W24 3.0 1st Place u400
14 Om Gaddam 17355551 unr. W26 L6 W23 W24 L5 3.0 2nd Place u400
15 Dani Rivera Villa 17345287 unr. H--- L24 W26 W23 L7 2.5 3rd Place u400
16 Tyler Walsh 17351055 unr. L7 W18 W20 L4 L10 2.0  
17 Alvin Siamwalla 16319033 454 L1 W19 L4 W22 L12 2.0  
18 Jack Buswell 17194240 178 L2 L16 L21 W26 W23 2.0  
19 Felix Leung 17202283 197 L4 L17 W28 W25 L11 2.0  
20 Dominic Leung 17346830 unr. L9 L10 L16 W28 W25 2.0  
21 Samue Vinogradsky 17048290 566 L12 L25 W18 L13 D22 1.5  
22 Nicholas E Lockey 17337031 unr. L6 W28 L10 L17 D21 1.5  
23 Ethan El Calaguas 17081120 501 W10 L9 L14 L15 L18 1.0  
24 Kyle C Ku 16123563 841 L5 W15 L8 L14 L13 1.0  
25 Ian K Chow 17070162 511 L3 W21 L12 L19 L20 1.0  
26 Massimo Briem 17352640 unr. L14 L13 L15 L18 W28 1.0  
27 Joshua Nathan Lee 16801938 1077 L11 U--- U--- U--- U--- 0.0  
28 Matthew Madriaga 17355545 unr. U--- L22 L19 L20 L26 0.0  


Tentative results for 7/5

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total T-Sonneborn Prize
1 Joshua Nathan Lee 16801938 1077 W10 W8 W11 W2 W5 5.0 14.5 1st Place
2 Adrien Cheng 16318903 1294 W14 W7 W12 L1 W8 4.0 10 2nd Place
3 Om Gaddam 17355551 unr. W5 L11 W17 W12 W6 4.0 9 3rd Place
4 Kai Spada 16565154 933 W20 L12 D10 W14 W11 3.5 5.75 4th Place
5 Austin Li 16606238 1204 L3 W15 W6 W7 L1 3.0 8 5th Place
6 Adithya Chitta 16695036 749 W9 W19 L5 W11 L3 3.0 6 1st Place u800
7 Vidyuth Harish 16094497 1050 W16 L2 W19 L5 W10 3.0 5  
8 Andrew Ballantyne 17079795 948 W18 L1 W14 W13 L2 3.0 5  
9 Dani Rivera Villa 17345287 unr. L6 L10 W18 W20 W13 3.0 3.5 1st Place u400
10 Jake Chi Hang Li 17144246 866 L1 W9 D4 W19 L7 2.5 5.75  
11 Willia Fitzgerald 17048414 537 W13 W3 L1 L6 L4 2.0 6 2nd Place u800
12 Rohan Chopra 17207844 503 W17 W4 L2 L3 L14 2.0 4.5 3rd Place u800
13 Nolan Brenner   unr. L11 W16 W15 L8 L9 2.0 3.5 2nd Place u400
14 Zi Zheng Ng 16466872 539 L2 W18 L8 L4 W12 2.0 3  
15 Deven Chopra 17207838 298 U--- L5 L13 W16 W19 2.0 2.5 3rd Place u400
16 Aaron Huang 16455171 178 L7 L13 D20 L15 B--- 1.5 0.25  
17 Anvi Penagalapati 16315087 1243 L12 W20 L3 U--- U--- 1.0 0.5  
18 Tyler Walsh 17351055 unr. L8 L14 L9 U--- W20 1.0 0.5  
19 Melinda Huang 17355676 unr. B--- L6 L7 L10 L15 1.0 0  
20 Kyle C Ku 16123563 841 L4 L17 D16 L9 L18 0.5 0.75  



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