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Wednesday Night Blitz

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 to Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Wednesday Night Blitz Chess Tournament
organized by National Master Jules Jelinek


August 28th thru November 20th, 2019

10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/13 and 11/20
First round starts promptly at 6:45 pm
Regular entry time: 6:30pm-6:45pm

On 11/6
1st Wednesday of each month at 5:45pm

1st Wednesday of each month: 5:30pm-5:45pm)

Dates for after Thanksgiving break: December 4th, 11th, 18th, 2019, January 8th, 15th, 22nd, and  March 4th thru June 24th, 2020)

Late entry now okay; no entry cut-off time

Now Open to Non-Members

  • 5 round (6 round if time and number of players permits) single game Swiss System; double round Swiss system on first Wednesday of each month.  Players ranked by approximate strength at organizer’s discretion.
  • Mechanics’ Institute 4th Floor Chess Club, 57 Post Street, San Francisco
  • Time Control: G/3min (w/2sec inc) preferred if supported by clock being used; otherwise G/5min (no inc.) if no other clock is available. If clock malfunctions and players cannot agree on remaining time left, a clock with 1 min (2sec inc) or G/2min will be substituted.
  • Tournament will follow WBCA rules
  • Entry Fee (Cash only-exact amount appreciated): Members $7 with clock; $8 without clock; Non-Members $9 with clock; $10 without clock
  • Cash Prizes (All players eligible to win): 1st place 50%; 2nd place 30%; 3rd place 20% of all base entry fees ($7 per player) collected. Highest placing player bringing a clock gets the clock money.
  • Any prizes not claimed from the previous Wednesday Night Blitz at the following week’s Wednesday night Blitz before it ends will then be added to that week’s prize fund.
  • Late Entry/Bye Policy: There is no longer any late entry cut-off time.  Late arriving players will be immediately paired with an unpaired player (if there is one).
  • Any late arriving player must be available to play their game(s) if they are less that 3 minutes late for the round.  On 1st Wednesdays of each month 1 game +1/2 point bye if they are 3-13 minutes late with the on-time player getting a one point bye for the first game of that round not played. Players arriving too late to play a game in either round 1 or 2 will receive a 1/2 point bye for each unplayed game. Players that are initially unpaired at the start of a round will get a full point bye for each unplayed game if they remain unpaired at end of that round. Rounds end when all initially paired players for that round have finished.
  • If you want more information or to receive the weekly email about the event, contact NM Jules Jelinek at

Please absolutely no bicycles allowed in the Mechanics’ Institute building.




Blitz Continuing after Thanksgiving Break:

December 4th, 11th, 18th, 2019

January 8th, 15th, 22nd, 2020

March 4th, 2020 thru June 24th, 2020


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