Saturday, January 30, 2021 to Sunday, January 31, 2021
Saturday, January 30, 2021 to Sunday, January 31, 2021
First of the four regional national championships
USCF Online Regular Rated event via Chess.com
Open for everyone, regardless of residence!
Registration -- Eligibility -- Tournament rules -- Staff -- FAQ
Useful Links: Register -- Standings -- Pairings -- Google Sheet with live results -- Change Report Form
What's NEW? Special Announcements - Check back often!
- List of registered Teams & Individuals have been posted.
- Q&A sessions added - Since many of you are new to Team tournaments and/or Online tournaments: we are offering Q&A sessions via Zoom meeting on the following dates & times: Monday 12-1PM PT, 5-6PM PT and Tuesday 12-1PM PT.
Meeting ID: 847 4364 7267 Passcode: 246856
- The tournament is played on Chess.com.
- Free account is sufficient to play in the tournament. No Chess.com account yet? Easy to make, just follow the instructions below.
- See Eligibility for more details on chess.com accounts.
- Saturday, January 30 through Sunday, January 31.
- Teams: MUST have four players. -- NO alternates allowed this year.
- Team average rating is to be calculated based on the players January 2021 supplemental USCF Regular OTB or ONL rating, whichever is the highest. Top 4 players’ rating counts towards the rating average.
- If no USCF rating (unrted) conversion from other rating system and TD discretion will be used to place players accurately.
- The average rating of four highest must be under 2200.
- Team Sections rating eligibility:
- 1800+: team’s average rating cannot be over 2200. Teams with u1800 average rating may play up to this section by paying a play-up fee.
- U1800: team’s average rating cannot be over 1800.
- Tournament format: fixed roster Team event
- Total Round: 6 rounds --- 3 rounds each day
- Round times: all in Pacific time!
1800+ teams (section): 9AM, 1PM, 4PM PT
u1800 teams (section: 9:15AM, 1:15PM, 4:15PM PT
- Time control: G/60+10 (Game in 60 minutes with 10 second increement with each move.)
- 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: 1800+ & u1800 (team average rating)
- Pairings are based on the average rating of the teams.
3.A. How to Play?
- Welcome email will be 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 chess.com AND stay on chess.com/live 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.
- Individual byes are NOT allowed.
- Team byes are available: Round 1-4 byes must be requested 1 hour before the tournament. Round 5-6 byes must be requested before Round 1.
- ALL players, in both sections must be logged into a tournament-specific Zoom meeting with at least one webcam.
- Zoom links will be distributed closer to the event and will also be linked via the Google sheet.
- This web camera must provide a partial landscape view of the room in which the player will be competing, while also containing a full view of the player and of the screen on which the player is playing.
- The camera will be placed at approximately a 45-degree angle to the right or left rear of the player and elevated to at least at the same height as the player’s desktop (Fig. 1). Players may use a cell phone as this camera, or a separate web cam, to provide the required view of the player and the room. Players will need to ensure this camera has a continuous source of power and not rely on battery power alone. If Camera No. 1 becomes disconnected, the TD will impose a penalty of 10 minutes or half of the player’s remaining time (whichever is less). As part of this protocol, additional webcam violations may result in more severe penalties, including forfeiture of the game and expulsion from the tournament.
- Optional but highly recommended to connect with a front facing camera too from the computer the player is playing.
- Mandatory Zoom setup check-in for at least ONE player PER TEAM: January 29, Friday 1PM-3PM and 5PM-7PM Pacific Time
USE this opportunity to make sure everything is set.
Player's setup requirements:
- The location in which you are playing must have a reliable high-speed internet connection (upload capability of 2+ megabits per second [Mbps]). An unreliable or slow internet connection and/or technical setup errors might result in a loss or forfeit loss. A player’s internet connection and, more broadly, all aspects of the player’s technical setup are the player’s responsibility—not US Chess’s.
- Play in a quiet room with no background noise and with no one else in the room.
- A player may not have in or around the player’s ear a device that can receive and/or transmit data or sound (such as headphones, headsets, earbuds, etc.). All hearing aids (even medically prescribed ones) must be removed before the start of a game. Furthermore, a player’s face, ears, and entire head must be fully visible; they may not be covered by a hoodie, hat, or headwear of any kind. While monitoring players, tournament directors need a full, unobstructed view of the player from the neck up. Let TDs see clearly that you have nothing to hide.
- Play only on a device with a large screen (10+ inches) such as a laptop, desktop, or large tablet. Use a web browser, rather than Chess.com’s app, because browsers are more reliable (they have fewer bugs and glitches). Playing on a device with a small screen (<10 inches) such as a mobile phone or small tablet is prohibited.
- The only electronic devices permitted in the room are the device on which the player is playing and the web camera covering the player (including any computing device connecting a USB webcam to the internet). Any mobile phone being used as a webcam must be in silent mode. If a player’s mobile phone that is being used as a 2nd webcam rings during play, then the standard penalty will be applied: 10 minutes or half of a player’s remaining time (whichever is less) subtracted from the player’s clock. The player will be notified of the penalty via private chat (Chess.com or Zoom). Subsequent mobile-phone violations during the tournament will result in a recurrence of the same penalty or stiffer penalties, including forfeiture of the game and expulsion from the tournament. Penalties will be assessed at TD discretion. Any mobile phone that is not being used as a webcam must be kept outside of the room. The presence in the room of a mobile phone that is not being used as a webcam might result directly in forfeiture of the game and expulsion from the tournament. Penalties will be assessed at TD discretion. Players may not communicate with anyone other than TDs.
- Players must abide by US Chess’s Rules of Chess and Code of Ethics, as well as by Chess.com’s Community Policies. Players may not use external chess assistance of any kind: no computer engine, no database, no chess program, no book, no hand-written notes, no other person, etc.
- Parents are strongly encouraged to monitor their kids' activity during the tournament to ensure fair play.
Fair Play screening:
- All games will be screened by both Chess.com and by Dr. Kenneth W. Regan, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo.
- Players found or believed to be violating fair play are not eligible for an award, their team will be immmediately disqualified from the tournament 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!
- Award distributions and rating submission will take place AFTER all games have been screened.
- During the event main announcements will be made through discord: link coming soon.
- Standings, Pairings and LIVE results (aka updated as soon as the games are over) will be via a Google Sheet: Click HERE.
- Standings and Pairings will be posted on this webpage too: Standings -- Pairings
- Did you see something that's incorrect? Please report it within 2 rounds of the error via this Google Form: link coming soon.
- The event will be covered LIVE via TWITCH: www.twitch.tv/mechanicschess: join 3-times US Champion, GM Nick de Firmian, FM Paul Whitehead and Chessroom Director Abel Talamantez
- Commemorative DGT clocks and plaques will be given to the Top 3 teams in each sections.
- Commemoriative DGT clocks to Top Scorer on Board 1, Board 2, Board 3 and Board 4.
- Commemorative special medals to each team members in the following special categories:
- Top “Female” Team
- Top “College” Team
- Top “High School” Team
- Top “Elementary School” Team
- Top “Club” Team
- Top “Family” Team
- Top 3 Best Team Name
- Awards will be officially announced only after fair play review has been completed.
- Team registration fee: $160 by 1/23 11:59PM Pacific Time
- Team Play-up fee: $40/team
- Individual registration fee: $40 by 1/23 11:59PM Pacific time.
--> If you sign up as individual, we'll post you as a player looking for a team for others who are looking for one or more players to complete their team. We will also help those who don't have a team to form a team from individual players as we get closer to the tournament.
- Play-up fee (for individuals to be put on a 1800+ team): $20
- Late fee after 1/23 11:59PM: $40/team or $20/player
- $10 admin fee for all cancellations & refunds
- A change fee equal to the late fee will apply to any changes other than bye requests within 3 days of the tournament.
- 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: https://new.uschess.org/player-search
- Become a member or renew your membership: https://new.uschess.org/player-search
- Players must have a chess.com account in good standing. Any previously closed account must be disclosed to the organizer by sending a confidential email to [email protected]
- Don't have a chess.com account yet? Easy and FREE: https://www.chess.com/register?returnUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.chess.com%2F
- Standard US Chess rules apply, with special focus on the Chapter 10 Online Chess rules.
- Forfeit time is 15 minutes: if player is not logged in by 15 minutes after round time starts, the opponent will be awarded a forfeit win.
- Chief TD: NTD John McCumiskey
- Assistant Chief TD/Organizer: Senior TD, FA Abel Talamantez
- Backroom Chief TD/Organizer: Senior TD, FA dr. Judit Sztaray
- Zoom TDs - Reka Sztaray, Aaron Thompson, and others
- What are the time controls mean?
Time controls are telling you how much time you have for each game.
G60+10 for example: Game in 60 minutes with 10 second increment. This means you get 35 minutes, your opponent gets 60 minutes and with each move every player gets 10 second added to the clock. So one game can last up to 120-140 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 chess.com to play?
No, but it's highly recommended.
https://www.chess.com/club/mechanics-chess-club-uscf-online-rated - 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: https://forms.gle/X3hChCWbusHp4Ze56 to get email notifications about last minute changes and invitational opportunities.