Online Rated Scholastic Chess Tournaments | Mechanics' Institute

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Online Rated Scholastic Chess Tournaments
Every weekend via

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 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, play with their friends, and participate in online tournaments.

Event Schedule: 

Please check event website:

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 or other popular format: rounds are done consecitively 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 tourament to allow all games to be screened for fair play.

Prizes - Trophies or Medals:

Top 5 overal player
Top 3 under800*
Top 3 under400*
Top Girl
* 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 touranemnt result is finalized (after fair play screening come back)
-  choose to receive a trophy & pick up at Mechanics' Institute after 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 informaiton 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' Institue 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
Registraton deadline: Sunday 12PM - this is needed to allow time to make sure the account is set up correctly.

Tournament Informaiton

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 touranemnt, you can't rejoin unfortunately, so make sure you decide accordingly.

Sections: currently we don't have sections to separete 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 '[email protected]' & select "Add Guardian." This adds them as an additional Guardian; you remain the Primary Guardian of the account.


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