1st Jeremy Silman Tuesday Night Marathon

Mechanics' Institute

Event Overview

1. Dates & Location

  • Seven Tuesdays in July - August 2024: 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20
  • Location: Mechanics' Institute Chess Room
    57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104 (click here to map)


2. Tournament Format:

  • Tournament Format: individual Swiss
  • Total Rounds: 7 (1 round each Tuesday night:7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20)
  • Round Times: Tuesday at 6:30 pm Pacific Time (GMT+8)
  • Time Control: G/90+30  (Game in 90 minutes with 30-second increment from move 1.)
  • Games will be US Chess regular-rated as well as FIDE-rated. Tournament results will be submitted immediately after last round finished.
  • One Open Section
  • Pairings are based on the July 2024 regular supplemental regular US Chess rating.
    NEW: Pairings will be posted around 8pm PT Monday, the day before the round. First round will be paired at 6:20pm right before the round to allow onsite registrations.

3. Byes

  • Byes are available for players in any rounds in case they can't participate that evening, but would like to stay in the tournament.
  • A maximum of three half-point byes can be requested in this tournament.
  • Round 1-6 byes must be requested prior to the pairing of the round (8:00 pm on Mondays.)
  • Round 7 bye must be requested before start of Round 4. Round 7 bye is irrevocable to prevent possible prize-fund manipulations.
  • Late registrations will receive a half-point bye for any missed round, up to a total of three rounds.

4. Prize Fund --  $2400 based on 80 paid entries  

1st Place $1050
2nd Place $680
3rd Place $420
Best under2200 $150
Best under1800 $80
Best under1400 $60
Best under1000 $60
  • Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing prize checks.
  • Per IRS rules anyone with a cumulative $600+ prizes in any calendar year will need to fill out a W9 and Mechanics' Institute will be providing a 1099 form. 

5. Registration

6. Eligibility

7. Tournament Rules

  • Modified FIDE-rules apply.
  • Forfeit time is 30 minutes without prior notice, 60 minutes if we are notified.
    A player will be awarded a forfeit win against any opponent who doesn't show up according to the prescribed rules, and every effort will be made to find that player an extra game.

Mechanics' Institute Chess Club reserves the right to update any details of this event (including but not limited to sections, time control, round times, prize fund, etc.) as we get closer to the event date to ensure an excellent tournament experience for players.


57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
United States

Sections: 1
Grand Prix Points:
Prize Fund: 2400
FIDE Rated: Yes
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

Mechanics' Institute
Email: chessroom@milibrary.org