Mechanics' Institute Quads -- 2024 February

Mechanics' Institute

Event Overview

In-Person Over-The-Board Event

Open to Everyone!

Tournament capacity: 80 players


1. Dates & Location

• One Saturday every month @ 3:00PM

Onsite registration ends at 2:30pm

• Location: Mechanics' Institute Chess Room
57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104 (click here to map)

Date Day Start time Time Control Link to Register
1/20 Saturday 3PM G/30;d5 Register:
2/10 Saturday 3PM G/30;d5 Register:
3/16 Saturday 3PM G/30;d5 Register:
4/20 Saturday 3PM G/30;d5 Register:
5/18 Saturday 3PM G/30;d5 Register:
6/15 Saturday 3PM G/30;d5 Register:

List of registered players for 1/20 .. as we get closer to the event.



2. Tournament Format:

• Tournament Format: Round-Robin

• Total Rounds: 3

• Round Times: 3:00PM and Rounds 2 & 3 on a rolling schedule

• Time Control: G/30;d5  (Game in 30 minutes with a 5-second delay at each move.)

• Games will be US Chess regular- & quick-rated (so-called dual rated). Tournament RESULTS will be submitted immediately after the last round is finished.

• Players will be split into groups of four (quads) based on their ratings, from the highest-rated to the lowest-rated.

• In case the last quad is not an even four players, they will play a mini-Swiss tournament.

• Monthly supplemental OTB rating will be used. The Chief TD has discretion to use a player's USCF online rating (ONL) or live rating for pairing purposes in extreme cases where fairness will be preserved by doing so.

3. Byes

• No byes are available!

4. Prize Fund --  $60 for each quad

1st Place $60 -- Winner takes it ALL!

• 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 W-9; the Mechanics' Institute will also provide a 1099 form. 

5. Registration fees:

• MI library member: $30

• Non-MI library member: $35 --> $40 from Jan 2024

• $5 admin fee for all cancellations & refunds.

6. Eligibility

• 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 membership? Visit:

• Become a member or renew your membership:

7. Tournament Rules

• Standard US Chess rules apply.

• Forfeit time is 30 minutes.


57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
United States

Grand Prix Points:
Prize Fund: 60/quad
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: No
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

Mechanics' Institute