Monthly Swiss: 1 Round of G75/d5 (75 minutes each with 5 second delay).
Weekly Quads: 3 Rounds of G25/d5 (25 minutes each with 5 second delay).
USCF Rated: All games will be regular rated (Monthly Swiss) or dual (regular and quick) rated (Weekly Quads) by USCF, so all players must have an active USCF membership to play. Scholastic players can join or renew their membership at a discounted rate at http://chess.jliptrap.us/hgroup.htm. Non-scholastic players can join or renew their membership at https://new.uschess.org/join-us-chess. To check to see your rating or verify that you are up to date visit http://www.uschess.org/component/option,com_wrapper/Itemid,181/.
Players whose registration is mot up to date by the tournament start time will need to pay a $20 fee (Charged by USChess) to the Tournament Director, which will cover a temporary 2 month registration and will avoid not be able to rate the tournament.
Swiss Tournament Format: We will play every Friday night for the entire month. The competition will start on the first Friday of the month and the champion will be decided on the final Friday of the month. Half-point byes are available for any round if the Tournament Director is notified prior to Round 2 starting. Swiss system is a non-eliminating tournament format that features a fixed number of rounds of competition, but considerably fewer than for a round-robin tournament; thus each competitor (team or individual) does not play all the other competitors. Competitors meet one-on-one in each round and are paired using a set of rules designed to ensure that each competitor plays opponents with a similar running score, but does not play the same opponent more than once. The winner is the competitor with the highest aggregate points earned in all rounds.
Quads Tournament Format: Also known as Round Robin, players are placed into group of 4 players based on their USCF Rating. As stated above there are 3 rounds in the tournament with each player playing against each other once. Each player is guaranteed to play as white or black at least once. If there is an uneven amount of players, then the bottom section will turn into a Swiss paired 3 round section of 5 to 7 players.
Determination of rating for the Monthly Swiss tournament will be based on the higher of current USCF rating (as of most recent tournament), current supplemental rating, or FIDE rating. For the Weekly Quads tournament, due to the tournament occurring weekly, we will use current USCF ratings (rating as of most recent tournament ) rather than Supplemental Ratings. "Playing Up" to higher sections will not be allowed in either the Monthly Swiss nor the Weekly Quads Tournaments.
Chess sets will be provided, but players should bring their own chess clocks.
Pre-registration: All players are encouraged to pre-register on the RCC website at www.rebeccachess.com/OTB. Fees for pre-registering are Current RCC kids: $5 (special rate for promotion, then $10) and non-RCC players: $10. Registration fees cover entire month for the Monthly Swiss Tournament and one week’s tournament to the Weekly Quads Tournament. Players are welcome to join the Monthly Swiss Tournament after the first round has started.
Please note: Pre-registered RCC kids without showing up will lose free registration privilege for future events.
On-site registration: We will allow on-site registration as long as the maximum capacity has not been reached. Fees for on-site registration are Current RCC kids: $5 (special rate for promotion, then $15) and non-RCC players: $15.
Capacity: Rebecca Chess Club Tournaments will be limited to 40 Players. The Monthly Swiss and Weekly Quads Tournaments will be held in separate playing areas. Preference will be given to players that pre-registered if the capacity is reached.
Prizes: Monthly Swiss: A medal or trophy will be awarded for every 4 players that register. Weekly Quads: Gold medal or trophy for first place in each section. We will have a medal/prize ceremony immediately after the completion of the last round of each section.
Eligibility: Rebecca Chess Club Quads are open to chess players of any age. Quads are great for beginner and advanced players because you will play players within narrow rating sections. Also, in the quads sections, once both games are complete, the pairings are known ahead of time, so you can continue immediately, which speeds up the tournament length in most cases.
Goal: Even though there are prizes involved, our goal is to provide an opportunity for chess players to play against similar level players in a safe, fun, and quiet environment.
Notation: All players are encouraged to notate their games. Please bring scoresheets to write down your moves. Exceptions to this rule may be approved by the Tournament Director on a case by case basis. Score books will be available for purchase.
Results: Once the tournament is completed, the cross table of results will be submitted to USCF. RCC will also keep an internal record of the results on the RCC website.
Questions: For any questions about the chess format please e-mail Tournament Director Doug Goldberg at email@example.com.
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