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41st Abel Bomberault Memorial

December 11, 2021 @ 8:00 am 6:00 pm EST

The Pittsburgh Chess Club is proud to host our 41st Abel Bomberault Memorial tournament. This tournament will be USCF rated and in person / over the board.

Schedule | Format | Prizes | Eligibility | Byes | Rules | Fair Play | Contact | Registration | COVID

Registered Players | Prize Winners | Standings

Schedule and Location

Tournament Schedule: Round times are in Eastern Daylight Time.

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021
    • Championship Section, G/45 d5, 9am | 10:45am | 2pm | 3:30pm
    • Reserve Section, G/45 d5, 9am | 10:45am | 2pm | 3:30pm
    • Novice Section, G/45 d5, 9am | 10:45am | 2pm | 3:30pm

Location: The Pittsburgh Chess Club

Tournament Format

Format: 4-round Swiss System, in three sections

Time Control: Game/45 delay 5 (Each player starts with 45 minutes on their clock with 5 second delay before subtracting time)

Sections: There will be three sections

  • Championship: Open
  • Reserve: open to rated players under 1800
  • Novice: open to players rated under 1000 or unrated


  • Pairings will be based on the December 2021 US Chess rating supplement (see Ratings below). The highest rating will be used for pairing purposes.

Ratings: All players must be current USCF members to play in this tournament. Players can purchase or renew USCF memberships in conjunction with entering the tournament. To see membership options, details and dues or to purchase or renew memberships directly online, click here: https://new.uschess.org/become-member. Membership dues are non-refundable even if the tournament is cancelled or the player withdraws. All games will be USCF-rated. Official USCF ratings as of December 1, 2021 will apply as listed below in order of priority:

  • USCF Regular
  • USCF Quick
  • USCF Online-Regular
  • USCF Online-Quick

Pittsburgh Chess Club reserves the right to assign any player to a higher-rated section based on the player’s rating history. Any player who does not have any of the USCF ratings listed above will be entered as an unrated player.


  • Prize Plaques:
    • Championship: 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, Top U2200, Top U2000
    • Reserve: 1st place, 2nd place, Top U1600, Top U1400, Top U1200
    • Novice: Top U1000, Top Unrated
  • Largest upset win (if at least 200 points) in all sections gets free entry to any future 2021-2022 PCC tournament! (up to $50)


  • Players must be current US Chess Federation members.
    • Expiration date of membership must be later than the last day of the tournament (ie. through December 2021).
    • Not sure of the status of your US Chess membership? Visit: new.uschess.org/player-search
    • You can become a US Chess member (or renew your membership) here: new.uschess.org/join-us-chess
  • Players do not need to be Pittsburgh Chess Club members, but there is a discount on entry fees


  • Byes are available for players in any round in case they can’t participate but would like to stay in the tournament.
  • A maximum of one ½-point bye will be accepted under the following conditions:
    • Round 1 BYE must be requested 15 minutes prior to the round start time.
    • Rounds 2-4 BYEs must be requested before the start of Round 2.
    • Rounds 3-4 BYEs are irrevocable to prevent prize fund manipulations.
    • A player may cancel an irrevocable half-point bye under the condition that if the player wins, the result will be treated as a draw for prize purposes.

Tournament rules

  • Standard US Chess rules apply

Fair Play

  • Use of computer chess engines, databases, chess books, magazines, written notes and any other form of external assistance while playing is strictly prohibited. Assistance from other players is also prohibited and will result in disqualification.
  • The electronic score keeping devices, ChessNoteR and eNotate, cannot be used at this tournament


Please email [email protected] if you have any questions. Or call (412) 421-1881.


  • Advance entry is encouraged to be assured of a place in any section
  • PCC Member Entry Fee: $40. Discounts for members who are Passed Pawn and Bishop Pair rewards status will be honored.
  • Non-PCC Member Entry Fee: $50 until December 9th, $55 after December 9th
  • Online advance registration closes at 8AM, Saturday, December 11th
  • On-site registration will be available starting at 8am
  • Late Entry: ​Late registrants arriving after 8:45am may have to take a Round 1 BYE
  • Commitment to play paired rounds: All players who have not withdrawn or requested a BYE prior to the start of each round pairing will be paired and expected to play in that round -regardless of their results. A player will be forfeited if he or she does not arrive at his or her assigned board to play a scheduled game before the expiration of the default time, which is the lesser of the time control or 60 minutes. Once a forfeit occurs, the player is automatically withdrawn from the event, unless they pay the appropriate forfeit penalty fee.
  • Forfeit penalty fee: $10
  • Administrative Fee: $10 for all cancellations & refunds. Refund checks will be sent through mail.
  • Players must agree to our COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgement and Release



Pittsburgh Chess Club has designed the 41st Abel Bomberault Memorial to be compliant with current covid-related requirements. Based on guidance from the PA Department of Health and the CDC, we have listed the requirements most pertinent to this tournament:

  • If any player shows symptoms of sickness or fever, their tournament entry will cancelled and fully refunded
  • We will be providing hand sanitizer and and latex gloves to any player who wants them


SwissSys Standings. 41st Abel Bomberault Memorial: Championship

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total T-Med T-Solkoff T-Cumul. Prize
1 Athanasi Terzakis 17074872 1978p W5 W2 W3 W6 4.0 6 6 10 1st Place Plaque
2 Douglas C Deptola 12724835 1477 W6 L1 W5 D3 2.5 7.5 7.5 6.5 3rd Place Plaque
3 Peyton M Legg 16982170 1186 B— W4 L1 D2 2.5 8.5 8.5 6.5 2nd Place Plaque
4 Alexander Spitzer 30276454 1670p H— L3 W6 D5 2.0 1.5 3.5 4 Top U2200 Plaque
5 Kenny Drombosky 30180768 1938 L1 W6 L2 D4 1.5 4.5 8.5 3.5 Top U2000 Plaque
6 Daniel Hodgson 30308543 1232 L2 L5 L4 L1 0.0 6 10 0 Top U1600 Plaque

SwissSys Standings. 41st Abel Bomberault Memorial: Novice

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total T-Med T-Solkoff T-Cumul. Prize
1 Justin D Glover 30097657 844p W2 W5 W4 W3 4.0 6 7 10 Top U1000 Plaque
2 Joshua Arabia 30384476 unr. L1 W3 W5 W5 3.0 6.5 7.5 6 Top Unrated Plaque
3 Pushkal Solanki 30179533 725 W4 L2 B— L1 2.0 4.5 8.5 5 3rd Place Medal
4 William K Murtha 30318852 unr. L3 W6 L1 B— 2.0 2.5 6.5 3 3rd Place Medal
5 Brad Taylor 15271070 unr. W6 L1 L2 L2 1.0 7 11 4 4th Place Medal
6 Pratyush Sharma 30389997 unr. L5 L4 U— U— 0.0 1 2.5 0  

SwissSys Standings. 41st Abel Bomberault Memorial: EXTRA GAMES I

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Total
1 Mark Jeromin 12809603 1679 D2 0.5
2 Peyton M Legg 16982170 1186 D1 0.5

SwissSys Standings. 41st Abel Bomberault Memorial: EXTRA GAMES II

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Total
1 Mark Jeromin 12809603 1679 W2 1.0
2 William K Murtha 30318852 unr. L1 0.0

SwissSys Standings. 41st Abel Bomberault Memorial: EXTRA GAMES III

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Total
1 Mark Jeromin 12809603 1679 W2 1.0
2 Pushkal Solanki 30179533 725 L1 0.0

SwissSys Standings. 41st Abel Bomberault Memorial: EXTRA GAMES IV

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Total
1 Mark Jeromin 12809603 1679 W2 1.0
2 William K Murtha 30318852 unr. L1 0.0


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