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17th William J. Browne Memorial

October 9, 2021 @ 9:00 am 5:30 pm EDT

The Pittsburgh Chess Club is proud to host our 17th William J. Browne 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, October 9, 2021
    • Open Section, G/60 d5, 10am | 1pm | 3:30pm

Location: The Pittsburgh Chess Club


Tournament Format

Format: Quadrangular (aka. Quads), a 4-player single Round Robin chess tournament. Each player plays one or more games against the other three players.

Time Control: Game/60 delay 5 (Each player starts with 60 minutes on their clock with 5 second delay before subtracting time)

Sections: There will be one Open section. Within the Open section there will be as many quads as possible, formed from players entered. Quads will be defined and paired in accordance with USCF Rule 30G. All entered players in the Open section will be listed in order by rating, highest to lowest. Working from the top of the list down, each group of four players will be designated as a quad. Within each quad, the four players will be assigned pairing numbers 1 through 4 in order by rating from highest to lowest. If a group of 5, 6 or 7 players is left over after defining all other quads for a section, that group will be paired as a three-round Swiss. If fewer than 4 players enter any section, that section will be eliminated, and affected players will have a choice of playing in a different section or having their entry fee refunded. Pairings: Pairings for each quad will be as follows: round 1: 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3; round 2: 3 vs 1, 4 vs 2; round 3: 1 vs 2, 3 vs 4. For round 3 only, colors will be assigned randomly in each pairing (by a coin toss or hidden pawn choice), except that in the event of a forfeit or withdrawal, colors should be assigned so as to maximize color equalization. 

Pairings:

  • Pairings will be based on the October 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 October 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.


Prizes

  • There will be one prize in each quad, for the highest score, equal to $80; if the highest score is 3-0, then the prize will be $100. In any group of 5, 6 or 7 players, a 2nd place $40 prize will be added. Prizes will be split between tied players.
  • Largest upset win (if at least 200 points) in all sections gets free entry to any future 2021-2022 PCC tournament! (up to $50)
  • Prizes will paid on-site by check. If a prize is not collected, it will be transferred to winner’s designated PayPal account (if provided in registration) or the check will be sent to their physical mailing address, as indicated in their registration.
  • Please allow 3-4 business days for transferring prize funds via PayPal.
  • Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing mailed prize checks.
  • Per IRS rules anyone with a cumulative $600+ prizes in any calendar year will need to fill out a W9 and The Pittsburgh Chess Club will be providing a 1099 form.

Eligibility

  • Players must be current US Chess Federation members.
    • Expiration date of membership must be later than the last day of the tournament (ie. through October 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

  • No half-point byes allowed –please plan to play all three rounds.


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


Contact

Please email director@pittsburghchess.club if you have any questions. Or call (412) 421-1881.


Registration

  • 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 October 7th, $55 after October 7th
  • Online advance registration closes at 9AM, Saturday, October 9th
  • On-site registration will be available 9am-9:45AM
  • Commitment to play paired rounds: All players who have not withdrawn 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 and they will be charged a 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

 


COVID

Pittsburgh Chess Club has designed the 17th William J. Browne 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 latex gloves to anyone who wants them

Prize Winners

  Winner Name Award Amount
  Ethan Gu 1st Place (3-0 Score) – Quad #1 $100
Keith Robben 1st Place (3-0 Score) – Quad #2 $100
Avi Teitelbaum 1st Place – Quad #3 $80
Justin Glover Biggest Upset Win Free entry to any 2021-2022 PCC Tournament


Standings

SwissSys Standings. 17th William J Browne Memorial

QUAD #1

# Place Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize
1 1 ETHAN GU 15207512 2193 W3 W4 W2 3.0 100.00/1st Place, 3-0 Score
2 2 EDWARD T DEAN 12670976 2100 D4 W3 L1 1.5  
3 3 SAM TIMMONS 12915604 1820 L1 L2 W4 1.0  
4 4 JOHN ERIC HANSON 12326830 1814 D2 L1 L3 0.5  

QUAD #2

# Place Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize
1 1 KEITH CAME ROBBEN 16209395 1518 W3 W4 W2 3.0 100.00/1st Place, 3-0 Score
2 2 JAMES ZE CARR 16121290 1790 W4 W3 L1 2.0  
3 3 JOSEPH BELLO SR. 12304710 1719 L1 L2 W4 1.0  
4 4 JUSTIN D GLOVER 30097657 729 L2 L1 L3 0.0  

QUAD #3

# Place Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize
1 1 AVI TEITELBAUM 30235842 1015 W4 D2 D3 2.0 80.00/1st Place
2 2-3 BRYANT SIMS 12606500 1251 L3 D1 W4 1.5  
3   KELBY CAPLINGER 30292639 unr. W2 L4 D1 1.5  
4 4 PETER M HAMDER 12909847 1319 L1 W3 L2 1.0  

EXTRA GAMES I

# Place Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Tot Prize
1 1 JUSTIN D GLOVER 30097657 729 W2 1.0  
2 2 MARK JEROMIN 12809603 1735 L1 0.0  

Entries

Registered Entries (last update 10/9/2021 10AM):

Name USCF ID Rating
Ethan Gu 15207512 2193
Ed Dean 12670976 2079
John Hanson 12326830 1814
Samuel Timmons 12915604 1820
James Carr 16121290 1790
Joseph Bello Sr. 12304710 1719
Keith Robben 16209395 1518p16
David Zheng (withdrawn) 30179736 1500
Peter Hamder 12909847 1319
Bryant Sims 12606500 1251
Avi Teitelbaum 30235842 1015
Neelansh Samanta (withdrawn) 16643387 1353
Justin Glover 30097657 729
Kelby Caplinger 30292639 Unr.

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