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21st William M. Byland Memorial

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The Pittsburgh Chess Club is proud to host our 21st William M. Byland Memorial. This is 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 Rounds: Tuesdays, 6:30PM EST, June 22, 2021 – July 27, 2021.

  • Round 1: 6:30PM EST, June 22nd, 2021
  • Round 2: 6:30PM EST, June 29th, 2021
  • Round 3: 6:30PM EST, July 6th, 2021
  • Round 4: 6:30PM EST, July 13th, 2021
  • Round 5: 6:30PM EST, July 20th, 2021
  • Round 6: 6:30PM EST, July 27th, 2021

Location: The Pittsburgh Chess Club (new space announced soon).


Tournament Format

Format: 6 Round Swiss System, one game every Tuesday

Time Control: Game/120; delay 5 (Time limit is 120 minutes per player with a 5 second delay per move).

Sections:

  • Open: Open to all current US Chess members

Pairings:

  • Pairings will be based on the June 2021 US Chess rating supplement (see Ratings below). The highest rating will be used for pairing purposes.
  • Normally, pairings will be made by Monday noon and will be posted online (pairings page) and on a printed sheet affixed to the wall in the club.
  • All pairings are tentative. Posted pairings will become official (aka. final) at 4:30pm every Tuesday. All players who have not withdrawn or requested a BYE prior to the start of each round will be paired and expected to play in each rounds regardless of their results.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. Please see Commitment to play all rounds, below.

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 June 1, 2021 will apply as listed below in order of priority:

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

Any player who does not have any of the USCF ratings listed above will be entered as an unrated player.


Prize Fund

$750 prize fund based on 24 players:

  • 1st place – $200, 2nd place – $150, Top Under 2000 – $125, Top Under 1800 – $100, Top Under 1600 – $75, Top Under 1400 – $50, Top Under 1200 – $50.
  • Largest upset win (if at least 200 points) gets free entry to any future 2021 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) or the check will be sent to their physical mailing address.
  • 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 the end of July 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

  • Byes are available for players in any round in case they can’t participate but would like to stay in the tournament.
  • A request for up to two half-point byes will be accepted under the following conditions:
    • All byes are irrevocable
    • 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.
    • Byes for rounds 4, 5 and 6 must be requested before the start of round 3.
    • Bye requests must be made by noon on Monday for the following Tuesday night round. Bye requests after this deadline will be considered 0 point byes.

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

  • Registration starts on June 2nd (EDT)
  • Advance entry is recommended 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 June 20th, $55 after June 20th
  • Administrative Fee: $10 for all cancellations & refunds. Refund checks will be sent through the mail and must be requested before the start of Round 1.
  • Online registration: closes when Round 2 is officially paired @ 4:30 PM, Tuesday, June 29th.
  • Late registrants who register after 6:15 PM, Tuesday, June 22nd may have to take a half point bye in Round 1
  • On-site registration will be available:
    • Tuesday, June 22nd, 5:15PM – 6:15PM
  • Commitment to play all rounds: All players who have not withdrawn or requested a BYE prior to the start of each round will be paired and expected to play in each rounds 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
  • Players must agree to our COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgement and Release

COVID

Pittsburgh Chess Club has designed the 21st William M. Byland Memorial to be compliant with current covid-related requirements. Based on guidance from PA Department of Health FAQ, 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 asking players to use this before starting each round.
  • We will also be providing latex gloves to anyone who wants them

Prize Winners

  Winner Name Award Amount
  Zachary Thompson (5.0/2045) 1st Place $200
  Franklin Chen (4.5/2105) 2nd Place $150
  James Xiao (4.0/1750) U2000 & U1800 (TIE) $112.50
  Daniel King (4.0/1744) U2000 & U1800 (TIE) $112.50
  Steven John O’Connor (3.5/1452) U1600 (TIE) $37.50
  Yisrael Isaacson (3.5/1517) U1600 (TIE) $37.50
  Bryant Sims U1200 $50
  Michael Bashur Jr. Upset Win Free Tournament Entry


Standings

SwissSys Wall Chart. 21st William M. Byland Memorial: Open

# Name/Rating/ID Handle/City Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6
1 Kevin Carl   B 12 W 7 B 4 B 5 —- —-
  2240p 12723084   1.0 2.0 2.5 3.5 U3.5 U3.5
2 Franklin Chen   W 13 B 8 W 3 W 4 B 9 B 5
  2105p 12226800   1.0 2.0 2.0 2.5 3.5 4.5
3 Zachary Thompson   B 14 W 9 B 2 bye W 5 W 8
  2045p 12687109 (1966)   1.0 2.0 3.0 3.5 4.0 5.0
4 Edward Dean   W 15 B 11 W 1 B 2 bye bye
  2036p 12670976   1.0 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0
5 Kurt Wallnau   B 16 W 22 B 23 W 1 B 3 W 2
  1984p 10160227   1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.5 3.5
6 Mark Jeromin   bye B 24 bye W 9 B 17 W 7
  1773p 12809603   0.5 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.5 3.5
7 James Xiao   W 19 B 1 W 13 B 11 W 21 B 6
  1750p 16913292   1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 4.0
8 Daniel King   B 20 W 2 B 16 W 12 W 11 B 3
  1744p 15748930   1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.0
9 Taylor Coles   W 21 B 3 W 15 B 6 W 2 B 11
  1702p 13495091   1.0 1.0 2.0 2.5 2.5 3.5
10 David Zheng   B 22 W 16 W 24 bye B 19 —-
  1689p 30179736   0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 U1.0
11 James Carr   W 25 W 4 B 22 W 7 B 8 W 9
  1649p 16121290   1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
12 Finn Overlie   W 1 B 19 W 21 B 8 W 22 B 16
  1632p 13157316 (1400)   0.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 3.0
13 Yisrael Isaacson   B 2 W 20 B 7 W 23 bye W 19
  1517p 10105404 (1580)   0.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.5 3.5
14 Steven John O’Connor   W 3 B 21 W 20 B 19 B 23 W 24
  1452p 10141770 (1485)   0.0 0.0 1.0 1.5 2.5 3.5
15 Nathan Hausler   B 4 W 25 B 9 W 22 B 16 bye
  1320p 16798426   0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0
16 Daniel Kolich   W 5 B 10 W 8 B 21 W 15 W 12
  1282p 12244160   0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
17 Bryant Sims   bye bye W 18 B 24 W 6 B 22
  1277p 12606500   0.5 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
18 Jeff Flohr   bye W 23 B 17 – 25 W 24 B 21
  1177p 13487325   0.5 0.5 0.5 X1.5 1.5 1.5
19 Michael Bashur Jr   B 7 W 12 B 25 W 14 W 10 B 13
  1034p 12529353   0.0 0.0 1.0 1.5 2.5 2.5
20 Gary Albert   W 8 B 13 B 14 bye bye W 23
  722p 30175399   0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.0
21 Daniel Deas   B 9 W 14 B 12 W 16 B 7 W 18
  unr.p 30209004   0.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0
22 Travis McKenna   W 10 B 5 W 11 B 15 B 12 W 17
  unr.p 30208051   1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0
23 Andrew Fitzpatrick   bye B 18 W 5 B 13 W 14 B 20
  unr.p 30203817   0.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 2.5
24 Austin Allshouse   bye W 6 B 10 W 17 B 18 B 14
  unr.p 30200358   0.5 0.5 1.5 1.5 2.5 2.5
25 Jacob Homanics   B 11 B 15 W 19 – 18 —- —-
  unr.p 30212039   0.0 0.0 0.0 F0.0 U0.0 U0.0


Entrees

Registered Entries (last update 6/29/2021 6:30PM):

Name USCF ID Rating
Kevin Carl 12723084 2240
Franklin Chen 12226800 2105
ZACHARY THOMPSON 12687109 2045
Edward Dean 12670976 2036
Kurt Wallnau 10160227 1984
Mark Jeromin 12809603 1773
James Xiao 16913292 1750
Daniel King 15748930 1744
Taylor Coles 13495091 1702
David Zheng 30179736 Unrated/1689(P9)
James Carr 16121290 1649
Finn Erik Overlie 13157316 1632
Yisrael Isaacson 10105404 1517
Steve O’Connor 10141770 1452
Nathan Hausler 16798426 1320
Daniel Kolich 12244160 1282
Bryant Sims 12606500 1277
Jeff Flohr 13487325* 1177
Michael Bashur Jr 12529353 1034
Gary Albert 30175399 Unrated/722(P5)
Travis McKenna 30208051 Unrated
Daniel Deas 30209004 Unrated
Andrew Fitzpatrick 30203817 Unrated
Jacob Homanics * Unrated
Austin Allshouse 30200358 Unrated

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