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50th Fred Thompson Memorial

July 31, 2021 @ 8:00 am 6:00 pm EDT

The Pittsburgh Chess Club is proud to host our 50th Fred Thompson Memorial tournament. This tournament will be USCF rated and in person / over the board. Please note there is limited space — enter early!

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, July 31, 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
    • Awards Ceremony shortly after the final game.

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

Pairings:

  • Pairings will be based on the July 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 July 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

  • 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)

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 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


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 July 29th, $55 after July 29th
  • Online advance registration closes at 8AM, Saturday, July 31st
  • 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

 


COVID

Pittsburgh Chess Club has designed the 50th Fred Thompson 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

Prize Winners

  Winner Name Award Amount
  Ed Dean 1st Place – Championship Plaque
  Kurt Wallnau 2nd Place – Championship Plaque
  Jason Liu 3rd Place – Championship Plaque
  Franklin Chen Top U2200 Plaque
  Chloe Wang Top U2000 Plaque
  Keith Robben 1st Place – Reserve Plaque
  Neelansh Samanta 2nd Place – Reserve Plaque
  Lydia Tang Top U1600 Plaque
  Dan Kolich Top U1400 Plaque
  Vijay Viswanathan Top U1200 Plaque
  Hari Viswanathan Top U1000 Plaque
  Avi Teitelbaum Top Unrated Plaque


Standings

SwissSys Standings. 50th Fred Thompson Memorial: Championship

# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total T-Med T-Solkoff T-Cumul. Prize
1 EDWARD T DEAN   12670976 2023 W6 W9 D4 W5 3.5 6 7.5 9 1st Place
2 KURT WALLNAU   10160227 1984 W5 D3 D10 W4 3.0 7 8.5 7.5 2nd Place
3 JASON LIU   15113606 1570 B— D2 D9 W10 3.0 6 6 6.5 3rd Place
4 FRANKLIN CHEN   12226800 2105 W7 W10 D1 L2 2.5 8.5 10 8 Top U2200
5 CHLOE HEATHER WANG   15680068 1717 L2 W6 W7 L1 2.0 5 10 5 Top U2000
6 JAMES XIAO   16913292 1750 L1 L5 W8 B— 2.0 3.5 7 2  
7 PETER R CHEKAN   13139771 1830 L4 W11 L5 W9 2.0 3.5 6.5 4  
8 JAMES ZE CARR   16121290 1642 L9 B— L6 W11 2.0 2 3.5 3  
9 SAM TIMMONS   12915604 1837 W8 L1 D3 L7 1.5 6 9.5 5  
10 TIMOTHY CAO   14983233 1839 W11 L4 D2 L3 1.5 5.5 8.5 5  
11 HENRY TANG   15785351 1711 L10 L7 B— L8 1.0 3 5 1  

 

SwissSys Standings. 50th Fred Thompson Memorial: Reserve

# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total T-Med T-Solkoff T-Cumul. Prize
1 KEITH CAMERON ROBBEN   16209395 1388 W7 W6 W4 D2 3.5 6 6.5 9.5 1st Place
2 NEELANSH SAMANTA   16643387 1136 W3 D4 W5 D1 3.0 8 9 8 2nd Place
3 LYDIA TANG   16434195 1393 L2 W5 W6 W4 3.0 5.5 6 6 Top U1600
4 JAMES ROY PROVINS   10140501 1564 W5 D2 L1 L3 1.5 7 10.5 5.5  
5 DANIEL THOMAS KOLICH   12244160 1282 L4 L3 L2 W6 1.0 5 8 1 Top U1400
6 VIJAY VISWANATHAN   13322081 1039 B— L1 L3 L5 1.0 4 7.5 3 Top U1200
7 PATRICK D BARRON   12439290 1070 L1 B— U— U— 1.0 0 3.5 2  
8 DAVID C ZHENG   30179736 1689 U— U— U— U— 0.0 0 0 0  

SwissSys Standings. 50th Fred Thompson Memorial: Novice

# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total T-Med T-Solkoff T-Cumul. Prize
1 HARI VISWANATHAN   16072880 349 W3 W10 W6 D2 3.5 8.5 8.5 9.5 Top U1000
2 TIMOTHY GANGER   13501617 964 W7 W9 W4 D1 3.5 7.5 8.5 9.5  
3 AVI TEITELBAUM   30235842 unr. L1 W8 W10 W7 3.0 5 5 6 Top Unrated
4 ZHENMING YIN   30199467 unr. W8 W6 L2 D5 2.5 8 8.5 7.5  
5 JUSTIN D GLOVER   30097657 unr. L6 W7 W9 D4 2.5 6 7 5.5  
6 ALBERT PIMENOV   17067394 721 W5 L4 L1 W10 2.0 5 8.5 5  
7 ZACH JOESEPH SKALKA   30209847 unr. L2 L5 W8 L3 1.0 6 9.5 2  
8 ERICA ZHAO   17156172 463 L4 L3 L7 B— 1.0 3.5 6.5 0  
9 E TOMLINSON FORT   12524024 unr. W10 L2 L5 U— 1.0 2.5 6 4  
10 JOHN ANDREW A KOPAY   14708775 558 L9 L1 L3 L6 0.0 6.5 10 0  

SwissSys Standings. 50th Fred Thompson Memorial: EXTRA GAMES I

# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Total
1 JASON LIU   15113606 1570 W2 1.0
2 VIJAY VISWANATHAN   13322081 1039 L1 0.0

SwissSys Standings. 50th Fred Thompson Memorial: EXTRA GAMES II

# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Total
1 JAMES ZE CARR   16121290 1642 W2 1.0
2 PATRICK D BARRON   12439290 1070 L1 0.0

SwissSys Standings. 50th Fred Thompson Memorial: EXTRA GAMES III

# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Total
1 MARK JEROMIN   12809603 1773 W2 1.0
2 HENRY TANG   15785351 1711 L1 0.0
 

Entries

Registered Entries (last update 7/31/2021 9AM):

Section Name USCF ID Rating
Championship Franklin Chen 12226800 2105
Championship Edward Dean 12670976 2068
Championship Kurt Wallnau 10160227 1984
Championship Timothy Cao 14983233 1839
Championship Sam Timmons 12915604 1837
Championship Peter Chekan 13139771 1830
Championship James Xiao 16913292 1773
Championship Chloe Wang 15680068 1717
Championship Henry Tang 15785351 1711
Championship James Carr 16121290 1642
Championship Jason Liu 15113606 1570
Reserve  David Zheng withdrawn 30179736 1689P
Reserve Roy Provins 16434195 1493
Reserve Lydia Tang 10140501 1564 Regular / 1627 Quick
Reserve Daniel T Kolich 12244160 1300
Reserve Keith Robben 16209395 1300
Reserve Neelansh Samanta 16643387 1136
Reserve Patrick Barron 12439290 1070
Reserve Vijay Viswanathan 13322081 1039
Novice Timothy Ganger 13501617 964
Novice Albert Pimenov 17067394 721
Novice Zach Skalka 30209847 659
Novice John Andrew Kopay 14708775 558
Novice Erica Zhao 17156172 463
Novice Hari Viswanathan 16072880 349
Novice Justin Glover 30097657 unrated
Novice Avi Teitelbaum 30235842 Unrated
Novice E Tomlinson Fort 12524024 Unrated
Novice Zhenming Yin 30199467 Unrated

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