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Recurring Event Event Series: Friday Knight Quad Series

Friday Knight Quad Series

November 5, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm EDT

Join us Friday nights for USCF Quick rated, in-person quads tournaments. The 1st place winner(s) from each quad will take home a medal. In addition to medals, players can earn points toward a trophy: 1-point for a loss, 2-points for a draw, and 3-points for a win. In addition, 5-points can be earned if the player delivers any of the checkmates listed below. The player(s) with the most points at the end of the series (ie. December 17th) will take home a 2021 Friday Knight Cup Trophy. (photo coming soon)


Here are the checkmates worth 5-points:

  • Anastasia’s Mate
  • Anderssen’s Mate
  • Arabian Mate
  • Back Rank Mate
  • Balestra Mate
  • Blackburne’s Mate
  • Blind Swine Mate
  • Boden’s Mate
  • Corner Mate
  • Corridor Mate
  • Diagonal Corridor Mate
  • Cozio’s Mate (Dovetail Mate)
  • Damiano’s Mate
  • David and Goliath Mate
  • Epaulette Mate
  • Fool’s Mate
  • Greco’s Mate
  • H-file Mate
  • Hook Mate
  • Kill Box Mate
  • Lawnmower Mate
  • Légal’s Mate
  • Lolli’s Mate
  • Max Lange’s Mate
  • Mayet’s Mate
  • Morphy’s Mate
  • Opera Mate
  • Pillsbury’s Mate
  • Railroad Mate
  • Reti’s Mate
  • Scholar’s Mate
  • Smothered Mate
  • Suffocation Mate
  • Swallow’s Tail Mate (Gueridon Mate)
  • Triangle Mate
  • Vukovic Mate

Note that in order to claim the 5-point checkmate award, 1) the move must be played on the board (ie. opponent has not resigned), 2) a copy/photo of your scoresheet must be turned in/emailed to the Tournament Director the day of the tournament, 3) the TD must notified of your claim. Make sure you’re not missing out on this award — turn in copies of your games whenever there’s a checkmate and analyze them after to see if you are eligible for a claim. All claims must be received before the end of the series (ie. December 17th).


Tournament Series Schedule:

  • Friday, October 22, 2021
    • Open Section, G/15 d5, 6pm | 6:30pm | 7pm
  • Friday, October 29, 2021
    • Open Section, G/15 d5, 6pm | 6:30pm | 7pm
  • Friday, November 5, 2021
    • Open Section, G/15 d5, 6pm | 6:30pm | 7pm
  • Friday, November 12, 2021
    • Open Section, G/15 d5, 6pm | 6:30pm | 7pm
  • Friday, November 19, 2021
    • Open Section, G/15 d5, 6pm | 6:30pm | 7pm
  • Friday, December 3, 2021
    • Open Section, G/15 d5, 6pm | 6:30pm | 7pm
  • Friday, December 10, 2021
    • Open Section, G/15 d5, 6pm | 6:30pm | 7pm
  • Friday, December 17, 2021
    • Open Section, G/15 d5, 6pm | 6:30pm | 7pm


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/15 delay 5 (Each player starts with 15 minutes on their clock with 5 second delay before subtracting time)


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


All players must be current USCF members to play in this tournament series. 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 from the latest supplement will apply as listed below in order of priority:

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

The 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.


  • There will be medals awarded to the winner(s) in each quad, who have the highest score.



  • 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


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 the tournament.
  • PCC Member Entry Fee: $10
  • On-site registration will be available 5:30PM-6PM each Friday night.
  • All players (including advance entries) must check-in with the Tournament Director during on-site registration. Failure to check-in could risk automatic withdraw from the tournament.
  • 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
  • Players must agree to our COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgement and Release



Pittsburgh Chess Club Quads are designed 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


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