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81st Pittsburgh Chess Club Championship

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The Pittsburgh Chess Club is proud to host our 81st Club Championship. 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 Rounds: Tuesdays, 6:30PM EST, August 3, 2021 – September 7, 2021.

  • Round 1: 6:30PM EST, August 3rd, 2021
  • Round 2: 6:30PM EST, August 10th, 2021
  • Round 3: 6:30PM EST, August 17th, 2021
  • Round 4: 6:30PM EST, August 24th, 2021
  • Round 5: 6:30PM EST, August 31st, 2021
  • Round 6: 6:30PM EST, September 7th, 2021

Location: The Pittsburgh Chess Club.


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 Pittsburgh Chess Club Members with active US Chess membership

Pairings:

  • Pairings will be based on the August 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 All players who have not withdrawn or requested a BYE prior to the start of each round will be paired and expected to play in each rounds regardless of their results.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 August 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.


Prizes

  • 1 year PCC Membership extension, Championship Plaque & Title of 2021 PCC Champion.
  • Largest upset win (if at least 200 points) gets free entry to any future 2021-2022 PCC tournament! (up to $40)

Eligibility


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 4:30PM on Tuesday prior to the 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

  • 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.
  • 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 3 is officially paired @ 4:30 PM, Tuesday, August 17th.
  • Late registrants who register after 6:15 PM, Tuesday, August 3rd may have to take a half point bye in Round 1. Players who register after 6:15 PM, Tuesday, August 10th may have to take two half-point byes for rounds 1 & 2.
  • On-site registration will be available:
    • Tuesday, August 3rd, 5:15PM – 6:15PM
    • Tuesday, August 10th, 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 81st Pittsburgh Chess Club Chamionship 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 latex gloves to anyone who wants them

Prize Winners

Winner Name Award Amount
Edward Dean 2021 PCC Champion
  • 1-year Regular PCC Membership
  • Champion Plaque
  • Name etched on the 81st plate of the PCC Championship perpetual plaque
Jonah Hertzman Biggest Upset Free entry to any future 2021 PCC tournament!


Standings

# Place Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Tot TB-Med TB-Solkoff TB-Cumul. TB-Op. cumul.
1 1 EDWARD T DEAN 12670976 2042 W22 H— W19 W2 W6 W3 5.5 17 17 18 62.5
2 2 DANIEL KING 15748930 1727 W26 D10 W27 L1 W14 W6 4.5 17.5 19.5 15.5 69
3 3-5 ZACHARY THOMPSON 12687109 2068 D5 W13 H— W9 W10 L1 4.0 19.5 19.5 14.5 68
4   KEITH ROBBEN 16209395 1359 H— W17 L6 W27 H— W14 4.0 11 11 12 40.5
5   JOHN VUILLEMOT 17095890 1336 D3 L8 W17 W19 D9 W16 4.0 17 19.5 12 63.5
6 6-7 KURT WALLNAU 10160227 1978 W23 H— W4 W18 L1 L2 3.5 19.5 19.5 15 66.5
7   FINN OVERLIE 13157316 1635 W16 L9 W23 L14 D13 W22 3.5 14.5 16.5 12 61
8 8-16 MARK JEROMIN 12809603 1774 L13 W5 H— H— W12 U— 3.0 6 10 9.5 32.5
9   TAYLOR COLES 13495091 1702 W28 W7 D18 L3 D5 U— 3.0 11 15 14 51.5
10   JAMES ZE CARR 16121290 1642 W20 D2 H— W13 L3 U— 3.0 9.5 14 13 47
11   GLENN H BROWN 12292250 1614 H— H— U— W22 W23 U— 3.0 2 4 9.5 15.5
12   YISRAEL ISAACSON 10105404 1517 H— L27 W26 W15 L8 H— 3.0 7 10.5 9.5 29.5
13   WILLY CLARK 13125702 1275 W8 L3 W25 L10 D7 H— 3.0 12.5 16.5 11 54.5
14   JONAH AL HERTZMAN 14760412 939 H— H— W21 W7 L2 L4 3.0 9.5 14 11.5 47.5
15   AVI TEITELBAUM   unr. L18 W24 H— L12 D22 W23 3.0 9 12.5 8.5 42
16   MATTHEW MADEYA 30161934 unr. L7 L22 W28 W21 W17 L5 3.0 10 14 9 46
17 17-20 STEPHEN BOAK 10146828 1861 H— L4 L5 W26 L16 W21 2.5 11 15 6.5 45
18   KENNETH HARPER 12453505 1686 W15 W21 D9 L6 U— U— 2.5 8.5 12 13 45.5
19   ADAM COLLIER 15757713 1574 W24 H— L1 L5 W20 U— 2.5 8.5 14 10 40
20   GARY ALBERT 30175399 unr. L10 L23 W24 H— L19 W28 2.5 7 10.5 6 35
21 21-25 STEVEN JOHN O’CONNOR 10141770 1452 W25 L18 L14 L16 W24 L17 2.0 12.5 16 8 49.5
22   DANIEL KOLICH 12244160 1282 L1 W16 H— L11 D15 L7 2.0 13.5 19 7.5 57
23   BRYANT SIMS 12606500 1277 L6 W20 L7 W25 L11 L15 2.0 14.5 18.5 8 56.5
24   NATHAN SUMMERS 30236228 unr. L19 L15 L20 W28 L21 W27 2.0 9.5 12.5 4 40
25   MICHAEL REPCIK 17351866 unr. L21 W28 L13 L23 H— H— 2.0 4 7 5.5 27
26 26-27 DEVIN COLLIER 15757707 1009 L2 H— L12 L17 W28 U— 1.5 5.5 10 4 31.5
27   TRAVIS MCKENNA 30208051 unr. H— W12 L2 L4 U— L24 1.5 9 13.5 7.5 41
28 28 JOHN ANDREW KOPAY 14708775 558 L9 L25 L16 L24 L26 L20 0.0 11.5 15 0 42.5


Entrees

Registered Entries (last update 8/17/2021 2PM):

Name USCF ID Rating
Zachary Thompson 12687109 2068
Ed Dean 12670976 2042
Kurt Wallnau 10160227 1978
Stephen Boak 10146828 1861
Mark Jeromin 12809603 1774
Daniel King 15748930 1727
James Carr 16121290 1714
Taylor Coles 13495091 1702
Kenneth Harper 12453505 1689
Finn Overlie 13157316 1635
Adam Collier 15757713 1574
Yisrael Isaacson 10105404 1517
Steve O’Connor 10141770 1452
Keith Robben 16209395 1359
John Vuillemot 17095890 1336
Daniel Kolich 12244160 1282
Bryant Sims 12606500 1277
Willy Clark 13125702 1275
Devin Collier 15757707 1009
Jonah Hertzman 14760412 939
John Andrew Kopay 14708775 558
Matthew Madeya 30161934 Unrated
Avi Teitelbaum 30235842 Unrated
Gary Albert 30175399 Unrated
Mike Repcik 17351866 Unrated
Nathan Summers 30236228 Unrated
Travis McKenna 30208051 Unrated

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