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27th Wild Card Open

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The Pittsburgh Chess Club is proud to host our 27th Wild Card Open. 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, February 1, 2021 – March 8, 2022.

  • Round 1: 6:30PM EST, February 1st, 2021
  • Round 2: 6:30PM EST, February 8th, 2021
  • Round 3: 6:30PM EST, February 15th, 2021
  • Round 4: 6:30PM EST, February 22nd, 2021
  • Round 5: 6:30PM EST, March 1st, 2021
  • Round 6: 6:30PM EST, March 8th, 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 February 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 All players who have not withdrawn or requested a BYE prior to the start of each round will be paired and expected to play in each rounds regardless of their results.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 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

$850 prize fund based on 32 players –“Poker Hands” prize structure!

Each week, players draw cards from a standard 52-card deck, based on their results. A win gets two cards. A draw gets one card. An upset win or draw of more than 100 points gets one bonus card! At the end of the tournament, each player’s best possible five-card hand is determined from the cards they have accumulated. The first place prize goes to the player with the best score using standard tournament scoring.The next five prizes go to the players with the best poker hands! Standard hand rankings apply, except that five-of-a-kind is the best possible hand.

  • 1st place – $225, 2nd place – $175, 3rd place – $150, 4th place – $125, 5th place – $100, 6th place – $75
  • 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.
  • Note: Players with full-point byes are eligible to draw two cards, and players with half-point byes are eligible to draw one card.

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 March 2022).
    • 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 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.


Online 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.
  • Non-PCC Member Entry Fee: $50 online entries, $55 on-site entries
  • 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, February 15th.
  • Late registrants who register after 6:15 PM, Tuesday, February 1st may have to take a half point bye in Round 1. Players who register after 6:15 PM, Tuesday, February 8th may have to take two half-point byes for rounds 1 & 2.
  • On-site registration will be available:
    • Tuesday, February 1st, 5:45PM – 6:15PM
    • Tuesday, February 8th, 5:45PM – 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 27th Wild Card Open 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

Based on a total of 31 paid registrations (out of projected 32), we paid out 96.875% of the projected prize pool.

  Winner Name Award Amount
  Edward Dean 1st Place $217.97
  John Vuillemot 2nd Place $169.53
  Sam Timmons 3rd Place $145.31
  Glenn Brown 4th Place $121.09
  Douglas Deptola 5th Place $96.88
  James Ravenscroft 6th Place $72.66


Standings

Standings and Crosstables are shown in score group/rating order, which is not the same as the tiebreak order. This data is not intended to show the distribution of trophies or prize monies (See Prize Winners above). Data is shown as reported to the USCF by the Tournament Director.

SwissSys Standings. 27th Wild Card Open: Open (Standings (no tiebrk))

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Edward Dean 12670976 2098 W25 D10 W19 W16 W5 W3 5.5
2 Sam Timmons 12915604 1827 W26 W8 L3 W10 W11 D5 4.5
3 Douglas Deptola 12724835 1534 W28 W29 W2 D5 W14 L1 4.5
4 James Provins 10140501 1505 H— L12 W24 W18 W10 W13 4.5
5 John Vuillemot 17095890 1721 W9 W20 X22 D3 L1 D2 4.0
6 Glenn Brown 12292250 1601 L16 W27 W25 L11 W26 W14 4.0
7 Finn Overlie 13157316 1600 L20 W9 W26 L8 W16 W12 4.0
8 James Ravenscroft 14473917 1413 W30 L2 W17 W7 D12 H— 4.0
9 Daniel Hodgson 30308543 1184p L5 L7 W30 W24 W23 W19 4.0
10 Matthew Madeya 30161934 1446 X31 D1 W18 L2 L4 X20 3.5
11 Andrew Hanin 14560250 unr. W23 D19 D13 W6 L2 H— 3.5
12 Nicho Athanassiou 30188114 1775p H— W4 L16 W20 D8 L7 3.0
13 James Ze Carr 16121290 1735 W27 D16 D11 L14 W15 L4 3.0
14 Risheeth Davuluri 30350075 1378p W17 L22 W29 W13 L3 L6 3.0
15 Peyton Legg 16982170 1347 L22 L17 W21 W27 L13 W23 3.0
16 Maliki Mwangi 30350097 1179p W6 D13 W12 L1 L7 D18 3.0
17 Walter Angell 30420923 unr. L14 W15 L8 L23 W27 W26 3.0
18 Kenneth Harper 12453505 1678 H— W24 L10 L4 D20 D16 2.5
19 Alexander Spitzer 30276454 1545p W21 D11 L1 H— H— L9 2.5
20 Parker Miller 30290694 1071p W7 L5 W23 L12 D18 F10 2.5
21 Joshua Arabia 30384476 969p L19 L23 L15 W30 W25 D24 2.5
22 Narkeeran Narasimhan 12761909 1961 W15 W14 F5 U— U— U— 2.0
23 Yisrael Isaacson 10105404 1500 L11 W21 L20 W17 L9 L15 2.0
24 Benjamin Pollack 13003458 1479p H— L18 L4 L9 W29 D21 2.0
25 David Falk 12916426 1358 L1 W28 L6 L26 L21 W29 2.0
26 Daniel Kolich 12244160 1240 L2 W30 L7 W25 L6 L17 2.0
27 Bryant Sims 12606500 1200 L13 L6 W28 L15 L17 L30 1.0
28 Sam Kinkus 12491690 893p L3 L25 L27 U— W30 U— 1.0
29 William Murtha 30318852 746p B— L3 L14 U— L24 L25 1.0
30 Kelby Caplinger 30292639 unr. L8 L26 L9 L21 L28 W27 1.0
31 Caleb Eynon 30401345 unr. F10 U— U— U— U— U— 0.0

SwissSys Wall Chart. 27th Wild Card Open: Open

# Name/Rating/ID Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Edward Dean W 18 B 15 W 10 B 23 B 6 W 11  
  2098 12670976 (1900) 1.0 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.5 5.5 5.5
2 Narkeeran Narasimhan B 19 W 17 – 6 —- —- —-  
  1961 12761909 (1735) 1.0 2.0 F2.0 U2.0 U2.0 U2.0 2.0
3 Sam Timmons W 20 B 16 W 11 B 15 W 28 B 6  
  1827 12915604 (1761) 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.5 4.5
4 Nicho Athanassiou bye W 12 B 23 W 24 B 16 W 9  
  1775p 30188114 0.5 1.5 1.5 2.5 3.0 3.0 3.0
5 James Ze Carr B 21 W 23 B 28 W 17 B 19 W 12  
  1735 16121290 (1627) 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
6 John Vuillemot W 22 B 24 – 2 B 11 W 1 W 3  
  1721 17095890 (1349) 1.0 2.0 X3.0 3.5 3.5 4.0 4.0
7 Kenneth Harper bye B 14 W 15 B 12 W 24 W 23  
  1678 12453505 (1524) 0.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 2.0 2.5 2.5
8 Glenn Brown B 23 W 21 B 18 W 28 B 20 W 17  
  1601 12292250 (1473) 0.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.0
9 Finn Overlie W 24 B 22 W 20 B 16 W 23 B 4  
  1600 13157316 (1400) 0.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.0
10 Alexander Spitzer B 25 W 28 B 1 bye bye W 22  
  1545p 30276454 (1406) 1.0 1.5 1.5 2.0 2.5 2.5 2.5
11 Douglas Deptola W 26 B 27 B 3 W 6 B 17 B 1  
  1534 12724835 ( 992) 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.5 4.5 4.5 4.5
12 James Provins bye B 4 W 14 W 7 B 15 B 5  
  1505 10140501 (1561) 0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.5 4.5
13 Yisrael Isaacson B 28 W 25 B 24 W 31 B 22 W 19  
  1500 10105404 (1580) 0.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
14 Benjamin Pollack bye W 7 B 12 B 22 W 27 B 25  
  1479p 13003458 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.5 2.0 2.0
15 Matthew Madeya – 29 W 1 B 7 W 3 W 12 – 24  
  1446 30161934 (1187) X1.0 1.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 X3.5 3.5
16 James Ravenscroft B 30 W 3 B 31 W 9 W 4 bye  
  1413 14473917 (1309) 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.0
17 Risheeth Davuluri W 31 B 2 W 27 B 5 W 11 B 8  
  1378p 30350075 (1304) 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
18 David Falk B 1 W 26 W 8 B 20 W 25 B 27  
  1358 12916426 (1173) 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
19 Peyton Legg W 2 B 31 W 25 B 21 W 5 B 13  
  1347 16982170 (1053) 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0
20 Daniel Kolich B 3 W 30 B 9 W 18 W 8 B 31  
  1240 12244160 (1257) 0.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
21 Bryant Sims W 5 B 8 B 26 W 19 B 31 B 30  
  1200 12606500 (1109) 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
22 Daniel Hodgson B 6 W 9 B 30 W 14 W 13 B 10  
  1184p 30308543 (1100) 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.0
23 Maliki Mwangi W 8 B 5 W 4 W 1 B 9 B 7  
  1179p 30350097 (1131) 1.0 1.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 3.0 3.0
24 Parker Miller B 9 W 6 W 13 B 4 B 7 – 15  
  1071p 30290694 ( 841) 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.5 F2.5 2.5
25 Joshua Arabia W 10 B 13 B 19 W 30 B 18 W 14  
  969p 30384476 ( 892) 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 2.5 2.5
26 Sam Kinkus B 11 B 18 W 21 —- W 30 —-  
  893p 12491690 0.0 0.0 0.0 U0.0 1.0 U1.0 1.0
27 William Murtha bye W 11 B 17 —- B 14 W 18  
  746p 30318852 ( 725) 1.0 1.0 1.0 U1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
28 Andrew Hanin W 13 B 10 W 5 B 8 B 3 bye  
  unr. 14560250 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.5 3.5
29 Caleb Eynon – 15 —- —- —- —- —-  
  unr. 30401345 F0.0 U0.0 U0.0 U0.0 U0.0 U0.0 0.0
30 Kelby Caplinger W 16 B 20 W 22 B 25 B 26 W 21  
  unr. 30292639 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0
31 Walter Angell B 17 W 19 W 16 B 13 W 21 W 20  
  unr. 30420923 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0


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