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Thursday Night Quads

April 7 @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm Detroit

Join us for Thursday Night G/15 Quads.

Please note, this tournament will be closed to PCC members only.

Schedule | Format | Prizes | Eligibility | Byes | Rules | Fair Play | Contact | Registration | COVID

Registered Players | Prize Winners | Standings


Schedule and Location

Tournament Rounds: Starting Thursday, 6:30PM EST, April 7, 2022
Location: The Pittsburgh Chess Club, 5869 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA  15217
Capacity: There is a maximum capacity of 32 players. It is recommended to register early.
Parking: There is street parking, parking lots, and a parking garage available.


Tournament Format

Format: 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)

Sections: 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: Pairings will be based on the April 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 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.


Prizes

  • 1st Place Medals per quad.


Eligibility


Byes

  • 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


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 the tournament.
  • PCC Member Entry Fee: $10
  • Non-Member Entry Fee: Please note, this tournament will be closed to members only.
  • Online registration: closes at 6PM, Thursday, April 7th, 2022.
  • On-site registration will be available 6PM-6:20PM, April 7, 2022.
  • 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

 


 

COVID

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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