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March Blitz

March 22 @ 6:30 pm 9:00 pm EDT

Join us for some Blitz!

Schedule | Format | Prizes | Eligibility | Byes | Rules | Fair Play | Contact | Registration | COVID Registered Players | Prize Winners | Standings

Schedule and Location

Tournament Rounds: Starting Tuesday, 6:30PM EST, March 22, 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: 4 double round Swiss System

Time Control: Game/5 delay 0 (Each player starts with 5 minutes on their clock)

Sections: There is one Open section

Pairings: Pairings will be based on the March 2022 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 December 1, 2021 will apply as listed below in order of priority:

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

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.


  • $350 prize fund based on 20 players
    • 1st Place – $90, 2nd Place – $60, Top U2000 – $40, Top U1800 – $40, Top U1600 – $40, Top U1400 – $40, Top U1200 – $40
    • No winner shall receive more than one cash award (Rule 32B1).
    • Unrated Players are ineligible to receive Under-rated prizes.
    • 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-MISC form.



  • No half-point byes allowed –please plan to play all 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 any section
  • PCC Member Entry Fee: $24.
  • Non-PCC Member Entry Fee: $30 Advance, $35 On-Site
  • Online advance registration closes at 5:30PM, Tuesday, March 22nd
  • On-site registration will be available 5:30PM – 6:15PM, Tuesday, March 22nd
  • 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 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


Pittsburgh Chess Club has designed our Blitz Tournaments 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

Prizes. March Blitz 3-22-2022: Open

# Name Cash Non-cash prize Prize credited to pool
6 John Vuillemot (7.5/1721) 90.00   Place: 1 – $90
5 Peter Chekan (7.0/1805) 60.00   Place: 2 – $60
9 Ken Harper (6.0/1551) 40.00   U2000/1 – $40
8 Chloe Wang (5.0/1582) 40.00   U1800/1 – $40
14 Daniel Hodgson (5.0/1184) 40.00   U1600/1 – $40
15 David Falk (4.0/1107) 40.00   U1400/1 – $40
17 Sasha Rozovsky (3.0/862) 20.00   U1200/1 – $40
18 Nikhil Bonthu (3.0/858) 20.00    


SwissSys Standings. March Blitz 3-22-2022: Open (Standings (no tiebrk))

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total
1 John Vuillemot 17095890 1721 W16 W16 W5 D5 W6 W6 W3 W3 7.5
2 Peter Chekan 13139771 1805 W20 W20 L15 W15 W14 W14 W8 W8 7.0
3 Edward Dean 12670976 2098 W19 W19 W11 W11 W7 W7 L1 L1 6.0
4 Ken Harper 12453505 1551 W22 W22 L7 L7 W20 W20 W13 W13 6.0
5 Edgar Luis Colon 30231419 2237 W12 W12 L1 D1 W15 W15 L7 W7 5.5
6 William Layton 10220696 2038 W9 W9 L8 W8 L1 L1 W17 W17 5.0
7 Sam Timmons 12915604 1868 W13 W13 W4 W4 L3 L3 W5 L5 5.0
8 Chloe Wang 15680068 1582 W21 W21 W6 L6 W10 W10 L2 L2 5.0
9 Daniel Hodgson 30308543 1184 L6 L6 L17 W17 W18 W18 W14 W14 5.0
10 Walter Angell 30420923 unr. W14 L14 W19 W19 L8 L8 W15 W15 5.0
11 Nicho Athanassiou 30188114 1640 W17 W17 L3 L3 L13 L13 W19 W19 4.0
12 Kenny Drombosky 30180768 1517 L5 L5 L14 L14 W21 W21 W20 W20 4.0
13 David Falk 12916426 1107 L7 L7 W21 W21 W11 W11 L4 L4 4.0
14 Alexander Spitzer 30276454 1545 L10 W10 W12 W12 L2 L2 L9 L9 3.0
15 Douglas Deptola 12724835 1534 W18 W18 W2 L2 L5 L5 L10 L10 3.0
16 Sasha Rozovsky 30195828 862 L1 L1 L18 W18 L17 L17 W21 W21 3.0
17 Nikhil Bonthu 15976181 858 L11 L11 W9 L9 W16 W16 L6 L6 3.0
18 Oliver Graham 30527595 unr. L15 L15 W16 L16 L9 L9 W22 W22 3.0
19 Bryant Sims 12606500 1200 L3 L3 L10 L10 W22 W22 L11 L11 2.0
20 Joshua Arabia 30384476 944 L2 L2 W22 W22 L4 L4 L12 L12 2.0
21 Siddarth Yerram 30141045 819 L8 L8 L13 L13 L12 L12 L16 L16 0.0
22 Miles McCoy 30309573 503 L4 L4 L20 L20 L19 L19 L18 L18 0.0


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