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82nd Pittsburgh Chess Club Championship

June 21, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm


The Pittsburgh Chess Club is proud to host our 82nd Club Championship. This tournament will be USCF rated and in person / over the board.

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[fusion_menu_anchor name=”Schedule” class=””][/fusion_menu_anchor]Schedule and Location

Tournament Rounds: Tuesdays, 6:30PM EST, May 24, 2022 – June 28, 2022.

  • Round 1: 6:30PM EST, May 24th, 2022
  • Round 2: 6:30PM EST, May 31st, 2022
  • Round 3: 6:30PM EST, June 7th, 2022
  • Round 4: 6:30PM EST, June 14th, 2022
  • Round 5: 6:30PM EST, June 21st, 2022
  • Round 6: 6:30PM EST, June 28th, 2022

Location: The Pittsburgh Chess Club.

[fusion_menu_anchor name=”Format” class=””][/fusion_menu_anchor]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).

  • Open: Open to all Pittsburgh Chess Club Members with active US Chess membership


  • Pairings will be based on the May 2022 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 All players who have not withdrawn or requested a BYE prior to the start of each round will be paired and expected to play in each rounds regardless of their results.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.

[fusion_menu_anchor name=”Prizes” class=””][/fusion_menu_anchor]Prizes

  • 1 year PCC Membership extension, Championship Plaque & Title of 2022 PCC Champion.
  • Largest upset win (if at least 200 points) gets free entry to any future 2022-2023 PCC tournament! (up to $50)

[fusion_menu_anchor name=”Eligibility” class=””][/fusion_menu_anchor]Eligibility

[fusion_menu_anchor name=”Byes” class=””][/fusion_menu_anchor]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.

[fusion_menu_anchor name=”Rules” class=””][/fusion_menu_anchor]Tournament rules

  • Standard US Chess rules apply.

[fusion_menu_anchor name=”Fair Play” class=””][/fusion_menu_anchor]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

[fusion_menu_anchor name=”Contact” class=””][/fusion_menu_anchor]Contact

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions. Or call (412) 421-1881.

[fusion_menu_anchor name=”Registration” class=””][/fusion_menu_anchor]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, June 7th.
  • Late registrants who register after 6:15 PM, Tuesday, May 24th may have to take a half point bye in Round 1. Players who register after 6:15 PM, Tuesday, May 31st may have to take two half-point byes for rounds 1 & 2.
  • On-site registration will be available:
    • Tuesday, May 24th, 5:15PM – 6:15PM
    • Tuesday, May 31st, 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

[fusion_menu_anchor name=”COVID” class=””][/fusion_menu_anchor]COVID

Pittsburgh Chess Club has designed the 82nd Pittsburgh Chess Club Championship 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

[fusion_menu_anchor name=”Entries” class=””][/fusion_menu_anchor]Advance Entries


[fusion_menu_anchor name=”Winners” class=””][/fusion_menu_anchor]Prize Winners

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Winner Name Award Amount
  2022 PCC Champion
  • 1-year Regular PCC Membership
  • Champion Plaque
  • Name etched on the 82nd plate of the PCC Championship perpetual plaque
  Biggest Upset Free entry to any future 2022-2023 PCC tournament!


[fusion_menu_anchor name=”Standings” class=””][/fusion_menu_anchor]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.


June 21, 2022
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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The Pittsburgh Chess Club
5869 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
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