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Recurring Event Event Series: 23rd Fred Sorensen Memorial

23rd Fred Sorensen Memorial

The Pittsburgh Chess Club is proud to host our 23rd Fred Sorenson Memorial. This tournament will be USCF rated and in person / over the board.

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

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Schedule and Location

Tournament Rounds: Tuesdays, 6:30PM EST, October 26, 2021 – November 30, 2021.

  • Round 1: 6:30PM EST, October 26th, 2021
  • Round 2: 6:30PM EST, November 2nd, 2021
  • Round 3: 6:30PM EST, November 9th, 2021
  • Round 4: 6:30PM EST, November 16th, 2021
  • Round 5: 6:30PM EST, November 23rd, 2021
  • Round 6: 6:30PM EST, November 30th, 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).


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


  • Pairings for round 1 will be based on the October 2021 US Chess rating supplement, while pairings for rounds 2-6 will be based on the November 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 All players who have not withdrawn or requested a BYE prior to the start of each round will be paired and expected to play in each rounds regardless of their results.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.


$1000 prize fund based on 32 players:

  • 1st place – $225, 2nd place – $175, Top U2000 – $150, Top Under 1800 – $125, Top Under 1600 – $100, Top Under 1400 – $75, Top Under 1200 – $75, Top Under 1000 – $75
  • Largest upset win (if at least 200 points) gets free entry to any future 2021-2022 PCC tournament! (up to $50)
  • 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.



  • 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


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


  • 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 until October 24th, $55 after October 24th
  • 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, November 9th.
  • Late registrants who register after 6:15 PM, Tuesday, October 26th may have to take a half point bye in Round 1. Players who register after 6:15 PM, Tuesday, November 2nd may have to take two half-point byes for rounds 1 & 2.
  • On-site registration will be available:
    • Tuesday, October 26th, 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


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



# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total Prize
1 Edward T Dean   12670976 2096p H— W17 W12 D8 W11 W3 5.0 $196.88 – 1st Place
2 Eric Lindauer   12628896 1946p W18 L8 W14 H— W5 W6 4.5 $153.13 – 2nd Place
3 Zachary Thompson   12687109 2053p H— W9 H— W6 W8 L1 4.0  
4 Mark Jeromin   12809603 1679p W23 H— H— U— W22 W14 4.0 $120.31 – Top U2000
5 Matthew M Madeya   30161934 1240p L21 W24 W10 W15 L2 W13 4.0 $120.31 – Top U1800
6 Alexander Spitzer   30276454 1670p W27 W22 H— L3 W20 L2 3.5  
7 Glenn H Brown   12292250 1606p D9 D16 H— F20 W19 W20 3.5  
8 John Vuillemot   17095890 1589p W24 W2 W13 D1 L3 U— 3.5 $87.50 – Top U1600
9 Ben Pollack   13003458 unr.p D7 L3 W28 L14 W17 W16 3.5  
10 Nicho Athanassiou   30188114 1775p L22 W28 L5 W24 L16 W25 3.0  
11 James Ze Carr   16121290 1755p D16 H— W19 W18 L1 U— 3.0  
12 Keith Robben   16209395 1704p W19 D14 L1 W17 H— U— 3.0  
13 Kenneth Harper   12453505 1678p W20 W15 L8 H— D14 L5 3.0  
14 James Roy Provins   10140501 1505p W26 D12 L2 W9 D13 L4 3.0  
15 Vincent Lamperski   12890086 1484p W25 L13 W22 L5 U— W24 3.0  
16 Daniel Kolich   12244160 1234p D11 D7 L18 W27 W10 L9 3.0 $65.63 – Top U1400
17 Yisrael Isaacson   10105404 1500p H— L1 W23 L12 L9 W26 2.5  
18 Steven J O’Connor   10141770 1400p L2 W27 W16 L11 H— U— 2.5  
19 Tyler Petit   16784206 1223p L12 W25 L11 H— L7 W22 2.5  
20 Sam E Kinkus   12491690 877p L13 H— W26 X7 L6 L7 2.5 $65.63 – Top U1200
21 Stephen A Boak   10146828 1773p W5 H— H— U— U— U— 2.0  
22 Avi Teitelbaum   30235842 1270p W10 L6 L15 W23 L4 L19 2.0 Upset Prize
23 Bryant Sims   12606500 1218p L4 X29 L17 L22 L24 W27 2.0  
24 Daniel Hodgson   30308543 unr.p L8 L5 W25 L10 W23 L15 2.0  
25 William K Murtha   30318852 unr.p L15 L19 L24 W26 W27 L10 2.0  
26 Miles Vince McCoy   30309573 unr.p L14 H— L20 L25 B— L17 1.5  
27 John Andrew Kopay   14708775 423p L6 L18 B— L16 L25 L23 1.0 $65.63 – Top U1000
28 Gerald Jeff Flohr   13487325 1086p H— L10 L9 U— U— U— 0.5  
29 Dummy Id   25000000 unr.p U— F23 U— U— U— U— 0.0  



Registered Entries (last update 10/26/2021 11PM):

Name USCF ID Rating Byes
Ed Dean 12670976 2096 Rnd 1
Zachary Thompson 12687109 2053 Rnds 1,3
Eric Lindauer 12628896 1946 Rnd 4
Nicho Athanassiou 30188114 1775p None requested
Stephen Boak 10146828 1773 None requested
James Carr 16121290 1755 None requested
Keith Robben 16209395 1704p Rnd 5
Mark Jeromin 12809603 1679 Rnds 2,3
Kenneth Harper 12453505 1678 None requested
Alexander Spitzer 30276454 1670p Round 3
Glenn Brown 12292250 1606 None requested
John Vuillemot 17095890 1589 None requested
Roy Provins 10140501 1505 None requested
Vince Lamperski 12890086 1484 None requested
Steven O’Connor 10141770 1400 Rnd 5
Avi Teitelbaum 30235842 1270p None requested
Matthew Madeya 30161934 1240p21 None requested
Daniel Kolich 12244160 1234 None requested
Tyler Petit 16784206 1223p None requested
Bryant Sims 12606500 1218 None requested
Sam Kinkus 12491690 877p14 None requested
Sam Kinkus 12491690 423 None requested
Daniel Hodgson 30308543 Unr None requested
Miles McCoy 30309573 Unr Round 2
William Murtha 30318852 Unr None requested
Benjamin Pollack 13003458 Unr None requested

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