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83rd Annual Pittsburgh Chess Club Championship

March 21 @ 6:30 pm 9:30 pm EDT

The Pittsburgh Chess Club is proud to host our 83rd Club Championship.


Schedule and Location

Tournament Rounds: Tuesdays, 6:30PM EST, March 14, 2023 – April 18, 2023.

  • Round 1: 6:30PM EST, March 14th, 2023
  • Round 2: 6:30PM EST, March 21st, 2023
  • Round 3: 6:30PM EST, March 28th, 2023
  • Round 4: 6:30PM EST, April 4th, 2023
  • Round 5: 6:30PM EST, April 11th, 2023
  • Round 6: 6:30PM EST, April 18th, 2023

Location: The Pittsburgh Chess Club.

Tournament Format

Format: 6 Round Swiss System, one game every Tuesday
Time Control: Game/90 delay 5 (Each player starts with 90 minutes on their clock and there is a 5 second delay per move).
Sections: There is one Open section.

  • Pairings will be based on the US Chess rating supplement issued during the month of the tournament (see Ratings below). The highest rating will be used for pairing purposes.
  • Pairings Preview. Normally, pairings for the week will be posted online (pairings page) by Monday noon. These pairings should be considered tentative until 4:30pm Tuesday, at which time the pairings should be considered official (ie. officially printed and affixed to the pairings wall in the club).
  • All players who have not withdrawn or requested a BYE prior to officially posted pairings will be expected to play in that round regardless of their results.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. Please see Commitment to play all rounds, below.

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

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.


    • 1st Place winner(s) will be awarded: Title of 2023 Club Champion, championship cup, name on the perpetuial plaque, and 1-year PCC Membership extension
    • Plaques: 2nd Place, 3rd Place, Top U1800, Top U1500, Top U1200
    • A special playoff (ie. Armageddon) will be implemented to break perfect-score ties.
    • In case of a tie, the Championship Cup and/or plaques will be awarded based on USCF Rule 34E for calculating Swiss tie-breaks: 1. Modified Median. 2. Solkoff. 3. Cumulative. 4. Median 5. Result Between Tied Players 6. Most Blacks 7. Kashdan
    • Largest upset win (if at least 200 points between rated players) gets free entry to any future 2023-2024 PCC tournament! (up to $50)



  • 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.
  • Registered Byes will be posted in the weekly pairings page online.
  • Please see Commitment to play all rounds, below.

Tournament rules

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 the tournament.
  • PCC Member Entry Fee: $40 Advance, $55 on-site
  • On-site registration will be available before round 1, between 5:45PM-6:15PM.
  • Late registrants who register after 6:15 PM, Tuesday may have to take a half point bye in round 1 or two half-point byes in round 2, depending on registration date.
  • Administrative Fee: $10 for all cancellations & refunds. Refund checks will be sent through the mail and must be requested before the start of Round 2.
  • 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


This tournament is 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

Advance Entries

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