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Quads in the Park IV

June 26 @ 10:30 am 5:30 pm EDT

The Pittsburgh Chess Club is proud to host our 4th Quads in the Park tournament. This event will be OTB and USCF rated at an outdoor venue. Please note there is limited space — enter early!

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

Prize Winners | Standings

Schedule and Location

Tournament Schedule: Round times are in Eastern Daylight Time.

  • Sunday, June 26, 2022
    • Open Section, G/45 d5, 11am | 2pm | 4pm

Location: Schenley Park, at Westinghouse Shelter (W Circuit Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15217) . One quad for each 8-foot picnic table. Shelters are roofed but not enclosed. Players should be aware that this is a public venue and people not associated with the chess tournament will be using park facilities adjacent to and near the playing area. PCC has no control over or responsibility for the activities of these people or any attendant noise or distraction.

NO on-site registration: All players must pre-register online as the TD will have limited resources available to register on-site. Online registration closes at 11PM, Saturday, June 25th. Shortly after registration closes, quad assignments will be posted online, as well as emailed to all players who have entered. The quad assignments will also be posted at the shelters starting at 10:30am.

Capacity:There is a maximum capacity of 16 players per shelter. It is recommended to register early.
There is paid parking on the street. There is also limited free parking in the middle of the road directly in front of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
There will be a portable toilet on-site. In addition, there are also restrooms available at the soccer field.
Park Map:
Schenley Park Map
It looks like a 20-minute walk downtown (40-minute roundtrip). Please plan accordingly. Vehicle transportation, Uber Eats, DoorDash, or GrubHub are suggested means to getting food efficiently and observing round times. There is also a Café Phipps next to the park.

Tournament Format

Format: Quadrangular (aka. Quads), a four-player chess tournament. Each player plays one or more games against the other three players.

Time Control:
Game/45 delay 5 (Each player starts with 45 minutes on their clock with 5 second delay before subtracting time)

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 will be based on the May US Chess rating supplement (see Ratings below). The highest rating will be used for pairing purposes.

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

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.


  • There will be one prize in each quad, for the highest score, equal to $80; if the highest score is 3-0, then the prize will be $100. In any group of 5, 6 or 7 players, a 2nd place $40 prize will be added. Prizes will be split between tied players.
  • Prizes will be distributed to winner either:
    • On site
    • Mailed to the Winner’s physical mailing address, as indicated in their registration
    • Transferred to winner’s designated PayPal account.
  • Please allow 3-4 business days for transferring prize funds via PayPal.
  • Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing mailed prize checks.
  • 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.


  • Players must be current US Chess Federation members. Expiration date of membership must be later than the day of the tournament.
  • Players do not need to be Pittsburgh Chess Club members, but there is a discount on entry fees for PCC members


  • 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


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


  • Advance entry is required to be assured of a place in any section
  • PCC Member Entry Fee: $40
  • Non-PCC Member Entry Fee: $50
  • Administrative Fee: $15 for all cancellations & refunds. Refund checks will be sent through mail.
  • Online registration closes at 11PM, Saturday, June 25th.
  • On-site registration: NO on-site registration available.
  • Commitment to play all rounds: All players who have not withdrawn prior to the entry deadline (11:00 pm, Saturday, August 21st) will be assigned to a quad and will be expected to play all three 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: $15
  • Bring set, board, and clock if possible – none supplied.
  • Players must agree to our COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgement and Release



Pittsburgh Chess Club has designed Quads in the Park to be compliant with current covid-related requirements. Based on guidance from PA Department of Health FAQ and the CDC:

  • 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

Prize Winners

  Winner Name Award Amount
  Evan Park  1st Place – Quad #1 $100
  Sam Timmons 1st Place – Quad #2 $80
  Aayansh Samanta 1st Place – Quad #3 $80


SwissSys Wall Chart. Quads in the Park IV: QUAD 1

# Name/Rating/ID Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
1 Evan Park W 4 B 3 W 2
2450 15748464 (2171) 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0
2 Melih Ozbek W 3 B 4 B 1
2169 14471053 (1968) 0.5 1.5 1.5 1.5
3 Zachary Thompson B 2 W 1 B 4
2026 12687109 (1971) 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
4 Kian Patel B 1 W 2 W 3
2010 14871315 (1741) 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0


SwissSys Wall Chart. Quads in the Park IV: QUAD 2

# Name/Rating/ID Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
1 Sam Timmons W 4 B 3 B 2
1645 12915604 (1600) 1.0 2.0 2.5 2.5
2 Kenneth Harper W 3 B 4 W 1
1537 12453505 (1480) 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5
3 Neelansh Samanta B 2 W 1 W 4
1532 16643387 (1472) 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
4 Alexander Spitzer B 1 W 2 B 3
1473 30276454 (1351) 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0


SwissSys Wall Chart. Quads in the Park IV: QUAD 3

# Name/Rating/ID Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
1 Aayansh Samanta W 4 B 3 B 2
932 30232400 ( 774) 1.0 1.5 2.5 2.5
2 Siddarth Yerram W 3 B 4 W 1
876 30141045 ( 730) 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
3 Sasha Rozovsky B 2 W 1 B 4
778p 30195828 ( 735) 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.5
4 Shimmie Shkedi B 1 W 2 W 3
unr. 30607110 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0

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