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Quads in the Park VI

August 21 @ 10:30 am 5:30 pm EDT

Quads in the Park VI

The weather forecast today calls for isolated and scattered thunderstorms in the morning and afternoon. As this also means there are chances of lightning strikes in the area, we are moving the Quads in the Park tournament into the Club for everyone’s safety. We apologize for any inconvenience. 8:30AM 8/21/2022

The Pittsburgh Chess Club is proud to host our 6th Quads in the Park tournament. This event will be USCF rated at an outdoor venue. Please note there is limited space — enter early!


Schedule and Location

Tournament Schedule for Sunday, August 21, 2022

  • 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 the night before. 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.
Rain or Shine: The tournament will proceed regardless of rain or clear skies. Players should dress for the weather, noting average summer temperatures in Pittsburgh (ie. range between 60-84).

Emergency Weather Adjournment: In case of an impending weather emergency while games are in progress (ie. flash flood, tornado, lightning, high heat, high wind, etc.), it is the Tournament Director’s discretion to announce a 15-minute Emergency Weather Adjournment Warning. If games are not completed within 15-minutes after the announcement, the player on move will be asked to seal their next move and stop the clock (in accordance with USCF Rule 18). Players on move after the announcement may ask the director for permission to seal early. The sealed envelope shall follow the protocol and specifications of USCF Rules 18D & 18E. After games have been completed and/or sealed, the tournament will be postponed for a period of time at the discretion of the tournament director depending on what the situation demands. It is preferable to resume the tournament on the same day, at the same venue, as soon as weather has become fair. If it is not possible to resume at the same venue on the same day based on weather forecasts, it is the Director’s discretion to may move the tournament indoors to the Pittsburgh Chess Club clubhouse.

Tournament Format

Format: Quadrangular (aka. Quads), a 4-player Round Robin chess tournament. There are three (3) rounds: each player plays one game against each of 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)
Sections: 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: Pairings will be based on the US Chess rating supplement published during the month of the tournament (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 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 Quick
  • USCF Regular
  • USCF Online-Quick
  • USCF Online-Regular

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.



  • 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.


  • 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, the night before the tournament.
  • On-site registration: NO on-site registration available — Online registration only.
  • 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


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


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