Due to the lack of qualifiying tournaments during Covid lockdowns, we are again hosting an Open Swiss System tournament to determine the match finalists. Games are played on 5 consecutive Mondays, starting September 13th.
Players are paired on Monday night and the game must be played by 7pm the next Monday. If both players are present they will play their game that evening. Absent players are allowed the 1 week grace period to play their game on an agreed time and place. Those who are registered and unable to attend that evening will be notified by email with the name and email address of their opponent.
Make up games may be played at a time and place agreed upon by the players. It may also be played online if either player should so request. You can play online at either chess.com or lichess.org by issuing a challenge to your opponent and the opponent accepting it. A free account is all that is required to play online at either site. Please contact the TD as soon as possible If you don't have the ability to play online.
Players should submit their game notation with the results. If the game is played online you can just send the URL of the game score recorded by the web site. Rulings of the web site will be considered final in cases of disputes about moves and cheating.
While entry into the championship is free to all local residents, USCF membership is a requirement.
Unplayed games are forfeited. Two feitures and the player is withdrawn from the tournament.
The top 2 finishers will advance to play a match for the title. The tiebreaker, if needed, will be a game 30 with 5 second increment match or round robin, using the same rules as the longer time limit finals match, played in a single evening on October 18th, unless players make arrangements to meet in the intervening week.