Format: 6-round Swiss in one section. The official US Chess regular ratings are generally used. Unofficial US Chess regular ratings based on at least four games generally used for those with no official US Chess regular rating.
Time Control: G/15;inc5 (fifteen minutes per player with a five second increment each move). Clocks without increment capability but with delay capability use G/15;d5. Clocks without increment or delay capability use G/15;d0. Click here to see the clock rules for this tournament and how to set the popular digital clocks for this time control (including some important notes on some of the clocks). Bring a digital clock. A few digital clocks are provided at this tournament but please do not always rely on the club to provide a digital clock (boards, pieces, notation sheets, and pens/pencils are provided).
Schedule: On-site registration runs from 9-9:45am. The first round starts at 10am and the subsequent rounds start ASAP. The tournament should last around four hours.
Rules: This tournament use the rules from the 6th edition of the US Chess rulebook and updates to the rulebook. US Chess rules for rapid are the same as regular chess except notating is not required. A variation will be used that allows players with five or more minutes on their clock to claim a draw by “triple occurrence of position” or “the 50-move rule” in the same manner as in sudden death time pressure in regular chess.
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for PCC members. Pay during registration with cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club.
Prizes: Chess book to the first place finisher. Additional rating based chess book prizes may be awarded, on TD discretion, based on the number of players.
Location: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
Notes: 1) While this tournament is open to scholastic players, it’s only recommended for mature scholastic players who are capable of playing in a serious tournament and against adults. 2) US Chess and OCF/WCF/ICA state memberships are not required. 3) This tournament is not a Northwest Chess Grand Prix event or OSCF state qualifier.