Cincinnati Scholastic Chess

Inviting you to enjoy the king of games in the Queen City

Summer OTB  Tournaments

Registration for this event is now closed.

  • Sunday, August 1, 2021

  • Outdoor venue — Bechtold Park in Deer Park, Ohio

  • Separate Swiss tournaments for scholastics (trophies) and for experienced tournament players of all ages (cash prizes)

  • Subject to current covid requirements and suitable weather — entry fee refunded in whole if the event is cancelled

GENERAL INFORMATION

Venue: Bechtold Park, 4312 Sycamore Road, Deer Park, Ohio (click link to see map). Shelters are roofed but not enclosed. Restrooms are adjacent to playing areas. Players should be aware that this is a public venue and people not associated with the chess tournaments will be using park facilities near the playing area. CSC has no control over or responsibility for the activities of these people or any attendant noise or distraction.

Membership and ratings: All players must be current USCF members to play in either tournament. Players can purchase or renew USCF memberships in conjunction with entering the tournament. Alternatively, players can purchase or renew memberships directly from the USCF here. Membership dues are non-refundable even if the tournament is cancelled or the player withdraws.

The rating to be used to determine section eligibility and pairings will be as follows, with options listed in order of application:

  • Official USCF Regular rating published in the rating supplement effective August 1, 2021
  • Official USCF Quick rating published in the rating supplement effective August 1, 2021
  • Most recent official USCF Regular rating shown in the player’s tournament history
  • Most recent official USCF Quick rating shown in the player’s tournament history
  • A player with none of the above ratings will be entered as unrated.

All games will be USCF-dual-rated.

Entry: Registration is closed for this event.

Forfeits: Any player not present to play round 1 will be forfeited and withdrawn from the tournament, but may be reinstated upon request to the tournament director at his sole discretion. A player will be forfeited in the first or any subsequent round if he or she does not arrive at his or her assigned board before his or her time expires for that round.

Withdrawals: Withdrawals must be received prior to 6:00 pm on July 31 in order for the entry fee to be refunded. Exception: Any player who enters and then experiences covid-related symptoms on or just before August 1 SHOULD NOT ATTEND the tournament. In such a case we will refund the entry fee in full, provided that we receive notice of the withdrawal, by phone or text to 513-600-9915, at least 15 minutes prior to the pertinent round 1 start time.

Players may leave the tournament before it is over, but please DO NOT LEAVE THE TOURNAMENT BEFORE NOTIFYING THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR THAT YOU ARE WITHDRAWING.

Other: No computers. No smoking in or near the playing area. There will be no food concession at the tournament. We recommend that players bring whatever food they want as the schedule does not include any meal break. Players may have bottled water at their boards during play, but if they wish to eat any food, we request that they do so away from the playing area.

CASH TOURNAMENT

  • 4-round Swiss tournament
  • Time control: G/60 d5
  • Sections: Open and U1400
  • Capacity: 40 seats for both sections combined

Open to experienced tournament players of all ages and first-time adult tournament players. You play only players in your section; players may play up. Unrated players can enter either section but are encouraged to enter U1400.

Round times: 10:15, 12:45, 3:00 and 5:15. Play will conclude by approximately 7:30.

Byes: Players may take one half-point bye for any round. Players may request a bye in advance in conjunction with entering the tournament or by email to info@chesscincinnati.com. Players may request, cancel or change a bye onsite by submitting a completed Bye Request form to the tournament director before round 3 pairings are posted.

Entry fee: $45 through Sunday, July 25 and $50 thereafter.

Prizes: For each section separately, no less than 70% of entry fees paid will constitute the pool from which cash prizes will be paid, and there will be one prize for approximately every five or six paid entries. Both the number of prizes paid and the amount of prizes might vary between sections in proportion to the number of paid entries in each section. Final prizes will be defined when registration ends, and could include both place and “best under rating” prizes. Final prizes will be posted onsite before play begins and will be paid in each section immediately after play concludes.

Covid protocol: Subject to government guidelines, we encourage those who are not fully vaccinated to wear a mask while in the playing area.

Equipment: Players are requested to bring their own chess equipment and might want to bring a seat cushion.

SCHOLASTIC TOURNAMENT

  • 5-round Swiss tournament
  • Time control: G/30 d5
  • Sections: Open, U700 and U400
  • Capacity: 60 seats for all sections combined

Open only to those entering grades K-12 in fall 2021 (or home-school equivalent) and to spring 2021 high school graduates. You play only players in your section; players may play up. It is suggested that unrated players enter the U400 section.

Round times: 11:00, 12:30, 1:45, 3:00 and 4:15. Play will conclude by approximately 5:30.

Byes: Players may take one half-point bye for any round. Players may request a bye in advance in conjunction with entering the tournament or by email to info@chesscincinnati.com. Players may request, cancel or change a bye onsite by submitting a completed Bye Request form to the tournament director before round 3 pairings are posted.

Entry fee: $30 through Sunday, July 25 and $35 thereafter.

Prizes: Trophies for all players scoring 3.5 or more. Trophies are not personalized but will be distributed onsite as soon as possible after the conclusion of play in each section, if this can be done without disturbing games still in progress in another section.

Equipment: CSC will provide all chess equipment for players in the Scholastic Tournament, including clocks and scoresheets. Players are free to use their own scorebooks or scoresheets if they prefer.

Notation: Players in all sections are required to record their games. Any player unable to take notation will have his or her game time reduced by five minutes.

Covid protocol: Subject to government guidelines, we require players to wear a mask while in the playing area unless they show proof of vaccination at check-in.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at info@chesscincinnati.com or by phone/text to Alan at 513-600-9915.