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The West Louisville Chess Club

The West Louisville Chess Club is proud to offer two online chess tournaments to be played on Chess.com during the summer of 2020: The West Louisville Chess Classic on June 20, and the John Coltrane Memorial Online Blitz Tournament on July 17. Scroll down to see descriptions of both tournaments.

The West Louisville Chess Classic

Sponsored by Kentucky Chess Ambassadors

June 20, 2020, 10:00 am EDT

4 rounds, G29/0   ♦   Cash prizes (gift cards)   ♦   Rated sections are USCF rated

Sections

Rated Scholastic sections – based on grade for 2020-21: K–4, 5–8, 9–12*

Non-Rated Scholastic sections– based on grade for 2020-21: K–4, 5–8, 9–12*

Rated Non-Scholastic sections – based on chess.com Rapid rating: U1000, U1200, U1600

*Players who graduated from high school in 2020 are also eligible to play in these sections.

Nine sections in all are projected; however, any section with fewer than eight entries will be combined with another section.

Membership and Rating Requirements

Scholastic players who have an official USCF Regular or Quick rating must play in a rated section; those without an official USCF Regular or Quick rating may play in a rated or non-rated section, but players in a non-rated section will not earn a USCF rating. Non-scholastic players, whether USCF rated or unrated, must play in a Rated Non-Scholastic section.

Anyone playing in a rated section must be a current USCF member and will need to complete a short Chess.com form to authenticate his or her USCF membership; details will be emailed after registration.

Chess.com ratings will be used for section eligibility and pairings. For non-scholastic sections, choose the section corresponding to your Chess.com Rapid rating; if you do not have a Rapid rating, then choose based on your Chess.com Blitz rating. Otherwise, use any other rating (such as USCF) that you have. Players in non-scholastic sections may “play up” if they wish.

All games will be rated by Chess.com (“Rapid” rating). All games in sections designated as “rated” will also be rated by USCF (Online Quick rating).

Prizes

Prizes are gift cards. Prizes are based on 100 entries (50% guaranteed). Computer-calculated tie-breaks will be used to determine winners among tied players. Prizes will be distributed seven days after the tournament to allow for Chess.com Fair Play checking.

Place prizes in each of the nine sections listed above:

  • 1st place $40
  • 2nd place $30

Prizes will be awarded based on the above section definitions even if sections are combined.

Prizes designated for female players:

  • $10 for the highest score among all females in the Rated Scholastic sections
  • $10 for the highest score among all females in the Non-Rated Scholastic sections
  • $10 for the highest score among all females in the Rated Non-Scholastic sections

Registration

The entry fee is $20, payable by credit card or PayPal account. The registration deadline is June 15, 2020 (to allow for Chess.com and USCF ratings to be authenticated).

Important note: Players need to enter their Chess.com Username when registering for the tournament. Players who do not have a Chess.com Username must first go to www.chess.com to set up a free account and create a username.

Click here to enter the West Louisville Chess Classic.

Other Information

No optional byes are allowed. An odd number of players in a section will result in one player receiving a full-point bye. Once the tournament starts, players can withdraw from the tournament if necessary.

Computer help and other assistance during games are prohibited. Chess.com examines all games for cheating. Anyone flagged for fair play violations is not eligible for prizes (and will probably have their account closed by Chess.com and face potential disciplinary action from the USCF).

Entry fees will be refunded to players who withdraw on or before June 19, 2020, less a $4 administrative fee. Entry fees will not be refunded for withdrawals on the day of the tournament.

The John Coltrane Memorial Online Blitz Tournament

July 17, 2020, 10:00 am EDT

7 rounds, G5/0   ♦   Cash prizes   ♦   Rated sections are USCF rated

Sections

USCF-Rated sections – U1000, U1600, Open

Non-Rated sections – U1000, U1600, Open

Six sections in all are projected; however, any section with fewer than 14 entries will be combined with another section.

Membership and Rating Requirements

Players who have an official USCF Regular or Quick rating must play in a USCF-Rated section. Those without an official USCF Regular or Quick rating may play either in a USCF-Rated section or in a Non-Rated section. Players in a non-rated section will not earn a USCF rating.

Anyone playing in a USCF-Rated section must be a USCF member (current as of the date of the tournament) and will need to complete a short Chess.com form to authenticate his or her USCF membership; details will be emailed after registration.

Chess.com Blitz ratings as of the tournament starting time will be used for section eligibility and pairings. When registering for the tournament, choose the section corresponding to your Chess.com Blitz rating; if you do not have a Chess.com Blitz rating, then choose a section based on any other rating that you have (such as Chess.com Rapid, or USCF Blitz, Quick or Regular). Players with no Chess.com or USCF rating may play in any section. Players may “play up” if they wish.

All games will be rated by Chess.com (“Blitz” rating). All games in sections designated as “USCF-Rated” will also be rated by USCF (Online Blitz rating).

Prizes

Prizes are $40 for the 1st-place finisher and $35 for the 2nd-place finisher in each of the six sections. Prizes will be awarded based on the above section definitions even if sections are combined. Prizes are based on 100 entries (50% guaranteed). Computer-calculated tie-breaks will be used to determine winners among tied players. Prizes will be distributed seven days after the tournament to allow for Chess.com Fair Play checking.

Registration

The entry fee is $20, payable by credit card or PayPal account. The registration deadline is July 12, 2020 for USCF-Rated sections (to allow for Chess.com accounts and USCF memberships to be authenticated), and July 15, 2020 for Non-Rated sections.

Important note: Players need to enter their Chess.com Username when registering for the tournament. Players who do not have a Chess.com Username must first go to www.chess.com to set up a free account and create a username.

Click here to enter the John Coltrane Memorial.

Other Information

No optional byes are allowed. An odd number of players in a section will result in one player receiving a full-point bye. Once the tournament starts, players can withdraw from the tournament if necessary.

Computer help and other assistance during games are prohibited. Chess.com examines all games for cheating. Anyone flagged for fair play violations is not eligible for prizes (and will probably have their account closed by Chess.com and face potential disciplinary action from the USCF).

Entry fees will be refunded to players who withdraw on or before July 16, 2020, less a $4 administrative fee. Entry fees will not be refunded for withdrawals on the day of the tournament.

A 20-minute Zoom conference call will be conducted with a chess personality on July 16; persons interested in participating should contact Corbin Seavers at urbanlouisvillechess@yahoo.com.

For additional information: see “The West Louisville Chess Club” on facebook.