2020 Virginia Closed & Virginia Commonwealth Games
Online Chess Tournament

Saturday and Sunday
October 17th and 18th, 2020

ALL tournament games will be held ONLINE using Chess.com


Pre-Registered Players    Tournament Rules    Fair Play

Topic Explanation
Tournament Format - An Online 6-Round Swiss System Chess Tournament, this is NOT an elimination event.  Each player will play 5 or 6 games.
- Players play in one of three sections based on their tournament exprience, playing strength.
   - NOVICE:  Players rated Under 1200 and ALL UNRATED Players
   - AMATEUR:  Players rated Under 1800, no Unrated Players
   - CHAMPIONSHIP: Players rated 1700 or higher

Tournament Rules
Game Dates and Times - Saturday, Oct 17th:  Rounds 1, 2 and 3 at 10AM, 2PM and 6PM

- Sunday, Oct 18th:  Rounds 4, 5 and 6 at 10AM, 2PM and 6PM

ALL PLAYERS need to be seated at their computers 5-10 minutes before the start of the round.
Prizes Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in ALL SECTIONS -- No Cash Prizes
- Gold Medals:  1st Place & tied for 1st
- Silver Medals:  2nd Place & tied for 2nd

- Bronze Medals:  3rd Place & tied for 3rd
- Commemorative Plaques to the Top 5 Players based on Tiebreak Points
All Awards will be MAILED to the awardees
Memberships, Entry Fees, and Registration - Entry Fee is $30 to play
- A Chess.com Account is REQUIRED to play.  All you need is the FREE BASIC MembershipYou must have a Chess.com UserName to Register for the tournament.
- ALL PLAYERS must be members of the US Chess Federation.  If you are not a member of US Chess, or need to renew your account, click here.
- REGISTRATION:  Closes at 6PM on Friday, October 16th.  After 6PM Friday, Oct 16th there is no way to enter the tournament.
- Ready to Register?  CLICK HERE or click this button ... Register Me NOW ...

- Click Here to see who has already registered, or click this button ... Pre-Registered Players
Online Chess & System Requirements - Online Chess refers to chess games played over the Internet usingyour computer or favorite tablet PC
- A "Game Service Provider" is the host for the tournament.  For this tournament we are using Chess.com.  You MUST be a member of Chess.com to play.  Chess.com has free membership options, see "Membership and Entry Fees" above.
- But what about Cheating?  Great question!  We are taking every step to avoid cheating.  Click the button below to read more about our Cheat-detection methods for this tournament. 
Fair Play

- To play, you need a reliable internet connection.  Click the button below to see more about THE RULES for the event.
Tournament Rules
How Long does each game Last? - TIME CONTROL:  G/60, inc +10.  This means each player has 60 minutes to make all of their moves, with an additional 10 seconds added to each move.
- Bye Requests:  One half-point bye is available for each player.  ALL half-point Byes MUST be declared BEFORE Registration closes, they cannot be requested after the Registration Period ends.

How will I be Paired for my Games - Pairings will be done using players' US Chess Regular ratings. If a player also has a US Chess ONLINE Regular rating, then we will be using the higher of those two ratings.
- We will be using the OCTOBER 2020 US Chess Rating Supplement, which wll be published on the 17th or 18th of September.
- For this tournament and for purposes of fair play, the Chief TD reserves the right to assign a rating to a player who has a rating in another rating system, including FIDE or Chess.com.  Players whose ratings are affected by this tournament rule will be notified by the Chief TD.  
For More Information Mike Hoffpauir, National Tournament Director;  mhoffpauir@aol.com  (757)846-4805

Registrations CANNOT be taken after 6PM on Friday, Oct 16th, by phone or email, you must use the registration link provided above.