4-SS, G/75 d5. Southern Illinois University, Student Center, Cambria
Room, 1255 Lincoln Dr., Carbondale, IL 62901. EF: $20, $25 after May
31st or onsite. USCF membership required. Free entries for GMs and IMs.
Rounds: 10, 1pm, 3:45, 6:30. Two Sections: Open: $300 1st, $100 2nd
place. U1800 $100 1st place. Based on 10 entries. (60% payout). Re-
serve: U1600: $100 1st, $75 2nd, $50 3rd place. $$G Guaranteed prizes
for reserve. Reg.: 8-9:35am. Parking: Free in student lots.
Info: sichess.org, email@example.com, 618-203-0927.
Note: USCF Membership is required and must be purchased as well to attend.
Pre-registration, prior to May31st prices:
June 16, 1st Annual Southern Missouri Illinois Egyptian RBO
5-SS, G/30 d5. Southern Illinois University, Student Center, Cambria
Room, 1255 Lincoln Dr., Carbondale, IL 62901. EF: $10, $15 after May
31st or onsite. USCF membership required. Rounds: 10, 11, 1 pm, rounds
4 and 5 ASAP. Trophies: 1st and 2nd place U1000, U800, U600 and 1st
U400, U200 and 1-3rd place Unrated. Reg.: 8-9:35am. Parking: Free in
student lots. Info: sichess.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 618-203-0927.
Pre-registration, prior to May 31st prices:
TOURNAMENT LIFE ABBREVIATIONS & TERMS:
30/90, SD/1: The time limit per player is 30 moves in the first 90 minutes, then the rest of the game in an hour.
40/110, SD/30: The time limit per player is 40 moves in the first 110 minutes, then the rest of the game in 30 minutes.
$$G: Guaranteed prizes.
b/ or $$b/: Based-on prizes; number of entries needed to pay full prize fund follows. USCF rules specify that at least 50% of the advertised prize fund must be guaranteed if over $500 is advertised. Some CCA tournaments have guaranteed prizes while others use the based-on method; those using the latter usually guarantee more than the required 50% (see announcement of each tournament for the exact guarantee).
Blitz: Five-minute chess (G/5), played with no delay in CCA events. This is now rated by USCF under a Blitz rating system for G/5 to G/10, counting minutes per player plus seconds of delay (so G/3, d2 is also blitz, but G/8, d3 = 11 and is quick). For CCA Blitz tournaments, the higher of the regular, quick or blitz rating is used for pairings and prizes.
BYE: Indicates which rounds players who find it inconvenient to play may take half point byes (draws without play) instead. For example, BYE: 1 indicates the bye is available in round 1. Most CCA tournaments allow byes in all rounds, but those in the latter part of the tournament must be committed to early (see details of each event).
CC: Chess club.
d5: 5 seconds delay. (After your opponent hits the clock, 5 seconds elapse before your side starts running.)
d10: 10 seconds delay. See d5.
EF: Entry fee.
Ent: Where to enter.
FIDE: Section results submitted to FIDE for rating.
G/: Game in. For instance, G/75 means each player has 75 minutes for the entire game.
GPP: Grand Prix Points. The USCF Grand Prix is a year long contest, primarily for Masters.
HR: Hotel rates. For example, 90-95-100-105 means $90 single, $95 single, $100 3 in room, $105 4 in room. The 3 and 4 to a room rates usually include only two beds.
JGP: Junior Grand Prix. A year long contest for players under 21, which awards points for scoring against players at least 100 points above you in events in which most play is slower than G/60.
Memb req: Membership required; cost follows. Usually refers to state affiliate.
Norms: Results needed to qualify for the FIDE titles of International Master or International Grandmaster. Only tournaments of at least nine rounds can offer norms, and even with this many rounds, the tournament must also have sufficient foreign, titled, and FIDE rated players for a player to have a chance for a norm.
NS: No smoking. Standard at all CCA tournaments, so not listed.
Open Section: A section open to all. Often has very strong players, but some who are eligible for lower sections choose to play for the learning experience.
Play up: To play in a higher section than necessary. For instance, a player rated 1700 who enters the Under 2000 Section (or Under 2200 Section or Open Section) when an Under 1800 Section is offered is “playing up.”
QC: Quick Chess (Game/11 to Game/29). Minutes per player plus seconds of delay are used to determine rating system, so G/10, d2 equals 12 and is quick, not blitz. USCF rates these events with a separate Quick rating system. For CCA Quick rated events, we use the higher of the regular or quick rating.
Quad: 4-player round robin sections with similar strength players.
Rds: Rounds; scheduled game starting times follow. For example, rds Sat 11-2-5:30, Sun 10-4:15 means rounds begin Saturday at 11 am, 2 pm, and 5:30 pm, Sunday at 10 am and 4:15 pm.
Reg: Late registration at site (not necessary at CCA tournaments if you have entered in advance; we have no “check-in”).
RR: Round robin (preceded by number of rounds).
SD/: Sudden death time control (time for rest of game follows). For example, 40/2, SD/1 means each player has 2 hours for the first 40 moves, then 1 hour for the rest of the game.
Section: A division of a tournament, usually excluding players above a specified rating. Players in a section face only each other, not those in other sections.
SS: Swiss System pairings (preceded by number of rounds).
U: Under. For example, U1200 means Under 1200.
Unr: Unrated. Note that players with foreign ratings or categories are not unrated, and provisionally rated players are not unrated. Also, you never lose your rating, so if you were rated 40 years ago, you are not unrated. And if you have an unofficial rating at www.uschess.org/msa based on at least 4 games, we will usually consider you to be rated.
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