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Traverse City Challenge #4

Saturday, March 21, 2015


Location: Community Room at the GRAND TRAVERSE MALL, 3200 S Airport Rd West, Traverse City MI.
This is a quiet, secluded, well-lit meeting room located near the food court, behind Subway, near the mall management offices. Park at the food court entrance and it's a very short walk. (Link to Google Maps)

Register in advance using a major credit card or PayPal.
Early registration discount available until Friday, March 20 at 11:59pm. Click here to register now!

On-site registration: 9:30-10:20 am. Late registration with a half-point bye for Round 1 is available until 1:00 pm. Register in advance to avoid the stress!

FREE door prizes will be given away at 10:30am! (Limit one per player; you must be present to win.)

$400 PRIZE FUND WITH 2 SECTIONS:

OPEN Section
Open to all
RESERVE Section
(Under 1600 & Unrated)
Prizes:
1st: $100
2nd: $45
U1900: $55
1st: $100
2nd: $45
U1300/Unr: $55
Format: 3-round Swiss 3-round Swiss
Time control: New for 2015!
Game/60 + 30 sec increment
New for 2015!
Game/60 + 30 sec increment
Round Times: 10:30 - 2:00 - 5:00 10:30 - 2:00 - 5:00
Entry fee: $22 if paid by March 20, $25 at site $22 if paid by March 20, $25 at site
Special info: Prizes are based on 12 players in the section.
Minimum 50% guaranteed.
March USCF ratings will be used.
Prizes are based on 12 players in the section.
Minimum 50% guaranteed.
March USCF ratings will be used.

Bye policy: Got a conflict and you can only attend 2 of the 3 rounds? No problem. One half-point bye is available for any round, but must be requested in advance, and is irrevocable after Round 1 begins. Players who receive a full-point bye in Round 1 are not eligible to request a half-point bye in subsequent rounds.

Other requirements: Current USCF membership is required of all participants.

This tournament will use an increment time control. If your clock does not support increment time controls, that's okay. Alternatives will be accepted in the following order of preference for this tournament:

  1. Digital clock set to Game/60 with increment 30 seconds (most preferred)
  2. Digital clock set to Game/60 with delay 30 seconds
  3. Digital clock set to Game/60 with delay 5 seconds
  4. Digital clock set to Game/60 with no delay
  5. Analog clock set to Game/60 (least preferred)
Here is a link that explains for many popular clock models how to set your clock for increment although you will want to choose Game/60 and not Game/100.

To register:

  • Preferred method to pay and register is by PayPal. All major credit cards accepted; you do not have to create a PayPal account. Click here to register now!
  • Or you can register by regular mail. Send payment to Mike Williams, 450 Eden St, Kingsley MI 49649. Be sure to include your name, USCF ID number, choice of section, and bye request if any.
For more information, contact Mike Williams at webmaster@cherrychess.com, or on Mike's mobile at 704-450-7677, but your registration is not complete and you will not be paired unless payment is received before 10:20 am onsite the day of the tournament. Payments must be received by 11:59 pm on 3/20/2015 to qualify for the discounted rate.