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Traverse City Challenge X

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Our 10th tournament in this series!

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 through Friday (the day before the tournament). 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 on the day of the tournament. Register in advance to avoid the stress!


OPEN Section
Open to all
(Under 1600 & Unrated)
1st: $100
2nd: $60
U1900: $40
1st: $100
2nd: $60
U1300/Unr: $40
Format: 3-round Swiss 3-round Swiss
Time control: Game/60 + 30 sec increment 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 August 26, $25 at site $22 if paid by August 26, $25 at site
Other info: Prizes are based on 12 players in the section.
Minimum 50% guaranteed.
August USCF ratings will be used.
Prizes are based on 12 players in the section.
Minimum 50% guaranteed.
August 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.

Cell phone policy: Phones must be put on silent or vibrate. If you must make or answer a call, you must leave the playing room. Any audible ringtone or notification sound (other than vibrate buzz) emitted by a phone while games are in progress will result in a time penalty being assessed for the first offense. A second offense will result in a harsher penalty up to and including forfeiture of your game in progress.

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

This tournament will use an increment time control. If your clock doesn't 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.

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, 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 the day before the tournament to qualify for the discounted rate.