Welcome to Year Ticks Chess Tournament

In memory of our friend Jeff "Coach Pig" Jones who passed away last year. Jeff had plan to have Ticks tournament in New Year day, and put it in North Carolina chess calendar. He could not make it. To honor him, and to continue his spirit to grow chess in North Carolina, we like to have this tournament for his memorial every year.

Jeff wanted time control same with the year of the tournament, so it is game 33:40 with 5 seconds delay. 33 minutes and 40 seconds is 2020 seconds! It will be one big section with five rounds of action chess. We may extend to six round if we see more than 32 players registered 2 months before. We added a feature to remember Jeff. There will be prize for dutch games (1.d4 f5!) that won by black. Jeff loves to play dutch.

If you want to fill guest book at Jeff's obituary page, use this link : 


Previous tournament USCF Crosstable: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201901014042

Posted on September 22, 2019 by Chacha Nugroho

2020 Ticks Chess Tournament Description

When: Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

Time: 10:00 am - whole day - we have lunch break

Where: Triangle Chess Center - 5920 S. Miami Blvd. Ste. 203, Morrisville, NC 27560

Time Control: Game in 2020 ticks of the clock (33:40) d/5 (See what Jeff did there?)

One section with five rounds of action chess.

Recommended for players rated 800 and up. If you are rated below 800 or unrated and like to play, please contact us before registering.

Entry Fee: $25 if received by 12/31 at 11:59 pm / $30 on site.

Payment can be made online on registration using Paypal. Just click Paypal checkout button after registration. If you pay with Paypal, please send confirmation to [email protected] or [email protected], so we can mark your registraion as paid.

Onsite payment uses cash, check, or credit/debit card. 

Prize: 60% payout.

From 60% of paid entries, here the prize distributions:

First place: 30%
Second place 15%
Third Place: 10%
Forth place: 5%

First in half-bottom: 20%
Second in half-bottom: 10%
Dutch award: 10%

Projected prizes based on 40 paid entries: $180 - $90 - $60 - $30. Last year we had 46 players!
Half-bottom: $120 - $60
Dutch Prize: $60 (divided by winners)

Dutch Prize. If white opens the game with d4 and black replies f5, and black wins the game. Black player (only) is eligible for the prize. Only games with complete notation (or recorded in DGT) is eligible for the prize. We will publish the dutch winner games online for public viewing and promotion.

Half-bottom is a group of players that are on half-bottom listed by rating. Regular current month (January) supplement will be used. The players are eligible for half-bottom prizes. It depends on the entries.

US Chess Affiliate: Triangle Chess (A6028933) , US Chess membership required. If USCF system does not allow fraction time control report, we will report under G/34;d5, but we definitely will play with time 33:40.

We may set several DGT boards to broadcast games online.

Registration Onsite: 09:00 am - 09:45 am.

Checkin is required for players who have not make a payment. Please come 15 minutes before round started. We will remove players from pairing if payment has not been made.

Round Times: TBD

Up to two half-point byes are available. These byes must be requested before round 2.

Any donations to contribute prizes are welcome. Please contact us.

If you are a master who like to come and play, please register early so it can help the entries.

Posted on September 22, 2019 by Chacha Nugroho

Updated on September 22, 2019 by Chacha Nugroho

This tournament is organized by Triangle Chess. Bill Clausen will be running the tournament on site as tournament director.

We will post any updates on this page.

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