1. All players are required to keep score in accordance with USCF rules. The tournament director requests that a copy of all game scores be turned upon completion of games in for two reasons: a) Most importantly, to prevent any later disputes on game results (this has happened in the past); b) For inclusion in the tournament bulletin, if one is published for the event.
2. The starting time for round 1 will be 7:00 pm. Subsequent rounds will start at 6:55 pm unless otherwise announced.
3. The minimum time control is Game in 55 minutes with a 5 second delay, otherwise time control is Game in 60 minutes. Events with slower time controls (i.e., Game in 80 minutes) will be announced. If, for some reason, round 1 is late getting started, the time control may be shortened by the tournament director to ensure the round finishes prior to the closing of Great Escape Games.
4. Half-point byes are available for any round and may be requested at any time prior to the posting of the official pairings. The only exception is for the last round of an event, when the bye must be requested prior to the start of the next to last round (i.e., if the tournament has five rounds, a fifth round bye must be requested prior to the start of round four). Two half-point byes may be requested in events of five or fewer rounds. Three half-point byes may be requested in events with six or more rounds. Tentative pairings and current standings will be posted on the Recent Results page of the Club’s website.
5. Prizes will be broken down as follows: 1st place overall; 1st place 1500-1799; and 1st place under 1500 (including unrateds). The winner of each section will receive a trophy. If a tournament has cash prizes, the categories and prizes will be announced after round two..
6. Tiebreaks, if necessary, will be as follows: 1) Modified Median; 2) Solkoff; 3) Cumulative; 4) Opposition Cumulative.
7. The USCF Official Rules of Chess, 5th Edition, as modified by the USCF, will be used to resolve any disputes.