Our Next Chess Tournament will be on  February 20, 2020

 2020 Tournament Dates 

Regular Tournament Dates 3/6; 4/3; 5/1; 6/5; 7/3; 8/7; 9/4; 10/2; 11/6; 12/4

Quad Tournament Dates: 3/13; 4/17; 5/15; 6/12; 7/17; 8/21; 9/11; 10/16; 11/20; 12/11

Please add these dates to your Calendar

LOCATION: Saint Petersburg Chess Club, 540 4th Avenue North. Saint Petersburg, FL  33701 (and is located in between Mirror Lake and the Coliseum, next to the Sunshine Center.) We are in Google Maps!

For the QUAD tournaments. After all the players have entered, they’re ordered from highest rating to lowest.  Unrated players are placed at the low end. The top four players are placed into their own section (a “quad”), then the next four highest in another section, and so on down the list.  The players in each quad play a round robin, one game against each of the players in their section, for a total of three games each.  If there is not an even multiple of four players, the lowest section (usually) will have the few extra players and play a three round Swiss tournament rather than a round robin. The quad format is popular in one day events, and results in players of the most similar playing strengths being paired together for all three rounds. A Quad Tournament consists of the top four ranked players (#s 1-4) on the Chess Ladder playing each other, then the second top four ranked players (#s 5-8) playing each other, then the third top four ranked players(#s 9-12) playing each other, and so forth. Each group of four chess players is called a Quad.

Registration: 10:00-11:00 a.m. We Highly recommend preregistering.
Entry Fee: $25.00 - $30 if you come without pre-registration. USCF membership is required; and may be acquired on site. Please check your USCF ID and renew it if it has expired. If you need me to do it on site add $5 to your bill.
Rounds: Four Rounds-First starts at approx. 11:00 a.m. Bring your clock!
Time ControlGame 40 minute with 5 second delay digital (Game 45 min. for each player with analog clocks)
PRIZES:
Section 1 (Rated Over 1000) (Open): Money based on 20 entries: $105-65-50. 
Section 2 (Rated Under 1000): There will be separate prizes for the Under 1000 section. If we don’t have enough players for this section, they will be transferred to the Over 1000 section. There will be separate prizes for the Under 1000 section.
 Every tournament, we will have a raffle between players after the second round. The winner (three winners) can choose between many chess items, such as a Chess T-shirt, Chess set combo, mouse pads, chess mugs, hats, key chain flash lights, chess calendars all with chess signatures on them and/or discounts for future tournaments.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Because no more than 50% of chess club capacity may attend (about 20-22 players) if you want to make sure you can play; you need to Pay ahead of time. You can pay with credit card on my website to guarantee your spot by sending an email to timotey_gospodinov@yahoo.com or call (727) 776-5583 after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays for more questions.
Website & Facebook group:  Visit our new website- chessclubjoy.webs.com   for more info, pre-registration and prepay. Join Facebook group- https://www.facebook.com/groups/385692191510406/
The Discounts:
1. Bring a Friend who has never played before at the St.Petersburg Chess Club ( SPCC ) and you will pay $5 less for the current tournament.
2. If you are a member of the SPCC, you always pay $5 less for the entry fee (Membership card required) .
3. If you pay in advance for 4 tournaments in a row, your fifth will be free plus you will receive a gift from the SPCC.
4. For groups of players (5 or more), everyone pays $5 less.
5. Any coach who bring at least 4 students will play at our tournament for free.

COVID-19 SAFETY: 

City Requires the following rules to play inside

1.   Require staff and players to wear a face covering when within 6′ of others.

2.   Players should also maintain social distancing when at the site.

3.   Players will be required to self-screen for fever or any COVID-19 symptoms prior to attendance.

4.   Building will be stocked with hand sanitizer and/or soap both in front of the front door and inside.

5.   Building will be sanitized daily — wiped down or fogged with disinfectant.

6.   Adults waiting on children must wait outside the Chess Club building with mask on or socially distant.

7.   There will be no sharing of food (ie; buffet, open snacks on a tray) (Refrigerator Available)

Saint Petersburg Chess Club will be reopen only for members on 11/30. We are going and….

SEE YOU THERE!! and PLEASE, Bring your Clocks!