This is the second San Gabriel Valley Chess Club online tournament. All games have to be played on Lichess. One of the reasons for this change is the ability to have a SGVCC chat room where everyone reports before the start of the round, muck like in an in-person event. This allows the TD to see who is present. Also, unlike Chess.com, LiChess is completely free.
It's a 5 round double Swiss. Each round consists of two games played against the same opponent one game with white the other with black. Lichess will randomly assign colors for the first game.
The time control for all games is G25 + 10. To be clear, that is 25 minutes plus 10 seconds increment.
Distribution of price money will be announced at a later stage. In case of ties there will be blitz play-offs on September 23rd. Details for the play-offs will be announced at a later stage too.
Pairings after round 1 will be published not later than Tuesdays.
A maximum of one 1-point bye will be granted for any of the first four rounds. There won't be a 1-point bye for the last round. Byes must be requested by Monday night. If your opponent agrees you may play your game on any day between announcement of the pairings and the following Monday. Please CC email@example.com in your emails when rescheduling a game with your opponent.
On Friday nights players are required to check in prior to their games. The checks-in procedure will consist of visiting our lichess team at https://lichess.org/team/san-gabriel-valley-chess-club and say hello in the chat room.
Players who don't show up for their games without notifying the TD and their opponent prior to the game will be eliminated from the tournament without refund.