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Saturday, May 18, 2019

FREE ENTRY to any player who has played in at least 1 Cherry Chess tournament in the last 5 years.

A special tournament celebrating our 5 years of tournament chess in the Traverse City area!

Location: AMVETS POST 120, 3669 N 9 Rd, Mesick, MI 49668. (Adjoins M-37)
Mesick is located about 30 minutes south of Traverse City, and 30 minutes northwest of Cadillac.
From downtown Mesick, the Amvets post is about 2 miles south on M-37.
(Link to Google Maps)

FREE for past Cherry Chess tournament players. For all others, $10 entry fee. Pay at the door.

$400 PRIZE FUND - Fully guaranteed!
1st: $100
2nd: $70
3rd: $60
4th: $50
5th: $40
6th: $30
U1400: $50
Format: 4-round Swiss
Time control: Game/45 + 30 sec increment. (Regular Rated)
Round Times: 10:00 - 1:00 - 4:00 - 7:00
Entry fee: FREE for past Cherry Chess tournament participants.
All others, $10 at the door.
Other info: Prizes are FULLY GUARANTEED. May USCF ratings will be used.
Advance registration not needed. Just show up between 9:00-9:45am.

Bye policy: Got a conflict and you can only attend 3 of the 4 rounds? No problem. A half-point bye (limit one) is available for any round, but must be requested before the start of Round 1 and is irrevocable after Round 1 begins. Latecomers who arrive before 12:30pm may take a half-point bye for the missed round. 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. Cherry Chess tournaments use this order of clock preference:

  1. Digital clock set to Game/45 with increment 30 seconds (most preferred)
  2. Digital clock set to Game/45 with delay 30 seconds
  3. Digital clock set to Game/45 with delay 5 seconds
  4. Digital clock set to Game/45 with no delay
  5. Analog clock set to Game/45 (least preferred)
Here is a link that explains for many popular clock models how to set your clock for increment.

No registration needed. Just show up.