Bellingham USCF Chess Tournament
On-site Registration and sign-in starts at 7:30 AM. There will be no check-ins or registrations after 7:50 AM.
Boards/chess sets will be available. Must bring your own clock, if possible. A limited number of club clocks may be available. The Bellingham Knights Chess Club is not responsible for supplying chess clocks.
All ages and skill levels are eligible and welcome.
This tournament requires United States Chess Federation (USCF) membership. If you are not yet a USCF member, you can obtain membership at this USCF link.
The tournament is organized by the Bellingham Knights Chess Club, a private non-profit chess club founded in 2015.
4 rounds of play
Swiss System pairing
Round 1 starts at 8:00 AM
Round 2 starts at 11:15 AM
Round 3 starts at 2:30 PM
Round 4 starts at 5:45 PM
All games be notated. Notation is no longer required when either player has 5 minutes left on their clock.
Paper notation sheets will be the only medium to notate, and must be visible to both players on the table. You can write down your move before or after you move the piece.
Draws need to be offered on your turn to move. Draws can be declined by making a turn or verbally saying “No.”
USCF rules dictate that any monetary prize must be split between tied players, we will not be able to do a blitz off like normal. Example: If Player 1 and Player 2 tie for 1st place, and 1st place has a $60 cash prize, then each player will take home $30 and "split" 1st place. 2nd place will be divided upon those in 2nd place.
Touch moves are in effect. If you touch a piece you must move it, if you touch your opponent's piece you must take it.
1/2-point Byes may be requested per player.
Absolutely no interfering with other players games, this will result in a immediate disqualification to the player interfering with no refund.
Cheating is an automatic disqualification. Cheating can be purposefully affecting the outcome of the game by unfair means, such as but not limited to receiving outside help, or moving pieces when your opponent is not looking.
Cell phones must be turned off in the play area. Cell phone usage is not allowed in the play hall area at any time.
Any disputes or rule infractions will be resolved by Tournament Director, Tanner Feemster.
Additional Site Information:
Venue and Sign-In
All players who are registered will sign-in at the entrance. Unregistered players can register and pay on-site if space permits. Sign-in and registration is from 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM.
The venue is in a building located behind Car Wash King and Meridian Superstore. It is the business suite with the "Bellingham Youth Chess" logo on the window. There is plenty of free parking in the back of the building. View the venue/parking layout on the left (click on the image for an enlarged view).
Tournament Play Area
Only the players are permitted in the tournament play area. No food or beverages (except water) are allowed in the play area.
Visitors, parents and players who finished games may relax, eat or play skittles in the lounge are which will be set-up with tables and chairs adjacent to the play area.
Beverages and Food
Beverages and food can be taken to the lounge area. There will be coffee and tea available for players and visitors in the lounge. Lunch options are either to bring your own lunch/drinks or purchase them from one of the restaurants or fast-food places in the area. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed at the event.
Nearby Coffee/Food Establishments
The following coffee/food establishments are within one mile (map).
Tanner Feemster, TD
Bellingham Knights Chess Club