You can play in any section but you may be limited to the amount of prize money you win, if you end up with sufficient points to get a prize.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can I Register for the Club Tournaments?
There are several options to register for our tournaments. You can register Online using our registration page to pay with your credit card or pay pal account. You can register by sending email money transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org using password: Chess. Finally, you can register by mailing a check payable to Waterdown Chess Club to 306 Parkside Drive, Waterdown, ON L0R 2H0.
Why Do you Have Two Entry Options?
In some tournaments, we have two options – the 3-day option starting on Friday evening and the 2-day option starting Saturday morning. The reason we have these options is to accommodate those who may not be able to play all 3 days without taking a 1/2 point bye. Typically, we merge the two groups in round 3.
How Does the Time Control Work?
Typically, time is 1.5 hours + 30 seconds increment for every move for each player. There may be minor differences in time depending on the section you are playing.
Why Do we Have Multiple Sections?
We have multiple options to accommodate players of all strength and to match them up against other players of similar strength.
Why Do you have multiple Time Controls?
The higher sections of the tournament, i.e. Championship and U-2100 have additional 30 minutes as this is in line with International standards.
Why Do you Have Fixed Prizes?
We introduced fixed prizes based on scores to encourage more players to play for wins. See the section on Score Based Prizes below for more details.
How Does Re-Entry Work?
For players on the 3-day schedule, you can re-enter the tournament by joining the 2-day schedule. A player might decide to do this if for example, they lost their first game on Friday evening. They can virtually restart the tournament again by re-entering the 2-day tournament the following day. For this option, the player will have to pay re-entry fee.
Why Do you Have a Re-Entry Fee?
Since Re-entry typically gives you a second chance and an opportunity to improve your chances of winning prize money, we charge a fee for it.
Why is Rating Important?
Rating is important to ensure that players of similar strengths play against other players of similar strength. This keeps the tournament competitive for all players.
What are the Advantages of Score Based Prizes for Players?
- The prize for a given score is never shared. Therefore, your prize only depends on your performance. This is different than place-based prizes where things outside of the player’s control affect how many people share a given prize.
- The prizes do not depend on the number of entries in a section. So, a low turnout in a section does not lead to lower prizes like in a based-on prize tournament.
- There is no need to wait for other games to finish to determine how much you have won. Once your game is over, you can receive your check.
- Players will be motivated to play for the win. Since the total of the prizes is always higher when the result of a game is decisive, the incidence of quick draws is less.
What are the Disadvantages of Score-Based Prizes for Players?
- In a smaller section it is harder to win every game and earn the largest prize than it is to come in first. But a large section will require a near perfect score to come in first. So the difference for a large section is small. Note that the reason the prize for a perfect score is large is because it is hard. With place-based prizes, a small section would not be able to support a large prize.
- You can’t just draw games when everyone else draws games. If only place mattered, draws on all the top boards in a section would not really affect your prize chances.
What are the Advantages of Score-Based Prizes for Organizers?
The average total prize fund in a section will naturally scale with the number of entries. Thus, you don’t have to guess how many players will show up in a section.
What are the Disadvantages of Score-Based Prizes for Organizers?
The actual total prizes the organizer will pay for a tournament is not in the organizer’s control. Only after all the games have finished will the total prize fund be known.
What Happens to the ``Extra`` Money When there are a Lot of Draws and/or no Perfect Score?
The average payout for a section strongly depends on the draw fraction. Since in a given event the draw fraction can’t be predicted, there will be sections that have above and below average payouts. Overall, sections with a large draw fraction will make up for sections with a low draw fraction.
Why do the Higher Rated Sections Get Larger Prizes for the Same Score?
The average payout in a section decreases as the draw fraction increases. In general, the higher rated sections have a higher fraction of the games ending in draws. Thus, to compensate for this, the prizes for a given score are larger in the higher rated sections.
How Does The Membership Work?
Our membership is designed for those that really want to elevate their chess game with restricted access to training videos and other benefit s specifically for members. Members pay a monthly or annual fee and get access to all the training resources available only to our members.
What's so Special About Your Membership Program?
Our membership is special because of the awesome benefits our members enjoy including training by Grand Masters tailored to individual member playing level, game analysis by Pro Chess players, discounts to our tournaments and camps, monthly chess training videos and one-on-one coaching.
Can I Share my Membership with Friends/Family?
No. Each membership is for each individual and may not be shared. We believe that the monthly pricing is affordable given the amount of quality lessons and benefits we provide to all members. Those that cannot afford our membership can start by exploring the FREE membership option available.