Club News Update

2017 Knoxville City Championship -- There are two ways to qualify to play in the 2017 Knoxville City Chess Championship:

  • The top finisher from each our five 2017 monthly Swiss tournaments -- held in January, March, May, July, and September -- will qualify to play in the City Championship.
  • The player who doesn't win one of our five monthly Swiss tournaments, but scores the most points cumulatively in them throughout 2017 -- will qualify to play in the City Championship. (Both wins and draws count towards the cumulative total.) All points scored in our 2017 July Monthly Swiss, which we call the Bonus Tournament, are doubled.
  • If anyone qualifies for the Championship but is unable to play in it, his replacement will come from our September monthly Swiss, which we call the Qualifier Tournament.

If two or more players who haven't already qualified for the Championship, tie for first in one of our 2017 monthly Swiss tournaments, the tie must be broken to determine which one of the players will qualify to play in the Championship.

  • The tie can be broken by either using tournament tiebreaking points, or by holding a play-off.
  • When entering one of our monthly Swiss tournaments, each player declares whether he wants to participate in a play-off, or wants to use tournament tiebreaking points for that tournament.
  • All players that opted for a play-off, will participate in a play-off if they tie for first.
  • All players that opted for tiebreaking tournament points will have the tie broken using that method, if they tie for first. Then that one player will participate in a play-off -- only -- when he is tied for first with anyone who opted for a play-off.

Playoffs will consist of two unrated 10-minute games, played according to USCF tournament rules. The players will toss for colors before the first game.

  • If that does not break the tie, then the players will play two unrated 5-minute games, played according to USCF Blitz Rules.
  • If that does not break the tie, then a coin toss will break the tie. The higher rated player calls either heads or tails while the coin is in the air.
  • When a play-off involves an odd number of players, a knock-out format is used. The highest rated player sits out until the final round.

The Championship will be held at the chess club on five consective Thursdays: Thursday, October 19, 2017, to Thursday, November 16, 2017 -- and will be a six-player round-robin.

2017 Knoxville Open at Centerpointe Church

The Greater Knoxville Chess Club is co-sponsoring a chess tournament:

  • Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017.
  • Location: Centerpointe Church, 2909 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917.

CLICK HERE for information and entry form

2013 GKCC Membership Rates -- Rates go into effect on March 1, 2013.
  • Adult Membership: $20 / year.
  • Junior Membership: Under 12 - $10 / year.
  • Family Junior Membership (two or more children under 18, from the same family, joining the club on the same day) - $10 / year each child.

FM Peter Bereolos -- Knoxville City Chess Champion Pete Bereolos has been awarded the FIDE Master title.

New Dues Policy -- Starting on January 1, 2002, club memberships will expire one year from the date they were purchased. No longer will everyone's membership expire on the last day of the year.

Memberships can be renewed when less than three months remain before their expiration. Multi-year memberships will not be available.

Leonard Dickerson has written a book detailing what the scholastic chess player needs to know. GKCC members can buy a copy at a special price:

Leonard's New Book

NM Pete Bereolos's chess Web page:

Shakmaty Bereolos: The Official Chess Page of Peter Bereolos


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