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Q:  What time do I set my clock for?
A:  The time control for this tournament is Game and 25 minutes (G/25, d/0) with no delay. Set your all clocks for G/25, d/0.  There are so many types of clocks that most TDs no longer know how to set them all; therefore, you can do yourself a favor by checking your clock manual and setting your clock before you enter the playing area.   

Q:  How do I report my game results?
A:  We will announce at the start of the tournament how you can report your game result. 

Q:  What if my game results are incorrect?
A:  You and your opponent should find a TD and you both have to verify the new game results.  

Q:  What if I don't have an opponent?
A:  Often players show up late for their game.  In the first round you may get re-paired; however, in later rounds you just have to wait.  If  your opponent does not show up you will get an automatic win.

Q:  What does it mean when I check my pairings and it says "Please Wait?"
A:  It means that at the moment we could not find an opponent for you because there is an odd number of players.  Find a TD in your section and let them know about the "Please Wait" message.  Sometimes they can still find a game for you.  If they can not then you get a free win!

Q:  Can I use my cell phone?  
A:  We know it is important for your parent or coach to contact you; however, using, or even looking at,  a cell phone, or even letting it ring, will result in a penalty against you.  Cell phones disturb other players and sometimes they even accuse honest players of using their cell phones to cheat.  

Q:  Do I have to take notation?
A:  No, but it is harder to make a claim if you don't have a score sheet. 

Q:  Do I have to belong to the USCF?
A:  Yes.

Q:  What rating supplement will be used for this tournament?
A:  The USCF January ratings supplement, regular rating.


Q:  What if there is a problem in my game that I need help with?
A:  Raise your hand and a TD will come over to help you.

Q:  Can my parents or my coach watch my game.
A:  At the start of each game we ask the parents and coaches to leave the playing area for 15 minutes.  If there is room in the playing area they will be able to come back in after 15 minutes and stand in the middle aisle to watch your game.  Please don't talk to them or make any gestures to them.  This will be hard for you and them; however, it opens up the possibility that honest communication between a parent/coach may be misinterpreted as cheating.  If you must talk to a parent or coach then have a TD right there listening in to the conversation.  

Q:  What if I have to withdraw?
A:  Go to Chess Control and have a parent or coach sign you out of the tournament.  That way in the next game we avoid some other player having to sit and wait for you to arrive when you have already left the tournament.  

Q:  What if I have to use the restroom during my game?
A:  Raise your hand and ask the TD for permission to use the restroom.  

Q:  Will I have to play a game against another member of my school team?
A:  Since there are no team prizes or trophies that might happen.    
  

Q:  Do I have to use a clock?
A:  Yes.  Borrow one if you have to. Without a clock you will not know if you or your opponent took too long to move.  Besides if a clock does become available late in your game the TD will have to split the used up time equally between you and your opponent, even if your opponent took longer to move than you.