June Events Updated + Weekend Cash Tournament

The Events Page has been updated with the Thursday games, and our Summer Rapid Kickoff is this weekend. Don’t miss it!


Summer Rapid Kickoff Tournament Announced!

Cash prizes are scaled based on 50 participants. Subject to change if fewer show up, but bracketed prizes will definitely occur.

FORMAT: A 5-round Swiss event in two sections. Maximum 50 players. If limited players, sections may be combined.
SCHEDULE: Check-in: 9-9:45am. Rounds (5): 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm. Closing ceremony 3pm or ASAP. Blitz tournament to follow starting at 4 PM!
TIME CONTROL: G/15; +10 sec. increment per move starting from move 1.
BYES: One half-point bye available; request at check-in.
PRIZE FUND: $1000 based on 50 entries. Prizes are subject to change.

1st: $200, 2nd: $120, 3rd: $80, U1700/U1500: $50 each

Reserve (U1500):
1st: $120, $2nd: $80, U1300/U1100/Unrated: $30 each

RATING: US Chess rated Quick. Higher of June 2024 US Chess Regular or Quick rating will be used to determine pairings and prizes.

MEMBERSHIP: US Chess Membership required.

Register for the Summer Rapid Kickoff on June 22nd!


May Events Posted – Rapid Quads This Week

The Events Page has been updated for the entire month of May – check out what we have cooking on Thursdays!

Events Page

We also have a Summer Rapid Open coming in June… more info soon on that. Stay peeled to our social media accounts, the newsletter, and our blog!


Spring Rapid Open Results and Prizes! (2024)

Thanks to the 30 chess competitors who came to the 2024 Spring Rapid Open held on April 20th, 2024 in Des Moines, WA! We had three titled players attend as well, which was great to see.

Prize winners overall and per class:

Open / Overall

  • 1st: NM Siddarth Sundaram (5.0/5.0), $179
  • 2nd-3rd: FM Ryan Porter, Andrew Fletcher, Jan Buzek (4.0/5.0), $71.33 each

Class Prizes

  • U1800:
    • 1st/2nd: Franz Keller, Walter Guity (3.5/5.0) – $37.50 each
  • U1400:
    • 1st: Christian Jordan (3.0/5.0) – $32
    • 2nd: Koby Portes, Olin Martin (2.0/5.0) – $14 each
  • U1000:
    • 1st: Matthew McKendry (3.0/5.0) – $30
    • 2nd: Shen Gong, David Zhang (2.0/5.0) – $12.50 each
  • Unrated:
    • 1st: Nicholas Lucy (2.5/5.0) – $25
    • 2nd/3rd: Charles Du, Orar Al Dhaheri (2.0/5.0) – $19 each

The full crosstable can be found below as a PDF or the USCF site direct link with ratings changes:

Final Crosstable Spring Rapid Open

USCF Crosstable with Ratings Changes

Select photos attached – for the full album, check out the Facebook post for the event on our page!

NM Siddarth Sundaram
NM Siddarth Sundaram
FM Ryan Porter
FM Ryan Porter
FM Peter Yu
FM Peter Yu

Spring Rapid Open Notes!

Hello competitors!

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone by 9:45 AM tomorrow. Doors open at 9 AM for registration and confirmation. We have 27 registered players as of right now and expect a few walk-ups. If you have not emailed me your USCF or played at the club before, please do so in the morning OR check-in at the desk ASAP so we can get you in our system.


Event and location info; plenty of parking in the lot and on the street. Gas station down the street for snacks but no grocery store within walking distance; bring your own snacks if desired. Water will be provided on-site but bring a water bottle if possible.

Events Page

Your TDs will be Kyle Boddy and Matthew Duran. A few notes here ahead of time:

  • Prize schedule will be posted after round one.
  • Prizes will be paid via Venmo/Paypal by Sunday morning or written check within 14 days.
  • The acoustics of the room aren’t great, so please be quiet. That said, we are not responsible for keeping the room dead silent, and to that end, we allow headphones/earbuds or earplugs. Bring them if you are bothered by light noise.
  • Clocks, boards, pieces are all provided. Bring your own clocks if you like, however, as the lower number tables have blitz clocks.
    5 rounds of G/15+10 as promised with a lunch break; info is at the link above and will be posted before Round One as well.
  • This is USCF Rated, meaning we’re playing by the book. Annotation is NOT required, but touch move rule is in effect amongst all the standard USCF rules. Announcements will be made tomorrow morning before the tournament. Pause the clock and call for an arbiter if you have any issues.

You can email your USCF ID or any questions to me at

Both Matthew and I will be on-site at 9 AM. If you have complications with your USCF registration or questions for the TDs, please arrive early to iron it out.

Let’s have fun! Thanks for ringing in the one year anniversary of the South Sound Chess Club.