|Mechanics' Institute Chess Room. Credit: ChessDryad.|
Over almost a decade, the Ray Schutt Memorial has become one of the strongest and most popular blitz tournaments in the Bay Area. The last three years saw an average of 50 players, including many masters with several Grandmasters and International Masters. GM Daniel Naroditsky won a year ago with a perfect 10-0 score. Earlier this year, the Brandwein blitz attracted 6 GMs plus 6 IMs.
Due to a direct conflict with the CalChess Super States, the Schutt blitz will mostly be an adult-only event this year. Come down for a fun afternoon of chess in the City!
Location: 57 Post Street, San Francisco (use Montgomery BART)
TIME CONTROL: G/4 + inc/2 (bring your digital clock)
ENTRY FEE: $10 (free for GM / IM / WGM / WIM)
This tournament is UNRATED. Membership in USCF is not required.
PRIZES: $1000 total
1st place: $400
2nd place: $250
3rd place: $150
4th place: $100
5th place: $100
These prizes are guaranteed due to the generosity of the Schutt family. Every player takes home a book prize!
REGISTRATION: On-site only from Noon to 12:45.
There will be no registration in advance. The tournament will be held between roughly 1 and 5 PM. Light refreshments courtesy of the Schutt family. Even if you don't play, please come and enjoy the atmosphere as we pay respect to the popular 2300 rated master.
I regret never knowing Ray. However, we did play one tournament together, and apparently sat next to each other in the first round. It was the 1998 CalChess Labor Day held in Union City. I was rated 2124 back then and played up in Master section. Ray finished with 3.5 while I scored 2.5.