USCF Membership. 99% of all of our tournaments are USCF (United States Chess Federation) run tournaments and require a valid USCF membership. More information can be found at www.uschess.org. Adult USCF membership fees run about $40.00 - $49.00 annually (as of 10/28/17) and are a separate from Bergen Chess Mates. A USCF membership is valid for all USCF tournaments in the United States.
Bergen Chess Mates Annual Membership. Our annual membership is $20.00 (Adults) and $15.00 (Seniors). Scholastics are not required to pay membership.
Membership renewal begins in coincidence with the fiscal year in January. Actively participating members and Scholastics are eligible to use our lending library and participate in bi-annual board member elections.
Registration and Pairing requirements. Registration occurs between 7:00pm and 7:45pm, as does pairings for the evening. If you anticipate on arriving after 7:45pm, you must contact Peter Birdsall or you will not be paired for that evening as tournaments start at 8pm.
Regular Tournament Entry Fees. Non Members add $5.00 to the fee schedule below. Scholastics play for free.
One night tournaments are $15.00 (Adults) and $10.00 (Seniors). Multi-Night tournaments are $20.00 (Adults) and $15.00 (Seniors).
Special Tournaments Fees (tournament has an increased prize pool for 1st and/or 2nd place(s) per section per tournament TLA). Our Bergen County Open fees are $25.00 (Adults) and $20.00 (Seniors). Our Club Championship fees are $25.00 (Adults) and $20.00 (Seniors). Iron Knights (Summer open tournament during July - August) TBA in June.
Match Play. $5.00 per evening. You must have a established USCF rating and it must be within 400 points of your opponent.
Players Prize Pool. For Regular and Special tournaments our minimum prize pool is 65% of the entrance fees taken in for the tournament, excluding any membership fees. The prize pool is distributed in accordance with tournament pairing methodology, with additional under categories or class categories (participation driven) as appropriate.
Scholastics under the age of 16 are not eligible for any cash prizes.
All Prize Pool winners are paid via check from Bergen Chess Mates and such checks are not eligible to be used for future tournament entrance fees.