MC3 Tournament Schedule

The Millionaire Chess Open is different from any other open chess tournament in history. The first seven rounds of every section will be a qualifying stage to determine who plays for the big prizes on Millionaire Monday. Four finalists from each section will move on to play two knock-out rounds to determine who wins the top prize. The last two rounds of the Open section will also be played on Millionaire Monday to determine who wins 5th place and under, as well as to give players a chance to acquire norms. In the other sections, the tournament will be officially over by Sunday night, October 9 for players who did not make it to Millionaire Monday.

Round Times for Open Section

Time control is 40/120 and G/30 with a 5 second delay

40/120 means that 40 moves must be played in 120 minutes (2 hours). G/30 means that both sides each have an additional 30 minutes to play the rest of the game. The 5-second delay happens from the very first move.

Round 1: Thursday, October 6 @ 12:00 p.m.
Round 2: Thursday, October 6 @ 7:00 p.m.
Round 3: Friday, October 7 @ 11:00 a.m.
Round 4: Friday, October 7 @ 6:00 p.m.
Round 5: Saturday, October 8 @ 11:00 a.m.
Round 6: Saturday, October 8 @ 6:00 p.m.
Round 7: Sunday, October 9 @ 11:00 a.m.

Tie-Break Playoffs: Sunday, October 9 @ 6:00 p.m. (if necessary).  The tie-break playoffs will determine top four players in all divisions for the Semi-Finals & Finals.

The full schedule for the tie-break playoffs will depend on the number of players competing for the final four spots and will be posted an hour before the beginning of the round.

MCO Tie-break Play-off Format for determining Final 4

Round 8: Monday, October 10 @ 11:00 a.m.
Round 9: Monday, October 10 @ 6:00 p.m.

Round Times for Under 2200, U2000, U1800, U1600

Time control is 40/120 and G/30 with a 5 second delay

40/120 means that 40 moves must be played in 120 minutes (2 hours). G/30 means that both sides each have an additional 30 minutes to play the rest of the game. The 5-second delay happens from the very first move.

Round 1: Thursday, October 6 @ 12:00 p.m.
Round 2: Thursday, October 6 @ 7:00 p.m.
Round 3: Friday, October 7 @ 11:00 a.m.
Round 4: Friday, October 7 @ 6:00 p.m.
Round 5: Saturday, October 8 @ 11:00 a.m.
Round 6: Saturday, October 8 @ 6:00 p.m.
Round 7: Sunday, October 9 @ 11:00 a.m.

Tie-Break Playoffs: Sunday, October 9 @ 6:00 p.m.

The tie-break playoffs will determine the top four players in all divisions for the Semi-Finals & Finals that will take place on Millionaire Monday.

The full schedule for the qualifying round will depend on the number of players competing for the final four spots in each section and will be announced an hour before the beginning of the round.

MCO Tie-break Play-off Format for determining Final 4

After the final four players have been determined on Sunday, the tournament is officially over for the rest of the participants in the Under 2200, U2000, U1800, and U1600 sections.

How do we determine the final four players for Millionaire Monday if more than four players are tied after 7 rounds?
It would be heartbreaking for a player to not qualify for Millionaire Monday because of a random tie-break rule! We think that the best way to settle matters is over the board!

Tie-break Playoffs
The tie-break format to decide who goes on to Millionaire Monday will be a playoff based on the number of participants trying to qualify. The Tie-break Playoffs will end inside of 5 hours, which is the normal length of a round. The chief Tournament Director will have a preplanned structure for the playoff and will announce what playoff format will be used in each section approximately an hour before the start of the tie-break round.

What happens to the players in the playoff who do not win the playoff?
In the Open section, the players who do not continue on to Millionaire Monday will divide equally the $2400 Tie-break Consolation Prize and will continue in the Open section to play the final two rounds. They may then win additional prizes based on their position in the final standings of the open section.

In the other sections, they will be considered tied for fifth place and their prize will be determined in the usual manner according to US Chess rules. Specifically, starting with the fifth place prize and working down the prize list, as many prizes as players tied for fifth place will be added and divided equally among the tied players. (For example, if there are five players involved in the tie-break in order to select the 4th and final player into Millionaire Monday, the four players who lose the Tie-break Playoffs will split the awards for 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th place.)

Tie break format
2 players: 2 rounds at G/15 d/3. If still tied, 2 Blitz G/5 d/0 games, then Armageddon game if necessary.
3 players: double round robin at G/7 d/3. If still tied, 2 Blitz G/5 d/0 games, then Armageddon game if necessary.
4 players: double round robin (six games) at G/7 d/3. If still tied, 2 Blitz G/5 d/0 games, then Armageddon game if necessary.
5 players: single round robin at G/7 d/3. If still tied, 2 Blitz G/5 d/0 games, then Armageddon game if necessary.

Note: For six or more tied players, the players will be subdivided and play round robins.  If the round robins do not produce clear winners, then the tied winners will proceed to the tiebreak described above for however many players remain.

6 players: Two groups of three players each play a double round robin at G/7 d/3. The winners of each round robin will play two Blitz G/5 d/0 games followed by an Armageddon game if necessary.  If there are ties in the three player round robins, then all the tied players will continue with the tie break procedure given above for that number of players.  (For example, if one group has two players tied with three points each and the other group has a clear winner, then the three players will proceed with the tiebreak for three players as above.)

7 players: The players will be divided by lot into two groups, one comprising four players and the other comprising three. Each group will play a double round robin at G/7 d/3. The winners of each round robin will play two Blitz G/5 d/0 games followed by an Armageddon game if necessary. (See above if the two round robins do not both produce a clear winner.)

8 players: The players will be divided by lot into two groups of four. Each group will play a double round robin at G/7 d/3 (six games total). The winners of each round robin will play two Blitz G/5 d/0 games followed by an Armageddon game if necessary. (See above if the two round robins do not produce clear winners.)

9 players: The players will be divided by lot into three groups of three each. Each group will play a round robin at G/7 d/3. The winners of each round robin will then compete as described above for three players. (See above if the three round robins do not all produce clear winners.) Ten or more players: In the extremely unlikely case that a tie must be broken among ten or
more players, the procedure will be determined as necessary.

Time controls:
All round robin games: G/7 d/3.
Blitz games: G/5 with no delay or increment (G/5 d/0).
Armageddon game: White 5 minutes 30 seconds, Black four minutes with no delay. Black has draw odds (if the game is drawn, Black wins). There will be a coin toss, and the winner of the toss will choose his color.

4-Day Schedule

Time control is G/45 with a 5 second delay

G/45 for the 4 day schedule means that the each side has 45 minutes to play the entire game.

Round 1: Friday, October 7 @ 11:30 a.m.
Round 2: Friday, October 7 @ 2:00 p.m.
Round 3: Friday, October 7 @ 4:30 p.m.
Round 4: Friday, October 7 @ 7:00 p.m.

For rounds 5, 6 and 7 merge with 5-day and compete for the same prizes.

Millionaire Monday Schedule

Tie-breaker Round

U 1400 @ 9am

The top four players from each section will play each other in a double round knock-out to determine the eventual winner and prize distribution. The time control will be G/25 with a 5-second delay. In case of a tie after two games, the players will play two G/15 games with a 5-second delay. In the event of a tie after those games, the players will play two 5-minute blitz games with a 2-second delay. In the event of a tie after those games, the players will play an Armageddon blitz game (White 5 minutes, Black 3 minutes 30 seconds with draw odds).

Note that the losers of the semi-finals will play each other to determine who takes 3rd place and who takes 4th place.

Semi-Finals Schedule
Game 1 (G/25 +5sec delay): Monday, October 10 @ 11:00 a.m.
Game 2 (G/25 +5sec delay): Monday, October 10 @ 12:30 p.m.

1st Tie-Break Round (if necessary)
Game 1 (G/15 +5sec delay): Monday, October 10 @ 2:00 p.m.
Game 2 (G/15 +5sec delay): Monday, October 10 @ 2:45 p.m.

2nd Tie-Break Round (if necessary)
Game 1 (5min +2sec delay): Monday, October 10 @ 3:30 p.m.
Game 2 (5min +2sec delay): Monday, October 10 @ 3:45 p.m.

3rd Tie-Break Round (if necessary)
1 Game (White 5min, Black 3m 30s w/draw odds): Monday, October 10 @ 4:15 p.m.
 

Finals Schedule:

Played to determine 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th places.
Game 1 (G/25 +5sec delay): Monday, October 10 @ 5:00 p.m.
Game 2 (G/25 +5sec delay): Monday, October 10 @ 6:30 p.m.

1st Tie-Break Round (if necessary)
Game 1 (G/15 +5sec delay): Monday, October 10 @ 8:00 p.m.
Game 2 (G/15 +5sec delay): Monday, October 10 @ 8:45 p.m.

2nd Tie-Break Round (if necessary)
Game 1 (5min +2sec delay): Monday, October 10 @ 9:30 p.m.
Game 2 (5min +2sec delay): Monday, October 10 @ 9:45 p.m.

3rd Tie-Break Round (if necessary)
1 Game (White 5m, Black 3m 30s w/draw odds): Monday, October 10 @ 10:15 p.m.  

Closing ceremony

Monday, October 10 @ 10:30 p.m.

MC Blitz

The blitz tournament will take place Sunday October 9 at 9:30pm. Details to be announced later.

*In most cases, pairings will be posted the night before the morning rounds or 1 hour before the evening rounds. Pairings for round 3 of the Amateur sections (non-Open) will be posted 90 minutes before the round begins due to the re-entry option. The organizers reserve the right to change pairings due to exigent circumstances.