What are the instructions for each round?

  • Locate your section’s pairings in the Tri-Bridges website. (Click the oval with your section name to go to that page.) Make sure your zoom screen is on “mute”
  • Get your opponent’s real name and handle from the pairing list in your section.
  • Go to (see video for more detail) and challenge your opponent to a 25 minute game with a 5 second increment (under “more” and “custom” time controls)
  • You can find your opponent’s Zoom screen and watch them play during your game (optional) or temporarily unmute and ask them any questions if they have not accepted your challenge (they may have challenged you first, in which case you can just accept their challenge)
  • When your game is finished, report your result to the TD Joshua Anderson on Zoom chat. The pairings for the next round will be out minutes after the final result from the previous round is reported in your section.


  1. When I signed up for I was given a rating, i.e. 800 or 1200. This rating, and for that matter any rating is not used by this event, so need to worry about it.

2. Do you need to report the result of game? Yes, please do so to Joshua Anderson, the tournament director.

3. My opponent is not showing up, what should I do? Do not abort the game.  The tournament director or an assistant will come to you (online/message/text/phone).

4. I was winning, but then my internet went bad and my opponent claimed a win? What should I do? I am sorry that your internet was down. It can happen to anyone. If that happens, you lost the game.  If your opponent is disconnected, please wait, but do not add minutes on your opponent because that will delay next round.  Note: If you have a minor internet interruption, you may still be able to get back to your game, so please make every attempt to try to do so.

5. What to do for next round? Same thing. You wait until the pairings are up and then challenge your opponent whom you are paired with.

6. Any breaks between? We will have small break each round, but I will be trying to rate the next round quickly after each round is over.

7. How to withdraw? Please tell tournament director that you withdraw before the next pairing is up. We have chat for everyone, or you can directly message the TD.

8. Are the games USChess Rated? Yes, they will effect your online USChess rating, not your over the board rating.

9. How to make sure my opponent is not cheating? Every players need to be honest and not cheat. You must also have zoom on while playing. Cheating can be in any of the following ways – playing using engines or books, playing by someone else, or someone helping.

10. Any cheating punishments? Yes. has detection if someone is cheating and since it is USChess rated, you will receive penalties from them as well.