Caveman Chess



Caveman April 3x3  April 1, 2017

Our tournaments are focused on creating a collegial, polite, club environment.  We ask all of our players, at all ages, to be respectful of each other and to have a positive, friendly attitude.  We are focused on competitive fun!  Come join us!

Sponsored in conjunction with the Maine South High School Chess Club.


Maine South High School, cafeteria
1111 S. Dee Road
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Number of sections:

Three USCF rated


3 round Swiss System

Time Control:

G/61+5 second delay. Digital clocks only.


Gold: 1700 and over
Silver: 1200 - 1699
Bronze: Under 1200 and Unrated

Playing Up:

1600 - 1699 may play up to Gold.
1100 - 1199 may play up to Silver.
Published USCF Regular Rating determines eligibility.
Unrated players will be placed at TD discretion.

Advance, Online Registration:

Advance Entries are strongly recommended. Advance Entry fee is:
General Public:
$ 10
Maine South High School Students who complete all three games: $5 (Pay $10 online, $5 refunded at the tournament after the last round.)
First five Masters and Experts:
Free, in advance only. Email your entry to

Please pre-register and pay online using the link below.
Enter online at at the bottom of the page, or by going to and looking up Illinois events.

Advance entries will close at 8:00 p.m. the night before the tournament.

Registration at Site and Check-in:

From 9:00-9:30
Check-In: Players must check in by 9:30 am; players who arrive late will receive a half-point bye for the first round or be paired with another late arrival.Pre-registered players who do not arrive by the end of Round 1 will be withdrawn.
On-Site Entry: On-site entries are $15 for any player and are taken on an as-available, first-come, first-serve basis starting at 9:00 a.m. Cash or credit cards, no checks.


Our policy is that withdrawals will be refunded if made in advance of the tournament or in person at the tournament registration. No refunds are available for withdrawals after the start of the event.


9:45, 12:30, 2:45. The last few games of the event should conclude around 5:00-ish.


Fun chess in a friendly environment.


We are now also serving a range of Keurig coffees! Concessions available on site. Fast food and other restaurants a 5 minute drive away.

Tournament Director:

Maret Thorpe

Guest Master:

NM Ken Wallach
We may pay titled players to play in our events. We usually do not pair them against each other. Even if they should lose (it does happen) we may pair them with the highest score groups.


One half point in any round but the last.

Juniors under age 14:

Junior players (under fourteen years) are welcome if accompanied by an adult. We do not accept unaccompanied junior players. Please indicate on your entry or by email the name and relationship of an adult accompanying a junior player. No more than 4 junior players per accompanying adult.

Master and Expert Entries:

First five advance master and expert entries play for free. Please email for your advance entry by 8:00 the night before the tournament.

Other information:

Bring sets, limited number provided. Bring digital clocks only. Wheelchair accessible. No Smoking. Most tables have bench seating.

For more information:

To Join US Chess: If you wish to enter a US Chess rated section, and you are not currently a member, click here to join, and obtain your ID number prior to completing your entry.


Please register at this new beta registration site: which will open in a new window.

If you have difficulties, email us, email address above under "For more information"