top of page

Sat, Jul 06


St. Paul Episcopal Church

'Merica Melee Chess Tournament

Hear ye, patriots and patzers! A four-round Swiss (60+10), USCF-rated chess tournament with $1,000 in prizes (based on 60 players)...

Registration is closed
See other events
'Merica Melee Chess Tournament
'Merica Melee Chess Tournament

Time & Location

Jul 06, 2024, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

St. Paul Episcopal Church, 6050 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA

About The Event

Hear ye! Hear ye! Patriots and patzers! The colonial army needs you...

This 4th of July weekend, all ages, skill levels, club members and non-members alike are invited to join us for this one-day, USCF-rated chess tournament with four sections.

Here are the details:

  • Limit 80 players.  View pre-registered players here.
  • Tournament is four-round Swiss and USCF-rated (affects regular ratings), so all players must be a member of the US Chess Federation at least 24 hours prior to tournament start, and provide non-expired USCF ID# at registration.  Join USCF here.
  • Entry fee is $40 for Indy Chess members/$45 for non-members by 6/22/24 at 11:59pm, and $45 members/$50 non-members 6/23 to 7/5 at 11:59pm, and $55 day of the event.  Join Indy Chess here (our local club).
  • Check-in is 9-9:15am, and rounds begin at 9:30am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, and 6:00pm.
  • The time control is 60 minutes + 10 second increment.
  • Four sections: 1800+ (Generals), 1400-1799 (Artillery), 1000-1399 (Cavalry), and unrated to 999 (Militia).  July published ratings used.  Provisional ratings used if otherwise unrated.  Unrated may play up at TD discretion.  Players within 100 points of higher section may play up for $20 fee added 100% to prize fund of section played in (email TD intention in advance; pay $20 fee at
  • Prizes include Independence Day trophies for the top 3 places in each section (tiebreaks), plus the following cash prizes: Generals ($200, $150, $100); Artillery ($150, $100, $50); Cavalry ($125, $75, $50); Militia (Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd based on tie breaks).  All prizes quoted are based on 60 paid entries, and may be adjusted down proportionally if that projected turnout is not achieved (last two events had >60 players).
  • Limit one half point bye can be requested in advance.  Byes for fourth round must be requested before beginning of third round.
  • Bring sets and clocks.  Many may be provided, but equipment is players' responsibility.  (If it's your first tournament, we'll have equipment for you.)
  • Playing room has great lighting, padded chairs, and is accessible to wheelchairs.
  • Light concessions will be available for sale.  Many restaurants within short drive.  No food in playing room, and only drink with caps allowed at playing tables.
  • All children 12 and under must have responsible adult on-site during entirety of event.  Kids can and will be disqualified if an adult is not present.  Indy Chess does not provide supervision of children under 13.  For children over 13, responsible adult must sign them in at check-in and leave their cell phone number.  Indy Chess reserves the right to request a parent/guardian be present for any individual under 18.
  • Skittles room with air hockey, ping pong, billiards, and more!  Additional tables/chairs in lobby for parents.  Chess library for members to check out free books.  Guest WiFi available.
  • Top boards may be livestreamed.
  • Notation of moves is required (unless time pressure).  If assistance needed, contact tournament director in advance.
  • Fair play: No devices allowed except for USCF-approved notation devices (subject to inspection).  Phones must be turned off and face down or in bag.  On-call personnel, contact TD.
  • No refunds after July 4.

Questions/Comments?  Email Mike Chapuran at or call 317-429-6952.

Hope to see you at this Independence Day tournament, where refuting the London takes on a lot more meaning...


  • Entry fee

    From $45.00 to $50.00
    Sale ended
    • $50.00
      +$1.25 service fee
    • $45.00
      +$1.13 service fee



    Share This Event

    bottom of page