chess (G/5). This is not rated by USCF.
BYE: Indicates which rounds
players who find it inconvenient to play may take half point byes
(draws without play) instead. For example, BYE: 1 indicates
the bye is available in round 1.
CC: Chess club.
EF: Entry fee.
Ent: Where to mail entries.
G/: Game in. For instance,
G/75 means each player has 75 minutes for the entire game.
GPP: Grand Prix Points. The
USCF Grand Prix is a year long contest, primarily for Masters.
HR: Hotel rates.
For example, 60-65-70-75 means $60 for a single, $65 for a double,
$70 for three in room, $75 for four in room. The 3 and
4 to a room rates usually include only 2 beds.
Membership required; cost follows. Usually refers to state
NC: Computers are not allowed
Norms: Results needed to
qualify for the FIDE titles of International Master or International
Grandmaster. Only tournaments of at least 9 rounds can offer
norms, and even with this many rounds, the tournament must also have
sufficient foreign, titled, and FIDE rated players for a player to
have a chance for a norm.
NS: No smoking.
Open Section: A section open
to all. Often has very strong players, but some who are eligible
for lower sections choose to play for the learning experience.
Play up: To play in a higher
section than necessary. For instance, a player rated 1700 who
enters the Under 2000 Section (or Under 2200 Section or Open Section)
when an Under 1800 Section is offered is "playing up."
QC: Quick Chess (Game/10 to Game/29). USCF
rates these events with a separate Quick rating system.
Quad: 4-player round robin
sections with similar strength players.
Rds: Rounds; scheduled game
starting times follow. For example, Rds Sat 11-2-5:30, Sun
10-4:15 means rounds begin Saturday at 11 am, 2 pm, and 5:30 pm,
and on Sunday at 10 am and 4:15 pm.
Reg: Registration at
RR: Round robin (preceded
by number of rounds).
SD/: Sudden death time control
(time for rest of game follows). For example, 40/2, SD/1 means
each player has 2 hours for the first 40 moves, then 1 hour for the
rest of the game.
Section: A division of a
tournament, usually excluding players above a specified rating. Players
in a section face only each other, not those in other sections.
SS: Swiss System pairings
(preceded by number of rounds).
U: Under. For example,
U1200 means Under 1200.
Unr: Unrated. Note
that players with foreign ratings or categories are not unrated,
and provisionally rated players are not unrated.
Also, you never lose your rating, so if you were rated 40 years ago,
you are not unrated.