All about the Bye
A bye request indicates the times and/or rounds for which you do not wish to be paired for a game. Bye requests are used when players cannot attend 1 or more rounds of a tournament because of an unavoidable conflict. Most players play all rounds so request no byes. Only request a bye if you need one. If you requested a bye in error, notify the directors table immediately. A bye request should be requested before the start of the tournament. A bye request is irrevocable once the round has begun.
|What is a bye?||
A bye at a chess tournament means that a player wants to participant in the tournament, but will come late, leave early, or miss some of the games because of other commitments (ex: birthday party, other sports games or practices). If there is an odd number of players the computer will issue a bye for the odd player. This player will receive a full point bye for that round.
|How do I request a bye?||
When you register for the tournament ask for a bye if you need one. If you are registering in person ask for a bye request form. If you are registering on line, e-mail the registrar. If you request a bye for the last round of the tournament before round 1 begins, it will be a 1/2 point bye (subject to the 1/2 point bye limit). After round 1 begins final round bye requests are at the discretion of the Tournament Director. – The only exception is the 7 round Statewide Tournament. All 7th round byes in the Statewide tournament are zero point byes.
|Do I need to request a bye?||
No. It is better if you play all your games, but if you are unable to play all rounds, you should request a bye.
|What happens when I request a bye?||You will not be paired for the round/time you request a bye for. The
computer will give you ½ point bye for one missed game. All
the other games you miss you will receive zero points. You can request
as many byes as you need, but only 1 will be 1/2 point.
For the State Tournament ‘ONLY’ you can have up to two ½ point byes. In any tournament other than the State Tournament you can have one ½ point bye.