OSCF Online Tournament Schedule on Lichess for March 30 – April 3

OSCF is continuing to offer free online tournaments in March and April on Lichess! Each day will feature either Blitz, Rapid, and Chess960. Kids and adults both welcome. Open to all regardless of age or residency. 

Monday March 30, 2:00PM-4:00PM
OSCF Advanced Blitz Arena (5+0) (Unrated and U1600 welcome to play up)
OSCF Beginner Blitz Arena (5+0) (U1600 / Unrated)
Password: OSCFCHESS

Tuesday March 31, 2:00PM-4:00PM
OSCF Advanced Rapid Arena (10+0) (Unrated and U1600 welcome to play up)
OSCF Beginner Rapid Arena (10+0) (U1600 / Unrated)
Password: OSCFCHESS

Wednesday April 1, 2:00PM-4:00PM
OSCF Advanced Chess960 Arena (5+0) (Unrated and U1600 welcome to play up)
OSCF Beginner Chess960 Arena (5+0) (U1600 / Unrated)
Password: OSCFCHESS

Thursday April 2, 2:00PM-4:00PM
OSCF Advanced Blitz Arena (5+0) (Unrated and U1600 welcome to play up)
OSCF Beginner Blitz Arena (5+0) (U1600 / Unrated)
Password: OSCFCHESS

Friday April 3, 6:00PM-8:00PM
OSCF Advanced Blitz Arena (3+2) (Unrated and U1600 welcome to play up)
OSCF Beginner Blitz Arena (3+2) (U1600 / Unrated)
Password: OSCFCHESS

HOW TO JOIN:

  • Create a free Lichess account. You can do this by going to Lichess.org or by downloading the mobile app.
  • You can join the tournament by clicking on the links above.
  • You will need a password to enter the tournament. The password is “OSCFCHESS.”   

TIPS: 

  • Lichess has a chat feature. To disable chat, go to settings and change your account to Kid Mode. 
  • KEEP YOUR COMMENTS POSITIVE, EXPLETIVE FREE, AND SHOW GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP, or you’ll be booted from the tournament! 
  • If you get logged out mid-tournament, it can be hard to get logged back in. The best way to get back in the tournament is to go to OSCF.ORG and click the link for the Arena. Sometimes it is difficult to find link on Lichess’s tournament webpage. The link should open the Lichess App.
  • Note: This tournament is not NWSRS rated and is not a OSCF state qualifier, BUT IT WILL BE GREAT FUN FOR YOUR PLAYER(S)!
  • Parents, please do not use your kids’ real names online. Practice sensible precautions for minors.

OSCF Blitz Battle Arenas on LiChess – March 27 at 6 pm

OSCF is moving online for March and April! 

The OSCF Blitz Battle Arena will run on Lichess.org.  Kids and adults both welcome! These events are free and open to everyone regardless of age or residency, though you need a password to join. The password is OSCFCHESS. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, March 23 at 2 pm – 4 pm – We had 57 participants including beginners, strong club players, and two National Masters!

Wednesday, March 25 at 2 pm – 4 pm – Record turnout of 73 players! NM b_6 again took first place, giving a masterclass on flank openings.

Friday, March 27 at 6 pm – 8 pm – Click here to join the match! *NOTE: There is a chat feature. KEEP YOUR COMMENTS POSITIVE, EXPLETIVE FREE, AND SHOW GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP, or you’ll be booted from the tournament!

To participate:

  1. Create a free Lichess account. You can do this by going to Lichess.org or by downloading the mobile app.
  2. You can join by clicking on the links above.
  3. You will need a password to enter the tournament. The password is “OSCFCHESS.” 

Tips:

  1. If you get logged out mid-tournament, it can be hard to get logged back in. Search for the username of someone you know is playing (such as CaptainDubious), then watch the game they are playing. You might be able to click on the game and get back to the tournament that way.
  2. Parents, please do not use your kids’ real names online. Practice sensible precautions for minors.

Note: This tournament is not NWSRS rated and is not a OSCF state qualifier, BUT IT WILL BE GREAT FUN FOR YOUR PLAYER(S)!

Game Analysis from Monday’s Blitz Battle by NM Matt Zavortink

For those of you wishing for more chess analysis, National Master Matt Zavortink quickly analyzed four games that he played during the Monday OSCF Blitz Battle Arena.

He says, “Obviously these are casual blitz games so there are a lot of blunders from both sides, but I tried to make some general comments that people may find useful.” – NM Matt Zavortink

Check out his game analysis from Monday’s OSCF Blitz Battle Arena.

April OSCF Team and Individual Championships cancelled – rescheduled to August

Will OSCF host team and individual state championships in April? No, unfortunately not! For the safety of our players and their families, we are cancelling the Team Championship on April 11 and the Individual Championship on April 24-25.

But, there’s good news! We have reserved dates for the OSCF Individual Championship on August 24-25, 2020 in Seaside. These dates are a Monday-Tuesday, which are the least expensive hotel rates during the summer high season.

We have reserved dates for the OSCF Team Championship on August 21-23, 2020 at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus in Portland.

Please note, OSCF is exploring the idea of hosting both events at one location in order to save families travel and hotel expenses. This will take our volunteers some time to figure out logistics, and we will update you as soon as possible.

Play chess online, anytime (but maybe not past bedtime)!

OSCF encourages chess players to keep active in chess through online play. Here are two of many online chess sites that are popular with Oregon chess players:

ChessKid.com
Geared toward younger scholastic players, this chess site offers instruction videos, tactics, and online games. The site is safe for kids – no personal information is shared, chat is restricted, and activity reports are available for parent monitoring.

Chess.com
A very popular, free website for online play. Free registration allows you to earn a rating and play against players at your skill level. You also have the option to purchase a membership for greater flexibility and convenience.

There are many other sites for online play, learning, and research. Check out our listings here.

Introduction to Oregon Scholastic Chess for the new parent

My child LOVES playing chess, do how do I get him/her/them in competitions? Most tournaments are individual tournaments, meaning players compete on thier own and don’t need to be part of a team. Some schools chess clubs organize their students to attend tournaments, but it is most often up to the parents to register their kid(s) for events. A list of upcoming tournaments can be viewed here.

When is the Chess Season? While chess tournaments occur year-round, the “chess season” roughly follows school season culminating in a fun event – the OSCF State Championship. Don’t let the name fool you. All active chess players are welcome and we give out LOTS of trophies and medals. The Championship is in Seaside on April 24-25, 2020.  The main tournament is all day Saturday and some fun events on Friday.

Since all active chess players are welcome, how do I make sure my player(s) qualify to attend the OSCF State Championship? To qualify for the tournament, players must have played in one tournament, have 8 qualifying games this year, and have played 15 lifetime games (check out NWSRS Ratings – the #Gms is their lifetime games, the #GmsYTD is the number played this year). Don’t stress too much about this, just be sure your kid plays in a few tournaments/quads during the school year (September through April).

There are two main ways to play games: Tournaments and Quads. Tournaments are all day events on weekends. Typically 5 games for the beginning/intermediate players. The tournament is broken into section of players of similar “rating”. Usually age does not matter, only rating. The tournament will pair the player in the first round with someone in their section. Then after the first game, it will pair players who win against each other and those that tied or lost against each other, sorting out top players for awards in the section. The great thing about this is typically all but 1 or 2 players win a game. There is a “skittles” room (an old English word referring to a casual chess game or “pick up” game played for fun) where parents hang out while kids are playing and kids wait for next game. Bring lots of stuff to keep busy. Lots of waiting! Rounds start at designated times, depending on how long the time control is for each round.

Quads are smaller events – sort of mini tournaments. Players are broken into groups of 4 with similar ratings, then they each play the other 3 players. There is less waiting. As soon as the current pair of games is complete, they swap and begin the next round. It can be very fast for beginners. This is a great way for beginners to get experience and qualifying games.

How does my player earn a chess rating? Your player will get a rating automatically after the first tournament they play.  The player’s rating starts at 400. After each tournament it goes up and down based on whether they win or lose, and the ratings of their opponents. Results from each tournament are submitted to Chess Ratings Northwest (NWSRS), and volunteers compile results and calculate players’ ratings.

Are there chess coaches who can help my player improve? Believe it or not, like any activity there are chess coaches. It is totally not necessary at the beginning phases, but it can also help your player’s game progress quickly and gain confidence. There are a few “basics” that really make a difference beyond just how the pieces move.  Your school’s chess club (if it exists) can provide coaching or you can supplement with private coaching.

Please explore our OSCF website to learn more about chess in Oregon. After you’ve spent time reading more information, if you have additional questions you may contact us at OSCF@OSCF.ORG. A OSCF parent volunteer will get in touch with you directly.

Special thanks to chess parent, Phil McCoog, for drafting this post!

Portland Chess Club Friday Scholastic Quads, Open Quads, and Casual Chess: Cancelled through the end of March

Scholastic Quads

Format: 3-round quads open to all K-12 players. Some or all of the sections may run as a 3-round Swiss with more than four players depending on circumstances. The most current NWSRS ratings are generally used.

Time Control: G/25;d5 (twenty five minutes per player with a five second delay each move). Clocks without delay capability use G/25;d0. Bring a digital clock. Some digital clocks are provided at this tournament but please do not always rely on the club to provide a digital clock (boards, pieces, notation sheets, and pens/pencils are provided).

Schedule: On-site registration runs from 6:30-6:45pm. The first round starts at 7pm and each section will run on an ASAP schedule.

Entry Fee: $20, $15 for PCC members. Pay during registration with cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club.

Rated: NWSRS rated

Prizes: Trophy to the winner(s) of each quad. If there is a six or seven player Swiss, the runner-up receives a medal.

Qualifiers: This tournament is a qualifier for the OSCF State Championship (unless the tournament falls on or ten days prior to the final day of the state championship)

Location: Portland Chess Center, 2025 Lloyd Center, Portland, OR 97232

Notes: This tournament uses the rules from the 7th edition of the US Chess rulebook. Clocks are required and notating is recommended. 3) US Chess and State memberships are not required.

Cancelled by New Seasons – *FREE* Spring Break Chess Quads in Happy Valley March 23-27

This event is open to all and is FREE.  Participants do need to be familiar with the rules of chess and chess notation.  Bring chess set and chess board with you.  We will be using the Community Room which is located at the back of this New Seasons store.

Each class will be about thirty minutes long,  Each day a different Chess Opening will be presented.

After each class, there will be a rated quad. The make-up of Quad’s will be at the TD’s discretion. Time control game in 25 minutes with a 5 second delay.  Winner of each quad will be awarded a chess book.  Tie breaks used: lowest rating, and youngest age.

Each NWSRS rated game will count toward qualifying for the 2020 OSCF State Championship.

Registration:  No on-site registration.  All must register by e-mail.  To register send Ed Addis an e-mail at “chessalot@aol.com”.  Include your first and last name, grade in school, and school you attend.  For adults I need your first and last name and which state you live in.  I also need to know which dates each of you plan to attend.
Space is limited so register early.

New Seasons at Happy Valley has a very nice area for those that have brought chess players to enjoy coffee or food and of course you can always shop.  No outside food or drink can be brought into the New Seasons Market.

Contact: Edward Addis II
Email: chessalot@aol.com
Phone: 503-467-6242

USCF Memberships available (at a discount!)

OSCF has purchased a large number of memberships “in bulk,” which allows us to offer these to Oregon and Washington scholastic chess players (who will play in Oregon events) at a discount. Normally, a scholastic membership costs $17-26, depending on the age of the player. We are happy to offer individual memberships for just $15 each for any player residing in Oregon or Washington and age 20 or under at the time of redemption.

Simply click here to our purchase page. Fill in the name of the person who is purchasing the membership(s). After purchasing the quantity of memberships you need, you will receive an eVoucher within 2 business days from our treasurer, Renee Chang. Once you receive the eVoucher number, you’re not done yet! Renee will include instructions for you to enter the eVoucher number on the USCF site to complete the membership registration.

Please be patient in this process. We are an ALL VOLUNTEER organization! Questions? Email us at oscf@oscf.org.