A Quick Thank You – State Ratings Reports Complete!

0501160839It was a beautiful May Day in Seaside as the 356 players who competed in the 2016 OSCF State Championship worked their way back home (or stayed at the beach and enjoyed the weather!).   More to come later, including summaries of the winners and more detailed appreciations, but we wanted to post just a quick note of thanks to all of you who brought your players to compete in our 11th annual event, and especially to all of you who volunteered your time before, during, and after the event to make it run as smoothly as it did.  So — thank you!  We will hope to see you next year!

The NWSRS Ratings report for the event, as well as the USCF Ratings report, have been posted.  Click those links!

Side Events: Blitz, Bughouse and Friends & Family at State

Bug trophiesIt’s fast and furious fun on Friday: Blitz and Bughouse at State!  We’ll have the large Pacific room set for plenty of buzz-iness, including the pre-Bughouse team names and crazy hats contest.  If you didn’t prepay (check here for blitz and here for bughouse), you can purchase tickets on site for $15 per event.

More details about checking in for Blitz (no later than 4pm, but sooner is better) can be found here.

More details about checking in for Bughouse (no later than 6pm, but sooner is better) can be found here.

For those of you feeling left out — whether adult or student — you can sign up for the casual Friends and Family section through the beginning of the first round of play on Saturday morning.  ($15 registration, 4 rounds)  There are plenty of fun prizes for both adult and kid players!

See you in Seaside!

Frequently-Asked Questions for Seaside 2016

Hello All,

We hope you’re as excited about Seaside 2016 as we are. This is the 11th annual OSCF State Championship, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all in Seaside on April 29-30th! If you haven’t registered, you can complete late registration through Wednesday the 27th by clicking here. Here are some frequently-asked questions.

1. When and where do I check in?
All check-ins are at the Seaside Convention Center front desk. If you’re not playing blitz or bughouse (see #3 below), check-in for almost EVERYONE is no later than 9 am on Saturday, April 30th. The only exception is if your child is in the Middle School or High School Open/Elite sections (ratings 1300+ for middle schoolers, 1400+ for high schoolers, or those who elected in). Check in for the Middle School and High School Open/Elite sections no later than 10:20 am on Friday, April 29th.  If there’s a serious delay, you may call or text us at 503-936-0593.

2. What section am I in? What’s the time control?
A preliminary list of sections can be found here.  Note that these may change as final details are checked and people start arriving.  For specific questions about the format, timing, or the process on the day of competition, including estimates about award times, you can find all your answers in the details or rules. Sectioning depends on how many finally register, so we will post a final list with your child’s anticipated section assignment here next week.

3. What’s Blitz/Bughouse?  When and how to check in for those?
In essence, blitz is regular chess but played with only 5 minutes per side.  Bughouse is 2 vs 2 team chess, and both are a lot of fun!  Here are the rules of Blitz, and here are the rules of Bughouse. If you didn’t get tickets for these events when you register, you can buy them on-site.  For more details on the check-in process for Blitz, click here.  For more on check-in for Bughouse, click here.  If you don’t have a bughouse partner, no problem; we’ll help match you with one. Check in no later than 4 pm on Friday for blitz, 6 pm for bughouse.   Competition will begin at 5 pm for blitz, arrive at 6:45 pm for bughouse.

4. What is “crazy hats”?
We invite all bughouse participants to wear their craziest chess- and bug-themed hats. Hats can be crazy, wacky, funny, and loud. Everyone votes on the craziest hats, and there are prizes for the winners.

5. Will there be food available at the Convention Center?
The Convention Center will have food service Saturday during lunch hour and we encourage you to visit their vending service for lunch. Throughout the day on Saturday, there are snacks and drinks available from a cart in the lobby. In addition, there are also lots of restaurants in Seaside near the Convention Center. We do have time scheduled in for lunch, but that is also a time that we’ll use to catch up, so (like at every tournament) take advantage of the breaks you have. We apologize, but the Convention Center policies prohibit outside food during times they have food available for sale.

6. Do you need volunteers?
Yes! To volunteer (and if you didn’t already let us know at the time you registered) please let us know at registration or e-mail oscf@oscf.org.

7. I reserved a table. When are they available?
If you reserved tables, you will find your name placed on a table as you come in on Saturday. We’ll be using them on Friday night for Blitz and Bughouse.

8.Anyone carpooling to Seaside?
If you’re interested in carpooling, post it up on the OSCF Facebook page

9. What is the “Friends and Family” section?
For those adults and kids who aren’t playing in the main event, you can still participate in several fun rounds of chess on Saturday by playing in the Friends and Family tournament.  You can buy a ticket at the time you register your regular player, or on Saturday morning before 10:15.  Adults will play in one group for cash prizes and kids will play in another group for trophies and/or medals.  Games are played at the same time as the least experienced sections, so you should be done around 4:00.

OSCF State 2016 Regular Registration Closes Saturday Noon

As of games played through April 18, 543 players have qualified to attend the OSCF State Championship on April 29-30 — our largest number of qualified players ever!  The final list of qualified players is here; if you think you should be on the list but are not, please contact us ASAP.  If you have qualified, REGISTER FOR OSCF STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HERE.  Regular registration ends Saturday at Noon.  If you want more information about state, see some more details here.  The latest list of who is registered can be found here (this is updated as of the close of early registration on Wednesday evening).

Two Days Left for Seaside Early Registration

0425150713The best deal ($35) on registering for the 2016 OSCF State Championship ends on Wednesday the 20th at midnight.  After that, the price increases to $45 through Saturday noon, and then more after that as we have to go backwards in our processes to get your player in the mix.  So please register ASAP!  We’re waiting on the NWSRS system to update with this last weekend’s games, but you can check the list of qualified players through April 12, found here; if you’re not there, but certain you will be on the next list because of games or tournaments played in the last week, you can wait until Wednesday, by which time we should have updated the qualification lists, or you can just register now and note in the comment box how you believe you qualified.  Once you have qualified, REGISTER FOR OSCF STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HERE, and we’ll look forward to seeing you in Seaside on April 29-30. If you want more information about the event, see some more details here, including a schedule and details on rules, etc.

Many people worry about which section to register for.  As a practical matter, your player’s rating as of the end of this week and their grade will determine their section, and at state there are no real options to play up, with one exception:  Highly-rated Middle or High School players may choose to “play up” into the very difficult platinum / elite sections, which start play on Friday morning.  If your player is rated just under 1300 (for MS) or 1400 (for HS), this is worth thinking about.  Otherwise, just choose the regular sections based on your player’s grade in school.  (And if the question of rating doesn’t make sense to you, ask your player — betcha they’ll know!).  We will have more information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions later this week, so check back often!

One Weekend Left to Qualify! — Updated qualifier lists posted.

bell lapThis is it.  The bell lap.  The LAST weekend of qualifying play before the 11th Annual OSCF State Championship is here.  Already, 514 players have qualified to attend — our largest number of qualified players ever.  Check the updated list of qualified players found here.  Those needing only one more qualifier or an established rating (15 games) are listed at those links as well.  (For a master list of all players’ qualification status, click here.)  If you’re looking to make up that one last qualifier or get to an established rating (15 career games), you can STILL do it this weekend by attending one of the remaining qualifying tournaments.  Once you have qualified, REGISTER FOR OSCF STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HERE, and we’ll look forward to seeing you in Seaside on April 29-30. If you want more information about the event, see a list of who is registered here, see some more details here, or take a look at some photos from prior years!

Tournament Director Training Opportunity at State on April 29

Calling all new tournament directors! You have been sitting in these tournaments, watching your kids play for years.  You wish you could host one at your school, but you don’t know where to start.  You can do it, and the OSCF board wants to help get you started!referee 2

Join Kathy Stevens on Friday night (April 29) during the Bughouse tournament to learn the basics of running your own tournament.  Then, stop by on Saturday to see those concepts in action as she runs the Friends & Family tournament.  You’ll get real-life examples, discover all the resources that the OSCF offers to support tournaments, and have your questions answered by OSCF qualifier Tournament Directors.

This event is free and open to all who would like to attend! While walk-ins are welcome, if you know you’d like to attend, please RSVP to Kathy at oscf@oscf.org.

OSCF Tournaments/Quads in April…last chances to qualify for State!

Don’t miss your chance to join us in Seaside at the OSCF State Championship on April 29-30; REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE!

Here’s a quick list of upcoming tournaments in April if you’re not already qualified (check the list, which has been revised for events played through March 29!):

April 15: Chess Odyssey Friday Night Quads in Beaverton

April 16: Last Chance OSCF Qualifier Tournament in Eugene

April 16: Coquille Scholastic and Adult Tournament in Coquille

April 16: Portland Chess Club Quad 45 in Portland

April 17: Silver Knights Chess Club Quads in Happy Valley

Note: “Tournaments” will usually add 5 qualifying games to your total…and “Quads” will usually add 3 qualifying games. (If you get a bye, or an opponent doesn’t show, ask your TD to play an extra game).

 

Updated Seaside Qualifier Lists Posted (complete as of 3-29)

0425150713DSC_3264We have updated the lists of those qualified for the 2016 OSCF Championship in Seaside with information on events played through March 29.  Qualified players are listed here.  Those needing only one more qualifier or an established rating (15 games) are listed at those links.  There’s still time to qualify!  Once you have, REGISTER FOR OSCF STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HERE, and we’ll look forward to seeing you in Seaside on April 29-30. If you want more information about the event, see some more details here, or take a look at some photos from prior years!

How do I get to play at Seaside?

For the last several years, the OSCF State Chess Championship has been the largest chess tournament in the state.  On April 29-30 of this year, we meet for our 11th annual competition, and we hope you will join us for this fun event and weekend in Seaside, Oregon.  The all-volunteer OSCF board is busily preparing for the event; rules have been drafted, the location secured, trophies are being ordered, and commemorative pins are being designed for players to take home and remember the event by.  On Friday the 29th, Blitz will be back, fast and furious, while Bughouse will return with bug trophies and Crazy Hats in full madhattery.  And, of course, Saturday will bring high-level competition to the hundreds of scholastic players who travel to Seaside for the day’s rounds.  You don’t want to be left out of this event!  Registration will open (keep en eye on OSCF.org) in late February.

To come, though, you need to be qualified.  The current list of qualified players can be found here; we will update the qualified player list on a more-or-less a weekly basis through the week before the tournament.  If you want to qualify and haven’t yet done so, though, here’s what you need:

1) Be an Oregon scholastic player, enrolled in K-12 schools, aged at least 5 as of the date of the tournament, and no older than 19 as of September 1 of the year prior to the tournament.

2) Earn an established rating.

What does this mean?  One of the great things about the OSCF State Championship Seaside is that we divide players into grade-and-rating based sections of approximately 32 (or fewer) players, which helps to make sure that every player competes against peers of their age and skill level, and that every player has a reasonable chance to walk away from the event with a great prize.  But this means we have to have a good sense of what every player’s skill level is, and for that, they need to have a certain number of games under their belt.  Under the scholastic rating system used in the Northwest, for instance (the NWSRS), a player’s rating is considered established after they have played 15 career NWSRS rated games.  Note that not all scholastic chess organizers rate their events.  In particular, Chess for Success doesn’t rate, and so games played at CFS events don’t count toward this requirement.  Once you’ve played 15 rated career games, you’re set for life on this requirement; your rating will change as you play additional rated events, the total games just keeps going up, and we can always place you in a section with confidence.  For more information about this requirement, see this post.  The people who are missing only this requirement are listed here.

3) Attend at least two OSCF qualifying tournaments.

OSCF was formed to encourage more parents, coaches, and community volunteers to organize and hold their own chess tournaments throughout the state.  So part of qualifying for State is taking advantage of those opportunities by playing at least two OSCF qualifying tournaments during the relevant year.  If you have an established rating but still need a qualifier tournament (or two) in order to go to OSCF State, there are still several tournaments listed on the NWSRS schedule (on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) between now and April 20; you want the events listed in Green.  (There are both scholastic events and events at the Portland Chess Club; the latter are generally better for more experienced players, but the G/45 quads, especially, tend to draw a number of less experienced scholastic players.).

That’s it.  There are some small exceptions – for the real nitty-gritty, see the detailed rules.  Or contact us with questions.  But in the end, we’re just looking for Oregon scholastic players who have demonstrated a commitment to chess through the prior year, and who we can place in the tournament in a way that lets us be confident that they and their competitors will have a fair and fun time.