The 14th annual Oregon State Scholastic Chess Championship was held April 12-13 in Seaside, OR. Over 400 players from across the state participated. Final tournament results can be found here.
Primary School Grand Champion (K-2) was Anisha Sripada from Findley Elementary. Elementary School Grand Champion (3-5) was Austin Tang from Hope Chinese Charter School.
With an equal score, Middle School Co-Champions (6-8) were Zoey Tang of Hope Chinese Charter School and Shunkai Peng of Conestoga Middle School. These two players then participated in a thrilling 4-game playoff with Shunkai Peng coming out victorious and earning the right to represent Oregon along with the K-8 champions of the other 49 states in the prestigious 2019 Barber Tournament of K-8 champions, Aug. 3-6 2019 in Orlando, FL.
High School Grand Champion (9-12) was Michael Moore from Crescent Valley High School who along the way scored upsets against two national masters to earn the title. Michael earns the right to represent Oregon along with the high school champions of the other 49 states in the illustrious 2019 Denker Tournament of High School Champions, also held Aug. 3-6 2019 in conjunction with the US open tournament run by the US Chess Federation.
The Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation’s mission is to promote, support, sponsor, and coordinate scholastic chess activities in Oregon. Our motto is “More Kids. More Chess. More fun!” Chess is a powerful vehicle for developing skills and habits that benefit young minds for life: analytic thinking, planning ahead, winning with grace and losing with dignity, setting disciplined and realistic goals, and understanding that mastery takes years of persistent work and gradual progress. OSCF was founded by chess parents in 2005 to create opportunities for Oregon kids to compete in high-quality, rated chess tournaments. Currently, we run three official OSCF events, including the OSCF Championship in April, the Oregon All-Stars Invitational, and the Oregon Open Scholastic. In addition, OSCF sanctions around 80 tournaments per year as state championship “qualifiers.” We also provide guidance, expertise, and resources for new tournament directors, coaches, and school chess clubs.