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 rating,s then they each play the other 3 players. There is less waiting. As soon as the current pair of games 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.

Sunday Quads at Portland Chess Club on Dec. 8

Are you a mature scholastic player looking for a serious challenge? Come play in the Sunday Chess Quads at the Portland Chess Club. Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Entry fee is $15 and this is an OSCF State Championship Qualifier.

US Chess dual rated and NWSRS rated. US Chess membership is required and can be purchased during registration. US Chess membership rates/information/benefits

*While this tournament is open to scholastic players, it’s only recommended for mature scholastic players who are capable of playing in a serious tournament and against adults.*

Click here for more information.

¡Chess Riot! in Corvallis on Dec. 8

Corvallis Chess Riot + USCF-rated Blitz Tournament 

The Corvallis Chess Riot is back, and this time, in addition to our standard 3-game, 25-minute quad section, we are partnering with the Corvallis Chess Club to offer a USCF-rated blitz tournament as well!

The quad and blitz sections will take place simultaneously on Sunday, December 8th.  Registration for both is from 12:30 – 12:55 PM.

All ages and all levels of experience are welcome!

Location: Corvallis High School
 (Use SW corner door near football stadium parking lot off 16th Street)

Quad Section – NWSRS-rated (no membership required)
Games: 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
$5 entry fee. Winner of each quad gets their money back and free entry to next quad. G25.  Clocks provided.
– 2020 OSCF Championship Qualifier –

Blitz  Section – USCF-rated (1-year USCF membership available for purchase during registration) 
Games start at 1:00.  Number of rounds to be determined by number of participants.  Likely either Round-Robin or Double Round-Robin.
$15 entry fee.  Prize money to be determined based on number of participants.

Contact Phil Schapker with any questions at phil.schapker@albany.k12.or.us

Yuletide Tournament at LaSalle (Milwaukie) on Dec. 14

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.

*FREE* Chess Class and Quads in Happy Valley (Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30)

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.

Please note we will begin at 9 AM each day except for Monday, December 30th which will begin at 5:30PM.

Each class will be about thirty minutes long,  Each day a variation of the Ruy Lopez Opening will be presented:

Thursday – December 26th – C60 – Cozio Defense 3…Nge7
Friday –  December 27th – C61 – Bird’s Defense 3..,Nd4
Saturday – December 28th – C62 – Steinitz Defense 3…d6
Sunday – December 29th –  C63 – Schliemann Defense 3…f5
Monday – December 30th – C64 – Classical 3..Bc5

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.

Corvallis Winter Open on Jan. 18

Corvallis Winter Open!
K-12 Team Chess Tournament and 2020 OSCF State Championship Qualifier.
An NWSRS rated tournament sponsored by the Corvallis High School Spartan Chess Club
Location: Corvallis High School, 1400 NW Buchanan Avenue, Corvallis, OR  97330
Cost: $15 per player
Sections: High School, Middle School and Elementary Sections.  Players can play in higher sections based on skill level.
Rules: 5 rounds Swiss pairing.  Game in 25 mins.  Bring a clock if you have one.
Prizes:
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Trophies for top 3 teams in each section (Team score = sum of top 4 players in a section)
– Medals for top finishers in each section
– Top 3 finishers in each section get a free artistic rendering of one game by artist Beth Markovic (immortalgames.us)
– All participants receive an Immortal Games sticker
REGISTRATION COMING SOON.
Contact: Phil Schapker
Phone: 913-314-2460

Hope Chinese Charter School MLK Tournament in Beaverton on Jan. 20

A fun, festive chess tournament for all chess players in grades K-12. This holiday tournament has been designated as a qualifier for the OSCF 2020 State Seaside championship, and will be NWSRS rated. In addition to final awards, prizes will be given after each round. National Master Carl Haessler will be on site to provide FREE game analysis.

REGISTER NOW! Play chess on your day off from school!