Saturday, November 15, 2014–2nd Annual KFE Benefit Tournament–an OSCF State Qualifier

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual KFE Benefit Tournament on Saturday, November 15. This tournament is is a qualifier for the OSCF 2015 State Championship.

Last year the tournament netted $1753 and 425 pounds of food for Bethlehem House of Bread, a community center in Tigard that hosts a food pantry, community garden, and meeting space.

Players who attended last year’s tournament will be pleasantly surprised by recent improvements in the venue. The pews have been removed from the former sanctuary to accommodate the tournament play, and the new skittles room (where the games were played last year) will be served by a concession stand in the adjoining kitchen.

This year’s tournament will have five rounds and G/35 time controls for three sections: Primary (K-2 unrated/U600), Elementary (3-5 unrated/U600), and Middle School (6-8 unrated or U900). The High School (9-12 unrated or U1200) and Advanced (1200+) sections will have four rounds and G/45 time controls.

Donations of shelf-stable food and toiletries for the food pantry will be welcome at registration. Most-wanted items include jam and jelly, salad dressing, ketchup, mustard, hearty canned soups (like Progresso), saltine crackers, raisins, granola bars, cold cereal, toilet paper, and shampoo.

Register and find more information here.

September 20-21, Coquille Chess Tournaments, OSCF State Qualifiers

  • Saturday, September 20th: Chess players of all ages, beginner to advanced, are invited to play in the Coquille Chess Tournament at the Coquille High School Library.  Registration is 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. for this all day event.  Fee is $10 and trophies will be given out for Elementary, Middle School, High School and Adult divisions.  Players rated over 1200 play in the Elite Division and compete for cash prizes.  Tournament is NWSRS rated.
  • Sunday, September 21st: Chess players of all ages, beginner to advanced, are invited to play in the Coquille Chess Tournament at the Coquille High School Library.  Registration is 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. for this all afternoon event. Fee is $10 and compete for cash prizes.  Tournament is NWSRS rated.
Feel free to play in one or both events!  To register, email Nancy Keller at drnancykeller@yahoo.com

All-Stars Tournament Registration is Live

StarsIf you are one of the invited players to the October 10, 2014 All-Stars Tournament in Salem, Oregon (see this post for links to individual lists, or this alphabetical list with all qualified players), you can now register online by clicking here.  Details and rules for the tournament can be found in this document.  Note that regular Registration closes at midnight on Friday, October 3, so be sure to get yourself on our list.  We look forward to a great day of celebration and chess.  Contact us with questions!

Website Changes – Assistance welcome!

As you can see, we’ve been making some changes to the OSCF.org website.  We needed some upgrades, and hopefully, once the changes have settled in, links and menus will work better across all platforms.  It will take some time to get the site working and looking the way we want it, so please bear with us while we’re making the changes.  In the meantime, if you are experienced in web design and administration (we use wordpress), and are willing to help with web maintenance and design, we’d love to have your assistance — please contact us!

We still plan to have All-Stars registration posted by the end of this week, and hope to see those of you who have qualified in Salem on October 10.

Summer 2014 All-Stars List; Lifetime Achievement List Posted

The Summer 2014 All-Stars List has been compiled for rated events completed and rated* as of August 31, 2014.  Do let us know if you think that we have calculated something incorrectly; we’ll check to see and add you as appropriate. Congratulations to everyone on the list! (*See note re Oregon Open Scholastic.)

All-Stars lists are published each trimester of the year. You are eligible to participate in the 2014 7th Annual Oregon All-Stars Invitational, which we are planning to hold in Salem on October 10, 2014 (registration information should be posted this week), if you appear on any of the three All-Stars lists published during the year (in JanuaryMay, or September; here is a summary of all 2014 lists).  You are also eligible if you appear on the 2014 Lifetime Achievement list.  Finally — and this is a new addition for this year — you are eligible to attend if you are a member of the Order of the Knight who has played a NWSRS rated game between 9/1/13 and 8/31/14.  We hope to be able to see you in October!

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 – Silver Knights Chess Club Quads – An OSCF State Qualifier

 Prizes: First place trophy, second & third place medal, fourth place small chess gift – for each section.

Format: Players will be divided in 4 player sections (quads) by NWSRS/USCF rating.

New: Any section where ALL players have current USCF membership will be dual rated (USCF and NWSR).

Time: Sunday, September 14th, 2014 | 2:15pm – 5:30pm – will start on time and finish on time.

Fee: $17 (Registration closes on Saturday at 21:00 pm) – no late fee.

Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12.

Location: Petite Patisserie in Happy Valley.  Free parking. Parents and accompanying persons can wait while enjoying coffee and the finest handcraft European pastries from “Petite Patisserie.”

Registration: Pre-registration ONLY. See details at Silver Knights Chess Club website http://silverknightschessclub.blogspot.com/

Contact: Andrei Botez, silver.knights.chess.club@gmail.com, (503) 995-2888

Silver Knights Chess Club – every Tuesday during the summer

Meetings: Tuesdays  5:30-7:00 p.m.

Location: Petite Patisserie 16144 SE Happy Valley Town Center Dr, Happy Valley, OR 97086.

Every level welcome. National level coaches (European chess school methods), classes for beginners and advanced players, chess sets provided (but you can bring your own too), chess tournaments, limited numbers (send email with name and age for registration)
Contact Info:

Andrei Botez,  503-995-2888 silver.knights.chess[at]gmail.com,

Craving Chess? Who isn’t?

Get your fix at these tournaments!

North Clackamas July Open–FREE tournament

Saturday, July 19, 10 am to 4 pm
4 Round Swiss. Please bring boards, sets, and clocks.
Registration: 10 – 10:15 am
Time Control: Game in 30, 5 second delay
Entry Fee: FREE
Prizes: Chess book to top three winners
Location: Sunnyside Library
13793 SE Sieben Park Way
Clackamas OR 97015
TD: Ed Addis
Contact: Ed Addis, 503-658-7809, email chessalot@aol.com

Saturday Quad Tournaments in NW Portland 

July 26 and August 9, 1-5 pm.
Three round quads. Please bring clocks.
If an odd number of players make up the last group, it will be a three round swiss.
Registration:12:15-12:45pm, Limited to first 24 players.
Time Control: Game in 25 with 5 sec delay.
Entry Fee: $20
Prizes: Trophy to winner and medals to all.
Location: Christ United Methodist Church,
    12755 NW Dogwood St., Portland, OR 97229
    Use second driveway.
TD: Alex Grom
Contact: Larry Ball, 503-287-3642, email larryball48@yahoo.com

Top Oregon Scholastic Players

The Top 25 list at the end of this school year is impressive. Topping the list at 2248 is Aaron Grabinsky, who just finished his sophomore year in Coquille. Rounding out the top 25 list is Ethan Wu at 1624. The strength of the top 25 players has been increasing markedly every year. Both the top rating and the #25 rating are 200-300 points higher than #1 and #25 would have been on a similar list in 2006. Congratulations to the players (and also the parents, coaches, and organizers).

Almost all the players on the list are high school students, but only three are graduating seniors (Andy Trattner, Matt Dalthorp, and Patrick Butenhoff), so the top 25 will continue to get stronger and stronger for at least several more years.

The highest-rated middle school player is Seth Talyansky, who just won the Summer Open in Portland after beating the strongest player in the state, Nick Raptis. Seth is 5th on the list at 1995. Two players who just finished elementary school (Joshua Grabinsky and Owen McCoy) are already above 1600 and promise to be scary strong by the time they finish high school.

The Portland metropolitan area is home to over half the state’s population and has an enormous advantage over the rest of the state in hosting strong chess tournaments. And yet…only three of the top 10 players hale from Portland, while four are from relatively tiny Corvallis.  (On the other hand, only 4 of the #11-25 players are NOT from the Portland metro area).

Sunday, July 6th, 2014 – Silver Knights Chess Club Quads – An OSCF State Qualifier

 Prizes: First place trophy, second & third place medal, fourth place small chess gift – for each section.

Format: Players will be divided in 4 player sections (quads) by NWSRS rating.

Time: Sunday, July 6th, 2014 | 2:15pm – 5:30pm – will start on time and finish on time.

Fee: $17 (Registration closes on Saturday at 21:00 pm) – no late fee.

Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12.

Location: Petite Patisserie in Happy Valley.  Free parking. Parents and accompanying persons can wait while enjoying coffee and the finest handcraft European pastries from “Petite Patisserie.”

Registration: Pre-registration ONLY. See details at Silver Knights Chess Club website http://silverknightschessclub.blogspot.com/

Contact: Andrei Botez, silver.knights.chess.club@gmail.com, (503) 995-2888