Chess Odyssey Friday Night Quads in Portland on Jan. 25

Qualifier for the 2019 OSCF State Championship
Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12. The tournament is limited to the first 36 players (9 quads) who register. 

Entry fee: $20.00

Registration: Register online at the Chess Odyssey website. Registrations are also accepted by phone call or text, or at the door, before 6:30 pm, if space is available. No registrations will be accepted after 6:30 pm.

Can’t make this date? Quads will be held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays through summer.

Contact: Mike Terrill
Email: mterrill@chessodyssey.com
Phone: (503) 913-9643
More Info: http://chessodyssey.com/Friday-Night-Quads.html

USCF Memberships available (at a discount!)

OSCF has purchased a large number of memberships “in bulk,” which allows us to offer these to chess players 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 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 recieve 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.

 

President’s Weekend Tournament in Portland on Feb. 16

REGISTER NOW for the Presidents’ Weekend Tournament!

We want you for the SEVENTH ANNUAL Presidents’ Weekend Tournament!  Last year, over 170 players came to Gray Middle School in SW Portland for a great day of chess and fabulous prizes.  The Commanders-in-Chief have ordered up another excellent set of trophies and Presidential prizes for Saturday, February 16th, and we hope you will join us for a great day.

More details are available here.  We look forward to seeing you at Robert Gray Middle School in SW Portland!

It’s simpler to qualify for the 2019 State Championship!

Announcement! Following our mission statement of “More Kids, More Chess, More Fun!” we are simplifying the requirements for qualifying for the OSCF State Championship on April 12-13, 2019.

To qualify for the 2019 OSCF State Championship, players must now meet the following requirements:

Established rating (NWSRS >15 games or USCF > 26 games)

1 qualifying tournament played between the last State Championship and two Wednesdays before the next State Championship (April 15, 2018 to April 3, 2019 – any event colored green on the NWSRS calendar).

8 rated games played between September 3, 2018  and April 3, 2019 (can be found at Chess Ratings NorthWest along with your player rating).

Why are you changing the qualification requirements?

We want to make the qualification process easier for players and families to understand and achieve. Formerly, we required an established rating and two qualifying tournaments during the year. For players living far from cities where chess tournaments are regularly held, the additional travel can be an obstacle and burden.

We still want players to have tournament experience and to participate in tournaments throughout the year, so they still need to attend at least one tournament during the year. High School League tournaments (1 game), Quads (3 games), and Tournaments (4-5 games) will all count as one qualifier.

To complete the 8 game requirement, players should attend additional tournaments. If a player is unable qualify by attending additional tournaments, coaches or parents may host in-house rated games (contact OSCF to be sure these will be approved). Rated games must be played between September 3, 2018 and April 3, 2019 and submitted to NWSRS for rating. If you’re interested in hosting rated games locally, please contact OSCF at oscf@oscf.org to learn how and to ensure your results will count for qualification.

How do I know if I’ve met the requirements?

To simplify how we determine players’ qualification for the State Championship, players now just have to check the #GmsYTD column to see whether they qualify for the State Championship. The NWSRS considers September (after Labor Day) to be the beginning of the academic year, and OSCF will now match the same dates for the academic year. When players look up their rating, they can easily find the total games played during the current academic year.

Last Name First Name ID Number Rating #Gms #GmsYTD State
Master Chess SCHOL100 1000 100 10 Oregon

As long as players have an established rating (NWSRS #Gms >15 games or USCF > 26 games) AND have played in one qualifying tournament during the year AND they have played at least 8 rated games #GmsYTD, they will qualify to play at the State Championship.

Additional questions? Please email us at OSCF@OSCF.org. See you at a tournament soon!

 

*NEW!* OSCF K-12 TEAM Championship in Portland on March 23

First Annual OSCF K-12 School Team Championship on March 23, 2019
Registration Opens February 1, 2019

The OSCF K-12 School Team Championship provides an opportunity for Oregon schools to compete in a rated, match format. The inaugural edition will take place on March 23, 2019, at Hayhurst Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. The purpose of the OSCF K-12 School Team Chess Championship is to encourage and celebrate not just the development of strong chess players, but strong chess programs within Oregon schools.

School Teams will compete in three divisions: Grades K-5 (Elementary School Team Championship), K-8 (Middle School Team Championship), and K-12 (High School Team Championship). For more information, read the OSCF K-12 School Team Championship flier.

Generously Sponsored by ChessKid and Chess.com. First place teams in each Division receive one-year Gold memberships from ChessKid (K-5, Mixed) or Platinum memberships from Chess.com (K-8, K-12).

Since the inaugural edition is hosted at a small elementary school, registration is limited to approximately 40 teams. In future editions, larger schools are encouraged to host the event so that more teams can participate. For questions, email Tournament Host Chad Lykins at oscf@oscf.org

 

¡Chess Riot! in Corvallis on Jan. 20

Play some state-qualifying games and have fun at the Corvallis chess Riot! This mini, 3-game, quad-style chess tournament will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 and is open to students of all ages and all levels of experience. Registration is only $10, with a refund given to the winner of each quad!

Corvallis High School
(Use SW corner door near football stadium parking lot off 16th Street)
Registration: 12:30 p.m.-12:55 p.m.
Games: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Winner of each quad gets their money back and free entry to next quad.
G25 youth, G25-40 for adults by mutual agreement of the quad. Clocks provided.

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

2019 OSCF Championship Qualifier – NWSRS rated

New! Hope Chinese Charter School MLK Tournament in Beaverton on Jan. 21

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 2019 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 to play chess on your day off from school!