Oregon Junior Players Succeed at 2015 Susan Polgar Open for Boys and Girls

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Coquille chess team at the 2015 Susan Polgar National Open

Coquille chess team

Oregon was represented with great success at this year’s SPNO, which took place in San Mateo, CA, last weekend. Here are the results:

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Aaron Grabinsky

U18/16 Boys
1st Aaron Grabinsky – Co-Champion – Won Blitz Playoff to win invitation to FIDE World Youth Championship in Greece, October 2015, as well as Webster U. Scholarship, also 2nd in the Blitz Championship and 1st at Chess Puzzles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U18/16 Girls
3rd Hailey Riley

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Under 14 Boys

2nd Seth Talyansky

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Seth Talyansky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under 14 Girls
1st Andrea Botez – Wins invitation to FIDE 2015 World Youth Championship and to SPF Girl’s Invitational

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Andrea Botez

 

Under 12 Boys
1st Joshua Grabinsky Co-Champion also 3rd in the Blitz Championship

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Under 12 Girls

1st under 1200 rating – Cassandra Roshu  

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Also participating and performing above their ratings:

Josiah Perkins (U18/16 Boys) – part of Coquille chess team champion in that section,

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David Roshu (U12 Boys) at his first participation in a National tournament.  SPFNO 2015 day 3 230

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(All photos by Paul Truong (thank you!)).

 

State 2015 Qualified Players: Updated List

Based on rated games and tournaments played through 2-18-2015, 308 players have qualified for the 2015 10th Annual OSCF State Championship in Seaside, Oregon, to take place on Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, 2015.  These players have an established rating (>15 career NWSRS games) and have played in at least two OSCF qualifying tournaments between April 13, 2014 and the date noted above (or have otherwise met qualification requirements).

One IMPORTANT Caveat for those who seek to qualify with USCF-rated events:  This list does not yet take into account USCF-rated-only games or tournaments.  It will do so later next week.  However, even once it takes those events into account, it will only do so automatically IF the player has also played in at least one NWSRS rated qualifier during the year and IF the player’s USCF ID is in the NWSRS database.  If those things aren’t true, but you’ve played qualifying USCF rated events and would like them included in our listing, you can still qualify, but it takes a few extra steps; please contact us to let us know.

For those of you who need more details on qualifying, see here.  If you don’t yet see your name on the list, and played a tournament in the last week, be patient!  You’ll likely show up soon.  This list will be updated next week, and in March we will also post a list of those who are approaching — but not yet quite qualified for — State.  If you have reviewed the qualification rules (as well as the caveat) and think you should be on the list but are not, please contact us and let us know.

We hope to see you in Seaside.  Registration Opens March 1!

Oregon High School Team Championship Feb. 27-28!

Since the 1960s, the Oregon High School Chess Team Association has encouraged Oregon high schools to form leagues to play competitive chess.  At the end of each chess season, the OHSCTA sponsors the Oregon High School Chess Team Association Championship, where all teams in Oregon gather together to determine the best of the best!  In the association’s unique competition format, five-player teams from high schools of all sizes compete together in a single section to determine both overall state champions and champions from each of the OSAA classifications–1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A. In a separate section, five-player junior varsity teams from schools of all sizes — as well as, for the first time in 2015, Middle Schools — compete together for overall state and OSAA classification junior varsity honors.  Finally, those who do not have school affiliations — or those from out of state — are invited to participate in either the Open Team section or the individual competition.

This year’s OHSCTA Championship will be held on February 27-28 at the Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College in SW Portland.  Your registration can be completed on line through the OHSCTA web site noted above, but your registration must be complete by February 25, so gather your teams now!

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 – Silver Knights Chess Club Quads

SilverKnightsPrizes: 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 NWSRS).
  Time: Sunday, February 22nd 2015 | 2:15pm – 5:30pm – will start on time and finish on time.
   Fee: $17 (Registration closes on Sunday at 9:00 AM) – no late fee.
   Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12. (If numbers allow, parents can play too)
   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

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Presidents’ Weekend Who’s Coming & Last Chance to Register

MountrushmoreWe’re at five days and counting before the Presidents’ Weekend Tournament, to be held on Saturday, February 14, at Gray Middle School in SW Portland.  As of Monday night, 223 players are registered for this event — look here to see who is coming!  We’re anticipating a fantastic day of chess.  Early registration is over, but you can still squeeze in (by paying a late fee) through this week (the sooner, the better!).  You can register online through noon on 2/13.

More details are available hererules are here; a tentative schedule is here.  We look forward to seeing you at Robert Gray Middle School in SW Portland!

Championship T-shirt Designs Wanted!

Every year, our players walk away from Seaside with fantastic t-shirts produced on-site by our vendor, Northwest Designs.  Each year, the great art on the t-s2013 T-Shirt Designhirt is designed by one of our players.  We’re looking for the T-shirt design that will be featured on this year’s shirts.  If you have the selected design, you will win a free entry to the tournament ($35 value), a free T-shirt ($20-25 value), and $75!  If you’re the first runner up, your design will be featured on the front of the State Championship Program.  The deadline is coming quickly, though, so get your pencils, pens, and crayons sharpened, and your creative energies flowing!

The T-Shirt application form is here.

Parents or adults affiliated with tournament attendees may submit designs, but preference for designs will be given to NSWRS-rated players and their siblings (and the award remains the same)!  All entries will become property of OSCF and will not be returned.  The design must contain three phrases:  1) “10th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship” or (if the chess theme is obvious) “10th Annual OSCF State Championship”,  2) “April 24-25, 2015”, and 3) “Seaside, Oregon”.

NF 2014 WinnerThere is no limit on colors for submissions, although the final t-shirt design may be limited in production and altered as necessary for t-shirt production.  Shirts will be produced on demand, on site, and on the customer’s choice of shirt color.  All submissions must be submitted either by dropping them with an OSCF representative at an OSCF qualifying tournament (watch for the fliers this weekend and next), or electronically as an email attachment, along with this application, to oscfchess2011@gmail.com.

Deadline: Noon on March 10, 2015.

State 2015 Qualified Players: First List!

Based on rated games and tournaments played through 1-28-2015, 216 players have qualified for the 2015 10th Annual OSCF State Championship in Seaside, Oregon, to take place on Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, 2015.  These players have an established rating (>15 career NWSRS games) and have played in at least two OSCF qualifying tournaments between April 13, 2014 and the date noted above (or have otherwise met qualification requirements).

One IMPORTANT Caveat for those who seek to qualify with USCF-rated events:  This list does not yet take into account USCF-rated-only games or tournaments.  It will do so later in February.  However, even once it takes those events into account, it will only do so IF the player has also played in at least one NWSRS rated qualifier during the year.  If you haven’t, please do.  Or contact us to let us know that you haven’t.

For those of you who need more details on qualifying, see here.  If you don’t yet see your name on the list, and played a tournament in the last week, be patient!  You’ll likely show up soon.  This list will be updated later in February, and we will also post a list of those who are approaching — but not yet quite qualified for — State.  If you have reviewed the qualification rules (as well as the caveat) and think you should be on the list but are not, please contact us and let us know.

We hope to see you in Seaside – but note that registration won’t open until sometime after February 15.

Ten!

trophiesOn April 24-25, 2015, the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation will hold its TENTH annual Oregon State Chess Championship in Seaside, Oregon.  We had 362 players last year — the most ever!  Will we break a record again?  What special anniversary events and commemorative gifts will participants receive?  Will you wear a winning crazy hat at the Bughouse competition on Friday, or will you and your partner walk away with the coveted bug trophies?  Will you break through the crowd to stand victorious in Blitz?  Will you buckle down and fight through the day on Saturday to hoist a golden taffy-filled trophy in one of the 16 grade- and ratings-based playing sections?  Will you have a great time with your chess friends and competitors in a fun location?

You can learn the answer to all these questions ONLY if you are planning ahead to be sure that you qualify to compete.  What’s the secret?  There are only two (more details here):

1) Participate in at least two OSCF qualifying tournaments during the 2014-2015 season.  These events are (and have been) listed in Green on the NWSRS calendar.  They need to be playedOSCF (31 of 350) prior to April 14, 2015.

2) By April 14, have an ESTABLISHED NWSRS or USCF rating, which means that you have played at least 15 NWSRS rated games in your entire chess career.  Note that these do not need to be played at tournaments, but they need to be rated.  You can check your current rating and total games played here.

We will be publishing our first list of qualified players sometime in the next couple of weeks.  Keep an eye on this space for that listing, and for other information about the event, including registration (which we plan to open on the week of February 16) and details about our T-shirt contest.

If you are interested in helping to organize or staff this event, the all-volunteer board would truly welcome your assistance.  Email us with questions, comments, and suggestions at oscf@oscf.org!