FREE tournament! Happy Valley Open. Friday June 23.

Ed Addis is at it again…join him over the summer for a series of free chess tournaments!  The next one is the Happy Valley Open.

Friday, June 23 
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Type:  4 Round Swiss. G/25 d5.  OSCF State Qualifiers.  Please bring boards, sets, and clocks.
Registration: FREE!  Register on-site from 10AM – 10:15 AM. I will need the following information for registration: Your Name, the school you attended, your grade in school (I actually need what grade you were just in, not the one you will be going to in September), and a contact method (phone/e-mail). You may pre-register by sending an e-mail with the above information to “chessalot@aol.com“. If you pre-register you must still check in by 10:15 AM.  Those who pre-register get precedence over walk-ins should there be a lack of equipment.
Prizes: Chess book to top three winners.  Tie Breaker: Cumulative, average opposition.
Equipment: Bring a chess set, board, and chess clock if you have them as none will be supplied. Also bring a pen/pencil and scoresheets to record the moves of your games.
Location: Happy Valley Park 13770 Se Ridgecrest Road, Happy Valley OR 97086
TD / Contact: Ed Addis, 503-658-7809, email chessalot@aol.com
Upcoming Tournaments in the Series:
  • North Portland Open: Sunday, July 16. 12 pm to 5 pm. North Portland Library. 512 N. Killingswroth
    Portland OR 97217.
  • Midland Open: Saturday, July 29. 10 am to 4 pm. Midway Library. 805 SE 122nd Ave
    Portland OR 97233.

State Followup: Thanks, and Ratings / All Stars Info

Thanks to everyone who attended the 12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship last weekend, and a particular thanks to all the volunteers — parents and coaches of players, as well as last year’s OSCF Board, who helped make the event a great success.  In the end, we had 352 players participate in the main event, including 150 Elementary players (grades 3-5) — our largest number of Elementary players ever, and 20 players shy of our all-time attendance record.  On Friday evening, we had 151 players in the blitz tournament, and 220 players (55 teams) playing bughouse.  We had 23 players in our Friends and Family tournament.

Because the ratings official for the Northwest Scholastic Ratings System is out of the country for the next couple weeks, you won’t see the NWSRS Tournament report for State posted until late May (though the USCF ratings report is complete and posted here).  We will also, therefore, wait until late May to produce the Spring 2017 Oregon All-Stars List (which will cover games played from January 1 through May 6, 2017).  In the meantime, though, linked below is information for each of the sections at State.  Please note that while these sheets include a “Rating” field (with the player rating from before state) and a “Post” field (which includes an estimate of the player’s rating after the tournament), that “Post” rating is an ESTIMATE only, and is not official.  It’s generated within the program that we use for pairing, and while it can be close, it is also often off by many points.  But it’s something to look at until the official reports come in.

2017 OSCF State Section Standings in PDF format

If you have questions about the tiebreak process, please read the information at this link first; it should answer many of your questions.  Those of you looking to go deep into the results can click here for the above PDF document in Excel format.

OSCF State: FAQ, Preliminary Sections, Blitz and Bughouse

We currently (as of 8pm on May 3) have 350 players registered for the 12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship!  Who’s Coming?  Click here to find the preliminary sections for all registered players.  If you’re not on this list, but think you should be, please CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY by emailing oscf@oscf.org!

We have posted a list of frequently-asked questions — and answers — that we recommend you consult.  Let us know if you still have lingering questions that haven’t been answered.

Finally, for more information about the Blitz and Bughouse tournaments on Friday evening, click on the corresponding links below — and check to see if you’re on the lists of those with prepaid tickets!

Blitz check-in information and blitz prepaid tickets

Bughouse check in information and bughouse prepaid tickets

OSCF State: Who’s Coming?

We currently (as of midnight+1 on May 2) have 346 players registered for the 12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship!  Who’s Coming?  Check below (click “Read more”).  If you’re not on this list, but think you should be, please CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY by emailing oscf@oscf.org!  Late registration is still available through Wednesday evening:  Click Here — REGISTER NOW!  We will be sending emails to those who are in the HS and MS Platinum sections that start Friday morning a little later this week; we’ll also be sending more details on the event itself.

 

End of the Trail: Final* Qualifications Lists For State

We have posted the nearly-final qualification lists for the 12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship, which include all games submitted for rating through April 25. Check here to see if you’re one of the 528 players who qualified.

If you’re not on that list, but think you should be, check the “almost” lists — those who still need a qualifying tournament, and those who need more rated games to meet the established rating requirement. If you think you have accidentally been left off the lists, please CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY by emailing oscf@oscf.org!

For more details on qualification, see this page.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ($35) EXPIRES WEDNESDAY, April 26…so REGISTER NOW!  Note that regular registration ($45) closes Saturday 4/29 at Noon; Late, late registration ($75) closes next Wednesday May 3. 

Updated Qualification Lists for State: Only 2 Qualifying Tournaments Remain!

We have posted updated qualification lists for the 12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship, which include all games submitted for rating through April 18. Check here to see if you’re one of the 512 players who have already qualified.

If you’re not on that list, check the “almost” lists — those who still need a qualifying tournament, and those who need more rated games to meet the established rating requirement.  If you’re not yet qualified, but on one of those lists, you have until April 26 to make it happen!  Two qualifying events will take place before the April 26 deadline (which is also the deadline for early registration):

•  April 22: Oregon State Girls’ Championship (Portland): Must register by 11 p.m. on April 21!
•  April 23: Bethel April Quads (Eugene)

For more details on qualification, see this page.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ($35) EXPIRES WEDNESDAY, April 26…so REGISTER NOW!

2017 Oregon State Girls Championship on April 22 in Portland

Registration is closing tonight (11PM) for the first ever Oregon Girls Championship.

Saturday Check-in:

Reserve Section: 8:15 – 8:40

Championship: 8:15 – 8:55

 

Oregon Chess Federation together with Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation and Portland Chess Club would like to invite all the girls to the 2017 Oregon State Girls Championship on Saturday, April 22 at the Portland Chess Club.  This event will determine Oregon’s nominees to two fantastic national women’s scholastic events:  The SPFGI and the NGTOC.

Championship Section:  Four rounds, G/55 + 5 seconds increment Swiss. Dual Rated. Open to all female Oregon Residents under age 19 as of 6/14/17; USCF and OCF membership required. Rounds at 9am, 11:15am, 1:30pm, 3:45pm.

Reserve Section:  Four rounds, G/40;d5 Swiss.  NWSRS Rated. Open to all scholastic women players.  Rounds at 8:45am, 10:30am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm.

Clocks and notation required for both sections – clocks and score sheets will be provided (TD might allow no notation in reserve section if requested by the player).

Championship Section Prizes:

  • Nomination: The first two places will represent Oregon State in 2017 US Chess National Girls Tournament of Champions and 2017 Susan Polgar Foundation Girls Invitational.  Champion has the first choice to pick the tournament.
  • Bursary: The total bursary will be equally divided between the first and second place winners; the amount will be determined by subtracting tournament expenses from the total entry fees received for this tournament.
  • Tiebreaks: In case of a tie for 1st and/or 2nd a playoff round with G/15 white, G/12 black with draw odds will determine winner.
  • Trophies/medals for 1st-5th Places (3rd to 5th place tiebreak will be used).

Reserve Section Prizes:

  • Trophies for 1st-5th Places
  • Reserve Champion will also receive one year USCF Membership (Young adult, Youth or Scholastic – depending on the age of the player). Same tiebreaker as in the top section.

Entry fee: Pre-payment $30 or paying at the door (Cash only with pre-registration).

Online registration at 2017 Oregon State Girls Chess Championship.  Must pre-register(email the required information). Registration deadline is April 21st at 23:00pm (no registrations accepted after the deadline).

Updated qualification lists for State — there’s still time to qualify!

We have posted updated qualification lists, which include all games submitted for rating through April 12.  You can check to see if you’re one of the 483 players who has already qualified for the 12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship, by clicking here:  Check here to see if you’ve already qualified.

If you’re not on that list, check the “almost” lists — those who still need a qualifying tournament, and those who need more rated games to meet the established rating requirement.  If you’re not yet qualified, but on one of those lists, you can still do it!  There are three tournaments remaining in the Portland and Eugene areas before the absolute April 26 deadline (which is also the deadline for early registration).  Check the NWSRS Calendar for green-colored events, including:

April 16: Silver Knights Quads (Happy Valley)
April 22: Oregon State Girls’ Championship (Portland)
April 23: Bethel April Quads (Eugene)

For more details on qualification, see this page.  Once you’ve qualified, you can register by clicking the links below.  Please register ASAP to help our many volunteers get ready for your arrival.

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Rules

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Championship Pins & History

Congratulations to everyone who has participated in the OSCF State Championships over the years; our 12th annual tournament will be on May 5-6, 2017!  Some history as we approach our 12th year:  Our largest OSCF Championship ever involved 372 players in 2014, though our largest blitz and bughouse tournaments (158 and 230 players respectively) were in 2016; last year also saw our largest number of qualified players ever, at 543.

In the material listed after the break (click on “read more”), each year’s statistics are accompanied by a photograph of the Commemorative Pin for each year that the OSCF State Championship has been active.  From 2011-2015, we were fortunate to have our pins designed by Mark Dalthorp (with the assistance of his dad, former OSCF President Dan Dalthorp).  Thanks to them and all our designers for their fine work!  What will our pin be this year?  You’d better qualify and register for the 12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship to find out!  More pins after the break…

OSCF State Registration is LIVE!

Registration for the 12th Annual OSCF State Tournament, to be held on May 5-6 in Seaside, is LIVE. The event will feature the same fantastic blitz and bughouse competition that you’ve come to expect on Friday evening, the HUGE trophies full of taffy, and plenty of excellent chess competition among players from throughout the state.

Check here to see if you’ve already qualified, and once you are, please register ASAP to help our many volunteers get ready for your arrival.

Details

Rules

REGISTER NOW