OES Aardvark Chess Tournament on April 4

CBBLogoSpots are filling up fast for the second annual OES Aardvark Chess Tournament on Saturday, April 4, at Oregon Episcopal School in SW Portland. This is one of the last OSCF qualifiers before Seaside, but space is limited!

Cash prizes for the top section, cool awards and plus score medals, little prizes for first-time tournament players, and raffle prizes! Proceeds to benefit the Children’s Book Bank and OSCF; children’s book donations are welcome! The absolute latest deadline to register is 10pm on Thursday, April 2 (early bird discount by 3/31); click here for more details and to register online.

Qualifier List Updated to 3-25; There’s still time!

We have updated the list of players who have qualified for Seaside.  Based on tournaments played and games rated through March 25, 407 players have qualified for the 10th Annual OSCF State Championship in Seaside, OR, on April 24-25.  We have also updated the list of players who only need an established rating to qualify, and the list of players who need just one more OSCF Qualifier tournament to qualify.  Remember, you have to qualify by April 15 in order to register for the event.  Remember to book your hotel room, too!

For coaches and parents who want to review the status of players at their school (encourage them to qualify and come!), we have posted an Excel spreadsheet listing the qualification status of all players who have played in an OSCF qualifying event.

There is still time to qualify, but it’s getting close!!  For more details on qualifying, see this page; you need to (A) play in two qualifying tournaments, and (B) have an established NWSRS or USCF rating.

(A) To get two tournaments, here are four options:

1) If you’re in the Portland Metro Area, play at the OES Aardvark Tournament on April 4, and then at the Silver Knights Quads in Happy Valley on April 5.
2) If you’re in Eugene or the South Valley, play at the Bethel Friday Quads on April 11, and then at the Spring Fling in Eugene on April 12.
3) Mix and match — play one in Portland, and one in Eugene.
4) You could create your own qualifying event before April 15, but you have to move forward ASAP.  If you want to do it yourself, it’s possible (and we can help); there are some basic rules and you should get it on the calendar no later than Monday March 30.  Contact us if you’re interested.

(B) If, after playing those tournaments, you don’t have 15 total NWSRS rated games, look at this post to figure out how to get as many as you can; this might mean playing at other tournaments (if you play at all 4 of the above, you could go from zero to qualified in just ten days), or you can play rated “club” games at your school.  If you can’t figure out how to do this based on the above post, contact us and we can help make it happen.

Qualifier Lists Updated as of 3-18-15

We have updated the list of players who have qualified for Seaside.  Based on tournaments played and games rated through March 18, 393 players have qualified for the 10th Annual OSCF State Championship in Seaside, OR, on April 24-25.  We have also updated the list of players who only need an established rating to qualify, and the list of players who need just one more OSCF Qualifier tournament to qualify.  For more details on qualifying, see this page.  Remember, you have to qualify by April 15 in order to register for the event.  Remember to book your hotel room, too!

For coaches and parents who want to review the status of players at their school (encourage them to qualify and come!), we have posted an Excel spreadsheet listing the qualification status of all players who have played in an OSCF qualifying event.

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

SilverKtrPrizes: 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, March 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 outside-viewfinest 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

Qualifier Lists Updated as of 3-12-15

We have updated the list of qualified players for the 10th Annual OSCF State Championship in Seaside, OR, on April 24-25.  The list includes tournaments played and rated through March 12, 2015.  We have also posted a list of players who only need an established rating to qualify, and the list of players who need just one more OSCF Qualifier tournament to qualify.  For more details on qualifying, see this post.  Remember, you have to qualify by April 15 in order to register for the event.  Remember to book your hotel room, too!

For coaches and parents who want to review the status of players at their school (encourage them to qualify and come!), we have posted a current (as of 3-12-15) Excel spreadsheet listing the qualification status of all players who have played in an OSCF qualifying event.

How do I get to play at Seaside?

Last year, the 2014 OSCF State Chess Championship was the largest chess tournament in the state — and it may have been the largest in Oregon for a decade.  This year (April 24-25) is the _MG_372810th Anniversary, and has the potential to break all records.  The all-volunteer board is busily preparing for the event; rules have been drafted, the location secured, trophies are being ordered, commemorative prizes are being assembled for every player to take home and remember the event by.  On Friday, Blitz is back, fast and furious, while Bughouse will return with bug trophies and Crazy Hats in full madhattery.  And, of course, Saturday will bring the epitome of high competition to the hundreds of scholastic players who travel to Seaside for the day’s rounds.  You don’t want to be left out of this event!

To come, you have to register.  But to register, you need to be qualified.  There are currently (as of 3/18) 393 qualified players; we will update the qualified player list on a more-or-less a weekly basis through April 15.  If you want to qualify and haven’t yet, though, here’s what you need:

1) Be an Oregon scholastic player, enrolled in K-12 schools, aged 5-19.

2) Earn an established rating.

What does this mean?  One of the great things about the OSCF State Championship Seaside is that we divide players into grade-and-rating based sections of approximately 32 (or fewer) players, which helps to make sure that every player competes against peers of their age and skill level, and that every player has a reasonable chance to walk away from the event with a great prize.  But this means we have to have a good sense of what every player’s skill level is, and for that, they need to have a certain number of games under their belt.  Under the scholastic rating system used in the Northwest, for instance (the NWSRS), a player’s rating is considered established after they have played 15 career NWSRS rated games.  Once you’ve played 15 career games, you’re set for life on this requirement; your rating will change as you play additional rated events, the total games just keeps going up, and we can always place you in a section with confidence.  For more information about this requirement, see this post.  The people who are missing only this requirement are listed here.

3) Attend at least two OSCF qualifying tournaments.

OSCF was formed to encourage more parents, coaches, and community volunteers to organize and hold their own chess tournaments throughout the state.  So part of qualifying for State is taking advantage of those opportunities by playing at least two OSCF qualifying tournaments during the relevant year.  If you have an established rating but still need a qualifier tournament (or two) in order to go to OSCF State, there are still several tournaments listed on the NWSRS schedule (on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) between now and April 15; you want the events listed in Green.  (There are both scholastic events and events at the Portland Chess Club; the latter are generally better for more experienced players, but the G/45 quads, especially, tend to draw a number of less experienced scholastic players.).

That’s it.  There are some small exceptions – for the real nitty-gritty, see the detailed rules.  Or contact us with questions.  But in the end, we’re just looking for Oregon scholastic players who have demonstrated a commitment to chess through the prior year, and who we can place in the tournament in a way that lets us be confident that they and their competitors have a fair and fun time.

 

Last Call for T-shirt Designs for State Championship! Deadline March 10 at noon

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: 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!