Chess Camp with Matt Zavortink in Portland June 24-28

SUMMER CHESS CAMP
Taught by USCF National Master and Two-Time Oregon State Chess Champion Matt Zavortink

Sponsored and Hosted by Portland Chess Club
8205 SW 24th Avenue, Portland, OR, 97219

June 24-28
9:00am-12:00pm
Drop-off 8:45am; Pickup by 12:15pm

Cost: $150

Registration: Email Matt Zavortink (zavortink@gmail.com)

USCF National Master Matt Zavortink and Hayhurst Elementary Chess Coach Chad Lykins are offering a full week of chess instruction plus five NWSRS rated games.

Open to students at all experience levels from Grade 2nd to 8th. Students will be grouped based on strength both for instruction and rated games. All groups receive instruction aimed at helping them reach the next rating class.

Schedule Topics
8:45-9:00: Drop-off Monday: Calculating Accurately
9:00-9:30: First group lesson Tuesday: Opening Strategy
9:30-10:15: Supervised play and Game Analysis Wednesday: Attacking the King
10:15-10:45: Second group lesson Thursday: Endgame Techniques
10:45-11:45: Rated game (G25d5) Friday: Famous Games
11:45-12:00: Post-game analysis
12:00-12:15: Pick-up

About Us
Matt Zavortink is a USCF National Master and two-time Oregon State Champion. His students recently won top individual awards at the OSCF Team Championship in both the elementary and middle-school
divisions. He offers private lessons as well as group lessons. He currently coaches at ACCESS Academy,Hayhurst Elementary, and Robert Gray Middle School.

Chad Lykins is a tournament director, coach, and father of three scholastic chess players. He has coached at Hayhurst Elementary for the last three years, during which time the team finished in a tie for first at the OSCF Team Championship and twice finished in a tie for 2nd at the CFS Team Championship.

The Portland Chess Club, located in Southwest Portland, offers both NWSRS and USCF rated tournaments as well as weekly casual chess.
Contact: Matt Zavortink
Email:zavortink@gmail.com

Magical South Coast Chess Tournament in Coquille on May 18

“There be dragons in Coquille!” Prizes are fantasy figurines!

Join us for the Magical South Coast Chess Tournament on Saturday, May 18 in Coquille.

Registration 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the Coquille High School Library
Feel free to preregister at drnancykeller@yahoo.com and then pay at the door.
Fee:  $5.00
Prizes:  Fantasy Figurines
All ages invited.  Adults encouraged to play!
Divisions to be determined by attendence, roughly U600, U1000, Advanced (but will be broken down further if larger numbers).
Five rounds.
For Advanced section time control: G/35 D/5
Snacks available on site
Bring your lunch!
Card games and other board games available in skittles room
Need a place to stay?
Contact: Nancy Keller
Email: drnancykeller@yahoo.com
Phone: 541-290-8479

2019 Oregon State Girls Championship in Portland on May 26

Oregon Chess Federation together with Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation would like to invite all the girls to the 2019 Oregon State Girls Championship on May 26 at the Portland Chess Club.
This event will determine Oregon’s nominees the most prestigious national girls scholastic events:
The SPFGI (Susan Polgar Foundation Girls Invitational) and the NGTOC (National Girls Tournament of Champions).
Time Control:

A 4 round G/55 + 5 seconds increment Swiss for Championship section.

A 4 rounds G/40 + 5 seconds delay Swiss for Reserve section

Eligibility
Championship section open to all junior girls in Oregon State, Reserve section open Oregon residents and out of state players.
Players must be under 19 as of Jun 14, 2019.
Ratings and membership requirment

Championship section: USCF membership required.  Dual rated, both USCF and NWSRS.

Reserve section: NWSRS rated (no membership required).
Equipment

Clocks and notation required – clocks and score sheets will be provided.

Round times:
Championship: 9:00am11:15pm1:30pm, and 3:45pm.
Reserve: 8:45am10:30am12:45pm2:15pm
Prizes
Championship section:
  • Equally divided bursary for the first two places who will represent Oregon State in 2019 US Chess National Girls Tournament of Champions and 2019 Susan Polgar Foundation Girls Invitational.

  • The final amount of those bursaries will result by subtracting the expenses from the total amount of the entrée fees of this tournament.

  • 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.

  • Plaques for 1st-5th Places (3rd to 5th place tiebreak will be used)

  • Champion will have the 1st choice to pick the tournament.

Reserve section:

  • 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 before May 20, $35 after or paying at the door.

Must pre-register. Registration deadline is March 15 at 5:00 PM (no registrations accepted after the deadline).

Questions?  Email Andrei at Silver.Knights.Chess.Club@gmail.com

Silver Knights Chess Club Quads in Portland on May 26

Silver Knights Chess Club Quads in Portland on May 26

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

Rating system: NWSRS and US Chess if all the players in the same quad have up to date US Chess membership will be dual rated by default (just those quads).

Schedule: Check-In: 14:20-14:25; play will start at 14:30. Each quad will operate on its own schedule; games will be started as soon as possible. Quads involving younger players are expected to finish well in advance of those involving older, more experienced players. Awards for each section will be made as soon as that section is completed.

Notation: Players are encouraged to notate; players rated over 1000 are required to notate.

Time Control: G25/5 for time delay clocks. Please bring your clock, if you have one.

Prizes: First place trophy (or chess book), second place medal, third place medal, 4th place – small chess accessories for each section.

Tiebreakers: Ties will be broken in this order: direct encounter, lower starting rating, highest number of games played with black pieces, younger age, coin flip..

Entry fee: $20.00 per player. Two or more siblings $17 per player. .

Eligibility: Open to everyone –  scholastic players  strongly encouraged!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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

Location Details
Portland Chess Club
8205 SW 24th Ave
Portland, OR 97219

*FREE* Chess4Kids classes and rated games in Portland on June 1, 9, 15, and 22

Chess4kids will be hosting free summer classes. The class is thirty minutes long, and teachers will teach students chess strategy and tactics. At the very end, kids will be able to play an one hour long rated game with classmates. All teachers have a rating of 1600 or above.
Dates:       June 1st, 9th, 15th and 22nd
Time:         7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location:   13545 NW Evergreen st , Portland, OR 97229
Contact:     info@chess4kids.net

2019 Spring All Stars posted!

The Spring 2019 All-Stars List has been posted! This list consists of the players in each grade who had the highest ten established ratings, and who played rated games between January 1, 2019 and May 1, 2019.  Please carefully read the qualification rules, but if you think that you see something incorrect in the list, let us know, and we’ll check and add you if necessary.

All-Stars lists are published each trimester of the year. Any player on one or more of the winter, spring or summer lists — or on the 2019 Lifetime Achievement list (to be published next fall), or any member of the Order of the Knight who has played a NWSRS rated game between 9/1/18 and 8/31/19 — will be eligible to participate in the 2019 12th Annual Oregon All-Stars Invitational, which we plan to hold in October 2019 (details to come next September). Congratulations to everyone on the list!

USCF Memberships available (at a discount!)

OSCF has purchased a large number of memberships “in bulk,” which allows us to offer these to Oregon and Washington scholastic chess players (who will play in Oregon events) 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 residing in Oregon or Washington and 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 receive 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.

Raise money for your club by hosting the 2020 OSCF Team Championship!

The inaugural OSCF K12 School Team Championship drew approximately 200 students from across the State of Oregon for the first rated K12 team event in state history. It was the second largest rated scholastic tournament of the year, with only the OSCF Championship in Seaside drawing more students.

We’ve listened to your feedback and implemented the following changes for 2020:
Longer time controls: In 2020, the top sections in K5, K8, and K12 will move to four rounds of G60d5. The lower sections (U700, U500, etc.) will still be five rounds of G25d5.
More awards: We will have have smaller sections in each division, which means more awards.
More kids: Bad scheduling on our part made it hard for many K8 and K12 teams to attend. This year we have chosen April 4, 2020 and April 11, 2020 as the two options. These dates do not conflict with Spring Break or events at Portland Chess Club, Chess for Success, or OHSCTA. We expect enrollment to climb toward 250-300 students.
Bigger space: The event has outgrown its first venue and is actively seeking a new host.

If you are interested in hosting the event and have a venue that can serve 250-300 students plus another 200-300 adults, please email oscf@oscf.org. This venue can be a school, convention center, corporate office, or similar space. Donated corporate spaces may be tax-deductible, but inquire first. Schools who host may use the event as a fundraiser for their chess club.

The full tournament by-laws can be found here.

Email OSCF@OSCF.ORG by May 31, 2019 to inquire about hosting. The host may be selected by June 30, 2019.

Chad Lykins
OSCF Board Member and
2019 OSCF K12 School Team Championship Tournament Director
oscf@oscf.org

2019 OSCF State Championship Results are in! Thank you to all who participated!

The 14th annual Oregon State Scholastic Chess Championship was held April 12-13 in Seaside, OR.  Over 400 players from across the state participated. Final tournament results can be found here.

Primary School Grand Champion (K-2) was Anisha Sripada from Findley Elementary. Elementary School Grand Champion (3-5) was Austin Tang from Hope Chinese Charter School.  

With an equal score, Middle School Co-Champions (6-8) were Zoey Tang of Hope Chinese Charter School and Shunkai Peng of Conestoga Middle School. These two players then participated in a thrilling 4-game playoff with Shunkai Peng coming out victorious and earning the right to represent Oregon along with the K-8 champions of the other 49 states in the prestigious 2019 Barber Tournament of K-8 champions, Aug. 3-6 2019 in Orlando, FL.  

High School Grand Champion (9-12) was Michael Moore from Crescent Valley High School who along the way scored upsets against two national masters to earn the title.  Michael earns the right to represent Oregon along with the high school champions of the other 49 states in the illustrious 2019 Denker Tournament of High School Champions, also held Aug. 3-6 2019 in conjunction with the US open tournament run by the US Chess Federation.

The Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation’s mission is to promote, support, sponsor, and coordinate scholastic chess activities in Oregon.  Our motto is “More Kids. More Chess. More fun!” Chess is a powerful vehicle for developing skills and habits that benefit young minds for life: analytic thinking, planning ahead, winning with grace and losing with dignity, setting disciplined and realistic goals, and understanding that mastery takes years of persistent work and gradual progress.  OSCF was founded by chess parents in 2005 to create opportunities for Oregon kids to compete in high-quality, rated chess tournaments. Currently, we run three official OSCF events, including the OSCF Championship in April, the Oregon All-Stars Invitational, and the Oregon Open Scholastic. In addition, OSCF sanctions around 80 tournaments per year as state championship “qualifiers.”  We also provide guidance, expertise, and resources for new tournament directors, coaches, and school chess clubs.