The 8th Annual Oregon All-Stars Invitational tournament will be held on Friday, October 9 (a statewide inservice day — but check your district to be sure!). Once again, we’re set to take over the State Capitol for a great day of chess and prizes for all the invitees. This is an invitation-only event — see if you’re on the invitation list by checking the master list here, and if you are invited we hope you will come. Details and rules can be found in this document. Register online here (Early registration ends on Saturday October 3), and registration closes on October 6. We hope you can make it!
The fourth Annual Clackamas K-12 Open will be held on October 17th at Clackamas High School. This event will feature at least four grade based sections and counts as an OSCF 2016 State Qualifier. Once again the tournament will feature quality chess equipment (Wood and Plastic Chess Sets, roll-up boards and Chess Clocks) from Legend Products as awards for top finishers in each of the sections. Additionally, anyone with a plus score (3 or more points) will receive a medallion.
The tournament is also a team event with Trophies to the top three Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. The number of players from one school is not limited but only the top four scorers will be counted toward the team total.
In addition to the great chess equipment, medallions, and trophies the tournament also awards door prizes. Last year more than 80 individuals were awarded a door prize. Door prizes were donated by local business and had a retail value exceeding $2,300.
Food and drink items will be provided by one of Clackamas’s student clubs, and will be open during most of the tournament for your refreshment.
Check in from 8:15-8:45 am. First round at 9 am.
REGISTER ONLINE NOW
…or send an e-mail to Ed Addis at email@example.com. The Subject line should be titled CHS Chess and include the player(s) name, school, grade, and your phone number in the message. You may also call (503) 658-7809 with the information.
The Summer 2015 All-Stars List has been posted (click there!). These players were the top ten Oregon scholastic chess players in each grade from K-12 during the trimester from May 1 to August 31, 2015. The players had to play at least one regular rated game (NWSRS or USCF) in the trimester. Rankings for those students are based on the highest established rating attained in the trimester, as determined by the maximum of the highest established NWSRS rating held during the trimester and the highest established USCF published monthly rating from the supplements published June 2015 through September 2015. Do let us know if you think that you see something incorrect in the list, and we’ll check and add you if necessary.
We have also posted the 2015 Lifetime Achievement list (the 25 scholastic players in the state with the largest number of rated NWSRS games), and the list of invited Order of the Knight members — i.e., those members who have played a NWSRS rated game between 9/1/14 and 8/31/15.
All these players, as well as those on the 2015 Winter and Spring lists, are eligible to participate in the 2015 8th Annual Oregon All-Stars Invitational, which will be held in Salem on October 9, 2015 (details and online registration will be posted here by September 13). You can find a master alphabetical list of all invited players here. Congratulations to all of the invitees!
Join experienced OSCF tournament directors Jeff Dobbins and Rebecca Holt for a FREE training. Volunteer with us at the Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament on September 5 held at the Lloyd Center Doubletree in Portland on Labor Day weekend. We’ll show you how to run a tournament and serve as a “chess referee” during rounds. This training is appropriate for club coaches who would like to walk through a tournament day from start to finish and also for chess parents who would like to volunteer as “assistant tournament directors” at tournaments throughout the year.
And just a reminder…registration for scholastic players is open until September 3, with the early bird fee of $20 expiring on August 28. So sign up your child(ren) to play and come hang with the “TDs” for a free training. For more information and to sign up, contact Rebecca Holt at RebeccaH@lclark.edu.
In connection with the Oregon Chess Federation & Portland Chess Club’s annual Oregon Open, held each year over Labor Day Weekend, we will be holding the Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament at the Lloyd Center Doubletree in Portland. While the full three-day Oregon Open tournament will be great for those of you who want the challenge of playing very long time controls against adult players (they play two games a day for three days; see here for more details), the shorter time controls of the scholastic section will be a great warmup for the new academic year of chess.
The event is a 4-round Swiss-paired event (time control G/45 d5) and will be held on Saturday, September 5, with the first round at 10am, so starting about an hour before the first round of the Oregon Open main event. Rounds will be held at 10, 11:45 (or ASAP), 1:45 and 3:30 (or ASAP), and should be done by 5:30pm. The room can only hold 48 players, so register early! Depending on how many register, we may divide the group into two or three sections based on highest established USCF or NWSRS rating. The event will be NWSRS rated, though if a section consists of all USCF members, we may dual-rate the section as well. This is an 2016 OSCF State Championship Qualifier. We will have medals for plus scores (including 1st-3rd place medals), and we will also award one year (for 4.0 and 3.5 point winners) and 6-month (for 3.0 and 2.5 point winners) memberships to NW Chess, which includes a monthly subscription to the NW Chess magazine. Register online by clicking here; the early registration fee of $20 expires on August 28, and all registrations must be in by September 3.
Sunday, June 21st and June 28th, 2015 – Silver Knights Chess Club Quads
Prizes: 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 rating.
Time: Sunday, June 21, 2014 | 2:15pm – 5:30pm – will start on time and finish on time.
Fee: $17 – Preregistration close Sunday (day of the tournament) at 09:00 AM – no late fee.
Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12.
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 websitehttp://silverknightschessclub.blogspot.com/
Contact: Andrei Botez, firstname.lastname@example.org, (503) 995-2888
Updated June 6: Registration is still open, but advance registration is vastly preferred, so contact organizers (see below) soon. Registration numbers are still a little low, so why not go and aim for a prize??
What better way to start your summer than with a peaceful weekend of chess at the Oregon Coast? For the last 25 years, the Central Coast Chess Club of Newport has been running the Newport June Open, and it takes place again this year on June 13-14. This event features four rating sections, as well as graded entry fees depending on which section you want to play in, and excellent cash prizes. The organizers are limiting the entry to 46 players, so there will be plenty of room to stretch your legs, and the event plays two rounds a day with leisurely G/90,+30 time controls, so it’s a great way to ease into summer. The “booster” section (ratings of <1400 USCF) has a $100 first place prize, and they go up from there, so register now to reserve your chance to play. This event is a 2016 OSCF State Championship qualifier.
For more information about the event, as well as the entry form, click here. After the break, you’ll also find a “Top 20 reasons to enter the Newport June Open.” Contact email@example.com for more information.
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The OSCF Board met on Saturday, May 30, and we’re pleased to announce that the Board has elected the following officers for 2015-16:
President: Rebecca Holt
Vice-President: Kathryn Schuff
Treasurer: Steve Cousineau
In addition, Kathy Stevens will serve as treasurer-in-training. These officer elections will be final in two weeks unless objections are registered through the contact form by any volunteer parent or coach who organized an OSCF Qualifying Tournament between June 2, 2014 and the present. Congratulations, and thank you, to our new officers (and thanks to our old officers and board members as well)! As always, you can reach the board by emailing them through our contact form. One other note: Jeff Dobbins, former president, will be stepping into the role, long ably served by OSCF Founder Amy Coughlin, of Oregon NWSRS ratings coordinator.
In addition, the Board is posting revisions to the bylaws, which are intended to give the Board more flexibility in setting officers, meetings, and making adjustments to bylaws (our original version of these bylaws required all changes to be approved at the only-lightly-attended annual meetings we hold at the State Championship). These changes are consistent with changes approved at the annual membership meetings over the last two years, and will go into effect in two weeks unless objections are registered through the contact form by any volunteer parent or coach who organized an OSCF Qualifying Tournament between June 2, 2014 and the present.
Thanks for all your support, and feel free to contact us if you have thoughts or questions.
The Spring All Stars list was compiled — but the link was hidden. Sorry! Find the Spring 2015 All-Stars listed here; this is the list of the top 10 rated players, per grade, who were active between January 1 and April 30, 2015. Do let us know if you think that you see something incorrect in the list, 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 2015 Lifetime Achievement list (to be published next fall), or any member of the Order of the Knight who played a NWSRS rated game between 9/1/14 and 8/31/15 — is eligible to participate in the 2015 8th Annual Oregon All-Stars Invitational, which we plan to hold in Salem in on the second Friday in October of 2015 (details to come in September). Congratulations to everyone on the list!