Chess Odyssey Friday Night Quads in Portland on Dec. 14 & 28

Qualifier for the 2019 OSCF State Championship
Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12. The tournament is limited to the first 36 players (9 quads) who register. 

Entry fee: $20.00

Registration: Register online at the Chess Odyssey website. Registrations are also accepted by phone call or text, or at the door, before 6:30 pm, if space is available. No registrations will be accepted after 6:30 pm.

Can’t make this date? Quads will be held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays through summer.

Contact: Mike Terrill
Email: mterrill@chessodyssey.com
Phone: (503) 913-9643
More Info: http://chessodyssey.com/Friday-Night-Quads.html

*FREE* Chess Quads during Winter Break in Happy Valley Dec. 17, 18, 19, 27, 28

Ed Addis is at it again…offering *FREE* rated chess quads during Winter Break.

*NEW* and *FREE* Christmas Time Quads at New Seasons in Happy Valley. Click on the links below for details and to register.

 

December 17 from 5:30 to 9 pm
December 18 from 9 am to 12:30 pm

December 19 from 1 pm to 4:30 pm
December 27 from 5:30 to 9 pm
December 28 from 1 pm to 4:30 pm

This event is open to all and is FREE. Participants do need to be familiar with the rules of chess and chess notation. Bring standard chess set and board. We will be using the Cooking School Room which is located on the west end of the front of this New Seasons store.
Registration:  All must register by e-mail. To register send Ed Addis an e-mail at “chessalot@aol.com”. Include your first and last name, grade in school, and school you attend. For adults I need your first and last name and which state you live in. I also need to know which dates each of you plan to attend.  Each date has a different time frame.
Space is limited so register early.  No on-site registration.
This tournament is a Qualifier for the 2019 OSCF Championship Tournament and will be submitted for rating to the Northwest Scholastic Rating Service.
The New Seasons at Happy Valley has a very nice area for those that enjoy coffee.  They also have an excellent array of food to dine on and of course you can always shop.

Contact: Edward Addis II
Email: chessalot@aol.com
Phone: 5034676242

Location Details
New Season – Happy Valley
15861 SE Happy Valley Town Center Drive
Happy Valley OR 97086 US

Corvallis Fall Open on Dec. 15

Corvallis Fall Open!
K-12 Team Chess Tournament and 2019 OSCF State Championship Qualifier
An NWSRS rated tournament sponsored by the Corvallis High School Spartan Chess Club
Location: Corvallis High School, 1400 NW Buchanan Avenue, Corvallis, OR  97330
Cost: $15 per player
Sections: High School, Middle School and Elementary Sections.  Players can play in higher sections based on skill level.
Rules: 5 rounds Swiss pairing.  Game in 25 mins.  Bring a clock if you have one.
Prizes:
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Trophies for top 3 teams in each section (Team score = sum of top 4 players in a section)
– Medals for top finishers in each section
– Top 3 finishers in each section get a free artistic rendering of one game by artist Beth Markovic (immortalgames.us)
– All participants receive an Immortal Games sticker
Contact: Phil Schapker
Phone: 913-314-2460

USCF Memberships available (at a discount!)

OSCF has purchased a large number of memberships “in bulk,” which allows us to offer these to chess players 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 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 recieve an eVoucher from our treasurer, Renee Chang. She will include instructions for completing the membership registration on the USCF site.

Questions? Email us at oscf@oscf.org.

 

It’s simpler to qualify for the 2019 State Championship!

Announcement! Following our mission statement of “More Kids, More Chess, More Fun!” we are simplifying the requirements for qualifying for the OSCF State Championship on April 12-13, 2019.

To qualify for the 2019 OSCF State Championship, players must now meet the following requirements:

Established rating (NWSRS >15 games or USCF > 26 games)

1 qualifying tournament played between the last State Championship and two Wednesdays before the next State Championship (April 15, 2018 to April 3, 2019 – any event colored green on the NWSRS calendar).

8 rated games played between September 3, 2018  and April 3, 2019 (can be found at Chess Ratings NorthWest along with your player rating).

Why are you changing the qualification requirements?

We want to make the qualification process easier for players and families to understand and achieve. Formerly, we required an established rating and two qualifying tournaments during the year. For players living far from cities where chess tournaments are regularly held, the additional travel can be an obstacle and burden.

We still want players to have tournament experience and to participate in tournaments throughout the year, so they still need to attend at least one tournament during the year. High School League tournaments (1 game), Quads (3 games), and Tournaments (4-5 games) will all count as one qualifier.

To complete the 8 game requirement, players should attend additional tournaments. If a player is unable qualify by attending additional tournaments, coaches or parents may host in-house rated games (contact OSCF to be sure these will be approved). Rated games must be played between September 3, 2018 and April 3, 2019 and submitted to NWSRS for rating. If you’re interested in hosting rated games locally, please contact OSCF at oscf@oscf.org to learn how and to ensure your results will count for qualification.

How do I know if I’ve met the requirements?

To simplify how we determine players’ qualification for the State Championship, players now just have to check the #GmsYTD column to see whether they qualify for the State Championship. The NWSRS considers September (after Labor Day) to be the beginning of the academic year, and OSCF will now match the same dates for the academic year. When players look up their rating, they can easily find the total games played during the current academic year.

Last Name First Name ID Number Rating #Gms #GmsYTD State
Master Chess SCHOL100 1000 100 10 Oregon

As long as players have an established rating (NWSRS #Gms >15 games or USCF > 26 games) AND have played in one qualifying tournament during the year AND they have played at least 8 rated games #GmsYTD, they will qualify to play at the State Championship.

Additional questions? Please email us at OSCF@OSCF.org. See you at a tournament soon!

 

3rd Annual Neil Dale Memorial Open in Portland on January 5-6

On January 5-6, the Portland Chess Club is hosting the 3rd Annual Neil Dale Memorial Open. Neil volunteered countless hours to chess, including running hundreds of tournaments over many decades. See more information about Neil here and here. Neil started and ran the Gresham Open on the first weekend in January many times. We now run a tournament on the first weekend in January each year at the PCC in a format similar to the Gresham Open in his honor.

This tournament is a way for advanced scholastic players to get experience with a longer time control and to compete for cash prizes. The tournament is an OSCF Championship qualifier. Due to space at the club facility, the tournament is limited to the first fifty players who register in person at the Portland Chess Club on January 5 from 9 am to 9:45 am. See for more information about the event at pdxchess.org.

Catlin Chess Festival in Portland on Jan. 12

catlin-chessThe Catlin Upper School Chess Club is sponsoring a five-round, Swiss-style chess tournament for all ages and skill levels to promote chess in the Portland area. Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase. We will award trophies to the top five finishers in each section, plus-score medals, and participation prizes. Earlybird registration fee is $20 through December 31.  Click here to Register Online. For more information, contact Hansen Lian at lianh@catlin.edu
or 971-337-9101.

¡Chess Riot! in Corvallis on Jan. 20

Play some state-qualifying games and have fun at the Corvallis chess Riot! This mini, 3-game, quad-style chess tournament will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 and is open to students of all ages and all levels of experience. Registration is only $10, with a refund given to the winner of each quad!

Corvallis High School
(Use SW corner door near football stadium parking lot off 16th Street)
Registration: 12:30 p.m.-12:55 p.m.
Games: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Winner of each quad gets their money back and free entry to next quad.
G25 youth, G25-40 for adults by mutual agreement of the quad. Clocks provided.

Contact Phil Schapker with any questions at phil.schapker@corvallis.k12.or.us.

2019 OSCF Championship Qualifier – NWSRS rated

New! Hope Chinese Charter School MLK Tournament in Beaverton on Jan. 21

A fun, festive chess tournament for all chess players in grades K-12. This holiday tournament has been designated as a qualifier for the OSCF 2019 State Seaside championship, and will be NWSRS rated. In addition to final awards, prizes will be given after each round. National Master Carl Haessler will be on site to provide FREE game analysis.

REGISTER NOW to play chess on your day off from school!