Sunday Quads at Portland Chess Club on Feb. 6

Are you a mature scholastic player looking for a serious challenge? Come play in the Sunday Chess Quads at the Portland Chess Club. Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Entry fee is $15 and this is an OSCF State Championship Qualifier.

US Chess dual rated and NWSRS rated. US Chess membership is required and can be purchased during registration. US Chess membership rates/information/benefits

*While this tournament is open to scholastic players, it’s only recommended for mature scholastic players who are capable of playing in a serious tournament and against adults.*

Click here for more info.

Swisslandia at Rose City Chess on Jan. 23 (online)

Swisslandia is a series of USCF and NWSRS rated four-round swiss paired tournaments. Winners receive Powell’s Gift Cards and typewritten congratulations. Swisslandia will be online during the month of January, with hopes of adding an in-person option in February.

Dates:
February 13, 2022 (online only)
February 27, 2022 (online and in-person)

Location: Lichess and Zoom

Registration: 100% preregistered by 12:00pm the day of the event. Note the earlier deadline! Register here.

Ratings: USCF Online, NWSRS, and Lichess Classical. USCF membership is required and can be purchased/renewed during registration for $13/year (this is a discounted rate courtesy of Rose City Chess).

Equipment: Players must use a computer or Chromebook with a functioning camera and microphone. Tablets and phones often have problems joining teams and tournaments. Chrome is the best browser. Firefox, Safari, and Edge are known to glitch.

Format: Section assignments and Zoom link sent at 1:00pm day of tournament. Players join their section at https://lichess.org/team/rose-city-chess. Sections may be split by USCF/NWSRS rating. Everyone plays four rounds of G/25+5. Each rounds starts 10 minutes after previous round. Pairings by Lichess Swiss Pairing Software. For most accurate seeding, participants should establish their Lichess Classical Rating by playing several games prior to the tournament. Lichess Tiebreaks used in event of tie.

Fair Play
: Video monitoring and cheat detection provided. Participants must agree to the OSCF Fair Play Agreement. Standings and awards not official until the completion of post-tournament fair play review.

Awards: 1st – 3rd place in each section receive Powell’s Gift Cards and a typewritten letter of congratulations. Portion of every entry donated to non-profits.

Schedule:
12:00PM: Registration Closes
1:00PM: Check email for Zoom Link and Section Assignments
3:30PM: Zoom Call Opens
3:45PM: Players must be logged on to Lichess and join the Zoom Call
4:00PM: Round 1 Begins
5:00PM (approximate): Round 2
6:00PM (approximate): Round 3
7:00PM (approximate): Round 4
8:00PM (approximate): Tournament Complete (usually finishes early)

More Info: https://www.rosecitychess.com/shop/p/swisslandia

Chess4Girls All-Girls Monthly Swiss Tournament February 13 (online and FREE)

REGISTER NOW!

Location: Online via Zoom and Lichess.org.

Dates (Tentative: See Chess4Girls)

  • February 13
  • March 13
  • April 16

Cost: These are free, rated tournaments- no registration fee.

Ratings: NWSRS and Lichess Classical Rated. 2022 OSCF State Championship Qualifier.

Equipment: Participants must use a laptop with a working camera + microphone. Players must be in the Zoom call with their cameras on during games. They also need a free account on Lichess.org to play, using Lichess in Google Chrome.

Sections: Depending on the number of girls who register, the sections will vary. All players will compete based on playing strength. Rounds are Swiss Paired by Lichess so that games become more evenly matched as the event progresses.

Awards: TBD

FORMAT: 4 Round Swiss Paired, G/25 inc 5.

Once you register, players can request to join the Chess4Girls Lichess tournament team and section at https://lichess.org/team/chess4girls.

Around the night before the tournament, players will receive (via email) section assignments and Zoom links.

GAME ANALYSIS WITH USCF National Master Zoey Tang!

Oregon’s very own Zoey Tang, currently the highest rated 13-year-old girl in the United States, will be offering game review, feedback, and analysis as the tournament progresses!

A note from Zoey:

I started learning chess at around 7 years old in the library, where I was taught how to move the pieces. When I started out at the school chess club, I had 1~2 female friends who were also playing chess. Over time, though, they dropped out and I was the only one. I remember recently, in the fourth round of the Reno Western States Open, I joked with my friend that our pairing was the only possible all-female game in the whole section. While it was lighthearted at the time, this actually happens in almost all the tournaments I play in. I am often one of the few (or sometimes the only) female chess player in my section. I hope that organizations like Chess4Girls PDX can help close the gender gap. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with the latest generation of Oregonian female chess players, and I look forward to analyzing your games with you!

President’s Weekend Tournament on Feb. 19 (online)

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

We want you for the TENTH ANNUAL Presidents’ Weekend Tournament! The Commanders-in-Chief have ordered up another excellent set of trophies and Presidential prizes for Saturday, February 19th, and we hope you will join us for a great day.

Details coming soon. We look forward to seeing you online this year! 

Bethel Chess Quads in Eugene on Feb. 20

Bethel Chess Quads

Who: All ages,  no previous tournament experience required. As per Bethel School District requirements, all players will wear masks while indoors.

When:
Feb 20
March 27
April 24
May 22
June 12

These quads are OSCF State qualifiers.

Format:  All players (K-12 and adults) will be divided into quads (4 player sections) based on the higher of their USCF or NWSRS ratings. USCF rules will be followed and all games will be NWSRS rated.  Any quad with all USCF members will be dual rated.

Schedule:  Registration 12:30-1:15 with play beginning at 1:30 pm sharp! Preregister by email to guarantee a spot: mike.myers@bethel.k12.or.us

Time Control:  Each quad chooses time control from G25/5 to G40/5.  Lower rated quads likely to finish earlier than 4:30. G40/5 quads may go until 6:00.  Please bring your clock if you have one.

Prizes:  Winner of each quad will receive $10 plus free admission to the next Bethel Chess Quad event.

Entry Fee:  $10 ­- all proceeds will go to the Willamette High Chess Club.

Directions:  Park in the main parking lot on Echo Hollow Rd and follow signs to the Media Center.

Contact: Mike Myers

Email: mike.myers@bethel.k12.or.us

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.

Portland Chess Club Game in 60 on Jan. 22 (online)

Are you a mature scholastic player looking for a serious challenge and longer time controls? Come play in the Game in 60 online through Portland Chess Club.

Description

JANUARY GAME IN 60
SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2022
CASH PRIZE FUND!
US CHESS REGULAR ONLINE RATED!

Format: 4 round Swiss in two sections: Open and U1650. US Chess Online
rated. Sections may be combined if too few are in one section. One half-point bye is available if requested before round 1. Regular online US Chess ratings will be used for pairings and prizes. Games will be monitored through Zoom.com.

Requirements: US Chess membership is required. Players must have a
Chess.com account (free) and Zoom account (free).

Entry fee: $40; $30 for Portland Chess Club members. Prior to the deadline pay
by check payable to Portland Chess Club and sent to Mike Morris, 2344 NE 27th Ave., Portland, OR 97212 or by PayPal, email@pdxchess.org.

Registration: Pre-registration only, by email to mikejmorris@earthlink.net.
The deadline is 7:00 pm, Friday, January 21. The TD will send out special instructions, the list of players, their Chess.com user names and first round pairings Friday evening.

Prizes: Thanks to an anonymous donation we can offer a generous prize fund.
80% of entries in each section will be returned as cash prizes. If a section has 10 or more players the prize fund for that section will be divided 60% to first place and 40% to second place. In the event of ties, no tiebreakers will be used for payment of prizes. Prizes will be paid following game review through the Chess.com algorithm.

Time control: Game in 60; 5 second increment.
Round times: 10:00 am; 12:15 am; 2:30 pm; 4:45 pm
Mandatory Players’ Meeting: 9:45 am on Zoom. Non-attending players will be
given first round byes.
Tournament Director: Mike Morris mikejmorris@earthlink.net
503-282-4805; cell 971-409-4841
Assistant Director: David Murray david.e.murray.80@gmail.com
919-475-6529

Midwestern Chess League (Eugene) on Jan. 12

This event is a TEAM EVENT, open to ALL students in grades 9 to 12. Per Bethel School District guidelines, everyone will be required to wear a mask indoors.

The Midwestern Chess League will meet on Wednesdays from 4-6 PM when schools are in session starting January 12 through February 16, 2020. The final meeting will be the League’s party when trophies will be presented.

Matches will be played at Willamette High School in the Cafeteria.

TEAM REGISTRATION: Register by January 5, 2022.

SEE MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTER HERE

Oregon Scholastic Player, Shunkai Peng, wins 2021 Pan American Youth Championship

Congratulations to Oregon Scholastic player Shunkai Peng on winning the 2021 Pan American Youth Championship in Houston. As the official U.S. representative of Open18, he won the championship played during September 4-10, 2021. See the final results here.

We are proud of all of Oregon players’ hard work to improve their chess skills. Congratulations to Shunkai on this success!