2017 Winter All Stars Posted!

NCG3572The Winter 2017 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 September 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016.  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 2017 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 9/1/16 and 8/31/17 — will be eligible to participate in the 2017 10th Annual Oregon All-Stars Invitational, which we plan to hold in October 2017 (details to come next September). Congratulations to everyone on the list!

Catlin Chess Festival in Portland on Jan. 21

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. Trophies and/or medals will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place in all sections. Guaranteed cash prizes for the Open Section. All participants will receive a prize. Earlybird registration fee is $20 before January 10.  Click here to Register OnlineFor more information, contact Avi Gupta (guptaa@catlin.edu).

Lincoln Tournament in Portland on Jan. 28

Don’t miss out on a fun filled day of playing chess at the Lincoln Chess Tournament on Saturday January 28th, 2017 at Lincoln High School.  This is a K-12 chess tournament and is a 2017 OSCF qualifier tournament. REGISTER NOW!

Cash prizes will be awarded in the Elite section. In the Advanced, Intermediate and Novice sections, there will be individual awards for the top 3 players and Plus scorers as well as first and second place for teams. Team award will be given in each sections to top teams. Bring your chess boards and join us for a fun filled day.

Click here for more information and to REGISTER.


Silver Knights Chess Club Quads in Portland on Jan. 29

Prizes: First place trophy, second & third place medal, fourth place small chess gift – for each TROPHYSilverKnights-225x300section.

Format: Players will be divided in 4 player sections (quads) by NWSRS/USCF rating. Any section where ALL players have current USCF membership will be dual rated (USCF and NWSRS)

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.SilverKtr

Notation: Players are encouraged to notate.

Time Control: G25/5 for time delay clocks; G/30 for analog and non-delay digital clocks. Please bring your clock, if you have one.

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: All scholastic players, K-12. The tournament is limited to the first 12 players (3 quads) who preregister.

Registration: Pre-registration ONLY. See details at Silver Knights Chess Club website: http://silverknightschessclub.blogspot.com/

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

Clackamas County Scholastic Tournament on Friday, Feb. 3

This tournament is open to all K-8 players of all skill levels and is a OSCF State Championship qualifier. It will have multiple grade based sections which will reward individual performance as well as team performance. The purpose of this tournament is to raise funds for the chess clubs of Happy Valley Elementary and Middle Schools. This tournament is NWSRS rated. REGISTER ONLINE HERE. For more information, contact Ed Addis at chessalot@aol.com.

Presidents’ Weekend Tournament in Portland on Feb. 18

"I Want You For The US Army"We want you for the Presidents’ Weekend Tournament!  Last year, nearly 200 players came to Gray Middle School in SW Portland for a great day of chess and fabulous prizes.  The Commanders-in-Chief have ordered up another excellent set of trophies and Presidential prizes for Saturday, February 18th, and we hope you will join us for a great day.  More details are available here and a tentative schedule is here.  We look forward to seeing you at Robert Gray Middle School in SW Portland!



“I Have a Dream” Tournament in Klamath Falls on Jan. 16

Conger Elementary School will be the location for the annual “I Have a Dream” Chess Tournament in honor of Martin Luther King JR. Again this year, this event will be open to any age and will be NWSRS rated. Early registration is by January 13, 2017 by 8:00pm: please send the name, grade, school and contact information of the person’s phone number or e-mail address to Tournament Director Ciara Dykstra at cecedee224@gmail.com. Click here for more information.

2016 Oregon Junior Chess Closed Championship

Congratulation to Joshua Grabinsky – 8th grade student from Coquille – our new Oregon Junior Champion!

He won the invitational, 6 players, round robin tournament, undefeated, with 3 victories and 2 draws. For the next 4 years he will be for sure one of the joshcandidates for this title. Also, as current Oregon Junior Champion, he will be invited to play in the Oregon Closed aka Oregon Championship!

I would also like to mention the other five top Oregon juniors chess players who where invited to play in this year junior championship tournament:

  • Seth Talyansky – grade 10 from Catlin Gable HS
  • Owen McCoy – grade 8 from Eugene
  • Josiah Perkins – grade 11 from Coquille HS (first time participant)
  • Gavin Zhang – grade 8 from Access Academy MS
  • Kian Patel – grade 12 from Lincoln HS (first time participant)

Next year’s invitational will take place in October/November so keep playing and you might get an invitation!

Andrei Botez
Oregon Chess Federation Scholastic Coordinator