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

Emerald City Spring Open in Eugene on May 11

Emerald City Chess Club Presents the 2019 Spring Open on May 11th from 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM at Peterson Hall, Room 101 at the University of Oregon. This tournament is open to anyone, regardless of age, ability or experience!  All sections are OSCF State Championship Qualifiers.

Registration:  
Pre-register by contacting us at wabels@uoregon.edu with your name and section you would like to register for. If you are a K-12 student, please list your grade and school as well. All sections are OSCF Qualifiers. If you are a K-12 student, please list your grade and school as well. 

Entry fees: Preregistered: $25 for the USCF Section and $20 for the Northwest Sections if pre-registered by May 9th.

Read more about the Emerald City Spring Open.

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.

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

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.

OSCF State Championship FAQ, Blitz, Bughouse details!

We currently (as of midnight April 10) have 377 players registered for the 14th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship!  Who’s Coming?  Click here to find the preliminary sections for all registered players.  If you’re not on this list, but think you should be, please CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY by emailing oscf@oscf.org!

We have posted a list of frequently-asked questions — and answers — that we recommend you consult.  Let us know if you still have lingering questions that haven’t been answered.

Finally, for more information about the Blitz and Bughouse tournaments on Friday evening, click on the corresponding links below — and check to see if you’re on the lists of those with prepaid tickets!

Blitz check-in information and blitz prepaid tickets.

Bughouse check in information and bughouse prepaid tickets.

OSCF State 2019: Registration is closed.

Congratulations to the 538 players who have qualified to play in the 14th annual OSCF State Championship on April 12-13 in Seaside, Oregon.  See Details Here.  Here’s the near final list of QUALIFIED PLAYERS!

Early Registration – $35 until 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 5.

Regular Registration – $45 until 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7.

Late Registration – $75 until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 10

Players who are on the list of qualifying players have met the requirements for qualifying:

  1. Having played at least 1 qualifying tournament during 9/3/18 to 4/3/19.
  2. Having an established NWSRS rating (at least 15 lifetime NWSRS rated games) or USCF rating (at least 26 USCF rated games).
  3. Have played at least 8 rated games during 9/3/18 to 4/3/19.

If you are not on the list, but think that you have qualified, send us the details on what tournaments/games you have played and we will check on it for you!  (Note: Not all tournaments are qualifiers – only tournaments shown in green on the NWSRS calendar are qualifiers, and not all games are rated in the NWSRS system – for example, Chess for Success does not rate their games/tournaments.)

If you have played one qualifying tournament and just need more games to establish your rating, you can still qualify if you play the additional rated games before April 3, 2019.  See our instructions on how to do this and notify us at oscf@oscf.org if you plan to do this.

For more detailed explanations, see this post on how to get to play at Seaside, or the specific qualification rules posted here.  (See green tournaments on the NWSRS calendar.)

State Champions Crowned at Oregon’s First Rated K12 Team Chess Championship

by Chad Lykins, Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation

Nearly two hundred students spent the first day of spring break in an elementary school cafeteria. The opportunity to play in Oregon’s first rated K12 team chess championship was so enticing that they put their vacations on hold for one more day.

While a different statewide team tournament is held annually in the Oregon Convention Center, it is run without the benefit of an accepted chess rating system. The old tournament also has an idiosyncratic qualification process not found in any other state team championship in the United States. These factors led the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation to organize a new event that can be held in the same esteem as team championships throughout the country.

The Inaugural OSCF K12 Team Championship had three school divisions (K5, K8, and K12) and a Mixed Division for teams made up of students from different schools. Awards for the event were sponsored by Chess.com and ChessKid.com, who collectively have over 30 million members worldwide. Scholarships were given to schools that served low-income students.

Catlin Gabel won the K12 Division with a perfect score. Clackamas High School and Corvallis High School took home trophies for second and third place. National Master Joshua Grabinsky, a tenth-grader from Coquille, led a strong team that won the Mixed Division.

Stoller Middle School won all of its rounds to take first place in the K8 Division. Winterhaven defeated second-seed Robert Gray Middle School in Round 3 to take second place. Robert Gray finished third.

The biggest surprises of the day came in the K5 Division, where Hayhurst Elementary School battled Jacob Wismer Elementary to a draw despite having an average board rating nearly 300 points lower. Both schools finished with scores of 4.5/5, resulting in them sharing first place and the title of Co-Champions. Second place then went to Hayhurst’s B team, which pulled an upset of its own against an impressive team from Lent Elementary, who took third.

The next challenge facing this new state championship is finding a venue for next year. The organizers are currently soliciting proposals from schools interested in hosting the event in 2020, where attendance is expected to exceed 300 students.

To learn more about hosting next year’s OSCF Team State Championship, write to OSCF@OSCF.ORG.