Roshen’s Chess Academy Quads in Hillsboro on Jan. 18

Registration closes on the day of the tournament at 10:00 AM. ABSOLUTELY NO ONSITE REGISTRATION.
Please register online here.

Location: 3551 NW John Olsen Pl, Hillsboro, OR 97124
Entry fee: $20 per player

January, February, March and April Dates: 
OSCF Championship Qualifiers: Jan 11, Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 8, Feb 29, Mar 21, Mar 28, April 4
Non-Qualifier but great last opportunity to prepare for the OSCF State Championship in Seaside: April 18
 
Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12.  However, parents are allowed to play if their kid is playing in the same tournament.  We will try our best to pair family members in different sections.

Format:  Players are divided into 4 player sections (quads) by NWSRS rating; the last section may end up with  4-7 players. In that case, we will use Swiss pairing (for that section only).

Time Control: 25/5 for time delay clocks. We will provide chess boards, pieces, and clocks for the tournament. But please bring your clock, if you have one.

Notation:  Players are encouraged to notate; players rated over 1000 are required to notate.

Prizes:  First place trophy, second place medal in each section.

All proceeds from the tournaments (minus operating expenses for trophies, medals, etc) will go to the following nonprofit organizations:
• CORD USA
• Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation
• Boy Scouts of America

Tiebreakers: Tied players play two 5 minute blitz games (for each player, one game with black pieces and one game with white pieces). If they are still tied, then the players play an Armageddon Blitz game (White has 6 mins and must win the game and black has 5 mins and must not lose the game. A draw will make Black the winner of the Tiebreaker). No delay/increment.

Contact: Roshen Nair
Email:roshen.nair39@gmail.com
Phone: (503) 803-7208

Corvallis Winter Open on Jan. 18

K-12 team chess tournament + adult open + OSU vs. UO Civil War!

An NWSRS-rated tournament and 2020 OSCF State Championship Qualifier sponsored by the CHS Chess Club, Immortal Games, and the Kiwanis Club of Corvallis Sunrisers.

Location: Corvallis High School, 1400 NW Buchanan Avenue, Corvallis, OR  97330

Cost: $15 per player.

– $5 discounts for siblings or teams with 3+ players.

Sections: Open/Collegiate, K-5, K-8, and K-12.

– Players can play in higher sections based on skill level.

Rules: 5 rounds Swiss pairing.  Game in 25 mins.

– Individuals can play without a team.

Scholastic Prizes:

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
– 3 players in each scholastic section will receive a beautiful framed artistic rendering of a famous chess game by Portland artist Beth Markovic (immortalgames.us). 

Open/Collegiate Prizes:  Cash prizes for TBA based on number of participants.

REGISTRATION:  Click here or go to OSCF.org to preregister.   Deadline: Jan. 15.

Check-in on Saturday morning from 8:00 – 9:00 am, with Game 1 starting at 9:30 am.  $5 pizza lunch + concessions available during the tournament.

Contact: Phil Schapker
Email: phil.schapker@gmail.com
Phone: 913-314-2460

Hope Chinese Charter School MLK Tournament in Beaverton on Jan. 20

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 2020 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! Play chess on your day off from school!

“I Have a Dream” Tournament in Klamath Falls on Jan. 20

Klamath Union High 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 19, 2020 by 5:00pm: please send the name, grade, school and contact information of the person’s phone number or e-mail address to: Tournament Director Ciara Dykstra cecedee224@gmail.com
Phone #541-331-5220. Click here for more information.

Portland Chess Club Friday Scholastic Quads, Open Quads, and Casual Chess: Friday January 17

Scholastic Quads

Format: 3-round quads open to all K-12 players. Some or all of the sections may run as a 3-round Swiss with more than four players depending on circumstances. The most current NWSRS ratings are generally used.

Time Control: G/25;d5 (twenty five minutes per player with a five second delay each move). Clocks without delay capability use G/25;d0. Bring a digital clock. Some digital clocks are provided at this tournament but please do not always rely on the club to provide a digital clock (boards, pieces, notation sheets, and pens/pencils are provided).

Schedule: On-site registration runs from 6:30-6:45pm. The first round starts at 7pm and each section will run on an ASAP schedule.

Entry Fee: $20, $15 for PCC members. Pay during registration with cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club.

Rated: NWSRS rated

Prizes: Trophy to the winner(s) of each quad. If there is a six or seven player Swiss, the runner-up receives a medal.

Qualifiers: This tournament is a qualifier for the OSCF State Championship (unless the tournament falls on or ten days prior to the final day of the state championship)

Location: Portland Chess Center, 2025 Lloyd Center, Portland, OR 97232

Notes: This tournament uses the rules from the 7th edition of the US Chess rulebook. Clocks are required and notating is recommended. 3) US Chess and State memberships are not required.

Aaron Grabinsky is the newest International Master

After beating GM Andrew Tang in round 2 at Charlotte Open, Webster University senior Aaron Grabinsky has crossed 2400 FIDE and becomes America’s newest International Master! Aaron is from a small town of 4000 on the southwest Oregon coast.  Aaron dominated the top spot on the Oregon juniors list for three years straight before moving to St. Louis to study chess at Webster University. From all your chess friends in Oregon, congratulations, Aaron!

Introduction to Oregon Scholastic Chess for the new parent

My child LOVES playing chess, do how do I get him/her/them in competitions? Most tournaments are individual tournaments, meaning players compete on thier own and don’t need to be part of a team. Some schools chess clubs organize their students to attend tournaments, but it is most often up to the parents to register their kid(s) for events. A list of upcoming tournaments can be viewed here.

When is the Chess Season? While chess tournaments occur year-round, the “chess season” roughly follows school season culminating in a fun event – the OSCF State Championship. Don’t let the name fool you. All active chess players are welcome and we give out LOTS of trophies and medals. The Championship is in Seaside on April 24-25, 2020.  The main tournament is all day Saturday and some fun events on Friday.

Since all active chess players are welcome, how do I make sure my player(s) qualify to attend the OSCF State Championship? To qualify for the tournament, players must have played in one tournament, have 8 qualifying games this year, and have played 15 lifetime games (check out NWSRS Ratings – the #Gms is their lifetime games, the #GmsYTD is the number played this year). Don’t stress too much about this, just be sure your kid plays in a few tournaments/quads during the school year (September through April).

There are two main ways to play games: Tournaments and Quads. Tournaments are all day events on weekends. Typically 5 games for the beginning/intermediate players. The tournament is broken into section of players of similar “rating”. Usually age does not matter, only rating. The tournament will pair the player in the first round with someone in their section. Then after the first game, it will pair players who win against each other and those that tied or lost against each other, sorting out top players for awards in the section. The great thing about this is typically all but 1 or 2 players win a game. There is a “skittles” room (an old English word referring to a casual chess game or “pick up” game played for fun) where parents hang out while kids are playing and kids wait for next game. Bring lots of stuff to keep busy. Lots of waiting! Rounds start at designated times, depending on how long the time control is for each round.

Quads are smaller events – sort of mini tournaments. Players are broken into groups of 4 with similar ratings, then they each play the other 3 players. There is less waiting. As soon as the current pair of games is complete, they swap and begin the next round. It can be very fast for beginners. This is a great way for beginners to get experience and qualifying games.

How does my player earn a chess rating? Your player will get a rating automatically after the first tournament they play.  The player’s rating starts at 400. After each tournament it goes up and down based on whether they win or lose, and the ratings of their opponents. Results from each tournament are submitted to Chess Ratings Northwest (NWSRS), and volunteers compile results and calculate players’ ratings.

Are there chess coaches who can help my player improve? Believe it or not, like any activity there are chess coaches. It is totally not necessary at the beginning phases, but it can also help your player’s game progress quickly and gain confidence. There are a few “basics” that really make a difference beyond just how the pieces move.  Your school’s chess club (if it exists) can provide coaching or you can supplement with private coaching.

Please explore our OSCF website to learn more about chess in Oregon. After you’ve spent time reading more information, if you have additional questions you may contact us at OSCF@OSCF.ORG. A OSCF parent volunteer will get in touch with you directly.

Special thanks to chess parent, Phil McCoog, for drafting this post!