Tournament Director Clinic on September 5

referee 2Join experienced OSCF tournament directors Jeff Dobbins and Rebecca Holt for a FREE training. Volunteer with us at the Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament on September 5 held at the Lloyd Center Doubletree in Portland on Labor Day weekend. We’ll show you how to run a tournament and serve as a “chess referee” during rounds. This training is appropriate for club coaches who would like to walk through a tournament day from start to finish and also for chess parents who would like to volunteer as “assistant tournament directors” at tournaments throughout the year.

And just a reminder…registration for scholastic players is open until September 3, with the early bird fee of $20 expiring on August 28. So sign up your child(ren) to play and come hang with the “TDs” for a free training. For more information and to sign up, contact Rebecca Holt at

Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament Sept. 5

800px-Flag-map_of_Oregon.svgIn connection with the Oregon Chess Federation & Portland Chess Club’s annual Oregon Open, held each year over Labor Day Weekend, we will be holding the Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament at the Lloyd Center Doubletree in Portland.  While the full three-day Oregon Open tournament will be great for those of you who want the challenge of playing very long time controls against adult players (they play two games a day for three days; see here for more details), the shorter time controls of the scholastic section will be a great warmup for the new academic year of chess.

The event is a 4-round Swiss-paired event (time control G/45 d5) and will be held on Saturday, September 5, with the first round at 10am, so starting about an hour before the first round of the Oregon Open main event.  Rounds will be held at 10, 11:45 (or ASAP), 1:45 and 3:30 (or ASAP), and should be done by 5:30pm.  The room can only hold 48 players, so register early!  Depending on how many register, we may divide the group into two or three sections based on highest established USCF or NWSRS rating.  The event will be NWSRS rated, though if a section consists of all USCF members, we may dual-rate the section as well.  This is an 2016 OSCF State Championship Qualifier.  We will have medals for plus scores (including 1st-3rd place medals), and we will also award one year (for 4.0 and 3.5 point winners) and 6-month (for 3.0 and 2.5 point winners) memberships to NW Chess, which includes a monthly subscription to the NW Chess magazine.  Register online by clicking here; the early registration fee of $20 expires on August 28, and all registrations must be in by September 3.

Silver Knights Chess Club Quads – An OSCF State Qualifier


Sunday, June 21st and June 28th, 2015 – Silver Knights Chess Club Quads
Prizes: First place trophy, second & third place medal, fourth place small chess gift – for each section.

Format: Players will be divided in 4 player sections (quads) by NWSRS rating.
Time: Sunday, June 21, 2014 | 2:15pm – 5:30pm – will start on time and finish on time.
Fee: $17 – Preregistration close Sunday (day of the tournament) at 09:00 AM – no late fee.
Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12.
Location: Petite Patisserie in Happy Valley.  Free parking. Parents and accompanying persons can wait while enjoying coffee and the finest handcraft European pastries from “Petite Patisserie.”
Registration: Pre-registration ONLY. See details at Silver Knights Chess Club website
Contact: Andrei Botez,, (503) 995-2888

Newport June Open: June 13-14

Yaquina_Bay_Bridge_Newport_OregonUpdated June 6:  Registration is still open, but advance registration is vastly preferred, so contact organizers (see below) soon.  Registration numbers are still a little low, so why not go and aim for a prize??

What better way to start your summer than with a peaceful weekend of chess at the Oregon Coast?  For the last 25 years, the Central Coast Chess Club of Newport has been running the Newport June Open, and it takes place again this year on June 13-14.  This event features four rating sections, as well as graded entry fees depending on which section you want to play in, and excellent cash prizes.  The organizers are limiting the entry to 46 players, so there will be plenty of room to stretch your legs, and the event plays two rounds a day with leisurely G/90,+30 time controls, so it’s a great way to ease into summer.  The “booster” section (ratings of <1400 USCF) has a $100 first place prize, and they go up from there, so register now to reserve your chance to play.  This event is a 2016 OSCF State Championship qualifier.

For more information about the event, as well as the entry form, click here.  After the break, you’ll also find a “Top 20 reasons to enter the Newport June Open.”  Contact for more information.

OSCF Organization Changes

gavelThe OSCF Board met on Saturday, May 30, and we’re pleased to announce that the Board has elected the following officers for 2015-16:

President:  Rebecca Holt

Vice-President: Kathryn Schuff

Treasurer: Steve Cousineau

In addition, Kathy Stevens will serve as treasurer-in-training.  These officer elections will be final in two weeks unless objections are registered through the contact form by any volunteer parent or coach who organized an OSCF Qualifying Tournament between June 2, 2014 and the present.  Congratulations, and thank you, to our new officers (and thanks to our old officers and board members as well)!  As always, you can reach the board by emailing them through our contact form.  One other note: Jeff Dobbins, former president, will be stepping into the role, long ably served by OSCF Founder Amy Coughlin, of Oregon NWSRS ratings coordinator.

In addition, the Board is posting revisions to the bylaws, which are intended to give the Board more flexibility in setting officers, meetings, and making adjustments to bylaws (our original version of these bylaws required all changes to be approved at the only-lightly-attended annual meetings we hold at the State Championship). These changes are consistent with changes approved at the annual membership meetings over the last two years, and will go into effect in two weeks unless objections are registered through the contact form by any volunteer parent or coach who organized an OSCF Qualifying Tournament between June 2, 2014 and the present.

Thanks for all your support, and feel free to contact us if you have thoughts or questions.

Spring All-Stars

rspuppis_bryne_960The Spring All Stars list was compiled — but the link was hidden.  Sorry!  Find the Spring 2015 All-Stars listed here; this is the list of the top 10 rated players, per grade, who were active between January 1 and April 30, 2015.  Do let us know if you think that you see something incorrect in the list, 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 2015 Lifetime Achievement list (to be published next fall), or any member of the Order of the Knight who played a NWSRS rated game between 9/1/14 and 8/31/15 — is eligible to participate in the 2015 8th Annual Oregon All-Stars Invitational, which we plan to hold in Salem in on the second Friday in October of 2015 (details to come in September). Congratulations to everyone on the list!

Coquille’s LaVerne County Park Tournament on June 27–OSCF Qualifier!

LaVerne Park

LaVerne Park

Chess Tournament at LaVerne County Park, Saturday, June 27th (OSCF Qualifier).  All ages, especially adults are invited to play.  No Bobby Fishers allowed as lighting, temperature and weather cannot be controlled.  Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Green Shelter.  Fee is $5.00.  There will be a potluck lunch where hot dogs will be provided.  Play five rounds, no elimination with prizes being outdoor toys.  Have fun in the river, play badminton, horseshoes and  bring squirt guns for wet fun between rounds.  Will be held rain or shine.  Feel free to camp at the nearby campground for extra fun. For more information or to register, contact Nancy Keller at drnancykeller[at]

Summer Chess Camps

Summer is fast approaching. With school out and more free time, summer is an excellent time for kids to develop their skills and knowledge at chess camp. While the OSCF does not endorse any outside third-party organizations, we thought you might like to see the following list of camps that have been recommended by coaches, parents, players, and other participants from past OSCF events:

1. Chess Odyssey Summer Camps: Chess Odyssey, run by local National Master Pete Prochaska, runs chess camps throughout the summer at various locations in the Portland area. For more information, visit their website or e-mail Mike Terrill at

2. OES Chess Camps: Tony Hann from Mozek Games is the instructor at the Oregon Episcopal School. For more information, visit their website.

3. Orlov Chess Academy: Up in nearby Seattle, Orlov Chess Academy provides world-class instruction from coaches such as International Master Georgi Orlov and International Grandmaster Emil Anka. For more information, visit their website.

4. St. Olaf College: St. Olaf College in Minnesota offers a dorm experience with world-class instruction from grandmasters and international masters. Tuition includes lodging and meals. Learn more at their website.

Note to parents and coaches: If you are running a camp in Oregon this summer and would like to be added to this list, please contact us.



North Clackamas Chess Tournaments in May and June

North Clackamas Open–2 FREE tournaments

Saturday, May 23 AND Saturday, June 13
(OSCF State Qualifiers)
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
4 Round Swiss. Please bring boards, sets, and clocks.
Registration: 10 – 10:15 am
Time Control: Game in 30, 5 second delay
Entry Fee: FREE
Prizes: Chess book to top three winners
Tie Breaker: Cumulative
Equipment: Bring a chess set, board, and chess clock if you have them as none will be supplied. Also bring a pen/pencil and scoresheets to record the moves of your games.
REGISTRATION: On-site from 10AM – 10:15 AM. I will need the following information for registration: Your Name, the school you attended, your grade in school (I actually need what grade you were just in, not the one you will be going to in September), and a contract method (phone/e=mail). You may also pre-register by send an e-mail with the above information to ““. If you pre-register you must still check in by 10:15 AM.
Location: Sunnyside Library
13793 SE Sieben Park Way
Clackamas OR 97015
Directions to Park: Turn south at the traffic light onto SE 147th Avenue from SE Sunnyside. The Library is located one block south of this intersection across the street is the Park.
TD: Ed Addis
Contact: Ed Addis, 503-658-7809, email

State is Rated

For those of you waiting for the official rating reports for the 10th Annual OSCF State Championship, they’re here!  The NWSRS rating report can be found on the NWSRS web site, and the USCF rating report for the six dual-rated sections can be found at the USCF website.  Note that the USCF report, in particular, is not in tiebreak order.  To learn more about tiebreaks, click here.  And while there are more photos to come, take a look at what’s been posted already by clicking here.

DSC_3264Congratulations to our State Champions:

High School: Yogi Saputra
Middle School: Owen McCoy
Elementary School: (Three-way tie between) Maxwell Chen, Victor Dossin, and Praveer Sharan
Primary School: Eric Erard

Also taking home top trophies were the following section winners:

HS Silver: Ben Kurtz
HS Copper: Holger Mirkes
MS Silver: Nikhil Samudrala
MS Copper: Adam Jones
MS Zinc: Nick Diana
MS Iron: Darshan Sankar
ES Silver: Calvin Chang
ES Copper: Allison Mattingly
ES Zinc: Thomas Schuff
ES Iron: Garrett Mackey
PS Silver: Forrest Holt
PS Copper: Ocean Punsalan
Friends & Family (Open): Dagadu Gaikwad
Friends & Family (Kids): River Nichols

The top bughouse section was won by Owen McCoy and Jack Woo McClain.

The top blitz section was won by Aaron Grabinsky.