USCF-rated quads in Beaverton area w/free game analysis

USCF-rated quads on the west side are back again!

Puddletown Chess will be conducting their second quads on Sunday, October 2nd, 2022. They will be focused on scholastic players, but everyone is welcome to play! Based on popular demand from many players & parents, this tournament will be conducted on the westside area, easily accessible from Highway 26.

Checkout more details & pre-register for the tournament here.

  • USCF-Rated Chess Tournament
  • Format: Quads, play players with similar ratings/strength
  • Date: October 02, 2022
  • Time: 2pm-6pm
  • Venue: Godfather’s Pizza (11140 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225)
  • Rounds: 3
  • Time Control: G25+5 (each player has 25 minutes with 5-second increment for each move)
  • Prize: 1st place for each quad gets a trophy or Puddletown T-shirt
  • Entry fee: $25,  Paypal: puddletownchess@gmail.com . Please put the player’s FULL name and USCF ID (if any) in the Paypal note
  • Preregistration onlyno on-site registration
  • Free game analysis with WIM Zoey and top Oregon scholastic players Ishaan & Austin
  • Free pizza for players
  • Qualifier for the OSCF State Championship
  • US Chess membership is required, which can be purchased on the US Chess website (www.uschess.org) or during registration: US Chess membership rates/information/benefits

Rose City Chess Halloween Tournament October 29

👻👻👻 OSCF 2023 State Championship Qualifier 👻👻👻

Free USCF membership to new and renewing scholastic players!

The Sixth Annual Rose City Chess Halloween Tournament is in-person for the first time since 2019! This popular event event has old out in past years, so please register early.

Participants receive Check or Treat Prizes after every round. Examples of past prizes include candy, stickers, pencils, and a fifth-round surprise such as free tournament entries, t-shirts, chess mugs, and travel chess sets. This year’s prizes will be revealed at the tournament.

Register by clicking here.

Registration closes Thursday October 27, 2022 at 8:00pm.

Quadlandia and Swisslandia Fall Tournaments

USCF scholastic memberships are FREE for all new and renewing players at Rose City Chess’s Fall Tournaments. Generous prizes for top finishers.

All events are in-person, with additional online options for Quadlandia and Swisslandia. All tournaments are USCF rated. For more details, see https://www.rosecitychess.com/shop/tournaments.

Fall Schedule

Quadlandia October 2 (In-person at Portland Chess Club, online sections also available)

Swisslandia October 15 (In-person at Portland Chess Club, online sections also available)

Halloween Tournament October 29 (In-person at Hayhurst Elementary School)

Swisslandia November 12 (In-person at Portland Chess Club, online sections also available)

Quadlandia November 27 (In-person at Portland Chess Club, online sections also available)

Roshen’s Chess Academy K-12 Chess Tournament September 17

Roshen’s Chess Academy invites you to a tournament that benefits Oregon Chess Federation (OCF), Portland Chess Club (PCC), and the local businesses at Lloyd Center. 100% of all proceeds (minus operating expenses) go to Oregon Chess Federation and Portland Chess Club.

Entry fee: $30. REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 12 PM (NOON) ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th. No entrees will be accepted after that. Please register using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/Roshen Chess Academy Tournament

Format: 4-round US Chess rated Swiss tournament. Open to all scholastic chess players.

Time control: G/25;+5 (25 minutes per player with 5 seconds added after each move).

Schedule: 10 am – 3 pm on Saturday, September 17th (First round starts at 10 AM) . All subsequent rounds start as soon as the previous round finishes.

Ratings & Section details: This will be a USCF rated tournament. If you don’t have an USCF membership, scholastic participants can buy USCF memberships for half-price ($10) via Rose City Chess.

Prizes:  Big trophies for 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place in each section (based on 15 players per section). Medals for plus scores.

Location: Lloyd Center Food Court. Address: 2302 Lloyd Center, Portland, OR 97232.

For information on parking and other details visit the registration page at Roshen’s Chess Academy.

USCF-rated quads in Beaverton area

USCF-rated quads in Beaverton area

Puddletown Chess will be conducting their first quads next Sunday, September 11th, 2022. They will be focused on scholastic players, but everyone is welcome to play! Based on popular demand from many players & parents, this tournament will be conducted in the westside area, easily accessible from Highway 26.

Checkout more details & pre-register for the tournament here.

  • USCF-Rated Chess Tournament
  • Format: Quads, play players with similar ratings/strength
  • Date: September 11, 2022
  • Time: 2pm-6pm
  • Place: Godfather’s Pizza (11140 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225)
  • Rounds: 3
  • Time Control: G25d5 (each player has 25 minutes with 5-second delay for each move)
  • Prize: 1st place for each quad gets a trophy or Puddletown T-shirt
  • Entry fee: $25,  Paypal: puddletownchess@gmail.com . Please put the player’s FULL name and USCF ID (if any) in the Paypal note
  • Preregistration onlyno on-site registration
  • Free game analysis with WIM Zoey and top Oregon scholastic players Ishaan & Austin
  • Free pizza for players
  • Qualifier for the OSCF State Championship
  • US Chess membership is required, which can be purchased on the US Chess website (www.uschess.org) or during registration: US Chess membership rates/information/benefits

Chessable Seeks Applicants for Research Awards

Chessable has a series of small grants available for university-based researchers.

OSCF is eager to support grant applications aligned with the goals of the Oregon Chess Project, specifically in the areas of (1) teaching and learning and (2) equity and inclusion. Interested parties should contact OSCF President Chad Lykins (chad@rosecitychess.com).

From the press release:

The Chessable Research Awards are an initiative to develop our understanding of how chess can benefit our lives, how we can improve our knowledge of the game, and how we can understand other phenomena, both within and outside of the chess world.

University students from all fields of study, such as cognitive psychology, education, literature, history, computer science, etc., are invited to apply.

Examples of relevant topics include, but are not limited to, how playing chess impacts society or personal development, methods for improving the memorization of chess theory, the gender gap in chess participation, using ideas from chess to solve real-world problems, etc.

Winning students and their faculty research sponsors will receive monetary awards and publicity in Chessable blog posts and newsletters. Three cycles of awards per year are planned. Applications for this first cycle are due Saturday, October 1, 2022, for research to be conducted during the spring semester of 2023.

To successfully apply, each student must have a faculty research sponsor, who fills out a separate application.

For more information about the Chessable Research Awards and the link to apply, visit: https://www.chessable.com/blog/chessable-research-awards/

Applicant questions and media requests for interview/comment should go to Chessable’s Chief Science Officer or to the Science Project Manager at the addresses below: 

Dr. Alexey Root, Chief Science Officer: alexey.root@chessable.com
Karel van Delft, Science Project Manager: karel@chessable.com

For more information about the Chessable science team and its initiatives, visit https://www.chessable.com/science/

Oregon’s Zoey Tang Wins North American Youth Championship, Becomes Women’s International Master!

Zoey Tang of Puddletown Chess won the U18 Female Division at the 2022 North American Youth Chess Championship in Calgary and has earned the title of Women’s International Master. Zoey is currently the #1 rated girl in the United States and #2 in the world. Read all about her experience on the Puddletown Chess Blog, and also check out their listings for upcoming events!

Swisslandia Chess Tournament August 27

Rose City Chess invites you to the special Summer Edition of Swisslandia on August 27, 2022. Swisslandia is a beginner-friendly series of chess tournaments for players of all ages, with special emphasis on making sure scholastic players have fun. Players are divided into sections based on strength.

  • Winners receive generous prizes and award letters.
  • Chalk Art, Four-Square, and other games outside on the patio between rounds
  • Popsicle and/or Ice Cream for every in-person participant

Registration: Register at this link. 100% preregistered by 5:00pm the day before the event. No on-site registration.

Entry: $20

Ratings: USCF rated (discounted memberships available during checkout)

Equipment: Chess sets, clocks, notation sheets, and pencils all provided.

Format: Players are grouped in sections according to playing strength. Tournament Director may make slight adjustments to separate siblings, etc. Each person plays four rounds of G/25 +5 (each player gets 25 minutes of thinking time, plus a 5 second bonus after every move).

A new organization elevating chess in Oregon

Three familiar scholastic players in Oregon, Zoey Tang, Austin Tang, and Ishaan Kodarapu have come together this summer to form a brand new not-for-profit organization called Puddletown Chess. These three players have been active in the Oregon chess community for a very long time and launching this not-for-profit is their way of giving back!

Their mission is to build a fun & collaborative community for chess players of all ages in Oregon and beyond. As a result they want to magnify the values of patience, self-esteem, and intelligence.

Some of their goals for this organization are:

  • Promote friendly competition and team collaboration through chess
  • Inspire all generations through active chess participation
  • Teach the kids how to face failure, build self-confidence and enhance decision making skills
  • Make chess accessible to everyone (young kids, women, elderly, low-income)

The trio have a lot of plans for the future including rated tournaments, mentoring sessions, game reviews and more.

They are excited for their very first event in the form of a FREE Q&A online webinar.

Austin, Zoey, Ishaan
Zoey, Ishaan & Austin – the founding team of Puddletown Chess

During this online seminar, the founding team will be addressing some of the interesting questions that already came in from the participants including:

  • What motivates you to dive into chess playing from a beginner/intermediate player?
  • How often do you practice chess every day?
  • How do you plan your chess study time?
  • What to do when my rating does not go up?

The event is free online, next Sunday August 07th at 06:00pm PT
Register for the event at https://bit.ly/ptc-first-event

Oregon Open September 3-5

Don’t miss the biggest Open tournament of the year in Oregon, co-sponsored by the Oregon Chess Federation and Portland Chess Club. See all the information about the tournament by clicking hereNote that you must register by September 1. No on-site registration on the day of the tournament. You can book a room at the hotel here.