November Tournaments Approach!

CC License; https://www.flickr.com/photos/soundslogical/8964572306/in/photostream/As fall sports come to a close and the winter rains settle in, the number of tournaments starts to ramp up.  There are several OSCF State Qualifier tournaments coming in November, as described below.  Remember, the best place to look for information about coming events is the NWSRS Calendar, and for more information about each of these events, go to the calendar and click on that event’s entry.

Starting Nov. 5: Portland Area League.  This team-based competition for middle and high school players starts Nov. 5, and continues every Wednesday at Lincoln High School in Portland through February 2015.  Review the calendar entry and contact Ed Addis for more information.

November 9, 23: Silver Knights Chess Club Quads.  Happy Valley (at a bakery – yum!).  $17, afternoon quads.

Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11: 2nd Annual Pacific Crest Chess Tournament.  Laurelhurst Neighborhood, NE Portland. 5 rounds, full day, $10.  Casual event in a convenient Portland location.

November 15: 20th Annual Fall Classic (Eugene).  $20-25, full day, 4-5 rounds.  The 20th installment of Jerry Ramey’s Fall Classic.

November 15: 2nd Annual KFE Benefit Tournament.  Tigard, OR (near Washington Square). Fundraiser for Bethlehem-House of Bread. $25, full day.

November 21: Bethel Friday Quads (Willamette HS, Eugene).  Quads; $5, evening event.

November 21: Friday Night Chess Odyssey Quads (Evergreen Presbyterian Church, Beaverton, OR).  Quads; $20, evening event.

And … Portland Chess Club Events, including:

Class Championships: November 1-2
G/45 quads: November 15
G/60: November 22

 

3rd Annual Clackamas K-12 Open on October 25

The third Annual Clackamas K-12 Open will be held on October 25th at Clackamas High School.  This event will feature at least four grade based sections.  (They actually had 5 sections (one for 5th grade last year, and split the high school section the first year) for each of the first two years.)  Once again the tournament will feature quality chess equipment (Wood and Plastic Chess Sets, roll-up boards and Chess Clocks) from Legend Products as awards for top finishers in each of the sections.  Additionally, anyone with a plus score (3 or more points) will receive a medallion.

The tournament is also a team event with Trophies to the top two Elementary, Middle, and High Schools.  The number of players from one school is not limited but only the top four scorers will be counted toward the team total.

In addition to the great chess equipment, medallions, and trophies the tournament also awards door prizes.  Last year more than 80 individuals were awarded a door prize donated by local businesses.  This year is shaping up very good with the total door prizes exceeding $2,000.

Food and drink items will be provided by one of Clackamas’s student clubs, and will be open during most of the tournament for your refreshment.

Check in from 8:15-8:45 am. First round at 9 am.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW

…or send an e-mail to Ed Addis at chessalot@aol.com. The Subject line should be titled CHS Chess and include the player(s) name, school, grade, and your phone number in the message. You may also call (503) 658-7809 with the information.

 

Sunday, October 19th, 2014 – Silver Knights Chess Club Quads – An OSCF State Qualifier

TROPHYSilverKnights-225x300   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/USCF rating.
   New: Any section where ALL players have current USCF membership will be dual rated (USCF and NWSRS).
  Time: Sunday, October 19th, 2014 | 2:15pm – 5:30pm – will start on time and finish on time.
   Fee: $17 (Registration closes on Saturday at 21:00 pm) – no late fee.
   Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12. (If numbers allow, parents can play too)
   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 http://silverknightschessclub.blogspot.com/
   Contact: Andrei Botez, silver.knights.chess.club@gmail.com, (503) 995-2888

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All-Stars – Thank you!

DSC_5717We had a great day in Salem yesterday, with 110 All-Stars (and 8 siblings in the Golden Pioneers section) competing in 13 sections.  Thanks so much to all of you who volunteered to help during the day!

After photos on the capitol steps, players headed into four legislative hearing rooms to engage in silent debate over the chess board.  Check out photos from the link at left, or here; ratings reports will be posted to USCF this weekend, and to the NWSRS later this week on its regular cycle.  Congratulations to all our participants, and particularly to our section winners, who include:

Super Stars A: Aaron Grabinsky and Yogi Saputra (2.5/3)
Super Stars B: Joshua Grabinsky (2.5/3)
Super Stars C: Owen McCoy and Andrea Botez (2/3)
Super Stars D: Ethan Allison (2.5/3)DSC_5888
Super Stars E: Neal Aditya and Jack Woo McClain (2.5)
Super Stars F: Rory Soiffer (3/3)
Bright Stars G: Rahul Majmudar and Ben Kurtz (3.5/4)
Bright Stars H: Kyle Liu (3.5/4)
Bright Stars J: Andrei Kleshchev, Lauren Mei Calora, and Carson Woods (3/4)
Rising Stars K: Ian Vo (5/5)
Rising Stars L: Ben Tan (5/5)
Rising Stars M: James Daggett, Riya Majmudar, and Olivia Cooper (4/5)
Rising Stars N: Deva Wheeler and Alexander Cherevatenko (4/5)
Golden Pioneers (side section): Kira Dobbins (3.5/4)

All-Stars Registration Ends 10/7

Final plans are in place, and we’re expecting well over 100 All-Stars for our 7th Annual OSCF All-Stars Invitational on October 10 at the State Capitol.  If you are on the master list of invitees, but missed the early registration deadline, it’s not too late! Online registration remains open until the final deadline at midnight on Tuesday, October 7.  So check here to see who is coming (so far), and here for the rules and details, and come see us at the Capitol on Friday.

Sunday, September 28th, 2014 – Silver Knights Chess Club Quads – An OSCF State Qualifier

SilverKnightsPrizes: 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/USCF rating.

New: Any section where ALL players have current USCF membership will be dual rated (USCF and NWSR).

Time: Sunday, September 28th, 2014 | 2:15pm – 5:30pm – will start on time and finish on time.

Fee: $17 (Registration closes on Saturday at 21:00 pm) – 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 http://silverknightschessclub.blogspot.com/

Contact: Andrei Botez, silver.knights.chess.club@gmail.com, (503) 995-2888outside-view

All-Stars Tournament October 10

Oregon State Capitol

Oregon State Capitol

The State Capitol is rolling out the red carpet for our 7th Annual OSCF All-Stars Tournament in Salem on Friday, October 10 (a statewide inservice day)!  If you are on the alphabetical list of all qualified players (see this post for links to individual lists), and haven’t already registered, register online by clicking here.  Details and rules for the tournament can be found in this document.  Note that regular Registration closes at midnight on Friday, October 3, so be sure to get yourself on our list.  We look forward to a great day of celebration and chess.  Contact us with questions!

Saturday, November 15, 2014–2nd Annual KFE Benefit Tournament–an OSCF State Qualifier

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual KFE Benefit Tournament on Saturday, November 15. This tournament is is a qualifier for the OSCF 2015 State Championship.

Last year the tournament netted $1753 and 425 pounds of food for Bethlehem House of Bread, a community center in Tigard that hosts a food pantry, community garden, and meeting space.

Players who attended last year’s tournament will be pleasantly surprised by recent improvements in the venue. The pews have been removed from the former sanctuary to accommodate the tournament play, and the new skittles room (where the games were played last year) will be served by a concession stand in the adjoining kitchen.

This year’s tournament will have five rounds and G/35 time controls for three sections: Primary (K-2 unrated/U600), Elementary (3-5 unrated/U600), and Middle School (6-8 unrated or U900). The High School (9-12 unrated or U1200) and Advanced (1200+) sections will have four rounds and G/45 time controls.

Donations of shelf-stable food and toiletries for the food pantry will be welcome at registration. Most-wanted items include jam and jelly, salad dressing, ketchup, mustard, hearty canned soups (like Progresso), saltine crackers, raisins, granola bars, cold cereal, toilet paper, and shampoo.

Register and find more information here.

September 20-21, Coquille Chess Tournaments, OSCF State Qualifiers

  • Saturday, September 20th: Chess players of all ages, beginner to advanced, are invited to play in the Coquille Chess Tournament at the Coquille High School Library.  Registration is 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. for this all day event.  Fee is $10 and trophies will be given out for Elementary, Middle School, High School and Adult divisions.  Players rated over 1200 play in the Elite Division and compete for cash prizes.  Tournament is NWSRS rated.
  • Sunday, September 21st: Chess players of all ages, beginner to advanced, are invited to play in the Coquille Chess Tournament at the Coquille High School Library.  Registration is 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. for this all afternoon event. Fee is $10 and compete for cash prizes.  Tournament is NWSRS rated.
Feel free to play in one or both events!  To register, email Nancy Keller at drnancykeller@yahoo.com

All-Stars Tournament Registration is Live

StarsIf you are one of the invited players to the October 10, 2014 All-Stars Tournament in Salem, Oregon (see this post for links to individual lists, or this alphabetical list with all qualified players), you can now register online by clicking here.  Details and rules for the tournament can be found in this document.  Note that regular Registration closes at midnight on Friday, October 3, so be sure to get yourself on our list.  We look forward to a great day of celebration and chess.  Contact us with questions!