FREE Tournament! Midway Open in Portland on July 29

Ed Addis is at it again…join him over the summer for a series of free chess tournaments!  The next one is the Midway Open.

Saturday, July 29 
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Type:  4 Round Swiss. G/25 d5.  OSCF State Qualifiers.  Please bring boards, sets, and clocks.
Registration: FREE!  Register on-site from 10AM – 10:15 PM. 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 contact method (phone/e-mail). You may pre-register by sending an e-mail with the above information to “chessalot@aol.com“. If you pre-register you must still check in by 10:15 AM.  Those who pre-register get precedence over walk-ins should there be a lack of equipment.
Prizes: Chess book to top three winners.  Tie Breaker: Cumulative, average opposition.
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.
Location: Midway Library. 805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland OR 97233.
TD / Contact: Ed Addis, (503) 467-6242, email chessalot@aol.com

Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament in Portland on September 2

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 2, 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.  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 2018 OSCF State Championship Qualifier.  We will have medals for even/plus scores and trophies for 1st-3rd places. 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 HERE! Registration fee is $20; all registrations must be in by 11:59 p.m. on August 31.

Rose City Sectionals on July 8-9 in Portland

On July 8-9, the Portland Chess Club is running the 3rd Annual Rose City Sectionals tournament. This tournament is similar to a class championship with 200 point sections. It’s a great way for up and coming scholastic players to get some experience with longer time controls and to compete for good cash prizes and trophies by playing in a section with similarly rated players. The tournament is a 2018 OSCF State qualifier and is dual rated in US Chess and NWSRS. Due to space at the club facility, the tournament is limited to the first fifty players. Reserve a spot online and find more information about the event at pdxchess.org.

FREE tournament! North Portland Open on Sunday July 16

Ed Addis is at it again…join him over the summer for a series of free chess tournaments!  The next one is the North Portland Open.

Sunday, July 16 
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Type:  4 Round Swiss. G/25 d5.  OSCF State Qualifiers.  Please bring boards, sets, and clocks.
Registration: FREE!  Register on-site from 12 PM – 12:15 PM. 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 contact method (phone/e-mail). You may pre-register by sending an e-mail with the above information to “chessalot@aol.com“. If you pre-register you must still check in by 12:15 PM.  Those who pre-register get precedence over walk-ins should there be a lack of equipment.
Prizes: Chess book to top three winners.  Tie Breaker: Cumulative, average opposition.
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.
Location: North Portland Library, 512 N. Killingsworth, Portland OR 97217 
TD / Contact: Ed Addis, 503-658-7809, email chessalot@aol.com
Upcoming Tournament in the Series:
  • Midland Open: Saturday, July 29. 10 am to 4 pm. Midway Library. 805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland OR 97233.

2017 Spring All Stars posted.

The Spring 2017 All-Stars List has been posted! This list consists of the players in each grade who had the highest ten established ratings, and who played rated games between January 1, 2017 and May 7, 2017.  Please carefully read the qualification rules, but if you think that you see something incorrect in the list, let us know, 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 2017 Lifetime Achievement list (to be published next fall), or any member of the Order of the Knight who has played a NWSRS rated game between 9/1/16 and 8/31/17 — will be eligible to participate in the 2017 10th Annual Oregon All-Stars Invitational, which we plan to hold in October 2017 (details to come next September). Congratulations to everyone on the list!

Corvallis Chess Riot! on June 18

Corvallis Chess Riot! Amini 3-game, quad-style chess tournament on Sunday, June 18.
Corvallis High School
12:00 – 3:30 PM
$10.  All ages.  All levels of experience.

Father’s Day – Dads get in free.
G25 or G35 as agreed upon by each quad.  Clocks provided.
Notation required for players rated 900+

RSVP by June 17th to phil.schapker@corvallis.k12.or.us
2018 OSCF Championship Qualifier
NWSRS rated
NWSRS and USCF dual rated if all players in quad are USCF members

Coquille’s LaVerne County Park Tournament on June 24

LaVerne Park

LaVerne Park

Chess Tournament at LaVerne County Park, Saturday, June 24th (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]yahoo.com.

OSCF State Rating is Complete

The NWSRS ratings system has been updated through events of Memorial Day weekend, and this means that the OSCF State Championship from earlier in May has now been rated; to see the ratings report for OSCF State, click here.  Along with the USCF section rating report (completed earlier this month — click here), we’re now up to date on our tournaments.  This means that we now have the information necessary to generate the Spring All-Stars lists, which are coming soon.  Keep an eye out here — the lists will be posted on this page once complete.  Have a great final few weeks of school!

State Followup: Thanks, and Ratings / All Stars Info

Thanks to everyone who attended the 12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship last weekend, and a particular thanks to all the volunteers — parents and coaches of players, as well as last year’s OSCF Board, who helped make the event a great success.  In the end, we had 352 players participate in the main event, including 150 Elementary players (grades 3-5) — our largest number of Elementary players ever, and 20 players shy of our all-time attendance record.  On Friday evening, we had 151 players in the blitz tournament, and 220 players (55 teams) playing bughouse.  We had 23 players in our Friends and Family tournament.

Because the ratings official for the Northwest Scholastic Ratings System is out of the country for the next couple weeks, you won’t see the NWSRS Tournament report for State posted until late May (though the USCF ratings report is complete and posted here).  We will also, therefore, wait until late May to produce the Spring 2017 Oregon All-Stars List (which will cover games played from January 1 through May 6, 2017).  In the meantime, though, linked below is information for each of the sections at State.  Please note that while these sheets include a “Rating” field (with the player rating from before state) and a “Post” field (which includes an estimate of the player’s rating after the tournament), that “Post” rating is an ESTIMATE only, and is not official.  It’s generated within the program that we use for pairing, and while it can be close, it is also often off by many points.  But it’s something to look at until the official reports come in.

2017 OSCF State Section Standings in PDF format

If you have questions about the tiebreak process, please read the information at this link first; it should answer many of your questions.  Those of you looking to go deep into the results can click here for the above PDF document in Excel format.

OSCF State: FAQ, Preliminary Sections, Blitz and Bughouse

We currently (as of 8pm on May 3) have 350 players registered for the 12th 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