Championship Pins & History

Congratulations to everyone who has participated in the OSCF State Championships over the years; our 12th annual tournament will be on May 5-6, 2017!  Some history as we approach our 12th year:  Our largest OSCF Championship ever involved 372 players in 2014, though our largest blitz and bughouse tournaments (158 and 230 players respectively) were in 2016; last year also saw our largest number of qualified players ever, at 543.

In the material listed after the break (click on “read more”), each year’s statistics are accompanied by a photograph of the Commemorative Pin for each year that the OSCF State Championship has been active.  From 2011-2015, we were fortunate to have our pins designed by Mark Dalthorp (with the assistance of his dad, former OSCF President Dan Dalthorp).  Thanks to them and all our designers for their fine work!  What will our pin be this year?  You’d better qualify and register for the 12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship to find out!  More pins after the break…

OSCF State Registration is LIVE!

Registration for the 12th Annual OSCF State Tournament, to be held on May 5-6 in Seaside, is LIVE. The event will feature the same fantastic blitz and bughouse competition that you’ve come to expect on Friday evening, the HUGE trophies full of taffy, and plenty of excellent chess competition among players from throughout the state.

Check here to see if you’ve already qualified, and once you are, please register ASAP to help our many volunteers get ready for your arrival.




Championship T-shirt Designs Wanted!

Every year, our players walk away from Seaside with fantastic t-shirts produced on-site by our vendor, Northwest Designs.  Each year, the great art on the t-s2013 T-Shirt Designhirt is designed by one of our players.  We’re looking for the T-shirt design that will be featured on this year’s shirts.  If you have the selected design, you will win a free entry to the tournament ($35 value), a free T-shirt ($20-25 value), and $75!  If you’re the first runner up, your design will be featured on the front of the State Championship Program.  The deadline is coming quickly, though, so get your pencils, pens, and crayons sharpened, and your creative energies flowing!

T-Shirt Design Contest

Parents or adults affiliated with tournament attendees may submit designs, but preference for designs will be given to NSWRS-rated players and their siblings (and the award remains the same)!  All entries will become property of OSCF and will not be returned.  The design must contain three phrases:  1) “12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship” or (if the chess theme is obvious) “12th Annual OSCF State Championship”,  2) “May 5-6, 2017”, and 3) “Seaside, Oregon”.

NF 2014 WinnerThere is no limit on colors for submissions, although the final t-shirt design may be limited in production and altered as necessary for t-shirt production.  Shirts will be produced on demand, on site, and on the customer’s choice of shirt color.  All submissions must be submitted either by dropping them with an OSCF representative at an OSCF qualifying tournament or electronically as an email attachment, along with a T-shirt Design Contest Application Form, to

Deadline: Noon on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sunday April 9th: Silver Knights Chess Club Quads in Portland

Prizes: First place trophy, second & third place medal, fourth place small chess gift – for each TROPHYSilverKnights-225x300section.

Format: Players will be divided in 4 player sections (quads) by NWSRS/USCF rating. Any section where ALL players have current USCF membership will be dual rated (USCF and NWSRS)

Schedule: Check-In: 14:20-14:25; play will start at 14:30. Each quad will operate on its own schedule; games will be started as soon as possible. Quads involving younger players are expected to finish well in advance of those involving older, more experienced players. Awards for each section will be made as soon as that section is completed.SilverKtr

Notation: Players are encouraged to notate.

Time Control: G25/5 for time delay clocks; G/30 for analog and non-delay digital clocks. Please bring your clock, if you have one.

Tiebreakers: Ties will be broken in this order: direct encounter, lower starting rating, highest number of games played with black pieces, younger age, coin flip.

Entry fee: $20.00 per player/Two or more siblings $17 per player.

Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12.

Registration: Pre-registration ONLY. See details at Silver Knights Chess Club website: Silver Knights Quads Registration

Location: Portland Chess Club 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219

Contact:  Andrei Botez
Phone: (503) 995-2888

Catlin Chess Festival in Portland on April 15

catlin-chessThe Catlin Upper School Chess Club is sponsoring a five-round, Swiss-style chess tournament for all ages and skill levels to promote chess in the Portland area. Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase. We will award trophies to the top five finishers in each section, plus-score medals, and participation prizes. Earlybird registration fee is $15 before April 7.  Click here to Register OnlineFor more information, contact Seth Talyansky (

2017 Oregon State Girls Championship on April 22 in Portland

Oregon Chess Federation together with Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation and Portland Chess Club would like to invite all the girls to the 1st ever Oregon State Girls Championship! Guarantee friendly girlish atmosphere. Saturday, April 22 at the Portland Chess Club.

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A 4 rounds G/40 + 5 seconds delay Swiss for Reserve section

Championship section open to all junior girls residing in Oregon State, Reserve section open for Oregon residents and also for out of state players.

Players must be under 19 as of Jun 14, 2017.

Championship section: USCF and OCF membership required.  Dual rated, both USCF and NWSRS.

Reserve section: NWSRS rated (no membership required.

Clocks and notation required – clocks and score sheets will be provided.

Round times:

Championship: 9:00am, 11:15pm, 1:30pm, and 3:45pm.

Reserve: 8:45am, 10:30am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm

Championship section:

  • Equally divided bursary for the first two places who will represent Oregon State in 2017 US Chess National Girls Tournament of Champions and 2017 Susan Polgar Foundation Girls Invitational.
  • The final amount of those bursaries will result by subtracting the expenses from the total amount of the entry fees of this tournament.
  • In case of a tie for 1st and/or 2nd a playoff round with G/15 white, G/12 black with draw odds will determine winner.
  • Plaques for 1st-5th Places (3rd to 5th place tiebreak will be used)
  • Champion will have the 1st choice to pick the tournament.

Reserve section:

  • Trophies for 1st-5th Places
  • Reserve Champion will also receive one year USCF Membership (Young adult, Youth or Scholastic – depending on the age of the player). Same tiebreaker as in the top section.

Entry fee: pre-payment $25 before Apr 16th, $30 after or paying at the door.

Online registration at 2017 Oregon State Girls Chess Championship.  Must pre-register. Registration deadline is April 19th at 5:00pm (no registrations accepted after the deadline).

Players Qualified for State as of March 21

The 12th Annual OSCF State Championship, which will take place in Seaside, OR, on May 5-6, 2017.  Don’t miss out!  There are still 6 weeks left to qualify if you haven’t already.  Want to know if you’re qualified?  Check the list of qualified players here.  If you don’t see yourself on that list, check the list of players who still need one qualifying event, or the list of players who still need an established rating.  Please read the introductory paragraphs and links regarding qualification carefully; they will answer many questions!!


Oregon High School Chess Team Association State Championships

For any High School or Middle School coaches out there looking for the pinnacle of High School team competition in the state, the OHSCTA has been holding its state tournament for the last 50+ years, and it’s coming once again — this year to Hillsboro High School on March 3-4.  For any teams who have not already registered, the final deadline to do so is Wednesday, March 1 (and early registration fees are available through then).  Contact Executive Director Nancy Keller to register or for more information,