We’re rolling in Seaside

0424150906Friday morning broke partly sunny — to be expected in Seaside on a late day in April — as top Middle School and High School Chess players assembled for the first two rounds in their quest to become Oregon champion in their section and age group, as well as to become Oregon’s nominee to the national Denker and Barber Tournaments of Champions.

Early afternoon was marked by the flurry of blitz — a record number for us, at 151 — and then the evening turned to the barely contained insanity of bughouse — 28 sections, 115 teams, and 224 players — a championship record and an Oregon record.  Teams walked away with the coveted bug trophies, and tried to get to sleep before the main event starts on Saturday morning.

By 9:40 tomorrow morning, we expect 359 scholastic players to be off and running at the 10th Annual OSCF State Championship.  Hope to see you there.

Details about Bughouse; email registration for it!

IMG_3642Barring an alien landing, Bughouse will be the craziest event of this 10th Anniversary Weekend.  Players come with crazy hats and they concoct foolish, punny, and thoughtful team names for the pleasure of their competitors.  We vote on the best hat and names, and award prizes for the same, and then we begin play.

To learn more about how bughouse works, how to check in, and for other details about sectioning and how this is all going to happen on Friday evening, go to this details page.

Preliminary Sections for State; Scheduling notes

Click here to see the section assignments currently planned for State 2015.  Note that EXCEPT for the MS & HS Elite sections, which are pretty fixed at this point, these assignments are subject to change up until the start of the first round as we attempt to keep sections even in the face of people not attending.  Your name tag that you pick up at the main registration desk will include your final section assignment, as well as detailed schedule information for the rounds in your room.

As we’ve already pointed out, check in for everyone except the HS and MS Elite sections is no later than 9am on Saturday.  You can check in through the day on Friday, or Saturday morning starting at 7:30am.  For those two elite sections only, be there by 10:30am on Friday.

As for schedule:  Generally speaking, the Green room rounds will start by 9:30 on Saturday, finish by 4:00, and awards should be done by 5:30 (we give all Green room awards at the same time).  The other rooms (Gold and Blue) will start by 9:30 (except for Red – MS & HS Elite, which start on Friday), finish by 6:15, and awards should be done by 7:15 (again, all Red, Gold, and Blue room awards are at the same time).  It’s a late night, we know, but there’s lots of chess to fit in, and there’s plenty to do (including LUCKY CHESS!!) in between the green room awards and the final awards.

Details about Blitz check in and play can be found here; we’re working on final bughouse details (in essence, check in no later than 6 pm on Friday, and bring your Crazy Hats) and will post those soon, same for Friends and Family (check in (or add yourself or your players) on Friday morning between 9:30 and 10:30; rounds start 10:45).

Elite Section Registrants (check in Friday AM); All others Saturday AM

The following players are registered to play in the Middle School or High School Platinum Elite sections at Seaside.  They include all players with ratings over 1300 (middle school) or over 1400 (high school), as well as any players that have elected to play up in order to compete in these qualifiers for the national Denker and Barber tournaments.  These players should check in by 10:30am on Friday April 24.

If your player is NOT on this list, and if they’re not coming for blitz or bughouse on Friday evening at 4:00pm and 6:00pm respectively, the check in deadline is 9:00 AM on Saturday April 25.  In other words, for everyone except the below players, you must check in for the regular tournament no later than Saturday morning.

For other information, see Frequently Asked Questions about State

HS Elite Section MS Elite Section
William Adriance Mason Bagoyo
Elena Allen Liam Booth
Ethan Allison Andrea Botez
Ari Bluffstone Konner Feldman
Venkat Doddapaneni Corbin Frias
Aaron Grabinsky Avril Gauthier
James Hansen Joshua Grabinsky
Nathan Jewell Sinan Grehan
Cameron Kocher Rohit Gupta
Devin Landrum Andrei Kleshchev
Patrick Le Raj Kodithyala
Brian Cheng Tse Lee Colin Liu
Isaiah Lee Jack Woo McClain
William Liang Owen McCoy
Valentin Molchanov Michael Moore
Anders Olsen Neal Ornes
John Ornes Nicholas Richardson
Josiah Perkins Duncan Soiffer
Benjamin Pikus Seth Talyansky
Yogi Saputra Paul Thornton
Pranav Sharan Sean Uan-Zo-Li
Gabriel Skoro Jake Winkler
Rory Soiffer Peter Woltjer
Ben Tan Ethan Wu
Jimmy Tang Marshal Xu
Pavan Thakkar Gavin Zhang
Alex Yeo
Owen Young-Flynn

Frequently-asked questions about the 2015 OSCF State Championship

Hope you’re all ready for the tenth annual OSCF State Championship at Seaside! As we enter the final few days, there are questions that you may have. Much of the info is in the Details document, but here is a handy FAQ that might answer some of them:

1. When do I check in? If you’re not playing blitz or bughouse (see #6, below), check-in for almost EVERYONE, is no later than 9 am on Saturday, April 25th.  The only exception is if your child is in the Middle School or High School Open/Elite sections (ratings 1300+ for middle schoolers, 1400+ for high schoolers, or those who elected in). Check in for the Middle School and High School Open/Elite sections no later than 10:30 am on Friday, April 24th.

2. Where do I check in? The Seaside Convention Center front desk. Just walk into the front of the building, and you’ll see us. No checking in to the main event by e-mail–you have to be there in person.

3. What if I have to cancel? If you have to cancel, please send an e-mail to oscf@oscf.org. It will help us to start on time. If you’re facing a last minute emergency, you can either e-mail us at oscf@oscf.org or call area code 503, phone 936-0593.

4. In which section will my child play? We’ll try to post section assignments after final registration closes on Wednesday at midnight. In the meantime, just know that all sections start on Saturday morning at the same time, except for MS and HS Open/Elite, which start on Friday. Your child’s section will also be printed on the name tag that you will receive during registration, along with the planned schedule for their rounds.

5. Can I bring food? The Convention Center will have food service during lunch hour. Since it’s an anniversary event, there will likely be cake. :-) There are also lots of nearby restaurants as well. But if you prefer to bring your own food, please do!  We do have time scheduled in for lunch, but that is also a time that we’ll use to catch up, so (like at every tournament) take advantage of the breaks you have.

6. When do I check in for blitz and bughouse? Check in no later than 4 pm on Friday for blitz, 6 pm for bughouse. You can also do so by e-mail if you’re pre-registered; we will send an email to pre-registered people about how to do that in the next day or so. If you don’t have a bughouse partner, we can match you with one. You can also purchase tickets on the day of the event at registration. Competition will begin at 5 pm for blitz, 7 pm for bughouse.

7. What is “crazy hats”?  We invite all bughouse participants to wear their craziest chess-themed hats. Hats can be crazy, wacky, funny, and loud. Everyone votes on the craziest hats, and there are prizes for the winners. Check out some of the photos last year for examples.

8.  I volunteered.  What’s my job?  We have already sent out a schedule for floor judges / tournament directors by email; a list of non-TD volunteers will come out sometime on Wednesday.

9.  When will we be done?  The Green Room players will finish on Saturday around 4pm, with awards to follow as soon after that as possible.  We’re likely to be done no earlier than, but somewhere around, 5pm, but the upper sections won’t finish until 6:15, with awards not done until 7:15 at the very earliest.

Seaside Details

There will be more information to follow by email to registered players a little later this week, but for those of you with questions, you will almost certainly find them answered in the OSCF Championship 2015 Details and Rules.  Please review those documents carefully before emailing the board with questions, but if you don’t find your answer, do contact us.

Absolute latest registration closes midnight on Wednesday.

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 – Silver Knights Chess Club Quads

Come and practice your chess skills before state tournament.
If are enough kids interested we will have a blitz tournament after the regular one ends!
This is not a qualifier.

SilverKtrPrizes: 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.
   Time: Sunday, April 5th 2015 | 2:15pm – 5:30pm – will start on time and finish on time.
   Fee: $17 (Registration closes on Sunday at 9:00 AM) – 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 outside-viewfinest 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

Regular Registration Closes 4/18 at noon

_MG_3728At the close of early registration, 325 players have registered for the 10th Annual OSCF State Championship!  We’ll update the “who’s coming” list by Friday evening — it’s been a busy week — but as long as you received an email confirmation with your player’s information included, you should be all set.  If you haven’t registered yet, but are on the qualified players list, you still have time — regular registration ($45) closes on Saturday 4/18 at noon, so click here to register.  At that point, the all-volunteer board will be making final preparations for what will, once again, be the largest single-day chess tournament in the state!  Thank you to all of you who have volunteered to assist — we will be in touch with you very shortly (if we haven’t already called!).

Time to polish up those chess skills; remember there are tournaments this weekend that you can participate in without affecting your rating for State (though they will be rated), so go and have fun — experiment a little!

Near-Final Qualifier List Posted; Early Registration Ends TODAY (4/15)

The nearly final list of qualified players has been posted, and 481 players have qualified for the 10th Annual OSCF State Championship!  At this point, only those listed as missing an established rating still have any opportunity to qualify by the end of the day; contact us if you are on that list and want to still try and qualify.  The list of registered players has also been updated for registrations received through 11:50pm Monday evening 4/13 (we’ll update further tonight).  If you haven’t registered yet, do it now by clicking here — you only have 9 hours before registration rates increase at midnight on Wednesday 4/15.  If you miss that deadline, you can still register, but the costs start to increase as our volunteers have to start duplicating work.

Remember that ratings for purposes of section placement and initial pairings will be set based on the NWSRS database as published immediately after 4/15 (supplemented, as appropriate, by the most recent USCF Ratings Supplement published as of 4/16, which should be the May Supplement).  So if you play at a tournament over the April 17-19 weekend, your rating for State won’t be affected by the outcome of that event.