All-Stars Tournament October 14; Registration Open, see Alpha List

Oregon State Capitol

Oregon State Capitol

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the 9th Annual OSCF All-Stars Invitational Tournament, taking place at the Oregon State Capitol on Friday, October 14, a statewide Inservice Day (for most schools — do check!).  You can see if you are invited by reviewing the master alphabetical list of invitees here.  You can REGISTER HERE by clicking this link, reading the referenced material, and the completing the information at the relevant registration page.

Further details about the event, including rules and a tentative schedule, can be found at this link.  We hope to see you in Salem in a little under one month!

5th annual Clackamas K-12 Open on October 29

OSCF  2016 State Qualifier!

This event will feature generous awards for place and plus score finishers. 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. DSC_1288The tournament also awards door prizes!

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.

4th Annual KFE Benefit Tournament on Nov. 12

This OSCF Qualifier tournament is a benefit for the food pantry at Bethlehem House of Bread, a local community center  that provides food, community garden, school supplies, and a clothing closet for hundreds of families every year. Please help out the BHOB Food Pantry by bringing toilet tissue and/or nonperishable food items. All proceeds from snacks and pizza concessions will go directly to BHOB. This tournamhouse-of-breadent honors chess queen Kris Field-Eaton (KFE), a long-time leader for chess in the Sherwood school district.

FIDE World Chess Federation Master CHUCK SCHULIEN will play multiple players simultaneously in the skittles room in the afternoon! Chuck is a favorite local coach and player, come play him or watch the fun.

Concessions, coffee shop open. Register by 9pm, Wednesday, November 9th.  Sorry, no on-site registration this year.

REGISTER ONLINE HERE. For questions, contact Paula Brown by e-mail at paula@mypizzaparty.net . Include the chess player’s name, grade, school, and NWSRS rating (if known).

Summer All-Stars, Lifetime Achievement (2016) Posted

Heart_of_M13_Hercules_Globular_ClusterWelcome to Fall and a new year of Chess!  We have posted our Summer 2016 All-Stars list, which sets out the top 10 active players by grade (based on highest established rating during the relevant period), as well as the 2016 Lifetime Achievement List, which lists the top 25 most active current scholastic players in the NWSRS ratings system over their lifetime.  All these players, as well as those listed on the Winter 2016 and Spring All Stars lists, and active members of the Order of the Knight, are invited to participate in the 9th Annual OSCF All-Stars Tournament, taking place in Salem on October 14, 2016 (an inservice Friday for most Oregon schools).  REGISTER HERE FOR THE ALL-STARS TOURNAMENT. Congratulations to everyone, and we hope to see you in Salem!

This Sunday – Silver Knights Chess Club Quads – An OSCF State Qualifier

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. The tournament is limited to the first 12 players (3 quads) who preregister.

Registration: Pre-registration ONLY. See details at Silver Knights Chess Club website: http://silverknightschessclub.blogspot.com/

Contact: Andrei Botez
Email: silver.knights.chess.club@gmail.com
Phone: (503) 995-2888

Queen of Katwe – Advance Screening Monday 9/26!

untitledAll Scholastic Chess Players, their family and friends are invited to an advance screening of Disney’s Queen of Katwe at 7:00 PM on Monday, September 26, 2016 at the Regal Bridgeport theatre, 7329 SW Bridgeport Road, Tigard OR 97224.  You must RSVP to receive free passes at AlliedIMPDX@gmail.com – include “Queen of Katwe-Bridge” in the email subject line, first come-first serve.  Opens in Portland on September 30.  For more details, check out the Queen of Katwe invitation flyer.

Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament in Portland on September 3

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 3, 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 2017 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 ONLINE by clicking here; registration fee is $20; all registrations must be in by September 1.

FREE Chess Tournament in East Portland on August 13

gresham libraryEd Addis is at it again…join him for free chess at the East County II Tournament!

Saturday, August 13 
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Type:  4 Round Swiss. G/30 d5.  OSCF State Qualifiers.  Please bring boards, sets, and clocks.
Registration: FREE!  Register on-site from 10AM – 10:15 AM. 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.
Prizes: Chess book to top three winners.  Tie Breaker: Cumulative.
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:  Gresham Library 385 NW Miller Avenue, Gresham OR 97030
TD / Contact: Ed Addis, 503-658-7809, email chessalot@aol.com

May 14-15: 2nd Annual Rose City Sectionals

Neon_rose,_Portland,_OregonOn May 14-15, the Portland Chess Club is running the Rose City Sectionals tournament. This tournament is similar to a class championship with 200 point sections. It’s a great tournament 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 2017 OSCF State qualifier and is dual rated in USCF and NWSRS. More information can be found on the Portland Chess Club website, pdxchess.org.

Spring All-Stars Posted

Messier 107 in OphiuchusOn the heels of the rating reports from the 2016 State Championships, we’ve posted the Spring 2016 All-Stars lists!  These lists include the players with the top ten established ratings, by grade, for all active scholastic Oregon players between January 1 and April 30.  These players, along with those listed in the Winter list, and those yet to be listed in the Summer and Lifetime Achievement lists (coming in September), and active Order of the Knight participants, are invited to participate in the 2016 All-Stars tournament, which will be held in Salem on Friday, October 14, 2016.  More later, but for now, congratulations to everyone on the lists!