2020 OSCF State Championship Cancelled

Due to the pandemic, OSCF had rescheduled the 2020 Championship to August 24-25, 2020. With the recent rise in cases, OSCF has decided to cancel the 2020 Championship entirely. Please plan to join us for the 2021 OSCF State Championship in Seaside on April 16-17, 2021.

To keep our players and their families safe, OSCF will offer NWSRS rated chess tournaments online instead of in person. We will post announcements about upcoming events on this website and also on the NWSRS calendar. We look forward to seeing you at an online tournament soon!

OSCF Online Tournaments for July 8, 10

OSCF is improving it’s online tournaments! All events will now be run through the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation “Team Page” on lichess.org. The Team Page opens up the possibility of running larger tournaments with different formats, including Swiss Paired events with prizes.

To register, join the Oregon Scholastic Federation Team Page.

Kids and adults are welcome at all events, regardless of age or residency. Feedback, suggestions, and special requests are welcome and appreciated! Please feel free to contact us at oscf@oscf.org.

Want to host your own OSCF Online Tournament? Email us and we can set up an event within the team page. This will help increase participation in your event. You can run both free events and events with entry fees and prizes. 

Wednesday July 8, 3:00PM-4:00PM: OSCF Blitz Arena (5+0)
Join: https://lichess.org/tournament/qBWbcdMU

Friday July 10, 6:00PM-8:00PM: Friday Night Rapid Arena (10+0)
Join:
https://lichess.org/swiss/FWVvbGAu

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND PARTICIPANTS: 

By participating, you agree to the following:

  • Safety First: Please do not use your kids’ real names as their Lichess avatar. If you would like to disable Lichess’s chat mode, go to settings and change your account to “Kid Mode.” 
  • Be a Good Sport: Chat must be positive, expletive free, and show good sportsmanship. Spamming the chat with rude or repetitive comments will result in removal from the event.
  • No Outside Assistance: Players may not cheat by receiving help from other players or from computer engines.
  • Tech Help: Lichess.org is available both on the web and via mobile app. If you get logged out mid-tournament, you can rejoin by going to the team page
  • Ratings: Lichess has its own rating system. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, online tournaments are not NWSRS rated and are not OSCF state qualifiers.

USCF Memberships available (at a discount!)

OSCF has purchased a large number of memberships “in bulk,” which allows us to offer these to Oregon and Washington scholastic chess players (who will play in Oregon events) at a discount. Normally, a scholastic membership costs $17-26, depending on the age of the player. We are happy to offer individual memberships for just $15 each for any player residing in Oregon or Washington and age 20 or under at the time of redemption.

Simply click here to our purchase page. Fill in the name of the person who is purchasing the membership(s). After purchasing the quantity of memberships you need, you will receive an eVoucher within 2 business days from our treasurer, Renee Chang. Once you receive the eVoucher number, you’re not done yet! Renee will include instructions for you to enter the eVoucher number on the USCF site to complete the membership registration.

Please be patient in this process. We are an ALL VOLUNTEER organization! Questions? Email us at oscf@oscf.org.

Eastlake Chess Club Black Lives Matter Tournament on July 11

This is a BLM and Eastlake Chess Club fundraiser, 25% of the profit goes to the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and the rest of the profit goes to the Eastlake High School Chess Club (Washington). This tournament will not be rated in NWSRS or USCF.

Register Here.

Format: 6-round Rapid Swiss Tournament, Open section, U1200 section
Chess.com Ratings will be used for pairings

Eligibility: Open to everyone with a chess.com account. No memberships
required. (Zoom monitoring will be required, please setup webcam
beforehand)
https://www.chess.com/club/eastlake-blm-tourney-open-section
https://www.chess.com/club/eastlake-blm-tourney-u1200-section

Make sure to join the chess.com club for your section above, in the
note write your full name. BE SURE TO JOIN YOUR SECTION.

Rounds (approx): 10, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1:00, 1:45
Entry Fee: $20 before 6/29, $25 after, $5 play-up fee
REGISTRATION CLOSES 7/10 @ 5PM

Time Control: Game in 25 minutes with a 5-second increment

Prizes: (USCF Ratings will be used for prizes) Based on 40 entries

Open section: 1st place $125, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50
U1200 section: 1st place $75, 2nd place $40, 3rd place $20

Fair-Play Policy: Please fill out this mandatory form. Cheating of any kind
is strictly prohibited. https://forms.gle/6yCxqCe1wzRMUQ5t5

For any questions or ½ point bye requests please reach out to
amayb@msn.com or agupta04@outlook.com (425-588-7373)

Black Lives Matter Fundraiser Tournament on June 27 – Online and NWSRS rated!

2021 OSCF State Championship QualifierREGISTER NOW!

Chess for Success and Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation are hosting an online tournament that affirms our mutual dedication to racial justice and equality. The prize fund will be equal to approximately 25% of entry fees, with the remainder being distributed equally between Chess for Success and the Black United Fund of Oregon.

The event will be 5-round, Swiss-Paired, G25+5 tournament on lichess.org open to all players regardless of age or residency. The tournament will be rated on Lichess.org. It will also be NWSRS rated and will serve as a qualifier for the 2021 OSCF State Championship.

Black United Fund of Oregon (BUF) assists in the social and economic development of Oregon’s underserved communities and contributes to a broader understanding of culturally and ethnically diverse groups. For more than 35 years, BUF’s programs have helped BIPOC youth reach their postsecondary and career aspirations. Additionally, BUF’s nearly four decades of community leadership experience strengthen BIPOC-led and -serving nonprofits through training and technical assistance. BUF’s new initiative – Juneteenth & Justice -celebrates the Juneteenth holiday while recognizing the challenges we face in achieving equity for all. 

Chess for Success is a registered non-profit that provides free chess equipment, instruction, and tournament entries to low-income youth in Oregon and SW Washington. 

Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation is a registered non-profit operated by volunteers that promotes, sponsors, and coordinates scholastic chess tournaments in the State of Oregon.

Organizers: Chess for Success and Oregons Scholastic Chess Federation

Beneficiaries: Chess for Success and Black United Fund of Oregon

Flyer LinkBlack Lives Matter Fundraiser Tournament

Registration deadline: 8:00pm on Friday, June 26th (no same day registration)

Questions: chad.r.lykins@gmail.com

Chess Simul Fundraiser with NM Owen McCoy on June 20

Join NM Owen McCoy for a fundraiser benefiting Portland Chess Club. The simul will be open to the first 12 players, USCF-rated under 2000, who register and pay the entry fee. All proceeds benefit Portland Chess Club.

To register, email Mike MOrris at mikejmorris@earthlink.net and pay $10 through PayPal to email@pdxchess.org.

August OSCF Team and Individual Championships Cancelled

Because of the governor’s restrictions on the size of gatherings, it is unlikely we will be able to host an event of 1000+ for our State Championships in late August. Therefore we have cancelled the 2020 OSCF Individual and Team Championships.

We look forward to seeing you all at the 2021 OSCF State Championship on April 16-17, 2021.

NW Regional Scholastic Chess Championship – Results, Games, and Annotation Contest!

Thanks to our friends Jacob Mayer and Josh Sinanan in Washington, Oregon players were invited to participate in the first NW Regional Scholastic Chess Championship on May 16. The games were played online and will be NWSRS rated soon.

Oregon played strong! Congratulations to the following top place winners:
William Holbrook, 2nd place, K-1 U800
Jackson Compton, 2nd place, K-3 Open
Brian Wei, 2nd place, 4-8 U900
Eric Erard, Co-Champion, 4-8 Open
Bob Liu, Co-Champion, 4-8 Open
Fedya Semenov, 1st place, 9-12 Open

Here’s Josh’s and Jacob’s recap of the event:

“Thank you for participating in the first ever Northwest Regional Scholastic Chess Championships (NWRSCC) last weekend!  Scholastic chess players from throughout the Northwest States including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia took part. The event was hosted by Washington Chess Federation and directed by Jacob Mayer, with assistance from Ani Barua and Josh Sinanan.  A total of 211 players competed across 6 sections: K-1 U800, 2-3 U800, K-3 Open, 4-8 U900, 4-8 Open, and 9-12 Open.  

Annotation Contest! We will be awarding a 1st and 2nd place prize in each section for the best game annotation!  All you need to do to enter is to select the best or most interesting game you played in the tournament, and add annotations (This includes alternative variations, thoughts about the moves, etc. Not just the moves written in algebraic notation). You can send the final copy through PGN, or even on a word document.  Deadline for submissions is 6/5.  Annotated games will be reviewed and winners will be announced by email and in Northwest Chess magazine!  All annotated games may be submitted to Northwest Chess as part of the NWRSCC article.  Thank you all, and good luck annotating games!
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Yours for Chess, Josh + Jacob”

Coach Chad’s Beginner/Intermediate Chess Classes for Grades 1-5 on Weds. May 13-Jun 17

Chad Lykins is offering an online class for beginner and intermediate students in Grades 1-5 on Wednesdays from 1:00pm-2:30pm (PST). Class begins May 13 and runs for 6 weeks. Enrollment capped at 10 students. $60 tuition covers all six weeks. Payment via Venmo or Paypal (instructions sent after registration).

Class takes place on Zoom and Lichess. Students will need a Chromebook or laptop to participate. REGISTER YOUR PLAYER(S) HERE.

Topics:
– Opening principles (development, central control, king safety)
– Basic tactical patterns (forks, pins, revealed attacks, etc.)
– Basic checkmates (king and queen, king and rook, back rank mate, queen and helper, etc.)

And most importantly:
– Finding undefended pieces (counting the number of defenders and attackers)

Beginners usually lose games because they hang a piece. Intermediate players lose games for the same reason, though the hanging piece may be a little less obvious because it is buried under a one or two move tactic. Cleaning up these errors is the first, second, and third priority for players who want to improve.

Instruction:
– Students will participate via Zoom and Lichess. Topics are taught through puzzles and analysis of student games.
– Students will have chances in class to play each other and the coach.
– In between classes, students will play each other in correspondence games on Lichess.org. I will use these games to teach.

About Me:

I’ve coached chess at Hayhurst Elementary School for the last four years, helping take the club to multiple regional championships and a share of 1st place at the 2019 OSCF Team State Championship. I’m also tournament director for the Hayhurst Halloween K-12 Chess Tournament and the OSCF K-12 Team Championship.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was a beginner myself. I played my first tournament game in May 2017 and earned an USCF rating of 773. In January 2020, I reached a peak USCF Rating of 1650. I’m in a race against my son to see who can reach 1800 first. I think he’s going to win.