Nancy Keller is a living legend among Oregon chess organizers. Be sure to check out the nice TV news story on KVAL and posted at the national chess news site ChessCafe.com. A lot of familiar faces are featured.
It looks like an exciting summer of chess lies ahead for Oregon players…
June 18, July 16: Coquille. The always energetic and fun Nancy Keller and Coquille players are hosting a pair of OSCF qualifier tournaments in a park near Coquille with plenty of fun activities between rounds. Bring your squirt gun, towel, and other outdoor summer toys. Entry fee only $5 (+ $2 parking fee). Not to be missed if you are from the southern half of the state!
June 18-19: Newport. June is a beautiful time to visit the Oregon coast, and the friendly Newport Open attracts players not just from the coast but also Corvallis, Eugene, Bend, Portland, and elsewhere. Long time controls and strong players make this event especially well-suited for more mature and experienced scholastic players and adults. [Not an OSCF qualifier.]
July 16-17: Portland. The Summer Open is another two-day event with long time controls and is an OSCF qualifier as well. The Open section regularly attracts many chess Masters and Experts, while the Reserve Section is limited to players rated below 1800.
July 16-17: Gresham. A free, rated tournament will be held at the Gresham library on July 16-17. Details TBA.
August 12-14: Portland. Has it already been 100 years since the Portland Chess Club was founded?! Congratulations PCC! Join in the celebration in the Centennial Open at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel. Six round tournament with long time controls, big cash awards, Saturday afternoon blitz tournament, etc. [Not a qualifier]
August: Albany/Corvallis. The Corvallis Dog Days and August Albany tournaments will be held again in August. Details TBA.
June-August: Portland. Check the calendar periodically for other tournaments, like the as the ever-popular Chess Odyssey Friday night quads (qualifiers), the PCC G/60s (qualifiers), the PCC Saturday Quads (not qualifiers), and events that haven’t yet been announced.