Monthly Archives: February 2012

Championship Finalists

The championship finalist list has been updated, taking into account the latest qualifiers (ChessWorks Quads, Al Leong Memorial, and Portland Area League rnds 7-9). So far 274 players have qualified for the OSCF State Championships at Seaside in April, and, with the two biggest qualifiers of the year coming up on the same day later this month (OHSCTA and Whitford/Cooper Mtn), we are well on the way to breaking last year’s record number of players qualifying.

If you believe the list is in error, contact us so we can straighten it out as soon as possible.


The Oregon High School Chess Team Association championships are February 24-25 in Myrtle Creek. This spectacular event has been held annually since 1964 and typically draws more than 200 high school and middle school players. For the second straight year, the tournament doubles as an OSCF qualifier, open to all players in grades 6-12. Don’t miss it!

Play is divided into four sections: Varsity teams, JV teams, Open teams, and Individuals. Varsity teams consist of five players from the same high school or home-school students living in the school’s attendance area. JV teams are open to players in grades 6-12 but team members must all be students the same high school or reside in the school’s attendance area. Teams in the Open section may be comprised of any Oregon or Washington players in grades 6-12. The Individuals section is open to all Oregon and Washington players in grades 6-12.

For more information, visit the OHSCTA website.

Whitford/Cooper Mtn — Big Qualifier, Register Online

Aside from the state HS team championships, Whitford/Cooper Mtn hosts the largest qualifier of the year. February 25 in Beaverton. The tournament features six playing sections defined by rating and age, so both young beginners and strong, seasoned players will find appropriate competition. All sections NWSRS rated; top sections NWSRS/USCF dual-rated.

Register online and check out who’s registered so far.

Pleasant Hill: The View From Coquille

by Nancy Keller

This weekend, Coquille Varsity Chess Team went to tackle the 3A school, Pleasant Hill, that took the 3A state varsity championship away from them last year. Coquille attended the Al Leong memorial Chess Tournament at Pleasant Hill’s home turf. Before 2011, Coquille had been the 3A state varsity champion for many years but Pleasant Hill became a force to reckon with and won it for 2011. Both schools are anticipating fighting it out at the 2012 Oregon High School Chess Team State Championships later this month so this gave them a chance to practice and size each other out.

Coquille’s Varsity team did not manage to bring down Pleasant Hill, but Coach Keller hopes that it was based on their team not being up to full strength. Coquille was missing two members of their team but had some fairly strong alternates. Willamette High School, Eugene, won the event, beating Pleasant Hill by 1 point and beating Coquille by 2.5 points. Coquille Varsity Team took third place.

However, Coquille did well in individual and the other team divisions.

The Coquille Junior Varsity Team continues to look exceptionally strong. Two of the Coquille Junior Varsity players elected to “play up” out of the K-8 division and into the high school section for harder competition. Aaron Grabinsky was undefeated but drew in the final game to tie for second place in the K-12 division. Josiah Perkins after a single loss tied for fourth place in the K-12 division and he was the youngest competitor as a sixth grader.

Coquille Junior Varsity Chess Team did well in the K-8 division despite missing their top two boards playing up a section and yet snared first place. Hailey Riley was in a three way tie for first place and ended up in second place after blitz (5 minutes per player speed chess) playoffs. Kaden Johnson and Mason Collard were awarded Honorable Mention plaques for their performance.

Coquille Elementary Team won first place in the K-5 division. Joshua Grabinsky, despite being only in third grade, snared third place. Marino Santoro from Bandon won second place. Vincent Thrash and Johnathan Huffman helped Joshua Grabinsky with the great team result.

In the novice section, Tianna Huffman was awarded an Honorable Mention.

Between rounds, Pleasant Hill provided some wonderful side events of “Lucky Chess” and “Bughouse” that kept the kids entertained.

Portland Area League: 2nd Half, Rounds 3, 4

by Ed Addis.
Round 3 of the Portland Area League was played on January 18th. The A Division league-leading LaSalle Falcons were matched against the Wildcats of Westview High. Westview’s first board Eddie Wang prevailed over Dmitri Murphy but that wasn’t enough as LaSalle’s remaining boards manned by Charlie Summers, Alex Peterson, Tucker Price, and Alex Schoen won their boards for a convincing 4 to 1 victory. The youngsters from Sylvan Middle School headed by Clemen and Leo Deng won on the top two boards but the bottom three boards held by Hai Dao, Kevin Phuong, and Alex Whitehead saved the day for Clackamas giving them a 3 to 2 win. The Lakers of Lake Oswego eked out a narrow 3 to 2 victory over the Jesuit Crusaders when top board Joel Porter survived in a time scramble. Access Academy brought all their players to meet Wilson High School and broke even on the first four boards, but took the match by a score of 3 to 2 because Wilson had to forfeit the fifth board.

The B Division leader Cleveland Warriors had a much tougher match than expected against Clackamas #2 losing on board two, behind on board one for most of the game, but when the dust settled the Warriors took the match by a solid 4 to 1 margin. The Bowman completely dominated the Lake Oswego #2 taking every board and winning by a score of 5 to 0. The Lincoln Cardinals bested Access Academy #2 also by a score of 4 to 1. Wilsonville could only muster three players for their match against LaSalle #2, but that was enough as they took the match by a score of 3 to 2.

In the C Division Sylvan #2 ran over the high school students on LaSalle #3 by a score of 5 to 0. Cleveland #2 only brought two players to their match against Access Academy #3, but that was enough as their opponents were a no show resulting in a 2 to 0 match win. Sherwood #2 got a 2 to 1 win over Jesuit #2 with both teams forfeiting the bottom two boards and Jesuit the third board also.

Round 4 of the Round Robins was played on January 25th was marred by many forfeits due possibly in part to the classroom finals at some of the High Schools . LaSalle College Prep along with Clackamas, Westview, and Wilson decided to delay the playing of their matches due to the finals weeks at their schools. The middle school kids of Sylvan took 2 and 1/2 points on the top three boards, but the older players of Lake Oswego held on to the bottom boards to get a drawn match. Jesuit routed the Access Academy boys by a score of 4 to 1 losing only on the 4th board to Kian Patel.

In the B Division Cleveland surrender three draws to Lincoln but with wins on board 2 by Ben Halverson and board 4 by Adrain Hinkle took the match by a score of 3 1/2 to 1 1/2. Sherwood lost the top two boards against Wilsonville but won the match by a score of 3 to 2 when Wilsonville forfeited on board #5. Lake Oswego #2 won on board 1, but lost to Access Academy #2 by a score of 4 to 1 when they forfeited the bottom four boards.

In the C Division Jesuit #2 won the the top two boards against Wilson #2, but forfeited the bottom two losing the match by a score of 3 to 2. Sherwood #2 won 2 out of 3 on the top boards to win the match by a score of 2 to 1 over Access Academy #3 as both teams forfeited on boards 4 and 5. Sylvan #2 beat Cleveland #2 by a score of 4 to 1 with Cleveland forfeiting the bottom 3 boards.

Round 5 of the Round Robins was played on February 1st. Division A leader LaSalle Falcons faced off against the always tough Lakers of Lake Oswego. The Lakers prevailed with Pranav Sharan, Daniel Seitz, and Patrick Butenhoff winning on the middle boards for a 3 to 2 victory. The Cavaliers of Clackamas prevailed over the Trojans of Wilson by a score of 4 to 1. Sylvan took down Jesuit by a score of 3 to 2. Access Academy played Westview even on the first four boards but won the match by a score of 3 to 2 since Westview forfeited their last board.

Division B leader Cleveland only gave up a draw on board 3 to rout the youngsters of Access Academy #2. Sherwood blew away Clackamas #2 by a score of 3 to 0 as both team only arrived with three players each. Lincoln won the first four boards to down LaSalle #2 by a score of 4 to 1. Wilsonville called minutes before their match with Lake Oswego #2 that they were not going to make it giving the Lakers a 5 to 0 win.

In Divison C co-leaders Sherwood #2 and Sylvan #2 met with short handed Sherwood winning by a score of 3 to 2, losing the first board and forfeiting the fifth board. Wilson #2 gave up only a draw to win their match against the two player short Access Acadmey #3. Cleveland #2 was a no show giving LaSalle #3 an easy 5 to 0 match win.

On February 3rd Clackamas took their two teams to the LaSalle College Preparatory to play their matches originally scheduled for January 25th. Dennis Peterson, the Falcons chess coach had 22 chess boards and clocks set up and ready to go in the Library with another 3 sets outside in the hall for after game analysis. The Cavaliers brought 13 players including their top five players. Alexandra Botez (Oregons’s highest rated Scholastic player) was on board #1 for Clackamas but could only manage to draw against the very tough Dmitri Murphy. Clackamas’ third board Gavin Megson also could only find a draw against LaSalle’s Alex Peterson. Hai Dao, Kevin Rhine, and Kevin Phuong won their games for Clackamas giving them a 4 to 1 match win. LaSalle #2 won on board #1 and drew on board #2, but Clackamas #2 prevailed on the bottom three boards for a 3 1/2 to 1 1/2 match victory.

With only 2 matches left Team Standings are:

Division A

Lake Oswego
Access Academy

NOTE: Westview and Wilson have a make-up match scheduled.

Division B

Cleveland 5
Sherwood 4.5
Lincoln 4
Clackamas #2 2
LaSalle #2 1.5
Access Academy #2
Lake Oswego #2
Wilsonville 1

Division C

Sherwood #2
Sylvan #2
Wilson #2
LaSalle #3
Cleveland #2
Jesuit #2
Access Academy #3


The league awards the top individual performance for each board at the end of the season. Current leaders:

Board #1: Clemen Deng of Sylvan with 9.5; Bryce Eng of Jesuit with 9, and Phillip Weiss of Lincoln with 8.5.

Board #2: Leo Deng of Sylvan with 9; Ben Halverson of Cleveland with 8.5; and Charlie Summers of LaSalle with 8,

Board #3: Varun Sah of Jesuit with 9, Cameron Fish of Cleveland with 8, and Kyle Larkin of Sherwood with 7.5.

Board #4: Kian Patel of Access Academy with 9.5, Vu Lamson of Westview with 8, and Jarod LoBasso of Sherwood with 8.

Board #5: Curtis Bush of Sherwood with 7.5, and Johannes Frieschuetz of Sylvan with 6, and Bryan Lucero of Clackamas with 6.

League matches begin at 4 PM on each Wednesday until February 15th. We have an open section that can be entered by anyone in grades 6 to 12 and the cost is free. You must enter by 4 PM with the games starting shortly after that. All of the games are played using USCF rules with a time control of game in an hour with a 5 second delay. It is also still possible to join with an existing team by contacting Ed Addis at

A New NWSRS Rating Policy

Oregon NWSRS is moving to a regular rating schedule. Results submitted by Wednesday morning will be rated and posted Wednesday evening. This will help players, coaches, and parents know when they should be able to see rated results online.

Oregon Top 25 Scholastic Players

The latest list of top Oregon scholastic players is now published. Notable changes: Alexandra Botez (Clackamas) still sits atop the list, but Calvin Parnon (Corvallis) and David Wen (Corvallis) both had recent breakthroughs and are on the verge of topping 1900 and making a run at Alexandra. Aaron Grabinsky (Coquille) continues his meteoric rise to crack 1700 and land in the top ten. After not playing in a tournament for quite awhile, Yogi Saputra (Albany) has emerged with a vengeance, joining the 1600 club and eager to challenge the top players.

7th Annual OSCF State Championships, April 27-28

It’s February…time to start thinking about the OSCF State Chess Championships. This year the Championships will again be held in the beautiful resort town of Seaside, Oregon–our fifth straight year at this site. We are expecting a record 300 players this year for the main tournament on Saturday, April 28.

The OSCF State Championship is the premier scholastic chess tournament in the state, a two-day chess extravaganza. Before the main event on Saturday, the 300 or so participants get a chance to unwind with the chaotic but fun blitz and bughouse tournaments late Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning players are divided into fifteen different playing sections defined by age and skill level to compete for large, heavy trophy cups filled with delicious, fresh salt-water taffy made right in Seaside. [NOTE: The most advanced players in high school and middle school get long time-controls and begin play late Friday morning. All others play all their games on Saturday.]

Special Notice For Strong HS And MS Players
This year the U.S. Open Chess tournament will be held in Vancouver, WA, August 4-12. The Denker Tournament of High School Champions and the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions will be held at the same site, August 4-7. Each state nominates only one HS player and one K-8 player to represent them in the Denker and Barber, respectively. Oregon’s representatives will be the winners of the HS Elite and MS Elite sections at Seaside. In addition to the honor of representing their state in a prestigious national event, Denker and Barber participants compete for generous prizes and scholarships and get 50% off their entry fee for the U.S. Open.

Qualifying for State

Eligible players:

  1. are Oregonians in grades K-12
  2. have played in at least two OSCF Championship
    Qualifier tournaments in the previous year, and
  3. have an established NWSRS or USCF rating.

For more information, visit the following links:

Kathryn Rose Taylor Order of the Knight
OSCF Qualifier Tournaments
2012 Details
2012 Rules
Seaside Hotels

OSCF Board

Elections for OSCF Board will be held this year at the OSCF State Championships in Seaside. With five vacancies pending, this is a great opportunity for interested parents and coaches to take a leadership role in the most active and influential chess organization for K-12 players in Oregon.

Responsibilities: The primary responsibilities of the board are to take the lead in organizing the OSCF State Championship and All-Stars, maintain the website, set policy, and help train and encourage new TDs. Other possibilities for improvement going forward include fund-raising, publicity, and visioning.

Qualifications: If you are a chess parent, coach, school teacher, retiree, or volunteer organizer who is even toying with the idea of running, you are qualified! No need to have special chess knowledge, just an interest in creating opportunities for kids and willingness to help.

If you are interested in running for the board, please contact us.