Monthly Archives: April 2012

Seaside Photos

A few hundred photos from the tournament are posted at Picasa. To view, click the “Photos” link on the left sidebar or go here.

Registering For Seaside

When you registered for Seaside, you should have received a confirmation message from the registration program. If you did not, please check the “Who’s Coming” list to be sure you have been properly registered. If your name is not there but should be, please contact us.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Deadline (with late fee) is Tuesday at midnight.

Seaside Registration Deadline

The deadline to register for the OSCF State Championships without a late fee is Sunday, April 22. Late registration is available Monday and Tuesday (4/23, 4/24) with $10 late fee. Registration closes Tuesday midnight. Register online now by clicking “Online Registration” on the left sidebar or sending email to the OSCF Registrar via the “Contact Us” menu at the top of the page at

Bughouse Rules For Seaside

Bughouse is a form of team chess. Two-player teams face off against each other on a pair of chessboards. One partner plays black; the other, white. Play proceeds like in standard chess, BUT with some absolutely critical differences—especially regarding the fate of captured pieces, as described below.

Blitz Rules For Seaside

For the blitz tournament, the latest USCF blitz rules are in effect, except that we’ll be using “release move” instead of “touch move.” Detailed rules can be found here and a copy will be available at the front desk at the tournament.

The rules for blitz are similar to rules for regular chess, but there are some important differences:

Bughouse at Seaside

I’m sure you’ve seen how one or two games of bughouse at a school chess club can raise the energy level in the room by a factor of ten. Now imagine 150 excited bughouse players going at it at the same time. A truly amazing event. Plenty of chaos. A superabundance of fun.

Check-in by 6:00 p.m. Friday at the B-hive. If you already have a parnter, great! Think of a clever, interesting name and turn in your registration card. If you don’t have a partner lined up ahead of time, no problem. We’ll help you find one. Entry fee: $10. Games to begin as soon as possible after that (usually 6:45-7:00).

For more info about bughouse play and full rules, visit our bughouse page at

Seaside Blitz

Shake off those pre-tournament jitters by playing in the blitz tournament Friday afternoon. Check-in by 4:00 at the B-hive. Games begin as soon as possible after that (usually 4:30 or 4:45). Blitz is almost exactly like regular chess except you have to make all your moves in just five minutes and if you catch your opponent making an illegal move, you win! Most games end when a king is captured (an emphatic way of saying, “Illegal move! I win!”) or when a player runs out of time.

Brief summary of rules:

Friends and Family Section at Seaside

The Friends and Family tournament is open to anyone of any age who is not participating in the championship but knows the rules of chess and would like to play. It will be held in the green Game in 30 room. The format will be either round robin or Swiss, depending on number of participants, and sections may be split by age or rating. There will modest cash awards for top performers and tokens of participation for all. All games will be NWSRS rated, and USCF rules of play apply.

If you would like to play, purchase tickets at the “B” Hive on Friday or the OSCF store in the Skittles room on Saturday Morning. The cost is $10.00. The only information we need is your first and last name (print legibly please) and your approximate rating. The tournament will begin at the same time as the second round of the G/30 sections in the main event.

Please report to the playing room at least 5 minutes before the start of each round, and Good luck!