Monthly Archives: April 2012

OSCF State Chess Championships

Oregon’s premier scholastic chess chess event of the year is coming to Seaside, Oregon, April 27-28–the OSCF Championships.

Friday Morning: HS and MS Elite Sections Begin
The event kicks off with High School and Middle School Elite Sections playing their first round (G/55 d/5) beginning Friday morning at 11:00. The second round immediately follows at 1:15 (G/85 d/5). All other players have their first round Saturday morning.

In addition to fabulous prizes and the honor of being named HS or MS “Grand Champion”, first place winners in these sections earn invitations to the Denker (HS) and Barber (MS) Tournaments of Champions, which are two of the most prestigious scholastic tournaments in the country, which will be held in Vancouver, WA this summer. The Denker and Barber have no entry fees, award funds for travel expenses, give half-off US Open entry fee, and give scholarships to top finishers.

Friday Evening: Blitz and Bughouse
The blitz (4:00) and bughouse (6:00) tournaments are rambunctious affairs and a great way to shake off pre-tournament jitters with friends. Abundant awards and tons of fun.

Saturday: The Main Event
Check-in for all sections (except MS and HS Elite) ends at 9:00, with play scheduled to begin at 9:30. Fifteen sections defined by age and rating mean that all players will find appropriate competition and reasonably even matches every round.

Saturday: Friends and Family
Parents, friends, siblings, coaches, players who didn’t qualify to play in the main event–all are welcome to play in the “Friends and Family” section that begins its first round about an hour after everyone else has begun.

Register Online

A Classic: Eugene Spring Fling

One of the longest running and successful scholastic tournaments in the state has been Jerry Ramey’s spring scholastic tournament in Eugene. This year’s version will feature several separate playing sections based on age and rating, so all K-12 players will have comfortable competition. The top section (“Elite Eight”) is likely to be one of the strongest scholastic tournaments in the state, while the novice section will be wholly appropriate for young beginners. For more info, see the announcement on the NWSRS calendar.

New: Forest Park Tournament

Forest Park Elementary School in West Hills has a strong and active chess club, and this year they are hosting a last-minute OSCF qualifier tournament on April 14. The tournament has six sections based on age and rating. Everyone should find appropriate competition. Cash prizes will be awarded in the top section. There will be team competitions in five sections, with trophies awarded to the first and second place teams. All sections are NWSRS rated and the top section will be NWSRS/USCF dual-rated.

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

WANTED!!! T-Shirt Designs

Submit the winning design for this year’s “Seaside T-Shirt” and win $100.00 plus a free OSCF State Championship Shirt. Runner-up will be used on the cover of the Championship program and a free registration to the State Championships

Please use this format to submit your design: OSCF TShirt Design Application 2012

Design must contain the phrases “7th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship”, “April 27-28, 2012″, and “Seaside, Oregon”. No limit on colors. Shirts will be produced on demand, on site, on customer’s choice of shirt color. We are flexible with file formats (but not infinitely flexible!).

All submissions must be submitted electronically as email attachments to by Friday, April 6th. Please include your full name, grade (or “adult”), and phone number.