The 8th Annual OSCF Chess Championship is not only a route to the top ranks of scholastic chess in Oregon, but for several skilled players, it will also prove to be a pathway to a national invitational event. After Seaside, the state’s official USCF Affiliate, the Oregon Chess Federation, will forward the names of three individuals as Oregon’s nominees to three important national scholastic invitational events. Those events are described in more detail below:[UPDATE: There is yet a fourth national invitational – the newly-formed National Girls’ Invitational Tournament — that will have a spot filled based on post-Seaside results …]
The OSCF Board (and many others!) are hard at work pulling together the many moving parts that have to click into place in order to bring your players the 8th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship in Seaside on April 12-13. Please remember that this year’s registration deadline is Midnight on FRIDAY April 5. If you haven’t already registered, please click here to register online as soon as you can, as it helps us to plan for the event. Here is a list of Who’s Coming.
As you’re registering, please consider volunteering to help, even if only for a little while. It makes a huge difference in letting us do all we can to make the event go smoothly for everyone.
The latest qualifier lists have been posted (this includes all events through Sunday evening, March 23), including those students who aren’t quite there yet (because they need an established rating, or one more qualifier). The window of opportunity is rapidly closing, though, as all qualification work needs to be done by April 3 (with the sole exception of the Eugene Spring Fling on 4/6; see the last paragraphs of this post). We hope to see you there!
For those of you who don’t have school on Friday, or who have otherwise flexible school schedules that day, consider attending the Happy Valley Chess K-8 Championship at Happy Valley Elementary School from 10am-4:30pm (13865 SE King Rd, Happy Valley, OR 97086). Not only is this a fun and well-run event by the tournament director, Andrei Botez, but it’s also a 2013 OSCF qualifier for those of you who are looking to fit in a last qualifying event or two.
Andrei writes that he will accept registrations on site on Friday morning between 9 and 9.30. If you need to contact him in an emergency, call 503-995-2888 (leave a a message or text).
The most recent (as of 3-21) list of the 423 players currently qualified for the 2013 OSCF State Tournament in Seaside has been posted. If you’re on the list, please register online now (it really helps us with planning and organizing).
If you’re not on that list, look at the lists of players who need only one more qualifier tournament (there are still qualifier tournaments that can be played), or the list of players who just need an established rating (you can easily get the additional rated games needed to establish a rating).
If you’re not on either list and really hoped to be able to qualify this year, don’t panic! There’s still time to qualify even with only two weeks left in the qualifying season, but time is running out! To learn how, check out this post.
Finally, if you’re not on the list you think you should be on, please contact us, and we’ll work with you to find out if we made a mistake, or if you actually need to do something else to qualify (and what that is!).
If you’re relatively new to Oregon Scholastic chess, you may have played at a couple of OSCF qualifier tournaments this year but still not have qualified for OSCF State in Seaside. That’s because you may not yet have an established rating (ratings have a way of bouncing around a lot early in a player’s career, and having an artificially high or low rating at State isn’t good for competition). The list of players currently in the “have two qualifiers, need established rating” category is here. How do you get an established rating? Look after the break to learn more….
If you only need a qualifier tournament (or two) in order to go to OSCF State, there are still several tournaments listed on the NWSRS schedule (on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) between now and the deadline (10 days before the state tournament); you want the events listed in Green. (There are both scholastic events and events at the Portland Chess Club; the latter are generally better for more experienced players, but the G/45 quads, especially, tend to draw a number of less experienced scholastic players.)
The 3rd Annual Grant Grizzly Classic was a huge success! The tournament attracted 71 players from 18 schools in grades K through 11. This was the first OSCF tournament for more than one-half of these players. They will be excited to see their first rating, which is now available on the NWSRS (http://chess.ratingsnw.com/
Congratulations to the section winners, and section reports, after the break:
Planning for the 8th Annual OSCF State Tournament in Seaside (April 12-13) is in full swing! While there is still plenty of time to qualify, start by checking to see if you are already qualified (or if you’re at least close). Discount rates at local hotels can be found listed on this page. Online Registration is available here.
Don’t forget about the T-shirt contest!! Entries are due by noon March 15; winners get $100 plus everlasting fame on the year’s t-shirts, while runners-up get free registration and their design on the program cover.
Remember, it’s an inservice day for Portland Public School students and many others around the state, so plan to come early and enjoy the raucous rounds of Blitz (check in by 4pm) and Bughouse (check in by 6pm) that take place on Friday evening. ($10 per person in advance, $15 at the door.)
Redland Elementary School in Oregon City is hosting the Wildcat Classic on Saturday, March 9. This four-section event is an OSCF qualifier –the only one this Saturday available to K-5th grade players (and anyone else who isn’t attending the OHSCTA State tournament). Early registration closes this evening (Tuesday), but you can still register late through Thursday night. Register online for the Wildcat Classic here.
Over 200 players — more than 40 teams from throughout the state — have already registered for the OHSCTA State Championship, which takes place next weekend, March 8-9, at LaSalle College Prep high school in Milwaukie, OR. For the first year, this event is open to Junior High School teams; the tournament provides an opportunity to compete against the best 6-8th grade teams in the state. Even if you’re not affiliated with a particular school, 6-12th grade players can register for the open sections — both an open individual tournament, and an open team event. Registration closes on Wednesday, March 6 (and there’s no on-site registration) — go here to register!