Monthly Archives: April 2013

Syttende Mai Invitational

The Syttende Mai Invitational chess tournament for top Oregon juniors will be held on May 18. Players will celebrate Syttende Mai with loads of fun, great chess, and lefse. Participation is by invitation only. If you are rated above 1700 and are interested, please contact Dan Dalthorp at

Top 25 Oregon Scholastic Players

With the close of the 8th Annual OSCF State Championship, it’s time for something of an annual tradition: Publication of the State’s Top 25 scholastic players.  The latest list ranks the top 25 scholastic players in the state (i.e., those enrolled in grades K-12) who were active (i.e., played at least one rated game) over the course of the last year.  The updated list can be found here (thanks to Dan Dalthorp).  Congratulations to all of these hardworking players!

State Rating Reports Posted

Thanks to the hard work of chief Pairings TD, Roza Kotlyar, along with the assistance of our long-time Oregon Ratings Coordinator, Amy Coughlin, the rating reports for the 2013 OSCF Championship have now been posted on both the NWSRS and (for the 6 dual-rated sections) the USCF website.  Thanks to both of them, and to all of you, for helping to make our 2013 Championship a success.

The 9th Annual OSCF State Championship is scheduled for April 11-12, 2014.  Mark your calendars!!

Thank you!

As chess players and their families return to their regular weekly routine, the entire OSCF Board (including four new members) would like to thank everyone for making our 8th Annual OSCF State tournament the biggest, buggiest, and blitz-iest ever!  A total of 328 players competed during Saturday’s main event, more than 50 more than the year before.  There were 129 blitz players on Friday night, and a cocoon-busting 202 Bughouse players who took shelter in the packed Necanicum room from the blowing rainstorm outside.

Thanks to our volunteer photographers Herma Ornes (returning for yet another year of great photos), Travis Albers (who stepped up quickly at our request for assistance), and Rob Schuff (who has also helped manage uploading photos to the web), a collection of 600+ photos from this year’s event have already been uploaded to the OSCF Picasa albums.  You can access the photos from the home page; look for the “Photos” link on the left under Tournaments.

Final results will be rated and posted later this week.  Keep an eye out for an announcement about that, as well as a more detailed thanks to the many volunteers who helped make the event possible!

Seaside Details & Rules

Registration has closed for the 8th Annual OSCF State Tournament in Seaside.  Thank you for registering!  We will be sending an email later in the week with last-minute information about the event, but in the meantime, almost all of your questions can be answered by looking at the latest version of tournament details, tournament rules, blitz rules, and bughouse rules.  Also, an updated list of Who’s Coming has been posted.

Note that the Who’s Coming page lists the 14 High School Elite and 23 Middle School Elite players who are the only players that begin play on Friday morning; please check in by 10:30 or so! If you’re playing Blitz on Friday, come no later than 3:45 so you can check in by 4:00. If you’re playing Bughouse on Friday, come no later than 5:45 to check in by 6:00. And for everyone else, check in by 9:00am on Saturday morning.

Friends and Family @ Seaside

Perhaps you have been watching your scholastic player compete for a year or two and want to try your own hand at the game.  Perhaps there’s a sibling who didn’t qualify this year, but still wants to play some chess in Seaside.  Perhaps you’re an experienced player and want to get in the mix while your players are competing.  In all cases, look no further than the Friends and Family Tournament at the OSCF State Tournament.  You will play 4 games of G/30 chess in one or more sections, depending on the number who register.

The Friends & Family Tournament will take place on Saturday, at the same time as the rest of the tournament.  Registration is $15; you can pay at the Convention Center up through 10:15am on Saturday.  If you’ve prepaid, look for your name on the registration sheet at the main desk at the convention center (under the stairs), and initial so we know you’re playing.  You will play 4 games of G/30 chess (Swiss or Round robin, depending on the number of players) at the same time as Rounds 2-5 of the G/30 “Green Room” scholastic sections, with prizes awarded at the beginning of the first awards ceremony around 5pm.  There are moderate cash prizes for experienced players, and trophies for “reserve” players — generally less experienced students.  Put those chess skills to good use!

Almost-Final Qualifier Lists Posted; Seaside Deadline on Friday

The almost-final qualifier lists have been posted for the 8th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship in Seaside on April 12-13 (updated details here).  Please remember that this year’s registration deadline is Midnight on FRIDAY April 5.  If you haven’t already registered, there’s no more time for delay; click here to register online.  Here is a list of Who’s Coming.

If you haven’t quite made it onto the list, there’s just one very last chance to join us to compete for a taffy-filled trophy.  If you need only one more qualifying tournament, or just a few rated games for an established rating (or both), you can sign up for the Eugene Spring Fling on April 6, BUT you MUST register for Seaside by the Friday April 5 deadline the night before – just note in the comments that you will qualify at the Spring Fling.

Seaside is fantastic fun; we really hope to see you all there!