High School and Middle School players in the Portland metropolitan area should check out the Portland Area League tournament, which runs from November to February with matches played at 4 PM on Wednesdays when Lincoln High School is open. The league has been operating for over 20 years in a “team chess” format, which is different than playing in a regular chess tournament, because it takes a team effort to win the match. Each match consists of five boards with your team’s best player on board #1, your second best on board #2, and so. The winner of the match is the team that scores three or more points.
Teams are typically composed of players in grades 6 to 12 from the same school or one of its feeder schools. (For example, a student in the 6th grade at West Sylvan Middle school can play on the Lincoln High School team.) A school can have more than one team, or bring reserve players to each match so they can be paired against reserves from other teams. Even if your school doesn’t have a team, you can still join and either play on an existing team (if you live in their attendance area), or you will be placed with a team depending on where you live and the needs of teams in the league.
To register or to get more information contact Ed Addis at (503) 658-7809 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oregon Junior Closed* will be held in Corvallis on the weekend of Nov 16-17. The top active Jrs** will square off in a round-robin tournament to determine the 2013 Oregon Junior Champion. The winner gets his name engraved on a “perpetual trophy” of junior champions and receives an invitation to the Oregon Championship in February (if his/her rating is at least 1900 by December 1).
With an average USCF rating of 1975, this year’s lineup appears to be the strongest ever:
1. Aaron Grabinsky 2130, Coquille (10th grade)
2. Yogi Saputra 2069, Corvallis (11th grade)
3. Max Sun 2000, Corvallis (8th grade)
4. Erik Skalnes 1894, Eugene (11th grade)
5. David Wen 1886, Corvallis (11th grade)
6. Matt Dalthorp 1872, Corvallis (12th grade)
* Sponsored by the Oregon Chess Federation (OCF).
** To be eligible for selection, players must be Oregon residents under the age of 19, must not have participated in another state’s championship tournament, and must have played at least 15 USCF rated games in the previous 12 months. Invitations were issued to eligible players in USCF rating order based on average of October published rating and the maximum post-tournament rating during the year.
The Second Annual Clackamas K-12 Open at Clackamas High School is this coming Saturday. The early registration deadline is tomorrow, Tuesday, 10/15, with late registration through Thursday. In addition to individual and team trophies, organizer Ed Addis has received over $1500 in donations from local businesses that will be handed out as “at random” door prizes during the event. So if you haven’t already registered, get more details and access online registration by clicking here.
Even if you’re not able to attend the All-Stars event in Salem (want to make All-Stars next year? Consider these tips!), there are PLENTY of opportunities coming up that will stretch out your chess brain for the coming season. Here are just a few…
October 19, 2013: 2nd Annual Clackamas K-12 Open. At Clackamas High School, in Clackamas, OR. A large, prize-heavy, and flexible event (intended to permit you to avoid conflicts with soccer games!), the second year of this tournament promises to be even bigger and better than last year! Over $1000 in prizes will be available from local businesses, as well as trophies for individual and team awards. Get more details and access online registration by clicking here.
November 11, 2013 (Monday): 1st Annual KFE Benefit Tournament. Located in Tigard, OR, near Washington Square, this event is a benefit for the food pantry at Bethlehem-House of Bread. Come to play chess, and bring along a donation of shelf-stable food for the pantry. 5 round swiss divided by grade. More details and registration by clicking here.
Many other events in October and November are listed on the NWSRS Calendar; if you’re holding a tournament and would like to have it serve as a qualifier, and would like to let people know about it here, contact us!
Oregon State Capitol
The final registration deadline for All-Stars is Tuesday evening, October 8. If you haven’t done so, you can still register here. We have 110 registered players, and look forward to a great day of chess on Friday. All of those who have registered should have received a confirming email — if you didn’t, please contact us at oscf – at – oscf.org and let us know! If you have questions, check the details and rules here first, then email with more questions.
A list of who’s coming so far can be found here.