Monthly Archives: February 2014

T-Shirt Designs Wanted!

Every year, our players walk away from Seaside with fantastic t-shirts produced on-site by our vendor, Northwest Designs.  Each year, the great art on the t-shirt is designed by one of our players.  We’re looking for the T-shirt design that will be featured on this year’s shirts.  If you have the selected design, you will win a free entry to the tournament ($35 value), a free T-shirt ($20-25 value), and $75!  If you’re the first runner up, you will receive a free registration, and your design will be featured on the front of the State Championship Program.  The deadline is coming quickly, though, so get your pencils, pens, and crayons sharpened, and your creative energies flowing!

The T-Shirt application form is here.

Parents or adults affiliated with tournament attendees may submit designs, but preference for designs will be given to NSWRS-rated players and their siblings (and the award remains the same)!  All entries will become property of OSCF and will not be returned.  The design must contain the phrases:
“9th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship” or (if the chess theme is obvious) “9th Annual OSCF State Championship”,
“April 11-12, 2014”, and
“Seaside, Oregon”.

There is no limit on colors for submissions, although the final t-shirt design may be limited to four colors and otherwise altered as necessary for t-shirt production.  The design should be large enough that it can be reproduced well on the program and t-shirt.  Shirts will be produced on demand, on site, and on the customer’s choice of shirt color.  All submissions must be submitted either by dropping them, along with the completed application form, with an OSCF representative at an OSCF qualifying tournament (watch for the fliers this weekend and next), or electronically as an email attachment, along with this application, to oscf@oscf.org.

Deadline: Noon on March 10, 2014.

March 2nd, 2014 – Silver Knights Chess Club Quads – An OSCF State Qualifier

 Prizes: First place trophy, second & third place medal, fourth place small chess gift – for each section.

Format: Players will be divided in 4 player sections (quads) by NWSRS rating.

Time: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 | 2:15pm – 5:30pm – will start on time and finish on time.

Fee: $17 (Registration closes on Saturday at 21:00 pm) – no late fee.

Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12.

Location: Petite Patisserie in Happy Valley.  Free parking. Parents and accompanying persons can wait while enjoying coffee and the finest handcraft European pastries from “Petite Patisserie.”

Registration: Pre-registration ONLY. See details at Silver Knights Chess Club website http://silverknightschessclub.blogspot.com/

Contact: Andrei Botez, silver.knights.chess.club@gmail.com, (503) 995-2888

2nd Annual Wildcat Classic – only 3 days left to register!

There are only 3 days left to register for the 2nd Annual Wildcat Classic, which takes place on Saturday, March 1st.  Last year we had an excellent tournament with competitive chess games, a large skittles room, and an on-time tournament ending!  This year promises to be even better with bigger trophies and plus-score awards.  Help support the expansion of scholastic chess into Clackamas County with this great qualifer for Seaside!  Click here to register online and to get more details.

USCF qualifiers now included in qualified players list

More advanced scholastic players in Oregon often play most of their games against adults at USCF-only rated events.  When those events meet the OSCF qualifier standards, even these events will help get you to Seaside.  Pulling that information requires managing a whole different database, though, and it takes a little extra work to pull it all in.

As of 1 am on Feb. 22, however, these USCF-rated-only OSCF qualifiers have been taken into account, and an additional 19 players have qualified for State, bringing the grand total to 290 qualified players.  The complete updated list of qualified players is here.  If you’re not on the list, you can still qualify.  If you are, get yourself registered early, because the early deadline is only 38 days away!

You can still qualify for Seaside!

If you’re not already on the list, there is still a month in which you can qualify for the State Championship in Seaside.  Here’s what you need to do (and once you do it, register here):

1) Play two OSCF qualifier tournaments before April 1.  There are still several events between now and then on which you can attend qualifier tournaments; for more information, see this post.

2) Have an “established” rating.  For most scholastic players, this means you will need to have played at least 15 NWSRS-rated games.  For more information about this requirement, see this post.

It’s Time – Seaside Registration Is Open!

Registration for the 2014 OSCF State Championship, to be held in Seaside on April 11-12, is now open.  Click here for more details about the event, and click here for rules.  To register, go to this page, and follow the registration instructions.

Please note that in an ongoing effort to make tournament organizing easier for our all-volunteer board, we have moved the early registration deadline ($35) up to midnight on April 1 – nearly 10 days before the tournament.  You can register through noon on April 5 for $45, and even register online through April 9 if you’re desperate ($75).  But we really hope you’ll register early.  We also have updated details on special rates being offered by several Seaside Hotels.

If you’re not yet listed on the list of eligible players, you still have plenty of time to qualify… but don’t delay!  The tournament is early this year, and spring break intervenes.  We’ll post more about qualification requirements shortly.

State Qualified Players: First List!

Based on games and tournaments played through 2-12-2014, 216 players have qualified for the 2014 9th Annual OSCF State Championship in Seaside, Oregon, to take place on Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, 2014.  These players have an established rating (>15 career NWSRS games) and have played in at least two OSCF qualifying tournaments between April 14, 2013 and the date noted above (or have otherwise met qualification requirements).  Note that this list does not yet take into account USCF-rated-only games or tournaments, but will do so by the end of the month.  For more details on qualifying, see here.

If you don’t yet see your name on the list, and played a tournament in the last week, be patient!  You’ll likely show up soon.  This list will be updated by the end of the week of Feb. 16, and we will also post a list of those who are approaching — but not yet quite qualified for — State.  We hope to see you in Seaside – registration will be live within the next day or so.

March 1st – 2014 Grizzly Classic – In Salem!

Grant Community School in Salem hosts the city’s biggest tournament of the year, the 2014 Grizzly Classic Chess Tournament, on March 1.  That link provides more details about the event, and you can register on paper (see the above link) or online here.  For those of you looking for an OSCF qualifier, or a good introduction to a full-day chess tournament, this is a great option, particularly for those in the mid-valley.

 

March 1: 2nd Annual Wildcat Classic

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Wildcat Classic, which takes place on Saturday, March 1st.  Last year we had an excellent tournament with competitive chess games, a large skittles room, and an on-time tournament ending!  This year promises to be even better with bigger trophies and plus-score awards.  Help support the expansion of scholastic chess into Clackamas County with this great qualifer for Seaside!  Click here to register online and to get more details.