Monthly Archives: April 2014

Greatest Ratings Increases in 2013-14

Congratulations to players who dramatically Increased their Ratings during the 2013-14 chess season!  One player increased his rating by a whopping 725!

Wondering how you can improve your game? Play a lot of chess! The more you play, the more you’ll learn and the more fun you’ll have. Learn More About Ratings and see Your Current Rating.

Then check out Upcoming Events to sign up for OSCF Qualifier games throughout the year!

Sunday, April 27th, 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, April 27st, 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

Contact: Andrei Botez,, (503) 995-2888

OSCF Board meeting on April 27

The OSCF Board will hold a meeting on April 27, 2014 from 3pm-6pm to discuss the State Tournament held in Seaside on April 11-12, the All Star Tournament in October, By-Law changes discussed at Seaside and other business related topics.

If members of our community are interested in attending, working with the board throughout the year or interested in learning more about OSCF, you are invited to attend.  Our space is limited and therefore, we kindly request an RSVP.

OSCF Board meeting
Sunday, April 27 from 3pm – 6pm
Fire Station 16
1715 SW Skyline Blvd.
Portland, OR  97221

If you have questions, comments, or would like to attend, please email April Lutz at

Thank you from Seaside!

Just a quick thank you (more to follow) from the entire board to all of you who attended and helped with the largest OSCF State Championship ever … and (as best we can tell) one of the largest chess tournaments in the state for several years. Final numbers are being compiled and will be reported soon (along with the USCF and NWSRS rating reports), but we hope everyone had a fantastic time. Please let us know what you thought about the event; if you have specific ideas about how the event can be improved, do let the board know (see “contact us” on the top menu bar).

Our event even attracted the attention of the Oregonian’s Travel Writer, who posted a story here on Saturday.  Leave a comment or two and let everyone know how much fun you had.  Wondering how long it will be before your next taffy fix?  You can always check out the scheduled dates for our next several years’ worth of events.  Thanks again!

Bughouse at State!

If you think Blitz is crazy, take Blitz, but add in crazy hats, team-based competition, bizarre names, and the ultimate penalty if you lose:  You have to eat worms.  Add in 200+ players, and that’s Bughouse at State for you.  So find a crazy hat, get a partner, come up with a bizarre name, and prepare for a wild ride on Friday evening.

If you purchased a bughouse ticket with your registration, there should be a ticket in your name badge when you check in.  If not, purchase a ticket at registration on Friday ($15).  Either way, you must check in for bughouse by (a) getting a special separate bughouse registration form from the B-Hive, (b) attaching your and your *partner’s ticket to the form, (c) coming up with a crazy name for your team, and (d) dropping the form with attached tickets off in the Bughouse box by 6:00pm on Friday at the B-Hive near the registration desk.  Games begin as soon as possible after that (pretty close to, but no earlier than, 6:40).

*What if you don’t have a partner lined up ahead of time?  No problem.  We’ll help you find one – just let people at the B-Hive know.

Basic rules are set out below and will be available onsite; USCF Bughouse Rules govern…..

Blitz at State

Shake off those pre-tournament jitters by playing in the blitz tournament Friday afternoon. If you purchased tickets with your registration, there should be a ticket in your name badge when you check in.  If not, purchase a ticket at Chess Central on Friday ($15).  Either way, you must check in for blitz by dropping off your (pre-printed or purchased) ticket by 4:00 at the B-hive, right across from the registration desk. Games begin as soon as possible after that (pretty close to, but no earlier than, 4:40).

Blitz is almost exactly like regular chess except you have to make all your moves in just five minutes and if you catch your opponent making an illegal move, you win! Most games end when a king is captured (an emphatic way of saying, “Illegal move! I win!”) or when a player runs out of time.

Brief summary of blitz rules (USCF Blitz Rules, which you can find here, govern):

Oregon players shine at 2014 High School Nationals


Here they are:
DUANE LEE 519 -> 719
PHILIP F WEISS 1459 ->1514
JOSIAH PERKINS 1553 ->1573
KIAN PATEL 1479 ->1552
PRANAV SHARAN 1546 ->1645
CLEMEN DENG 1902 ->1930

Also Aaron is mentioned on USCF website:

“One of our most distinguished national scholastic chess players Justus Williams (2383) lost to an Expert from Oregon Aaron Grabinsky (2181); Justus is the reigning 2013 US Cadet champ, 2013 US Junior Open champ, 2013 National 10th Grade (as well as 2012 National 9th Grade) champ, but is not likely to add the overall High school title this year. ”
National High School Championships, San Diego 2014

Here is the game:

White: Grabinsky, Aaron
Black: Williams, Justus
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.f4 d5 4.Nf3 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nd7 6.g3 Ngf6 7.d3 b6 8.Bg2 Bb7 9.Qe2 Be7 10.Nfg5 Nxe4 11.Nxe4 Qc7 12.b3 O-O 13.Bb2 Rae8 14.O-O a6 15.a4 f5 16.Nd2 Bf6 17.Bxf6 gxf6 18.Nc4 Bxg2 19.Qxg2 Nb8 20.Rae1 Nc6 21.Nd2 Nb4 22.Nf3 Kh8 23.Nh4 Rg8 24.Re2 Nd5 25.Qf3 Qd6 26.Kh1 Qd7 27.Rfe1 Nc3 28.Re3 b5 29.axb5 axb5 30.h3 b4 31.Qh5 Nd5 32.Rf3 Re7 33.Kh2 Reg7 34.Ng2 Rg6 35.Nh4 R6g7 36.Ng2 Qd6 37.Ne3 Nc3 38.Nc4 Qd4 39.Qh4 Rxg3 40.Qxg3 Rxg3 41.Kxg3 Nd5 42.Ne3 Nxe3 43.Rfxe3 e5 44.Rf3 Qc3 45.Re2 exf4+ 46.Rxf4 Qa1 47.Kh2 Kg7 48.Rxf5 Qd4 49.Ref2 Qd6+ 50.Kg2 Qd4 51.R5f4 Qc3 52.Re4 f5 53.Ref4 Kg6 54.Rxf5 Qa1 55.Rxc5 Qa8+ 56.Rf3 Qe8 57.Rc4 Qe2+ 58.Rf2 Qe7 59.Rg4+ Kh6 60.d4 Qb7+ 61.Kg1 Qc6 62.Rf5 Qxc2 63.Rf3 Qd1+ 64.Kg2 Qe2+ 65.Kg3 Qe1+ 66.Kf4 Qc1+ 67.Ke4 Qc6+ 68.d5 Qc2+ 69.Kd4 Qd2+ 70.Kc5 Qc1+ 71.Kxb4 Qe1+ 72.Rc3 Qe7+ 73.Kc4 Qe2+ 74.Kc5 Qe7+ 75.Kc4 Qe2+ 76.Kc5 Qe7+ 77.d6 Qe5+ 78.Kc4 Qxd6 79.b4 Qc6+ 80.Kb3 Qd5+ 81.Ka3 Qa8+ 82.Kb2 Qa4 83.Rd4 Kg5 84.Rc5+ Kf6 85.h4 Qa8 86.Rf4+ Ke6 87.Rfc4 Qg2+ 88.Kb3 Qf3+ 89.Ka4 Qd1+ 90.Kb5 Qd7+ 91.Rc6+ Kd5 92.Ka6 1-0

Congratulation to all of them!

Growing Again!

With regular registration closed, we know that this year’s 9th Annual OSCF State Championship will, once again, be the largest event ever (and the largest tournament in the state this year). We have 368 players registered — a 30-player increase over last year’s record-breaking event. The board and many other volunteers are busy working to get the event ready to go on Friday morning, so watch this space and your mailbox for more information regarding the what, when, and where of attending. (Though the latest details and rules are here.)  In the meantime, sharpen your blitz, bughouse, and regular chess skills online and across the board, and get ready for a fantastic weekend of chess! (Did you miss out? You can still register late through Wednesday April 9!)