Monthly Archives: October 2014

FIDE Master Charles Schulien to hold 6-board simul at the KFE Benefit Tournament

Photo credit: Charles Schulien from

Photo credit: Charles Schulien from

Just wanted to drop a quick announcement about the upcoming KFE Benefit Tournament: In addition to the regular tournament, Oregon coach and FIDE Master Charles Schulien will be conducting a simultaneous exhibition in the Skittles Room in the afternoon. Six players will have the opportunity to challenge Mr. Schulien. For more info, contact Penny Harper at padgett.harper (at) gmail (dot) com.

November Tournaments Approach!

CC License; fall sports come to a close and the winter rains settle in, the number of tournaments starts to ramp up.  There are several OSCF State Qualifier tournaments coming in November, as described below.  Remember, the best place to look for information about coming events is the NWSRS Calendar, and for more information about each of these events, go to the calendar and click on that event’s entry.

Starting Nov. 5: Portland Area League.  This team-based competition for middle and high school players starts Nov. 5, and continues every Wednesday at Lincoln High School in Portland through February 2015.  Review the calendar entry and contact Ed Addis for more information.

November 9, 23: Silver Knights Chess Club Quads.  Happy Valley (at a bakery – yum!).  $17, afternoon quads.

Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11: 2nd Annual Pacific Crest Chess Tournament.  Laurelhurst Neighborhood, NE Portland. 5 rounds, full day, $10.  Casual event in a convenient Portland location.

November 15: 20th Annual Fall Classic (Eugene).  $20-25, full day, 4-5 rounds.  The 20th installment of Jerry Ramey’s Fall Classic.

November 15: 2nd Annual KFE Benefit Tournament.  Tigard, OR (near Washington Square). Fundraiser for Bethlehem-House of Bread. $25, full day.

November 21: Bethel Friday Quads (Willamette HS, Eugene).  Quads; $5, evening event.

November 21: Friday Night Chess Odyssey Quads (Evergreen Presbyterian Church, Beaverton, OR).  Quads; $20, evening event.

And … Portland Chess Club Events, including:

Class Championships: November 1-2
G/45 quads: November 15
G/60: November 22


Sunday, October 19th, 2014 – Silver Knights Chess Club Quads – An OSCF State Qualifier

TROPHYSilverKnights-225x300   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/USCF rating.
   New: Any section where ALL players have current USCF membership will be dual rated (USCF and NWSRS).
  Time: Sunday, October 19th, 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. (If numbers allow, parents can play too)
   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


All-Stars – Thank you!

DSC_5717We had a great day in Salem yesterday, with 110 All-Stars (and 8 siblings in the Golden Pioneers section) competing in 13 sections.  Thanks so much to all of you who volunteered to help during the day!

After photos on the capitol steps, players headed into four legislative hearing rooms to engage in silent debate over the chess board.  Check out photos from the link at left, or here; ratings reports will be posted to USCF this weekend, and to the NWSRS later this week on its regular cycle.  Congratulations to all our participants, and particularly to our section winners, who include:

Super Stars A: Aaron Grabinsky and Yogi Saputra (2.5/3)
Super Stars B: Joshua Grabinsky (2.5/3)
Super Stars C: Owen McCoy and Andrea Botez (2/3)
Super Stars D: Ethan Allison (2.5/3)DSC_5888
Super Stars E: Neal Aditya and Jack Woo McClain (2.5)
Super Stars F: Rory Soiffer (3/3)
Bright Stars G: Rahul Majmudar and Ben Kurtz (3.5/4)
Bright Stars H: Kyle Liu (3.5/4)
Bright Stars J: Andrei Kleshchev, Lauren Mei Calora, and Carson Woods (3/4)
Rising Stars K: Ian Vo (5/5)
Rising Stars L: Ben Tan (5/5)
Rising Stars M: James Daggett, Riya Majmudar, and Olivia Cooper (4/5)
Rising Stars N: Deva Wheeler and Alexander Cherevatenko (4/5)
Golden Pioneers (side section): Kira Dobbins (3.5/4)

All-Stars Registration Ends 10/7

Final plans are in place, and we’re expecting well over 100 All-Stars for our 7th Annual OSCF All-Stars Invitational on October 10 at the State Capitol.  If you are on the master list of invitees, but missed the early registration deadline, it’s not too late! Online registration remains open until the final deadline at midnight on Tuesday, October 7.  So check here to see who is coming (so far), and here for the rules and details, and come see us at the Capitol on Friday.