Monthly Archives: June 2015

Silver Knights Chess Club Quads – An OSCF State Qualifier


Sunday, June 21st and June 28th, 2015 – Silver Knights Chess Club Quads
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, June 21, 2014 | 2:15pm – 5:30pm – will start on time and finish on time.
Fee: $17 – Preregistration close Sunday (day of the tournament) at 09:00 AM – 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

Newport June Open: June 13-14

Yaquina_Bay_Bridge_Newport_OregonUpdated June 6:  Registration is still open, but advance registration is vastly preferred, so contact organizers (see below) soon.  Registration numbers are still a little low, so why not go and aim for a prize??

What better way to start your summer than with a peaceful weekend of chess at the Oregon Coast?  For the last 25 years, the Central Coast Chess Club of Newport has been running the Newport June Open, and it takes place again this year on June 13-14.  This event features four rating sections, as well as graded entry fees depending on which section you want to play in, and excellent cash prizes.  The organizers are limiting the entry to 46 players, so there will be plenty of room to stretch your legs, and the event plays two rounds a day with leisurely G/90,+30 time controls, so it’s a great way to ease into summer.  The “booster” section (ratings of <1400 USCF) has a $100 first place prize, and they go up from there, so register now to reserve your chance to play.  This event is a 2016 OSCF State Championship qualifier.

For more information about the event, as well as the entry form, click here.  After the break, you’ll also find a “Top 20 reasons to enter the Newport June Open.”  Contact for more information.

OSCF Organization Changes

gavelThe OSCF Board met on Saturday, May 30, and we’re pleased to announce that the Board has elected the following officers for 2015-16:

President:  Rebecca Holt

Vice-President: Kathryn Schuff

Treasurer: Steve Cousineau

In addition, Kathy Stevens will serve as treasurer-in-training.  These officer elections will be final in two weeks unless objections are registered through the contact form by any volunteer parent or coach who organized an OSCF Qualifying Tournament between June 2, 2014 and the present.  Congratulations, and thank you, to our new officers (and thanks to our old officers and board members as well)!  As always, you can reach the board by emailing them through our contact form.  One other note: Jeff Dobbins, former president, will be stepping into the role, long ably served by OSCF Founder Amy Coughlin, of Oregon NWSRS ratings coordinator.

In addition, the Board is posting revisions to the bylaws, which are intended to give the Board more flexibility in setting officers, meetings, and making adjustments to bylaws (our original version of these bylaws required all changes to be approved at the only-lightly-attended annual meetings we hold at the State Championship). These changes are consistent with changes approved at the annual membership meetings over the last two years, and will go into effect in two weeks unless objections are registered through the contact form by any volunteer parent or coach who organized an OSCF Qualifying Tournament between June 2, 2014 and the present.

Thanks for all your support, and feel free to contact us if you have thoughts or questions.

Spring All-Stars

rspuppis_bryne_960The Spring All Stars list was compiled — but the link was hidden.  Sorry!  Find the Spring 2015 All-Stars listed here; this is the list of the top 10 rated players, per grade, who were active between January 1 and April 30, 2015.  Do let us know if you think that you see something incorrect in the list, and we’ll check and add you if necessary.

All-Stars lists are published each trimester of the year. Any player on one or more of the winter, spring or summer lists — or on the 2015 Lifetime Achievement list (to be published next fall), or any member of the Order of the Knight who played a NWSRS rated game between 9/1/14 and 8/31/15 — is eligible to participate in the 2015 8th Annual Oregon All-Stars Invitational, which we plan to hold in Salem in on the second Friday in October of 2015 (details to come in September). Congratulations to everyone on the list!