Monthly Archives: February 2016

Leaping to Seaside!

0425150713Registration for the 11th Annual OSCF State Championship in Seaside on April 29-30, 2016, is now open!  Check to see if you have qualified already by checking here to see the most recent list of qualified players (updated on 2-28-16).  Then register by clicking here!  Then practice your chess by joining us at one of the coming tournaments, and get into the mood by designing our t-shirt front for 2016!

Not qualified yet?  There’s still time.  To qualify, you need an established rating (at least 15 career games) and to have played in at least two qualifier trophiestournaments since the last state championship.  For more detailed explanations, see this post on how to get to play at Seaside, or the specific qualification rules posted here.  (See green tournaments on the NWSRS calendar.)  Players needing only one more qualifying tournament are listed here; players needing only an established rating are listed here.  Go play some chess and then come join us!

Hops Chess Fiesta on March 5 in Independence

HopsJoin the Independence Public Library Chess Club’s First Annual Hops Chess Fiesta Chess Tournament.

This tournament is a qualifier for the OSCF State Championship.
FREE catered Mexican food lunch for all players and families, donated by San Antonio Restaurant.

100% Pre-Registered Event. No on-site registrations accepted.  REGISTER ONLINE HERE.
Entry deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Thursday, 3/3/16. No extensions will be given.

*Note* Location Change:
Ash Creek Elementary
1360 16th St.
Monmouth, Oregon 97361
(1 hour, 20 minute drive from Portland metro area)
Contact: Nancy Albritton


Presidents’ Weekend Lame Duck Follow-up

franklin_rooseveltThanks to all 208 players, along with their parents and coaches, who attended the 2016 Presidents’ Weekend Tournament at Robert Gray Middle School in Portland!  Top prize in the top Roosevelt section was shared by Gavin Zhang and Owen McCoy.  Congratulations to them and all the winners at the event.  A special thanks to all the parents and players who volunteered their time and assistance during the event.

A list of the team awards follows after the break; we will also add the sportsmanship nominations to this list as soon as we are able.

Sunday February 21st – SKCC Quads (maximum 3 hours tournament) – An OSCF State Qualifier

Sunday, February 21st, 2016 – 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, February 7th and 21st, 2016 | 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.”
Pre-registration ONLY.

See details at Silver Knights Chess Club website
Contact: Andrei Botez,, (503) 995-2888

Presidents’ Weekend Sections

Recruitment PosterAre you ready to play some Presidential Chess?  The 209 players who have registered for the Presidents’ Weekend Tournament have been placed into sections.  You can find the section assignments here — make sure you know when you need to arrive (by 8:20 for the top sections, by 9am for the U900 and U600 sections) based on your players’ section assignments!  See you on Saturday!

Presidents’ Weekend Registration closes Thursday (2/11)

Mount RushmoreThe Fourth Annual Presidents’ Day Weekend Chess Tournament is coming on February 13th!  We’ve got 150+ players registered (who’s coming?), and are expecting over 200 to join us.  Please join the Wilson, Gray, and Rieke teams in SW Portland by registering online here — late registration is available through Thursday Feb. 11th.  Why come?

  • Generous awards for teams and individual players:
    • Nine team awards – to top three teams in three different ratings groups.
    • Cash awards in two sections (1100-1299 and 1300+ sections)
    • Trophies to the top FIVE places in each section
    • Award medals to players with a plus score
    • We work hard to keep section sizes small so everyone has a chance to compete and win, and everyone will go home with a commemorative gift!
    • Fantastic sportsmanship trophies recognize outstanding and remarkable sportsmanship shown during the event.


To learn more about why we think you should join us at this fun event, click through on the link below…

All-Starry Winter Wonderland of Chess!

Starry ChessThere’s lots of activity this month in Oregon Scholastic Chess!  First, the Winter 2016 All-Stars List has been posted.  Congratulations to all these players, who were the top 10 (based on established ratings) active players in their grades between 9/1/2015 and 12/31/2015.  They’re invited to the Oregon All Stars Invitational to take place next October.

Second, there are many tournaments planned for this month and the next two months.  Check the NWSRS Calendar (especially the events listed in green) for the full range of options.  In addition to the regular quads being held by Chess Odyssey (generally every other Friday evening in Beaverton), the Silver Knights Chess Club (generally every other Sunday in Happy Valley), and at Willamette HS in Eugene (one Sunday a month), the following full day events are planned for the next couple of months.  Register or learn more at the links below, and you can find information about many of these events in further posts down below on this web site.  Essentially every one of these events is a qualifier for the always-fantastic 2016 OSCF State Championship in Seaside, Oregon, which will take place on April 29-30, 2016.  More on that event in February, but if you’re looking to qualify, the basic qualification requirements are set out here.

Full Day scholastic tournaments scheduled for February – March 2016

February 13: President’s Weekend Tournament in Portland

March 5; Hops Chess Fiesta Tournament in Independence

March 12: OES Aardvark Tournament in Portland

March 12: March Madness! Tournament in Eugene

Note also that the Portland Chess Club holds several tournaments — the G/45 events each month are good for kids and adults, while the G/60 at the end of each month are full day events that are best for advanced players.  There are also several significant two-day tournaments that PCC and the Oregon Chess Federation are holding during the coming months; all the above mentioned events are OSCF Qualifiers.  Finally, Chess for Success will be holding their regional qualifiers throughout January and February as a leadup to their State Championship in early April.  The CFS tourneys are not rated, and not OSCF qualifying events, but they’re still fun chess!