The Oregon Chess Federation, Oregon’s primary U.S. Chess Federation affiliate, hosts the Oregon Junior Closed Championship each year. The top six junior players in the state are invited to participate in a 5-round round robin event at the end of the year, with the winning player invited to the Oregon Closed Championship in early 2019 (as long as they meet certain rating requirements). For more information, see the OCF bylaws here.
Historically, the six invitations to the Junior Closed are extended to (1) chess players under the age of 19 as of the date of the tournament, (2) who have played at least 15 USCF rated games over the last year (so 11/01/2017 to 10/31/2018), and (3) are based on the highest post-tournament rating during that period, averaged with the player’s October 2018 rating (as published in the USCF October).
The 2018 Oregon Junior Closed Tournament list of qualifiers will be based on ratings as of October 31, 2018. Invitations will be sent on November 1, 2018 to the top 6 scholastic players in Oregon. Games will take place in November, either in Portland or Eugene, as players’ schedules permit. If you have questions, please contact Andrei Botez at silver.knights.chess.club@
Oregon Chess Federation Scholastic Coordinator