The OSCF State Championship is the premier scholastic chess tournament in the state — a two-day extravaganza in the beautiful resort town of Seaside, Oregon.
Before the main event on Saturday, the 350 or so participants get a chance to unwind with the chaotic but fun blitz and bughouse tournaments late Friday evening. On Saturday morning players are divided into sixteen different playing sections defined by age and skill level to compete for large, heavy trophy cups filled with delicious, fresh salt-water taffy made right in Seaside. [NOTE: The most advanced players in high school and middle school get long time-controls and begin play late Friday morning. All others play all their games on Saturday.]
Qualifying for State
- are Oregonians in grades K-12
- have played in at least one OSCF Championship Qualifier tournament in the previous year, and at least 8 rated games between September 1, 2021 to March 23, 2022. Games can be rated NWSRS, USCF or USCF online.
NOTE: Under “normal” circumstances (not pandemic), we require players to have an established rating in either NWSRS (15 games) or USCF (26 games), which allows us to more fairly place players in sections. Because the world is still so wonky and many players are just now getting back to playing chess, we are waiving this requirement. Players will only need to have played 8 games rated NWSRS, USCF or USCF online.
See the list of Upcoming Qualifying Tournaments here.