About All-Stars

General Information

Each year OSCF holds an Oregon All-Stars Invitational tournament to celebrate the accomplishments of the top scholastic players in the state. The day begins with a recognition ceremony to honor the All-Stars with special awards and gifts. A chess tournament with generous awards and open only to All-Stars immediately follows the awards. From 2009-2015, the All-Stars tournament was held in the state Capitol building in Salem.  We will be there again in 2016.

Each trimester of the year (September-December, January-April, May-August), an All-Stars list of the top ten active players in each grade is published on the OSCF website. To be eligible for the All-Stars, you must be an Oregon-based chess player in good standing, have an established rating (either NWSRS or USCF), and have played at least one rated game in the trimester. Any player on one or more of the winter, spring, or fall lists is eligible to participate in the All-Stars Invitational. In addition, anyone appearing on the “NWSRS Lifetime Achievement” list published in the fall is also an All-Star. The Lifetime Achievement All-Stars are the top 25 most active Oregon scholastic players in terms of total number of NWSRS-rated games. Finally, beginning with the 2014 event, any player previously inducted into the Kathryn Rose Taylor Order of the Knight who has been an active player during the last year will be eligible as well.  In the fall, these All-Stars are invited to the Oregon All-Stars Invitational.

Details of Eligibility

  • For the Winter list, the trimester is September 1 through December 31. For the Spring list, the trimester is the January 1 through April 30. For the Fall List, the trimester is May 1 through August 31. Lists are published within two weeks of the close of the trimester.
  • The player must be an Oregon-based scholastic chess player aged 5-18, who attended school (or was schooled at home) full time in Oregon during the trimester (rising kindergartners who play during the summer are included, as are seniors who graduate in the summer covered by the Fall list).  A player must have played a rated (USCF or NWSRS) game during the relevant period.
  • Player must have earned an established rating in either the NWSRS or the USCF. An NWSRS rating is considered established at 15 or more games. A USCF rating is considered established at 26 or more games. Top player honors are based on the highest established rating earned during the school year.
  • The lists are based on the top ten highest established NWSRS or established USCF ratings (as published in the monthly supplements), by grade, held during the relevant trimester, whether pre- or post- tournament.

Secrets of Making the List

All-Stars is a great honor for Oregon scholastic chess players, and the All-Stars invitational tournament is a wonderful event. So, how can you make it onto the list and join the All-Stars in the State Capitol?

  • Play a lot of chess!

    Don’t be afraid of experimenting in your games. Try new openings, new strategies, new pawn or piece sacrifices. The more things you try, the more you learn. Don’t worry about your rating. It will increase as you get stronger. And All-Stars is based on the maximum rating you attain, so if you get a high rating and then lose some ratings points, it doesn’t matter. You make the list based on your maximum.

  • Play a lot of chess!

    Sure, it’s fun to win, but it is easier to learn from losses. If you’re going through a period where you are doing more learning than winning and your rating is not going up very much yet, the All-Star list may still recognize your efforts. Making it onto the “Lifetime Achievement” list of the 25 most active scholastic players in the state earns you an invitation to the All-Stars tournament.

  • Go to events in the summer.

    The All-Stars are the top ten active players during the trimester. Since so many players take the summer off, it is much easier to be among the top ten active players on the Fall list (which draws from tournaments played May through August) than the Winter or Spring lists.

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