Dan Dalthorp

Syttende Mai Results

Syttende Mai is the Norwegian version of 4th of July or Cinco de Mayo, and, with one of the strongest tournaments in history wrapping up in Stavanger, Norway and with one of the strongest players in history being Norwegian, what better excuse could there be for Oregon’s top scholastic players to meet?
Most of the very top high school players in the state converged on Zion Lutheran Church in Corvallis to play the Syttende Mai Invitational last Saturday (May 18). Going by the most recent All-Stars list, it was the top two juniors, top three sophomores, and top two freshmen who played (with a couple of chess dads filling in as needed).

They played three rounds of G/90 + d5. After the battles were finished and the dust had settled, Matt Dalthorp (#1 Junior), Aaron Grabinsky (#1 Freshman), and Yogi Saputra (#1 Sophomore) were knotted in a three-way tie for first with 2/3. A half point back were Andy Trattner and Erik Skalnes (1.5), followed by Clemen Deng and David Wen (both at 1.0).

In the sub-battle of Corvallis vs. the rest, Corvallis came out on top with 5/9 in a close match. Stay tuned for a more detailed summary (with games and annotations) in next month’s issue of Northwest Chess.

# Name Rtng Grd Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd3 Total
1 Matt Dalthorp 1794 11 W2 D5 D4 2
1 Aaron Grabinsky 1980 9 L1 W7 W5 2
1 Yogi Saputra 2014 10 W4 W6 -U- 2
4 Andy Trattner 1734 11 L3 W8 D1 1.5
4 Erik Skalnes 1904 10 W7 D1 L2 1.5
6 Clemen Deng 1733 9 W9 L3 L7 1
6 David Wen 1903 10 L5 L2 W6 1
8 Sugiamto Saputra unr. NA -U- L4 -U- 0
8 Dan Dalthorp 1665 NA L6 -U- -U- 0

Syttende Mai Invitational

The Syttende Mai Invitational chess tournament for top Oregon juniors will be held on May 18. Players will celebrate Syttende Mai with loads of fun, great chess, and lefse. Participation is by invitation only. If you are rated above 1700 and are interested, please contact Dan Dalthorp at onco111@yahoo.com.

Seaside Photos

A few hundred photos from the tournament are posted at Picasa. To view, click the “Photos” link on the left sidebar or go here.

Registering For Seaside

When you registered for Seaside, you should have received a confirmation message from the registration program. If you did not, please check the “Who’s Coming” list to be sure you have been properly registered. If your name is not there but should be, please contact us.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Deadline (with late fee) is Tuesday at midnight.

Seaside Registration Deadline

The deadline to register for the OSCF State Championships without a late fee is Sunday, April 22. Late registration is available Monday and Tuesday (4/23, 4/24) with $10 late fee. Registration closes Tuesday midnight. Register online now by clicking “Online Registration” on the left sidebar or sending email to the OSCF Registrar via the “Contact Us” menu at the top of the page at oscf.org.

Bughouse Rules For Seaside

Bughouse is a form of team chess. Two-player teams face off against each other on a pair of chessboards. One partner plays black; the other, white. Play proceeds like in standard chess, BUT with some absolutely critical differences—especially regarding the fate of captured pieces, as described below.

Blitz Rules For Seaside

For the blitz tournament, the latest USCF blitz rules are in effect, except that we’ll be using “release move” instead of “touch move.” Detailed rules can be found here and a copy will be available at the front desk at the tournament.

The rules for blitz are similar to rules for regular chess, but there are some important differences:

Bughouse at Seaside

I’m sure you’ve seen how one or two games of bughouse at a school chess club can raise the energy level in the room by a factor of ten. Now imagine 150 excited bughouse players going at it at the same time. A truly amazing event. Plenty of chaos. A superabundance of fun.

Check-in by 6:00 p.m. Friday at the B-hive. If you already have a parnter, great! Think of a clever, interesting name and turn in your registration card. If you don’t have a partner lined up ahead of time, no problem. We’ll help you find one. Entry fee: $10. Games to begin as soon as possible after that (usually 6:45-7:00).

For more info about bughouse play and full rules, visit our bughouse page at http://oscf.org/bughouse/