Andrei Botez

“How the US team won gold at the 2016 Chess Olympiad”-a talk by team captain John Donaldson

International Master of chess

International Master of chess

On Thursday, February 23 from 7:30-9:30pm at the Portland Chess Club, IM John Donaldson, captain of the 2016 US Olympiad team, will provide an inside look at how the US team won the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku by giving a talk and going over several games that were important to the US team’s victory. The event is free and open to everyone!

John has served as captain of the US Olympiad team twelve times since 1986. He is the author of over thirty chess books and has been director of San Francisco’s Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club since the 90’s.

 

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Silver Knights Chess Club Quads in Portland on Jan. 29

Prizes: First place trophy, second & third place medal, fourth place small chess gift – for each TROPHYSilverKnights-225x300section.

Format: Players will be divided in 4 player sections (quads) by NWSRS/USCF rating. Any section where ALL players have current USCF membership will be dual rated (USCF and NWSRS)

Schedule: Check-In: 14:20-14:25; play will start at 14:30. Each quad will operate on its own schedule; games will be started as soon as possible. Quads involving younger players are expected to finish well in advance of those involving older, more experienced players. Awards for each section will be made as soon as that section is completed.SilverKtr

Notation: Players are encouraged to notate.

Time Control: G25/5 for time delay clocks; G/30 for analog and non-delay digital clocks. Please bring your clock, if you have one.

Tiebreakers: Ties will be broken in this order: direct encounter, lower starting rating, highest number of games played with black pieces, younger age, coin flip.

Entry fee: $20.00 per player/Two or more siblings $17 per player.

Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12. The tournament is limited to the first 12 players (3 quads) who preregister.

Registration: Pre-registration ONLY. See details at Silver Knights Chess Club website: http://silverknightschessclub.blogspot.com/

Contact:  Andrei Botez
Email: silver.knights.chess.club@gmail.com
Phone: (503) 995-2888

2016 Oregon Junior Chess Closed Championship

Congratulation to Joshua Grabinsky – 8th grade student from Coquille – our new Oregon Junior Champion!

He won the invitational, 6 players, round robin tournament, undefeated, with 3 victories and 2 draws. For the next 4 years he will be for sure one of the joshcandidates for this title. Also, as current Oregon Junior Champion, he will be invited to play in the Oregon Closed aka Oregon Championship!

I would also like to mention the other five top Oregon juniors chess players who where invited to play in this year junior championship tournament:

  • Seth Talyansky – grade 10 from Catlin Gable HS
  • Owen McCoy – grade 8 from Eugene
  • Josiah Perkins – grade 11 from Coquille HS (first time participant)
  • Gavin Zhang – grade 8 from Access Academy MS
  • Kian Patel – grade 12 from Lincoln HS (first time participant)

Next year’s invitational will take place in October/November so keep playing and you might get an invitation!

Andrei Botez
Oregon Chess Federation Scholastic Coordinator

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

Sunday, February 21st, 2016 – Silver Knights Chess Club Quads
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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 http://silverknightschessclub.blogspot.com/
Contact: Andrei Botez, silver.knights.chess.club@gmail.com, (503) 995-2888

Sunday 17 January – SKCC Quads (maximum 3 hours tournament) – An OSCF State Qualifier

SilverKtrSunday, January 17th and 31st, 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, January 17th and 31st, 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 http://silverknightschessclub.blogspot.com/
Contact: Andrei Botez, silver.knights.chess.club@gmail.com, (503) 995-2888

Silver Knights Chess Club Quads – An OSCF State Qualifier

Silver Knights Chess Club Quads

Sunday, October 4th and October 25th, 2015 – 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, October 4th and 25th, 2015 | 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.”
Registration: Pre-registration ONLY. See details at Silver Knights Chess Club websitehttp://silverknightschessclub.blogspot.com/
Contact: Andrei Botez, silver.knights.chess.club@gmail.com, (503) 995-2888

Oregon Junior Open (Portland) on Dec. 5

Join us at the Oregon Junior Open held at Portland Community College on Saturday, December 5. This tournament is an OSCF Championship qualifier and is NWSRS rated. Cash, trophies, and medals, for top places and additional prizes for top female player and youngest players in advanced and novice sections.
NEW: players and parents will have the chance to play blitz against Stanford University first female chess club president and participant to the last 2 chess Olympiads: Women FIDE Master Alexandra Botez!
For more details, click the link below!

Silver Knights Chess Club Quads – An OSCF State Qualifier

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Sunday, June 21st and June 28th, 2015 – 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, June 21, 2014 | 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.”
Registration: Pre-registration ONLY. See details at Silver Knights Chess Club websitehttp://silverknightschessclub.blogspot.com/
Contact: Andrei Botez, silver.knights.chess.club@gmail.com, (503) 995-2888

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 – Silver Knights Chess Club Quads

Come and practice your chess skills before state tournament.
If are enough kids interested we will have a blitz tournament after the regular one ends!
This is not a qualifier.

SilverKtrPrizes: 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/USCF rating.
   Time: Sunday, April 5th 2015 | 2:15pm – 5:30pm – will start on time and finish on time.
   Fee: $17 (Registration closes on Sunday at 9:00 AM) – no late fee.
   Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12. (If numbers allow, parents can play too)
   Location: Petite Patisserie in Happy Valley.  Free parking. Parents and accompanying persons can wait while enjoying coffee and the outside-viewfinest handcraft European pastries from “Petite Patisserie.”
   Registration: Pre-registration ONLY. See details at Silver Knights Chess Club website http://silverknightschessclub.blogspot.com/
   Contact: Andrei Botez, silver.knights.chess.club@gmail.com, (503) 995-2888