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Silver Knights Chess Club Quads in Portland on Oct 20

Silver Knights Chess Club Quads in Portland on Oct 20

Format: Players will be divided in 4 player sections (quads) by NWSRS rating;

Rating system: NWSRS and US Chess if all the players in the same quad have up to date US Chess membership will be dual rated by default (just those quads).

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.

Notation: Players are encouraged to notate; players rated over 1000 are required to notate.

Time Control: G25/5 for time delay clocks. Please bring your clock, if you have one.

Prizes: First place trophy (or chess book), second place medal, third place medal, 4th place – small chess accessories for each section.

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: Open to everyone –  scholastic players  strongly encouraged!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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

Location Details
Portland Chess Club
8205 SW 24th Ave
Portland, OR 97219

2018 Oregon Junior Closed Invitational will take place in November

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@gmail.com

Andrei Botez
Oregon Chess Federation Scholastic Coordinator

2018 Oregon State Girls Championship in Portland on April 21

Oregon Chess Federation together with Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation would like to invite all the girls to the 2018 Oregon State Girls Championship on April 21 at the Portland Chess Club.
This event will determine Oregon’s nominees the most prestigious national girls scholastic events:
The SPFGI (Susan Polgar Foundation Girls Invitational) and the NGTOC (National Girls Tournament of Champions).
Time Control:

A 4 round G/55 + 5 seconds increment Swiss for Championship section.

A 4 rounds G/40 + 5 seconds delay Swiss for Reserve section

Eligibility
Championship section open to all junior girls in Oregon State, Reserve section open Oregon residents and out of state players.
Players must be under 19 as of Jun 14, 2018.
Ratings and membership requirment

Championship section: USCF membership required.  Dual rated, both USCF and NWSRS.

Reserve section: NWSRS rated (no membership required).
Equipment

Clocks and notation required – clocks and score sheets will be provided.

Round times:
Championship: 9:00am11:15pm1:30pm, and 3:45pm.
Reserve: 8:45am10:30am12:45pm2:15pm
Prizes
Championship section:
  • Equally divided bursary for the first two places who will represent Oregon State in 2018 US Chess National Girls Tournament of Champions and 2018 Susan Polgar Foundation Girls Invitational.

  • The final amount of those bursaries will result by subtracting the expenses from the total amount of the entrée fees of this tournament.

  • In case of a tie for 1st and/or 2nd a playoff round with G/15 white, G/12 black with draw odds will determine winner.

  • Plaques for 1st-5th Places (3rd to 5th place tiebreak will be used)

  • Champion will have the 1st choice to pick the tournament.

Reserve section:

  • Trophies for 1st-5th Places

  • Reserve Champion will also receive one year USCF Membership (Young adult, Youth or Scholastic – depending on the age of the player). Same tiebreaker as in the top section.

Entry fee: pre-payment $25 before April 15th, $30 after or paying at the door.

Must pre-register. Registration deadline is April 20th at 5:00 PM (no registrations accepted after the deadline).

Questions?  Email Andrei at Silver.Knights.Chess.Club@gmail.com

Silver Knights Chess Club Quads in Portland on Jan 13th (Saturday) and 28th (Sunday)

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

NEW:  Cash prizes quad: 1st place – $40 / 2nd place – chess book. Split prize in case of a tie. Quad can have a mix of cash and trophy players.  Dual rated OSCF and USCF (Regular or Quick).

Format: Players will be divided into 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, the highest number of games played with black pieces, younger age, a coin flip.

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

Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12.

Registration: Pre-registration ONLY. See details at Silver Knights Chess Club website: Silver Knights Quads Registration

Location: Portland Chess Club 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219

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

Roshen Nair won the 2017 National Chess championship for U11 section at 2017 US Junior Open

Roshen Nair won the 2017 National Chess championship for U11 section (under age 11) by competing in the 2017 US Junior Open in Minnesota. There were four sections – U8, U11, U15 & U21. After 24 hrs of grueling chess (over 3 days and 6 rounds), Roshen and two other players tied for first place with 5 points. After coming ahead in the tiebreaker, Roshen has been awarded the national chess champion title for U11.

 

Roshen’s other big achievements in the last 18 months are below :

  • Won 1st place at the 12th Annual OSCF (Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation) State Chess Championship (Elementary Platinum section) on May 6th, 2017.
  • Won 1st place at the 2017 Oregon State Chess Championship (Grade – 5 section) organized by “Chess for Success” by having a perfect score(5-0) on March 11th, 2017.
  • Won 1st place at the 2016 Oregon State Chess Championship (K-4 section) organized by “Chess for Success” by having a perfect score(5-0) in April 2016.
  • Won the 2nd place at the 11th Annual OSCF (Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation) State Chess Championship (Elementary Platinum section) in April 2016.
  • Won 1st place at the 2016 OREGON OPEN (U1600 – section)
  • Won the 2nd place at the 2017 President’s day weekend tournament (in the top section).

2017 US Junior Open results can be viewed using the following links.

http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201707238792.3-15403672

http://www.chessweekend.com/2017/2017-u-s-junior-open-individual-standings/

Oregon girls in St Louis

Last week, three of the top six rated girls in Oregon state where invited to play in the most prestigious All-Girls event in the United States: 14th Annual Susan Polgar Foundation Girl’s Invitational.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left to right: Cassandra Roshu, Andrea Botez and Olivia Cooper. (Photo credit Mary Cooper)

It is also the first All-Girls event approved and sanctioned by the USCF back in 2003 and was held at Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri).

Each state, as well as each country in the American Continent (South, Central, and North America), is allowed to nominate one representative. Each Canadian province is allowed one representative to be nominated.

Prizes: Trophies / plaques will be awarded to the winners of the Susan Polgar Foundation Girl’s Invitational Puzzle Solving, Blitz, Bughouse and the SPFGI Championship. Co-champions are recognized in the case of a tie, with each champion receiving a Champion’s Plaque or Trophy.

The Champion (or Co-Champions) of the main event will automatically be invited to defend her/their title (must meet age requirement).

Champion: Webster University scholarship* (full tuition and fees approximately $26,000 + per year x 4 years) Champion’s Cup.
2nd place: Webster University scholarship (approximately $14,000 + per year x 4 years)

3rd place: Webster University scholarship (approximately $12,000 + per year x 4 years)

Additional cash scholarships this year!

1st place = $2,500

2nd place = $1,500

3rd place = $1,000

Top under 13 = $500

Top under 10 = $500

Triple-crown champion (main event, blitz, and puzzle solving) = $1,000

Biggest upset prize (each round) = $50 x 6 = $300 gift certificate

Best dressed player = $100 gift certificate

Best written essay about the SPFGI experience = $100 gift certificate

 

Even if the Oregon girls did not win the main event – won by the 12 years old Matus Nastasjja – all of them got back with rating points (over 100) and as an added bonus Olivia won the prize for the biggest upset result in the last round.

The tournament was very strong, there where close to 20 FIDE title players and at least 5 players that represented their country in the previous chess Olympiads.

I am hoping to see even more Oregon representatives participating in the next year event.

 

Andrei Botez

Oregon Chess Federation Scholastic Coordinator

 

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

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.

Portland Chess Club:

 

The Huffington Post article

NY Times article

The Washington Times article

 

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