Andrei Botez

Sunday Nov. 26: Silver Knights Chess Club Quads in Portland

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 + play for free in your next quad (valid for any of the following 5 quads organized by SKCC). 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

2017 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 2017 (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 10/01/2016 to 10/01/2017), and (3) are based on the highest post-tournament rating during that period, averaged with the player’s October 2017 rating (as published in the USCF October).

This year the tournament will be triple rated: NW Scholastic – US Chess and FIDE.

The following players qualified and also accepted the invitation:

……..Name                         USCF    FIDE

  1. Grabinsky Joshua       2124     1899
  2. McCoy Owen              2154     2060
  3. Wu Ethan                   1977      N/A
  4. Zhang Gavin              1939     1848
  5. Botez Andrea             1899     1747
  6. Moore Michael           1847     1815

Andrei Botez

Oregon Chess Federation Scholastic Coordinator

 

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

 

2017 Oregon State Girls Championship on April 22 in Portland

Registration is closing tonight (11PM) for the first ever Oregon Girls Championship.

Saturday Check-in:

Reserve Section: 8:15 – 8:40

Championship: 8:15 – 8:55

 

Oregon Chess Federation together with Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation and Portland Chess Club would like to invite all the girls to the 2017 Oregon State Girls Championship on Saturday, April 22 at the Portland Chess Club.  This event will determine Oregon’s nominees to two fantastic national women’s scholastic events:  The SPFGI and the NGTOC.

Championship Section:  Four rounds, G/55 + 5 seconds increment Swiss. Dual Rated. Open to all female Oregon Residents under age 19 as of 6/14/17; USCF and OCF membership required. Rounds at 9am, 11:15am, 1:30pm, 3:45pm.

Reserve Section:  Four rounds, G/40;d5 Swiss.  NWSRS Rated. Open to all scholastic women players.  Rounds at 8:45am, 10:30am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm.

Clocks and notation required for both sections – clocks and score sheets will be provided (TD might allow no notation in reserve section if requested by the player).

Championship Section Prizes:

  • Nomination: The first two places will represent Oregon State in 2017 US Chess National Girls Tournament of Champions and 2017 Susan Polgar Foundation Girls Invitational.  Champion has the first choice to pick the tournament.
  • Bursary: The total bursary will be equally divided between the first and second place winners; the amount will be determined by subtracting tournament expenses from the total entry fees received for this tournament.
  • Tiebreaks: 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.
  • Trophies/medals for 1st-5th Places (3rd to 5th place tiebreak will be used).

Reserve Section Prizes:

  • 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 $30 or paying at the door (Cash only with pre-registration).

Online registration at 2017 Oregon State Girls Chess Championship.  Must pre-register(email the required information). Registration deadline is April 21st at 23:00pm (no registrations accepted after the deadline).

“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

 

Sunday February 26: Silver Knights Chess Club Quads in Portland

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