Chad Lykins

Quadlandia (July 20) and Swisslandia (July 24) Summer Tournaments (online)

Rose City Chess has announced its schedule for online summer tournaments. Quadlandia is back for a third season, as well as the new series of monthly tournaments, Swisslandia!

– Real NWSRS rated tournaments!
– Real prizes including gift cards to places like Chessable and Powell’s Books (prizes to be confirmed)
– Real cheat detection and video monitoring
– Portion of every entry donated to non-profits

Schedule for Quadlandia
4:00PM: Registration Closes
4:15PM: Check email for Zoom Link and Section Assignments
4:30PM: Zoom Call Opens
4:45PM: Players must be logged on to Lichess and join the Zoom Call
5:00PM: Round 1
ASAP: Round 2
ASAP: Round 3
8:00: Tournament Complete

Schedule for Swisslandia
8:00AM: Registration Closes
9:00AM: Check email for Zoom Link and Section Assignments
9:30AM: Zoom Call Opens
9:45AM: Players must be logged on to Lichess and join the Zoom Call
10:00AM: Round 1
11:15AM: Round 2
12:30PM: Round 3
1:45PM: Round 4
3:00PM: Tournament Complete

Tournament Director: Chad Lykins
Contact: chad@rosecitychess.com

July 20, Quadlandia Season 3 Episode 4, Online via Lichess.org. Info: https://www.rosecitychess.com/enroll/tournaments

July 24, Swisslandia Season 1 Episode 2, Online via Lichess.org. Info: https://www.rosecitychess.com/enroll/tournaments

PORTLAND CHESS CLUB ANNNOUNCES OVER-THE-BOARD CHESS!

INDEPENDENCE DAY OPEN
JULY 3 & 4, 2021

2025 Lloyd Center, Portland, OR

Format: 4 round Swiss in three sections: Open, U1750 and U1350. One half-point bye is available if requested before round 1.

Requirements/rating: US Chess membership and NW Chess subscription are required. Oregon residents may purchase a Basic NW Chess subscription at site for online magazine only ($17.50 adult; $10.00 junior) or Premium subscription with print and online magazine ($30 adult; $24 junior). Regular US Chess and NWSRS rated.

Entry fee: $40; $30 for Portland Chess Club members. Prior to the deadline pay by check payable to Portland Chess Club and sent to Mike Morris, 2344 NE 27th Ave., Portland, OR 97212 or by PayPal, email@pdxchess.org. After the deadline add $10. At-site registration Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Registration: Pre-registration deadline is noon, Friday July 2. Email Mike Morris at mikejmorris@earthlink.net.

Prizes: 50% of entries in each section will be returned as cash prizes. The prize fund for each section will be divided 60% to first place and 40% to second place. In the event of ties, no tiebreakers will be used for payment of prizes.

Time control: Game in 90; 30 second increment. If an increment clock is not available the time control will be Game in 90; 30 second delay.

Round times: 9:30 am and 2:00 pm each day.

Safety protocols: Masks will be optional for fully vaccinated players and spectators (bring your vaccination cards.) Masks will be mandatory for children and unvaccinated players. Players will be able to sanitize boards and pieces before each game. Hand sanitizers will also be provided.

Tournament Directors: Mike Janniro (Saturday); Lennart Bjorksten (Sunday)

2021 Oregon Girls Championship – May 22

2021 Oregon Girls Championship – May 22

The 2021 Oregon Girls Championship will be held online on May 22. This is the qualifier for the Haring Tournament which will be held July 31 through August 3.

Eligibility: Open to all K-12 girls living in Oregon.

Format: 5-round Swiss in one section. NWSRS ratings are generally used for pairings and prize eligibility. One half-point bye is available if requested before round one.

Time Control: G/40;inc5 (forty minutes per player with a five second increment each move).

Schedule: The rounds are scheduled for 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. Players who have a game go long can request extra time off before the next round.

Entry Fee: $20. Send the money via PayPal to email@pdxchess.org or mail a check to OCF Treasurer Mike Morris at 2344 NE 27th Ave, Portland, OR, 97212.

Rated: NWSRS rated.

Prizes: Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 1st U1200/unrated, 1st U1000/unrated, and 1st U800/unrated. If there is a tie for first, the top two finishers based on the US Chess recommended tiebreaks will play a playoff to determine first and second place. See below for the playoff format. All other ties will be broken using the US Chess recommended tiebreaks. Trophies will be mailed to the winners after the fair play analysis is complete.

Title/Haring Qualifier: The winner (determined through the playoff if necessary) receives the title of 2021 Oregon Girls Champion and will be given the opportunity to represent Oregon at the prestigious 2021 Ruth Haring National Tournament of Girls State Champions. The Haring representative will receive $100 in monetary support from the Oregon Chess Federation to attend the tournament if the tournament is held in-person.

Location: Onine at lichess.org. Players must have a lichess account, which is free.

Registration: Contact David Murray via email, david.e.murray.80@gmail.com, or phone, 919-475-6529, with the players name, lichess handle, and NWSRS ID (if unrated in the NWSRS, include the players grade and school). Registration deadline is Friday, May 21 at 7pm.

Fair Play Procedures: All players must sign the fair play agreement (this will be emailed out before the start of the tournament). All the games will be monitored via zoom. Each player must have a zoom account, which is free (the zoom link will be emailed out before the start of the tournament). All the games will be analyzed for fair play after the event.

Notes: 1) This tournament uses the rules from the 7th edition of the US Chess rulebook. 2) US Chess and OCF memberships are not required.

Playoff Format: If there is a tie for first, the top two finishers based on the US Chess recommended tiebreaks will play a playoff to determine first and second place. The playoff will consist of two G/10;inc5 games, one with each color. If the players are tied after these two games, they will play two G/5;inc3 games, one with each color. If they are still tied after these two games, they will play an Armageddon game in which White starts with 5 minutes, Black starts with 4 minutes, and Black has draw-odds. The player who had the better tiebreaks gets to choose which color they will play. The default time for the playoff is Sunday, May 23 at 1pm but an alternate time may be selected by agreement of both players and the TD.

USCF National Master Joshua Grabinsky Wins First Prize and $6000 at National Open Chess Tournament

USCF National Master Joshua Grabinsky, a fifteen year old from Coquille, Oregon, won first place in the U2300 section of the National Open at the Las Vegas International Chess Festival. The U2300 section had 109 participants, most of whom had the title of master or expert. Grabinsky dominated the field by posting five wins, two draws, and zero losses.

Joshua Grabinsky is not the first chess prodigy from the Oregon Coast. His older brother, Aaron Grabinsky, is seeking the title of International Master as he attends Webster University on a chess scholarship. Webster University has won several collegiate championships and is coached by Susan Polgar, the highest rated female player of all time.

Like his older brother in prior years, perhaps the biggest challenge Grabinsky faces is a lack of local competition. Fortunately, he has the support of a dedicated chess coach in Dr. Nancy Keller, who has driven Coos County students to tournaments all over the Western United States, even as far south as San Diego. Dr. Kyriokas Kypriotakis, a chess coach in Coos Bay, joined this trip to help split the driving on the 16 hour journey to Las Vegas.

Joshua plans on putting his prize money toward his college education.

Photo: Joshua Grabinsky playing in the National Open

Photo Credit: Tim A. Hanks