Byron Wong

Frequently-Asked Questions for Seaside 2016

Hello All,

We hope you’re as excited about Seaside 2016 as we are. This is the 11th annual OSCF State Championship, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all in Seaside on April 29-30th! If you haven’t registered, you can complete late registration through Wednesday the 27th by clicking here. Here are some frequently-asked questions.

1. When and where do I check in?
All check-ins are at the Seaside Convention Center front desk. If you’re not playing blitz or bughouse (see #3 below), check-in for almost EVERYONE is no later than 9 am on Saturday, April 30th. The only exception is if your child is in the Middle School or High School Open/Elite sections (ratings 1300+ for middle schoolers, 1400+ for high schoolers, or those who elected in). Check in for the Middle School and High School Open/Elite sections no later than 10:20 am on Friday, April 29th.  If there’s a serious delay, you may call or text us at 503-936-0593.

2. What section am I in? What’s the time control?
A preliminary list of sections can be found here.  Note that these may change as final details are checked and people start arriving.  For specific questions about the format, timing, or the process on the day of competition, including estimates about award times, you can find all your answers in the details or rules. Sectioning depends on how many finally register, so we will post a final list with your child’s anticipated section assignment here next week.

3. What’s Blitz/Bughouse?  When and how to check in for those?
In essence, blitz is regular chess but played with only 5 minutes per side.  Bughouse is 2 vs 2 team chess, and both are a lot of fun!  Here are the rules of Blitz, and here are the rules of Bughouse. If you didn’t get tickets for these events when you register, you can buy them on-site.  For more details on the check-in process for Blitz, click here.  For more on check-in for Bughouse, click here.  If you don’t have a bughouse partner, no problem; we’ll help match you with one. Check in no later than 4 pm on Friday for blitz, 6 pm for bughouse.   Competition will begin at 5 pm for blitz, arrive at 6:45 pm for bughouse.

4. What is “crazy hats”?
We invite all bughouse participants to wear their craziest chess- and bug-themed hats. Hats can be crazy, wacky, funny, and loud. Everyone votes on the craziest hats, and there are prizes for the winners.

5. Will there be food available at the Convention Center?
The Convention Center will have food service Saturday during lunch hour and we encourage you to visit their vending service for lunch. Throughout the day on Saturday, there are snacks and drinks available from a cart in the lobby. In addition, there are also lots of restaurants in Seaside near the Convention Center. We do have time scheduled in for lunch, but that is also a time that we’ll use to catch up, so (like at every tournament) take advantage of the breaks you have. We apologize, but the Convention Center policies prohibit outside food during times they have food available for sale.

6. Do you need volunteers?
Yes! To volunteer (and if you didn’t already let us know at the time you registered) please let us know at registration or e-mail oscf@oscf.org.

7. I reserved a table. When are they available?
If you reserved tables, you will find your name placed on a table as you come in on Saturday. We’ll be using them on Friday night for Blitz and Bughouse.

8.Anyone carpooling to Seaside?
If you’re interested in carpooling, post it up on the OSCF Facebook page

9. What is the “Friends and Family” section?
For those adults and kids who aren’t playing in the main event, you can still participate in several fun rounds of chess on Saturday by playing in the Friends and Family tournament.  You can buy a ticket at the time you register your regular player, or on Saturday morning before 10:15.  Adults will play in one group for cash prizes and kids will play in another group for trophies and/or medals.  Games are played at the same time as the least experienced sections, so you should be done around 4:00.

Summer Chess Camps

Summer is fast approaching. With school out and more free time, summer is an excellent time for kids to develop their skills and knowledge at chess camp. While the OSCF does not endorse any outside third-party organizations, we thought you might like to see the following list of camps that have been recommended by coaches, parents, players, and other participants from past OSCF events:

1. Chess Odyssey Summer Camps: Chess Odyssey, run by local National Master Pete Prochaska, runs chess camps throughout the summer at various locations in the Portland area. For more information, visit their website or e-mail Mike Terrill at mterrill@chessodyssey.com.

2. OES Chess Camps: Tony Hann from Mozek Games is the instructor at the Oregon Episcopal School. For more information, visit their website.

3. Orlov Chess Academy: Up in nearby Seattle, Orlov Chess Academy provides world-class instruction from coaches such as International Master Georgi Orlov and International Grandmaster Emil Anka. For more information, visit their website.

4. St. Olaf College: St. Olaf College in Minnesota offers a dorm experience with world-class instruction from grandmasters and international masters. Tuition includes lodging and meals. Learn more at their website.

Note to parents and coaches: If you are running a camp in Oregon this summer and would like to be added to this list, please contact us.

 

 

Frequently-asked questions about the 2015 OSCF State Championship

Hope you’re all ready for the tenth annual OSCF State Championship at Seaside! As we enter the final few days, there are questions that you may have. Much of the info is in the Details document, but here is a handy FAQ that might answer some of them:

1. When do I check in? If you’re not playing blitz or bughouse (see #6, below), check-in for almost EVERYONE, is no later than 9 am on Saturday, April 25th.  The only exception is if your child is in the Middle School or High School Open/Elite sections (ratings 1300+ for middle schoolers, 1400+ for high schoolers, or those who elected in). Check in for the Middle School and High School Open/Elite sections no later than 10:30 am on Friday, April 24th.

2. Where do I check in? The Seaside Convention Center front desk. Just walk into the front of the building, and you’ll see us. No checking in to the main event by e-mail–you have to be there in person.

3. What if I have to cancel? If you have to cancel, please send an e-mail to oscf@oscf.org. It will help us to start on time. If you’re facing a last minute emergency, you can either e-mail us at oscf@oscf.org or call area code 503, phone 936-0593.

4. In which section will my child play? We’ll try to post section assignments after final registration closes on Wednesday at midnight. In the meantime, just know that all sections start on Saturday morning at the same time, except for MS and HS Open/Elite, which start on Friday. Your child’s section will also be printed on the name tag that you will receive during registration, along with the planned schedule for their rounds.

5. Can I bring food? The Convention Center will have food service during lunch hour. Since it’s an anniversary event, there will likely be cake. 🙂 There are also lots of nearby restaurants as well. But if you prefer to bring your own food, please do!  We do have time scheduled in for lunch, but that is also a time that we’ll use to catch up, so (like at every tournament) take advantage of the breaks you have.

6. When do I check in for blitz and bughouse? Check in no later than 4 pm on Friday for blitz, 6 pm for bughouse. You can also do so by e-mail if you’re pre-registered; we will send an email to pre-registered people about how to do that in the next day or so. If you don’t have a bughouse partner, we can match you with one. You can also purchase tickets on the day of the event at registration. Competition will begin at 5 pm for blitz, 7 pm for bughouse.

7. What is “crazy hats”?  We invite all bughouse participants to wear their craziest chess-themed hats. Hats can be crazy, wacky, funny, and loud. Everyone votes on the craziest hats, and there are prizes for the winners. Check out some of the photos last year for examples.

8.  I volunteered.  What’s my job?  We have already sent out a schedule for floor judges / tournament directors by email; a list of non-TD volunteers will come out sometime on Wednesday.

9.  When will we be done?  The Green Room players will finish on Saturday around 4pm, with awards to follow as soon after that as possible.  We’re likely to be done no earlier than, but somewhere around, 5pm, but the upper sections won’t finish until 6:15, with awards not done until 7:15 at the very earliest.

Portland Chess Club G/45 on 4/18/2015; 1st Annual Rose City Sectionals on 5/2/15

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For those interested in getting additional practice before OSCF State Championship at Seaside, there will be a quads tournament at the Portland Chess Club on 4/18/2015. The time control will be Game 45 with a 10-second delay. This quad is dual-rated for both USCF and NWSRS rating systems. USCF membership is required and can be purchased either online or at the time of registration. If you have a chess clock, please bring it–boards and pieces are provided. The cost is $15 for entrants who are not members of the Portland Chess Club, $10 for those who are, free for entrants who are unrated USCF (USCF membership still required).

There will be another tournament, the Rose City Sectionals, at the Portland Chess Club on 5/2/15.

From PCC Tournament Director Micah Smith:

Quad 45 (April 18) – Great way for scholastic players to get introduced to “adult” tournaments by playing in sections with similarly rated players. It’s the week before the OSCF State Championship so it’s an excellent warmup for the state championship.

1st Annual Rose City Sectionals (May 2-3) – great way for scholastic players to get experience with longer time controls while competing for good cash prizes and trophies in a section with similarly rated players.

PCC tournaments have many adult participants as well, so they’re best suited for children who have prior tournament experience and can concentrate for the longer time control. Parents can play as well, and the Tournament Director can arrange the pairings so that children do not have to play their own parents (and siblings do not have to play other siblings). The Quad 45 on April 18th is only a week before Seaside, and the results from the quad will not affect section assignments and initial pairings for the Seaside tournament.

For location and other details on the PCC G/45, click here. For information about the 1st Annual Rose City Sectionals, click here. For more information about the Portland Chess Club, click here.

 

FIDE Master Charles Schulien to hold 6-board simul at the KFE Benefit Tournament

Photo credit: Charles Schulien from chess.com

Photo credit: Charles Schulien from chess.com

Just wanted to drop a quick announcement about the upcoming KFE Benefit Tournament: In addition to the regular tournament, Oregon coach and FIDE Master Charles Schulien will be conducting a simultaneous exhibition in the Skittles Room in the afternoon. Six players will have the opportunity to challenge Mr. Schulien. For more info, contact Penny Harper at padgett.harper (at) gmail (dot) com.

Deadline Extended! 2nd Annual KFE Benefit Tournament this Saturday–an OSCF State Qualifier–Saturday, November 15, 2014

[11/12/14 update: Registration deadline extended! You can now register for this tournament until Saturday morning!]

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual KFE Benefit Tournament on Saturday, November 15. This tournament is is a qualifier for the OSCF 2015 State Championship.

Last year the tournament netted $1753 and 425 pounds of food for Bethlehem House of Bread, a community center in Tigard that hosts a food pantry, community garden, and meeting space.

Players who attended last year’s tournament will be pleasantly surprised by recent improvements in the venue. The pews have been removed from the former sanctuary to accommodate the tournament play, and the new skittles room (where the games were played last year) will be served by a concession stand in the adjoining kitchen.

This year’s tournament will have five rounds and G/35 time controls for three sections: Primary (K-2 unrated/U600), Elementary (3-5 unrated/U600), and Middle School (6-8 unrated or U900). The High School (9-12 unrated or U1200) and Advanced (1200+) sections will have four rounds and G/45 time controls.

Donations of shelf-stable food and toiletries for the food pantry will be welcome at registration. Most-wanted items include jam and jelly, salad dressing, ketchup, mustard, hearty canned soups (like Progresso), saltine crackers, raisins, granola bars, cold cereal, toilet paper, and shampoo.

Register and find more information here.