Rebecca Holt

Oregon Scholastic Player Takes First Place at the North American Open in Dec. 2018

For any Oregon Scholastic Players looking for inspiration, see how hard work and dedication can bring great results! Congratulations, Roshen!

Roshen won FIRST place at the 28th North American Open at Las Vegas in December 2018 in the U2100 section. An undefeated score of 6.5 (from seven rounds) made him a clear winner for the $7000 prize money and also helped him cross USCF 2100 rank ceiling.

Roshen also teamed up with Sophie Velea (from Washington State) to win FIRST place in the mixed doubles section each winning $750 team prize.

Roshen also played in the Blitz tournament (Open Section) and tied for FIRST place in U2100 winning $165. This was Roshen’s first USCF rated Blitz tournament.

Earlier in November 2018, Roshen won FIRST place at the WASHINGTON Class Championships (in the EXPERT section) by a score of 5/6 (4 wins and 2 draws).

Also in November 2018, Roshen won SECOND place at the OREGON Class Championships (in the MASTER/EXPERT section) by a score of 2.5/4 (2 wins, 1 draw & 1 loss). His performance also helped him qualify for the Oregon Chess Federation’s 2019 Oregon Closed Tournament.

28th North American Open results can be viewed using the following links.

CHESS Life magazine’s report on the 28th North American Open: https://new.uschess.org/news/gm-jinshi-bai-tops-north-american-open/

Championship T-shirt Designs Wanted! Deadline: February 25 at noon

Every year, our players walk away from Seaside with fantastic t-shirts produced on-site by our vendor, Northwest Designs.  Each year, the great art on the t-s2013 T-Shirt Designhirt is designed by one of our players.  We’re looking for the T-shirt design that will be featured on this year’s shirts.  If you have the selected design, you will win a free entry to the tournament ($35 value), a free T-shirt ($20-25 value), and $75!  If you’re the first runner up, your design will be featured on the front of the State Championship Program.  The deadline is coming quickly, though, so get your pencils, pens, and crayons sharpened, and your creative energies flowing!

T-Shirt Design Contest

Parents or adults affiliated with tournament attendees may submit designs, but preference for designs will be given to NSWRS-rated players and their siblings (and the award remains the same)!  All entries will become property of OSCF and will not be returned.  The design must contain three phrases:  1) “14th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship” or (if the chess theme is obvious) “14th Annual OSCF State Championship”,  2) “April 12-13, 2019”, and 3) “Seaside, Oregon”.

NF 2014 WinnerThere is no limit on colors for submissions, although the final t-shirt design may be limited in production and altered as necessary for t-shirt production.  Shirts will be produced on demand, on site, and on the customer’s choice of shirt color.  All submissions must be submitted either by dropping them with an OSCF representative at an OSCF qualifying tournament or electronically as an email attachment, along with a T-shirt Design Contest Application Form, to oscfchess2011@gmail.com.

Deadline: Noon on Tuesday, February 25, 2019

*NEW!* Mike Sheehan Memorial Chess Tournament in Scappoose on Mar. 2

Join us for the first annual Mike Sheehan Memorial Chess Tournament in Scappoose on March 2. The Scappoose community is organizing this tournament to honor the memory of Mike Sheehan, a beloved chess enthusiast and community member. This is a 2019 OSCF State Championship qualifier, 5-game individual and team chess tournament for players of all ages. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced sections. G25. Trophies and medals for top individuals, and trophies for teams (score is sum of top 4 players). Check-in is from 8:30-9:00 am with Round 1 starting at 9:30.

Questions? Email Joel Haugen at airhaug@gmail.com.

Registration deadline is Feb. 26. REGISTER NOW!

*NEW!* OSCF K-12 TEAM Championship in Portland on March 23

First Annual OSCF K-12 School Team Championship on March 23, 2019
Registration Opens February 1, 2019

The OSCF K-12 School Team Championship provides an opportunity for Oregon schools to compete in a rated, match format. The inaugural edition will take place on March 23, 2019, at Hayhurst Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. The purpose of the OSCF K-12 School Team Chess Championship is to encourage and celebrate not just the development of strong chess players, but strong chess programs within Oregon schools.

School Teams will compete in three divisions: Grades K-5 (Elementary School Team Championship), K-8 (Middle School Team Championship), and K-12 (High School Team Championship). For more information, read the OSCF K-12 School Team Championship flier.

Generously Sponsored by ChessKid and Chess.com. First place teams in each Division receive one-year Gold memberships from ChessKid (K-5, Mixed) or Platinum memberships from Chess.com (K-8, K-12).

Since the inaugural edition is hosted at a small elementary school, registration is limited to approximately 40 teams. In future editions, larger schools are encouraged to host the event so that more teams can participate. For questions, email Tournament Host Chad Lykins at oscf@oscf.org

 

*Registration is closed* President’s Weekend Tournament in Portland on Feb. 16

*Registration is closed for the Presidents’ Weekend Tournament*

We want you for the SEVENTH ANNUAL Presidents’ Weekend Tournament!  Last year, over 170 players came to Gray Middle School in SW Portland for a great day of chess and fabulous prizes.  The Commanders-in-Chief have ordered up another excellent set of trophies and Presidential prizes for Saturday, February 16th, and we hope you will join us for a great day.

More details are available here.  We look forward to seeing you at Robert Gray Middle School in SW Portland!

USCF Memberships available (at a discount!)

OSCF has purchased a large number of memberships “in bulk,” which allows us to offer these to chess players at a discount. Normally, a scholastic membership costs $17-26, depending on the age of the player. We are happy to offer individual memberships for just $15 each for any player age 20 or under at the time of redemption.

Simply click here to our purchase page. Fill in the name of the person who is purchasing the membership(s). After purchasing the quantity of memberships you need, you will recieve an eVoucher within 2 business days from our treasurer, Renee Chang. Once you receive the eVoucher number, you’re not done yet! Renee will include instructions for you to enter the eVoucher number on the USCF site to complete the membership registration.

Please be patient in this process. We are an ALL VOLUNTEER organization! Questions? Email us at oscf@oscf.org.

 

It’s simpler to qualify for the 2019 State Championship!

Announcement! Following our mission statement of “More Kids, More Chess, More Fun!” we are simplifying the requirements for qualifying for the OSCF State Championship on April 12-13, 2019.

To qualify for the 2019 OSCF State Championship, players must now meet the following requirements:

Established rating (NWSRS >15 games or USCF > 26 games)

1 qualifying tournament played between the last State Championship and two Wednesdays before the next State Championship (April 15, 2018 to April 3, 2019 – any event colored green on the NWSRS calendar).

8 rated games played between September 3, 2018  and April 3, 2019 (can be found at Chess Ratings NorthWest along with your player rating).

Why are you changing the qualification requirements?

We want to make the qualification process easier for players and families to understand and achieve. Formerly, we required an established rating and two qualifying tournaments during the year. For players living far from cities where chess tournaments are regularly held, the additional travel can be an obstacle and burden.

We still want players to have tournament experience and to participate in tournaments throughout the year, so they still need to attend at least one tournament during the year. High School League tournaments (1 game), Quads (3 games), and Tournaments (4-5 games) will all count as one qualifier.

To complete the 8 game requirement, players should attend additional tournaments. If a player is unable qualify by attending additional tournaments, coaches or parents may host in-house rated games (contact OSCF to be sure these will be approved). Rated games must be played between September 3, 2018 and April 3, 2019 and submitted to NWSRS for rating. If you’re interested in hosting rated games locally, please contact OSCF at oscf@oscf.org to learn how and to ensure your results will count for qualification.

How do I know if I’ve met the requirements?

To simplify how we determine players’ qualification for the State Championship, players now just have to check the #GmsYTD column to see whether they qualify for the State Championship. The NWSRS considers September (after Labor Day) to be the beginning of the academic year, and OSCF will now match the same dates for the academic year. When players look up their rating, they can easily find the total games played during the current academic year.

Last Name First Name ID Number Rating #Gms #GmsYTD State
Master Chess SCHOL100 1000 100 10 Oregon

As long as players have an established rating (NWSRS #Gms >15 games or USCF > 26 games) AND have played in one qualifying tournament during the year AND they have played at least 8 rated games #GmsYTD, they will qualify to play at the State Championship.

Additional questions? Please email us at OSCF@OSCF.org. See you at a tournament soon!

 

*CANCELLED due to inclement weather* Metzger Winter Classic in Tigard on Feb. 9

Dear Chess Parents and Players,
I have spoken with the School District Asst. Superintendent and Tigard-Tualatin is planning on cancelling ALL events this Saturday due to the forecast of snow. It is with great sadness that I have to cancel our Metzger Tournament. I hope to reschedule so please stay tuned.  I will refund those that have pre-paid.

Again, NO CHESS TOURNAMENT AT METZGER Feb. 9th. 

Sincerely,
Jeff Risher
Tournament Director

Southwestern Community College Chess for all ages in Coos Bay on Feb. 2

Adults and scholastic players invited to play chess at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay in Empire Hall in Lakeview G room. Ratings above 1000 will be dual rated NWSRS and USCF. Registration 9:30, play begins at 10. Advanced division time control 25/5. This is a 2019 OSCF Championship qualifier.

Contact: Nancy Keller Daily
Email: drnancykeller@yahoo.com
Phone: 541-290-8479