Rebecca Holt

Salem Scholastic Chess Tournament on Nov. 17

Come play in the new *FREE* Salem Scholastic Tournament!

When: November 17th, 2018, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Check-In: 10:00am – 10:15am.
Entry Fee: FREE!

Where: Salem Public Library
Anderson Room
585 Liberty St SE
Salem Oregon, 97301

Type: 4 rounds Swiss system tournament.
Awards: Prizes will be awarded.
Time Control: Game in 25 with a 5 second delay. (Game in 30 for clocks with no delay.)

Who: Open to anyone 12th grade or younger, beginners and veterans alike. The tournament is
limited to the first 32 players. If there are more than 16 players, we will split the tournament into
sections of at most 16 players.

Registration: To pre-register, please email your name, grade, school, NWSRS ID (if applicable),
and email address to Geordyn Allyn at 660042@salemkeizer.org. You may register on site
during check-in. Pre-register to assure place in the tournament.

Details: This will be a Northwest Scholastic Rating System (NWSRS) rated chess tournament
following the United States Chess Federation (USCF) rules. Clocks will not be required unless
both players agree. Notation will be encouraged but not required.
Please bring chess sets and chess clocks if you have them.

Sunday Quads at Portland Chess Club on November 18

Are you a mature scholastic player looking for a serious challenge? Come play in the Sunday Chess Quads at the Portland Chess Club. Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Entry fee is $15 and this is an OSCF State Championship Qualifier.

US Chess dual rated and NWSRS rated. US Chess membership is required and can be purchased during registration. US Chess membership rates/information/benefits

*While this tournament is open to scholastic players, it’s only recommended for mature scholastic players who are capable of playing in a serious tournament and against adults.*

Click here for more info and to register.

Chess Odyssey Friday Night Quads in Portland on November 23

Qualifier for the 2019 OSCF State Championship
Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12. The tournament is limited to the first 36 players (9 quads) who register. 

Entry fee: $20.00

Registration: Register online at the Chess Odyssey website. Registrations are also accepted by phone call or text, or at the door, before 6:30 pm, if space is available. No registrations will be accepted after 6:30 pm.

Can’t make this date? Quads will be held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays through summer.

Contact: Mike Terrill
Email: mterrill@chessodyssey.com
Phone: (503) 913-9643
More Info: http://chessodyssey.com/Friday-Night-Quads.html

Yuletide Tournament in Milwaukie on Dec. 8

Come play in a festive, five-round chess tournament for all chess players in grades K-12. Saturday, December 8, 2018, at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory.  Cost is only $25 if you register by the early bird deadline of December 4.  There is a $5 discount for co-registered siblings.  This tournament has been designated as an OSCF qualifier, and will be NWSRS rated; G30. REGISTER HERE!

 

 

Corvallis Fall Open on Dec. 15

Corvallis Fall Open!
K-12 Team Chess Tournament and 2019 OSCF State Championship Qualifier
An NWSRS rated tournament sponsored by the Corvallis High School Spartan Chess Club
Location: Corvallis High School, 1400 NW Buchanan Avenue, Corvallis, OR  97330
Sections: High School, Middle School and Elementary Sections.  Players can play in higher sections based on skill level.
Rules: 5 rounds Swiss pairing.  Game in 25 mins.  Bring a clock if you have one.
Prizes:
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Trophies for top 3 teams in each section (Team score = sum of top 4 players in a section)
– Medals for top finishers in each section
– Top 3 finishers in each section get a free artistic rendering of one game by artist Beth Markovic (immortalgames.us)
– All participants receive an Immortal Games sticker
Contact: Phil Schapker
Phone: 913-314-2460

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!

 

6th Annual KFE Benefit Tournament on Nov. 10

The KFE BENEFIT TOURNAMENT IS BACK!

This OSCF Qualifier tournament is a benefit for the food pantry at Bethlehem House of Bread, a local community center  that provides food, community garden, school supplies, and a clothing closet for hundreds of families every year. Please help out the BHOB Food Pantry by bringing toilet tissue and/or nonperishable food items. All proceeds from snacks and pizza concessions will go directly to BHOB. This tournament honors chess queen Kris Field-Eaton (KFE), a long-time leader for chess in the Sherwood school district.

Concessions, coffee shop open. Sorry, no on-site registration this year.

FIDE World Chess Federation Master CHUCK SCHULIEN will play multiple players simultaneously in the skittles room in the afternoon! Chuck is a favorite local coach and player, come play him or watch the fun.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!. For questions, contact Paula Brown by e-mail at paula@mypizzaparty.net . Include the chess player’s name, grade, school, and NWSRS rating (if known).

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 from our treasurer, Renee Chang. She will include instructions for completing the membership registration on the USCF site.

Questions? Email us at oscf@oscf.org.