Rebecca Holt

Chess Odyssey Friday Night Quads in Portland on Sept. 28

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

Magical South Coast Chess Tournament in Coquille on Sept. 29

“There be dragons in Coquille!” Prizes are fantasy figurines!

Join us for the Magical South Coast Chess Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Coquille.

Registration 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the Coquille High School Library
Feel free to preregister at drnancykeller@yahoo.com and then pay at the door.
Fee:  $5.00
Prizes:  Fantasy Figurines
All ages invited.  Adults encouraged to play!
Divisions to be determined by attendence, roughly U600, U1000, Advanced (but will be broken down further if larger numbers).
Five rounds.
For Advanced section time control: G/35 D/5
Snacks available on site
Bring your lunch!
Card games and other board games available in skittles room
Need a place to stay?
Contact: Nancy Keller
Email: drnancykeller@yahoo.com
Phone: 541-290-8479

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.

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.

 

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!

 

Sunday Quads at Portland Chess Club on Oct. 21

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.

6th Annual KFE Benefit Tournament on Nov. 10

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 tournamhouse-of-breadent 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 COMING SOON. 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).

Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament in Portland on September 1

800px-Flag-map_of_Oregon.svgRegistration is full! We look forward to seeing the 48 players and their families this Saturday!

In connection with the Oregon Chess Federation & Portland Chess Club’s annual Oregon Open, held each year over Labor Day Weekend, we will be holding the Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament at the Lloyd Center Doubletree in Portland.  While the full three-day Oregon Open tournament will be great for those of you who want the challenge of playing very long time controls against adult players (they play two games a day for three days; see here for more details), the shorter time controls of the scholastic section will be a great warmup for the new academic year of chess.

The event is a 4-round Swiss-paired event (time control G/45 d5) and will be held on Saturday, September 1, with the first round at 10am, so starting about an hour before the first round of the Oregon Open main event.  Rounds will be held at 10, 11:45 (or ASAP), 1:45 and 3:30 (or ASAP), and should be done by 5:30pm.  Depending on how many register, we may divide the group into two or three sections based on highest established USCF or NWSRS rating.  The event will be NWSRS rated, though if a section consists of all USCF members, we may dual-rate the section as well.  This is an 2019 OSCF State Championship Qualifier.  We will have medals for even/plus scores and trophies for 1st-3rd places. We will also award one year (for 4.0 and 3.5 point winners) and 6-month (for 3.0 and 2.5 point winners) memberships to NW Chess, which includes a monthly subscription to the NW Chess magazine.

Tournament Director Training on September 1

referee 2Join experienced OSCF tournament directors Todd Anderson, Kathryn Schuff, and Rebecca Holt for a FREE training. Volunteer with us at the Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament on September 1 held at the Lloyd Center Doubletree in Portland on Labor Day weekend. We’ll show you how to run a tournament and serve as a “chess referee” during rounds. This training is appropriate for club coaches who would like to walk through a tournament day from start to finish and also for chess parents who would like to volunteer as “assistant tournament directors” at tournaments throughout the year.

For more information and to sign up, contact Rebecca Holt at oscf@oscf.org.