Rebecca Holt

2020 Spring All Stars posted!

The Spring 2020 All-Stars List has been posted! This list consists of the players in each grade who had the highest ten established ratings, and who played rated games between January 1, 2020 and May 1, 2020.  Please carefully read the qualification rules, but if you think that you see something incorrect in the list, let us know, and we’ll check and add you if necessary.

All-Stars lists are published each trimester of the year. Any player on one or more of the winter, spring or summer lists — or on the 2020 Lifetime Achievement list (to be published next fall), or any member of the Order of the Knight who has played a NWSRS rated game between 9/1/19 and 8/31/20 — will be eligible to participate in the 2020 13th Annual Oregon All-Stars Invitational, which we plan to hold online in November 2020 (details coming soon). Congratulations to everyone on the list!

Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament Online on Sept. 5

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REGISTER HERE through the NW Chess online registration site.

Read and sign Washington Chess Federation’s FAIR PLAY AGREEMENT here.

In connection with the Oregon Chess Federation, Washington Chess Federation, Portland Chess Club’s annual Oregon Open, we will be holding the Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament online.  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.

Format: A four-round Swiss system tournament in two sections: Open and U1100.

Rating: NWSRS Rated.  NWSRS ratings will be used to determine pairings and sections.

Time Control: G/45;+5 second increment.

Rounds: 10 AM;  11:45 AM;  1:30 PM;  3:15 PM.

Entry Fee:  $20

Prizes:   Open:  1st, 2nd, 3rd: $30-25-15

U1100: 1st, 2nd, 3rd: $30-25-15

Registration: Register online at: https://nwchess.com/OnlineRegistration/Registration deadline Fri. September 4 @ 7 PM.  No registrations or payments accepted after the deadline.

Procedure:  Pairings will be released prior to the start of each round.  Games will be started automatically by the TD in the Live Chess area.  Players must report their result upon completion of the game.

Fair Play Policy:  All parents are required to sign the WCF Fair Play Agreement prior to the start of the tournament.  All players will be monitored via Zoom during the games.  The Oregon Open Fair Play Committee will review any suspicious games on a case-by-case basis. Cheating of any kind is strictly prohibited.

Information:  Rebecca Holt, oscf@oscf.org

AND if your kid(s) want to play chess ALL WEEKEND LONG… The Oregon Chess Federation encourages kids to join the big tournament for the 2-day schedule, Sunday and Monday.  For more information, contact Mike Morris at mikejmorris@earthlink.net.

Fundraiser Tournament for REAL: Youth to Youth on August 22 (NWSRS Rated! G/25)

NWSRS Rated and 2021 OSCF State Championship Qualifier

REGISTER NOW.  $15 by August 17th. $20 afterwards until August 21st 6 pm PDT. All profits will be donated to REAL: Youth To Youth*

OSCF player Nikhil Samudrala presents a Chess Tournament to raise funds for and REAL: Youth To Youth (Rural Education And Literacy), a non-profit organization with a mission of supporting the education and literacy of underpriviledged youth in rural India and supporting STEM education in Oregon.

Format: 5 round Swiss Tournament through lichess.org in 3 sections: U1000, U1400 and Open Sections may be modified by tournament director based on number of participants. Contact tournament director to play up a section.

Eligibility: Open to all regardless of skill and location

Rounds

  •  Rounds in the U1000 will start at 9:45. Subsequent rounds will begin 10 minutes after all games are completed in previous round
  • U1400 and Open section will follow this schedule for rounds: 9:45, 11:00, 12:15, 2:00, 3:15 pm. 
  • Check in at 9:00 via zoom link to be emailed day before event. Games may be forfeited if players have not joined the tournament prior to 9:45. The tournament director will explain how to join the tournament if players have not done so during check-in. Attending check-in is highly recommended for this reason.

Entry Fee: $15 by August 17th. $20 afterwards until August 21st 6 pm PDT. All profits will be donated to REAL: Youth To Youth*

Time Control: Game in 25 minutes with a 5 second increment per move

Prizes: Amazon gift cards to top 3 players in each section.  25% of entry fees will be returned as prizes. The prize fund will be posted once all players have signed up. 

Rating: NWSRS rated. NWSRS ratings will be used to group players into sections but lichess ratings will be used for pairings

Fair Play Policy: All players must follow the following Fair Play Agreement: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zhNk6ESSAB59jm2VdxuEkRKlSoZYL2H1XqYoYGA-g6U/edit

Registration

  1. Register and pay at: https://tinyurl.com/y42c6qhd by August 17th for lower fee. Registration ends August 21st 6 pm PDT
  2. Request to join the REAL:Youth To Youth Lichess team at: https://lichess.org/team/real-youth-to-youth-fundraiser-tournament-august-22nd
  3. Once accepted into the team, join the appropriate section. Section assignments along with a zoom link (all players will need to enable zoom video during play) will be emailed to the email provided during registration the night before the tournament

Contact: Please contact nikhil@realyouth.org with any questions

*REAL:Youth to Youth is a youth led non-profit with a mission of supporting the education and literacy of underprivileged youth in rural India and supporting STEM education efforts in Oregon

Congratulations to Oregon nominees to national tournaments!

The following Oregon players earned the highest ratings in their categories and are available to attend the online tournaments. They have been nominated by the Oregon Chess Federation as the representatives from Oregon. Congratulations from the Oregon Scholastic Chess Community!

GM Denker Tournament of High School Champions (9-12): Joshua Grabinski
Barber Tournament of Middle School 6-8 Champions (6-8): Roshen Nair
Wim Ruth Haring National Girls Tournament of Champions (girls K-12): Zoey Tang
John D. Rockefeller III National Tournament of Elementary School State Champions (K-5) : Havish Sripada

2020 OSCF State Championship Cancelled

Due to the pandemic, OSCF had rescheduled the 2020 Championship to August 24-25, 2020. With the recent rise in cases, OSCF has decided to cancel the 2020 Championship entirely. Please plan to join us for the 2021 OSCF State Championship in Seaside on April 16-17, 2021.

To keep our players and their families safe, OSCF will offer NWSRS rated chess tournaments online instead of in person. We will post announcements about upcoming events on this website and also on the NWSRS calendar. We look forward to seeing you at an online tournament soon!

OSCF Online Tournaments for July 22, 24

OSCF is improving it’s online tournaments! All events will now be run through the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation “Team Page” on lichess.org. The Team Page opens up the possibility of running larger tournaments with different formats, including Swiss Paired events with prizes.

To register, join the Oregon Scholastic Federation Team Page.

Kids and adults are welcome at all events, regardless of age or residency. Feedback, suggestions, and special requests are welcome and appreciated! Please feel free to contact us at oscf@oscf.org.

Want to host your own OSCF Online Tournament? Email us and we can set up an event within the team page. This will help increase participation in your event. You can run both free events and events with entry fees and prizes. 

Wednesday July 22, 3:00PM-4:00PM: OSCF Blitz Arena (5+0)
Join: https://lichess.org/tournament/YNwZwAS0

Friday July 24, 6:00PM-8:00PM: Friday Night Rapid Arena (10+0)
Join:
https://lichess.org/swiss/YmwgZ5zf

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND PARTICIPANTS: 

By participating, you agree to the following:

  • Safety First: Please do not use your kids’ real names as their Lichess avatar. If you would like to disable Lichess’s chat mode, go to settings and change your account to “Kid Mode.” 
  • Be a Good Sport: Chat must be positive, expletive free, and show good sportsmanship. Spamming the chat with rude or repetitive comments will result in removal from the event.
  • No Outside Assistance: Players may not cheat by receiving help from other players or from computer engines.
  • Tech Help: Lichess.org is available both on the web and via mobile app. If you get logged out mid-tournament, you can rejoin by going to the team page
  • Ratings: Lichess has its own rating system. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, online tournaments are not NWSRS rated and are not OSCF state qualifiers.

Eastlake Chess Club Black Lives Matter Tournament on July 11

This is a BLM and Eastlake Chess Club fundraiser, 25% of the profit goes to the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and the rest of the profit goes to the Eastlake High School Chess Club (Washington). This tournament will not be rated in NWSRS or USCF.

Register Here.

Format: 6-round Rapid Swiss Tournament, Open section, U1200 section
Chess.com Ratings will be used for pairings

Eligibility: Open to everyone with a chess.com account. No memberships
required. (Zoom monitoring will be required, please setup webcam
beforehand)
https://www.chess.com/club/eastlake-blm-tourney-open-section
https://www.chess.com/club/eastlake-blm-tourney-u1200-section

Make sure to join the chess.com club for your section above, in the
note write your full name. BE SURE TO JOIN YOUR SECTION.

Rounds (approx): 10, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1:00, 1:45
Entry Fee: $20 before 6/29, $25 after, $5 play-up fee
REGISTRATION CLOSES 7/10 @ 5PM

Time Control: Game in 25 minutes with a 5-second increment

Prizes: (USCF Ratings will be used for prizes) Based on 40 entries

Open section: 1st place $125, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50
U1200 section: 1st place $75, 2nd place $40, 3rd place $20

Fair-Play Policy: Please fill out this mandatory form. Cheating of any kind
is strictly prohibited. https://forms.gle/6yCxqCe1wzRMUQ5t5

For any questions or ½ point bye requests please reach out to
amayb@msn.com or agupta04@outlook.com (425-588-7373)

Black Lives Matter Fundraiser Tournament on June 27 – Online and NWSRS rated!

2021 OSCF State Championship QualifierREGISTER NOW!

Chess for Success and Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation are hosting an online tournament that affirms our mutual dedication to racial justice and equality. The prize fund will be equal to approximately 25% of entry fees, with the remainder being distributed equally between Chess for Success and the Black United Fund of Oregon.

The event will be 5-round, Swiss-Paired, G25+5 tournament on lichess.org open to all players regardless of age or residency. The tournament will be rated on Lichess.org. It will also be NWSRS rated and will serve as a qualifier for the 2021 OSCF State Championship.

Black United Fund of Oregon (BUF) assists in the social and economic development of Oregon’s underserved communities and contributes to a broader understanding of culturally and ethnically diverse groups. For more than 35 years, BUF’s programs have helped BIPOC youth reach their postsecondary and career aspirations. Additionally, BUF’s nearly four decades of community leadership experience strengthen BIPOC-led and -serving nonprofits through training and technical assistance. BUF’s new initiative – Juneteenth & Justice -celebrates the Juneteenth holiday while recognizing the challenges we face in achieving equity for all. 

Chess for Success is a registered non-profit that provides free chess equipment, instruction, and tournament entries to low-income youth in Oregon and SW Washington. 

Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation is a registered non-profit operated by volunteers that promotes, sponsors, and coordinates scholastic chess tournaments in the State of Oregon.

Organizers: Chess for Success and Oregons Scholastic Chess Federation

Beneficiaries: Chess for Success and Black United Fund of Oregon

Flyer LinkBlack Lives Matter Fundraiser Tournament

Registration deadline: 8:00pm on Friday, June 26th (no same day registration)

Questions: chad.r.lykins@gmail.com

Chess Simul Fundraiser with NM Owen McCoy on June 20

Join NM Owen McCoy for a fundraiser benefiting Portland Chess Club. The simul will be open to the first 12 players, USCF-rated under 2000, who register and pay the entry fee. All proceeds benefit Portland Chess Club.

To register, email Mike MOrris at mikejmorris@earthlink.net and pay $10 through PayPal to email@pdxchess.org.