Rebecca Holt

Hayhurst Halloween K-12 Tournament in Portland on Sunday, Oct. 28

Please join us for the second Hayhurst Halloween K-12 Chess Tournament! This event is open to individuals of all abilities and is a great first tournament for beginning chess players. This tournament NWSRS Rated and is a qualifier for the 2019 OSCF State Championship.

Registration Deadline is Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:59pm or when tournament is full.

Get your Halloween gear on! Special prizes for best costumes! REGISTER NOW!

Oregon Class Championships in Portland on November 3-4

On November 3-4, the Oregon Chess Federation is running the Oregon Class Championships at the Portland Chess Club. This tournament is a great way for up and coming scholastic players to get experience with a longer time control and to compete for good cash and trophy prizes while playing against similarly rated players. The tournament is an OSCF Championship qualifier. Due to space at the club facility, the tournament is limited to the first fifty players who register. Pre-register online at nwchess.com/onlineregistration by submitting your registration information and paying by the end of the day on Thursday, November 1. See for more information about the event at pdxchess.org.

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

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.

*FREE* Chess Classes with Rated Games July 30-August 3

These Chess Classes and Rated Games are open to all and is FREE.

Participants do need to be familiar with the rules of chess and chess notation.
Bring chess set and chess board with you. 
We will be using the Community Room which is located at the back of this New Seasons store.
Each class will be about thirty minutes long and will cover the following chess openings:

Monday –        July 30th – Center Game  1.e4 e5 2. d4
Tuesday –       July 31st – Petrov Defense 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6
Wednesday –  August 1st – Four Knights 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6
Thursday –    August 2nd – Giuoco Piano 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5
Friday –         August 3rd – Kings Gambit  1. e5 e5 2. f4

After each class, there will be a rated chess game. Time control of game in 25 minutes with a 5 second delay.  Pairings will be by the Swiss system.  Players not in attendance for a round will be issued 1/2 point byes.  Top three scores for the five rounds and attending the Friday class will be award a chess book.  Tie breaks used:  Number of games played, cumulative, and youngest age. Each NWSRS rated game will count toward qualifying for the 2019 OSCF State Championship.

New Seasons at Happy Valley has a very nice area for those that have brought chess players to enjoy coffee or food and of course you can always shop.

Contact: Edward Addis II
Email: chessalot@aol.com
Phone: 503-467-6242

Coquille’s LaVerne County Park Tournament on July 21

LaVerne Park

LaVerne Park

Chess Tournament at LaVerne County Park, Saturday, July 21 (OSCF Qualifier).  All ages, especially adults are invited to play.  No Bobby Fishers allowed as lighting, temperature and weather cannot be controlled.  Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Green Shelter.  Fee is $5.00.  There will be a potluck lunch where hot dogs will be provided.  Play five rounds, no elimination with prizes being outdoor toys.  Have fun in the river, play badminton, horseshoes and bring squirt guns for wet fun between rounds.  Will be held rain or shine.  Feel free to camp at the nearby campground for extra fun. For more information or to register, contact Nancy Keller at drnancykeller[at]yahoo.com.

Rose City Sectionals on July 7-8 in Portland

On July 7-8, the Portland Chess Club is running the 4th Annual Rose City Sectionals tournament. This is a great way for up and coming scholastic players to get some experience with longer time controls and to compete for good cash prizes and trophies by playing in a section with similarly rated players. The tournament is a 2019 OSCF State qualifier and is dual rated in US Chess and NWSRS. Find more information about the event at pdxchess.org.

Chess4Kids classes and rated games in Portland on June 23

Chess4kids is hosting *FREE* summer chess classes and rated games on the Saturdays of June. The class is thirty minutes long and will teach about multiple aspects of chess. Afterwards, there will be a one hour long rated game. Players who attend should know the basic rules of chess. Playing ALL 4 rated games will count as one OSCF State Championship qualifier.
Dates: June 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: Saturday nights, 7:00 -8:30 PM