Rebecca Holt

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

USCF Southern Oregon Tournament in Medford on May 12

Come play in a USCF rated Southern tournament in Medford on Saturday May 12.

This is a OSCF State Championship qualifier…

Entry Fee: $25 if received in advance; $35 if registered on site (must register at least 10 minutes prior to round 1)
Prizes: 1st: $50-$100 and 2d $25-$75; under 1800 $25-$50 (prize winnings based on the number of players)
Schedule and Time Control: 3 Rounds/Game in 60 (5 second delay) 9:30am12pm2:30pm
Please bring your own clock and board.

Tournament Location: Diamond Medical Maintenance, 1020 Knutson, Medford, Oregon

Registration: US Chess Membership Required

Send entrance fees, USCF ID, rating, full name to: Ed Battistella PO Box 1081, Ashland, OR 97520

For more information contact Ed Battistella at 541-552-0743 and edbattistella@gmail.com

New Chess Club in Hillsboro meets May 6

A new *free* chess club has just started in Hillsboro, meeting at the Brookwood public library.  The club is open to players of all ages.  There will be a mix of activities from instruction, to free play, to game analysis and we hope to eventually start hosting regular (every month or so) rated quads.  For more information, contact Bill Barrese at bllbrrs2020@yahoo.com

Next club meeting:
May 6: Brookwood Public Library, Conference room B, 1-4 p.m.

13th OSCF State Championship Results and Ratings are posted!

Thanks to everyone who attended the 13th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship last weekend, and a particular thanks to all the volunteers — parents and coaches of players, as well as last year’s OSCF Board, who helped make the event a great success.

In the end, we had 338 players participate in the main event (38 Primary, 137 Elementary, 102 Middle School, and 61 high School). On Friday evening, we had 128 players in the blitz tournament, and 182 players (91 teams) playing bughouse.  We had 26 players in our Friends and Family tournament.

Tournament Results are In!

See Tournament/NWSRS Rating Results here.

See Tournament/USCF Rating Results here.

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s 14th OSCF State Championship on April 12-13, 2019!