Rebecca Holt

*FREE* Midland Open in Portland on August 11

Sun, Aug 11, 2019 10:00am – 4:00pm

This tournament is a Qualifier for the 2020 OSCF Tournament.

This chess tournament is open to all and will be submitted for rating to the Northwest Scholastic Rating Service.

TYPE; 4 Round Swiss

TIME CONTROL: Game in 25; 5 second delay

ENTRY FEE: FREE

AWARDS: Chess Book to the top three Finishers

TIE BREAKER: CUMULATIVE, Average Opposition

EQUIPMENT: YOU MUST BRING A CHESS SET AND BOARD.  If you do not bring a chess set and board —- I may not be able accept your registration.  In other words you may not play if you don’t bring equipment as I only will have a few extra sets and boards.  Also bring a chess clock if you have one.  Also bring a pen/pencil and scoresheets to record the moves of your games.

REGISTRATION: On-site from 10AM – 10:15 AM. I will need the following information for registration: Your Name, the school you attended, your grade in school (I actually need what grade you were just in, not the one you will be going to in September), and a contact method (phone/e=mail). You may also pre-register by send an e-mail with the above information to “chessalot@aol.com“. If you pre-register you must still check in by 10:15 AM.  Those that register by e-mail will be given preference if I need to reduce those registered due to a lack of equipment or space.

Location Details
Midway Library
805 SE 122nd Ave
Portland OR 97233 

Location Phone: (503) 988-5392

Coquille’s LaVerne County Park Tournament on June 29

LaVerne Park

LaVerne Park

Chess Tournament at LaVerne County Park, Saturday, June 29 (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.

Potluck so bring a dish, Dr. Nancy will supply the hot dogs. Bring the family and 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 6-7 in Portland

On July 6-7, the Portland Chess Club is running the 5th 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 OSCF State qualifier and is dual rated in US Chess and NWSRS. Find more information about the event at pdxchess.org.

*FREE* Happy Valley Park Open on July 12

This tournament is a Qualifier for the 2020 OSCF Tournament.  We will use the big shelter at the South end of the park. This chess tournament is open to all and will be submitted for rating to the Northwest Scholastic Rating Service.

TYPE; 4 Round Swiss

TIME CONTROL: Game in 25; 5 second delay

ENTRY FEE: FREE

AWARDS: Chess Book to the top three Finishers

TIE BREAKER: CUMULATIVE, Average Opposition

EQUIPMENT: YOU MUST BRING A CHESS SET AND BOARD.  If you do not bring a chess set and board —- I may have to not accept your registration.  In other words you may not be able to play if you don’t bring equipment as I only will have a few extra sets and boards.  Also bring a chess clock if you have one.  Also bring a pen/pencil and scoresheets to record the moves of your games.

REGISTRATION: On-site from 10 AM – 10:15 AM. I will need the following information for registration: Your Name, the school you attended, your grade in school (I actually need what grade you were just in, not the one you will be going to in September), and a contact method (phone/e=mail). You may also pre-register by send an e-mail with the above information to “chessalot@aol.com”. If you pre-register you must still check in by 10:15 AM.  Those that register by e-mail will be given preference if I need to reduce those registered due to a lack of equipment and or space.  
Inclement weather —- if rainy weather is predicted the tournament will be rescheduled for July 19th.


Location Details
Happy Valley Park
13770 Se Ridgecrest Road
Happy Valley OR 97086 US

For more information, email Ed Addis at chessalot@aol.com

Chess Camp with Matt Zavortink in Portland June 24-28, 9am – 12pm)

SUMMER CHESS CAMP
Taught by USCF National Master and Two-Time Oregon State Chess Champion Matt Zavortink

Sponsored and Hosted by Portland Chess Club
8205 SW 24th Avenue, Portland, OR, 97219

June 24-28
9:00am-12:00pm
Drop-off 8:45am; Pickup by 12:15pm

Cost: $150

Registration: Email Matt Zavortink (zavortink@gmail.com)

USCF National Master Matt Zavortink and Hayhurst Elementary Chess Coach Chad Lykins are offering a full week of chess instruction plus five NWSRS rated games.

Open to students at all experience levels from Grade 2nd to 8th. Students will be grouped based on strength both for instruction and rated games. All groups receive instruction aimed at helping them reach the next rating class.

Schedule Topics
8:45-9:00: Drop-off Monday: Calculating Accurately
9:00-9:30: First group lesson Tuesday: Opening Strategy
9:30-10:15: Supervised play and Game Analysis Wednesday: Attacking the King
10:15-10:45: Second group lesson Thursday: Endgame Techniques
10:45-11:45: Rated game (G25d5) Friday: Famous Games
11:45-12:00: Post-game analysis
12:00-12:15: Pick-up

About Us
Matt Zavortink is a USCF National Master and two-time Oregon State Champion. His students recently won top individual awards at the OSCF Team Championship in both the elementary and middle-school
divisions. He offers private lessons as well as group lessons. He currently coaches at ACCESS Academy,Hayhurst Elementary, and Robert Gray Middle School.

Chad Lykins is a tournament director, coach, and father of three scholastic chess players. He has coached at Hayhurst Elementary for the last three years, during which time the team finished in a tie for first at the OSCF Team Championship and twice finished in a tie for 2nd at the CFS Team Championship.

The Portland Chess Club, located in Southwest Portland, offers both NWSRS and USCF rated tournaments as well as weekly casual chess.
Contact: Matt Zavortink
Email:zavortink@gmail.com

*FREE* Chess4Kids classes and rated games in Portland (June 1, 9, 15, and 22, 7-8:30 pm)

Chess4kids will be hosting free summer classes. The class is thirty minutes long, and teachers will teach students chess strategy and tactics. At the very end, kids will be able to play an one hour long rated game with classmates. All teachers have a rating of 1600 or above.
Dates:       June 1st, 9th, 15th and 22nd
Time:         7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location:   13545 NW Evergreen st , Portland, OR 97229
Contact:     info@chess4kids.net

*FREE* Summer is Here Class and Quads in Happy Valley (June 10, 14, 18, 20, 21 from 5:30-9 pm)

This event is 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 where we will analyze and notate a game played by America’s first Great Chess Player – Paul Morphy.After each class, there will be a rated quad (3 chess games). Quad’s will be made up by the TD’s discretion.  Time control game in 25 minutes with a 5 second delay.  Top five scorers for the five quads and attending the Friday June 21st class will be awarded a chess book.  Tie breaks used:  Number of games played, lowest rating, and youngest age.

Each NWSRS rated quad will count as one qualifying tournament for  the 2020 OSCF State Championship.

Registration:  No on-site registration.  All must register by e-mail.  To register send Ed Addis an e-mail at “chessalot@aol.com”.  Include your first and last name, grade in school (the grade you just completed — not the one you will be in after your summer vacation), and school you attend.  For adults I need your first and last name and which state you live in.  I also need to know which dates each of you plan to attend.
Space is limited so register early.

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.  No outside food or drink can be brought into the New Seasons Market.

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

Location Details
New Season – Happy Valley
15861 SE Happy Valley Town Center Drive
Happy Valley OR 97086 US

2019 Spring All Stars posted!

The Spring 2019 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, 2019 and May 1, 2019.  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 2019 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 9/1/18 and 8/31/19 — will be eligible to participate in the 2019 12th Annual Oregon All-Stars Invitational, which we plan to hold in October 2019 (details to come next September). Congratulations to everyone on the list!

Raise money for your club by hosting the 2020 OSCF Team Championship!

The inaugural OSCF K12 School Team Championship drew approximately 200 students from across the State of Oregon for the first rated K12 team event in state history. It was the second largest rated scholastic tournament of the year, with only the OSCF Championship in Seaside drawing more students.

We’ve listened to your feedback and implemented the following changes for 2020:
Longer time controls: In 2020, the top sections in K5, K8, and K12 will move to four rounds of G60d5. The lower sections (U700, U500, etc.) will still be five rounds of G25d5.
More awards: We will have have smaller sections in each division, which means more awards.
More kids: Bad scheduling on our part made it hard for many K8 and K12 teams to attend. This year we have chosen April 4, 2020 and April 11, 2020 as the two options. These dates do not conflict with Spring Break or events at Portland Chess Club, Chess for Success, or OHSCTA. We expect enrollment to climb toward 250-300 students.
Bigger space: The event has outgrown its first venue and is actively seeking a new host.

If you are interested in hosting the event and have a venue that can serve 250-300 students plus another 200-300 adults, please email oscf@oscf.org. This venue can be a school, convention center, corporate office, or similar space. Donated corporate spaces may be tax-deductible, but inquire first. Schools who host may use the event as a fundraiser for their chess club.

The full tournament by-laws can be found here.

Email OSCF@OSCF.ORG by May 31, 2019 to inquire about hosting. The host may be selected by June 30, 2019.

Chad Lykins
OSCF Board Member and
2019 OSCF K12 School Team Championship Tournament Director
oscf@oscf.org

2019 OSCF State Championship Results are in! Thank you to all who participated!

The 14th annual Oregon State Scholastic Chess Championship was held April 12-13 in Seaside, OR.  Over 400 players from across the state participated. Final tournament results can be found here.

Primary School Grand Champion (K-2) was Anisha Sripada from Findley Elementary. Elementary School Grand Champion (3-5) was Austin Tang from Hope Chinese Charter School.  

With an equal score, Middle School Co-Champions (6-8) were Zoey Tang of Hope Chinese Charter School and Shunkai Peng of Conestoga Middle School. These two players then participated in a thrilling 4-game playoff with Shunkai Peng coming out victorious and earning the right to represent Oregon along with the K-8 champions of the other 49 states in the prestigious 2019 Barber Tournament of K-8 champions, Aug. 3-6 2019 in Orlando, FL.  

High School Grand Champion (9-12) was Michael Moore from Crescent Valley High School who along the way scored upsets against two national masters to earn the title.  Michael earns the right to represent Oregon along with the high school champions of the other 49 states in the illustrious 2019 Denker Tournament of High School Champions, also held Aug. 3-6 2019 in conjunction with the US open tournament run by the US Chess Federation.

The Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation’s mission is to promote, support, sponsor, and coordinate scholastic chess activities in Oregon.  Our motto is “More Kids. More Chess. More fun!” Chess is a powerful vehicle for developing skills and habits that benefit young minds for life: analytic thinking, planning ahead, winning with grace and losing with dignity, setting disciplined and realistic goals, and understanding that mastery takes years of persistent work and gradual progress.  OSCF was founded by chess parents in 2005 to create opportunities for Oregon kids to compete in high-quality, rated chess tournaments. Currently, we run three official OSCF events, including the OSCF Championship in April, the Oregon All-Stars Invitational, and the Oregon Open Scholastic. In addition, OSCF sanctions around 80 tournaments per year as state championship “qualifiers.”  We also provide guidance, expertise, and resources for new tournament directors, coaches, and school chess clubs.