Rebecca Holt

Oregon Scholastic Player Takes First Place at the North American Open in Dec. 2018

For any Oregon Scholastic Players looking for inspiration, see how hard work and dedication can bring great results! Congratulations, Roshen!

Roshen won FIRST place at the 28th North American Open at Las Vegas in December 2018 in the U2100 section. An undefeated score of 6.5 (from seven rounds) made him a clear winner for the $7000 prize money and also helped him cross USCF 2100 rank ceiling.

Roshen also teamed up with Sophie Velea (from Washington State) to win FIRST place in the mixed doubles section each winning $750 team prize.

Roshen also played in the Blitz tournament (Open Section) and tied for FIRST place in U2100 winning $165. This was Roshen’s first USCF rated Blitz tournament.

Earlier in November 2018, Roshen won FIRST place at the WASHINGTON Class Championships (in the EXPERT section) by a score of 5/6 (4 wins and 2 draws).

Also in November 2018, Roshen won SECOND place at the OREGON Class Championships (in the MASTER/EXPERT section) by a score of 2.5/4 (2 wins, 1 draw & 1 loss). His performance also helped him qualify for the Oregon Chess Federation’s 2019 Oregon Closed Tournament.

28th North American Open results can be viewed using the following links.

CHESS Life magazine’s report on the 28th North American Open: https://new.uschess.org/news/gm-jinshi-bai-tops-north-american-open/

*NEW!* Mike Sheehan Memorial Chess Tournament in Scappoose on Mar. 2

Join us for the first annual Mike Sheehan Memorial Chess Tournament in Scappoose on March 2. The Scappoose community is organizing this tournament to honor the memory of Mike Sheehan, a beloved chess enthusiast and community member. This is a 2019 OSCF State Championship qualifier, 5-game individual and team chess tournament for players of all ages. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced sections. G25. Trophies and medals for top individuals, and trophies for teams (score is sum of top 4 players). Check-in is from 8:30-9:00 am with Round 1 starting at 9:30.

Questions? Email Joel Haugen at airhaug@gmail.com.

Registration deadline is Feb. 28. REGISTER NOW!

*Registration is closed* President’s Weekend Tournament in Portland on Feb. 16

*Registration is closed for the Presidents’ Weekend Tournament*

We want you for the SEVENTH ANNUAL Presidents’ Weekend Tournament!  Last year, over 170 players came to Gray Middle School in SW Portland for a great day of chess and fabulous prizes.  The Commanders-in-Chief have ordered up another excellent set of trophies and Presidential prizes for Saturday, February 16th, and we hope you will join us for a great day.

More details are available here.  We look forward to seeing you at Robert Gray Middle School in SW Portland!

Championship T-shirt Designs Wanted! Deadline: February 26 at noon

Every year, our players walk away from Seaside with fantastic t-shirts produced on-site by our vendor, Northwest Designs.  Each year, the great art on the t-s2013 T-Shirt Designhirt is designed by one of our players.  We’re looking for the T-shirt design that will be featured on this year’s shirts.  If you have the selected design, you will win a free entry to the tournament ($35 value), a free T-shirt ($20-25 value), and $75!  If you’re the first runner up, your design will be featured on the front of the State Championship Program.  The deadline is coming quickly, though, so get your pencils, pens, and crayons sharpened, and your creative energies flowing!

T-Shirt Design Contest

Parents or adults affiliated with tournament attendees may submit designs, but preference for designs will be given to NSWRS-rated players and their siblings (and the award remains the same)!  All entries will become property of OSCF and will not be returned.  The design must contain three phrases:  1) “14th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship” or (if the chess theme is obvious) “14th Annual OSCF State Championship”,  2) “April 12-13, 2019”, and 3) “Seaside, Oregon”.

NF 2014 WinnerThere is no limit on colors for submissions, although the final t-shirt design may be limited in production and altered as necessary for t-shirt production.  Shirts will be produced on demand, on site, and on the customer’s choice of shirt color.  All submissions must be submitted either by dropping them with an OSCF representative at an OSCF qualifying tournament or electronically as an email attachment, along with a T-shirt Design Contest Application Form, to oscfchess2011@gmail.com.

Deadline: Noon on Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Southwestern Community College Chess for all ages in Coos Bay on Feb. 2

Adults and scholastic players invited to play chess at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay in Empire Hall in Lakeview G room. Ratings above 1000 will be dual rated NWSRS and USCF. Registration 9:30, play begins at 10. Advanced division time control 25/5. This is a 2019 OSCF Championship qualifier.

Contact: Nancy Keller Daily
Email: drnancykeller@yahoo.com
Phone: 541-290-8479

New! Hope Chinese Charter School MLK Tournament in Beaverton on Jan. 21

A fun, festive chess tournament for all chess players in grades K-12. This holiday tournament has been designated as a qualifier for the OSCF 2019 State Seaside championship, and will be NWSRS rated. In addition to final awards, prizes will be given after each round. National Master Carl Haessler will be on site to provide FREE game analysis.

REGISTER NOW to play chess on your day off from school!

Catlin Chess Festival in Portland on Jan. 12

catlin-chessThe Catlin Upper School Chess Club is sponsoring a five-round, Swiss-style chess tournament for all ages and skill levels to promote chess in the Portland area. Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase. We will award trophies to the top five finishers in each section, plus-score medals, and participation prizes. Earlybird registration fee is $20 through December 31.  Click here to Register Online. For more information, contact Hansen Lian at lianh@catlin.edu
or 971-337-9101.