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Presidents’ Weekend Tournament in Portland on Feb. 18

"I Want You For The US Army"REGISTER HERE for the Presidents’ Weekend Tournament!  Registration closes Thursday 2/13 at Midnight.

We want you for the FIFTH ANNUAL Presidents’ Weekend Tournament!  Last year, over 200 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 18th, and we hope you will join us for a great day.  More details are available here; rules are here, and a tentative schedule is here.  We look forward to seeing you at Robert Gray Middle School in SW Portland!  REGISTER HERE.

 

 

2017 Winter All Stars Posted!

NCG3572The Winter 2017 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 September 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016.  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 2017 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 9/1/16 and 8/31/17 — will be eligible to participate in the 2017 10th Annual Oregon All-Stars Invitational, which we plan to hold in October 2017 (details to come next September). Congratulations to everyone on the list!

Oregon Junior Closed Invitations

The Oregon Chess Federation, Oregon’s primary U.S. Chess Federation affiliate, hosts the Oregon Junior Closed Championship each year.  The top six junior players in the state are invited to participate in a 5-round round robin event at the end of the year, with the winning player invited to the Oregon Closed Championship in early 2017 (as long as they meet certain rating requirements).  For more information, see the OCF bylaws here.

Historically, the six invitations to the Junior Closed are extended to (1) chess players under the age of 19 as of the date of the tournament, (2) who have played at least 15 USCF rated games over the last year (so 11/20/2015 to 11/20/2016), and (3) are based on the highest post-tournament rating during that period, averaged with the player’s October 2016 rating (as published in the USCF October supplement).

Based on those criteria, we have the following six players as the primary invitees to the Oregon Junior Closed; we also list several alternates below in case some of the invitees are unable to attend.  Those invitees who are interested in participating should contact Andrei Botez, OCF Scholastic Coordinator, for more information: Email Andrei at silver.knights.chess.club at gmail.com.  Please email him with any corrections you believe should be made to the list as well.  Congratulations to the invitees!

QUALIFYING RATING AVERAGE QUALIFYING PLAYER
2406 GRABINSKY, AARON
2198 TALYANSKY, SETH
2028 MCCOY, OWEN
2003 GRABINSKY, JOSHUA
1889 PERKINS, JOSIAH
1886 PATEL, KIAN
ALTERNATES BELOW ALTERNATES BELOW
1849 ZHANG, GAVIN
1813 WU, ETHAN
1800 BOTEZ, ANDREA CECILIA

All-Stars Tournament October 14; Register by Tuesday at midnight

Oregon State Capitol

Oregon State Capitol

Registration Deadline is Tuesday, October 11 at midnight for the 9th Annual OSCF All-Stars Invitational Tournament, taking place at the Oregon State Capitol on Friday, October 14, a statewide Inservice Day (for most schools — do check!).  You can see if you are invited by reviewing the master alphabetical list of invitees here.  You can REGISTER HERE by clicking this link, reading the referenced material, and the completing the information at the relevant registration page.

Further details about the event, including rules and a tentative schedule, can be found at this link.  We hope to see you in Salem on Friday!

Summer All-Stars, Lifetime Achievement (2016) Posted

Heart_of_M13_Hercules_Globular_ClusterWelcome to Fall and a new year of Chess!  We have posted our Summer 2016 All-Stars list, which sets out the top 10 active players by grade (based on highest established rating during the relevant period), as well as the 2016 Lifetime Achievement List, which lists the top 25 most active current scholastic players in the NWSRS ratings system over their lifetime.  All these players, as well as those listed on the Winter 2016 and Spring All Stars lists, and active members of the Order of the Knight, are invited to participate in the 9th Annual OSCF All-Stars Tournament, taking place in Salem on October 14, 2016 (an inservice Friday for most Oregon schools).  REGISTER HERE FOR THE ALL-STARS TOURNAMENT. Congratulations to everyone, and we hope to see you in Salem!

Queen of Katwe – Advance Screening Monday 9/26!

untitledAll Scholastic Chess Players, their family and friends are invited to an advance screening of Disney’s Queen of Katwe at 7:00 PM on Monday, September 26, 2016 at the Regal Bridgeport theatre, 7329 SW Bridgeport Road, Tigard OR 97224.  You must RSVP to receive free passes at AlliedIMPDX@gmail.com – include “Queen of Katwe-Bridge” in the email subject line, first come-first serve.  Opens in Portland on September 30.  For more details, check out the Queen of Katwe invitation flyer.

FREE Chess Tournament in East Portland on August 13

gresham libraryEd Addis is at it again…join him for free chess at the East County II Tournament!

Saturday, August 13 
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Type:  4 Round Swiss. G/30 d5.  OSCF State Qualifiers.  Please bring boards, sets, and clocks.
Registration: FREE!  Register 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 pre-register by sending an e-mail with the above information to “chessalot@aol.com“. If you pre-register you must still check in by 10:15 AM.
Prizes: Chess book to top three winners.  Tie Breaker: Cumulative.
Equipment: Bring a chess set, board, and chess clock if you have them as none will be supplied. Also bring a pen/pencil and scoresheets to record the moves of your games.
Location:  Gresham Library 385 NW Miller Avenue, Gresham OR 97030
TD / Contact: Ed Addis, 503-658-7809, email chessalot@aol.com

May 14-15: 2nd Annual Rose City Sectionals

Neon_rose,_Portland,_OregonOn May 14-15, the Portland Chess Club is running the Rose City Sectionals tournament. This tournament is similar to a class championship with 200 point sections. It’s a great tournament 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 2017 OSCF State qualifier and is dual rated in USCF and NWSRS. More information can be found on the Portland Chess Club website, pdxchess.org.