Jeff Dobbins

Portland Chess Club Friday Scholastic Quads, Open Quads, and Casual Chess: Cancelled through the end of March

Scholastic Quads

Format: 3-round quads open to all K-12 players. Some or all of the sections may run as a 3-round Swiss with more than four players depending on circumstances. The most current NWSRS ratings are generally used.

Time Control: G/25;d5 (twenty five minutes per player with a five second delay each move). Clocks without delay capability use G/25;d0. Bring a digital clock. Some digital clocks are provided at this tournament but please do not always rely on the club to provide a digital clock (boards, pieces, notation sheets, and pens/pencils are provided).

Schedule: On-site registration runs from 6:30-6:45pm. The first round starts at 7pm and each section will run on an ASAP schedule.

Entry Fee: $20, $15 for PCC members. Pay during registration with cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club.

Rated: NWSRS rated

Prizes: Trophy to the winner(s) of each quad. If there is a six or seven player Swiss, the runner-up receives a medal.

Qualifiers: This tournament is a qualifier for the OSCF State Championship (unless the tournament falls on or ten days prior to the final day of the state championship)

Location: Portland Chess Center, 2025 Lloyd Center, Portland, OR 97232

Notes: This tournament uses the rules from the 7th edition of the US Chess rulebook. Clocks are required and notating is recommended. 3) US Chess and State memberships are not required.

*FREE* Chess Class and Quads in Happy Valley (Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30)

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.Please note we will begin at 9 AM each day except for Monday, December 30th which will begin at 5:30PM.

Each class will be about thirty minutes long,  Each day a variation of the Ruy Lopez Opening will be presented:

Thursday – December 26th – C60 – Cozio Defense 3…Nge7
Friday –  December 27th – C61 – Bird’s Defense 3..,Nd4
Saturday – December 28th – C62 – Steinitz Defense 3…d6
Sunday – December 29th –  C63 – Schliemann Defense 3…f5
Monday – December 30th – C64 – Classical 3..Bc5

After each class, there will be a rated quad. The make-up of Quad’s will be at the TD’s discretion. Time control game in 25 minutes with a 5 second delay.  Winner of each quad will be awarded a chess book.  Tie breaks used: lowest rating, and youngest age.

Each NWSRS rated game will count toward qualifying 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 ““.  Include your first and last name, grade in school, 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.

Minor Maintenance

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Last Chance to Register for All Stars Tournament in Salem on October 13

Capitol7The 10th Annual Oregon All-Stars Invitational tournament will be held on Friday, October 13 (a statewide inservice day — but check your district to be sure!).  Once again, we’re set to take over the State Capitol for a great day of chess and prizes for all the invitees.  This is an invitation-only event — see if you’re on the invitation list by checking the master list here, and if you are invited we hope you will come.  Details and rules can be found in this document.

REGISTER HERE Registration closes tonight (October 10) at midnight.  We hope you can make it!

OSCF State Rating is Complete

The NWSRS ratings system has been updated through events of Memorial Day weekend, and this means that the OSCF State Championship from earlier in May has now been rated; to see the ratings report for OSCF State, click here.  Along with the USCF section rating report (completed earlier this month — click here), we’re now up to date on our tournaments.  This means that we now have the information necessary to generate the Spring All-Stars lists, which are coming soon.  Keep an eye out here — the lists will be posted on this page once complete.  Have a great final few weeks of school!

State Followup: Thanks, and Ratings / All Stars Info

Thanks to everyone who attended the 12th 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 352 players participate in the main event, including 150 Elementary players (grades 3-5) — our largest number of Elementary players ever, and 20 players shy of our all-time attendance record.  On Friday evening, we had 151 players in the blitz tournament, and 220 players (55 teams) playing bughouse.  We had 23 players in our Friends and Family tournament.

Because the ratings official for the Northwest Scholastic Ratings System is out of the country for the next couple weeks, you won’t see the NWSRS Tournament report for State posted until late May (though the USCF ratings report is complete and posted here).  We will also, therefore, wait until late May to produce the Spring 2017 Oregon All-Stars List (which will cover games played from January 1 through May 6, 2017).  In the meantime, though, linked below is information for each of the sections at State.  Please note that while these sheets include a “Rating” field (with the player rating from before state) and a “Post” field (which includes an estimate of the player’s rating after the tournament), that “Post” rating is an ESTIMATE only, and is not official.  It’s generated within the program that we use for pairing, and while it can be close, it is also often off by many points.  But it’s something to look at until the official reports come in.

2017 OSCF State Section Standings in PDF format

If you have questions about the tiebreak process, please read the information at this link first; it should answer many of your questions.  Those of you looking to go deep into the results can click here for the above PDF document in Excel format.

2017 Veterans

The final program for the 2017 State Championship included an incomplete list of veterans.  Our apologies!  Here is the proper list of those who have competed in the OSCF State Championship 6 or more times, and who are attending this year:

Name Years Attended
Nathan Jewell 12
Justin Bagoyo 11
Mason Bagoyo 11
Torrey Gage-Tomlinson 10
Geordyn Allyn 10
Valentin Molchanov 9
Jake Winkler 9
Seth Talyansky 9
Duncan Soiffer 9
Josiah Perkins 9
Benjamin Kleier 8
Liam Booth 8
James Maslen 8
Aidan Gardner-O’Kearny 8
Colin Liu 8
Jack Woo Mcclain 8
Marshal Xu 7
Nikhil Samudrala 7
Sean Uan-Zo-Li 7
Michael Schuff 7
Arlo Maslen 7
Kyle Liu 7
Jordan Henderson 7
Ethan Wu 6
Alejandro Mcclain 6
Thomas Schuff 6
Cole Fenner 6
Arjun Mann 6
Fedor Semenov 6
Victor Dossin 6
Joshua Grabinsky 6
Quinn Reynolds 6

OSCF State: Who’s Coming?

We currently (as of midnight+1 on May 2) have 346 players registered for the 12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship!  Who’s Coming?  Check below (click “Read more”).  If you’re not on this list, but think you should be, please CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY by emailing!  Late registration is still available through Wednesday evening:  Click Here — REGISTER NOW!  We will be sending emails to those who are in the HS and MS Platinum sections that start Friday morning a little later this week; we’ll also be sending more details on the event itself.


End of the Trail: Final* Qualifications Lists For State

We have posted the nearly-final qualification lists for the 12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship, which include all games submitted for rating through April 25. Check here to see if you’re one of the 528 players who qualified.

If you’re not on that list, but think you should be, check the “almost” lists — those who still need a qualifying tournament, and those who need more rated games to meet the established rating requirement. If you think you have accidentally been left off the lists, please CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY by emailing!

For more details on qualification, see this page.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ($35) EXPIRES WEDNESDAY, April 26…so REGISTER NOW!  Note that regular registration ($45) closes Saturday 4/29 at Noon; Late, late registration ($75) closes next Wednesday May 3.