Jeff Dobbins

Seaside is Calling!

Here it comes!

The 8th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship is coming to Seaside on April 12-13, 2013.  It’s packed full of Blitz and Bughouse on the afternoon and evening of day 1 (Friday, April 12, is an inservice day for Portland Public Schools and several other districts in the state!).

On day 2, there’s a full day of competitive chess divided into 15 separate grade- and rating- based sections that give all of the nearly 300 players a good chance to walk home with a huge taffy-filled golden trophy!

How do you qualify for State?

You qualify to come to OSCF State if you meet three requirements as of April 1, 2013 (full details here):

1) You are an Oregon-resident scholastic player in grades K-12.
2) You have an established NWSRS or USCF rating.  For most scholastic players, this means you’ve played in 15 or more NWSRS rated games — these do not have to be tournament games; you can get them in your club as well (contact us to ask about how).
3) You have played in at least two OSCF qualifier tournaments between May 1, 2012 and April 1, 2013.  The tournaments printed in green on the NWSRS calendar are the ones that count (this does not, unfortunately, include the CFS tournaments).  Qualifier Tournaments in the next month include Eugene and Coquille Tournaments this Saturday and the Presidents’ Weekend Tournament on February 16th.  Other events are being planned for early March in Gresham and Salem, and there are always the regular Friday evening Chess Odyssey and Tigard Grange Quads.

A list of the students who have qualified so far, as well as full details, hotel arrangements, and other information for this year will be posted soon.  Contact us with questions, and in the meantime, keep playing chess!

Winter 2013 All-Stars List

Messier 107 in OphiuchusThe Winter 2013 All Stars list has been posted (sorry for the delay!).  This list identifies the players active between September 1 and December 31, 2012 who achieved the top ten established (NWSRS or USCF) ratings by grade during that period. Those on this list, as well as the Spring and Fall lists to be published later in the year, or on the 2013 Lifetime Achievement List, will be invited to the 6th Annual OSCF All-Stars Invitational Tournament, which will be held in October 2013.  In the meantime, keep playing chess!

Are you feeling Presidential?

The next major Portland-area chess tournament for the Winter Season is on the calendar:  The Presidents’ Weekend Tournament, to be held Saturday, February 16th at Robert Gray Middle School, located in SW Portland not far off I-5.  This OSCF State Qualifier has cash prizes in the top two sections, and will have team awards and other generous trophies throughout the lower sections.  Whether you are giddy for Garfield, wacky for Wilson, or manic for Martin Van Buren, register online for the Presidents’ Weekend Tournament now!

For those of you wondering, it’s our understanding that the Whitford Tournament will not be happening this year (someone tell us ASAP if that changes), so plan to get your OSCF Qualifying events in otherwise…. OSCF State is April 12-13 in Seaside!

Oregon’s Top 25 Scholastic Players

The 2013 Scholastic Chess Season is off to a good start with the Metzger Tournament coming on January 12.  The Winter 2013 All-Stars list is being prepared and should be posted in the next couple of days; in the meantime, here is a list of the top 25 scholastic players in the state.  Ratings are the maximum of current (1/2/2013) NWSRS and January published USCF. Players have been active (at least one NWSRS or USCF game) since champs last April and must be enrolled in grades K-12 in Oregon’s schools.  Well done to all these players! (HT: Dan Dalthorp).

Alexandra Botez    2069
Yogi Saputra    2042
Aaron Grabinsky    1946
David Wen    1932
Erik Skalnes    1872
Steven Witt    1863
Samuel Coste    1847
Maxwell Sun    1834
Matt Dalthorp    1820
Takuma Sato-Duncan    1778
Dillon Murray    1760
Clemen Deng    1721
Seth Talyansky    1671
Austin Nguyen    1648
Jack Dale    1625
Ashwin Sah    1606
Matthew Stevens    1585
Andrea Botez    1578
Ben Pikus    1572
Jimmy Kelly    1563
Pranav Sharan    1555
Peter Donchenko    1554
Valentin Molchanov    1536
Philip Weiss    1534
Cameron Kocher    1516

Middle School Teams at OHSCTA

The Oregon High School Chess Team Association (OHSCTA) has been running Oregon’s state High School Team Chess Championship for over 40 years.  This year’s event will be held on March 8th & 9th at LaSalle College Prep High School located at 11999 SE Fuller Road in Milwaukie, Oregon.  Five rounds of play will determine the Oregon State Champion Team.

This year, the OHSCTA has added a new section to this annual tournament that is just for Oregon Middle School Chess Teams (Grades 6 to 8).  More about the event after the break…

PAL at the Winter Break

The Portland Area League (PAL) completed its fifth round on December 12th and will be taking a break until January 9th.  This is the first time that the PAL has taken a three week break in their season – but the schools in the Portland Area chose different weeks for their Winter Breaks, so the league will resume once everyone is back in session.  More detailed information about the current results can be found after the break!

PAL Week 1 Report

Ed Addis reports:  The Portland Area League held its first match of the season on Wednesday, November 7th at Lincoln High School in downtown Portland.  This year the League has 20 teams that have been split into two divisions.  The first division has the top team from each of the 10 schools participating in the League and the second divison has teams from schools that are participating with more than one team.

Last year’s League Champion Clackamas Cavaliers were completely surprised by their old time nemesis, the Lake Oswego Lakers by a score of 5 to 0.  Clackamas’ Hai Dao playing first board had very good chances against the Lakers’ Pranav Sharan but ran out of time just as he had won a Queen for his Rook.  The youngsters from Sylvan Middle School took down Cleveland by a similarly lopsided 5-0 victory.  Jesuit upended the Trojans of Wilson by a score of 3-2 by winning on boards 2, 4, and 5.  Access Academy (another middle school) slid by Westview by winning on boards 1,2, and 5.  The Lincoln Cardinals edged out LaSalle Prep by a score of 3-2 by winning on boards 1 and 2 and drawing on boards 3 and 4.

In the lower division the LaSalle Prep Falcons second team bested their fourth team by a score of 5-0.  LaSalle’s #3 took down Access Academy #3 by a score of 4 to 1.  Access Academy #2 beat Wilson #2 also by a 4 to 1 score and Lincoln #2 did the same to Jesuit #2.  Clackamas #2 eged out Lake Oswego #2 by a score of 3-1 (both teams forfeit the fifth board).

The Portland Area League will be competing until the end of February.  If you would like to join and are in grades 6 to 12 we will attempt to find you a place on an existing team.  We also offer a section we call “extra games”.  This section is for those schools that bring more players than is needed to play their League games.  This section is also open to anyone (grades 6 to 12) that would like to play a rated game.  However, you must sign up by 4 PM on the sign up sheet indicating your grade, school attending, and NW rating.