Jeff Dobbins

Clackamas Tournament Report

Clackamas High School Coach Ed Addis reports on a successful Clackamas K-12 Open, held on Saturday, October 20th. This 5-section, 126-player tournament featured a wide variety of awards, from Legend Products boards and pieces, along with clocks to winners, as well as $600 worth of door prizes from local businesses. Results of the tournament will be posted on the NWSRS ratings site later this week, but here’s a highlight of the top-placed players in each section:

Primary School (K-2):
Zoie Calora (Catlin Gable School) & Calvin Chang (Forest Park Elem.) with 4 points.

Elementary School (3-5):
Praveer Sharan (Oak Creek Elem.) with a perfect 5 points.
Followed by 5 players with 4 points.

Middle School (6-8):
Rohan Bhatt (Stoller Middle School) with a perfect 5 points.

Lower High School (9-10):
Pranav Sharan (Lake Oswego HS) with a perfect 5 points.
Followed by 4 players with 4 points.

Upper High School Section (11-12):
Alexandra Botez (Clackamas HS) – a perfect 5 points.
Followed by 4 players with 4 points.

First place team trophies went to Catlin Gable, Alliance Charter Academy, and Clackamas HS, followed by second place winners Happy Valley Elem., Athey Creek MS, and Lake Oswego HS.

Clackamas High School Chess Club hopes to make this an annual event — we hope they do!

All-Stars Results

The results from All-Stars have been reported to the USCF, and are available online here.  The results have also been reported to the NWSRS and are available here. Thanks to the quick work of our head TD, Roza Kotlyar, for getting those results in so quickly!  To our section winners, congratulations, and checks are going out in the mail early in the week of October 22.

Our photos will be available online soon.  If anyone has photos of their own that they would like to share, please let us know at  We particularly need photos of the events and kids in hearing room E (Rising stars J & K) and Room 350 (Super Stars)!  Thanks again to all who attended and assisted.  We hope everyone had a good time (win or lose).

The section winners were:

Section A: Maxwell Sun & Aaron Grabinsky
Section B: Clemen Deng
Section C:  Cameron Kocher
Section D: Jonathan Yau
Section E: Philip Weiss
Section F: Cody Webb
Section G: Leonardo Sun & Craig Still
Section H: Keshav Siddhartha
Section I: James Maslen & Stephen Nguyen
Section J: Victor Dossin
Section K:  Kavish Siddhartha

Clackamas K-12 Open next Saturday

Clackamas High School will host the first big Portland-area school-based tournament of the year this coming Saturday, October 20. Organizer and Clackamas HS Coach Ed Addis has gathered not merely trophies and plus-score prizes for this OSCF-State qualifier event, but has a variety of interesting gifts and gift cards from local businesses and supporters. Regular registration of $25 (there’s also a sibling discount) is available through Tuesday evening by emailing Ed.  There’s more information available on the tournament’s NWSRS Calendar entry (click here, then on the tournament name on 10/20) — that information is also reproduced after the break.

2012 All-Stars Tournament Early Report

Congratulations to all the attendees at the 2012 All-Stars Tournament, which was held at the State Capitol in Salem on October 12. More details, and photos, to come, but in the meantime, Thank You to our many volunteers throughout the day. In particular, thanks to the room TDs Ed Addis, Max Booth, Dan Dalthorp, Katrina Halverson, and April Lutz who served as a constant and welcome presence in our playing rooms as the OSCF board members helped fulfill other duties. And thank you to all of the players, parents, and coaches that helped make it a successful day. More soon.

2012 All-Stars Registration is Open Closed

Oregon State Capitol

Detailed information and rules for the 2012 All-Stars Invitational Tournament have been posted, and registration is open now closed.  Eligible players are listed on the three 2012 All-Stars Lists and the 2012 Lifetime Achievement List.  Come join us in Salem on Friday, October 12 (a statewide inservice day) for a day celebrating hard work and great results in the game of chess, as well as quality competition against the state’s most dedicated scholastic players.

Here is a list of who’s coming (so far!).

Fall 2012 All-Stars List

The Fall 2012 All Stars list has been posted.  This list identifies the players active between May 1 and August 31 who achieved the top ten established (NWSRS or USCF) ratings by grade. Those on this list, on the Winter 2012 list, the Spring 2012 list, or the 2012 Lifetime Achievement list, are invited to the 5th Annual OSCF All-Stars Invitational Tournament, which will be held on October 12 in Salem.  More details on that tournament will be published shortly — keep your eyes on the web site!

Portland Area League (Team Chess)

High School and Middle School players in the Portland metropolitan area should check out the Portland Area League tournament, which runs from November to February with matches played at 4 PM on Wednesdays when Lincoln High School is open.  In 2011-2012, the League had 24 teams and played 13 rounds.   The league has been operating for over 20 years in a “team chess” format, which is different than playing in a regular chess tournament, because it takes a team effort to win the match.  Each match consists of five boards with your team’s best player on board #1, your second best on board #2, and so.  The winner of the match is the team that scores three or more points.

Teams are typically composed of players in grades 6 to 12 from the same school or one of its feeder schools.  (For example, a student in the 6th grade at West Sylvan Middle school can play on the Lincoln High School team.)  A school can have more than one team, or bring reserve players to each match so they can be paired against reserves from other teams.   Even if your school doesn’t have a team, you can still join and either play on an existing team (if you live in their attendance area), or you will be placed with a team depending on where you live and the needs of teams in the league.

Individual registration ends September 30, while team Registration ends October 15, 2012.

To register or to get more information contact Ed Addis at (503) 658-7809 or by e-mail at

Oregon Scholastic Chess on OPB!

(c) 2012 by Hanna Ornes for OSCF

Those of you who attended the 2012 OSCF State Tournament in Seaside may recall the two U of O students who were video taping, photographing, and interviewing our chess players during the weekend.  Bonnie Harris, one of those students, reports that the final result of their work, the documentary “The Gymnasium of the Mind,” has been selected for broadcast as a part of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Lens broadcast.  Tune in to your local OPB station at 10:00pm on Wednesday, August 22, to see it, and set those recorders so you can watch it again!

U.S. Open Final Results

The U.S. Open came to a spectacular close on Sunday evening, August 12, in Vancouver. Congratulations to all of our Oregon Scholastic players, who netted plenty of additional USCF rating points to bring back to our dual-rated scholastic events!

Results of particular note include a fantastic 6.5 points from incoming Junior Yogi Saputra, who won a clear first place in the U2000 rating class, bringing his rating well above 2000 — at the top of our Oregon scholastic players going into the calculation of our pre-All-Stars lists, and an increase of over 450 points since he received his established USCF rating in January of this year.

Despite playing an intense six rounds in the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions from Saturday-Tuesday, Coquille’s Aaron Grabinsky also had a great tournament, tying for second with 5.5 points in the U1800 class while Valentin Molchanov (4.5 points, U1400 class), Jonathan Yau (3.5 points, U1200 class), and John Ornes (3.5 points, U1200 class) all tied for third in their rating classes and will enjoy significant rating increases.  There are many other results to be proud of in this particularly difficult tournament — all our Oregon competitors should be thrilled with their participation and results!