Jeff Dobbins

OSCF State Registration is LIVE!

Registration for the 12th Annual OSCF State Tournament, to be held on May 5-6 in Seaside, is LIVE. The event will feature the same fantastic blitz and bughouse competition that you’ve come to expect on Friday evening, the HUGE trophies full of taffy, and plenty of excellent chess competition among players from throughout the state.

Check here to see if you’ve already qualified, and once you are, please register ASAP to help our many volunteers get ready for your arrival.




Players Qualified for State as of March 21

The 12th Annual OSCF State Championship, which will take place in Seaside, OR, on May 5-6, 2017.  Don’t miss out!  There are still 6 weeks left to qualify if you haven’t already.  Want to know if you’re qualified?  Check the list of qualified players here.  If you don’t see yourself on that list, check the list of players who still need one qualifying event, or the list of players who still need an established rating.  Please read the introductory paragraphs and links regarding qualification carefully; they will answer many questions!!


Oregon High School Chess Team Association State Championships

For any High School or Middle School coaches out there looking for the pinnacle of High School team competition in the state, the OHSCTA has been holding its state tournament for the last 50+ years, and it’s coming once again — this year to Hillsboro High School on March 3-4.  For any teams who have not already registered, the final deadline to do so is Wednesday, March 1 (and early registration fees are available through then).  Contact Executive Director Nancy Keller to register or for more information,

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 at  Please email him with any corrections you believe should be made to the list as well.  Congratulations to the invitees!

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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 – 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.