Jeff Dobbins

Updated qualification lists for State — there’s still time to qualify!

We have posted updated qualification lists, which include all games submitted for rating through April 12.  You can check to see if you’re one of the 483 players who has already qualified for the 12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship, by clicking here:  Check here to see if you’ve already qualified.

If you’re not on that list, 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’re not yet qualified, but on one of those lists, you can still do it!  There are three tournaments remaining in the Portland and Eugene areas before the absolute April 26 deadline (which is also the deadline for early registration).  Check the NWSRS Calendar for green-colored events, including:

April 16: Silver Knights Quads (Happy Valley)
April 22: Oregon State Girls’ Championship (Portland)
April 23: Bethel April Quads (Eugene)

For more details on qualification, see this page.  Once you’ve qualified, you can register by clicking the links below.  Please register ASAP to help our many volunteers get ready for your arrival.




Championship Pins & History

Congratulations to everyone who has participated in the OSCF State Championships over the years; our 12th annual tournament will be on May 5-6, 2017!  Some history as we approach our 12th year:  Our largest OSCF Championship ever involved 372 players in 2014, though our largest blitz and bughouse tournaments (158 and 230 players respectively) were in 2016; last year also saw our largest number of qualified players ever, at 543.

In the material listed after the break (click on “read more”), each year’s statistics are accompanied by a photograph of the Commemorative Pin for each year that the OSCF State Championship has been active.  From 2011-2015, we were fortunate to have our pins designed by Mark Dalthorp (with the assistance of his dad, former OSCF President Dan Dalthorp).  Thanks to them and all our designers for their fine work!  What will our pin be this year?  You’d better qualify and register for the 12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship to find out!  More pins after the break…

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,

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!