Jeff Dobbins

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 AlliedIMPDX@gmail.com – 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.

FREE Chess Tournament in East Portland on August 13

gresham libraryEd Addis is at it again…join him for free chess at the East County II Tournament!

Saturday, August 13 
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Type:  4 Round Swiss. G/30 d5.  OSCF State Qualifiers.  Please bring boards, sets, and clocks.
Registration: FREE!  Register on-site from 10AM – 10:15 AM. I will need the following information for registration: Your Name, the school you attended, your grade in school (I actually need what grade you were just in, not the one you will be going to in September), and a contact method (phone/e-mail). You may pre-register by sending an e-mail with the above information to “chessalot@aol.com“. If you pre-register you must still check in by 10:15 AM.
Prizes: Chess book to top three winners.  Tie Breaker: Cumulative.
Equipment: Bring a chess set, board, and chess clock if you have them as none will be supplied. Also bring a pen/pencil and scoresheets to record the moves of your games.
Location:  Gresham Library 385 NW Miller Avenue, Gresham OR 97030
TD / Contact: Ed Addis, 503-658-7809, email chessalot@aol.com

May 14-15: 2nd Annual Rose City Sectionals

Neon_rose,_Portland,_OregonOn May 14-15, the Portland Chess Club is running the Rose City Sectionals tournament. This tournament is similar to a class championship with 200 point sections. It’s a great tournament for up and coming scholastic players to get some experience with longer time controls and to compete for good cash prizes and trophies by playing in a section with similarly rated players. The tournament is a 2017 OSCF State qualifier and is dual rated in USCF and NWSRS. More information can be found on the Portland Chess Club website, pdxchess.org.

Spring All-Stars Posted

Messier 107 in OphiuchusOn the heels of the rating reports from the 2016 State Championships, we’ve posted the Spring 2016 All-Stars lists!  These lists include the players with the top ten established ratings, by grade, for all active scholastic Oregon players between January 1 and April 30.  These players, along with those listed in the Winter list, and those yet to be listed in the Summer and Lifetime Achievement lists (coming in September), and active Order of the Knight participants, are invited to participate in the 2016 All-Stars tournament, which will be held in Salem on Friday, October 14, 2016.  More later, but for now, congratulations to everyone on the lists!

A Quick Thank You – State Ratings Reports Complete!

0501160839It was a beautiful May Day in Seaside as the 356 players who competed in the 2016 OSCF State Championship worked their way back home (or stayed at the beach and enjoyed the weather!).   More to come later, including summaries of the winners and more detailed appreciations, but we wanted to post just a quick note of thanks to all of you who brought your players to compete in our 11th annual event, and especially to all of you who volunteered your time before, during, and after the event to make it run as smoothly as it did.  So — thank you!  We will hope to see you next year!

The NWSRS Ratings report for the event, as well as the USCF Ratings report, have been posted.  Click those links!

Side Events: Blitz, Bughouse and Friends & Family at State

Bug trophiesIt’s fast and furious fun on Friday: Blitz and Bughouse at State!  We’ll have the large Pacific room set for plenty of buzz-iness, including the pre-Bughouse team names and crazy hats contest.  If you didn’t prepay (check here for blitz and here for bughouse), you can purchase tickets on site for $15 per event.

More details about checking in for Blitz (no later than 4pm, but sooner is better) can be found here.

More details about checking in for Bughouse (no later than 6pm, but sooner is better) can be found here.

For those of you feeling left out — whether adult or student — you can sign up for the casual Friends and Family section through the beginning of the first round of play on Saturday morning.  ($15 registration, 4 rounds)  There are plenty of fun prizes for both adult and kid players!

See you in Seaside!

OSCF State 2016 Regular Registration Closes Saturday Noon

As of games played through April 18, 543 players have qualified to attend the OSCF State Championship on April 29-30 — our largest number of qualified players ever!  The final list of qualified players is here; if you think you should be on the list but are not, please contact us ASAP.  If you have qualified, REGISTER FOR OSCF STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HERE.  Regular registration ends Saturday at Noon.  If you want more information about state, see some more details here.  The latest list of who is registered can be found here (this is updated as of the close of early registration on Wednesday evening).

Two Days Left for Seaside Early Registration

0425150713The best deal ($35) on registering for the 2016 OSCF State Championship ends on Wednesday the 20th at midnight.  After that, the price increases to $45 through Saturday noon, and then more after that as we have to go backwards in our processes to get your player in the mix.  So please register ASAP!  We’re waiting on the NWSRS system to update with this last weekend’s games, but you can check the list of qualified players through April 12, found here; if you’re not there, but certain you will be on the next list because of games or tournaments played in the last week, you can wait until Wednesday, by which time we should have updated the qualification lists, or you can just register now and note in the comment box how you believe you qualified.  Once you have qualified, REGISTER FOR OSCF STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HERE, and we’ll look forward to seeing you in Seaside on April 29-30. If you want more information about the event, see some more details here, including a schedule and details on rules, etc.

Many people worry about which section to register for.  As a practical matter, your player’s rating as of the end of this week and their grade will determine their section, and at state there are no real options to play up, with one exception:  Highly-rated Middle or High School players may choose to “play up” into the very difficult platinum / elite sections, which start play on Friday morning.  If your player is rated just under 1300 (for MS) or 1400 (for HS), this is worth thinking about.  Otherwise, just choose the regular sections based on your player’s grade in school.  (And if the question of rating doesn’t make sense to you, ask your player — betcha they’ll know!).  We will have more information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions later this week, so check back often!

One Weekend Left to Qualify! — Updated qualifier lists posted.

bell lapThis is it.  The bell lap.  The LAST weekend of qualifying play before the 11th Annual OSCF State Championship is here.  Already, 514 players have qualified to attend — our largest number of qualified players ever.  Check the updated list of qualified players found here.  Those needing only one more qualifier or an established rating (15 games) are listed at those links as well.  (For a master list of all players’ qualification status, click here.)  If you’re looking to make up that one last qualifier or get to an established rating (15 career games), you can STILL do it this weekend by attending one of the remaining qualifying tournaments.  Once you have qualified, REGISTER FOR OSCF STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HERE, and we’ll look forward to seeing you in Seaside on April 29-30. If you want more information about the event, see a list of who is registered here, see some more details here, or take a look at some photos from prior years!

Updated Seaside Qualifier Lists Posted (complete as of 3-29)

0425150713DSC_3264We have updated the lists of those qualified for the 2016 OSCF Championship in Seaside with information on events played through March 29.  Qualified players are listed here.  Those needing only one more qualifier or an established rating (15 games) are listed at those links.  There’s still time to qualify!  Once you have, REGISTER FOR OSCF STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HERE, and we’ll look forward to seeing you in Seaside on April 29-30. If you want more information about the event, see some more details here, or take a look at some photos from prior years!