Jeff Dobbins

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!

How do I get to play at Seaside?

For the last several years, the OSCF State Chess Championship has been the largest chess tournament in the state.  On April 29-30 of this year, we meet for our 11th annual competition, and we hope you will join us for this fun event and weekend in Seaside, Oregon.  The all-volunteer OSCF board is busily preparing for the event; rules have been drafted, the location secured, trophies are being ordered, and commemorative pins are being designed for players to take home and remember the event by.  On Friday the 29th, Blitz will be back, fast and furious, while Bughouse will return with bug trophies and Crazy Hats in full madhattery.  And, of course, Saturday will bring high-level competition to the hundreds of scholastic players who travel to Seaside for the day’s rounds.  You don’t want to be left out of this event!  Registration will open (keep en eye on OSCF.org) in late February.

To come, though, you need to be qualified.  The current list of qualified players can be found here; we will update the qualified player list on a more-or-less a weekly basis through the week before the tournament.  If you want to qualify and haven’t yet done so, though, here’s what you need:

1) Be an Oregon scholastic player, enrolled in K-12 schools, aged at least 5 as of the date of the tournament, and no older than 19 as of September 1 of the year prior to the tournament.

2) Earn an established rating.

What does this mean?  One of the great things about the OSCF State Championship Seaside is that we divide players into grade-and-rating based sections of approximately 32 (or fewer) players, which helps to make sure that every player competes against peers of their age and skill level, and that every player has a reasonable chance to walk away from the event with a great prize.  But this means we have to have a good sense of what every player’s skill level is, and for that, they need to have a certain number of games under their belt.  Under the scholastic rating system used in the Northwest, for instance (the NWSRS), a player’s rating is considered established after they have played 15 career NWSRS rated games.  Note that not all scholastic chess organizers rate their events.  In particular, Chess for Success doesn’t rate, and so games played at CFS events don’t count toward this requirement.  Once you’ve played 15 rated career games, you’re set for life on this requirement; your rating will change as you play additional rated events, the total games just keeps going up, and we can always place you in a section with confidence.  For more information about this requirement, see this post.  The people who are missing only this requirement are listed here.

3) Attend at least two OSCF qualifying tournaments.

OSCF was formed to encourage more parents, coaches, and community volunteers to organize and hold their own chess tournaments throughout the state.  So part of qualifying for State is taking advantage of those opportunities by playing at least two OSCF qualifying tournaments during the relevant year.  If you have an established rating but still need a qualifier tournament (or two) in order to go to OSCF State, there are still several tournaments listed on the NWSRS schedule (on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) between now and April 20; you want the events listed in Green.  (There are both scholastic events and events at the Portland Chess Club; the latter are generally better for more experienced players, but the G/45 quads, especially, tend to draw a number of less experienced scholastic players.).

That’s it.  There are some small exceptions – for the real nitty-gritty, see the detailed rules.  Or contact us with questions.  But in the end, we’re just looking for Oregon scholastic players who have demonstrated a commitment to chess through the prior year, and who we can place in the tournament in a way that lets us be confident that they and their competitors will have a fair and fun time.

 

Leaping to Seaside!

0425150713Registration for the 11th Annual OSCF State Championship in Seaside on April 29-30, 2016, is now open!  Check to see if you have qualified already by checking here to see the most recent list of qualified players (updated on 2-28-16).  Then register by clicking here!  Then practice your chess by joining us at one of the coming tournaments, and get into the mood by designing our t-shirt front for 2016!

Not qualified yet?  There’s still time.  To qualify, you need an established rating (at least 15 career games) and to have played in at least two qualifier trophiestournaments since the last state championship.  For more detailed explanations, see this post on how to get to play at Seaside, or the specific qualification rules posted here.  (See green tournaments on the NWSRS calendar.)  Players needing only one more qualifying tournament are listed here; players needing only an established rating are listed here.  Go play some chess and then come join us!