It wasn’t the usual tournament space.
When 93 players arrived at the first annual KFE tournament in Tigard on Veterans Day, they found a church in the process of being converted to a community center. They found a new food pantry (and donated 425 pounds of food to its stores). And they found the beginnings of a new tradition.
KFE stands for Kris Field-Eaton, who has been a part of the chess community for many years and helped to found many chess clubs in Sherwood and Tigard. It also stands for “Kindness Feeding Everyone,” and the proceeds from the tournament added up to a donation of $1709 for the community center/food pantry.
Players competed fiercely in each of the five sections. It was the first OSCF tournament for many players from Sherwood, and they found the welcome from veteran OSCF players (and the acquisition of a rating) very exciting. Veteran TD Mike Decker, with help from Richard Crockett of Chess for Success, kept the action in the chess room running smoothly. And in the end there were trophies, medals, and the promise that next year (when the skittles room and the chess room will be swapped, with more room for everyone) will be even better. [Submitted by Penny Harper.]