Format: 5-round US Chess rated Swiss in six sections, Master and Expert (2000+), Class A (1800-1999), Class B (1600-1799), Class C (1400-1599), Class D (1200-1399), and Class E and below (U1200). Some sections may be combined based on the number of players in a section. The official November US Chess OTB regular ratings are generally used for section eligibility and pairings. Unofficial US Chess OTB regular ratings or alternate ratings (with adjustment if necessary) are generally used for players with no official US Chess OTB regular rating. Players may play up only one class (this means players rated under 1000 cannot play up a section as playing up a class would still put them in the Class E and blow section). Up to two half-point byes are available if requested before round one.
Time Control: G/90;d10 (ninety minutes per player with a ten second delay at the start of each move). PLEASE BRING A DELAY CAPABLE DIGITAL CLOCK AS NONE ARE SUPPLIED (sets, boards, notation sheets, and pens/pencils are provided).
Schedule: A players meeting is at 9:45am Saturday. The rounds are at 10am, 2pm, and 6pm on Saturday and 10am and 2pm on Sunday (remember to set your clocks back an hour on Sunday morning for the end of daylight savings time).
Entry Fee: $70. Add $30 play-up fee if you are playing up a class. Free entry for GM’s and IM’s (up to $70 is deducted from any prize won). US Chess membership is required for all players. State membership is required for Oregon and Washington residents.
Registration: THIS IS A 100% PRE-REGISTERED EVENT. NO ON-SITE ENTRIES WILL BE ALLOWED. To pre-register, you must put your registration information in online at nwchess.com/onlineregistration and pay the entry fee and any membership fees due either online or by sending a check, payable to the Oregon Chess Federation, to Mike Morris at 2344 N.E. 27th Ave. Portland, OR 97212 (simply putting your name on the online roster without paying does not register you). Registration deadline is Friday, November 5 at 7pm.
Prizes: $3000 based on 75 players (the prize fund is adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players except $1500 is guaranteed): Each section has the following overall prizes: 1st-$250, 2nd-$150, 3rd-$100.
Covid Protocols: Masks are required for everyone. Everyone’s temperature will be taken each morning. Anyone with a temperature of at least 100.4°F or is not feeling well will be asked to not play.
Location: Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232. There is free parking in the hotel parking garage. A limited number of hotel rooms are available at a special chess rate of $124 plus tax for a single and $134 plus tax for a double, call 1-800-996-0510. The rate lasts until the block of rooms sell out or until October 20, whichever comes first.
Other: Sponsored by the Oregon Chess Federation; qualifier for the Championship and Challengers sections of the Oregon Closed and qualifier for the OSCF State Championship. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need to withdraw during the event.