About OSCF

Our Mission:

To promote, support, sponsor, and coordinate scholastic chess activities in Oregon.

Our Motto:

More Kids. More Chess. More fun!

Chess is a powerful vehicle for developing skills and habits that benefit young minds for life:

  • careful, analytic thinking
  • planning ahead
  • winning with grace and losing with dignity
  • setting disciplined and realistic goals
  • understanding that mastery takes years of persistent work and gradual progress

OSCF was founded by chess parents in 2005 to create opportunities for Oregon kids to compete in high-quality, rated chess tournaments. Currently, we run three official OSCF events, including the OSCF Championship in April, the Oregon All-Stars Invitational, and a smaller summer event (in the AAA Portland Beavers baseball stadium in 2009 and 2010). In addition, OSCF sanctions around 80 tournaments per year as state championship “qualifiers.”

We also provide guidance, expertise, and resources for new tournament directors and coaches. If you are thinking about running your first tournament or starting a chess club but have questions about how to go about it, contact us. Volunteer parents and teachers are the backbone of scholastic chess, and organizing events and clubs for the kids is less difficult and more rewarding than you think.