OSCF Individual State Championship on April 9-10, 2021 (Registration is closed)

The OSCF State Championship is the premier scholastic chess tournament in the state. OSCF will hold the 2021 State Individual and Team Championships Online via lichess.org and zoom. 

Eligible players: All Oregonians in grades K-12 may play in the individual and team tournaments. There is no requirement this year for any qualifying tournaments or specified number of games.

OSCF Individual State Championship on April 9-10, 2021
[NOTE: The most advanced players in high school (1600+) and middle school (1400+) get long time-controls and begin play Friday evening, April 9. All others play all their games on Saturday, April 10.] See the 2021 Individual State Championship Details and Rules document for all the details.

Winners of the High School Platinum (Elite) section will be nominated to be Oregon’s representative to the Denker Tournament of High School Champions; Middle School Platinum (Elite) for the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions; and Elementary School Platinum (Elite) for the Rockefeller Tournament of Elementary School Champions.

OSCF Team State Championship on April 11, 2021
Sponsored by Chess for Success. Cost: $20 per player, $100 per team. Scholarships available to Chess for Success programs and schools with 50% or more low-income students. Contact oscf@oscf.org. Registration is closed.  See the 2021 Team Championship Details and Rules document for all the details.

Quadlandia S2 E5 on March 30

Welcome to Quadlandia Season 2!
S2 E6 Tuesday March 30, 2021 5:00PM-8:00PM

REGISTER HERE and see more information.
– Real NWSRS rated tournaments!
– Real prizes! Winners receive Chessable Courses and typewritten congratulations
– Real cheat detection and video monitoring
– Portion of every entry donated to non-profits

S2 E6 Beneficiary: TBD

Quadlandia Season One had 8 episodes and raised over $2000 for Oregon chess clubs and non-profits affected by Covid-19. We’re currently selecting beneficiaries for Season Two, which will have 6 episodes. I’ll list beneficiaries on this page when decisions are finalized.

Schedule for Tournament
4:00PM: Registration Closes
4:15PM: Check email for Zoom Link and Section Assignments
4:30PM: Zoom Call Opens
4:45PM: Players must be logged on to Lichess and join the Zoom Call
5:00PM: Round 1
ASAP: Round 2
ASAP: Round 3
8:00: Tournament Complete

Entry Fee:

Tournament Director: Chad Lykins
Contact: chad.r.lykins@gmail.com

Online Chess Clubs

Many scholastic chess clubs are operating online, which means that they can accept players from other parts of the state (and beyond!). If you’d like to join a chess club that is functioning online, here are a few that we know about. (Click on the name of the club to visit their website.) Note that OSCF does not endorse any particular program; we are simply sharing information, and we encourage parents to research their options carefully.

COACHES: if you’d like us to share information about your chess club, please contact us at oscf@oscf.org
Rose City Chess (chad@rosecitychess.com)
Chess Odyssey (office@chessodyssey.com)
Southside Chess Club (j-adoube@efn.org)

NEW: YouTube Channel

Hosted by OSCF Vice President Chad Lykins
Thanks to chess coach and OSCF Vice President Chad Lykins, there is now a brand-new YouTube playlist where you can find videos that explain how to play chess on Lichess.org! Chad will be adding more content to this channel frequently, so keep checking back! (We’ll also post to our Facebook group each time a new video is available for viewing.)
Click here to see the YouTube playlist!

Speaking of our Facebook group…

Did you know that Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation has a Facebook group? We post news, resources, and updates there. Almost all of the information we post on Facebook can also be found on our website, but if you’re on Facebook anyway, you might as well join our group!

Portland Chess Club December events

December 1, 8, 15:  Tuesday Quads begin.  Typically, this is a 3-round round robin, with players sorted by ratings.  However, December, with its  5 Tuesdays,  offers the possibilities of additional games, so a different format may occur, depending on the number of players and their wishes.  Chess.com rated.

December 3, 10, & 17:  Thursday Game in 15.  Play 3 games in an evening–try out different openings. Chess.com rated.

December 5 & 6:  PCC Winter Open Online.  This is a 4-round Swiss in 3 sections, so you will play others in a similar rating range. USCF Chess membership required.

December 19:  Third Saturday Blitz. 

See www.pdxchess.org for more information.

Quadlandia Season 2 coming in 2021

By Chad Lykins, OSCF vice president and Quadlandia tournament director

To those of you who participated, thank you for being part of Quadlandia Season One. Together, we raised over $2,000 for chess clubs, food banks, and housing nonprofits in Oregon. Here is the complete list of beneficiaries.

Here are your overall winners for Season One:

  • Most Quad Victories: Pace Lykins (4)
  • Most Games Won: Prisha Aswal (13)
  • Most Games Played: Prisha Aswal and Luke Goddard (24)

The following awards are still TBA:

  • Most Improved: I’m waiting for NWSRS to rate Episodes 7 and 8.
  • Brilliancy Prize: Send me a link to your best game from Episode 1-8. Winner will be chosen by December 22. chad.r.lykins@gmail.com

Quadlandia Season One accomplished everything I hoped.

  • We brought new players to scholastic chess in a way that was supportive and encouraging
  • We gave experienced players a chance to play opponents of similar strength
  • We supported chess clubs and non-profits affected by COVID

As proud as I am with these results, I know we all look forward to Quadlandia becoming obsolete. Vaccines are already being given to front-line workers. At some point in the future, we will all be at our local chess clubs playing in person, rather than meeting over screens.

But that future is still months away. Most of us will not see over-the-board scholastic tournaments at least until Summer. And to help bridge that gap, we will have Quadlandia Season Two.

Until then, it’s important for kids to know they have things to look forward to:

  • Quadlandia Season 2 (Dates TBA; Expect Episode 1 to air in January)
  • Robert Gray Presidents’ Weekend Tournament February 13, 2020
  • OSCF K-12 Individual State Championship (April 2020)
  • OSCF K-12 School Team State Championship (April 2020)
  • More OSCF events that are in development….
  • Portland Chess Club and United States Chess Federation online events. I suggest getting on their mailing lists!

Best wishes for a safe and happy Winter Break.