Oregon girls in St Louis

Last week, three of the top six rated girls in Oregon state where invited to play in the most prestigious All-Girls event in the United States: 14th Annual Susan Polgar Foundation Girl’s Invitational.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left to right: Cassandra Roshu, Andrea Botez and Olivia Cooper. (Photo credit Mary Cooper)

It is also the first All-Girls event approved and sanctioned by the USCF back in 2003 and was held at Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri).

Each state, as well as each country in the American Continent (South, Central, and North America), is allowed to nominate one representative. Each Canadian province is allowed one representative to be nominated.

Prizes: Trophies / plaques will be awarded to the winners of the Susan Polgar Foundation Girl’s Invitational Puzzle Solving, Blitz, Bughouse and the SPFGI Championship. Co-champions are recognized in the case of a tie, with each champion receiving a Champion’s Plaque or Trophy.

The Champion (or Co-Champions) of the main event will automatically be invited to defend her/their title (must meet age requirement).

Champion: Webster University scholarship* (full tuition and fees approximately $26,000 + per year x 4 years) Champion’s Cup.
2nd place: Webster University scholarship (approximately $14,000 + per year x 4 years)

3rd place: Webster University scholarship (approximately $12,000 + per year x 4 years)

Additional cash scholarships this year!

1st place = $2,500

2nd place = $1,500

3rd place = $1,000

Top under 13 = $500

Top under 10 = $500

Triple-crown champion (main event, blitz, and puzzle solving) = $1,000

Biggest upset prize (each round) = $50 x 6 = $300 gift certificate

Best dressed player = $100 gift certificate

Best written essay about the SPFGI experience = $100 gift certificate

 

Even if the Oregon girls did not win the main event – won by the 12 years old Matus Nastasjja – all of them got back with rating points (over 100) and as an added bonus Olivia won the prize for the biggest upset result in the last round.

The tournament was very strong, there where close to 20 FIDE title players and at least 5 players that represented their country in the previous chess Olympiads.

I am hoping to see even more Oregon representatives participating in the next year event.

 

Andrei Botez

Oregon Chess Federation Scholastic Coordinator

 

FREE Tournament! Midway Open in Portland on July 29

Ed Addis is at it again…join him over the summer for a series of free chess tournaments!  The next one is the Midway Open.

Saturday, July 29 
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Type:  4 Round Swiss. G/25 d5.  OSCF State Qualifiers.  Please bring boards, sets, and clocks.
Registration: FREE!  Register on-site from 10AM – 10:15 PM. I will need the following information for registration: Your Name, the school you attended, your grade in school (I actually need what grade you were just in, not the one you will be going to in September), and a contact method (phone/e-mail). You may pre-register by sending an e-mail with the above information to “chessalot@aol.com“. If you pre-register you must still check in by 10:15 AM.  Those who pre-register get precedence over walk-ins should there be a lack of equipment.
Prizes: Chess book to top three winners.  Tie Breaker: Cumulative, average opposition.
Equipment: Bring a chess set, board, and chess clock if you have them as none will be supplied. Also bring a pen/pencil and scoresheets to record the moves of your games.
Location: Midway Library. 805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland OR 97233.
TD / Contact: Ed Addis, (503) 467-6242, email chessalot@aol.com

Rose City Sectionals on July 8-9 in Portland

On July 8-9, the Portland Chess Club is running the 3rd Annual Rose City Sectionals tournament. This tournament is similar to a class championship with 200 point sections. It’s a great way 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 2018 OSCF State qualifier and is dual rated in US Chess and NWSRS. Due to space at the club facility, the tournament is limited to the first fifty players. Reserve a spot online and find more information about the event at pdxchess.org.

FREE tournament! North Portland Open on Sunday July 16

Ed Addis is at it again…join him over the summer for a series of free chess tournaments!  The next one is the North Portland Open.

Sunday, July 16 
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Type:  4 Round Swiss. G/25 d5.  OSCF State Qualifiers.  Please bring boards, sets, and clocks.
Registration: FREE!  Register on-site from 12 PM – 12:15 PM. I will need the following information for registration: Your Name, the school you attended, your grade in school (I actually need what grade you were just in, not the one you will be going to in September), and a contact method (phone/e-mail). You may pre-register by sending an e-mail with the above information to “chessalot@aol.com“. If you pre-register you must still check in by 12:15 PM.  Those who pre-register get precedence over walk-ins should there be a lack of equipment.
Prizes: Chess book to top three winners.  Tie Breaker: Cumulative, average opposition.
Equipment: Bring a chess set, board, and chess clock if you have them as none will be supplied. Also bring a pen/pencil and scoresheets to record the moves of your games.
Location: North Portland Library, 512 N. Killingsworth, Portland OR 97217 
TD / Contact: Ed Addis, 503-658-7809, email chessalot@aol.com
Upcoming Tournament in the Series:
  • Midland Open: Saturday, July 29. 10 am to 4 pm. Midway Library. 805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland OR 97233.

2017 Spring All Stars posted.

The Spring 2017 All-Stars List has been posted! This list consists of the players in each grade who had the highest ten established ratings, and who played rated games between January 1, 2017 and May 7, 2017.  Please carefully read the qualification rules, but if you think that you see something incorrect in the list, let us know, and we’ll check and add you if necessary.

All-Stars lists are published each trimester of the year. Any player on one or more of the winter, spring or summer lists — or on the 2017 Lifetime Achievement list (to be published next fall), or any member of the Order of the Knight who has played a NWSRS rated game between 9/1/16 and 8/31/17 — will be eligible to participate in the 2017 10th Annual Oregon All-Stars Invitational, which we plan to hold in October 2017 (details to come next September). Congratulations to everyone on the list!

Coquille’s LaVerne County Park Tournament on June 24

LaVerne Park

LaVerne Park

Chess Tournament at LaVerne County Park, Saturday, June 24th (OSCF Qualifier).  All ages, especially adults are invited to play.  No Bobby Fishers allowed as lighting, temperature and weather cannot be controlled.  Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Green Shelter.  Fee is $5.00.  There will be a potluck lunch where hot dogs will be provided.  Play five rounds, no elimination with prizes being outdoor toys.  Have fun in the river, play badminton, horseshoes and bring squirt guns for wet fun between rounds.  Will be held rain or shine.  Feel free to camp at the nearby campground for extra fun. For more information or to register, contact Nancy Keller at drnancykeller[at]yahoo.com.

OSCF State Rating is Complete

The NWSRS ratings system has been updated through events of Memorial Day weekend, and this means that the OSCF State Championship from earlier in May has now been rated; to see the ratings report for OSCF State, click here.  Along with the USCF section rating report (completed earlier this month — click here), we’re now up to date on our tournaments.  This means that we now have the information necessary to generate the Spring All-Stars lists, which are coming soon.  Keep an eye out here — the lists will be posted on this page once complete.  Have a great final few weeks of school!

State Followup: Thanks, and Ratings / All Stars Info

Thanks to everyone who attended the 12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship last weekend, and a particular thanks to all the volunteers — parents and coaches of players, as well as last year’s OSCF Board, who helped make the event a great success.  In the end, we had 352 players participate in the main event, including 150 Elementary players (grades 3-5) — our largest number of Elementary players ever, and 20 players shy of our all-time attendance record.  On Friday evening, we had 151 players in the blitz tournament, and 220 players (55 teams) playing bughouse.  We had 23 players in our Friends and Family tournament.

Because the ratings official for the Northwest Scholastic Ratings System is out of the country for the next couple weeks, you won’t see the NWSRS Tournament report for State posted until late May (though the USCF ratings report is complete and posted here).  We will also, therefore, wait until late May to produce the Spring 2017 Oregon All-Stars List (which will cover games played from January 1 through May 6, 2017).  In the meantime, though, linked below is information for each of the sections at State.  Please note that while these sheets include a “Rating” field (with the player rating from before state) and a “Post” field (which includes an estimate of the player’s rating after the tournament), that “Post” rating is an ESTIMATE only, and is not official.  It’s generated within the program that we use for pairing, and while it can be close, it is also often off by many points.  But it’s something to look at until the official reports come in.

2017 OSCF State Section Standings in PDF format

If you have questions about the tiebreak process, please read the information at this link first; it should answer many of your questions.  Those of you looking to go deep into the results can click here for the above PDF document in Excel format.

OSCF State: FAQ, Preliminary Sections, Blitz and Bughouse

We currently (as of 8pm on May 3) have 350 players registered for the 12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship!  Who’s Coming?  Click here to find the preliminary sections for all registered players.  If you’re not on this list, but think you should be, please CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY by emailing oscf@oscf.org!

We have posted a list of frequently-asked questions — and answers — that we recommend you consult.  Let us know if you still have lingering questions that haven’t been answered.

Finally, for more information about the Blitz and Bughouse tournaments on Friday evening, click on the corresponding links below — and check to see if you’re on the lists of those with prepaid tickets!

Blitz check-in information and blitz prepaid tickets

Bughouse check in information and bughouse prepaid tickets

OSCF State: Who’s Coming?

We currently (as of midnight+1 on May 2) have 346 players registered for the 12th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship!  Who’s Coming?  Check below (click “Read more”).  If you’re not on this list, but think you should be, please CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY by emailing oscf@oscf.org!  Late registration is still available through Wednesday evening:  Click Here — REGISTER NOW!  We will be sending emails to those who are in the HS and MS Platinum sections that start Friday morning a little later this week; we’ll also be sending more details on the event itself.