5th Annual KFE Benefit Tournament on Nov. 11

This OSCF Qualifier tournament is a benefit for the food pantry at Bethlehem House of Bread, a local community center  that provides food, community garden, school supplies, and a clothing closet for hundreds of families every year. Please help out the BHOB Food Pantry by bringing toilet tissue and/or nonperishable food items. All proceeds from snacks and pizza concessions will go directly to BHOB. This tournamhouse-of-breadent honors chess queen Kris Field-Eaton (KFE), a long-time leader for chess in the Sherwood school district.

Concessions, coffee shop open. Sorry, no on-site registration this year.

FIDE World Chess Federation Master CHUCK SCHULIEN will play multiple players simultaneously in the skittles room in the afternoon! Chuck is a favorite local coach and player, come play him or watch the fun.

REGISTER ONLINE HERE. For more information, KFE Chess Tournament flyer. For questions, contact Paula Brown by e-mail at paula@mypizzaparty.net . Include the chess player’s name, grade, school, and NWSRS rating (if known).

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If Twitter is your preferred news source, you’re in luck. All of our web updates—including new tournament notifications and other chess news—now automatically post to our Twitter account, @oscf_chess. Follow us today for the latest and greatest, including announcements about the upcoming All-Stars tournament on October 13!

Emerald City Fall Open in Eugene on October 21

Emerald City Chess Club Presents:  2017 Fall Open, October 21, 10 AM – 8 PM at
Erb Memorial Union: Crater Lake Rooms, University of Oregon, 1228 University St, Eugene, OR

This tournament is open to anyone, regardless of age, ability, or experience! Register by going to uoregon.orgsync.com/org/eccc/Tournaments and filling out the registration form.


Entry fees: $25 for the Emerald and Turquoise Sections and $20 for the Sapphire and Topaz Sections if registered by October 18th.
Entry fees will increase $10 if not registered by that date. Entry fees will be paid at the door. Registration, check-in, and entry fee payment from 9:00 AM-9:50 AM. More information can be found under the Tournaments section of the Emerald City Chess Club website.

Contact us at uochess@uoregon.edu for more information.

Last Chance to Register for All Stars Tournament in Salem on October 13

Capitol7The 10th Annual Oregon All-Stars Invitational tournament will be held on Friday, October 13 (a statewide inservice day — but check your district to be sure!).  Once again, we’re set to take over the State Capitol for a great day of chess and prizes for all the invitees.  This is an invitation-only event — see if you’re on the invitation list by checking the master list here, and if you are invited we hope you will come.  Details and rules can be found in this document.

REGISTER HERE Registration closes tonight (October 10) at midnight.  We hope you can make it!

All-Stars Invitational Tournament in Salem on Friday, October 13

Summer calculations are complete, meaning that invitations for the All-Stars Invitational in Salem on Friday, October 13, will be coming soon. Want to know if you’ll be invited? Check the master list of invited players, and then watch your inbox. Other lists of interest:

Congratulations to all of these exceptional Oregon chess players!

Registration is Full! Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament in Portland on September 2

800px-Flag-map_of_Oregon.svgIn connection with the Oregon Chess Federation & Portland Chess Club’s annual Oregon Open, held each year over Labor Day Weekend, we will be holding the Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament at the Lloyd Center Doubletree in Portland.  While the full three-day Oregon Open tournament will be great for those of you who want the challenge of playing very long time controls against adult players (they play two games a day for three days; see here for more details), the shorter time controls of the scholastic section will be a great warmup for the new academic year of chess.

The event is a 4-round Swiss-paired event (time control G/45 d5) and will be held on Saturday, September 2, with the first round at 10am, so starting about an hour before the first round of the Oregon Open main event.  Rounds will be held at 10, 11:45 (or ASAP), 1:45 and 3:30 (or ASAP), and should be done by 5:30pm.  Depending on how many register, we may divide the group into two or three sections based on highest established USCF or NWSRS rating.  The event will be NWSRS rated, though if a section consists of all USCF members, we may dual-rate the section as well.  This is an 2018 OSCF State Championship Qualifier.  We will have medals for even/plus scores and trophies for 1st-3rd places. We will also award one year (for 4.0 and 3.5 point winners) and 6-month (for 3.0 and 2.5 point winners) memberships to NW Chess, which includes a monthly subscription to the NW Chess magazine.

We’ve “sold out” this event! We look forward to seeing you at another tournament this fall. 

Tournament Director Training on September 2

referee 2Join experienced OSCF tournament directors Todd Anderson, Kathryn Schuff, and Rebecca Holt for a FREE training. Volunteer with us at the Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament on September 2 held at the Lloyd Center Doubletree in Portland on Labor Day weekend. We’ll show you how to run a tournament and serve as a “chess referee” during rounds. This training is appropriate for club coaches who would like to walk through a tournament day from start to finish and also for chess parents who would like to volunteer as “assistant tournament directors” at tournaments throughout the year.

Registration is full, but you’re still welcome to come hang with the “TDs” for a free training. For more information and to sign up, contact Rebecca Holt at oscf@oscf.org.

Roshen Nair won the 2017 National Chess championship for U11 section at 2017 US Junior Open

Roshen Nair won the 2017 National Chess championship for U11 section (under age 11) by competing in the 2017 US Junior Open in Minnesota. There were four sections – U8, U11, U15 & U21. After 24 hrs of grueling chess (over 3 days and 6 rounds), Roshen and two other players tied for first place with 5 points. After coming ahead in the tiebreaker, Roshen has been awarded the national chess champion title for U11.


Roshen’s other big achievements in the last 18 months are below :

  • Won 1st place at the 12th Annual OSCF (Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation) State Chess Championship (Elementary Platinum section) on May 6th, 2017.
  • Won 1st place at the 2017 Oregon State Chess Championship (Grade – 5 section) organized by “Chess for Success” by having a perfect score(5-0) on March 11th, 2017.
  • Won 1st place at the 2016 Oregon State Chess Championship (K-4 section) organized by “Chess for Success” by having a perfect score(5-0) in April 2016.
  • Won the 2nd place at the 11th Annual OSCF (Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation) State Chess Championship (Elementary Platinum section) in April 2016.
  • Won 1st place at the 2016 OREGON OPEN (U1600 – section)
  • Won the 2nd place at the 2017 President’s day weekend tournament (in the top section).

2017 US Junior Open results can be viewed using the following links.



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