Catlin Chess Festival in Portland on Feb. 8

catlin-chessThe Catlin Upper School Chess Club is sponsoring a five-round, Swiss-style chess tournament for all ages and skill levels to promote chess in the Portland area. Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase. We will award trophies to the top five finishers in each section, plus-score medals, and participation prizes. Earlybird registration fee is $20 through February 4.  Click here to Register Online. For more information, contact Jimmy Maslen at maslenj@catlin.edu or 503-387-7106.

“I Have a Dream” Tournament in Klamath Falls on Jan. 20

Klamath Union High School will be the location for the annual “I Have a Dream” Chess Tournament in honor of Martin Luther King JR. Again this year, this event will be open to any age and will be NWSRS rated. Early registration is by January 19, 2020 by 5:00pm: please send the name, grade, school and contact information of the person’s phone number or e-mail address to: Tournament Director Ciara Dykstra cecedee224@gmail.com
Phone #541-331-5220. Click here for more information.

Corvallis Winter Open on Jan. 18

K-12 team chess tournament + adult open + OSU vs. UO Civil War!

An NWSRS-rated tournament and 2020 OSCF State Championship Qualifier sponsored by the CHS Chess Club, Immortal Games, and the Kiwanis Club of Corvallis Sunrisers.

Location: Corvallis High School, 1400 NW Buchanan Avenue, Corvallis, OR  97330

Cost: $15 per player.

– $5 discounts for siblings or teams with 3+ players.

Sections: Open/Collegiate, K-5, K-8, and K-12.

– Players can play in higher sections based on skill level.

Rules: 5 rounds Swiss pairing.  Game in 25 mins.

– Individuals can play without a team.

Scholastic Prizes:

Trophies for top 3 teams in each section (Team score = sum of top 4 players in a section)
Medals for top finishers in each section
– 3 players in each scholastic section will receive a beautiful framed artistic rendering of a famous chess game by Portland artist Beth Markovic (immortalgames.us). 

Open/Collegiate Prizes:  Cash prizes for TBA based on number of participants.

REGISTRATION:  Click here or go to OSCF.org to preregister.   Deadline: Jan. 15.

Check-in on Saturday morning from 8:00 – 9:00 am, with Game 1 starting at 9:30 am.  $5 pizza lunch + concessions available during the tournament.

Contact: Phil Schapker
Email: phil.schapker@gmail.com
Phone: 913-314-2460

President’s Weekend Tournament in Portland on Feb. 15

Registration is closed. Thank you to everyone who registered, and we look forward to seeing you at the tournament!

We want you for the EIGHTH ANNUAL Presidents’ Weekend Tournament! The Commanders-in-Chief have ordered up another excellent set of trophies and Presidential prizes for Saturday, February 15th, and we hope you will join us for a great day.

More details are available here.  We look forward to seeing you at Robert Gray Middle School in SW Portland!

Hope Chinese Charter School MLK Tournament in Beaverton on Jan. 20

A fun, festive chess tournament for all chess players in grades K-12. This holiday tournament has been designated as a qualifier for the OSCF 2020 State Seaside championship, and will be NWSRS rated. In addition to final awards, prizes will be given after each round. National Master Carl Haessler will be on site to provide FREE game analysis.

REGISTER NOW! Play chess on your day off from school!

Aaron Grabinsky is the newest International Master

After beating GM Andrew Tang in round 2 at Charlotte Open, Webster University senior Aaron Grabinsky has crossed 2400 FIDE and becomes America’s newest International Master! Aaron is from a small town of 4000 on the southwest Oregon coast.  Aaron dominated the top spot on the Oregon juniors list for three years straight before moving to St. Louis to study chess at Webster University. From all your chess friends in Oregon, congratulations, Aaron!