Midwestern Chess League (Eugene) on Jan. 12

This event is a TEAM EVENT, open to ALL students in grades 9 to 12. Per Bethel School District guidelines, everyone will be required to wear a mask indoors.

The Midwestern Chess League will meet on Wednesdays from 4-6 PM when schools are in session starting January 12 through February 16, 2020. The final meeting will be the League’s party when trophies will be presented.

Matches will be played at Willamette High School in the Cafeteria.

TEAM REGISTRATION: Register by January 5, 2022.

SEE MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTER HERE

Oregon Scholastic Player, Shunkai Peng, wins 2021 Pan American Youth Championship

Congratulations to Oregon Scholastic player Shunkai Peng on winning the 2021 Pan American Youth Championship in Houston. As the official U.S. representative of Open18, he won the championship played during September 4-10, 2021. See the final results here.

We are proud of all of Oregon players’ hard work to improve their chess skills. Congratulations to Shunkai on this success!

Yuletide Chess Tournament at La Salle December 11 (Online)

WHAT: A fun, festive, five-round chess tournament for all chess players in grades K-12. This holiday tournament will be NWSRS and Lichess rated, and has been designated as a qualifier for the OSCF 2022 State Championship. Time control is G25 min, + delay.

NEW: Higher rated players can compete in an OPEN section instead of by grade.

WHEN: Saturday, December 11th from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Players should log-on by
8:30. Games will start at 9am, and then hourly until finished (plus 30 min lunch break).

WHERE: This year’s tournament will be VIRTUAL. All players must have their own computer (desktop or chromebook only!) plus ZOOM and LICHESS accounts to
participate. Get a free LICHESS account here: www.lichess.org

HOW: Everyone plays five games! Register at www.lsprep.org/yuletide/ Early-bird cost is $25 if registered by Sunday, Dec 5th. Cost doubles thereafter. A registration packet full of Yuletide cheer will be mailed out the week before the tournament. Access codes will be Emailed on Dec. 10. Register soon to guarantee your spot.

AWARDS: ALL participants will receive a custom victory medal (in memory of Ed Addis). Amazing new trophy awards to individual players finishing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd (and more!) in their section. Separate sections are planned for students in K-3, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9-12, but may be condensed or expanded per TD

NEW: players can compete in an OPEN section for more challenge!

PARENTS: Great practice for your student’s upcoming Regional or State tournaments

QUESTIONS? Email TD Daniel Petersen at: LSprepChess@yahoo.com

Quadlandia December 14 (In-Person and Online)

Registration Deadline December 14 at 12:00PM: https://www.rosecitychess.com/shop/p/quadlandia

In-Person Quads

Location: Maplewood Coffee and Tea (5206 SW Custer St, Portland, OR 97219).

Registration: 100% preregistered by 12:00pm the day of the event. Note the earlier deadline! No on-site registration.

Covid Protocols: See tournament registration page for full Covid Protocols, including mask and vaccine requirements.

Ratings: NWSRS and USCF. USCF membership is required and can be purchased/renewed during registration for $15/year (this is a discounted rate courtesy of OSCF).

Equipment: Chess sets, clocks, notation sheets, and pencils all provided.

Format: Players are grouped in quads of four by NWSRS/USCF rating. Each person players three rounds of G/25 +5.

Awards: 1st place in each Quad receives a custom-printed ribbon and a typewritten letter of congratulations.

Schedule:

  • 5:00pm Check In
  • 5:30pm or ASAP: Round 1
  • 6:30pm or ASAP: Round 2
  • 7:30pm or ASAP: Round 3
  • 8:30 Event Complete

Online Quads

Location: Lichess and Zoom

Registration: 100% preregistered by 12:00pm the day of the event. Note the earlier deadline!

Ratings: NWSRS, Lichess Classical, and USCF Online. USCF membership is required and can be purchased/renewed onsite for $15/year (this is a discounted rate courtesy of OSCF).

Equipment: Players must use a computer or Chromebook with a functioning camera and microphone. Tablets and phones often have problems joining teams and tournaments. Chrome is the best browser. Firefox, Safari, and Edge are known to glitch.

Format: Players grouped by ability into four-person sections (bottom section may have more than four). Everyone plays three rounds of G/25+5. Each rounds starts 10 minutes after previous round. Pairings by Lichess Swiss Pairing Software.

Fair Play: Video monitoring and cheat detection provided. Participants must agree to the OSCF Fair Play Agreement. Standings and awards not official until the completion of post-tournament fair play review.

Awards: 1st place in each Quad receives a custom-printed ribbon and a typewritten letter of congratulations. Portion of every entry donated to non-profits.

Schedule:

  • 12:00PM: Registration Closes
  • 3:00PM: 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 Begins
  • ASAP (10 minute break) Round 2
  • ASAP (10 minute break) Round 3
  • 8:00: Tournament Complete (usually finishes early)

Oregon Class Championships: November 6-7 (In Person)

Format: 5-round US Chess rated Swiss in six sections, Master and Expert (2000+), Class A (1800-1999), Class B (1600-1799), Class C (1400-1599), Class D (1200-1399), and Class E and below (U1200). Some sections may be combined based on the number of players in a section. The official November US Chess OTB regular ratings are generally used for section eligibility and pairings. Unofficial US Chess OTB regular ratings or alternate ratings (with adjustment if necessary) are generally used for players with no official US Chess OTB regular rating. Players may play up only one class (this means players rated under 1000 cannot play up a section as playing up a class would still put them in the Class E and blow section). Up to two half-point byes are available if requested before round one.
Time Control: G/90;d10 (ninety minutes per player with a ten second delay at the start of each move). PLEASE BRING A DELAY CAPABLE DIGITAL CLOCK AS NONE ARE SUPPLIED (sets, boards, notation sheets, and pens/pencils are provided).


Schedule: A players meeting is at 9:45am Saturday. The rounds are at 10am, 2pm, and 6pm on Saturday and 10am and 2pm on Sunday (remember to set your clocks back an hour on Sunday morning for the end of daylight savings time).
Entry Fee: $70. Add $30 play-up fee if you are playing up a class. Free entry for GM’s and IM’s (up to $70 is deducted from any prize won). US Chess membership is required for all players. State membership is required for Oregon and Washington residents.


Registration: THIS IS A 100% PRE-REGISTERED EVENT. NO ON-SITE ENTRIES WILL BE ALLOWED. To pre-register, you must put your registration information in online at nwchess.com/onlineregistration and pay the entry fee and any membership fees due either online or by sending a check, payable to the Oregon Chess Federation, to Mike Morris at 2344 N.E. 27th Ave. Portland, OR 97212 (simply putting your name on the online roster without paying does not register you). Registration deadline is Friday, November 5 at 7pm.


Prizes: $3000 based on 75 players (the prize fund is adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players except $1500 is guaranteed): Each section has the following overall prizes: 1st-$250, 2nd-$150, 3rd-$100.
Covid Protocols: Masks are required for everyone. Everyone’s temperature will be taken each morning. Anyone with a temperature of at least 100.4°F or is not feeling well will be asked to not play.


Location: Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232. There is free parking in the hotel parking garage. A limited number of hotel rooms are available at a special chess rate of $124 plus tax for a single and $134 plus tax for a double, call 1-800-996-0510. The rate lasts until the block of rooms sell out or until October 20, whichever comes first.


Other: Sponsored by the Oregon Chess Federation; qualifier for the Championship and Challengers sections of the Oregon Closed and qualifier for the OSCF State Championship. Send an email to email@pdxchess.org if you have any questions or need to withdraw during the event.

Rose City Chess Halloween Tournament October 23 (online)

Free Rose City Chess T-Shirt for every participant!

The Fifth Annual Rose City Chess Halloween Tournament is one of the most fun scholastic tournaments in the Northwest.

Each participant receives a Check or Treat Prize after every Round. The prizes alone are worth the registration fee! Nothing takes the sting out of a loss (or adds to the joy of victory) like free chess prizes.

This year Rose City Chess is going overboard on SWAG by giving free Rose City Chess T-Shirts as the Round 5 Prize. T-Shirts (and other prizes) will be mailed after the tournament.

Students compete in sections based on playing strength. Rounds are Swiss Paired by Lichess so that games become more evenly matched as the event progresses.

No need for award pick-up this year! Rose City Chess will mail everything to you.

Registration closes Friday October 22, 2021 at 8:00pm. Register at Rose City Chess.

Details

Awards: Custom Limited Edition Ribbons for 1st-5th place in each section, Plus Scores, Even Scores, and Costume Contest Award Winners.

Equipment: Participants must use a laptop or Chromebook with a working camera and microphone. Tablets and phones are not permitted for tournament play. Participants must be in the Zoom call with their cameras on during games. Participants who do not have a camera on during games may forfeit any prizes. Participants also need a free account on Lichess.org. They will need to use Lichess in Google Chrome. Other browsers have very high failure rates during tournaments.

Ratings: NWSRS and Lichess Classical Rated; 2022 OSCF State Championship Qualifier

Sections: U600/Unrated K-5, U900/Unrated 6-8, U1200/Unrated 9-12, U1500, Open

Location: Online via Zoom and Lichess.org

Date and Time: Saturday October 23, 2021; 9:15 Check-in; 10:00 Round 1; 11:00 Round 2; 12:00 Round 3; 1:00 Round 4; 2:00 Round 5 (TIMES APPROXIMATE AND CAN BE MOVED AT TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR’S DISCRETION)

Fair Play: Video monitoring and cheat detection provided. Participants must agree to the OSCF Fair Play Agreement. Standings and awards not official until the completion of post-tournament fair play review.

Roshen’s Chess Academy Scholastic K-12 Chess Tournament October 16th

A fundraiser for the Oregon Chess Federation and the Portland Chess Club

100% of proceeds will go to Oregon Chess Federation and Portland Chess Club. Roshen’s Chess Academy will absorb all tournament operating expenses (trophies, medals, etc).

Entry fee: $30. REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 12 PM (NOON) ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15th. No entrees will be accepted after that. Please register using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/RoshenChessAcademyTournament.

Format: 4-round US Chess rated Swiss tournament. Open to all scholastic chess players.

Time control: All games will be G/25; delay 5 (25 minutes per player with a 5 second delay each move). Please bring a chess clock if you have one.

Schedule: Players meeting starts at 9:45 am. Players who do not report by 9:45 am won’t be paired for the first round. First round starts at 10 AM. Subsequent rounds start as soon as the previous round finishes.

Ratings & Section details: Players with current USCF memberships can play in the dual rated sections (USCF + NWSRS rated). Others play in the “NWSRS-ONLY” section.

You can purchase a youth USCF Chess Membership online at https://new.uschess.org/become-member ($20 for one year). This is not required in the “NWSRS-ONLY” section. We strongly encourage players to take the USCF Chess Membership and play in the dual rated section. This will help players see their rating at the United States National level (NWSRS is for the Northwest only) and receive many other advantages that come with the USCF membership.

Prizes: Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each section. Medals for all plus scorers.

Location: Lloyd Center Food Court. Address: 2302 Lloyd Center, Portland, OR 97232.

Parking and Building Access: Parking @ Lloyd center is free. Enter the parking area from 10th Ave & NE Halsey Sts. and drive all the way to the top floor (3rd floor – rooftop). Park close to the “3JJ” section. Walk through the corner entrance. The chess tournament area is about 10 seconds of walk from the entrance. Very important: The other Lloyd Center entrances won’t open until 11 am on Saturdays.

Physical Safety: The playing area will be secured (no non-players will be allowed in the tournament area section) and we will be monitoring the players and their safety while their games are going. However, parents/guardians are responsible for the safety of the kids while they are not playing and when they come out of the playing section (before the tournament, between the rounds, and after the tournament).

Health Safety: The playing tables will be placed in accordance with social distancing. Players are required to wear masks at all times. We will be doing temperature checks of all players before the tournament. Anybody who has a temperature of 100.4 °F or more won’t be allowed to participate and their full tournament registration fees will be refunded. Also if you are sick on the tournament day (or recovering from illness), please do not come. We will refund the full tournament registration fees.

More Info: https://tinyurl.com/RoshenChessAcademyTournament

Ed Addis Memorial Service

Edward Addis II, Oregon’s most active scholastic tournament director, passed away on Friday August 20, 2021. Ed began as a scholastic chess player in Oregon in the 1960s. He earned a peak USCF rating close to 2000. Ed later became a coach, organizer, and tournament director for the Oregon High School Chess Team Association and Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation. He founded and directed many of the largest scholastic events in the state, including the Clackamas K12 Open, Hayhurst Halloween Tournament, and the OSCF K12 School Team Championship. In addition to large events, he ran several smaller tournaments and lessons each year in libraries and parks, making rated chess events more accessible to low-income students and those living on the outskirts of the Portland Metro Area.

There will be a service for Ed on Thursday August 26 at 1:00pm at Lincoln Memorial, Park and Funeral Home, 11801 SE Scott Blvd, Portland OR 96086. Chess organizers and players welcome.

USCF Memberships Available at Half-Price!

Rose City Chess offers the least expensive way to join the United States Chess Federation! Scholastic memberships are $20 when purchased directly from USCF, but Rose City Chess now offers them to all scholastic chess players for just $10. Scholastic memberships are valid for players under 21 years of age at the time of redemption.

Each membership is good for 12 months from the time of the activation. USCF memberships are required to participate in USCF rated tournaments. Memberships can be ordered here.