OSCF State 2019: Registration is closed.

Congratulations to the 538 players who have qualified to play in the 14th annual OSCF State Championship on April 12-13 in Seaside, Oregon.  See Details Here.  Here’s the near final list of QUALIFIED PLAYERS!

Early Registration – $35 until 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 5.

Regular Registration – $45 until 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7.

Late Registration – $75 until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 10

Players who are on the list of qualifying players have met the requirements for qualifying:

  1. Having played at least 1 qualifying tournament during 9/3/18 to 4/3/19.
  2. Having an established NWSRS rating (at least 15 lifetime NWSRS rated games) or USCF rating (at least 26 USCF rated games).
  3. Have played at least 8 rated games during 9/3/18 to 4/3/19.

If you are not on the list, but think that you have qualified, send us the details on what tournaments/games you have played and we will check on it for you!  (Note: Not all tournaments are qualifiers – only tournaments shown in green on the NWSRS calendar are qualifiers, and not all games are rated in the NWSRS system – for example, Chess for Success does not rate their games/tournaments.)

If you have played one qualifying tournament and just need more games to establish your rating, you can still qualify if you play the additional rated games before April 3, 2019.  See our instructions on how to do this and notify us at oscf@oscf.org if you plan to do this.

For more detailed explanations, see this post on how to get to play at Seaside, or the specific qualification rules posted here.  (See green tournaments on the NWSRS calendar.)

State Champions Crowned at Oregon’s First Rated K12 Team Chess Championship

by Chad Lykins, Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation

Nearly two hundred students spent the first day of spring break in an elementary school cafeteria. The opportunity to play in Oregon’s first rated K12 team chess championship was so enticing that they put their vacations on hold for one more day.

While a different statewide team tournament is held annually in the Oregon Convention Center, it is run without the benefit of an accepted chess rating system. The old tournament also has an idiosyncratic qualification process not found in any other state team championship in the United States. These factors led the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation to organize a new event that can be held in the same esteem as team championships throughout the country.

The Inaugural OSCF K12 Team Championship had three school divisions (K5, K8, and K12) and a Mixed Division for teams made up of students from different schools. Awards for the event were sponsored by Chess.com and ChessKid.com, who collectively have over 30 million members worldwide. Scholarships were given to schools that served low-income students.

Catlin Gabel won the K12 Division with a perfect score. Clackamas High School and Corvallis High School took home trophies for second and third place. National Master Joshua Grabinsky, a tenth-grader from Coquille, led a strong team that won the Mixed Division.

Stoller Middle School won all of its rounds to take first place in the K8 Division. Winterhaven defeated second-seed Robert Gray Middle School in Round 3 to take second place. Robert Gray finished third.

The biggest surprises of the day came in the K5 Division, where Hayhurst Elementary School battled Jacob Wismer Elementary to a draw despite having an average board rating nearly 300 points lower. Both schools finished with scores of 4.5/5, resulting in them sharing first place and the title of Co-Champions. Second place then went to Hayhurst’s B team, which pulled an upset of its own against an impressive team from Lent Elementary, who took third.

The next challenge facing this new state championship is finding a venue for next year. The organizers are currently soliciting proposals from schools interested in hosting the event in 2020, where attendance is expected to exceed 300 students.

To learn more about hosting next year’s OSCF Team State Championship, write to OSCF@OSCF.ORG.

*NEW!* OSCF K-12 TEAM Championship in Portland on March 23

First Annual OSCF K-12 School Team Championship on March 23, 2019
Registration Opens February 1, 2019

The OSCF K-12 School Team Championship provides an opportunity for Oregon schools to compete in a rated, match format. The inaugural edition will take place on March 23, 2019, at Hayhurst Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. The purpose of the OSCF K-12 School Team Chess Championship is to encourage and celebrate not just the development of strong chess players, but strong chess programs within Oregon schools.

School Teams will compete in three divisions: Grades K-5 (Elementary School Team Championship), K-8 (Middle School Team Championship), and K-12 (High School Team Championship). For more information, read the OSCF K-12 School Team Championship flier.

Generously Sponsored by ChessKid and Chess.com. First place teams in each Division receive one-year Gold memberships from ChessKid (K-5, Mixed) or Platinum memberships from Chess.com (K-8, K-12).

Since the inaugural edition is hosted at a small elementary school, registration is limited to approximately 40 teams. In future editions, larger schools are encouraged to host the event so that more teams can participate. For questions, email Tournament Host Chad Lykins at oscf@oscf.org

 

Vangie Shaw Memorial Girls Play Chess Tournament in Portland on March 23

CHESS FOR SUCCESS presents the Vangie Shaw Memorial Girls Play Chess Tournament–an open tournament for all K-8 aged girls. There will be sections formed if the number of entries are sufficient. Participants play five rounds that are roughly one hour each. The end time depends on how quickly the rounds go. Dress up and receive a chess necklace! T-shirts are available for purchase.

Note: this tournament is NOT rated with NWSRS and therefore is NOT a OSCF State Championship qualifier–but it is a fun chess tournament for K-8 girls!

WHERE
Brookwood Elementary School
3960 SE Cedar St, Hillsboro, OR 97123

WHEN
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., announcements begin at 9:00 a.m., play will begin right after.

HOW MUCH
An entry fee is applicable for students who are not part of Chess for Success clubs.
Deadline for registration fees:
March 9 – $21
March 16 – $29
March 21 – $42
No registrations will be accepted after March 21.

HOW
To register, www.chessforsuccess.org/play/registration

WHY
Vangie Shaw was a beloved teacher and Chess for Success coach at Sabin K8 School in NE Portland. She passed away from complications from pancreatic cancer on Aug. 21, 2017, at the age of 57. This tournament is a memorial to Vangie and her legacy of sharing her love for the game with so many students. She gave so much of herself to so many at Sabin K8 school and beyond.

OES Aardvark Tournament in Portland on March 16

OES logoThe fifth annual OES Aardvark Chess Tournament will be on Saturday, March 16, at Oregon Episcopal School in SW Portland. This is an OSCF State qualifier tournament. Cash prizes for the top section, cool awards and plus score medals, little prizes for first-time tournament players, raffles, and more. There is only space for about 140 players, so register before it’s too late!

REGISTER NOW!

Sorry, NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Children’s Book Bank and OSCF; children’s book donations are welcome.

Contact: Dennis Chang
Email: dchang44@gmail.com
Phone: 503-686-1922

 

It’s simpler to qualify for the 2019 State Championship!

Announcement! Following our mission statement of “More Kids, More Chess, More Fun!” we are simplifying the requirements for qualifying for the OSCF State Championship on April 12-13, 2019.

To qualify for the 2019 OSCF State Championship, players must now meet the following requirements:

Established rating (NWSRS >15 games or USCF > 26 games)

1 qualifying tournament played between September 3, 2018 to April 3, 2019 – any event colored green on the NWSRS calendar).

8 rated games played between September 3, 2018  and April 3, 2019 (can be found at Chess Ratings NorthWest along with your player rating).

Why are you changing the qualification requirements?

We want to make the qualification process easier for players and families to understand and achieve. Formerly, we required an established rating and two qualifying tournaments during the year. For players living far from cities where chess tournaments are regularly held, the additional travel can be an obstacle and burden.

We still want players to have tournament experience and to participate in tournaments throughout the year, so they still need to attend at least one tournament during the year. High School League tournaments (1 game), Quads (3 games), and Tournaments (4-5 games) will all count as one qualifier.

To complete the 8 game requirement, players should attend additional tournaments. If a player is unable qualify by attending additional tournaments, coaches or parents may host in-house rated games (contact OSCF to be sure these will be approved). Rated games must be played between September 3, 2018 and April 3, 2019 and submitted to NWSRS for rating. If you’re interested in hosting rated games locally, please contact OSCF at oscf@oscf.org to learn how and to ensure your results will count for qualification.

How do I know if I’ve met the requirements?

To simplify how we determine players’ qualification for the State Championship, players now just have to check the #GmsYTD column to see whether they qualify for the State Championship. The NWSRS considers September (after Labor Day) to be the beginning of the academic year, and OSCF will now match the same dates for the academic year. When players look up their rating, they can easily find the total games played during the current academic year.

Last Name First Name ID Number Rating #Gms #GmsYTD State
Master Chess SCHOL100 1000 100 10 Oregon

As long as players have an established rating (NWSRS #Gms >15 games or USCF > 26 games) AND have played in one qualifying tournament during the year AND they have played at least 8 rated games #GmsYTD, they will qualify to play at the State Championship.

Additional questions? Please email us at OSCF@OSCF.org. See you at a tournament soon!

Oregon Scholastic Player Takes First Place at the North American Open in Dec. 2018

For any Oregon Scholastic Players looking for inspiration, see how hard work and dedication can bring great results! Congratulations, Roshen!

Roshen won FIRST place at the 28th North American Open at Las Vegas in December 2018 in the U2100 section. An undefeated score of 6.5 (from seven rounds) made him a clear winner for the $7000 prize money and also helped him cross USCF 2100 rank ceiling.

Roshen also teamed up with Sophie Velea (from Washington State) to win FIRST place in the mixed doubles section each winning $750 team prize.

Roshen also played in the Blitz tournament (Open Section) and tied for FIRST place in U2100 winning $165. This was Roshen’s first USCF rated Blitz tournament.

Earlier in November 2018, Roshen won FIRST place at the WASHINGTON Class Championships (in the EXPERT section) by a score of 5/6 (4 wins and 2 draws).

Also in November 2018, Roshen won SECOND place at the OREGON Class Championships (in the MASTER/EXPERT section) by a score of 2.5/4 (2 wins, 1 draw & 1 loss). His performance also helped him qualify for the Oregon Chess Federation’s 2019 Oregon Closed Tournament.

28th North American Open results can be viewed using the following links.

CHESS Life magazine’s report on the 28th North American Open: https://new.uschess.org/news/gm-jinshi-bai-tops-north-american-open/

*NEW!* Mike Sheehan Memorial Chess Tournament in Scappoose on Mar. 2

Join us for the first annual Mike Sheehan Memorial Chess Tournament in Scappoose on March 2. The Scappoose community is organizing this tournament to honor the memory of Mike Sheehan, a beloved chess enthusiast and community member. This is a 2019 OSCF State Championship qualifier, 5-game individual and team chess tournament for players of all ages. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced sections. G25. Trophies and medals for top individuals, and trophies for teams (score is sum of top 4 players). Check-in is from 8:30-9:00 am with Round 1 starting at 9:30.

Questions? Email Joel Haugen at airhaug@gmail.com.

Registration deadline is Feb. 28. REGISTER NOW!