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!

*Registration is closed* President’s Weekend Tournament in Portland on Feb. 16

*Registration is closed for the Presidents’ Weekend Tournament*

We want you for the SEVENTH ANNUAL Presidents’ Weekend Tournament!  Last year, over 170 players came to Gray Middle School in SW Portland for a great day of chess and fabulous prizes.  The Commanders-in-Chief have ordered up another excellent set of trophies and Presidential prizes for Saturday, February 16th, 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!

Championship T-shirt Designs Wanted! Deadline: February 26 at noon

Every year, our players walk away from Seaside with fantastic t-shirts produced on-site by our vendor, Northwest Designs.  Each year, the great art on the t-s2013 T-Shirt Designhirt is designed by one of our players.  We’re looking for the T-shirt design that will be featured on this year’s shirts.  If you have the selected design, you will win a free entry to the tournament ($35 value), a free T-shirt ($20-25 value), and $75!  If you’re the first runner up, your design will be featured on the front of the State Championship Program.  The deadline is coming quickly, though, so get your pencils, pens, and crayons sharpened, and your creative energies flowing!

T-Shirt Design Contest

Parents or adults affiliated with tournament attendees may submit designs, but preference for designs will be given to NSWRS-rated players and their siblings (and the award remains the same)!  All entries will become property of OSCF and will not be returned.  The design must contain three phrases:  1) “14th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship” or (if the chess theme is obvious) “14th Annual OSCF State Championship”,  2) “April 12-13, 2019”, and 3) “Seaside, Oregon”.

NF 2014 WinnerThere is no limit on colors for submissions, although the final t-shirt design may be limited in production and altered as necessary for t-shirt production.  Shirts will be produced on demand, on site, and on the customer’s choice of shirt color.  All submissions must be submitted either by dropping them with an OSCF representative at an OSCF qualifying tournament or electronically as an email attachment, along with a T-shirt Design Contest Application Form, to oscfchess2011@gmail.com.

Deadline: Noon on Tuesday, February 26, 2019

*CANCELLED due to inclement weather* Metzger Winter Classic in Tigard on Feb. 9

Dear Chess Parents and Players,
I have spoken with the School District Asst. Superintendent and Tigard-Tualatin is planning on cancelling ALL events this Saturday due to the forecast of snow. It is with great sadness that I have to cancel our Metzger Tournament. I hope to reschedule so please stay tuned.  I will refund those that have pre-paid.

Again, NO CHESS TOURNAMENT AT METZGER Feb. 9th. 

Sincerely,
Jeff Risher
Tournament Director

*CANCELLED due to inclement weather* ¡Chess Riot! in Corvallis on Feb. 10

Play some state-qualifying games and have fun at the Corvallis chess Riot! This mini, 3-game, quad-style chess tournament will take place on Sunday, February 10, 2019 and is open to students of all ages and all levels of experience. Registration is only $10, with a refund given to the winner of each quad!

Corvallis High School
(Use SW corner door near football stadium parking lot off 16th Street)
Registration: 12:30 p.m.-12:55 p.m.
Games: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Winner of each quad gets their money back and free entry to next quad.
G25 youth, G25-40 for adults by mutual agreement of the quad. Clocks provided.

Contact Phil Schapker with any questions at phil.schapker@corvallis.k12.or.us.

2019 OSCF Championship Qualifier – NWSRS rated