OSCF Championship

It is traditional to give special awards for the first few people to register. To find out this year’s winners, keep your eye on the “Who’s Coming?” list that is linked on the “Online Registration” page.

NOTE: The “Who’s Coming” lists are no longer updated automatically and instantaneously. Instead, they are updated by hand as registrations roll in.

Also, watch the front page at oscf.org for info about fun Championship contests in the coming days.

OSCF State Championship

Bringing together hundreds of players from all corners of the state to do battle for Championship titles and huge trophy cups filled with saltwater taffy, the OSCF State Championship is the premier scholastic chess tournament in Oregon. This year the event will be held at the Convention Center in beautiful Seaside, Oregon on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2.

Starting late Friday afternoon there is a blitz tournament (4:00) and a bughouse tournament (6:00) to set the stage for the weekend. After these popular, chaotic, and fun events, the State Champions will be decided in the main chess tournament on Saturday. For the strongest Middle School players (rated 1400 and up) and High School players (rated 1500 and up) it is G/90 with Round 1 starting Friday at noon. For all others, Round 1 begins Saturday at 9:30.

After the kids are settled into their games Saturday morning, there will a Friends & Family tournament, open to all chess enthusiasts and experimenters, even those who fall short (or long) on the K-12 grade requirement.

There will be 15 playing sections, including three to five ratings-based sections for each age division (primary school, elementary school, middle school, and high school). First through fifth place finishers in each section receive large cup trophies. Outstanding performances that fall just short of fifth place will earn beautiful, tall trophy cups. Even scores earn medals.

There will be puzzle contests; lucky chess with fun prizes; awards for improvement and for dedication during the past year; inductions of a select few noble individuals into the Kathryn Rose Taylor Order of the Knight; a chance to dress up as royalty for pictures; special souvenir T-shirts, buttons, pins; chess vendors; giant chess; concessions; a chance to eat tasty worms at the bughouse tournament; and much more!

For more info, check out the links on the OSCF Championship menu on the left sidebar. And click “Online Registration” — even if it turns out to be too late to win the award for being the first to register.

2011 Metzger Winter Classic

UPDATE: Full, rated results now posted at NWSRS.

The Metzger Winter Classic was the first OSCF Championship Qualifier hosted in the School’s history.  The tournament brought in players from near and far.  Over 90 players represented the regions of Salem, Aumsville, Albany, Corvallis, Portland, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Sherwood, Beaverton & Newberg.  Overall it was a fantastic event that brought some great learning opportunities to help prepare the players for Seaside.

As the players arrived they were greeted with a pack of Smarties to help fuel their brains for actions.  Five divisions battled it out for some unprecedented results.  When Round 1 started, fifteen players experienced tournament action for the first time!  By the time round 3 rolled around, the Tournament Director and School Physical Education Teacher, Jeff Risher, had 70 players from the Novice and Intermediate sections doing Jumping Jacks before the round began.  The exercise helped the players to get out some tournament jitters, and wake up those brain cells.

Although the final results were important to the players, one player in particular demonstrated great sportsmanship behavior at the start of the tournament.  Leo Deng from Forest Park Elementary did exactly that.  With both the Advanced and Open sections playing with an odd number of players, Risher turned to the top player in the advanced section, Leo Deng, and asked if he would be willing to play up a division.  Leo, without hesitation responded with a great attitude.  He ended up taking home a 4th place trophy, the sportsmanship award, and the Tournament MVP award.  He made a sacrifice that benefited players in 2 divisions!  That is the kind of sportsmanship that is so nice to see in competitions, Congratulations Leo!  The rest of the results from the Open 1200+ section were very close.  Taking home the 3rd place spot was Austin Nguyen from the school of Science and Technology.  Second place was Clemen Deng from West Sylvan Middle School and the Section winner with a perfect 5 for 5 was the freshman from Crescent Valley High, Matt Dalthorp.

In the Advanced section 901-1200, Jeffery Sun from Lake Grove Elementary in Lake Oswego pulled off some impressive wins and one draw that may have seemed like an underdog story to some as he was not the highest rated player in the group.  But to others that know Jeffery, they know him as being a fierce competitor and mastermind of strategy.  He has played in 146 tournament games and always plays with class and respect for his opponents.  Keshav Siddhartha from Jacob Wismer Elementary took home the 2nd place prize losing his 1st match but bouncing back and winning all 4 of his final matches.  Justin Bagoyo from Cooper Mountain placed third and Thomas Kneeland from Crescent Valley High won his Blitz tiebreaker to finish 4th and a sportsmanship award.

In the Intermediate section there were many players competing at the 601-900 level for the first time. With 30 players in this division the title wasn’t going to be claimed easily.  Two players that really caught the attention of the fans were Arjun Vijay from Laurel Ridge Middle School and Cody Tanz the hometown kid from Metzger.  The two struck the crowd by surprise early, as it was Arjun’s first tournament and a first time for Cody being rated above 600.  The two battled their way to the top as they headed to the final round winning all four of their previous matches.  This was the match that would decide the section champion.  It came down to which player had the better pawn structure.  Tanz couldn’t avoid having double-stacked pawns on the “g” and “b” files as it created an attack for Vijay.  They were the last match to finish and playing with clocks made it even more suspenseful as many fans watched Arjun Vijay Checkmate the young Cody Tanz of Metzger.  Arjun’s victory gave him a sigh of relief as he complemented Cody as being a tough player.  There’s no doubt the two will face off against each other in up coming tournaments, look out Arjun!  The final results were to be decided by a Blitz Playoff between Elias Erickson of Barnes Elementary & Alexander Pham from Forest Park, who both won their final match, tying Tanz with 4.0 points.  Pham’s experience showed as he captured the king of Erickson and Tanz taking 2nd overall.  Tanz finished with an honorable 3rd and his old teammate Erickson finished 4th.  The others that took home trophies were Michael Decker from Laurel Ridge-7th, Ashwin Datta from Jackson Elementary-6th, and Tommy Eblen from the school of Creative Science-5th.  Sportsmanship awards went to Arjun Vijay, Tommy Eblen, and Fillip Cannard-CFT.

The Novice Section was broken down into both A & B.  Section A featured U600 in grades K-3 and Section B featured U600 grades 4-6.  Zach Smith from Hazeldale Elementary had to win a Blitz Round to claim the 4th place prize.  The two teammates from Forest Park, Sahil Salem and Anna Rosenberg battled it out in a Blitz tiebreaker for 2nd and 3rd place.  Sahil ended up graciously winning and claiming 2nd along with the sportsmanship award, as young Anna gladly accepted the 3rd place trophy.  The big story of this section was 3rd grader Michael O’Neal from Metzger Elementary.  Michael had a perfect score of 5/5 defeating the tough Forest Park players to claim his second trophy in only 2 tournaments played.

Section B featured another close pairing as unrated Kevin Nguyen trailed his 5th round opponent from Metzger, Hunter Dietz, by only .5 a point.  Nguyen attacked early and surprised Dietz with a discovered attack that left Dietz behind early.  A checkmate soon followed and the 1st place trophy was his with 4.5 points.  In only Hunter’s first tournament of the season the 2nd place prize was surely something he was proud of, winning 4/5.  Taking 3rd was another newcomer from Antonia Crater Elementary in Newberg, Zachary Blizard.  His only lose came to Dietz in the 3rd round.  Forest Park capped off an impressive outing as another player, Randall Zhang earned the 4th place prize.

A great job to all the players and hopefully see you next year for the “2nd Annual Metzger Winter Classic”

Portand Area HS League Soldiering On

By Ed Addis.

The third round of the Portland Area League was played during the finals week for many of the participating High Schools. We had thought that everyone was going to be able to make the matches and the pairings were made and sent to all the teams for the January 26th match, but that was not the case. Westview had requested a 1/2 point bye but the bye was schedule for the last match for February 23rd instead of January 26th and their coach did not see they were scheduled for a match. Lincoln (the host site for the matches) were barely able to field five players for their top team as their other players must have fled from the school after the finals of that Wednesday to prepare for more finals the next day.

The top match of the night saw Lake Oswego #1 getting their revenge on Clackamas #1 by winning on the three middle boards while dropping the top and bottom boards. Sherwood #1 held the very tough Horizon Christian to a drawn match after losing on the first and second boards. LaSalle #1 whip Clackamas #2 by winning the first four boards and taking the last board by forfeit as Clackamas also had a few of their players that needed time to study for their remaining finals. Cleveland came a player short but downed a depleted Lincoln #1 by a score of 3.5 to 1.5. Lake Oswego #2 and LaSalle #2 were even on the first four boards with each of them winning 2 games, however, Lake Oswego brought a full team thereby winning 5th board by forfeit and the match by a score of 3 to 2. Sherwood #2 took no prisoners with a 5 – 0 victory over Wilson.

Standings after 3 rounds of the 7 round Swiss
Place Team Match Points Board Points

1 Lake Oswego #1 3 12
2 Sherwood #1 2.5 10.5
3 LaSalle #1 2.5 8.5
4 Clackamas #1 2 10
5 Access Academy 2 10
6 Horizon Christian 2 10
7 Cleveland 2 9.5
8 Lake Oswego #2 2 8
9 Clackamas #2 1.5 7.5
10 Westview 1.5 3.5
11 Jesuit 1 7
12 Lincoln #1 1 6.5
13 Sherwood #2 1 5
14 LaSalle #2 0.5 2.5
15 Wilson 0 2
16 Lincoln #2 0 0.5

The top pair for next weeks matches has LaSalle #1 attempting to get revenge against Lake Oswego #1 who beat them by a score of 4 to 1 in the 5th round of the Robin Robin on December 8th

Individual board leaders are:

Board 1: Alexandra Botez of Clackamas and Bryce Eng of Jesuit lead with 8 wins over Brian Yang of Access Academy with 7.
Board 2: Marcus Woltring of Horizon Christian leads with 9 wins while Dmitri Murphy of Jesuit has 8.
Board 3: Tushar Sah of Jesuit is in the lead with an undefeated 9 wins,Jordan Edelson of Lincoln has 7 1/2.
Board 4: Charles Earp of Lake Oswego has 9 wins and leads Christopher DiMarrco of Jesuit with 7 1/2.
Board 5: Kevin Rhine of Clackamas has 9 wins and leads Noah Gladen-Kolarsky of Access Academy with 7

High School Midwest League

Several Eugene area high school teams comprise the Midwest League — Churchill, Creswell, Junction City, Marist, Pleasant Hill, Sheldon, South Eugene, Springfield, Willamette. Several of the teams are strong and should do well at the OHSCTA championships in March. A contender for the title is Pleasant Hill, who tied for first at last year’s championship (but coming up short on tie breaks). This year’s A team has three returning players (Caleb Kesey, Quinn Stearns, and Jacob Moch), but their newest arrival, Jack Dale, may be the strongest of the lot. Cottage Grove also has a strong team that has been active and performing well for years. The team from South Eugene is mostly inexperienced but surprisingly strong — keep an eye on them at State and in the coming years.

Results from rounds 1-6 are now posted at NWSRS.

Coquille Scholastic and Adult Tournament

by Nancy Keller.

UPDATE: Full rated results are now posted at NWSRS.

Saturday, school was out and chess was in.

While high schoolers decorated the school for the evening dance, several classrooms were filled with competing chess players playing for trophies or cash prizes.  Participants came from Bandon, Coos Bay, Myrtle Point and Myrtle Creek.
In the Elite section, the more skilled Coquille players had a chance to try and beat an adult Class A player Randy Smolensky.  The games were intense and brutal but Randy managed to win all four of his games.  He said the games were tough and his opponents — Josiah Perkins, Jessi Ross, Marshfield’s Shawn Hutchinson and adult Jeff Sperling — were worthwhile opponents.  In the last game, high school arch rivals (only on the chess board) Jessi Ross and Shawn Hutchinson were paired and the game ended in a draw.  They will be competing against each other in the Coos Curry Regionals to represent the Coos Curry High School Individual Champion at the Chess for Success State Tournament March 4th. Smolensky won a clear first place in the Elite section with Hutchinson, Ross and Jeff Sperling in a threeway tie for second place.

Elementary Trophy Winners: Jed Wright, Marino Santoro, Cooper Page, Joshua Grabinsky, Izabella Sperling, Gracie Wright, Sam Huffman, Angie Morones, Jacob Warren, Mackenzie Collard and Caleb Prince

The Elementary Section had a small turnout due to the competing Boy Scout Winter campout.  A new face from Bandon, Marino Santoro (4th grade) ended up in a three way tie with  experienced Joshua Grabinsky (2nd grade) and Jed Wright (4th grade).  Expect to see the three of them vying for Coos Curry County 4th grade and under individual championship at Regionals.

In the 6th grade through adult section, James Hopper (6th grade) managed to beat out Dee Dee

Trophy Winners in the Upper Division

Cooper (adult) during the final round to clearly win first place in the upper division.  Jenni Ross (Coquille 11th grade) and Jordan LeBlanc (North Bend 9th grade) tied for second place.

The Elite Section was formed around the best chess players and were:  Randy Smolensky (Myrtle Creek adult), Jessi Ross (Coquille 10th grade), Shawn Hutchinson (Coos Bay 12th grade), Jeffrey Sperling (Coquille adult), Josiah Perkins (Coquille 5th grade), Kaitlyn Davidson (Coquille 8th grade), Natasha Keller (Coquille 11th grade), Hailey Riley (Coquille 7th grade), Jace Sperling (Coquille 6th grade) and Sarai Perkins (Coquille 8th grade).
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In the other divisions first place players for their grade level were:
Adult:  Dee Dee Page (Coquille)
11th-12th grade:  Jenni Ross (Coquille)
9th-10th grade:  Jordan LaBlanc (North Bend)
8th grade:  Aaron Opp (Myrtle Creek)
7th grade:  Noelani Daily (Coquille)
6th grade:  James Hopper (Coquille)
5th grade:  Cooper Page (Coquille)
4th grade:  Jed Wright (Coquille)
3rd grade:  Sam Huffman (Coquille)
2nd grade:  Joshua Grabinsky (Coquille)
K-1st grade:  Gracie Wright (Coquille)

Eugene Winter Carnival: Preliminary Report

Eugene tournament sections used to be primarily grade-based, but this year sections but this year’s Winter Carnival had four ratings-based sections: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Elite Eight.  There was a wide age distribution in the three lower sections, but with so many kids having ratings nowadays, there is little danger of terrible mismatches between, say, unknown high school student A vs. unknown primary school student B. Instead, we might have high school student A with a rating of 524 being perfectly safe to match up against 2nd grade student B with a rating of 582.

In many tournaments, there are a handful of players whose ratings are quite a bit higher than everyone else’s. If they are all lumped into the same section with much lower-rated players, then they end up playing only a couple of competitive games in a tournament, and the lower-rated don’t feel like they have any chance of winning. In recent years, the Eugene tournaments have had an Elite Eight (or Super Six) section comprised of the previous winner of the Advanced section and the seven highest-rated players (besides the Advanced qualifier).

The strength of the Elite Eight has been steadily increasing at an astounding average rate of 23 Elo points per event for the past 11 events. This year’s Winter Carnival was the strongest yet, with an average rating of 1549.

Average rating of the Elite Eight section at recent Eugene tournaments. (In cases where the top section was a Super Six, average rating shown is of the six players in the section plus the next two highest rated.)

More on the tournament — including stories and section winners — will be posted when games have been rated…

Results Posted For Several Recent Events

Several tournaments over the past couple weeks have now been rated with results posted at NWSRS.

Included are qualifiers:
“I Have A Dream” (Klamath Falls)
Corvallis MLK (Corvallis)
Chess Vision Quads and Chess Vision MLK (Portland)

And other events:
Chess for FA (Corbett)
Southern League, Round 4 (Coquille)
Cooper Mountain School Tournament (Beaverton)