Finalist List Updated (Updated)

So far this season, there have been 58 qualifier tournaments rated (and results from PCC G/60 from 2/26 and from Chess Vision Quads 2/27 are expected soon). The finalist list of players who have qualified to play in the OSCF State championship in Seaside April 1-2 has swelled to 304.

To qualify for the Championship, players must meet three general criteria:

  1. Age & Residency: Open only to Oregon students in grades K-12.
  2. Participation: Play in at least two “2011 OSCF State Qualifier” tournaments.
  3. Experience: Earn an established NWSRS or US Chess Federation rating, i.e. play at least 15 NWSRS or 26 USCF rated games lifetime.

For details, visit the “To Qualify” page at oscf.org.

Portland Area HS League: Conclusion!

by Ed Addis
The Portland Area League completed their match play on Wednesday February 23rd amid news reports of a snow storm coming at any moment. The weather did have its moments, but all except one team made the trip to Lincoln High School for one last match. First placed Lake Oswego #1 faced off against Jesuit, the winner of the first half Lower Division round robin. Lake Oswego was able to hold on to their First Place position with a convincing 4 to 1 victory. Hot on their heals, Clackamas #1 quickly dispatched Access Academy 5 to 0. La Salle College Prep #1 finished strong with a surprising 4 to 1 victory over Cleveland, yielding only draws on boards one and three. Sherwood #1 crushed Lake Oswego #2 by a score of 5 to 0. Lincoln #1’s bottom three boards swept their opponents to defeat Horizon Christian by a score of 3.5 to 1.5. With threats of bad weather, Clackamas #2 edged out La Salle College Prep #2 by a score of 2 to 1 with both teams forfeiting the last two boards. Wilson arrived from the near west side but their opponents further to the west – Westview chose to rely on the weather reports and their local weather conditions and did not show up. Sherwood #2 beat the depleted Lincoln #2 team by a score of 3 to 2 winning on board 1 and getting forfeits and boards 4 and 5.

Lake Oswego had a great second half Swiss tournament winning all 7 matches and scoring 28.5 game points out of a possible 35. Clackamas #2 took second (losing to Lake Oswego in round 3 of the Swiss) with 6 match wins and 27.5 game points. Sherwood #1 took third with 4 1/2 match points and 22.5 game points edging out La Salle College Prep who also had 4 1/2 match points but only 19.5 game points.

There were many outstanding achievements by individuals over the 14 rounds of play in the League. The top three performances on each board were;

Board 1 —- Alexandra Botez of Clackamas, Bryce Eng of Jesuit, and Fred Litt of Lake Oswego.
Board 2 —- Marcus Woltring of Horizion Christian, Dmitri Murphy of Jesuit, and Gavin Megson of Clackamas
Board 3 —- Tushar Sah of Jesuit, Joel Porter of Lake Oswego, and Jordan Edelson of Lincoln
Board 4 —- Charles Earp of Lake Oswego, Nathan Ryan of Lincoln, and Tommy Lum of Clackamas
Board 5 —- Kevin Rhine of Clackamas, Alexander Schoen of La Salle, and Lily LoBasso of Sherwood.

The Portland Area League had 129 students from 16 Teams representing 11 different schools this year. We hope that next year all of these numbers increase.

If your school (or an individual) is interested in playing in our League please contact Ed Addis at chessalot@aol.com . The league’s main focus is high school chess teams. However we do allow middle schools to compete as a team and middle schools (grades 6-8) to play on high school teams. This season Access Academy (a middle school) was in the League and finished with a very respectable 7 match victories for the 14 game season. Two or three years ago West Hills Christian middle school also was in the league and did very well. All of the matches are played in the cafeteria of Lincoln High School almost always on Wednesdays. Games start at 4 PM with a time limit of Game in 60. All games are completed shortly after 6 PM as we also allow the use of a 5 second time delay. All games are NWSRS rated.

For the 2011/2012 school year we will begin with a Swiss Team tournament. Schools that field more than one team will not be paired against each other. After a sufficient number of round the teams will be divided into more competitive divisions for a team round robin tournament. The cost for each team will be $70 which is very small sum when you consider that it covers the entire team. Teams consists of five players but many teams have many more players in order to lessen the possibility of a forfeit for no shows. The season will run from October or November until February (we must finish before the Oregon High School Team Championship).

Next Wednesday March 2nd the League will have its final meeting of the year. We call it the Fun Day where Teams and individuals will be presented with their awards. All of the players will be able to enjoy pizza and to play against others in either a speed or bug-house chess tournament — and nothing is rated — its just for fun.

T-Shirt Designs Due Soon

$100 first prize for best OSCF Championship T-shirt design! Entries due Wednesday, March 2. Send ecopy of your design to tshirts@oscf.org. Check the link on the OSCF Championship menu on the left side of the home page for details.

OHSCTA Championships

Oregon’s premier scholastic chess team event is fast approaching (March 11-12 in Sherwood)! The main event is a team Swiss tournament to determine Varsity high school team champions. There is also a JV section and an Open team section. In addition there is an Individuals section, which is open to all Oregon and Washington players in grades 6-12.

This year — for the first time in history — the tournament doubles as an OSCF State Championship qualifier. If you are in grades 6-12 and are needing a last minute qualifier, this is a great choice.

The Dam Bursts…

…and a flood of tournament results hit the NWSRS website, including:

Five OSCF Championship qualifiers:
Chess Odyssey Friday Quads, Beaverton, Feb 4, Feb 18
Chess Vision Quads, Portland, Feb 6
Al Leong Memorial, Pleasant Hill, Feb 12
For the Love of Chess, Klamath Falls, Feb 12

Two Updates for Rated HS League Play:
Midwest League Rounds 7-9, Eugene, Feb 11
Portland Area League Saturday Special, Portland, Feb 5

The list of players who have qualified for the OSCF State Championship is growing fast, and with 16 more qualifier tournaments already on the calendar before April 1 (and even more to come), there’s a good chance we will surpass last year’s record number.

Portland Area HS League: Round 5 Update

by Ed Addis.

The fifth round of the Portland Area League second half Swiss tournament had undefeated Lake Oswego #1 matched up against once drawn Sherwood #1. Lake Oswego prevailed by a score of 4 to 1 losing only on board #5. The games were hotly contested, and it was not clear who was going to prevail until the very end. Clackamas #1 took on Horizon Christian, the only team to beat them in the first half Round Robin. Clackamas got their revenge with a clean sweep. The top two boards were hotly contested with Alexandra Botez taking advantage of a misplaced bishop of Marcus Woltjer on about move 42 and Gavin Megson winning what should have been a drawn pawn endgame from Ryan Guay. LaSalle #1 waited for Westview, but they were a no show – We learned later that the coach was ready to go but none of his players showed up. Lake Oswego #2 took down Sherwood #2 by a score of 3 to 2. Cleveland lost the first and fifth board but prevailed on the middle boards to down Access Academy. Clackamas #2 was missing two of their solid players and dropped the first board but took the rest against Jesuit to avenge the 5 to 0 drubbing they took in the first half. The last game to finish at Lincoln on Thrusday, February 10th, was between Hai Dao of Clackamas and Dmitri Murphy of Jesuit – Hai had one second left on his clock when Demtri’s clock expired. Lincoln #1 also waited for Wilson, but they were a no show with no explanation. LaSalle #1 got their first victory by a score of 4 to 1 against Lincoln #2’s depleted team of only 3 players.

Standings after 5 rounds of the 7 round Swiss:

Place   Team                Match Pts   Game Pts
 1      Lake Oswego #1          5          21
 2      Clackamas #1            4          19.5
 3      Sherwood #1             3.5        15.5
 4      LaSalle #1              3.5        13.5
 5      Horizon Christian       3          13
 6      Cleveland               3          13
 7      Lake Oswego #2          3          13
 8      Clackamas #2            2.5        13.5
 9      Westview                2.5         6.5
10      Lincoln #1              2          13.5
11      Access Academy          2          13
12      Sherwood #2             2          12
13      Jesuit                  2          11
14      LaSalle #2              1.5         6.5
15      Wilson                  1           5
16      Lincoln #2              0           2.5

Individual board leaders after 12 rounds are:

1st Board
10 pts: Alexandra Botez, Bryce Eng
9 pts: Brian Yang
2nd Board
10 pts: Marcus Woltring
9 pts: Dmitri Murphy
3rd Board
10 pts: Tushar Sah
9 pts: Joel Porter
4th Board
11 pts: Charles Earp
8.5 pts: Tommy Lum
5th Board
11 pts: Kevin Rhine
7 pts: Lily Lobasso

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.