The View Of Seaside From Coquille

Nancy Keller brought 18 players from Coquille — a total of 4186 kid-miles, edging out Lisa Still’s 3645 kid-miles (27 from from Corvallis). The Coquillies were also the most spirited during the awards ceremony with enthusiastic and appropriately loud support for their teammates. For all their efforts, Nancy and the Coquille squad received an Honorable Mention and trophy at the close of the awards.

Nancy also put together a nice writeup of the event from a Coquille perspective:

And the winners were… but wait, let us describe the event as it was not the Grammies but an event with much more importance for some of the students of Coquille.

The Seaside Oregon State Chess Federation State Tournament is a favorite for many of the players as the Seaside Convention Center is a wonderful environment, they meet and re-aquaint with friends from all over the state, they enjoy the scavenger chess problem hunt between rounds, the playing environment is friendly and professional and most importantly the trophies are HUGE and are filled with candy (for younger players, almost too heavy to hold for pictures).

Only eighteen Coquille chess players, out of the 32 invited, could attend the State Championships last weekend. The recession kept many from attending, as chaperones and finances were limited.

After completing two state team championships (CFS and OHSCTA), the Coquille Chess Club did not have enough money to sponsor all the qualified players for this last state event. Many parents could not afford a day off work, the cost of transporting, or the fee of covering their players’ food cost for the three day trip. Coach Nancy Keller could only cover a limited number of hotel rooms and main tournament registration fees. The players selected to go were based on club lunchtime attendance, after-school club attendance, tournament attendance and enthusiasm for chess. There were near tears as some players were informed they could not go. The Coquille Chess Club does thank Angelina Perkins, Sharon Ross and Amanda Davidson who were able help with transporting and chaperoning so that eighteen could go (the maximum amount that the
carpooling cars could take).

The final players to make the cut were: Jessi Ross (10th grade CHS), Jenni Ross (11th grade homeschool), Isaiah Hill (10th grade CHS), Dane Ramirez (9th grade CHS), Donovan Taylor-Blower (9th grade CHS), Tanner Flood (9th grade CHS), Kaitlyn Davidson (8th grade CVMS), Sarai Perkins (8th grade homeschool), Aaron Grabinsky (7th grade homeschool), Hailey Riley (7th grade CVMS), Noelani Daily (7th grade
UVCA), Mason Collard (6th grade CVMS), Emily Clemons (6th grade CVMS), Josiah
Perkins (5th grade homeschool), JJ Newman (5th grade CVMS), Dustin Neuwirth (5th
grade CVMS), Angelina Morones (1st grade Lincoln), Mackenzie Collard (Kindergarten, Lincoln).

The players left early Friday morning to participate in the Friday evening side-events of Blitz and Bughouse tournaments. There were the first collection of winners as in the Blitz tournament (speed chess where each player has a limit of five minutes for their game), Jessi Ross (11th grade homeschool) won first place. In Bughouse, partners Sarai Perkins (8th grade homeschool) and Donovan Taylor-Blower (9th grade Coquille High School) snagged a first place “buggy” bughouse trophy. Per tradition, all losers had to eat worms–gummy worms.

The main event was held all day Saturday, and it was a frenzy for chaperones as there were many different divisions the Coquille players were in as ages of the players ranged from kindergarten to 10th grade. But even the youngest player for Coquille, Mackenzie Collard, quickly figured out the system of checking pairings, finding tables, playing and then recording results for the five round event. Between rounds, players had the opportunity to do the chess problem scavenger hunt, which Mason Collard won. He received a prize of chess teaching manuals. There was also “Lucky Chess” where a die roll determined which piece was to be moved, a fun variation of chess.

Once again, Coquille was noted for bringing half girls in a sport notoriously dominated by boys. Anyone who though playing a girl was easy, were quickly taught that was not the case as most of Coquille’s trophy winners were girls.

At the awards ceremony at the end of an exhausting day, the final trophy winners were:
Sportsmanship Award for polite behavior: Mackenzie Collard
Third place Primary Intermediate Section: Mackenzie Collard
Fifth place Primary Intermediate Section: Angelina Morones
Fourth place Elementary Elite Section: Josiah Perkins
First place Middle School Prep Section: Noelani Daily
First place Middle School Advanced Section: Aaron Grabinsky
Fourth place Middle School Intermediate Section: Kaitlyn Davidson
Craziest Coach to bring so many spirited kids so far: Nancy Keller

Thank-You!

This year’s OSCF State Championship was the biggest yet. In all, 270 kids registered, and an amazing 268 (or 99.3%) of those turned out to play on Saturday. The event went remarkably smoothly, thanks to the hundreds upon hundreds of hours of help from around 100 volunteers. Nearly 100% of the work — from the OSCF board to the TDs to the check-in desk to the chess parents, siblings, and coaches in every corner of the Seaside Convention Center — was volunteer. Huge kudos and thanks to all who volunteered their time, energy, and resources to make the event such a big success. More kids! More chess! More fun!

The OSCF board would like to extend a special note of thanks to the following people:

To Dennis Petersen, who wanted to play in the Friends and Family tournament, agreed to direct with the promise that “it will be really easy” (well, we thought it would!!!), and then ended up not playing because he didn’t want anyone else to have to sit out with a bye. He also had to deal with the conundrum of what to do when some players who signed up were not able to come: he made sure that everyone was seated anyway, that no first round games had to be repeated, and that the section finished ALMOST on time —- a minor miracle after such a rocky start! Dennis is a great guy with a big heart.

Dennis and his company, Legend Products, has been a strong supporter since the very beginning of OSCF’s history. Legend Products has provided all of the fine chess sets that we use, and continues to contribute a few each year in addition to giving us equipment to sell at the chess store. The wooden sets that were sold at a big discount this year are just a sampling of his generosity.

Bing Sun, Katrina Halverson, and Sandip Chattopadhyay, were each in charge of a playing room for the whole day on Saturday, taking time away from their families and all the fun activities of the event and the town to make sure the playing conditions were quiet and fair and that the rounds stayed on schedule. They had tremendous help from Jeff Dobbins, Steve Cousineau, Lynn Wiles, Dennis Peterson, Nick Beleiciks, Roza Kotlyar, Rustam Kocher, Radu Roua, Tony Hann, Steven Breckenridge, Max Booth, Zane Kesey, and Chris Allen.

To Amy Coughlin, who has officially retired from the board but continues to advise us and to serve as our state’s Ratings Coordinator, putting in hour after hour of work throughout the year to make sure that every NWSRS rated event in Oregon has accurate and up-to-date results posted in a timely manner, and that all of our kids ratings reflect their latest efforts.

To Ellissa Parnon, who once again put together an awesome program packed with information about awards, players, schedules, sponsors, and the artistic efforts of some of the children who submitted entries to the T-shirt design contest. Ellissa’s experience and attention to detail not only produced a great program, but also spurred board members to complete tasks that might otherwise have fallen through the cracks in this year when we were scrambling to adjust to the absence of both Kate and Amy.

To Leanne Schuetze, who in addition to helping during registration and at Chess Central on Saturday, worked in the weeks before the tournament to cut, paste, and stuff name tags, create blitz, bughouse, and Friends and Family tickets, and to make sure that all 270 preregistered players had precisely the correct schedule on the back of their name tag so that no one was lost or confused.

To Doreene Carpenter, who did not come to the tournament, but helped in the week before to make sure that information was correctly transferred from the Constant Contact preregistration program, which was a bit bulky for our purposes, to an accurate spreadsheet that reflected each and every player’s preference. Doreene also created the awesome “B” hive tri-fold poster that was on display in the lobby.

To Elizabeth Kerle, who in addition to helping to herd 27 Cheldelin and Mt. View chess players on Friday and Saturday, was also the first volunteer to show up Saturday morning at the ungodly hour of 7:00 am AND was the last to leave, coming back on purpose to help with that final break down and clean up that no one wants to do and that usually falls solely onto the shoulders of already exhausted board members.

To Liz Brown, who not only creates those magnificent trophies, but rents a truck, brings the trophies and the way to Seaside, unpacks them and creates the display that so many of you enjoy during the day.

To Steven Breckenridge, who graduated last year, but came back this year, bringing his extensive chess knowledge and status as a National Master, 3 time OSCF champion, 2007 National Junior High Blitz Champ, and is currently one of the Oregon State 2011 co-champions along with Radu Roua, Daniel Gay, and Brian Esler. Steven analyzed games with a large number of kids during the day Saturday, ran simuls against up to 15 players at a time on Friday evening and Saturday morning, played a simultaneous blitz exhibition match against the winners of the top quads in the blitz tournament on Friday, and helped direct the tournament on Saturday.

To our sponsors, John Bain, Legend Products, Transensory Inc., Phillips Candies, Chess Vision, Northwest Designs, Mozek Games, Clatskanie Chess Club, Pleasant Hill Chess Club, and Coquille Chess Club.

To Kate Taylor, who, though no longer with us, continues to inspire us to create a busy and fun event where sportsmanship is valued and even emphasized, and where children are recognized and rewarded for their efforts and growth in a very special way.

Seaside Sections: Odd Numbers

When there is an odd number of players in a section, each round one player must sit out with a bye. In consolation for having to sit, the odd player with a bye scores a full point for the round. When the section is small and there are not many rounds, that can be serious problem. For example, in a section with nine players and four rounds, almost half the players will get a bye at some point and play only three games! The final results end up being strongly affected by unplayed games — not good!

To help ensure that there are even numbers of players in sections, we may invite a player near the boundary between sections to play up or down. A special priority is for the small, four-round, G/90 and G/60 sections to have even numbers. Don’t be alarmed if you see one player in your section with a rating that is slightly outside the normal, expected range.

Bughouse at Seaside

I’m sure you’ve seen how one or two games of bughouse at a school chess club can raise the energy level in the room by a factor of ten. Now imagine 150 excited bughouse players going at it at the same time. A truly amazing event. Plenty of chaos. A superabundance of fun.

Check-in by 6:00 at the B-hive. Entry fee: $10. Games to begin as soon as possible after that (usually 6:45-7:00).

For more info about bughouse play and full rules, visit our bughouse page at http://oscf.org/bughouse/

Blitz at Seaside

Shake off those pre-tournament jitters by playing in the blitz tournament Friday afternoon. Check-in by 4:00 at the B-hive. Games as soon as possible after that (usually 4:30 or 4:45). Blitz is almost exactly like regular chess except you have to make all your moves in just five minutes and if you catch your opponent making an illegal move, you win! Most games end when a king is captured (an emphatic way of saying, “Illegal move! I win!”) or when a player runs out of time.

Brief summary of rules:
1. G/5 time control with no delay. There’ll be a clock on every board, and players must complete all their moves within five minutes. If you run out of time, you lose (unless your opponent doesn’t have enough fire power left on the board to checkmate).
2. “Release move” is in effect. A move is determined when a player takes his or her fingers off the piece.
3. Penalty for illegal moves is loss of game. For example, if your opponent moves into check, you can win by capturing his or her king.

With one exception (“release move” instead of “touch move”), USCF rules governing G/5 blitz are in effect.

Friends & Family Tournament at Seaside

The Friends and Family tournament is open to anyone of any age who is not participating in the championship but knows the rules of chess and would like to play. It will be held in the green Game in 30 room. The format will be either round robin or Swiss, depending on number of participants, and sections may be split by age or rating. There will modest cash awards for top performers and tokens of participation for all. All games will be NWSRS rated, and USCF rules of play apply.

If you would like to play, purchase tickets at the “B” Hive on Friday or the OSCF store in the Skittles room on Saturday Morning. The cost is $10.00. The only information we need is your first and last name (print legibly please) and your approximate rating.

Please report to the playing room at least 5 minutes before the start of each round, and Good luck!

Chess + Foreign Exchange

Chess + Foreign Exchange = Fun for your family & Fun for your club

NW Services PEACE Program has several exchange students, like Lukas from Germany and Anh from Vietnam, who would enjoy playing chess during their school year in the US. Almost anyone can host an international teen. They need a bed, meals and loving support. They have insurance and an allowance for all other expenses.

You can see all student profiles at www.nw-services.com
New ones will come in through April.

If you can welcome an international chess player to your home and club please contact Nancy.

The Final Top 25 List…

…before State is now posted. Alexandra Botez (Clackamas) tops the list of active NWSRS players at just under 2000. Not surprisingly, over half are from the Portland metropolitan area, but also strongly represented are small Corvallis (four of the top seven), smaller Pleasant Hill (two in top 25), and Eugene (two in top 25). Also cracking the list are Joshua Luce from the rising chess powerhouse of Klamath Falls and Roseburg’s Drew Coughlin.

OHSCTA Championship (updated)

The Oregon state high school team championship was contested Friday and Saturday, March 11-12 in Sherwood, Oregon. A total of 219 players participated (WAY up from the 171 in 2010 and 2009) in four different sections: Varsity Team, JV Team, Open Team, and Individual.

In the Varsity section, Cottage Grove played a fantastic tournament. After defeating Willamette High School (Eugene) in the first round, they went on to beat the top three seeds in the next three rounds: 3-2 over Clackamas, 3.5-1.5 over Crescent Valley, and 3-2 over Pleasant Hill. In the final round, they tied with defending champion and fourth seed Lake Oswego 2.5-2.5.

Crescent Valley fielded an all-freshman team which came in second place overall in the Varsity division. (Rumor has it that next year’s team will be even stronger.)

Defending champion Lake Oswego settled for third.

Individual, rated results are posted at NWSRS. A more complete summary of team results can be found at the OHSCTA website for full team results.

Results Posted; Finalist List Updated (Updated)

Results from the eight events last week have been posted at NWSRS (including results from Grizzly Classic). So far this year there have been 67 OSCF qualifiers, and there are four more on the calendar. The list of players who have qualified for the State Championship has grown to a record 376.

Qualifiers this week:
OHSCTA State HS Team Tournament, Sherwood, March 11-12
Lucky Leprechauns, Klamath Falls, March 12, 2011
Grizzly Classic, Salem, March 12
Clatskanie Last Chance, Clatskanie, March 11
Chess Odyssey Friday Quads, Beaverton, March 11
Chess Vision Quads, Portland, March 13

Other rated events:
Clatskanie Inhouse March, Clatskanie, March 10
Rieke In-House, Portland, March 10