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


On Saturday, March 5th, the Clatskanie Chess Mates held their first OSCF qualifier tournament since re-forming the club in the fall of 2010. Nine players from Corvallis, Tigard, and Portland joined nine local Clatskanie players in a smoothly run event. New Clatskanie TDs Lynn Wiles and Frank Bechdoldt are planning to run two more qualifiers before the state championship and to bring several Clatskanie players to Seaside. Tigard chess dad Steve Cousineau stepped in with much appreciated help at critical moments.

Players were nicely divided into three six-player sections to play round robins. Results:


Sierra and Zia showing off their trophies

1st Place – Zia Wiles, 7th Grade, Clatskanie
2nd Place – Andrew Cousineau, 8th Grade, Tigard
3rd Place – Sierra Bechdoldt, 5th Grade, Clatskanie

Novice A
1st Place – Andy Bechdoldt, 5th Grade, Clatskanie
2nd Place – Andrew Martin, 2nd Grade, Corvallis
3rd Place – Tim Cousineau, Grade K, Tigard

Novice B
1st Place – Robert Cousineau, 5th Grade , Tigard
2nd Place – Jesse Norgren, 5th Grade, Clatskanie
3rd Place – Ethan Wright, 5th Grade, Corvallis

In addition to the traditional trophies for highest-scoring players, awards were also given for other virtues as well.

Best Notation – Alba Martin, 4th Grade, Corvallis
Alba meticulously and consistently entered her moves in a hardcover notation book. Very neat. Very conscientious.

Best Handshake – Sierra Bechtold, 5th Grade, Clatskanie
Sierra’s winning personality is on a two-tournament win streak for Best Handshake. Palm-to-palm, firm grip, good eye-contact, friendly expression, pleasant voice…the perfect handshake!

Norgrens with their trophies: Jesse with 2nd place, Reilly with Best Sportsmanship

Best Sportsmanship (the biggest trophy, in the spirit of Kate Taylor) – Reilly Norgren, 1st Grade, Clatskanie
Reilly knows how to have fun. She was cheerful and energetic all day, but she was not the least bit disruptive to her opponents or other players. She also diligently and carefully notated her games. Reilly is a remarkable young girl — a well-deserved, biggest trophy for sportsmanship.

Denker Qualifier at Seaside

More great news for Oregon HS players! This year the HS Elite section will serve as Oregon’s Denker Qualifier tournament. Each state may nominate one HS player to compete in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in Orlando, Florida, July 30-August 2, 2011. The winner of the HS Elite section at Seaside will be nominated as Oregon’s representative to the Denker. Participants in the Denker in Florida receive at least $100 in travel expenses from the organizers. The winner in Florida receives a $68,000 scholarship to University of Texas at Dallas. The event is timed so that players who play in the Denker may also play in the US Open while they are in Orlando.

Coquille Adult and Scholastic

by Nancy Keller

Kids eyes bulged when they saw the beautiful trophies that Oregon First Community Credit Union had donated for the Coquille Scholastic and Adult Chess Tournament on February 26. Kids had come for different reasons to this tournament but they were definitely excited about the trophies. Some were preparing for upcoming State team competitions while others were trying to qualify for OSCF Seaside State individuals championships.

Elementary Division Winners

In the elementary section, Coquille’s second grader, Joshua Grabinsky, and Bandon’s fourth grader, Marino Santoro, fought it out once again for the top slot. This time Joshua managed to beat out Marino for the first place trophy, with Marino winning second. Members of Coquille’s Elementary Team came for practice and to fight out for board positions on the team. JJ Newman won third place, Samantha Huffman won fourth place and Dustin Neuwirth won fifth place. Although Joshua Grabinsky would be a worthy member of the Coquille elementary team, the rules are that all team members must be students of the same school building and with Coquille’s K-2nd graders in Lincoln, he is unable to go this year. However, he will most likely be on the team next year. Josiah Perkins is first board of Coquille’s elementary team but his strength put him in the elite division where he tied for first place with Joshua’s older brother Aaron Grabrinsky. They split the $60 cash prize for first place. Aaron Grabinsky is first board for Coquille’s middle school team demonstrating superior strength will be on first board for both teams. Kaden Johnson, the middle school alternate won second place in the elite division also earning a cash prize.

Upper Division Winners

Myrtle Point put in a strong showing in the uppers divisions. Matthew Crim won first place in the high school division and Michael Schrader and Chase Kulm won first and third place in the junior high division. Myrtle Point is in its first year of developing a chess team. North Bend had Jordan LeBlanc win third place in the high school division. Tanner Flood won the alternate slot for the Coquille High School Varsity team as he placed second in the high school division. Two brave adults played in the upper division with the middle and high school players getting in their licks. Ben Thurman, this being his first chess tournament, won three games and the first place Adult trophy.

Coquille is sending a boatload of players to CFS in Portland and OHSCTA in Sherwood. To fund these trips, the Coquille Chess Club put on a very successful Mexican Dinner Fundraiser that same evening. Some of the chess team members forfeited their last games so they could prepare the fundraiser which was a full house. Food and raffle items were generously donated by the community and $5 tickets for a delicious dinner were a big hit for the community.

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.