Chess Odyssey Friday Night Quads in Portland on Nov. 22

Qualifier for the OSCF State Championship
Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12. The tournament is limited to the first 36 players (9 quads) who register. 

Entry fee: $20.00

Registration: Register online at the Chess Odyssey website. Registrations are also accepted by phone call or text, or at the door, before 6:30 pm, if space is available. No registrations will be accepted after 6:30 pm.

Contact: Mike Terrill

Phone: (503) 913-9643
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Metzger Fall Classic in Tigard on Nov. 16


WHERE: Metzger Elementary 10350 SW Lincoln Street, Tigard, OR. 97223

WHEN: November 16 – 9:00 start time for U1200 & OPEN 1200+ Sections.  All other Sections first round starts around 10:00.  Awards between 3:00-4:00.

WHO: All K-12 Players Welcome!!

AWARDS:  Plenty of trophies, 1st – 4th place and plus score trophies and Sportsmanship Awards for each section.

This is an OSCF State Qualifier Tournament

RULES: NWSRS Rated only

Alternative to online registration:

Mail Check to Metzger Elementary School with:
Player Name
Phone number
Email Address

Contact Jeff Risher for questions:, 503.431.4614

Contact: Jeff Risher
Phone: 503-431-4614

Portland Chess Club offers SwissSys Training for aspiring Tournament Directors in November

Portland Chess Club leaders are offering *FREE* two-hour training sessions for using SwissSys software to run tournaments.

In January, the Portland Chess Club is moving to Lloyd Center in NE Portland, and they are planning to increase chess activities, especially for scholastic players. To do so, we need more tournament directors and assistant tournament directors to share the work (and the fun!).

All are welcome to attend the training, including coaches, parents, and scholastic players who are interested in helping put on tournaments.

The class will cover the following SwissSys features:

  1. Set up a tournament
  2. Register players
  3. Pair rounds and enter results
  4. Useful reports
  5. Fixing errors
  6. Creating US Chess rating reports

Potential training dates are the following:
November 9
November 10
November 16
November 24
November 30

Please email Mike Morris at if you are interested in the class and which dates you cannot attend.  Please bring a PC laptop if you have one.  We can load a free sample version of the program for you to practice on.

You may also purchase a full SwissSys license at a 25% discount through OSCF. Email OSCF@OSCF.ORG to inquire.

Calling all High School and Middle School Chess Players – join your local OHSCTA team!

Since the 1960’s the Oregon High School Chess Team Association (OHSCTA) has encouraged Oregon high schools to form leagues to play competitive chess.  The OHSCTA’s goal is to bring this fun, educational sport to all high schools in Oregon.

At the end of each chess season, they sponsor the Oregon High School Chess Team Association Championship, where all teams in Oregon gather together to determine the best of the best!

In a unique competition format, five-player varsity teams from schools of all sizes compete together in a single section to determine both overall state champions and champions from each of the OSAA classifications–1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A. In a separate section, five-player junior varsity teams from schools of all sizes compete together for overall state and OSAA classification junior varsity honors.

The OHSCTA formula is simple:
Chess + High School + Teamwork = Excitement!

If you are interested in joining or forming a league, contact one of the officers or check out the Participating Schools page for a mentor in your area.

For information about how to enter the OHSCTA Championships, see the Championship page of their website, contact them, or contact one of their officers.

Ghosts & Goblins in Eugene on Oct. 26



When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 

Where: South Eugene High School Cafeteria


(Park behind building, use cafeteria entrance.)

TO REGISTER, SIMPLY EMAIL name, school, grade, address, phone, and indicate which section you wish to play. You can pay at the door (no late fee). 

J-ADOUBE@EFN.ORGOR, call Jerry Ramey at 541-232-0328.  You can also register on-line at       

ELITE EIGHT SECTION: CASH PRIZES $!$!$Auto Qualifiers, Owen McCoy, Josh Grabinsky, and Liam Priest join the top 5 rated Advanced Players. 1stPlace: $125 plus Trophy; 2nd: $75; 3rd: $50. 4 Round, G/60;d5.

ADVANCED SECTION: (open to all) Trophies 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Outstanding performance.  4 Round, G/60;d5. Advanced and Elite winners get free entry in the Elite 8 in THE 2019 FALL CLASSIC.  USCF RATED.


INTERMEDIATE SECTION: (U1000 NWSRS or UNR) Trophies 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th& Outstanding Performance Awards. 5 Round, G/35.  NWSRS RATED.

NOVICE SECTION:(UNR or U700 NWSRS & U9th Grade) Trophies 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Outstanding Performance and medals. ALL NOVICES RECEIVE AWARDS! 5 Round, G/25.May be divided into 2 sections by grade. NWSRS rated.

Entry Fees (Pre-registered): $25 for all sections.  $10 service charge for on-site registration. (If pre-registered, you can pay on site with no late fee.)Check-in and late registration 8:30AM. Elite and Advanced sections start 9:00AM.  Meeting for lower players 9AM, and Games start 9:30AM. Sets supplied. Registered latecomers: half point bye for Round #1. Up to 2 half point byes allowed, if requested before round #2 except Elite. Blitz tie-breaks for 1st Place only. Computer tie-breaks for other places. All players who tie for a trophy place receive an award. Money prizes divided evenly in case of ties. USCF rules apply, with some exceptions in non-USCF sections.

Contact: Jerry Ramey 541-232-0328;, or
SOUTHSIDE CHESS, PO Box 5293, Eugene, OR 97405
Contact: Jerry Ramey
Phone: 541-232-0328

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Hayhurst Halloween K-12 Tournament in Portland on Sunday, Oct. 27

Please join us for the second Hayhurst Halloween K-12 Chess Tournament! This event is open to individuals of all abilities and is a great first tournament for beginning chess players. This tournament NWSRS Rated and is a qualifier for the 2020 OSCF State Championship.


Registration Deadline is Friday, October 25, 2019 at 11:59pm or when tournament is full.

Get your Halloween gear on! Special prizes for best costumes! 

¡Chess Riot! in Corvallis on Oct. 27

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, October 27, 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

2020 OSCF Championship Qualifier – NWSRS rated

Free Chess Sets from US Chess Federation (for qualifying schools)

In partnership with US Chess Federation Sales, US Chess seeks eligible Title I schools that need equipment for their school-based chess programs. Programs that teach chess as part of their school day or are run as an afterschool enrichment activity are eligible to apply. Accepted schools will receive:

  • 5 vinyl chess boards
  • 5 sets of pieces
  • 1 demonstration board for use in instruction

To apply for a chess program starter kit, please apply online through this link:

And if you’re coaching beginning players, check out! makes it easy for any teacher or adult to run a chess program! Whether after school or during the school day, the ChessKid Classroom Lesson Planner guides teachers and students through the most important 30 lessons that every beginner chess player needs to learn. Everything is in the planner, from videos and lessons to worksheets and games to play with the pieces. The planner also aligns each lesson with specific math concepts!

To get started with the free 30-week planner, just create an adult account at and then click here for the Lesson Planner to see how easy teaching chess can be!

Tournament Director Training on August 31

referee 2Join experienced OSCF tournament directors Todd Anderson, Kathryn Schuff, and Rebecca Holt for a FREE training. Volunteer with us at the Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament on August 31 held at the Lloyd Center Doubletree in Portland on Labor Day weekend. We’ll show you how to run a tournament and serve as a “chess referee” during rounds. This training is appropriate for club coaches who would like to walk through a tournament day from start to finish and also for chess parents who would like to volunteer as “assistant tournament directors” at tournaments throughout the year.

For more information and to sign up, contact Rebecca Holt at

Roshen’s Chess Academy offers free chess lessons and tournaments to Portland area kids

Oregon Scholastic Player Roshen Nair started a new organization called Roshen’s Chess Academy to run the chess clubs at two non-profit organization’s locations (Chinmaya Mission Portland and HECSA). The Nair family is in the process of making Roshen’s Chess Academy a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization. The goal of the organization is to promote chess among kids in the Portland area. Roshen is trying to achieve this by providing “free” teaching lessons, “free” game analysis and “free” practice games. The club is also organizing NWSRS rated tournaments to prepare kids for the 2020 Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation (OSCF) state championship.

In little over a month, the club grew to 20 kids. There are another 6 kids currently in the waiting list. Roshen limited the size of the club to 20 so that the quality of the program is not compromised.

Roshen is extremely thankful for OSCF’s generous contribution of ten high-quality tournament graded chess sets. That was a huge encouragement and moral support to Roshen. Roshen used his tournament-winning money to fund the rest of the club needs (additional chess sets, chess clocks, demonstration boards, books, Chess training software, SwissSys tournament software, etc)

Free Chess classes and fundraising for the non-profit organizations

Roshen is doing three teaching sessions a month. Each session runs around 2 hours. Even though Roshen is not taking any fees, the students are encouraged to pay $5 donation per session to any of the following non-profit organizations (of their choice).

  • Boy Scouts of America (Troop 208 – Roshen is a member of this troop).
  • Chinmaya Mission, Portland (They let them use their facility to run the club activities).
  • HECSA (the backup facility to run the club activities).
  • CORD – USA.

In 3 months, Roshen’s Chess Academy raised over $1100 for those non-profit organizations.

Roshen’s goal for the next year is to prepare these 20 kids for the state championship tournaments and also raise $5000 for these non-profit organizations through donations.

Note: Roshen’s Chess Academy is not collecting any donations directly. They are just collecting the checks payable directly to those non-profit organizations.

Roshen’s Chess Academy quads tournaments:

Roshen’s Chess Academy started running OSCF state qualifier tournaments in August. They just had their first Quad tournament on August 17th with 16 players. All proceeds from the tournaments (minus operating expenses for trophies, medals, etc) will go to the following nonprofit organizations.

  • Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation (donations for OSCF will start in October). 

Roshen’s Chess Academy‘s goal for the next year is to raise $4000 ($2000 each for OSCF and CORD USA) from these tournaments.