*NEW!* OSCF K-12 TEAM Championship in Portland on March 23

First Annual OSCF K-12 School Team Championship on March 23, 2019
Registration Opens February 1, 2019

The OSCF K-12 School Team Championship provides an opportunity for Oregon schools to compete in a rated, match format. The inaugural edition will take place on March 23, 2019, at Hayhurst Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. The purpose of the OSCF K-12 School Team Chess Championship is to encourage and celebrate not just the development of strong chess players, but strong chess programs within Oregon schools.

School Teams will compete in three divisions: Grades K-5 (Elementary School Team Championship), K-8 (Middle School Team Championship), and K-12 (High School Team Championship). For more information, read the OSCF K-12 School Team Championship flier.

Generously Sponsored by ChessKid and Chess.com. First place teams in each Division receive one-year Gold memberships from ChessKid (K-5, Mixed) or Platinum memberships from Chess.com (K-8, K-12).

Since the inaugural edition is hosted at a small elementary school, registration is limited to approximately 40 teams. In future editions, larger schools are encouraged to host the event so that more teams can participate. For questions, email Tournament Host Chad Lykins at oscf@oscf.org

 

Vangie Shaw Memorial Girls Play Chess Tournament in Portland on March 23

CHESS FOR SUCCESS presents the Vangie Shaw Memorial Girls Play Chess Tournament–an open tournament for all K-8 aged girls. There will be sections formed if the number of entries are sufficient. Participants play five rounds that are roughly one hour each. The end time depends on how quickly the rounds go. Dress up and receive a chess necklace! T-shirts are available for purchase.

Note: this tournament is NOT rated with NWSRS and therefore is NOT a OSCF State Championship qualifier–but it is a fun chess tournament for K-8 girls!

WHERE
Brookwood Elementary School
3960 SE Cedar St, Hillsboro, OR 97123

WHEN
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., announcements begin at 9:00 a.m., play will begin right after.

HOW MUCH
An entry fee is applicable for students who are not part of Chess for Success clubs.
Deadline for registration fees:
March 9 – $21
March 16 – $29
March 21 – $42
No registrations will be accepted after March 21.

HOW
To register, www.chessforsuccess.org/play/registration

WHY
Vangie Shaw was a beloved teacher and Chess for Success coach at Sabin K8 School in NE Portland. She passed away from complications from pancreatic cancer on Aug. 21, 2017, at the age of 57. This tournament is a memorial to Vangie and her legacy of sharing her love for the game with so many students. She gave so much of herself to so many at Sabin K8 school and beyond.

It’s simpler to qualify for the 2019 State Championship!

Announcement! Following our mission statement of “More Kids, More Chess, More Fun!” we are simplifying the requirements for qualifying for the OSCF State Championship on April 12-13, 2019.

To qualify for the 2019 OSCF State Championship, players must now meet the following requirements:

Established rating (NWSRS >15 games or USCF > 26 games)

1 qualifying tournament played between September 3, 2018 to April 3, 2019 – any event colored green on the NWSRS calendar).

8 rated games played between September 3, 2018  and April 3, 2019 (can be found at Chess Ratings NorthWest along with your player rating).

Why are you changing the qualification requirements?

We want to make the qualification process easier for players and families to understand and achieve. Formerly, we required an established rating and two qualifying tournaments during the year. For players living far from cities where chess tournaments are regularly held, the additional travel can be an obstacle and burden.

We still want players to have tournament experience and to participate in tournaments throughout the year, so they still need to attend at least one tournament during the year. High School League tournaments (1 game), Quads (3 games), and Tournaments (4-5 games) will all count as one qualifier.

To complete the 8 game requirement, players should attend additional tournaments. If a player is unable qualify by attending additional tournaments, coaches or parents may host in-house rated games (contact OSCF to be sure these will be approved). Rated games must be played between September 3, 2018 and April 3, 2019 and submitted to NWSRS for rating. If you’re interested in hosting rated games locally, please contact OSCF at oscf@oscf.org to learn how and to ensure your results will count for qualification.

How do I know if I’ve met the requirements?

To simplify how we determine players’ qualification for the State Championship, players now just have to check the #GmsYTD column to see whether they qualify for the State Championship. The NWSRS considers September (after Labor Day) to be the beginning of the academic year, and OSCF will now match the same dates for the academic year. When players look up their rating, they can easily find the total games played during the current academic year.

Last Name First Name ID Number Rating #Gms #GmsYTD State
Master Chess SCHOL100 1000 100 10 Oregon

As long as players have an established rating (NWSRS #Gms >15 games or USCF > 26 games) AND have played in one qualifying tournament during the year AND they have played at least 8 rated games #GmsYTD, they will qualify to play at the State Championship.

Additional questions? Please email us at OSCF@OSCF.org. See you at a tournament soon!

Oregon Scholastic Player Takes First Place at the North American Open in Dec. 2018

For any Oregon Scholastic Players looking for inspiration, see how hard work and dedication can bring great results! Congratulations, Roshen!

Roshen won FIRST place at the 28th North American Open at Las Vegas in December 2018 in the U2100 section. An undefeated score of 6.5 (from seven rounds) made him a clear winner for the $7000 prize money and also helped him cross USCF 2100 rank ceiling.

Roshen also teamed up with Sophie Velea (from Washington State) to win FIRST place in the mixed doubles section each winning $750 team prize.

Roshen also played in the Blitz tournament (Open Section) and tied for FIRST place in U2100 winning $165. This was Roshen’s first USCF rated Blitz tournament.

Earlier in November 2018, Roshen won FIRST place at the WASHINGTON Class Championships (in the EXPERT section) by a score of 5/6 (4 wins and 2 draws).

Also in November 2018, Roshen won SECOND place at the OREGON Class Championships (in the MASTER/EXPERT section) by a score of 2.5/4 (2 wins, 1 draw & 1 loss). His performance also helped him qualify for the Oregon Chess Federation’s 2019 Oregon Closed Tournament.

28th North American Open results can be viewed using the following links.

CHESS Life magazine’s report on the 28th North American Open: https://new.uschess.org/news/gm-jinshi-bai-tops-north-american-open/

Championship T-shirt Designs Wanted! Deadline: February 26 at noon

Every year, our players walk away from Seaside with fantastic t-shirts produced on-site by our vendor, Northwest Designs.  Each year, the great art on the t-s2013 T-Shirt Designhirt is designed by one of our players.  We’re looking for the T-shirt design that will be featured on this year’s shirts.  If you have the selected design, you will win a free entry to the tournament ($35 value), a free T-shirt ($20-25 value), and $75!  If you’re the first runner up, your design will be featured on the front of the State Championship Program.  The deadline is coming quickly, though, so get your pencils, pens, and crayons sharpened, and your creative energies flowing!

T-Shirt Design Contest

Parents or adults affiliated with tournament attendees may submit designs, but preference for designs will be given to NSWRS-rated players and their siblings (and the award remains the same)!  All entries will become property of OSCF and will not be returned.  The design must contain three phrases:  1) “14th Annual OSCF State Chess Championship” or (if the chess theme is obvious) “14th Annual OSCF State Championship”,  2) “April 12-13, 2019”, and 3) “Seaside, Oregon”.

NF 2014 WinnerThere is no limit on colors for submissions, although the final t-shirt design may be limited in production and altered as necessary for t-shirt production.  Shirts will be produced on demand, on site, and on the customer’s choice of shirt color.  All submissions must be submitted either by dropping them with an OSCF representative at an OSCF qualifying tournament or electronically as an email attachment, along with a T-shirt Design Contest Application Form, to oscfchess2011@gmail.com.

Deadline: Noon on Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Southwestern Community College Chess for all ages in Coos Bay on Feb. 2

Adults and scholastic players invited to play chess at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay in Empire Hall in Lakeview G room. Ratings above 1000 will be dual rated NWSRS and USCF. Registration 9:30, play begins at 10. Advanced division time control 25/5. This is a 2019 OSCF Championship qualifier.

Contact: Nancy Keller Daily
Email: drnancykeller@yahoo.com
Phone: 541-290-8479

3rd Annual Neil Dale Memorial Open in Portland on January 5-6

On January 5-6, the Portland Chess Club is hosting the 3rd Annual Neil Dale Memorial Open. Neil volunteered countless hours to chess, including running hundreds of tournaments over many decades. See more information about Neil here and here. Neil started and ran the Gresham Open on the first weekend in January many times. We now run a tournament on the first weekend in January each year at the PCC in a format similar to the Gresham Open in his honor.

This tournament is a way for advanced scholastic players to get experience with a longer time control and to compete for cash prizes. The tournament is an OSCF Championship qualifier. Due to space at the club facility, the tournament is limited to the first fifty players who register in person at the Portland Chess Club on January 5 from 9 am to 9:45 am. See for more information about the event at pdxchess.org.

Yuletide Tournament in Milwaukie on Dec. 8

Come play in a festive, five-round chess tournament for all chess players in grades K-12. Saturday, December 8, 2018, at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory.  Cost is only $25 if you register by the early bird deadline of December 4.  There is a $5 discount for co-registered siblings.  This tournament has been designated as an OSCF qualifier, and will be NWSRS rated; G30. REGISTER HERE!

 

 

Salem Scholastic Chess Tournament on Nov. 17

Come play in the new *FREE* Salem Scholastic Tournament!

When: November 17th, 2018, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Check-In: 10:00am – 10:15am.
Entry Fee: FREE!

Where: Salem Public Library
Anderson Room
585 Liberty St SE
Salem Oregon, 97301

Type: 4 rounds Swiss system tournament.
Awards: Prizes will be awarded.
Time Control: Game in 25 with a 5 second delay. (Game in 30 for clocks with no delay.)

Who: Open to anyone 12th grade or younger, beginners and veterans alike. The tournament is
limited to the first 32 players. If there are more than 16 players, we will split the tournament into
sections of at most 16 players.

Registration: To pre-register, please email your name, grade, school, NWSRS ID (if applicable),
and email address to Geordyn Allyn at 660042@salemkeizer.org. You may register on site
during check-in. Pre-register to assure place in the tournament.

Details: This will be a Northwest Scholastic Rating System (NWSRS) rated chess tournament
following the United States Chess Federation (USCF) rules. Clocks will not be required unless
both players agree. Notation will be encouraged but not required.
Please bring chess sets and chess clocks if you have them.

6th Annual KFE Benefit Tournament on Nov. 10

The KFE BENEFIT TOURNAMENT IS BACK!

This OSCF Qualifier tournament is a benefit for the food pantry at Bethlehem House of Bread, a local community center  that provides food, community garden, school supplies, and a clothing closet for hundreds of families every year. Please help out the BHOB Food Pantry by bringing toilet tissue and/or nonperishable food items. All proceeds from snacks and pizza concessions will go directly to BHOB. This tournament honors chess queen Kris Field-Eaton (KFE), a long-time leader for chess in the Sherwood school district.

Concessions, coffee shop open. Sorry, no on-site registration this year.

FIDE World Chess Federation Master CHUCK SCHULIEN will play multiple players simultaneously in the skittles room in the afternoon! Chuck is a favorite local coach and player, come play him or watch the fun.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!. For questions, contact Paula Brown by e-mail at paula@mypizzaparty.net . Include the chess player’s name, grade, school, and NWSRS rating (if known).