High School and Middle School players in the Portland metropolitan area should check out the Portland Area League tournament, which runs from November to February with matches played at 4 PM on Wednesdays when Lincoln High School is open. In 2011-2012, the League had 24 teams and played 13 rounds. The league has been operating for over 20 years in a “team chess” format, which is different than playing in a regular chess tournament, because it takes a team effort to win the match. Each match consists of five boards with your team’s best player on board #1, your second best on board #2, and so. The winner of the match is the team that scores three or more points.
Teams are typically composed of players in grades 6 to 12 from the same school or one of its feeder schools. (For example, a student in the 6th grade at West Sylvan Middle school can play on the Lincoln High School team.) A school can have more than one team, or bring reserve players to each match so they can be paired against reserves from other teams. Even if your school doesn’t have a team, you can still join and either play on an existing team (if you live in their attendance area), or you will be placed with a team depending on where you live and the needs of teams in the league.
Individual registration ends September 30, while team Registration ends October 15, 2012.
To register or to get more information contact Ed Addis at (503) 658-7809 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.