Quadlandia Season 2 coming in 2021

By Chad Lykins, OSCF vice president and Quadlandia tournament director

To those of you who participated, thank you for being part of Quadlandia Season One. Together, we raised over $2,000 for chess clubs, food banks, and housing nonprofits in Oregon. Here is the complete list of beneficiaries.

Here are your overall winners for Season One:

  • Most Quad Victories: Pace Lykins (4)
  • Most Games Won: Prisha Aswal (13)
  • Most Games Played: Prisha Aswal and Luke Goddard (24)

The following awards are still TBA:

  • Most Improved: I’m waiting for NWSRS to rate Episodes 7 and 8.
  • Brilliancy Prize: Send me a link to your best game from Episode 1-8. Winner will be chosen by December 22. chad.r.lykins@gmail.com

Quadlandia Season One accomplished everything I hoped.

  • We brought new players to scholastic chess in a way that was supportive and encouraging
  • We gave experienced players a chance to play opponents of similar strength
  • We supported chess clubs and non-profits affected by COVID

As proud as I am with these results, I know we all look forward to Quadlandia becoming obsolete. Vaccines are already being given to front-line workers. At some point in the future, we will all be at our local chess clubs playing in person, rather than meeting over screens.

But that future is still months away. Most of us will not see over-the-board scholastic tournaments at least until Summer. And to help bridge that gap, we will have Quadlandia Season Two.

Until then, it’s important for kids to know they have things to look forward to:

  • Quadlandia Season 2 (Dates TBA; Expect Episode 1 to air in January)
  • Robert Gray Presidents’ Weekend Tournament February 13, 2020
  • OSCF K-12 Individual State Championship (April 2020)
  • OSCF K-12 School Team State Championship (April 2020)
  • More OSCF events that are in development….
  • Portland Chess Club and United States Chess Federation online events. I suggest getting on their mailing lists!

Best wishes for a safe and happy Winter Break.