Rose City Chess Halloween Tournament

Hosted by Hayhurst PTA

OSCF 2024 State Championship Qualifier

$2000+ in awards, prizes, and SWAG

Free US Chess membership to new and renewing scholastic players!

We are excited to be back and supporting the neighborhood school where it all started. This popular event event has sold out in past years, so please register early.

Participants receive Check or Treat Prizes after every round. Examples of past prizes include candy, stickers, pencils, and a fifth-round surprise such as free tournament entries, t-shirts, chess mugs, and travel chess sets. This year’s prizes will be revealed at the tournament.

Registration closes Friday October 27, 2023 at 8:00pm.

Title Sponsor: Annie Bloom’s Books

In addition to medals for 1st-5th, the top three in each division receive gift cards to Annie Bloom’s! 1st = $25, 2nd = $15, 3rd = $10.


  • Date and Time: October 29, 2023, 8:00AM-5:00PM
  • Location: Hayhurst Elementary School, 5037 SW Iowa Street, Portland, OR 97221
  • Awards:
  • Individual Medals for 1st-5th in each section, as well as Plus Scores and Even Scores. Bonus Prizes for each section courtesy Annie Bloom’s Books: 1st place $25 Gift Card, 2nd place $15 Gift Card, 3rd Place $10 Gift Card.
  • Best Costume Awards (lots of them!)
  • Co-Ed Team Awards to top three scoring Co-Ed Teams in each division: Beginner (U600), Intermediate (U900), and Elite (U1200/U1500/Open combined). Teams consist of no less than two students who attend the same school, at least one of whom identifies as female. An unlimited number of students from a single school may compete for a team, however only the three highest scores may be counted toward the team award (with at least one score coming from a female player). The next highest scoring individuals are used only as tiebreakers.
  • A school is eligible for team awards in any division in which they have at least two players, one of whom identifies a female. Schools can win team awards in multiple divisions.

Ratings: USCF rated (USCF memberships required for all participants and will be given free to new and renewing players); 2024 OSCF State Championship Qualifier

Equipment: Chess sets, clocks, notation sheets, and pencils all provided.

Format: Players are grouped in sections according to playing strength. Tournament Director may make slight adjustments to separate siblings, etc.

Sections (Subject to TD Discretion):

  • U600/Unrated K-5 (5 rounds G/25;+5)
  • U900/Unrated 6-8 (5 rounds G/25;+5)
  • U1200/Unrated 9-12 (4 rounds G/40;+5)
  • U1500 & Open (4 rounds G/40;+5)
  • Schedule for U600/U900 (Tentative):
  • 8:00-8:30 Check In (CHECK IN CLOSES AT 8:30. PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME.)
  • 8:45 Players’ meeting
  • 9:00 Round 1
  • 10:20 Round 2 or ASAP
  • 11:40 Round 3 or ASAP
  • 1:00 Round 4 or ASAP
  • 2:20 Round 5 or ASAP
  • 4:15 Awards

Schedule for U1200/U1500/OPEN (Tentative):

  • 8:00-8:30 Check In (CHECK IN CLOSES AT 8:30. PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME.)
  • 8:45 Players’ meeting
  • 9:00 Round 1
  • 10:45 Round 2 or ASAP
  • 12:30 Round 3 or ASAP
  • 2:15 Round 4 or ASAP
  • 4:15 Awards

Food and Drink

  • Coffee and snacks available at concessions stand.
  • Many lunch options available nearby.

Sustainability Statement
We put a lot of thought into having awesome SWAG and Awards. We’re trying to maintain that awesomeness, but in a more responsible way. With few exceptions, we’ve switched from trophies and medals to award letters, custom ribbons, gift cards, and objects that have some practical use other than collecting dust and rotting in landfills. Participants still get enduring, physical symbols that recognize their achievement. The awards will just be better for the environment!