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Announcement from the Oregon Chess Federation: The qualifying rules for the second section of the 2020 Oregon Closed, renamed from the Invitational to the Challengers, have been changed to make the qualifying tournaments more meaningful!

note that this did not affect who was invited to the 2019 Oregon Closed

Sunday Quads: January 20


Game in 60: January 26

Starting in December the Game in 60 changed to having two sections at Open and U1650 since most players prefer two sections, players will know what the format is beforehand, and it allows players to play up (for a $5 play-up fee). The prize fund is as follows: $300 based on 30 entries (any play-up fees are added to the prize fund and the prize fund is adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players). Open section: 1st-$60, 2nd-$40, 1st U1850/unrated-$35; U1650 section: 1st-$60, 2nd-$40, 1st U1450/unrated-$35, 1st U1250/unrated-$30.

Portland Chess Club Annual Membership Meeting: January 26


Unrated Rapid: February 2


February Tuesday Quads Start February 5


Oregon Closed (Championship and Invitational): February 9-10; 16-18

Sponsored by the Oregon Chess Federation. More information coming soon.

Game in 60: February 23

Starting in December the Game in 60 changed to having two sections at Open and U1650 since most players prefer two sections, players will know what the format is beforehand, and it allows players to play up (for a $5 play-up fee). The prize fund is as follows: $300 based on 30 entries (any play-up fees are added to the prize fund and the prize fund is adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players). Open section: 1st-$60, 2nd-$40, 1st U1850/unrated-$35; U1650 section: 1st-$60, 2nd-$40, 1st U1450/unrated-$35, 1st U1250/unrated-$30.

Sunday Quads: February 24

note that this month’s edition is a week later than usual

Unrated Rapid: March 2


March Tuesday Quads Start March 5


9th Annual Oregon Senior Open: March 8-10

Sponsored by the Oregon Chess Federation. There is now a choice between a 3-day or 2-day schedule. The time control is now G/90;inc30 (except round one of the 2-day schedule is G/30;inc30). Click here to see some of the clock rules for this tournament and how to set the popular digital clocks for this time control (including some important notes on some of the clocks). The prize fund allocation has also been improved.

Sunday Quads: March 17


Portland Spring Open: March 23-24


Game in 60: March 30

Starting in December the Game in 60 changed to having two sections at Open and U1650 since most players prefer two sections, players will know what the format is beforehand, and it allows players to play up (for a $5 play-up fee). The prize fund is as follows: $300 based on 30 entries (any play-up fees are added to the prize fund and the prize fund is adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players). Open section: 1st-$60, 2nd-$40, 1st U1850/unrated-$35; U1650 section: 1st-$60, 2nd-$40, 1st U1450/unrated-$35, 1st U1250/unrated-$30.

April Tuesday Quads Start April 2


13th Annual Clark Harmon Memorial Open: April 6-7

Clark was one of Oregon and Washington’s premier players and ambassadors of the game for many decades. See more information about Clark here and here. We now run a tournament each year in April, the month Clark passed away, in his honor. The tournament currently rotates between Oregon and Washington every other year and is in Oregon this year. We hope everyone can stop by before the start of round one to pay their respects and share some memories for those who knew him. Note that round one will now be played at G/60;d10 so the first day won’t be as grueling. The round are now scheduled for 10am, 12:45pm, and 5:30pm on Saturday and 10am and 2:45pm on Sunday.

Game in 60: April 20

Starting in December the Game in 60 changed to having two sections at Open and U1650 since most players prefer two sections, players will know what the format is beforehand, and it allows players to play up (for a $5 play-up fee). The prize fund is as follows: $300 based on 30 entries (any play-up fees are added to the prize fund and the prize fund is adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players). Open section: 1st-$60, 2nd-$40, 1st U1850/unrated-$35; U1650 section: 1st-$60, 2nd-$40, 1st U1450/unrated-$35, 1st U1250/unrated-$30. Also note that this month’s edition is a week earlier than usual.

Unrated Rapid: April 27


Sunday Quads: April 28

note that this month’s edition is a week later than usual