Format: 4-round Swiss. If there are less than thirty players the tournament is played in one section. If there are at least thirty players it’s split into two sections at the mid-point of the field based on rating except that both sections will start with an even number of players if possible. The upper section will start with an even number of players if there are an odd number of players overall. Players in the lower section may not play up in the upper section. The official US Chess regular ratings are generally used. Unofficial US Chess regular ratings based on at least four games generally used for those with no official US Chess regular rating. One half-point bye is available if requested before round one.
Time Control: G/60;inc5 (sixty minutes per player with a five second increment each move). Clocks without increment capability but with delay capability use G/60;d5. Clocks without increment or delay capability use G/60;d0. Click here to see 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). Bring a digital clock. A few digital clocks are provided at this tournament but please do not always rely on the club to provide a digital clock (boards, pieces, notation sheets, and pens/pencils are provided).
Schedule: On-site registration runs from 9-9:45am. Rounds are scheduled for 10am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, and 4:30pm. Players who have a game go around the full time can request extra time off before the next round.
Entry Fee: $20, $15 for PCC members. Pay during registration with cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club.
Rated: US Chess dual rated. US Chess membership is required and can be purchased during registration. US Chess membership rates/information/benefits
OCF/WCF/ICA Membership: Players from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho are required to have state membership and this can be purchased online here or during registration. The membership helps support and expand chess in the Northwest and includes a monthly subscription to the award-winning Northwest Chess magazine. Notes: 1) The $12 “tournament” membership which is good through the end of the month is only available during registration. 2) Washington residents are required to pay sales tax on WCF membership and the sales tax rate is based on the county where the magazine will be received. We request Washington residents pay for WCF membership beforehand online or you may be charged a higher tax rate on-site.
Prizes: If there is one section, the prize fund is distributed as follows: ($200 based on 20 entries) 1st-$60, 2nd-$40, 3rd-$30, 1st U1800/unrated, 1st U1500/unrated-$35 each. If there are two sections, upper section ($150 based on 15): 1st-$70, 2nd-$40, 1st U1800/unrated-$40; lower section ($150 based on 15): 1st-$70, 2nd-$40, 1st U1200/unrated-$40. The prize fund is adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players. Prizes are combined and split if there is a tie.
Grand Prix: This tournament is part of the Northwest Chess Grand Prix, which awards cash prizes to players who are active and perform well in Grand Prix events over the course of the year
Qualifiers: This tournament is a qualifier for the OSCF State Championship (unless the tournament falls on or ten days prior to the final day of the state championship)
Location: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
Notes: 1) While this tournament is open to scholastic players, it’s only recommended for mature scholastic players who are capable of playing in a serious tournament and against adults. 2) This tournament uses the rules from the 6th edition of the US Chess rulebook and updates to the rulebook.