National Chess Day is currently celebrated on the second Saturday in October
Format: 4-round Swiss in two sections, Open and Reserve. The Open section is the harder section and open to anybody. The Reserve section is limited to those under 1800. 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/90;inc30 (ninety minutes per player with a thirty second increment each move). Clocks without increment capability but with delay capability use G/90;d30. Clocks without increment or delay capability use G/90;d0. Players using a clock with thirty second increment are required to notate throughout the entire game, even if one of the players has less than five minutes on their clock. A variation to the current US Chess rules will be used that also requires players using clocks with thirty second delay to notate the entire game. Click here to see the other 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 and 2:45pm each day. Rounds 2 and 4 can be started earlier if both players agree. Players who have a game go long can request extra time off before the next round.
Entry Fee: $40, $30 for PCC members. Pay during registration with cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club.
Rated: US Chess regular 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 for one 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: $1000 based on 40 entries (adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players except $500 is guaranteed). Open: 1st-$250, 2nd-$175, 1st U2000-$100; Reserve: 1st-$150, 2nd-$100, 1st U1600, 1st U1400, 1st U1200/unrated-$75 each (unrated players are not eligible for the U2000, U1600, and U1400 prizes). 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 Oregon Invitational Tournament and OSCF 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.