2nd Annual Neil Dale Memorial Open: January 6-7

Neil volunteered countless hours to chess, including running hundreds of tournaments over many decades. We hope everyone can stop by to pay their respects and share some memories of Neil before the start of round 1. See more information about Neil here and here.

Format: 5-round Swiss in one 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 have no official US Chess regular rating. One half point bye is available if requested before round one.

Time Control: G/120;d10 (two hours per player with a ten second delay each move). Clocks without delay capability use G/120;d0. 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, 2:15pm, and 6:30pm on Saturday and 10am and 2:15pm on Sunday. Players who have a game go around the full time can request extra time off before the next round.

Entry Fee: $45, $35 for PCC members. Pay 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 $10 “tournament” membership which is good for the month of the tournament plus two additional months 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: $1500 based on 50 entries (adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players except $750 is guaranteed). 1st-$300, 2nd-$200, 3rd-$125, U2100, U1900, U1700, U1500, U1300/Unrated: 1st-$100, 2nd-$75 (unrated players are only eligible for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and U1300/Unrated prizes). Upset bonus prize (the player with an established rating who beats a higher rated player by the largest rating difference)-$50. 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 2019 Oregon Invitational Tournament and 2018 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.