Format: 4-round Swiss in five sections, Master/Expert (2000+), Class A (1800-1999), Class B (1600-1799), Class C (1400-1599), and Class D and below (under 1400). 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. Players may play up only one class (this means players rated under 1200 can not play up a section as playing up a class would still put them in the Class D and below section). Sections may be combined based on the number of players. If there are multiple players with a full point bye, these players will generally be paired for a rated game which counts for tournament score purposes for the player in the higher section. One half point bye is available if requested before round one.
Time Control: 40/90,SD/30;inc30 (forty moves in ninety minutes followed by sudden death in thirty minutes, with a thirty second increment each move starting from move one). Clocks without increment capability but with delay capability use 40/90,SD/30;d30. Clocks without increment or delay capability use 40/90,SD/30;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: The rounds are scheduled for 10am and 3:45pm each day (remember to set your clock back an hour on Sunday for the end of daylight savings time). 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: $50 (and add $10 if you are playing up a class) if you pre-register by Thursday, November 1. If there are still spots open and you register on-site, the entry fee is $65 (and add $10 if you are playing up a class; only cash or check is accepted on-site).
Rated: US Chess regular rated. US Chess membership is required and can be purchased during registration. US Chess membership rates/information/benefits. The OSCF is currently offering discounted regular memberships (no printed magazine) to scholastic players here.
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.
Registration: Due to space at the club facility, the tournament is limited to the first fifty players who register. PLEASE PRE-REGISTER. To do so, we must receive your registration information at nwchess.com/onlineregistration and your entry fee and any membership fees either online or through the mail by the end of the day on Thursday, November 1. If you don’t pre-register and there are still spots open, on-site registration is available from 9-9:45am Saturday.
Prizes: $2000 based on 50 entries (adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players except $1000 is guaranteed). Each section has the following overall prizes: 1st-$200, 2nd-$100, 3rd-$70. The Master/Expert section also has a $75 U2200 prize and the Class D and below section also has a $75 U1200/unrated prize. Cash prizes are combined and split if there is a tie. Bonus prizes: Any player who goes 4-0 wins free entry into next year’s Oregon Class Championships. Any scholastic player who scores at least 2.5 will be able to select a trophy.
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 State Championship, 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. 3) This tournament is sponsored by the Oregon Chess Federation.