Eligibility: Open to all, including those out-of-state, who will be at least 50 years old on August 3, 2019 (this date is due to the National Senior Tournament of Champions qualification requirements)
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 with no official US Chess regular rating. There is a choice between a 3-day or 2-day schedule. Up to two half point byes are available if requested before round four.
Time Control: G/90;inc30, round one of the 2-day schedule is played at G/30;inc30; Clocks without increment capability but with delay capability use the same base time and substitute delay for increment. Clocks without increment or delay capability are set for the same base time. Click here to see the other clock rules for this tournament and how to set the popular digital clocks for these time controls (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 federation to provide a digital clock (boards, pieces, notation sheets, and pens/pencils are provided).
Schedule: 3-day: on-site registration runs from 7-7:15pm Friday. The rounds are scheduled for 7:30pm on Friday, 12:45pm & 5:30pm on Saturday, and 10am & 2:45pm on Sunday. 2-day: registration runs from 9:30-945am Saturday. Round one is scheduled for 10am on Saturday then the schedule merges with the 3-day. Remember to set your clocks forward an hour on Sunday for the start of daylight savings time. Rounds 2, 3 and 5 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: $35. Pay with cash or check payable to Oregon Chess Federation. Players in the 3-day may withdraw and re-enter into the 2-day by paying $35.
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 includes a monthly subscription to the Northwest Chess magazine and helps support your state federation. 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: $750 based on 30 entries (adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players except $375 is guaranteed). 1st-$175, free entry into next year’s Oregon Senior Open, and name engraved on the Dr. Ralph Hall memorial perpetual trophy, 2nd-$125, 1st U2000, 1st U1800, 1st U1600, 1st U1400/unrated-$75 each (unrated players are not eligible for the U2000, U1800, or U1600 prizes). Bonus prizes (only one bonus prize allowed per player): age 60 & over-$60, age 70 & over-$50, age 80 & over-$40. Prizes are combined and split if there is a tie except all those who tie for first get their name engraved on the perpetual trophy.
Qualifiers: The highest finishing Oregon resident (on tiebreaks if necessary) will be given the opportunity to represent Oregon at the National Senior Tournament of Champions. The tournament is also a qualifier for the Challengers section of the Oregon Closed
Location: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
Notes: 1) This tournament uses the rules from the 7th edition of the US Chess rulebook. 2) This tournament is sponsored by the Oregon Chess Federation.