Format: 6-round Swiss in two sections, 1700+ (Premier) and U1700 (Reserve). Playing up is not allowed. The most current (“live”) US Chess regular ratings are usually used for section eligibility, pairings, and prize eligibility. To see how players who have no US Chess regular rating but have a rating in another system are handled at this tournament, click here. Up to two half point byes are available if requested before round one.
Time Control: G/60;inc30 (sixty minutes per player with a thirty second increment each move). Clocks without increment capability but with delay capability use G/60;d30. Clocks without increment or delay capability use G/60;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, 1:30pm, and 5pm each day. The second and third rounds each day 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, $25 for PCC members. Pay during registration with cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club.
Rated: US Chess regular rated and NWSRS rated. US Chess membership is required and can be purchased during registration. US Chess membership rates/information/benefits
Prizes: $650 based on 40 entries (adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players except $325 is guaranteed). Premier: 1st-$125, 2nd-$100, 1st U2100, 1st U1900-$75 each; Reserve: 1st-$100, 2nd-$75, 1st U1500, 1st U1300/unrated-$50 each (unrated players are not eligible for the U2100, U1900, and U1500 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 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. Rule variation 10I2, which allows a player who is intending to castle and touches the rook first to still castle, will be in effect. 3) OCF/WCF/ICA state membership is not required.