Portland Amateur Championship: February 8-9

Format: 4-round Swiss in one section, open to all those rated under 2200, including out-of-state players. 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: 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. Some 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. The rounds are scheduled for 10am and 4pm each day. Players who have a game go long can request extra time off before the next round.

Entry Fee: $55, $45 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. The OSCF is currently offering discounted regular memberships (no printed magazine) for any player under age 21 at the time of redemption here.

Prizes: $500 based on 20 paid entries (adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players). 1st-$135, 2nd-$110, 1st U1700-$95, 1st U1500-$85, 1st U1300-$75. Unrated players are eligible for all of the prizes. Each player is eligible to win only one prize and prizes are combined and split if there is a tie.

Qualifiers: This tournament is a qualifier for the OSCF State Championship

Location: Portland Chess Center, 2025 Lloyd Center, Portland, OR 97232

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 7th edition of the US Chess rulebook. 3) State membership is not required. 4) This tournament is not a qualifier for the Challengers section of the Oregon Closed. 5) This tournament is taking place at the same time and place as the Oregon Closed and using the same round times and time control to minimize disruption between the two tournaments.