Portland Rapid and Blitz Championships

Format: 5-round Swiss rapid tournament in one section followed by an 9-round double Swiss blitz tournament in one section. The highest of a player’s most current (“live”) US Chess regular, quick, and blitz rating is usually used for pairings and prize eligibility. To see how players who have no US Chess rating but have a rating in another system are handled in this tournament, click here.

Time Control: G/15;inc5 for the rapid and G/3;inc2 for the blitz. 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 clock rules specific for these tournaments and how to set the popular digital clocks for these time controls (including some important notes about some of the clocks. Bring a digital clock with increment capability. A few digital clocks with increment capability are provided at this tournament but please do not always rely on the club to provide an increment capable digital clock (boards, pieces, notation sheets, and pens/pencils are provided).

Schedule: On-site registration for the rapid runs from 9-9:45am. Rounds are scheduled for 10am, 10:50am, 11:40am, 12:30pm, and 1:20pm. Players who have a game go long can request extra time off before the next round. On-site registration for the blitz runs from 2:15-2:30pm. Players may also register for the blitz during the rapid. Play starts at 2:45pm and will likely last around three and a half hours.

Rules: These tournaments use the rules from the 6th edition of the US Chess rulebook and updates to the rulebook. Rule variation 10I2, which allows a player to castle if they touch the rook first, will be in effect. US Chess rules for rapid are the same as regular chess except notating is not required. A variation will be used that allows players with five or more minutes on the clock to claim a draw by “triple occurrence of position” and “the 50-move rule” in the same manner as in sudden death time pressure in regular chess. See the blitz rules (which includes touch move, one hand for each move, illegal move loses, no insufficient losing chances) here and clarifications and variations to the blitz rules used at this tournament here.

Entry Fee: $15 for each tournament, $25 total for PCC members who play in both tournaments. Pay during registration with cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club.

Rated: The rapid is US Chess quick rated and the blitz is US Chess blitz rated. US Chess membership is required and can be purchased during registration. US Chess membership rates/information/benefits

Prizes: Both tournaments prize fund is $200 based on 20 entries and is adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players. Rapid: 1st-$65, 2nd-$45, 1st U2000-$35, 1st U1700-$30, 1st U1400-$25; blitz: 1st-$65, 2nd-$45, 1st U2150-$35, 1st U1850-$30, 1st U1550-$25. Unrated players are eligible for all of the prizes. Prizes are combined and split if there is a tie.

Location: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219

Notes: 1) While these tournaments are open to scholastic players, they’re only recommended for mature scholastic players who are capable of playing in a serious tournament and against adults. 2) OCF/WCF/ICA state membership is encouraged but not required. The membership helps support and expand chess in the Northwest and includes a monthly subscription to the award-winning Northwest Chess magazine. Link to online payment 3) These tournaments are not Northwest Chess Grand Prix events or OSCF state qualifiers.