Format: 5-round Swiss in two sections, Open and Reserve. The Open section is the harder section and open to anybody. The Reserve section is limited to those under 1800. The official US Chess regular ratings are generally used. Two half point byes are available if requested before round 1.
Time Control: 40/90,SD/30;d5 (Forty moves in ninety minutes followed by sudden death in thirty minutes, with a five second delay each move starting from move one). Clocks without delay capability use 40/90,SD/30;d0. A few digital clocks with delay capability are provided at this tournament but please do not always rely on the club to provide a delay capable digital clock (boards, pieces, notation sheets, and pens/pencils are provided).
Schedule: On-site registration runs from 9-9:45am. Due to space at the club facility, the tournament is limited to the first fifty players. Reserve a spot here. However, you must still arrive on-site by 9:30am to keep your spot and be paired for round 1. Rounds are scheduled for 10am, 2:15pm, and 6:30pm on Saturday and 10am and 2:15pm on Sunday. Players who have a game go around the full time 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. 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 helps support and expand chess in the Northwest and includes a monthly subscription to the award-winning Northwest Chess magazine. Notes: 1) The $10 “tournament” membership which is good for the month of the tournament plus two additional months 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: $650 based on 40 entries (adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players except $325 is guaranteed). Open: 1st-$150, 2nd-$100, 1st U2000-$75; Reserve: 1st-$100, 2nd-$75, 1st U1600, 1st U1400, 1st U1200/unrated-$50 each (unrated players are not eligible for the U2000, U1600, and U1400 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 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.