Portland Winter Open: December 14-15

Format: 4-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. 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: G/90;inc30 (ninety minutes per player with a thirty second increment each move). Clocks without increment capability but with delay capability use G/90;d30. Clocks without increment or delay capability use G/90;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. The rounds are scheduled for 10am and 2:45pm each day. Rounds 2 and 4 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. 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.

OCF Membership: Players from Oregon are required to have state membership and this can be purchased during registration. Annual rates are $10 for adults, $5 for juniors (those under the age of 19 at expiration of their membership), and $15 for families (good for all those in the same household). A $2 tournament membership which is good just for a single tournament is also available. Note: OCF membership no longer includes a subscription to the Northwest Chess magazine.

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 Oregon Grand Prix, which awards cash prizes to Oregon residents who are active and perform well in Grand Prix events over the course of the year

Qualifiers: This tournament is a qualifier for the Challengers section of the Oregon Closed and 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 7th edition of the US Chess rulebook.