This tournament is a great way for players to battle against similarly rated opponents. It’s also a great way for new players who are above the very beginning level to get introduced to the club and PCC tournament play.
Format: 3-round quads. Some or all of the sections may run as a 3-round Swiss with more than four players depending on circumstances. The most current (“live”) US Chess regular ratings are usually used for section placement and pairings. To see how players who have no US Chess regular rating but have a rating in another system are handled in this tournament, click here.
Time Control: G/45;inc15 (forty-five minutes per player with a fifteen second increment each move). Clocks without increment capability but with delay capability use G/45;d15. Clocks without increment or delay capability use G/45;d0. Click here to see the clock rules specific 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, 12:30pm, and 3pm. Rounds 2 and 3 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: $15, $5 discount for PCC members, $5 discount for each additional family member that lives in the same household, free entry for players playing in their first US Chess rated tournament (must still pay for US Chess membership). Pay during registration with cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club.
Rated: US Chess dual rated and NWSRS rated. US Chess membership is required and can be purchased during registration. US Chess membership rates/information/benefits
Prizes: Winner of each section receives a $10 discount on the entry fee to one of the next three Sunday or Tuesday Quads tournaments. If there is a six or seven player Swiss, the runner-up receives a $5 discount. Discounted entry prizes are combined and split if there is a tie. Scholastic players will also receive a trophy if they win their section with 3 points, a smaller trophy if they win or tie for first with 2.5, or a medal if they win or tie for first with 2 or 1.5. While the supply lasts, anyone who wins or ties for first in their section will also be able to select a chess book from those graciously donated to the club by various individuals.
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 (unless the tournament falls on or 10 days prior to the final day of the 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 to castle if they touch the rook first, will be in effect. 3) 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