Format: 4-round Swiss in four sections, Open, U1900, U1600, U1300. 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. Some digital clocks are provided at this tournament but please do not always rely on the center 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: $55, $45 for PCC members. Add $10 play-up fee per section you play up. 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: $1000 based on 40 paid entries (adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players except $500 is guaranteed). Open Section: 1st-$, 2nd-$, 1st U2050-$; U1900 Section: 1st-$, 2nd-$, 1st U1750-$; U1600 Section: 1st-$, 2nd-$, 1st U1450-$; U1300 Section: 1st-$, 2nd-$, 1st U1150-$. 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 Challengers section of the Oregon Closed and 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.