Format: 4-round Swiss in five sections, Open, U1900, U1700, U1500, U1300. The most current (“live”) US Chess regular ratings are usually used for section eligibility, pairings, and prize eligibility. 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. Sections may be combined based on the number of players. If there are multiple players with a full point bye, these players will be paired together for a rated game which counts for tournament score purposes for the player in the higher section. One half point bye is available if requested before round 1.
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 when they have less than five minutes on their clock. A variation to 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 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). A few digital clocks are provided for this tournament but bring one if you have one (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 at the tournament on July 8 by 9:30am to keep your spot and be paired for round 1. See the list of players who have currently reserved spots here. 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: $45, $35 for PCC members. Add $5 play-up fee for each section you play up. Pay during registration with cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club.
Rated: US Chess regular rated and NWSRS rated. US Chess membership is required and can be purchased during registration. US Chess membership rates/information/benefits
Prizes: $1500 based on 50 entries (adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players except $750 is guaranteed). Open Section: 1st-$160, 2nd-$110, 3rd-$75, 1st U2100-$55; U1900 Section: 1st-$145, 2nd-$95, 3rd-$65; U1700 Section: 1st-$135, 2nd-$85, 3rd-$60; U1500 Section: 1st-$125, 2nd-$75, 3rd-$55; U1300 Section: 1st-$110, 2nd-$60, 3rd-$45, 1st U1100-$45. Unrated players are eligible for all of the prizes. Cash prizes are combined and split if there is a tie. Bonus prizes: Any player who goes 4-0 will receive a $35 discount on the entry fee into next year’s Rose City Sectionals. Any scholastic player who scores at least 2.5 will be able to select a trophy.
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
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. 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 4) This tournament is not an Oregon Invitational Qualifier.