Format: 4-round Swiss in four sections, Open, U1900, U1600, 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 at 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 generally be paired 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 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: $45, $35 for PCC members. Add $10 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. The OSCF is currently offering discounted regular memberships (no printed magazine) for any player under age 21 at the time of redemption here.
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 includes a monthly subscription to the Northwest Chess magazine in print and helps support your state federation. Notes: 1) The $12 “tournament” membership which is good for one month 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: $1500 based on 50 entries (adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players except $750 is guaranteed). Open Section: 1st-$185, 2nd-$115, 3rd-$75, 1st U2050-$75; U1900 Section: 1st-$160, 2nd-$100, 3rd-$65, 1st U1750-$65; U1600 Section: 1st-$140, 2nd-$90, 3rd-$60, 1st U1450-$60; U1300 Section: 1st-$120, 2nd-$80, 3rd-$55, 1st U1150-$55. 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 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. Rule variation 10I2, which allows a player who is intending to castle and touches the rook first to still castle, will be in effect.