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Northwest Chess Tournament Announcements

February 2017

Feb 21, 28 (if needed) Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Rds 3-4). Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR Map. Phone: 503-246-2978. 4 Player Round-Robin: If there are enough players for more than 1 section, players are grouped based on rating. Sometimes can run as 5-7 players Round-Robin or Swiss, depending on number of players and number of Tuesdays in a month. Time Control: 40/90, SD/30; d5. Entry Fee: $15; $10 club members. Membership: US Chess rated; US Chess membership is required and can be purchased/renewed at registration. Registration: 7:15-7:30 PM (onsite only). Rounds: Begin each Tuesday @ 7:30 PM. By mutual agreement players may schedule their game at another day and/or time, as long as its scheduled after the previous Tuesday night and before the following Tuesday night. Prizes: Each 4-person section gets a "free entry" (i.e. $10 worth of discount for entry fee) as a 1st place prize, which can be applied towards entry fee in Tuesday or Saturday Quads tournaments during the next 3 months. Also, if there is a 6 or 7 player Swiss, a $5 discount is given to the runner-up. No cash substitution and no compensation for unused credit. No tiebreakers used (prizes split). Info: email@pdxchess.org.

Feb 25 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA. Site: Seattle Chess Club, Northway Square East Building (2150 N 107th St), Seattle WA. Format: 3-RR, 4-plyr sections by rating. TC: G/120; d5. EF: $9 (+$7 fee for non-SCC). Prizes: Free entry for future quad. Reg: 9:00-9:45 a.m. Rds: 10:00- 2:15-ASAP. Misc: US Chess, WCF/OCF/ICA memb. reqd, OSA. NS, NC. Infoline: 206-417-5405; e-mail kleistcf@aol.com. Register at http://seattlechess.club/.

Feb 25 Portland CC Game in 60, Portland, OR. Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave., Portland, OR - Map. 4SS, G/60;d5. If 30 or more entries the field will be divided into 2 sections by ratings. EF: $20, $5 discount for PCC Members. US Chess rated; OCF/WCF/ICA and US Chess membership required, OSA. No advance entries. Reg: 9:00-9:45 a.m. Byes: 1/2 point bye if requested at reg. Players who have a game go around the full time can request extra time off before the next round. Prizes: If one section ($200/b20) $60-$40-$30; U1800, U1500/unrated $35 each. If two sections - upper section $75-50-25 (b/15); lower section $65-35; U1400/unrated $50 (b/15). No tiebreakers (prizes split). OSCF State Qualifier. Info: email@pdxchess.org, phone 503-246-2978, website www.pdxchess.org.

Feb 25-26 The 25th Dave Collyer Memorial, Spokane, WA - see flyer. Site: Millwood Presbyterian Church Community Center, 3223 N. Marguerite, Spokane Valley, WA 99212. Format: 5 Round Swiss. TC: Rd. 1: G/90 d/5; Rds. 2-5: G/115 d/5. Round Times: 11/2:30/7; 9/1:30. Prizes: $2,500 100% Guaranteed. $500 $300 $200. Class prizes based on at least five per class; classes may be reconfigured if less. Only one prize per player (excluding biggest upset). Expert: $100; A;B;C;D;E/unr: $125, $75; Biggest upsets (non-provisional): $50 each round, additional $50 for overall largest; $100 best performance by provisionally rated player. Byes: One 1/2 point bye available; request by 2/25. Entry Fees: $27 by 2/24; $35 at door; Under 19 $5 less. Cash, checks only. Free advance entry to all rated over 2199. Entries To: Spokane Chess Club, 9923 N. Moore St., Spokane, WA 99208. Telephone: Kevin Korsmo (509) 270-1772. On-site Reg: 9:30-10:30 a.m. 2/25. Directions to site: I-90 exit 287. North on Argonne Road one mile. Left at light on Euclid, two blocks to site. Official Web Site: http://spokanechessclub.org. Side Events: Feb 24: John Donaldson lecture & simul; Blitz Tourney. NS, NC, W.

 
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Northwest Chess Tournament Announcements

March 2017

Mar 4-5 Neil Dale Memorial Open, Portland, OR. Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR. Format: US Chess rated, two days, two sections (Open and Reserve U1800), 5-round Swiss. Time Control: 40/90, SD/30; d5. Byes: Two half-point byes available if requested before 1st round. Entry fee: $45, $35 for PCC members. Registration: 9:00-9:45 a.m. on Saturday. Rounds: Saturday 10:00, 2:15 & 6:30; Sunday 10:00 & 2:15. Players who have a game go around the full time can request extra time off before the next round. Prizes: $1,500 based on 50 total entries. Open: 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $125; U2000 1st $100, 2nd $75; Reserve: 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $75; U1600, U1400, U1200/unrated each 1st $75, 2nd $50. No tiebreakers used, prizes split between players with the same results. Memberships: US Chess and OCF/WCF/ICA required and can be purchased or renewed at registration, OSA. OCF Invitational Qualifier. OSCF State Qualifier. See ad/flyer. Note: The tournament is limited to the first 50 players (entrants). Reserve a spot online at pdxchess.org. However, you must still show up on-site by 9:30 a.m. Saturday to keep your spot and be paired for round 1.

Mar 5 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA. Site: Seattle Chess Club, Northway Square East Building (2150 N 107th St), Seattle WA. Format: 4-SS. TC: G/60; d5 (or G/64; d0). EF: $18 (+$7 fee for non-SCC). Prizes: 1st 35%, 2nd 27%, Bottom Half 1st 22%, 2nd 16% ($10 from each EF goes to prize fund). Reg: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Rds: 11:30-1:50-4:10-6:30. Misc: US Chess, WCF/OCF/ ICA memb. reqd, OSA. NS, NC. Infoline: 206-417-5405; e-mail kleistcf@aol.com. Register at http://seattlechess.club/.

Mar 11 Tacoma CC Northwest Open Tornado, Tacoma, WA. Format: 5 round Swiss. Time Control: G/30; d5. Entry Fee: Advance $25, At the door $30; Club members: Advance $22, At the door $27. Price fund: 1st $25, 2nd $20; Top half & Bottom half. Rounds: 10:00, 11:15, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30. US Chess & state memberships required. W NS NC. One half-point bye available. Entries/Info: Gary J. Dorfner, 8423 E. B St., Tacoma, WA 98445. Phone (253) 535-2536 or email ggarychess@aol.com.

Mar 11 (rescheduled) Bend Winter Open & Novice, Bend, OR. Site: Whispering Winds, 2920 N.E. Conners Ave., Bend, OR 97701. Format: 4-SS in two sections: Open (U.S. Chess rated) and Novice (limited to unrated or U800 who have never won a prize in a previous Novice Tourney). TC: G/60; d5. Entry Fee: $20 (Open), $10 (Novice). Reg.: 8:309:00. Rounds: 9:30, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30. Prizes based on entries. U.S. Chess membership prize(s) available in Novice section. Entries/Info: Paul Shannon, NTD, 60958 Targee Dr, Bend, OR 97702, email countdune@netscape.net. Misc: U.S. Chess memb. reqd. in Open section, W, NS, NC. See flyers: Open | Novice (updated 2/2).

Note: Changes beginning in March shown in red.
Mar 18 Portland CC Quad 45, Portland, OR. Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave., Portland, OR - Map. 3-round quads, G/45;inc15. Some/all sections may run as a 3-round Swiss with more than four players. The most current ("live") US Chess regular ratings are usually used for section placement. On-site registration runs from 9-9:45am. Rounds are scheduled for 10am, 12:30pm, and 3:00pm. 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. EF: $15, PCC members $10, $5 discount for each additional family member who lives in the same household, free entry for players who are unrated in US Chess. US chess and NWSRS rated. US Chess membership is required and can be purchased during on-site registration. Winner of each section receives $10 discount on the entry fee for one of the next three PCC Quad 45 or Tuesday Quads. If there is a six or seven player Swiss, the runner-up receives $5 discount. Scholastic awards: trophy for winning section with 3 points; smaller trophy for winning or tie for first with 2.5; medal for winning or tie for first with 2 or 1.5. OSCF State Qualifier. PCC website.

Mar 25 Portland CC Game in 60, Portland, OR. Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave., Portland, OR - Map. 4SS, G/60;d5. If 30 or more entries the field will be divided into 2 sections by ratings. EF: $20, $5 discount for PCC Members. US Chess rated; OCF/WCF/ICA and US Chess membership required, OSA. No advance entries. Reg: 9:00-9:45 a.m. Byes: 1/2 point bye if requested at reg. Players who have a game go around the full time can request extra time off before the next round. Prizes: If one section ($200/b20) $60-$40-$30; U1800, U1500/unrated $35 each. If two sections - upper section $75-50-25 (b/15); lower section $65-35; U1400/unrated $50 (b/15). No tiebreakers (prizes split). OSCF State Qualifier. Info: email@pdxchess.org, phone 503-246-2978, website www.pdxchess.org.

 
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Northwest Chess Tournament Announcements

April 2017

Apr 1-2 11th Annual Harmon Memorial Open, Portland, OR - See ad/flyer.

Apr 8 Kitsap Quick, Bremerton, WA. Site: 7555 Old Military Road NE, Bremerton, WA 98311. Format: 5 round Swiss in two sections. Time Control: G/25 (no delay). Entry Fee: $15 for open, $10 for scholastic. Prize Fund: Open: $100/b10 1st-$40 2nd-$30 3rd-$20 U1500/Unrated-$10; Scholastic: Trophies to 1st/2nd/3rd. Rounds: 10:00, 11:15, 1:00, ASAP w/ minimum of 20 min between end/start of round. US Chess membership required for Open, NWSRS membership required for scholastic. NS NC. Two half-point byes available; director must be notified at least two rounds in advance. Contact: Keagan Byers, 255 NE Evans Lane, Poulsbo, WA 98370. Phone: (360) 930-5425, Email: kcbyers1@gmail.com.

Apr 8 Campbell Center Chess Tournament, Eugene, OR. Open to all. This competition will be conducted in 3 to 4 round Swiss style pairings (depending on registration) under U.S. Chess Federation playing rules with 60 minutes per player per game. Sign-in 9-9:30 a.m. at site, play begins at 10 a.m. One -point bye available. Entry fee: $11 by April 5; $15 day of event; cash only; register at Campbell Center (155 High St, Eugene, 541-682-5318). Prizes for top finishers. Tournament Director, David Cohen, USCF.

Apr 14-16 Reno-Larry Evans Memorial Open, Reno, NV - See ad/flyer.

Apr 14-17 11th Annual Grand Pacific Open, Victoria, BC - See ad/flyer.

Apr 15 Tacoma CC Daffodil Open Tornado, Tacoma, WA. Format: 5 round Swiss. Time Control: G/30; d5. Entry Fee: Advance $25, At the door $30; Club members: Advance $22, At the door $27. Price fund: 1st $25, 2nd $20; Top half & Bottom half. Rounds: 10:00, 11:15, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30. US Chess & state memberships required. W NS NC. One half-point bye available. Entries/Info: Gary J. Dorfner, 8423 E. B St., Tacoma, WA 98445. Phone (253) 535-2536 or email ggarychess@aol.com.

Apr 22 Idaho Open Chess Championships, Pocatello, ID. Format: 4SS, G/60; d5 Rnds 1 & 2, G/90; d5 Rnds. 3 & 4. 2 Sections: Open and Reserve (U1400), may be combined for pairing purposes if low turnout. Site: ISU, Student Union Bldg., Salmon River Suites, 1065 S. 8th St., Pocatello, ID. USCF mem. req., ICA mem req., OSA. EF: $30 (U18 & 60+ $25), by 4/20/17, $35 (all) after. Reg. & Check-in: 7:45-8:30 a.m. 4/22. If not checked in & paid by 8:30, may not be paired in 1st rnd. Rounds: 9, 11:15, 2, 5:15. 1/2 pt byes: Max 1, Rd. 1-3 only. Request 1st & 2nd round byes before round is paired. All others commit by end of round 2. Prizes: $$ b/30: Open: $200-100-75; Reserve: $75-50-25. HR/ENT/INFO: ICA, 212 N. 3rd St., Bellevue, ID 83313, idahochessassociation@gmail.com, http://www.idahochessassociation.com. NC, NS, W. US Chess Junior Grand Prix.

Apr 29 Portland CC Game in 60, Portland, OR. Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave., Portland, OR - Map. 4SS, G/60;d5. If 30 or more entries the field will be divided into 2 sections by ratings. EF: $20, $5 discount for PCC Members. US Chess rated; OCF/WCF/ICA and US Chess membership required, OSA. No advance entries. Reg: 9:00-9:45 a.m. Byes: 1/2 point bye if requested at reg. Players who have a game go around the full time can request extra time off before the next round. Prizes: If one section ($200/b20) $60-$40-$30; U1800, U1500/unrated $35 each. If two sections - upper section $75-50-25 (b/15); lower section $65-35; U1400/unrated $50 (b/15). No tiebreakers (prizes split). Info: email@pdxchess.org, phone 503-246-2978, website www.pdxchess.org. Note: Not an OSCF State Qualifier because it's too close to the state championship.

Apr 29-30 Inland Empire Open, Spokane, WA. Site: Gonzaga University (Jepson Center) Rm. 109, Spokane, WA. Registration: Sat. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Rounds: Sat. 10:00-2:30-7:00 Sun: 9:00-1:30 or ASAP. Time Control: G/120 (with 5 second delay). E.F. $23 if received by 5/28, $28 at the door; 18 and under $5 less. Telephone entries accepted. US Chess rated. $750 prize fund based on 35, Class prizes based on at least five per section. Only one prize per person (excluding biggest upset). NS, NC, W. One point bye if requested before proceeding round; Sunday byes must be requested before the end of round 3. Director reserves the right to use class pairings in the final round. Prizes: 1st Overall: $175, 2nd Overall: $140, 3rd Overall $100. Class Prizes (A; B; C; D/E/unrated): 1st $50, 2nd $25. Biggest Upset: $35 (non-provisional ratings). Misc.: Cookies & coffee provided. Entries: Spokane CC, c/o David B. Griffin, P.O. Box 631, Spokane Valley, WA 99037. For information: cell (509) 994-9739.

Apr 30 Boise Chess Club #13, Boise, ID. All About Games, 7079 W. Overland Rd., Boise, ID 83709. This is the first-ever Northwest Chess Grand Prix event for the BCC! 4SS, US Chess Rated, Game/30 + 30 second time increment per move. Jeffrey Roland will be Chief TD. Please register by e-mailing jroland@cableone.net. Email pre-registration is appreciated to speed up registration. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Registration will be from 9-9:30 a.m. First round "should"/"could"/probably will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. Those coming late will get a first-round bye. One-hour for lunch taken after round 2. Estimated time for end of tournament is 6:00 p.m. Entry is Free! See flyer. Note: Moved from Saturday to Sunday. Flyer will be updated.

 

Northwest Chess Tournament Announcements

May-June 2017

May 27-29 Washington Open, Lynnwood, WA - See ad/flyer.

Jun TBD Newport June Open, Newport, OR. Looking for players who want to bring the Newport June Open back to life in 2017. The chief organizers...Bill Barrese and H G Pitre...need some more help, and need to measure the interest and support for this event in order to design it to provide the competition that a large number of players want to have. About the only thing that is set is the location. Playing site: Central Lincoln PUD, 2129 N. Coast Hwy, Newport, OR. It has usually been a 4 or 5 round event with sections, and has attracted 20 to 45 players recently. We need to decide all the parameters for this, and you may have the key input for us. Maybe this is an opportunity for you to become a USCF TD. Any contributions that you can make will be welcome. Please contact Bill Barrese by email using bllbrrs2020@yahoo.com.