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Northwest Chess Tournament Announcements

July-August 2018

Jul 17, 24, 31 (if needed) Portland CC Tuesday Quads (Rds 2-4), Portland, OR. Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR Map. Three round quads, usually with one round on each of the first three Tuesdays in the month. Some or all the sections may run as a round robin or Swiss with more than three rounds and four players mainly due to the number of players and number of Tuesdays in a month. 40/90,SD/30;d5, US Chess rated. On-site reg: 7:15-7:30 beginning in Feb. Rounds begin each Tuesday at approx. 7:30 beginning in Feb. By agreement players may schedule their game at another day and/or time if it’s scheduled after the previous Tuesday night and before the following Tuesday night. EF: $15, $10 for PCC members (pay by cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club). US Chess membership is required and can be purchased during registration. Winner of each section receives $10 discount on the entry fee to one of the next three PCC Sunday or Tuesday Quads. If there is a six or seven player section, the runner-up receives $5 discount. More info at pdxchess.org. Phone: (503) 246-2978.

Jul 20-22 Seattle Seafair Open, Seattle, WA - See July SCC ad.

Jul 21 Portland Rapid and Blitz Championships, Portland, OR. Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219. 6-round Swiss rapid tournament in one section followed by an 8-round double Swiss blitz tournament in one section. The highest of a player’s “live” US Chess regular, quick, or blitz rating is usually used for pairings and prize eligibility. TC: G/15;inc5 for the rapid and G/3;inc2 for the blitz. These tournaments are not rated. On-site reg: 9-9:45am for the rapid and 3-3:15pm for the blitz. Rds: rapid: 10am, 10:50am, 11:40am, 12:30pm, 1:20pm, and 2:10pm. Players who have a game go long can request extra time off before the next round. Blitz: play starts at 3:30pm. EF: $15 for each tournament, $25 total for PCC members who play in both tournaments. Pay during registration with cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club. Both tournaments prize fund is $220 b/20. Rapid: 1st-$65, 2nd-$45, 1st U2000-$35, 1st U1800-$30, 1st U1600-$25, 1st U1400-$20; blitz: 1st-$65, 2nd-$45, 1st U2100-$35, 1st U1900-$30, 1st U1700-$25, 1st U1500-$20. Unrated players are eligible for all of the prizes. More info. at pdxchess.org, (503) 246-2978.

Jul 21 Bend Summer Quads, Bend, OR - See flyer. Site: Whispering Winds, 2920 N.E. Conners Ave., Bend, OR 97701. Format: Open Quads sections (U.S. Chess rated, 3-RR or bottom section may be 3-SS). TC: G/60; d5. Entry Fee: $20; free to first-time U.S. Chess members joining at site. Reg.: 9:00-9:30. Rounds: 9:30, 1:00, 3:00. Prizes: $40 first place in each section. Entries/Info: Paul Shannon, NTD, 60958 Targee Dr, Bend, OR 97702, email countdune@netscape.net. Misc: U.S. Chess memb. req’d., W, NS, NC. Sponsored by Central Oregon Chess Club.

Jul 28 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. req’d, OSA. NS, NC. Infoline: 206-417-5405; e-mail kleistcf@aol.com. Register at http://seattlechess.club/.

Jul 28 Portland CC Game in 60, Portland, OR. Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave., Portland, OR - Map. 4-round Swiss. If there are less than thirty players it’s played in one section. If there are at least thirty players it’s split into two sections at the mid-point of the field based on rating except that both sections will start with an even number of players if possible. G/60;inc5, one half point bye available if requested before round 1, US Chess rated. On-site reg: 9-9:45 am. Rds: 10am, 12:30pm, 2:45pm, 5:00pm. Players who have a game go around the full time can request extra time off before the next round. EF: $20, $15 for PCC members (pay by cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club). US Chess and OCF/WCF/ICA memberships are required and can be purchased during registration (OSA). Prizes: If one section ($200/b20): 1st-$60, 2nd-$40, 3rd-$30; 1st U1800/unrated, 1st U1500/unrated-$35 each. If two sections, upper section ($150/b15): 1st-$70, 2nd-$40, 1st U1800/unrated-$40; lower section ($150/b15): 1st-$70, 2nd-$40, 1st U1200/unrated-$40. OSCF State qualifier. More info at pdxchess.org. Phone: (503) 246-2978.

Aug 4 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR. Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219. 6-round Swiss in one section, G/15;inc5, on-site reg: 9-9:45am, first round starts at 10am and the subsequent rounds start ASAP. EF: $10, $5 for PCC members (pay by cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club). Chess book to the first place finisher. Additional rating based chess book prizes may be awarded, on TD discretion, based on the number of players. More info. at pdxchess.org, (503) 246-2978.

Aug 11-12 Vancouver Open, Vancouver, WA - See flyer.

Aug 12 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. Byes: 1 (Rd 3/4–commit at reg.). Misc: US Chess, WCF/OCF/ICA memb. req’d, OSA. NS, NC. Infoline: 206-417-5405; e-mail kleistcf@aol.com. Register at http://seattlechess.club/.

Aug 15-19 2nd Annual Seattle Chess Classic, Seattle, WA - See flyer.

Aug 18-19 Spokane Falls Open, Spokane, WA. Site: Gonzaga University, Jepson Center, Rm. 108 & 109. Registration: Sat. 8:30-9:45 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.: $20 if received by 8/18, $3 less for 18 year olds and under, $25 for all at the site. Telephone entries accepted. Early entries can be paid at the club or call or email and I will honor the early entry fee at the site if contacted prior to 8/18. US Chess rated. $500 prize fund based on 25, Class prizes based on at least five per section. Only one prize per person (excluding biggest upset - both players must have established ratings). NS, NC, W. One ½ 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: $150, 2nd Overall: $100. Class Prizes: 1st (U/1800; U/1600; U/1400) $50, 2nd (U/1800; U1600; U1400) $25, Biggest Upset: $25 (non-provisional ratings). Cookies & coffee provided. Entries: Spokane CC, c/o James Stripes. For information: cell (509) 251-2737, email: jdstripes@gmail.com.

Special Event: Spokane Falls Open will be held concurrently with the Spokane City Championship on Aug. 18-19. Michael Cambareri will take on the winner of a six player round-robin that will take place between June 1 and August 6. Two rounds are scheduled for Saturday while rounds three and four will be scheduled for Sunday. The time control will be G/120 with a 5 second delay. If needed there will be a G/10 playoff with the first to reach three points wins.

Note: Changes beginning in February shown in red.
Aug 19 Portland CC Sunday Quads, Portland, OR.
Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave., Portland, OR - Map. 3-round quads. Some or all the sections may run as a 3-round Swiss with more than four players. The "live" US Chess regular ratings are usually used for section placement and pairings. G/50;inc15, US Chess and NWSRS rated. On-site reg: 9-9:45am, Rds: 10am, 12:30pm, 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. EF: $15, PCC members $10, $5 discount for each additional family member who lives in the same household (pay by cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club), free entry for players who are playing in their first US Chess rated tournament. US Chess membership is required and can be purchased during registration. Winner of each section receives $10 discount on the entry fee to one of the next three PCC Sunday or Tuesday Quads. If there is a six or seven player Swiss, the runner-up receives $5 discount. Bonus scholastic awards: trophy for winning section with 3 points; smaller trophy for winning or tying for first with 2.5; medal for winning or tying for first with 2 or 1.5. OSCF State qualifier. More info. at pdxchess.org. Phone: (503) 246-2978.

Aug 26 Boise Chess Club #20, Boise, ID. All About Games, 7079 W. Overland Road, Boise, Idaho 83709. 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 8:30 a.m. Registration will be from 8:30-9:00 a.m. First round “should”/“could”/ probably will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. Those coming late may get a first-round half-point bye. 90-minute break for lunch taken after round 2. Estimated time for end of tournament is 7:30 p.m. Entry is Free. Donations gladly accepted! See flyer.

 
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Northwest Chess Tournament Announcements

September-December 2018

Sep 1-3 68th Annual Oregon Open, Portland, OR - See flyer.

Sep 14-16 WA Women’s Championship, Seattle, WA - See flyer.

Sep 29-30 Eastern Washington Open, Spokane, WA. Location: Jepson Center, Rooms 108-109, Gonzaga University. Format: 5-round Swiss System, directed by Ted Baker. Registration: 8:30-9:30, Sept. 29. Rounds: 10-2:30-7; 9-1:30. Time control: Game/120 (d5). Entry fee: $21 if received by 9/28, $26 at the door; under 18 $5 less. $630 prize fund based on 30 entries. Additional classes and class prizes may be created if entries exceed 30 players. Class prizes based on at least 5 per class; classes (and class prizes) may be reconfigured if less than five class entries. Only one prize per player (except biggest upset). NS, NC, W. One 1/2-point bye available if requested by end of previous round; Sunday bye must be requested by end of round 3. Director reserves right to use class pairings in final round. Prizes: FIRST $125, SECOND $ 75; Class Prizes: $65 first, $30 second: A; B; C; D/E/unrated. Biggest Upset (non-provisional) - $50. Entries: Spokane Chess Club, c/o 9923 N. Moore St., Spokane, WA 99208. For information please call (509) 270-1772 (cell). Club website: www.spokanechessclub.org.

Nov 10 Southern Idaho Open & Veteran's Day Tournament, Twin Falls, ID. 4SS, Time Control: G/60; d5. Section: Open. Site: Holiday Inn Express, 1554 Fillmore St, Twin Falls, ID. Call for Chess Rate, 208-734-2233. US Chess & ICA/OCF/WCF mem req. EF: Veterans free, $30 per player. Discount for online registration. Check in: 9:00-9:30am. Rd. times: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm. 1/2 pt bye avail: Max 1, Notify TD before Rd. 2 is paired. $$ (based on 30) 1st ­- 3rd place Overall $100, $75, $50. $50/class: U1800, U1600, U1400, U1200, U1000, unr. Details: idahochessassociation@gmail.com, Online registration at www.idahochessassociation.com, (208)450-9048.

Dec 8-9 Portland Winter Open, Portland, OR. Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219. Two sections-Open and Reserve (U1800), 4-round Swiss, G/90;inc30, one half point bye is available if requested before round one, US Chess rated. On-site reg: 9-9:45am, Rds: 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. EF: $35, $25 for PCC members (pay by cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club). US Chess and OCF/WCF/ICA memberships are required and can be purchased during registration (OSA). Prizes ($650 b/40): Open: 1st-$150, 2nd-$100, 1st U2000-$75; Reserve: 1st-$100, 2nd-$75, 1st 1600, 1st U1400, 1st U1200/unrated-$50 each. OCF Invitational Tournament and OSCF State qualifier. More info. at pdxchess.org, (503) 246-2978. Note: Same details are valid for Spring, Summer and Winter Opens unless otherwise announced.

January-February 2019

Feb 16-18 Idaho Closed State Chess Championship, Twin Falls, ID. 6SS, Time Control: 30/120, d5 SD/60, d5. Section: Open. Site: Hampton, 1658 Fillmore St, Twin Falls, ID. Call for Chess Rate, 208-734-2233. Idaho Residency req’d, US Chess and ICA membership req'd EF: $30 per player, Register online for discount. Rd Times: 2/16 9 am, 4 pm, 2/17 10 am, 5 pm, 2/18 8 am, 3 pm. Business meeting 9 am 2/17. 1/2 pt bye Rds 1-5 only. Maximum 1-half point bye, Rounds 1-5, commit before round is paired. 0-point bye round 6. Prizes: 1, 2, 3 Overall; Classes B - E, Top Expert, Class A, Junior, Senior, Unrated, Woman. Details: idahochessassociation@gmail.com, Online registration at www.idahochessassociation.com, (208)450-9048.