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Northwest Chess Tournament Announcements

November 2018

Nov 13, 20, 27 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.

Nov 17 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/.

Nov 17-18 Washington vs. Idaho Chess Match, Boise, ID - See flyer.

Nov 18 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/.

Note: Changes beginning in February shown in red.
Nov 18 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.

Nov 23-25 Washington Class Championships, Lynnwood, WA - See ad/flyer.

Nov 24 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.

December 2018

Dec 1 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.

Dec 8 Western Idaho Open, Boise, ID. 4SS, Time Control: G/60;d5. Site: Student Union Bldg. Boise State University, 1910 University Dr., Boise, Idaho.US Chess & ICA/OCF/WCF mem req. EF: $30 per player. Discount for online registration. Check in: 9:00-9:30am. Rd. times: 10:00am, 12:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm. 1/2 pt bye avail any round: 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. See flyer.

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.

Dec 9 Washington Blitz Chess Championship, Seattle, WA - See ad/flyer.

Dec 9 Washington Game/20 Championship, Seattle, WA - See ad/flyer.

Dec 15-16 Northwest Chess Open, Seattle, WA - See ad/flyer.

Dec 26-30 Washington Winter Chess Classic, Seattle, WA - See ad/flyer.

Note: There are some changes to the PCC G/60 TA beginning in December.
Dec 29 Portland CC Game in 60, Portland, OR. Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave., Portland, OR. Two sections-Open and U1650, 4-round Swiss, G/60;inc5, one half point bye is available if requested before round one, US Chess rated. On-site reg: 9-9:45 am. Rds: 10am, 12:30pm, 2:45pm, 5pm. 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 (Add $5 play-up fee if play up. 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 ($300 b/30) (any play-up fees are added to the prize fund). Open section: 1st-$60, 2nd-$40, 1st U1850/unrated-$35; U1650 section: 1st-$60, 2nd-$40, 1st U1450/unrated-$35, 1st U1250/unrated-$30. OSCF State qualifier. More info at pdxchess.org. Phone: (503) 246-2978.

 
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January-February 2019

Jan 5-6 3rd Annual Neil Dale Memorial Open, Portland, OR. Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219. One section, 5-round Swiss, round 1: G/60;d10, rounds 2-5: G/120;d10, one half point bye is available if requested before round one, US Chess rated. On-site reg: 9-9:45am, Rds: 10am, 12:45pm, and 5:30 on Saturday and 10am and 2:45pm on Sunday. Rds 2, 3 and 5 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: $45, $35 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 ($1500 b/50): Open: 1st-$300, 2nd-$200, 3rd-$125, U2100, U1900, U1700, U1500, U1300/Unrated: 1st-$100, 2nd-$75. Upset bonus prize (the player with an established rating who beats a higher rated player by the largest rating difference)-$50. Qualifier for the Challengers section of the 2020 Oregon Closed and qualifier for the 2019 OSCF State Championship. More info., including info. about Neil, at pdxchess.org, (503) 246-2978.

Jan 18-20 Washington vs. British Columbia Challenge Match, Victoria, BC - See flyer.

Jan 19 ICA MLK Blitz Championship, Boise, ID. 8SS double game, Time Control: G/5; d0. Section: Open. Site: BSU, SUB, Boise, ID. US Chess & ICA/OCF/WCF mem req. EF: $30 per player. Discount for online registration. Rd Times: 11 am continuous until 5 pm. 1/2 pt bye Rds 1-5 only. 1st rd must notify TD before rd is paired, all others before rd 2 is paired. $$ (based on 30) 1st ­- 3rd place Overall plaques and top scholastic. Details: idahochessassociation@gmail.com, Online registration at www.idahochessassociation.com, (208)450-9048.

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.

Feb 22 IM John Donaldson Simul & Lecture, Spokane, WA. Location/Schedule: 6:00 p.m. — lecture at the Kress Gallery, River Park Square, 808 West Main, Spokane. 6:45 p.m. — Donaldson Simul; $10 per board (bring your own equipment). Preceeded by Blitz Tournament. Registration for Blitz from 2:30–3:00 p.m. at Kress Gallery (2nd level River Park Square). Event will end by 6:00 p.m. Format depending upon entries.

Feb 23-24 The 27th DAVE COLLYER MEMORIAL, Millwood,WA. The Spokane Chess Club and the Gary Younker Foundation, in memory of former presidents Dave Collyer and Gary Younker, proudly present the 27th Dave Collyer Memorial tournament. Location: Millwood Presbyterian Church Community Center, 3223 N. Marguerite, Millwood, WA; I-90 Exit 287, north on Argonne Road to light at Euclid, turn left, two blocks. Format: A computer-paired, five-round Swiss System event. Registration: 9:30-10:30, Feb. 23. Rounds: 11-2:30-7; 10-2:30 or ASAP. Time control: Round 1: G/90,d5; Rounds 2-5: G/115,d5. Entry fee: $28 if received by 2/22, $35 at the door; under 19 $5 less. Telephone entries accepted (pay at door). All registrants must check in by 10:40 unless a first-round bye was granted. $1,800 GUARANTEED prize fund. Class prizes based on at least 5 per class; classes may be reconfigured if less than five class entries. Only one prize per player (excluding biggest upset). NS, NC, W. One ½-point bye available if requested by end of prior round; Sunday bye must be requested by end of round 3. Director reserves the right to use class pairings in final round. PRIZES: First $350, Second $225, Third $125; Class Prizes: Top Expert $100; $100 first, $70 second in A, B, C, D, E/unrated. Biggest Upsets: $100 & $50 (non-provisional ratings). Entries: Spokane CC, c/o Kevin Korsmo, N. 9923 Moore, Spokane, WA 99208-9339. For information please call (509) 270-1772. Check website for updates: spokanechessclub.org.