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OREGON CHESS NEWS

Many Oregon chess news items are reported in Northwest Chess, a monthly publication which covers the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho. A subscription to Northwest Chess is included with OCF membership. Additional news may appear on this website, on the Northwest Chess website, in the Northwest Chess blog, or in the communications of chess clubs and organizations throughout Oregon.

2016

Oregon Open $10,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund! The OCF has announced that the 2016 Oregon Open, scheduled for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-5, in Portland at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree, will have a $10,000 guaranteed prize fund. See the NWC TA page and full-page flyer/entry form for details.

Oregon Senior! The OCF-sponsored Oregon Senior Chess Championship was held July 9-10, 2016 in Portland. The event was open to all (no residency requirement) at least 50 years old on July 9. State champion Carl Haessler also won this event, his third consecutive Oregon Senior Chess Championship, receiving the Dr. Ralph Hall Memorial Award. A story and photo appear in the September 2016 issue of Northwest Chess.

Carl Haessler - 2016 Oregon Chess ChampionCongratulations to Carl Haessler for winning the Oregon State chess championship!
Carl first won the championship in 1991 (tied with Richard Wood), and is now a five-time winner (including ties)!

Oregon State chess championship! The 2016 Oregon State Chess Championship (sometimes called the "Oregon Closed" because it's an invitational event limited to 10 players) was held at the Portland Chess Club two weekends in February (Feb. 6-7 and 13-15) as a 10-player round robin.

Oregon Invitational! Beginning in 2016, the annual state chess championship is held in conjunction with a new Oregon Invitational Tournament. Both events are 10-player round robins. See the Oregon Invitational Tournament details (PDF file). Players qualify based on events the previous year. Congratulations to 2016 winner Bill Heywood. Results are available on the Oregon State Chess Championship webpage.

2015

Oregon Class! The Oregon Class Championships were held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel (same as Oregon Open) in Portland. This was a 5-round Swiss in 5 sections - see the flyer and entry form, and also see the USCF rating report for this event. The top Oregon finisher in the Master/Expert section was to be seeded into the 2016 Oregon Closed Championship, and the second Oregon finisher was to be seeded into the new 2016 Oregon Invitational. However, top finisher Nick Raptis is already the state champion, so no one else will be seeded as a result of the Class Championships. Runner-up and new Oregon resident Jose M. Gatica will be seeded into the invitational section subject to residency requirements. The complete line-up of players will be announced prior to the start of the two events in February 2016.

Oregon Open! The 65th Annual Oregon Open was held Sept. 5-7, 2015 at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree in Portland. There were two sections, Open & Reserve (under 1800), and each had a guaranteed prize fund of $1,800. See the flyer and entry form. There was a separate scholastic tournament on Saturday Sept. 5. The annual OCF General Membership Meeting took place at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6.

Congratulations to Nick Raptis for successfully defending his Oregon State chess championship!
Nick also won the Oregon championship in 2001 and 2013-14, and tied with Oleg Zaikov for the championship in 2005. The 2015 Oregon State Chess Championship (sometimes called the "Oregon Closed" because it's an invitational event limited to 10 players) was held at the Portland Chess Club two weekends in February (Feb. 7-8 and 14-16) as a 10-player round robin. See the webpage on the NWC website for details.

2014

Oregon Junior Closed! This annual event took place the weekend of Nov. 8-9 in Portland. Congratulations to the new Oregon Junior Champion, Yogi Saputra. See blog post on the Northwest Chess website.

Oregon Class! The Oregon Class Championships were held Nov. 1-2 at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel (same as Oregon Open) in Portland. This was a 5-round Swiss in 5 sections. Top Oregon finisher in Master/Expert section is seeded into the 2015 Oregon Closed Championship. As it turned out, it ended in a tie between Aaron Grabinsky and Yogi Saputra - See blog post on the Northwest Chess website.

Oregon Open! The 64th Annual Oregon Open was held Aug. 30-31 and Sept. 1, 2014 at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree in Portland. There were two sections, Open & Reserve (under 1800), and each had a guaranteed prize fund of $1,800. See the flyer and entry form. There was also a separate scholastic tournament Saturday August 30. The annual OCF General Membership Meeting took place at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31. See blog post with some results on the Northwest Chess website, and congratulations to Nick Raptis, Daniel He and Micah Smith, for finishing in a three-way tie for first in the Open Section!

Haessler sweeps Oregon Senior Open! - See report on the Northwest Chess blog.

Congratulations to Nick Raptis for successfully defending his Oregon State chess championship!
Nick also won the Oregon championship in 2001 and 2013, and tied with Oleg Zaikov for the championship in 2005. The 2014 Oregon State Chess Championship (sometimes called the "Oregon Closed" because it's an invitational event limited to 10 players) was held at the Portland Chess Club two weekends in February (Feb. 15-17 and 22-23, one week late due to a weather-related postponement). See the webpage on the NWC website for details.

Photo
OREGON CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 PARTICIPANTS:
Seated left to right: Aaron Grabinsky, Carl Haessler, FM Corey Russell, Steven Deeth. Standing left to right: Corbin Yu, Lennart Bjorksten, FM Nick Raptis, Daniel Gay, Brian Esler, Jason Cigan.
Photo credit: Grisha Alpernas.
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2013

Oregon Class! The Oregon Class Championships were held Nov. 2-3 at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel (same as Oregon Open) in Portland. This was a 5-round Swiss in 5 sections. Top Oregon finisher in Master/Expert section is seeded into the 2014 Oregon Closed Championship. See blog post with some results on the Northwest Chess website.

Oregon Open! The 63rd Annual Oregon Open was held Aug. 31 and Sept. 1&2, 2013 at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree in Portland. There were two sections, Open & Reserve (under 1800), and each had a guaranteed prize fund of $1,700. There was also a separate scholastic tournament Saturday August 31. The annual OCF General Membership Meeting took place at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1. See blog post with some results on the Northwest Chess website.

Congratulations! Congratulations to 2013 Oregon State chess champion Nick Raptis!

Championship! The 2013 Oregon State Chess Championship (sometimes called the "Oregon Closed" because it's an invitational event limited to 10 players) was held at the Portland Chess Club two weekends in February (Feb. 9-10 and 16-18). See the webpage on the NWC website for details and photos.

2012

Northwest Chess Business Manager and Webmaster Eric Holcomb is managing this website as of September 5, 2012, and will update the website to be more consistent with the NWC website.

Oregon Open (Sep 1-3, 2012) in Gresham - See some photos. This annual event was held Labor Day weekend at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, and ended in a 6-way tie in the Open Section at a 4.5-1.5 score. Winning $175 each were Nick Raptis of Portland, Roland Feng of Seattle, Michael MacGregor of Tacoma, Matt Sellers of Michigan, Nathan Lee of Issaquah, WA and Paul Bartron of Tacoma. 42 players were in the Open Section. 47 players played in the Reserve Section (U1800), and that ended in a two-way tie at 5-1 between David Yoshinaga, Oregon Chess Federation President of Tigard and Takuma Sato-Duncan of Oregon, good for $295 each. Gregori Alpernas of Lake Oswego was the chief tournament director. USCF crosstable link.

Congratulations! Congratulations to 2012 Oregon State chess champion Steve Breckenridge!
See a report and photo on the Northwest Chess website.

Before 2012

List of some Oregon 2009 tournament winners from the old version of this website.

 

CONTACT OCF

Board of Directors, 2014–2016
President
Dave Yoshinaga
dave@kdtonline.com
Vice-President
Carl Haessler
carl@chessworksNW.com
Secretary
Daniel Gay
kingwhacker@yahoo.com
Treasurer
Mike Morris
mikejmorris@earthlink.net
Tournament Coordinator
Grisha Alpernas
grisha.alpernas@gmail.com
Scholastic Coordinator
Andrei Botez
Director-at-Large
Aaron Grabinsky
grabinsky@frontier.com
USCF Delegate
Carl Haessler
carl@chessworksNW.com
OCF Representatives to the “Northwest Chess” Board
First - Dave Yoshinaga
Second - Grisha Alpernas
 

Other Contact Information

Please see the membership page for details about the various types of OCF memberships.
FULL MEMBER AND ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIPS
Please make your check or money order payable to Northwest Chess and mail it to:
(The Business Manager cannot accept checks payable to OCF or WCF)
Eric Holcomb, Northwest Chess Business Manager
1900 NE 3rd St STE 106 PMB 361
Bend, OR 97701-3889
eric@holcomb.com
TOURNAMENT MEMBERSHIP (Good for 3 months only)
Please make your check or money order payable to Oregon Chess Federation (or Portland Chess Club if applicable) and bring it with you to the first day of the event, giving it to the tournament director. You may combine your OCF Tournament Membership dues with your tournament entry fee. OCF does not have a PayPal account. Questions? Please contact: Grisha Alpernas, OCF Tournament Coordinator, grisha.alpernas@gmail.com.
Mailing Address – All other correspondence
Attn.: Dave Yoshinaga - President
Oregon Chess Federation c/o Portland Chess Club
8205 SW 24th Ave
Portland, OR 97219
Northwest Chess Magazine
Eric Holcomb – Northwest Chess Business Manager
1900 NE 3rd St STE 106 PMB 361
Bend, OR 97701-3889
eric@holcomb.com

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