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OCF Member Ratings
Please find your rating at the United States Chess Federation (USCF) website at: http://www.uschess.org/msa/, or the Chess Ratings Northwest website (scholastic players only) at: http://www.ratingsnw.com/.

The Oregon Chess Federation has three classes of membership: (rev. 8/30/2013, 5/22/2016)

Full Member Membership

This membership is for one year. Full Membership includes a voting membership in the Oregon Chess Federation plus a 12-month subscription to Northwest Chess Magazine. Cost is $25.00 per year for Adults and $19.00 for Juniors under age 20 at the expiration of their annual membership. Discounted 3-year options are also available (currently $65.00 for adults and $45.00 for juniors). Juniors may also choose a six-month "scholastic" membership for $10.00. This is a good choice to get introduced to the OCF and NWC during the school year (although it's available any time of year).

Associate or "Family" Membership

This membership is for one year. Associate Membership includes a voting membership in the Oregon Chess Federation but does not include a subscription to Northwest Chess Magazine. Cost is $5.00 per year. Associate memberships may be purchased by a member of the immediate family living in the same household as a full Adult or Junior member.

Tournament Membership

This membership can only be purchased at a tournament in Oregon, Washington or Idaho and lasts for three months only (revised April 2013). Tournament Membership cost is $10.00 for three months. This is a non-voting membership and includes only an introductory three-month subscription to Northwest Chess Magazine (valid USPS address required). PLEASE NOTE: This tournament rate is not on the Membership Application (see below) but is available at most tournaments.

There is no minimum age requirement to join the Oregon Chess Federation.

You may join OCF at any time. If you choose a Full Membership or Associate Membership, your membership is for the twelve-month period starting from the date of your membership. If you choose a Tournament Membership, it is good only for three months. Depending on mailing dates, magazine subscriptions may lag the actual membership by one month.

OCF does not require their members to also be members of USCF. However, most OCF tournament events are USCF-rated and do require USCF membership. For full USCF membership information, please visit their website at: http://www.uschess.org/.

OCF Member Meetings

Each year, one regularly scheduled membership meeting will be held.

Members shall meet during the Labor Day weekend at the site of the Oregon Open Chess Tournament for the transaction of OCF business. At this meeting on every even-numbered year the voting members will elect, by a plurality of those attending and voting, a Board of Directors consisting of the following officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Tournament Coordinator, Scholastic Coordinator, and Director-at-Large. In addition, these United States Chess Federation (USCF) officers will be elected: USCF Delegate for Oregon, USCF Voting Member for Oregon, and at least one USCF Alternate Voting Member for Oregon.

In addition to regularly-scheduled meetings, the Board may call up to two additional meetings per year. Members must be given 30 days' notice prior to the date for such a meeting and the Board must call it upon petition of ten or more members.

Please refer to the Oregon Chess Federation, Inc. By-laws for further information.

Additional Information / Privacy Statement

Please note that OCF does not sell its membership information.

OCF membership information is shared with “Northwest Chess Magazine” (when Full Member Memberships are purchased), the OCF Tournament Coordinator, and tournament directors, as necessary. From time-to-time, you might receive an e-mail or postal mailing from a local tournament director or promoter advertising their event.

OCF publishes only the name, city, state, OCF membership ID number, expiration date of OCF membership, and membership type on our website. All other information is not published online to protect our members' privacy. See list of current OCF Members.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding membership, please contact:

Dave Yoshinaga, OCF President
Ph. 971-404-5251


Joining OCF


Please see current PDF version on the Northwest Chess website:
Eric Holcomb, Northwest Chess Business Manager, handles OCF membership payments made in advance of a tournament event.

Please make your check or money order payable to NORTHWEST CHESS (NOT Oregon Chess Federation!) and mail it to: Eric Holcomb, Northwest Chess Business Manager, 1900 NE 3rd St STE 106 PMB 361,
Bend, OR 97701-3889

Please make your check or money order in the full amount of the tournament entry fee, plus $10 tournament membership, payable to OREGON CHESS FEDERATION (unless otherwise specified in the tournament announcement) 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 (or regular annual dues if desired) with your tournament entry fee.

Questions or problems? Please contact: Eric Holcomb, eric@holcomb.com.

Forms of Payment
OCF accepts checks and money orders when mailed, as well as cash on the first day of a tournament event or during OCF's annual meeting which is held Labor Day weekend during the Oregon Open Chess Tournament (a receipt will be provided to you at those times). Remember, if you are mailing a check to Eric Holcomb for a membership and Northwest Chess magazine subscription, the check or MO must be payable to Northwest Chess. Do not mail tournament entry fees to Eric, and please do not mail cash.

PayPal / Credit Card Payments
OCF accepts credit card payments via PayPal only, and only for memberships/subscriptions, not entry fees. You do not need a PayPal account in order to send money. For more information on PayPal, please visit www.paypal.com. PayPal is not available during OCF tournament events or the annual meeting. Please use info@nwchess.com as the PayPal payment email address or visit the following link:
Northwest Chess Magazine's PayPal Form
(This is conveniently set up with “Buy Now” buttons linking directly with PayPal)

If you are renewing your OCF membership, please do so in advance of your OCF membership expiration date to ensure a seamless transition and so you won't miss an issue of Northwest Chess.

Revised 4/10/2015.
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