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Scholastic Tournament Information

 

 
SPONSORED BY
CLATSKANIE PARK & RECREATION
 
 
 
 
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LOCATION
Clatskanie Community Education Center
555 SW Bryant St.
Clatskanie, OR
(Do NOT send entry fees here)
 
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
Join players from all over the Pacific Northwest at this very special event!  
 
Sign up early, registration is limited!  This is a 100% preregistered event.  If you decide to come at the last minute, call first to make sure there's an available spot.  Kate Taylor (503) 308-8011.
 
 
 
NEW TEAM AWARDS!
New Team Awards for this event!   We will have a 1st and 2nd place award for the top two finishing teams overall.  Awards will be calculated based on the top four finishing players score. (Teams must be registered on the OSCF website and meet on a regular basis.)  We will also have a Wildcard team award for players who don't have a team and want to form one on the day of the tournament.  Ties will be broken in the following order 1) Final placement of the top four 2) One player blitz  3) Coin toss
 
 
SECTIONS
Class H (ratings 0-599)
Class G (ratings 600-799)
Class F (ratings 800-999)
Class E (ratings 1000-1199)
Open    K-Adult (1200+  we will group by class if we have a large number of players in the open)  
 
Sections may be combined or added depending on attendance.  All guaranteed awards will be given out.
  • Wondering which section is right for you?  Email Kate for a little help. For section placement and pairings purposes, we will use the latest established official ratings for NWSRS.  If  NWSRS is not established, we'll use an established USCF rating.  
  • Classes E-H will be NWSRS rated.  No USCF Membership is required.  Although... as always, USCF rules will be followed.
  • Open section USCF Membership required and will be dual rated
  • The tournament director reserves the right to add or combine sections depending on the number of entries.  If sections are added, prizes will be added as well.  Early registration is important! 
 
Class H
Requirements:   Open to scholastic players rated 0-599
(players without ratings from grades K-5 will play in this section)
Entry Fee:  $15 in advance / $25 at the door
Format:  5 Round Swiss, G/30 (clocks and notation not required, but recommended)
Awards:
  • Trophies to the top 25% of players 
  • Medals for 3+ wins
Class G
Requirements:  Open to scholastic players rated 600-799
(players without ratings from grades 6-7 will play in this section)
Entry Fee:  $15 in advance / $25 at the door
Format:  5 Round Swiss, G/30, (clocks and notation not required, but recommended).
Awards:
  • Trophies to the top 25% of players 
  • Medals for 3+ wins
Class F
Requirements:   Open to scholastic players rated 800-999
(players without ratings in grades 8-9 will play in this section) 
Entry Fee:  $15 in advance / $25 at the door
Format:  5 Round Swiss, G/30 (clocks if one person wants one, notation is not required but strongly recommended)
Awards:
  • Trophies for the top 25% of players
  • Medals for 3+ wins
Class E
Requirements:  Open to scholastic players rated 1000-1199
(players without ratings in grades 10-11 will play in this section)   
Format:  4 Round Swiss, G45. Clocks and notation required. 
Entry Fee:  $15 in advance / $25 at the door
Awards:  Cash awards to top 25% of players in this section.  Cash awards will not be split.  Blitz will break ties for awards in first place.  Computer tie breaks for all other places.
 
Open
Requirements:  Open to all ages 5-Adult USCF Membership required and may be purchased on site.
Format:  4 Round Swiss, G45. Clocks and notation required. 
Entry Fee:  $20 in advance / $30 at the door
Awards:  Cash prizes to top 25% of players in this section.  Cash awards will not be split.  Blitz will break ties for first place.  Computer tie breaks for all other awards.
 
SCHEDULE
Check In:  9-9:30 am - SHARP!  (Late arrivals risk forfeiting their first round.)
Rounds:  Begin at 10:15 am and will be re-paired as they finish
Bughouse Tournament:  ASAP
Pizza @ Fultano's:  After bughouse
 
Special Notice:  If you leave the tournament site, please let the TD or floor judge know.
 
ADDITIONAL AWARDS 
  • Best Handshake
  • Best Notation
  • Best Attitude
  • Never Give Up - Never Surrender
  • Sportsmanship (Please note - Anyone may receive the best sportsmanship award, even first place!)
  • MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN THE SPECIAL AWARDS! 
  • Something Else! - We also have something special for players who did their best and learned a lot!  No one goes home empty handed.
SIDE EVENTS 
  • Bughouse Tournament at the end of the day (Bughouse Strategy Bughouse Rules
  • Giant chess set
  • Play area available, but parents are responsible for supervision. 
TIE BREAKS
Tie Breaks - Final placement will be determined by computer tie break (Solkoff, Cumulative Opposition, and Opposition).  Curious about how computer tie breaks work?  Read this terrific article by the late Ollie LaFreniere "Tie Breaks".
First Place Award Tie Breaks - If two or more players tie for first place in any section, the winner will be determined by single round Blitz with random color selection.  If players are still tied at the end of a blitz playoff, the winner will be determined by computer tie breaks as above.  So be sure to brush up on your blitz strategy before you arrive!  Blitz/Bughouse Rules
 
 
SITE
Clatskanie Community Education Center
555 SW Bryant St.
Clatskanie, Oregon
*Do NOT send entry fees here*
 
Where the heck is Clatskanie?  We're just across the river from Longview, WA and about an hour NW of Portland.  A few blocks from our playing site is a covered skate park, a terrific espresso shop "Flowers & Fluff" and a great pizza place!  Our tournaments are friendly, fun, have unique awards and are definitely worth checking out.
 
Directions:  Take I-5 to the Longview WA exit #36.  Follow the signs to the Lewis & Clark bridge.  Cross the Columbia River into Oregon.  Turn right onto Hwy 30, travel 11 miles.  We're a one stoplight town... don't blink or you may miss it!  Two streets past the light, turn left onto Bryant St.  The playing site is 5 blocks up on the left.   
 
Or.... take Highway 30 from Portland or the Coast and follow the directions above.
 
 
ACCOMMODATIONS:
If you decide to stay for the weekend, be sure to ask for the chess rate when you call Clatskanie hotels...
 
Shirley Suite B&B in downtown Clatskanie
Clatskanie River Inn just as you enter town
Northwoods Inn  across Hwy 30 from Fultano's pizza
 
 
 
REGISTRATION 
Entry fees must be received by the Thursday prior to tournament day in order to qualify for the in advance rate.  No pre-tournament byes.  Scholastic Tournament Registration 
 
 
CONCESSIONS
Beverages, snacks, and meals will be available onsite.
 
BRING
Folding chairs for parents (seating is available, but if you have a comfortable folding chair you should bring it!), chess sets & clocks if you have them.  Don't forget your winning attitude and... bring a friend!
 
MISC
  • Basketball and play area between rounds. 
  • All players must be supervised by an adult. 
  • No electronic devices of any kind allowed in playing area. 
  • No pre-tournament byes.
  • We discourage the use of "Scholars Mate" or "Fools Mate" in a tournament setting and will teach the defense to both in the pretournament announcements.  The Dreadful Scholar's Mate!
  • No prearranged or premature draw offers allowed.  Dangerous Draw Offers
  • Brush up on your Chess Etiquette
  • Bughouse Strategy
 
QUESTIONS?
Contact Kate Taylor 503-308-8011
 
 
Mailing Address:
Clatskanie Chess Club
80406 Bodine Road
Clatskanie OR  97016

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