Republished from our Original web site; News and notes for 2006-2007 by then-Executive Director Mike Wolfe, Cottage Grove HS.
I’m leaving in place the full notice on registration for the 2007 tournament, for historical purposes. JCD, 3/13/2017. Additional notes about HS Chess in the state follow the Championship announcement.
January 20, 2007
Greetings to all school principals, chess coaches and advisors, and interested players:
The Oregon High School Chess Team Association announces its 44th annual state chess team tournament and invites your school to participate!
Registration is now open!
Location, date and format
This year’s event will be held on the campus of Portland Christian High School, 12425 NE San Rafael Street, in Portland, on Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24. Directions and maps to Portland Christian can be found on our website http://ohscta.tripod.com
The tournament will be played in four or five rounds, depending on the number of entries, and will have three different divisions–two for teams of five players, and one for individuals who are “extra” players or who are not members of chess teams. A preliminary schedule is shown at the end of this email and on the OHSCTA website.
“A” division requirements
The “A” division will crown the Oregon state champions for high school team chess . Each player must be in grades 9-12 (or home-school equivalent) and must attend (or, if not a student at, must reside in the attendance area of) the school s/he represents. Each high school may enter ONE team in this division. The quality of chess played in this division is of a fairly high level and entry in this division is not recommended for beginners. View the OHSCTA by-laws for “A” division requirements (here.http://ohscta.tripod.com/id1.html).
“B” division requirements
The “B” division will also provide experience, excitement, and fun, and will be open to teams with players in grades 6-12 who attend the school (or a feeder school) they represent, (or, if not students at, must reside in the attendance area of the school they represent.) The quality of chess played at this level varies, and this is an excellent choice for teams that might wish to play in the tournament to gain experience for future competition. View the OHSCTA by-laws for “B” division requirements (here.http://ohscta.tripod.com/id1.html)
Individual division requirements
The “Individual” division is for players grades 6-12, regardless of their school affiliation, as long as they are students in an Oregon high or middle school, (or 6th graders in an elementary school,) or home-schooled in Oregon. View the OHSCTA by-laws for the individual division requirements (here.http://ohscta.tripod.com/id1.html).
Tournament fees and late fees
Entry into the tournament costs $65 per team, whether in the “A” or “B” division. In the “Individual” division, the cost will be $12. If you wait too long to register, though, the costs go up and there’s a price to pay for the delay. After February 10th, it’s $80 per team and $15 per individual, and if you wait and wish to register at the tournament, you will have to pay $100 per team and $20 per individual entry.Please make out checks to “Marist High School”.
Registration is now open!
Registration on-line is very simple. Fill out and submit the form at http://ohscta.tripod.com/id21.html by February 10th to get the pre-registration price. Fees (made out to Marist High School) and the authorization letter can be mailed to the OHSCTA treasurer, (Jon Nuxoll, 1900 Kingsley Road, Eugene, OR 97401) or brought to the tournament – but we need to have your registration form submitted on-line or by mail by Feb 10th for the pre-registration price – the form takes just a couple of minutes!
This tournament will be rated for the first time in 44 years and so the tradition of showing up at the door with all your information will not work, at a bare minimum we need in advance the names of the players on each team (or individuals), their grades, and their board positions – all before you show up on the 23rd! This information is critical to seeding the tournament and starting ON TIME, something everyone wants.
Also – if you change the order or the personnel on your team – please email that to OHSCTA in advance, even a day in advance is preferable to the day of the tournament – we will make the changes immediately so that we don’t end up doing this on opening morning and slowing up the first round.
Finally, here is a list of everything the coach needs to bring to the tournament:
School and coach contact information, an updated team roster for each team, a letter on school stationery, signed by the superintendent, principal, or athletic director, listing each player by name and grade and showing their qualification to represent your school (see our on-line bylaws at http://ohscta.tripod.com/id1.html and ARTICLE VII in particular, for more information.)
Players should bring sets, boards, and chess clocks, (if available) and should know how to take chess notation. One place to learn to take notation is http://www.jaderiver.com/chess/notate.html
Other information, area hotels and restaurants
For an in-depth look at the rules and other information related to the 2007 state championship tournament, please go to the OHSCTA web page, http://ohscta.tripod.com, and you will find a lot of interesting and worthwhile information related to chess in Oregon and to our tournament.
The tournament is a Swiss System tournament, which means that every team will play every round. No one is “knocked out” or eliminated from the tournament as the rounds are played.
When all is said and done, trophies and all-state awards are distributed. Some teams leave with celebration; others begin making plans for how to improve so that by next year they will do better!
Below is both the four round and five round schedules, and a link to area hotels.
So please, get your team together (again, it’s the best 5 players you can find who meet the qualification requirements), register for the tournament, and start getting ready! For questions, please email one of the names on the OHSCTA website, or just respond to this email.
We hope to see you all at Portland Christian High School on Friday, February 23rd.
Oregon High School Chess Team Association
OHSCTA TOURNAMENT, FEBRUARY 23 AND 24, 2007
SCHEDULE OF ROUNDS:
(Presumes a 5-round tournament. If we have a 4-round tournament instead, there will be a couple of changes on the Friday schedule (see the 4 round format on the OHSCTA website championship page), but you still will need to be present by 2:30, and Round 1 will still begin at 3:30. Other changes will be announced to coaches following the beginning of Round 1).
3:30–Round 1 begins
6:00–Rounds 2 begins
6:30–Annual coaches meeting
8:30–Round 3 begins
Please be present by 8:45am
9:00A.M–.Round 4 begins
12:30 PM-Round 5 begins
Awards following round 5
For a list of hotel/motel accommodations in the area of Portland Christian High School, please visit our website http://ohscta.tripod.com
targeting all the following schools–Coquille, North Bend, Reedsport, Elkton, North Douglas, Yoncalla, Douglas, South Umpqua, Sutherlin, and Glide. If anyone, even those in the Portland area, know anyone at any of these schools, it would be GREAT if you could contact them and “talk up” the value of chess in general and league membership specifically. Anyway, the Southern League kicks off with its first round on Wednesday, November 29, when Oakland travels to Marshfield and Roseburg visits Cottage Grove. The Midwestern League will begin the following week. From what I’ve heard, the Portland-area league will get started even sooner than that. So, best of wishes to everyone for a great season. Please keep me posted of anything interesting, including both the positives and the challenges.