2007 Notes

By Mike Wolfe, 2005-07 OHSCTA Exec. Secretary?  Or Kate Taylor, Exec. Director 2007-2009?  [I’m assuming the latter – JCD, 3/13/2018]

February 25, 2007

Over 250 players from almost 30 schools met Friday and Saturday at Portland Christian High School to take part in five highly competitive rounds of chess and to determine which five-person team could claim the title of champions of the Oregon High School Chess Team Association.

When the dust had settled, Lake Oswego High School had won the event, but a decision by OHSCTA leadership meant that several other schools got to take home titles as well.

For the first time, the Association recognized that schools of various sizes could also be designated as state champions for their classifications based on school size, and awarded state 5A, 4A, and 3A-2A-1A championships as well as the overall championship. Those classification awards went to Sherwood, Cottage Grove, and Coquille High Schools, respectively.

The tournament featured ferocious play throughout all five rounds, with Lake Oswego, Wilson, and Portland Christian all entering the fourth round undefeated. Lake Oswego defeated Wilson 3-2, and Portland Christian beat Grant High School of Portland 4-1, to win the right to face the Lakers in the finals.

However, Portland Christian was going to have to play the  Championship match without their first board player, who had to leave because of a conflict requiring his presence at another state championship competitionone to which he had made a firm commitment before he knew that his team would qualify for the finals. He left and all the other members of the team had to “play up” one board in the state finals. Even though the Portland Christian team played valiantly, Lake Oswego came out ahead by a 3.5-1.5 score.

A three-way tie for second was broken by the tie-breaker, and that left Wilson as second, Sunset High of Beaverton as third, and Portland Christian as fourth. Westview and Grant High School rounded out the list of trophy recipients.

In the “B” division, (mostly consisting of junior varsity and middle school teams, ) Sunset High dominated the proceedings, going without the loss of even one board in the entire event. Their +23 0 =2 finish is more than likely a record performance for any team in the “B” Tournament’s history.

An individual tournament was also held for those without teams, or for those whose teams already had the requisite five players. In that tournament, Caleb Kesey of Pleasant Hill was the winner with 4.5 out of 5.

It was a great event with a lot of really close games and matches. The players just seem to get better and better every year.

Next year’s event is scheduled for February 22 and 23, 2008 at Roseburg High School.


A few games from the 2007 Championship – comments by FM Chuck Schulien
 Morehouse,Brandon (1525)(Wilson) – Peake,Ethan (1827) (Westview) [B70] Oregon High School Team Championship (5), 24.02.2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bg5 Bg7 7.Bb5+ Bd7 8.Qe2 0-0 9.0-0-0 Nc6 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Bc4 Qc7 12.Rd2 Qb7 13.Bb3 c5 14.Rf1? [14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Nd5 is troublesome for black] 14…a5 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Bd5 [16.Nd5 at least attempting to preserve the bishop is better 16…Bxb2+ 17.Kxb2 a4 18.Nxe7+ Kg7 19.Qf3 axb3 20.axb3 black probably has enough compensation for the pawn] 16…Bc6 [16…Qb6! 17.Nd1 (if 17.Bxa8 Rb8 18.b3 Bxc3 19.Rd3 Bb5-/+) 17…Rab8 18.c3 Bb5=/+] 17.Bxc6 Qxc6 18.Nd5 Rfe8 19.Nxf6+ exf6 20.Qf3 Rxe4 21.Rxd6 Qxd6 22.Qxe4 Rd8 23.Qf3 Qe6 24.Kb1 Rb8 25.Qe3 Qb6 26.b3? slightly weakens the pawns [26.Qc3] 26…a4 27.Kb2? just not good [27.Rd1 axb3 28.cxb3 Ra8 is still hard for black to win] 27…a3+= 28.Kc1 Qb5 [28…Qb7=/+] 29.Qd3 [29.c4] 29…Qb4 30.g3 Re8 31.c3 Qg4 32.f3 Qe6 [32…Qh3 33.Rf2 Re1+ 34.Kd2 Ra1-+] 33.Rd1 Kg7 34.Qe4? goes into a bad ending [34.Qd2 tests black a bit more] 34…Qxe4 35.fxe4 Rxe4 36.Kd2 f5 37.Re1 Kf6 [37…Rxe1 is also good 38.Kxe1 Kf6 39.Ke2 Ke5-+] 38.Rb1 Ke5 39.b4 cxb4 40.cxb4 Kd5 41.Rd1 Rd4+-+ 42.Kc2 Rxd1 43.Kxd1 Kc4 44.Kc2 Kxb4 45.Kd3 g5 46.Kd4 0-1
Song,Tian(Sunset B) – Cho,Raymond(Portland Christian B) [C50] OHSCTA, 02.2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d3 h6 5.0-0 Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.a4 0-0 8.Na2 Nd4 9.c3 Nxf3+ 10.Qxf3 a5 11.b4 axb4 12.Nxb4 Bxb4 13.cxb4 Qd7 14.b5 c6 15.bxc6 Qxc6 16.Bb5 Qc2 17.Be3 Bd7 18.Rfc1 Qb3 19.Rcb1 Qc3 20.Bxd7 Nxd7 21.Bxh6! gxh6 22.Qg4+ Kh7 23.Qxd7 Qxd3 24.Qf5+ Kg7 25.Rxb7 Rxa4? Black tries to match tactics with Tian, which fails. 26.Qg4+! [26.Rxa4 Qd1#] 26…Kh7 27.Rxa4 Qc2 28.Ra1 Qc4 29.Qd1 Qxe4 30.Qb1 Qg6 31.Qxg6+ Kxg6 32.Rd7 Re8 33.Rxd6+ Kg5 34.Raa6 h5 35.Ra5 Kg4 White won. *