Jan.-Feb.: Regional Tournaments are held for 24 regions throughout Oregon, ensuring that all K-12 students, regardless of whether there is a Chess for Success Club at their school or they are home-schooled, have an opportunity to participate and qualify for the state tournament. An entry fee is applicable for students who are not part of Chess for Success clubs.
March 8 and 9: The 52nd Annual Chess for Success Oregon State Tournament at the Oregon Convention Center includes team finals for elementary and middle schools and individual finals for elementary (K-4), middle (5, 6, 7, 8), and high school (9-12). An entry fee is applicable for students who are not part of Chess for Success clubs. Please review the information for finalists.
March 23: The Vangie Shaw Memorial Girls Play Chess Tournament is at Brookwood Elementary in Hillsboro. This is an open tournament for all female players. An entry fee is applicable for students who are not part of Chess for Success clubs.
TBD: City of Portland will be held in spring at a school in the Portland metro-area. All K-12 students are invited to participate, regardless of whether there is a Chess for Success Club at their school or they are home-schooled. Entry fees are applicable for students who are not part of Chess for Success.
Note: Tournaments are not rated. Early entry fees are available until Saturday midnight two weeks before the tournament ($21). Regular entry fees ($29) apply until Saturday midnight a week before the tournament. Late entry fees ($42) are charged if the entry is received after Saturday midnight a week before the tournament through Wednesday midnight before the tournament. Entries are not accepted after Wednesday midnight before the tournament and there are no entries accepted on site.
History of the Oregon State Chess Tournament
1967: OMSI, with the sponsorship of The Oregonian, began hosting various scholastic chess tournaments, some at the museum in Washington Park, others in Eugene and Salem in the early 1970s.
1973: Twelve (12) regions were established, and the competition featured elementary and junior high team finals as well as elementary, junior high, and high school individual finals.
1981: The Oregonian dropped its sponsorship and OMSI ceded the organizational duties to the Oregon Scholastic Chess Foundation, but continued to host the tournaments.
1984: The Oregon Scholastic Chess Foundation (started by Chess for Success co-founder Dick Roy) replaced the Oregon Chess Federation as the operating organization.
1998: Chess for Success accepted the responsibility of running the tournaments to ensure the continuation of this long-held tradition.
2016: The tournament hit a milestone 50th Anniversary.