Oregon High School Chess Team Association

2010 Championship

  • 1st Place - Lake Oswego High School - Lake Oswego 
  • 2nd Place - Pleasant Hill High School - Pleasant Hill
  • 3rd Place - Coquille High School - Coquille
  • 1st Board - Fred Litt - Lake Oswego High School 
  • 2nd Board - Jacob Shadwick - Pleasant Hill High School
  • 3rd Board - Joel M Porter - Lake Oswego High School 
  • 4th Board - Devin Johnson - Coquille High School
  • 5th Board - Jacob Moch - Pleasant Hill High School


  • 6A - 1st Place - Lake Oswego High School - Lake Oswego
  • 6A - 2nd Place - Lincoln High School - Portland 
  • 5A - 1st Place - Willamette High School - Eugene
  • 5A - 2nd Place - Sherwood High School - Sherwood
  • 4A - 1st Place - Pleasant Hill High School - Pleasant Hill 
  • 4A - 2nd Place - Cottage Grove High School - Cottage Grove
  • 3A - 1st Place - Coquille High School - Coquille
  • 3A - 2nd Place - No Entry
  • 2A - 1st Place - Oakland High School - Oakland
  • 2A - 2nd Place - Corbett High School - Corbett
  • 1A - No Entries



  • 1st Board - Daniel Friesen - Sunset High School 
  • 2nd Board - Gavin Megson - Clackamas High School
  • 3rd Board - Devin Li - Sunset High School 
  • 4th Board - (Co-1st) Nolan Thompson - Lincoln High School 
  • 4th Board - (Co-1st) Patrick Burns - Grant High School
  • 5th Board - Ryan Arias - Grant High School


  • 1st Board - Shawn Hutchinson - Marshfield High School 
  • 2nd Board - Conor Scoggin - Sherwood Hill High School
  • 3rd Board - Emily Tousseau - Willamette High School 
  • 4th Board - Ian Scudder Sherwood High School
  • 5th Board - (Co-1st) Caleb Dixon - Willamette High School
  • 5th Board - (Co-1st) Brogan Kearsley - Sherwood High School
  • 5th Board - (Co-1st) Robert Walker - Springfield High School


  • 1st Board - Austin Anderson - Marist High School  
  • 2nd Board - (Co-1st) Eric Bridges - Cottage Grove High School
  • 2nd Board - (Co-1st) Blaine Werner - Marist High School
  • 3rd Board - Jon Reeves - Cottage Grove High School
  • 4th Board - Megan Goossens - Cottage Grove High School
  • 5th Board - Cody Torres - Cottage Grove High School


  • 1st Board - Jessica Ross - Coquille High School  
  • 2nd Board - Natash Keller - Coquille High School
  • 3rd Board - Stephen Mast - Coquille High School
  • 4th Board - Devin Johnson - Coquille High School 
  • 5th Board - Ivy Hallmark - Coquille High School 


  • 1st Board - Blake Woodard - Corbett High School  
  • 2nd Board - Cody Malick - Delphian School
  • 3rd Board - Oliver Jim - Coquille Corbett High School
  • 4th Board - Dillon Rivera - Delphian School 
  • 5th Board - Christine Sarubbi - Oakland High School


  • No Entries 


  • 1st Place - South Eugene - Eugene 
  • 2nd Place - Sunset High School - Beaverton


  • 6A - 1st Place - South Eugene - Eugene
  • 5A - 1st Place - Klamath Union High School - Klamath Falls
  • 4A - 1st Place - Pleasant Hill High School - Pleasant Hill 
  • 3A - 1st Place - Coquille High School - Coquille
  • 2A - No Entries
  • 1A - No Entries


  • 1st Place - North Medford - Medford
  • 2nd Place - Pleasant Hill High School - Pleasant Hill
  • 3rd Place - Willamette High School - Eugene 
  • 1st Place - Brian Hoglund
  • 2nd Place - Jacob Hoglund 
  • 3rd Place - Christopher Goes

We had 182 players battling it out over chess boards at Cottage Grove High School for 4 hours on Friday evening and 6 hours on Saturday. 32 teams competed--18 Varsity, 10 JV and 4 Open. There were 23 players entered in the individual tournament.

Cottage Grove proved to be an excellent venue for this 47th OHSCTA Championship. Special thanks to host and Tournament Organizer Steve Kilston for his hard work before, during and after the tournament. He seemed to be everywhere ensuring all his many guests felt welcome and were comfortable.   

A number of last-minute changes to line-ups hampered getting off to a prompt start, but by 6:15pm hands had been shaken and chessmen had begun their march across the boards. Norm May was the TD, and his son Todd ran pairings. They were both unflappable and kept a steady hand despite some tense moments that arose.  

A discount for new Varsity and JV teams was in effect, and two new 2A's showed up: Oakland and Corbett. It was great to have new schools participating.  

It would be difficult to describe this tournament as anything less than lively. A lot happened over those ten hours of chess games. The new format had its shakedown cruise and held up fairly well. The simulations were now a thing of the past, and it was fascinating to watch things unfold and see how the real format worked in a real tournament. Classification matches were enforced early as required, but by round three classes were mixing up nicely. The cream rose rapidly to the top, and after round five we ended up with a three-way tie for Varsity Overall Champion that crossed right over the classification barrier--6A Lake Oswego, 4A Pleasant Hill and 3A Coquille. 

7 sets of double-blitz matches were required to break the ties in the Varsity overall state and classification standings. Though these as always were very exciting, it did extend the length of the tournament and put the final results of a g/60 state championship tournament in the hands of 5-minute play. At the coaches' meeting there was a broad consensus at this point that if we could come up with a way to fairly break ties within the tournament results themselves (as opposed to afterwards with blitz) it would be preferable. The trick is how. Our format is unique, and the standard tie-breaks don't necessarily work fairly within it. A unique solution must be conceived. To that end, a committee was formed up to study the issue and propose a solution. 

Though I think most were happy with the new format, it is clear it'll need a bit of fine-tuning to the SwissSys settings and the tie-break system to turn it into a really well greased machine. Thanks goes to Ed Addis for conceiving of and pushing through the original idea. Also thanks go to the recent format committee and its advisors for their fine-tuning work: Dan Sharp, Zane Kesey, Charles Schulien, Kate Taylor, Amy Coughlin and Norm May. 

Further news--at the coaches' meeting Andrei Botez was elected as my successor. Very experienced and with a lot of fresh ideas, he will bring a welcome new perspective to our leadership. I have great confidence in his abilites to lead us in our next phase. He will begin his apprenticeship this year and assume full Executive Director responsibilites following the chamipionships in 2011. 

Next year’s event will be back in the North and will be held at Sherwood High School in Sherwood (a half-hour south of Portland). See you there! 

Report from:

James Horton - Executive Director
Oregon High School Chess Team Association

"Winning is the science of being totally prepared." – George Allen