Coquille Chess Club

Coquille Chess Club


Coquille chess players! Team Illinois has challenged Oregon to a Team Arena on Thursday 6/18/20 from 3:00pm-4:30pm. We need the coast with the most! Make sure you join Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation on Lichess, then follow the link to the Team Battle.
Coquille Chess Club I don't know if this is double-posting or not, because my last post seems to have disappeared from my end, but I would be coming to the tournament today if I weren't going to Roseburg today. Do you have any idea when the next tournament will be?
I'd be coming today, but I'm heading out to Roseburg for an event. Any idea when the next tournament in Coquille will be?
Here is a front-page article that describes Aaron's role in securing the win for Webster-C (and a final-four berth for Webster University as a whole), and then later on in the article contains his final-round game with analysis.
US Chess has made 2020 amendments to the 7th edition Rule Book. Free online and downloadable versions of the rules, chapters 1+2+11 only (which are the critical sections for players), digested from the 7 th edition rulebook, are available at the link below. Note: The 2020 updates of these chapters were uploaded on December 20, 2019 and incorporate the rules changes to 11D and 11D1 that go into...
Just saw the recap article on this week's PRO Chess League battle royales, and one of Aaron's games was featured--his first-round game against pandazero (WGM Zhai Mo of the Chengdu Pandas), which I'd missed watching because I logged in to watch after the first round was finished. I'm glad I got a good look at it, because it featured some interesting strategic points: That game was 9 moves away from a 50-move-rule draw when Aaron pushed a pawn, leading to a pawn trade, and then went on to instructively achieve a Lucena position and build a bridge to win!
Just saw this article on covering their first week of PRO Chess League matches. One of the matches covered is, of course, the match in which Joshua played for the Webster Windmills vs. the Miami Champions. Included in the article is a tweet from the Webster Windmills that shows a reaction to the finish of Joshua's first game, in which he won on time against Grandmaster S P Sethuraman when down by two queens to one!
Huge congrats to Joshua and Josiah on superb performances!! Probably their best to date! :) I really enjoyed seeing so many big upsets left and right... :)
My son really wants to be part of the chess club. Are there any club meetings or games or activities Thomas can participate in during the summer?

Chess for Coos County Chess has been demonstrated in multiple studies to improve children math and science test scores. The problem thinking and strategy improves analytical skills.

Chess also teaches patience, the importance of thinking ahead and dealing with consequences.

Mission: To allow anyone to explore the fun of chess.

Operating as usual

We are playing Gilbraltor at noon today. Is there anyone (Coos County) who can help us play today? We so far have only three and we need four!! Arrive at 11:45 a.m. on If you are not in our small town surpriser club I can invite you. Let me know you name!

Tuesday, Coquille Chess Club and Coos County Friends will be playing Brazil at 6 p.m. under the club name Small Town Surprisers.

Go Oregon Go!!!! Go Joshua Go!!!!

On Monday night, watch first place Oregon battle second place Washington for the top spot in the Western Division of the States Cup

Beating New Mexico in round 5 gives us a 4-1 record, all alone in first place in the West Division. We play second-place Washington on Monday, October 12 at 7:00pm PDT. Watch live commentary of the match on Nathan Wonder’s Twitch stream with guest commentator Carl Haessler. Or use the links below to follow the games of

Joshua Grabinsky,
Matt Zavortink,
Roshen Nair, and
Zoey Tang


Too true...

😭 😭

[09/09/20]   We have a week off from the 2020Worldwide Chess Tournament. With college back in session, we are playing a lighter schedule!

Quadlandia Benefit Tournament for Hayhurst Chess Club Tuesday, August 25th | Hayhurst PTA

Kids had fun playing in the Tuesday night Quadlandia tournament. Thanks Chad Lykins for hosting! Quadlandia Benefit Tournament for Hayhurst Chess Club Tuesday, August 25th Hi Chess Families, Quadlandia is my new series of beginner-friendly online chess tournaments held Tuesday nights 5:00PM-8:00PM PST beginning on 8/25/2020. The first episode of Quadlandia benefits Hayhurst Chess Club, which re...

[09/09/20]   This weekend, five Coquille Chess players played in two different tournaments.

Shaleena Crawford 7th grade, Daniel Wilson 6th grade and Jason Herker 9th grade competed in the Oregon Open Scholastic. Although they did not place during the four round event, they developed chess skills and continue to grow as competitive players.

Meanwhile, Dustin Herker 11th grade and Sawyer Bergstedt 9th grade participated in the Oregon Open which is usually held in Portland and is mostly adults. The Oregon Open was a three day six round event with games lasting up to three and hafl hours. Dustin Herker played in the Under 1600 division with his United States Chess rating at 1276 so he was at the bottom of the division. He managed three wins putting him in the upper half of the division in skill level. Sawyer Bergstedt was relatively new in the United States rating with his at 440. He played in the Under 1200 division and tied for third place! His only losses were to first and second place winners.

Last week in the Worldwide 2020 Chess Tournament, Coquille Chess Club and Friends played Cuba. The original Tuesday time had to be moved as they had just suffered a hurricaine but later in the week, Coquille lost to Cuban United Chess Team 2 to 6. The week before, Coquille played Jeffrey School from South Africa beating them 7 to 1. Coquille enjoy having the Coos County adult players who ocassionaly help in the Worldwide competition alongside the Coquille scholastic players. it is just a fun international tournament made up of clubs and colleges from around the world.

Chess lessons are available on Tuesdays through zoom. Advanced lessons are at 3 p.m. with Joshua Grabinsky. Coach Nancy Keller is available throughout the day on Tuesdays to give free private lessons and once school starts will decide on a time to give novice lessons. Coach Keller is availbe to teach anyone how to play and parents are welcome to sit in on the lessons. Since there is no in school lunch hour to entice kids to chess, if you think your kid is interested--contact Coach Keller at [email protected]. Kids and adults can learn chess for free! The Coquille Chess Club pays for tournament registrations through generous donations so any scholastic player can participate in competitive chess if they want to increase their chess skills.

Play Live Chess Online

Tuesday fun!

This week we will be playing Bath U. from England in the 2020 worldwide chess league.

It will be Tuesday (tomorrow) at 11:00 a.m. Here is the link:

Hope you can make it, and we will be having chess club on zoom starting at 3:00 p.m. Play free chess games at with more than 40,000 players online. Join tournaments and arena challenges. You can play directly in your browser without any downloads. Choose your favorite time control and chess variant. Game on!

We are playing Cuba at 1 p.m. today! If you did not get an invite link, contact me at [email protected]. Joshua is back so we are the smalltown surprisers again.

REAL:Youth To Youth Fundraiser Tournament

Have four Coquille chess players in this tournament Saturday. If you want to also play, contact me at [email protected]. I must register everyone by 5 p.m. today. REAL:Youth To Youth is hosting a 5 round online swiss chess tournament with cash prizes. All profits will be be donated to REAL:Youth To Youth (Rural Education And Literacy), a non-profit organization with a mission of supporting the education and literacy of underpriviledged youth in rural India an...

[08/21/20]   We beat South Africa 5 to 1 yesterday. Awaiting for who we will be paired with next week! Thanks to all the players who came yesterday (virtually) and was ready to play! Getting ready for a chess tournament this weekend!

Thursday we will be playing South Africa. Looking for more Coos County players so contact me at [email protected]. This week I am in charge so I need you to join Southern Oregon Chess League club. I think Joshua will be back next week.

For Coos County Chess players rated over 1200, there is a tournament this Saturday online sponsored by the Portland Chess Club. Let me know if you want to register!

Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation Fair Play Agreement

Novice chess players: Tournament this weekend. For those 1000 and under. Let me know if you need assistance with the entry fee! Dr. Keller 541 290-8479 during the daytime. Get familiar with lichess!


NWSRS Rated and 2021 OSCF State Championship Qualifier

REGISTER NOW. Registration closes on Friday, July 24 at 5 pm PST

OSCF player Nikhil Samudrala presents a Chess Tournament to raise funds for and REAL: Youth To Youth (Rural Education And Literacy), a non-profit organization with a mission of supporting the education and literacy of underpriviledged youth in rural India and supporting STEM education in Oregon.

Format: 5 round Swiss Tournament through lichess in 3 sections: U1000, U1400 and Open. Play up into higher sections is allowed. Sections may be modified by tournament director based on number of participants.

Eligibility: Open to all regardless of skill and location.

Rounds: 9:15, 10:30, 11:45, lunch break, 1:30 pm, 2:45pm. Checking in at 8:30 am is mandatory and players may forfeit if they do not check in on time.

Entry Fee: $15. All profits will be donated to REAL: Youth To Youth

Time Control: Game in 25 minutes with a 5 second increment per move.

Prizes: 25% of entry fees will be returned as prizes. With 100 players (maximum) the prize fund is $50 for first place, $40 for second place and $35 for third place in each section. With 50 players, the prize fund is $30 for first place, $20 for second place, $12.50 for 3rd place. The prize fund will be adjusted at tournament directors discretion based on the number of players.

Rating: NWSRS rated. NWSRS ratings will be used to group players into sections but lichess ratings will be used for pairings.

Fair Play Policy: All players must follow the following Fair Play Agreement:


Register and pay at: by July 24th 5 pm PDT
Request to join the REAL:Youth To Youth Lichess team at:
Once accepted into the team, join the appropriate section. Section assignments will be emailed to the email provided during registration
Contact: Please contact [email protected] with any questions

Contact: Nikhil Samudrala
Email: [email protected]

More Info: Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation Fair Play Agreement Last Updated 6/13/2020 By registering for an OSCF event, players agree to follow the fair play agreement terms. Players who break the agreement may face forfeiture of games, expulsion from the tournament, and sanctions by OSCF,, ...

US Chess/ChessKid Online Elementary Championship Coming August 8-9 -

If any Coos County chess player want to play in this online chess championships K-6, let me know and I will get you registered and set up! [email protected] The US Chess/ChessKid Online Elementary Championship is coming August 8-9 for all U.S. kids in grades K-6.

Puzzle Duel: Free for 2 Weeks! - On the heels of Puzzle MAYven's success, we've decided to make our Puzzle Duel Feature free for the first two weeks of July!

Burlington Ambush Chess Club - Chess Club

Calling all chess club players. We are playing Burlington Ambush USA team tomorrow. We need more players as we have been down to three in recent games. Contact Joshua for the 11 a.m. FRIDAY (edited as I had the wrong date) round! Let's give Burlington a good chess battle! Reach me [email protected] if you want to join. You need account to play. This is Round 1 of Stage 5 of the 2020 Worldwide Chess Tournment. Let's show what a iittle Oregon town is capable of! We are a free club. We meet four times a week: Sundays at 2 PM until we feel done, Wednesday/Friday at 6 PM and Friday at noon. During the winter, we play inside and Wednesdays are done at 8 PM.

Chess for Success

We are proud to partner with the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation to bring you the first ever Black Lives Matter Benefit Chess Tournament!

We invite everyone to join us as we raise funds for Black United Fund and Chess for Success!
Saturday, June 27, 2020 10am – 4pm on
$10 per player - all players must register by June 26th.
This is for all ages and there will be a prize fund.

For more information and a registration link, go to

Our best move is to stand up against racism. Please join us!

[06/16/20]   Chess club today although intermediate and advanced is DELAYED to 5 p.m. today. 3 p.m. is for the elementary group. If you want a zoom contact link for chess club, contact me at [email protected] or text me 541 290-8479.

[06/16/20]   Got a little behind so here was the results of our last two rounds:
Lost to Sheffield University England 1.5:4.5
Joshua 0:2
Robert 1:1
Grant 0.5:1.5

Lost to Valletta Knights of Malta 1:5
Joshua 1:1
Frank 0:2
Preston 0:2


Anyone want to take on the challenge?

Coquille chess players! Team Illinois has challenged Oregon to a Team Arena on Thursday 6/18/20 from 3:00pm-4:30pm. We need the coast with the most! Make sure you join Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation on Lichess, then follow the link to the Team Battle.

Coquille Chess Club and Friends is playing Kings College from London tomorrow! Contact Joshua to arrange play.

Coquille Chess Club and Friends drew Bangladesh 5 to 5 today. Joshua 2:0, Robert 0.5:1.5, Riley 1.5:0.5, Dustin 1:1 and Jason 0:2. Having fun with the Worldwide 2020 internet Chess Tournament. So after round 3 we are 1:2. We drew Scotland, lost to Alabama and now drew Brangladesh.


Monday, we will play Chess Kids Nation Alabama! ChessKidsNation is a nationwide Chess tutoring establishment staffed by trained Chess Coaches, working for the benefit of chess community to promote chess throughout the country.

Chess Discovery

Liked this video! Carlsen's response and what a beautiful move!

Magnus Carlsen's funny reaction after his opponent's 18.Qc6!!
Full game replay and explanation link:

About Bon Accord Chess Club

Coquille Chess Club and friend tied with Scotland's Bon Accord Chess Club Team B 5:5, Joshua won both games, Philip won 1 game, Riley and Dustin lost both games and Frank won both games. Awesome job! This was round 1 of stage 4. Will wait to see who we play Monday! Who are we Bon Accord chess club was founded in Aberdeen in 1853. The club is the largest in the north east of Scotland, and currently has about 35 members. In 2014 the club won the Richardson Cup …

WCF Online Chess Testimonials

Who is planning to play in this tournament? A Hello from Kent McNall Past WCF President USCF Life Member Fellow Chess Enthusiasts, I'm sure that like me, many of you play chess online on one or more of the popular servers -, lichess, ICC, playchess, etc. Also like me, I'm sure that a lot of that play is blitz chess or other fa...

Coquille Chess Club and Friends are playing Surbiton from London England this week. Go Coquille! Update May 20th, we beat Surbiton 5 to 3!

Chess tournament next weekend online. Looks like fun!

This Friday the Coquille Chess Club and Friends get to play Manchester University in United Kingdom.

The Coquille Chess Club and Coos County Friends continue to enjoy the international 2020 Worldwide online chess tournament. Teams are from many colleges and chess clubs around the world and his event is covered on live chess internet broadcasts. At last publication, Coquille had lost their first two games against Universita Milano and Berkshire England.

Friday, May 8th, Coquille played Xadrez Entre Amimgos from Sao Paulo Brazil. Coquille lost 3 to 7. Joshua Grabinsky 1:1, Dustin Herker 0:2, Riley Jones 0:2, Jason Herker 2:0 and Daniel Carter 0:2

Monday, May 11th, Coquille got their first win against D’Ascanio Vintage from Italy. Robert Range (adult) drew both his games for 1:1, Dustin Herker 2:0, Riley Jones 2:0 and Frank Morse 1:1. Joshua Grabinsky elected to not play so the games would be more evenly contested. Joshua has been amazing at coordinating the Coquille team members to be ready at the scheduled time remotely after communcating with the opposing team’s coach.

More chess tournaments are going on line as the chess community adapts to the government mandates. Frank Morse played in the May 10th NW Chess Open and despite being the lowest rated player (610), he put up a good fight and managed to beat a 1267 rated player in the fourth round.

Chess: 3color vs TheQueensGambitt

We won against Italy 6-2. We had Robert, Dustin, Riley and Frank playing on the team. Joshua graciously did not play due to the opposing team's low rank although he coordinated the round! Thanks Joshua Grabinsky!

In another game (not ours) was this fun queen sacrifice checkmate! 3color (1481) vs TheQueensGambitt (1684). TheQueensGambitt won by resignation in 5 moves. The average chess game takes 25 moves — can you identify when the offense took control? Click to review the game, move by move.

[05/10/20]   Monday May 11th, the Coquille Chess Club will be playing D'ascanio Vintage from Italy! We beat them in the preliminary stages. We will see how we do this time.

[05/04/20]   For higher level players:

A scholastic online chess tournament!

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Coquille, OR

General information

Tuesday nights, chess club is held at the Coquille High School Library from 3:30 p.m to 8 p.m. All ages and skill levels are invited. We invite anyone in Coos County to join us. During the school year, Dr. Nancy Keller holds chess at the Coquille Valley Middle School, Coquille High School and Myrtle Point High School during lunch hour. Chess Tournaments are held about every two months.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 15:00 - 17:30
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