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.

Operating as usual


Working on getting chess club back up for this school year and spreading to Myrtle Point and Bandon.

Tuesday: Myrtle Point
12:00 lunchtime chess at MPH
3:00 to 5:00 after school chess for at Myrtle Crest Elementary open to all students.

Wednesday: Coquille
7:30 to 8:20 before school chess at CHS
10:00 to 11:00 Winter Lakes chess club
12:00 to 1:00 Coquille Valley Elementary lunch time chess
1:30 to 2:30 Winter Lakes Elementary
3:15 to 5:30 after school chess at Coquille High School open to all students

Thursday: Bandon
working on getting chess club set up and hope to have an after school program in Bandon.

Feel free to contact me for questions or if you want to help!
Dr. Nancy Keller [email protected] 541 396-3855, 541 290-8479


Car Wash date changed to September 10th at Les Schwab!

Photos from Coquille Chess Club's post 08/01/2022

August 20th, Saturday!
Coquille Chess Club will be hosting a chess tournament August 20th at 5th Street Park In Coquille (5th and Elliott near the hospital). Register at 9:30 a.m. Start play at 10 a.m. Beginners finish about 1 p.m. Advanced finish about 4 p.m. $5.00 registration fee. No elimination, play all five rounds. For all ages and skill levels. Only requirement is to know how to move the pieces. Prizes are sq**rt guns and outdoor toys. Between rounds, enjoy the creek, the playground and the new pickleball/basketball/foursquare court. We will provide canopies for shade. Chess boards and clocks will be at site. Potluck lunch and snacks.


No Chess Club today due to Fair. We will resume August 3rd! 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Photos from Coquille Chess Club's post 07/05/2022

July 9th

LaVerne Park Chess Tournament for all ages, beginners welcome!

Saturday July 9th, the Coquille Chess Club will be hosting the LaVerne Park Chess Tournament and Outdoor Fun. Fee is $5.00, lunch is a potluck with hotdogs provided. Between rounds is sq**rt gun fun, badminton, frisbee, other outdoor games and a shallow river to play in. Arrive at 9:30 or preregister at [email protected]. Games start at 10 a.m. Prizes are outdoor toys. Beginner section typically finish early afternoon, advanced section can go to 4 p.m. Bring your brains and your sunscreen. Tournament is NW rated. Questions: Contact Nancy Keller at 541 396-3855 or the above e-mail.

(pictures from previous LaVerne Park Chess tournaments)


15 hour drive and we made it to Las Vegas!! The Fantastic Four (four best Coquille Chess players) will be playing in the National Open starting at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow. The drive went smoothly and kids were excited when we arrived (I know they don't look excited in the picture I took at a rest stop we ate lunch at).


Coquille Chess Tournament for all ages tomorrow May 28th at the Coquille High School Library $10, register at 9:30 a.m. to start play around 10 a.m. Cash prizes for advanced section. Dinosaurs and dragons for reserve section.


Coquille Chess Tournament
Saturday, May 28th, 2022
Coquille High School Library
For all ages scholastic and adult, all levels of playing skills
Registration: $10.00
Advanced prizes: Cash
Novice prizes: Dragons and Dinosaurs
Register with [email protected] or at 9:30 a.m.
First round at 10:00 a.m. Pre-registered players please show up at least 15 minutes before first round!
Novices generally finish around 2 p.m.
Advanced generally finish around 5 p.m.
Bring a lunch, no lunch break scheduled


Hybrid Chess Tournament March 12th and March 19th. Please contact [email protected] if interested. Both virtual and in person. Check in 9:30 to 9:45, hopefully can start first round at 10 a.m. All ages and all skill levels invited. Masks strongly recommended. Please wear mask around TD.

Photos from Coquille Chess Club's post 03/07/2022

Coquille Varsity Chess Team Wins Second Place, Junior Varsity Win Third Place at State Championships

March 4th and 5th, the Oregon High School Chess Team State Championships was held at Willamette High school. The pandemic had caused a lot of chess clubs to disappear as afterschool activities were not allowed especially in the Portland area. The Coquille Chess Club managed to continue despite the complexities of virtual meetings and virtual tournaments due to a base of hardcore and dedicated players and a dedicated Coach. Then resuming in person chess, the club is rapidly expaning and sent three teams to the weekend event.

The 1A-4A and 5A-6A divisions were combined and the Coquille Varsity Team was paired against 6A Jesuit in round 1 and lost. Round 2 was against 4A Cottage Grove and another loss. Then the tide turned as they beat 5A Willamette in Round 3. Another win against 1A Open Door Academy in Round 4 brought them to a tie with 4A Junction City for the 1A-4A Champion status.

Round 5 was tiebreaker round between the two and games were intense but Coquille fell to Junction City 3 to 2. Thus Junction City won the first place in the 1A-4A championships and Coquille received second place.

The OHSCTA championships developed the Junior Varsity/Open section to stir up enthusiasm to develop strong Varsity teams. Coquille Junior Varsity won third place beating Junction City JV team in the second round, losing to Jesuit JV in the third round and beat their Colleagues on the Coquille Open team in the fourth round. Oregon Episcopal JV won first, Jesuit JV won second place.

Move Valuable player plaques were awarded to Dustin Herker on Varsity board 2 and Jason Herker on Varsity board 5. Frank Morse tied with the winner of Varsity board 3 but did not receive a plaque due to tiebreakers.

Jesse King played for the “Oddities” Open team and with three other players from Jesuit, Sherwood and Laurel Springs Online school, his team placed first in the Open section.

As Coquille chess players prepare for the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation Individuals State Championships, Coquille will be hosting two local tournaments for all ages and abilities invited. The Coquille Chess Tournaments will be held March 12th and March 19th at the Coquille High School Library. Start time is 10 a.m. Fee $5.00. Contact [email protected] for questions and preregistration requested but not required.


Playing in the Oregon High School Chess Team State Championships this weekend.

Photos from Coquille Chess Club's post 02/21/2022

Another “in person” Coquille Tournament was played February 19th. Numbers were few but games were intense.

In the Intermediate Section, Harlan Morse was undefeated and placed first. Shaleena Crawford and Noah Ish-Shalom, who drew each other and their only loss was to Harlan, both tied for second place.

In the Advanced Section, made up of mostly adults, tenth grade player Sawyer Bergstedt won first place and adult Richard Redfern from Tigard placed second.

Future Coquille Tournaments are being scheduled for March 12th and 19th to help scholastic players qualify for OSCF Championships to be held in Seaside April 1st and 2nd. Scholastic players need 10-15 tournament OSCF qualifier games. Contact [email protected] if you want to be put on the tournament mailer list, questions or donations to help fund trips. Coquille Chess Club is a 501C nonprofit organization.

Photos from Coquille Chess Club's post 02/14/2022

Saturday, February 12th, was the first over the board chess tournament for Coquille since the pandemic started. Two years ago after multiple Coquille players qualified to play in the 2020 Chess for Success State Tournament, the tournament was cancelled the day before it was to be held.

So once again, scholastic chess players compted in the 2022 Coos Curry Regionalal chess tournament to determine who will proceed to State this year with hope that the pandemic does not cancel a third year of the state championship.

Tournament director Keller feared that only Coquille players would be attending but was happy to see players from Bandon Harbor Light and Marshfield Junior High attend. It was a small group but there were intense games as players competed for their grade level.

Only one high school player is selected from each county and Dustin Herker beat out his fellow teammates Riley Jones, Sawyer Bergstedt and Frank Morse to win 2022 Coos Curry high school champion. Each game last nearly two hours in their section.

In the middle school section, Sebastion Newby from Marshfield Junior High was undefeated till the final round. However, he still scored 4 wins and was the clear over all champion of the section and is the 7th grade champion qualifies to attend Chess for Success State Championship.

The eighth graders battled it out and ended in a three way tie for Shaleena Crawford, Erik Thrash and Jesus Villegas all scoring 3 wins and qualifying for the State Championships.

For sixth grade, Dane Herker was the lone entry but did get a win against the older middle schoolers and automatically qualified for the State Championships.

In the elementary section, Noah Ish-Shalom was undefeated and qualified for the K-3 individual championships. His little brother Ari Ish-Shalom only lost a single game which was to his older brother and beat out the older players and Chess for Success agreed to allowing both brother to represent Coos Curry in the K-3 category. No fourth grade players competed. For fifth grade, Christian Gallagher won his division.

The Chess for Success State Championships will be hold at the Portland Expo Center April 8th and 9th.

Coquille was able to field both an elementary team and middle school team so will be competing in the state team divisions. Chess for Success does not have a high school team division but the Coquille High School team will be competing in the Oregon High School Chess Team state Championships March 4th and 5th.

Photos from UT Dallas Chess Team's post 02/08/2022

Aaron Grabinsky continues his success in chess! Go Aaron!

Registration | Chess for Success 01/31/2022

Registration | Chess for Success

The Chess for Success Coos Curry Regional Chess Tournament will be held February 12th, Saturday, at the Coquille School Library 499 W Central Blvd, Coquille. All students from Kindergarten to 12th grade are invited to play. Check in is 9:00 a.m., play begins around 9:30 a.m. Masks are required and sanitizer wipes will be at each table. Vaccinations recommended. Limited number of registrants can play virtually. If you feel ill, had Covid contact or lack transportation, contact tournament director Nancy Keller.

This tournament is to find the best chess players in Coos and Curry counties who then qualify to play in the Chess for Success State Tournament held at the Portland Expo Center April 8th and 9th. At the state tournament, masks are required for all players and vaccinations will be required for players age 12 and up.

Individual qualifier divisions are K-3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and high school. Team divisions are Elementary and Middle School. Team scores are the five best scores of team members. You can bring up to ten team members for the elementary and middle school team divisions.

Registration beforehand is required at Fee is $25 if paid before February 5th. After that fee is $45. Coos Curry region is 18. Tournament Director Nancy Keller can be contacted for questions or difficulities registering: [email protected] or 541 290-8479 or 541 396-3855.

Registration | Chess for Success Chess for Success is planning to offer the traditional over the board in person Regional and State Tournaments, starting in January 2022 and completing in the second weekend of April 2022.

Timeline photos 01/23/2022

Timeline photos

Las Vegas International Chess Festival 06/17/2021

Las Vegas International Chess Festival

Las Vegas International Chess Festival The Chess Vacation of the Year!


Congratulations to Joshua Grabinsky who won Tenth place in the 2021 US Chess National Online Scholastic K-12 Championships!!

Photos from Coquille Chess Club's post 05/16/2021

Congratulations to our infamous Coquille Chess Players!
2nd place Varsity Chess Team: Joshua, Riley, Sawyer, Jason
2nd place Open Chess team: Shaleena, Daniel
Most Valuable Player 1st board: Joshua
Most Valuable Player 2nd board: Riley

Photos from Coquille Chess Club's post 03/19/2021

We took a loss today at Oregon Chess League against Wilson and I blame the phone lines going down. We had only two players who had the ability to play in the virtual tournament and we had to take automatic losses on boards 3 and 4. Thank goodness my phone line was working as I had the responsibility of running the tournament! Pictures (from the past )of the two players who tried to fend off Wilson tonight!

Timeline photos 02/26/2021

Timeline photos

Calling all 7th grade chess players! Chess for Success is holding a 7th grade virtual chess tournament this Saturday! Parents-contact [email protected] to sign up your Oregon or Clark County, WA Chess Kid, this is a free event. Bring your best moves!


Anyone who would like to join the free Coquille Chess Club--contact Coach Nancy Keller @[email protected]. We offer free chess lessons. Would like all of Coos County to join us!


Club Newsletter:

Congratulations to Joshua for winning the February Fiesta. Frank and Sawyer had some tough games but won 3 out of 5. Then absent minded coach here unbelievably forgot to register Andreas for the tournament.

Daniel played in the sixth grade Chess For Success tournament and won two games.

Tuesday we will have chess. I can do lessons again now that I finally caught up at work after a week off for "school".

2:00 Daniel, Erik, Shaleena, Jason and anyone else who is interested are welcome to come for intermediate lessons. There will be free play at 3:00 for the novice and intermediates. 6:00 is Claire's beginner lessons.

Joshua will be holding his 3:00 advanced lessons.

No Quadlandia this week. Let me know if you are interested in Quadlandia on March 2nd.

Thursday is chess league and there will be a playoff between Coquille and Wilson to determine the 2021 Winter Chess League Champion so I need all my best players: Joshua, Dustin, Sawyer, Riley with Frank and Jason on standby for who does not show up. Everyone is welcome to come and play for Coquille team B.

Saturday is the Chess for Success for Seventh Grade. Shaleena and Erik, I hope you both can play!! Let me know!

Also this Saturday is a chess tournament for those over 1000:

I have had only two responses and still need to hear from Frank, Riley and Jason.

Keep Practicing on and!

Photos from Coquille Chess Club's post 02/15/2021

Coquille Chess Club has expanded to include scholastic players from all over Coos County and even has a player from Canada.

The Chess For Success Statewide Tournament held their 5th grade tournament this weekend and Coquille Chess Club entered Quincy Converse into the competition. Quincy from Bandon joined the chess club just a few months ago and become a talented player. He took on players from all over Oregon and managed one win and a draw. It is a great start. His mother Canada had to take on the challenges of figuring out how to get him into Chess for Success and then into the tournament virtually. After one phone call with Coach Keller, he was in and playing. Despite the storms of snow in Portland and rain and hail in the South Coast, the internet held and he was able to play the five round event.

Meanwhile six Coquille players and the second grade Canadian player took on the President’s Day Tournament.

Riley Jones 9th grade was undefeated in the hardest Open section and won clear first place. Shaleena Crawford won 5th place in the U600 section and Ari Ish-Shalom won 6th place in the U600 section. Andreas Doemer, 2nd grade from Canada was placed in the Open section due to his rating and he won 2 out of 4 games. He is a potential chess prodigy who enjoys lessons with our local National Master Joshua Grabinsky. Daniel Wilson, Noah Ish-Shalom, Jason Herker put in some good games.

Next weekend, Daniel Wilson will be Coquille Chess Clubs player in the Chess For Success Statewide Tournament for 6th grade.

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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

3pm - 5:30pm

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