NWC Banner

Northwest Chess — Chess News from Washington, Oregon and Idaho

Northwest Chess is a non-profit corporation registered in Washington State.
Business Manager Address: Eric Holcomb, 1900 NE 3rd St STE 106 PMB 361, Bend, OR 97701-3889.
See magazine section for subscription and advertising information.
Home Articles Calendar Clubs Games Grand Prix
History Links Magazine Officers Registration Scholastics

Northwest Chess

Washington Chess Federation, Oregon Chess Federation &
Idaho Chess Association

ABOUT US / FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Northwest Chess magazine is published monthly by Northwest Chess, a non profit corporation registered in the State of Washington. Northwest Chess is managed by a board with members from Washington, Oregon and Idaho and includes the business manager and publisher of the magazine. Northwest Chess is the official monthly publication of the Washington and Oregon Chess Federations, and the Idaho Chess Association. Magazine and website © NWC, All Rights Reserved (except for public domain information and news such as calendar listings).

NWC also collects dues for the WCF, OCF and ICA, and helps to promote chess in the Northwest (including promotion via this website).

Q: Please explain how subscriptions and memberships work for Idaho residents (New!)

A: As of January 1, 2014, ICA treats memberships (and Northwest Chess subscriptions) the same as WCF and OCF, and NWC now collects membership dues for ICA like it does for WCF and OCF. Memberships and magazine subscriptions are also available at certain Idaho chess events, with agreed-upon amounts retained by ICA and remitted to NWC. The current total cost for a membership and monthly magazine subscription is $25 per year for adults. For other membership categories and three-year discounts, see NWC magazine information. Also visit the ICA’s website at www.idahochessassociation.org.

Q: Please explain how the subscriptions and memberships work.

A: If you are a Washington, Oregon or Idaho resident, your subscription to Northwest Chess includes an individual membership in your state chess federation, and vice versa. (This does not apply to schools, libraries, clubs, etc.) Family memberships are also available at a small additional cost. There is no such thing as a separate NWC membership; you are either a WCF/OCF/ICA member (with a subscription), or just a NWC subscriber. (Out of state subscribers may still play in WCF/OCF/ICA membership-required chess events, but do not have voting rights.) Please make all checks payable to NWC (not WCF, OCF or ICA) unless you are entering a tournament and including the membership with your entry fee.

Q: What about chess ratings?

A: Most major tournaments in the United States are rated by the United States Chess Federation (USCF). Some major events also have sections rated by the International Chess Federation (FIDE). There is no such thing as a separate WCF, OCF or ICA chess rating system, although there is a separately-administered Northwest Scholastic Rating System. Also, some chess clubs maintain their own ratings for games played among club members. If you have an idea what your chess rating might be from Internet or computer play, you should realize that these ratings are unofficial and may be inflated compared to over-the-board ratings. More information about chess ratings is available on the USCF and various other websites, and in various books and articles.

Q: What memberships do I need?

A: If you intend to play in WCF/OCF/ICA chess events, or in weekend tournaments run by certain chess clubs (Seattle, Tacoma and Portland) you will need a USCF membership and a WCF/OCF/ICA membership, or a valid membership from another state or provincial chess federation if you are visiting. For chess club events, a club membership may qualify you for a discounted entry fee, but is normally not required for weekend tournaments.

Most scholastic tournaments do not require any of these memberships, however advanced scholastic players are encouraged to take advantage of the junior rate to join WCF/OCF/ICA and receive the magazine. (There's a lot of good instructional content!)

There are a number of chess club events (often held on Friday nights or other weeknights) that may require club membership, but often not USCF and WCF/OCF/ICA memberships. Please inquire with a local chess club about these events ... they can be a good way for beginners or inexperienced players to get started!

Q: Are temporary or trial memberships available?

A: Temporary memberships (often called tournament memberships) and trial membership may be available from the USCF, the WCF/OCF/ICA, as well as from some individual chess clubs. In the case of the WCF/OCF/ICA, $10.00 tournament memberships (valid for three months including the month of the event) may be accepted on-site at the discretion of the tournament director. This is usually done as a courtesy to new players who may face significant expense when they need to pay for entry fees and memberships at the same time.

Q: Are multi-year memberships available?

A: Yes! As of October 2010, 3-year discounted memberships are available. The rates were increased in April 2013, but still represent a significant discount. See the magazine page for more information.

Q: I am interested in chess instruction or coaching. Can you help me?

A: Northwest Chess can help you locate a suitable chess coach. Please see the links page and also the scholastic page if coaching is intended for a junior chess player. If you would like to discuss this or other topics in person, please call the business manager at 541-647-1021 or email info@nwchess.com.

Q: Can I make a donation?

A: Yes – See Northwest Chess Knights. Donations are not tax deductible.

Q: What is the relationship between Northwest Chess and The Chess Store?

A: Northwest Chess currently has a marketing affiliates agreement with The Chess Store, located in Hillsboro, Oregon, but otherwise the two businesses are completely separate, and Northwest Chess has nothing to do with processing or filling orders placed with The Chess Store (and vice versa). By clicking on one of the advertising banners on this website when ordering from The Chess Store, Northwest Chess will receive a portion of the sale. You can also see a list of other chess vendors on the links page.

Q: Does Northwest Chess have a showroom, store or office open to the public?

A: No – We're far too low-budget for that, however, you can inquire and often obtain a sample copy of Northwest Chess magazine at major chess tournaments and chess clubs in the Pacific Northwest.

Have any additional questions? – Please use the feedback form on the homepage, or call the business manager.