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Northwest Chess Calendar of Events

Open/Club Events | Scholastic Events

Other U.S. and international chess calendars
British Columbia Chess Federation calendar
See Northwest Chess Forum for additional info/discussion of some events.

Please send corrections and additions (including new events) to: Eric Holcomb.
Tournament organizers – please help avoid conflicting tournaments by using this calendar!
Note: Gary Dorfner has volunteered to be the tournament clearinghouse for Washington and Oregon.

Open/Club Events

This is a summary of all regional (and a few national) events reported to Northwest Chess.
Click here for detailed tournament announcements for some events.

A bold listing indicates a Northwest Grand Prix event.
WCF, OCF or ICA membership required to qualify for Grand Prix prizes.
Chess club membership may be required for some non-Grand Prix club events.

Contact information for major chess clubs listing events:

Club / web site link Contact / e-mail link Telephone
Idaho Chess Association Adam Porth
Portland Chess Club email@pdxchess.org (503) 246-2978
Seattle Chess Club Carol and Fred Kleist (206) 417-5405
Spokane Chess Club Kevin Korsmo (509) 270-1772
Tacoma Chess Club Gary Dorfner (253) 535-2536

Weekly Events and Casual Chess Gatherings are listed on a separate page.
Also, please see the club page for info about chess club regular meetings.

         
Paid Advertisements – Thank you for your support of Northwest Chess!
Masters Academy Boise business card ChessWorks NW business card
Chess Sport business card Sri Chess Academy business card
To advertise your chess school/camp, please contact the Northwest Chess Business Manager at info@nwchess.com.
Cost: (includes magazine ad) $125.00 full year, $65.00 summer camp season only.
 

January 2018

Reminder: Detailed tournament announcements for many events can be found on the TA page. If you don't find details for the event you're interested in, please contact the organizer or Northwest Chess.

  • Jan 23 Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Rd 3), Portland, OR
  • Jan 26 Seattle CC January Thaw (Rd 4), Seattle, WA
  • Jan 26 Tacoma CC annual membership meeting, Tacoma, WA
  • Jan 27 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Jan 27 Portland Chess Club annual membership meeting (after G/60)
  • Jan 27 Bryan Black Memorial Open, Tacoma, WA

February 2018

Reminder: Detailed tournament announcements for many events can be found on the TA page. If you don't find details for the event you're interested in, please contact the organizer or Northwest Chess.

  • Feb 3, Apr 7, May 5, Jun 2, Jul 7
    Seattle Chess Masters Series, Seattle, WA - See flyer
  • Feb 3 Idaho Open Blitz Championship, Boise, ID
  • Feb 4 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See February SCC ad
  • Feb 6 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Feb 9 (7-8 p.m.) WIM Megan Lee lecture, Q&A session and autographs (free and open to the public) at Seattle CC on the evening before the State Championship.
  • Feb 10-11, 17-19 WA State Championship, Redmond, WA - See ad/flyer
  • Feb 10-11, 17-19 Oregon State Championship & Invitational, Portland, OR
  • Feb 11 Bethel Sunday Chess Quads, Eugene, OR - See ad/flyer
  • Feb 17-18 Washington Presdient's Cup, Seattle, WA - See ad/flyer
  • Feb 17-19 Idaho Closed State Chess Championship, Twin Falls, ID
  • Feb 23 Simul, Lecture and Blitz Tournament, Spokane, WA - See ad/flyer
  • Feb 24 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See February SCC ad
  • Feb 24 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Feb 24 Southern Oregon Chess Tournament, Medford, OR
  • Feb 24-25 The 26th Dave Collyer Memorial, Millwood, WA - See ad/flyer
  • Feb 25 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
 
Paid Advertisements – Thank you for your support of Northwest Chess!
Josh Sinanan business card Orlov business card
Chess4Life business card
To advertise your chess school/camp, please contact the Northwest Chess Business Manager at info@nwchess.com.
Cost: (includes magazine ad) $125.00 full year, $65.00 summer camp season only.
 

March 2018

Reminder: Detailed tournament announcements for many events can be found on the TA page. If you don't find details for the event you're interested in, please contact the organizer or Northwest Chess.

  • Mar 2-4 Seattle Super Masters, Seattle, WA - See ad/flyer
  • Mar 6 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Mar 10 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See February SCC ad
  • Mar 11 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See February SCC ad
  • Mar 16-18 Seattle Kings vs Princes Match V, Seattle, WA - See ad/flyer
  • Mar 18 Bethel Sunday Chess Quads, Eugene, OR - See ad/flyer
  • Mar 18 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Mar 24-25 Portland Spring Open, Portland, OR
  • Mar 24-26 Seattle Spring Open, Seattle, WA - See February SCC ad
  • Mar 30-Apr 1 7th Annual Reno Larry Evans Memorial, Reno, NV - See ad/flyer
  • Mar 31 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Mar 31-Apr 2 12th Annual Grand Pacific Open, Victoria, BC - See ad/flyer
 

April-June 2018

Reminder: Detailed tournament announcements for many events can be found on the TA page. If you don't find details for the event you're interested in, please contact the organizer or Northwest Chess.

  • Apr 3 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Apr 7 Southern Oregon Chess Tournament, Medford, OR
  • Apr 7-8 8th Annual Oregon Senior Open, Portland, OR
  • Apr 22 Bethel Sunday Chess Quads, Eugene, OR - See ad/flyer
  • Apr 22 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Apr 22 Seattle CC Novice, Seattle, WA - See February SCC ad
  • Apr 28 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Apr 28-29 Clark Harmon Memorial, Seattle, WA
  • May 1 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • May 12 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • May 12 Southern Oregon Chess Tournament, Medford, OR
  • May 19-21 43rd Annual Keres Memorial, Richmond, BC - See ad/flyer
  • May 20 Bethel Sunday Chess Quads, Eugene, OR - See ad/flyer
  • May 20 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • May 26-28 Washington Open, Lynnwood, WA
  • Jun 5 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Jun 9-10 Portland Summer Open, Portland, OR
  • Jun 10 Bethel Sunday Chess Quads, Eugene, OR - See ad/flyer
  • Jun 24 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Jun 30 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR

July-September 2018

Reminder: Detailed tournament announcements for many events can be found on the TA page. If you don't find details for the event you're interested in, please contact the organizer or Northwest Chess.

  • Jul 3 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Jul 7-8 4th Annual Rose City Sectionals, Portland, OR
  • Jul 15 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Jul 21 Portland Rapid and Blitz Championships, Portland, OR
  • Jul 28 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Aug 7 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Aug 11-12 Vancouver Open, Vancouver, WA
  • Aug 19 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Aug 25 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Sep 1-3 68th Annual Oregon Open, Portland, OR
  • Sep 11 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Sep 16 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Sep 29 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR

October-December 2018

Reminder: Detailed tournament announcements for many events can be found on the TA page. If you don't find details for the event you're interested in, please contact the organizer or Northwest Chess.

  • Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Portland Chess Club Championship, Portland, OR
  • Oct 13-14 National Chess Day-Portland Fall Open, Portland, OR
  • Oct 21 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Oct 27 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Nov 23-25 Washington Class Championships, Lynnwood, WA
  • Nov 3-4 Oregon Class Championships, Portland, OR
  • Nov 6 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Nov 11 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Nov 17 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Dec 4 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Dec 8-9 Portland Winter Open, Portland, OR
  • Dec 16 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Dec 29 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR

2018-2021 National/International Events

 

Scholastic Events

See the scholastic page for chess camps/school chess club web sites, etc.
Note: Business card ads appearing above also appear on the chess camps page.
See the WHSCA/OSCF scholastic calendar
See the British Columbia junior chess event calendar.

Weekly Events

These events are usually held weekly or at frequent scheduled times.
Please see the club page for info about chess club regular meetings.

  • Chess4Life Premium Center Classes (PCC) are for chess players of all skill levels. From absolute beginner to 1600 NWSRS rated, we have something to teach you. Classes run Mon-Sat every week all year long. Visit the linked website for the class schedules.

  • Chess4Life After School Clubs - Chess4Life teaches chess in 80+ schools in the Puget Sound area. Visit the linked website to find your school. Would you like Chess4Life to teach at your school? Fill out a New School Request Form and a Chess4Life representative will contact you.

  • Chess4Life Quads/State Qualifier/Beginner's Tournaments - Quads are fun tournaments held on Friday nights in Bellevue, Redmond and Issaquah. Each player is placed with 3 other players of similar rating to play 3 chess games. Winners receive a trophy. Quads are rated events and are a great way to sharpen skills, and meet other chess players. Beginners tournaments are for anyone who hasn't participated in a tournament before and would like to try some friendly competition. State Qualifiers prepare players to take part in the State championships. Check-in can be done online, by phone at (425) 283-0549 or in-person. Entry fee is $20. Click on the link for more information or to register.

  • Chesssport Grandmaster Classes with GM Emil Anka.

  • Saturdays Noon to 2:00 PM - Detective Cookie's Urban Youth Chess Club (ages 5-18 plus family), Rainier Beach Branch (Library), Seattle, WA. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch, 206-386-1906.

  • Various – Orlov Chess Academy with IM Georgi Orlov. See www.chessplayer.com, e-mail chess64@comcast.net. (Registration required; fees charged per class attended.)

January-February 2018

Also see the WHSCA/OSCF scholastic calendar

For Bellingham and NW Wash. events, see http://northwestchess.info/calendar.html.

Note: There are typically many chess camps and activities available during the summer season, and sometimes during the school year (including holidays) as well. Please contact individual camp organizers, including those advertised above, for more info.

March-May 2018

USCF NATIONAL Scholastics