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Business Manager Address: Eric Holcomb, 1900 NE 3rd St STE 106 PMB 361, Bend, OR 97701-3889.
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Northwest Chess Calendar of Events

Open/Club Events | Scholastic/Junior Events

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British Columbia Chess Federation calendar

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 is the tournament clearinghouse for Washington.

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.
State 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
Pacific Northwest Chess Center pnwchesscenter@gmail.com (425) 588-1672
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!
Josh Sinanan business card Orlov business card
Chess4Life 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.
Note: Per the new advertising policy adopted by the NWC board, most website event ads (except scholastic only) are no longer free. If an event is not advertised in NWC magazine, the fees for a website-only ad will be $10 for the calendar page, and $15 for both the calendar page and the TA page. We will add a convenient online form to request and pay for these ads.

September 2020

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.

Juniors: If you're under age 18 (or are looking for events for your kid), please also see the Scholastic/Junior Events section below.

  • Most over-the-board chess events have been cancelled. Please contact the event organizer for more information. Some events have been moved online.
  • Seattle Chess Club - The club is suspending further advertising of in-person events until the club is able to safely reopen. See August SCC ad (for intended schedule).
  • Please note: We are no longer planning a separate Oregon section of the NWC Grand Prix in 2020, however, a small GP prize fund for non-WA players has been announced.
  • Sep 26-27 Seattle Fall Open, online via Chess.com

October 2020

November 2020


  • May 28-31, 2021 Washington Open, Seattle Marriott Redmond, Redmond, WA, details to be announced.
  • May 27-30, 2022 Washington Open, Seattle Marriott Redmond, Redmond, WA, details to be announced.

2020-2021 National/International Events

  • Cancelled! Aug 8-16, 2020 U.S. Open Chess Championship, Saint Charles, MO
  • Jul 31-Aug 8, 2021 U.S. Open Chess Championship, Cherry Hill, NJ

Scholastic/Junior Events

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

Many open chess events are suitable for experienced scholastic players,
so be sure to also review the open events above.

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.)

September 2020

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.

October-November 2020


  • Feb 26-27, 2021 WA State HS Chess Team Championships, site TBA.

US Chess NATIONAL Scholastics