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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.
See the Idaho Chess Association clearinghouse calendar.

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 or OCF 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
Central Oregon CC (Bend) Eric Holcomb (541) 647-1021
Idaho Chess Association Jeffrey Roland
Portland Chess Club email@pdxchess.org (503) 246-2978
Seattle Chess Club Carol and Fred Kleist (206) 417-5405
Spokane Chess Club David Griffin (509) 928-3260
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.

             
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May 2015

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.

June 2015

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.

  • Jun 2 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Jun 6 2015 Boise Chess Festival (4th Annual), Boise, ID - see ad/flyer
  • Jun 6 Evergreen Empire Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Jun 7 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See June SCC ad
  • Jun 12 FM William Schill talk, "Yasser picks his games better than I do," 7:15 p.m. at the Seattle Chess Club before the Emerald City Open Tournament. The lecture is free and open to the public.
  • Jun 12-14 Emerald City Open, Seattle, WA - See June SCC ad
  • Jun 13-14 Newport June Open, Newport, OR - See half-page ad
    See flyer/entry form - New information added May 8-9
  • Jun 19-21 50th Anniversary National Open & Vegas Chess Festival, Las Vegas, NV
  • Jun 20 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Jun 20-21 Idaho Open, Boise, ID
  • Jun 27 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Jun 27 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See June SCC ad
  • Jun 27 LaVerne Park Chess Tournament for all ages, LaVerne Park, 15 miles north of Coquille, OR
    Contact: Nancy Keller, email drnancykeller@yahoo.com, phone 541 290-8479.
 
Paid Advertisements – Thank you for your support of Northwest Chess!
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.
 

July 2015

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 7 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Jul 11 Puget Sound Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Jul 11-12 Portland Summer Open, Portland, OR
  • Jul 12 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 18 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 18 Qualchan Quads, Spokane, WA
  • Jul 18 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Jul 19 Seattle CC Novice, Seattle, WA - See June SCC ad
  • Jul 24-26 Seafair Open, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 25 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR

August 2015

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.

  • Aug 1-2 5th Annual Oregon Senior Open
  • Aug 4 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Aug 6, 13, 20 August Ajeeb Quads, Spokane, WA
  • Aug 15 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 15 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Aug 15-16 Spokane Falls Open, Spokane, WA
  • Aug 29 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Aug 30 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA

September 2015

  • Sep 1 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Sep 5-7 65th Annual Oregon Open, Portland, OR
  • Sep 12 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Sep 18-20 Seattle Fall Open, Seattle, WA
  • Sep 19 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Sep 26 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Sep 27 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Sep 29 Portland CC Club Championship Begins

October 2015

  • Oct 10 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Oct 10-11 National Chess Day Fall Open, Portland, OR
  • Oct 10-12 Millionaire Chess Open, Las Vegas, NV - Please see registration link above
  • Oct 11 Seattle CC Novice, Seattle, WA
  • Oct 16-18 Western States Open, Reno, NV
  • Oct 17 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Oct 24 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Oct 25 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
 
Paid Advertisements – Thank you for your support of Northwest Chess!
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.
 

November 2015

  • Nov 3 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Nov 7 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 13-15 Seattle CC Extravaganza, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 14 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Nov 21 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Nov 22 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA

December 2015

  • Dec 1 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Dec 5 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 12-13 Portland Winter Open, Portland, OR
  • Dec 19 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Dec 20 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 26 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR

2015-2016 National Events

  • Aug 1-9, 2015 U.S. Open, Phoenix, AZ
  • Oct 8-12, 2015 2nd Millionaire Chess Open, Las Vegas, NV
  • Jul 30-Aug 7, 2016 U.S. Open, Indianapolis, IN
 

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

Please see the club page for info about chess club regular meetings.

  • Elliott’s Chess School is 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 www.chess4life.com/classes-center.php for the class schedules. Schedule an assessment for advanced placement.

  • After School Classes - Chess4Life teaches chess in 80+ schools in the Puget Sound area. Visit www.chess4life.com/School_Selection.php to find your school. Would you like Chess4Life to teach at your school? Fill out our New School Request Form and a Chess4Life representative will contact you.

  • Chess Club at MLK Center (Grades 1-8) - Fridays 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 17, 2014 and ending Dec. 19, 2014. Location: MLK F.A.M.E. Community Center, 3201 East Republican Street, Seattle, WA.

  • Friday Night Quads (Chess4Life) - Every Friday in Bellevue, Issaquah, Redmond. All events are open to students K-12 and their parents. Start times vary by location. Each player is paired based on rating and placed with three similarly rated players for three 30 minute chess games. These are a fun way to sharpen chess skills, meet other chess players and take home a few trophies. Check-in can be done online, over phone at (425) 283-0549 or in-person. Entry fee is $20. Trophies awarded to top winner in each quad. Click on the location links above for more information or to register.

  • 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.)

May-June 2015

Also see the WHSCA/OSCF scholastic calendar

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.

  • Chess4Life new Bothell location serves the northern Puget Sound area with Premium Center Classes, Friday Night Quads, summer camps, and more! A new Renton location opened in August 2014.
  • May 22 Bethel Chess Quads (K-12 and adult), Eugene, OR - See flyer.
  • May 23 Washington Open Scholastic, Lynnwood, WA (see main WA Open flyer above)
  • May 30 Evergreen Aviation Museum Tournament, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville, OR
    Contact: Richard Crockett, Richard@chessforsuccess.org, ph. 503-295-1230.
  • Jun 15-19 1st annual Silver Knights Chess Club Youth Summer Camp (ages 8 to 15) conducted by Alexandra Botez; Happy Valley Evangelical Church, Happy Valley, OR; contact: email Alexandra at abotez@stanford.edu or Andrei at silver.knights.chess.club@gmail.com.

July-December 2015

January-April 2016

  • Feb 6 Waypoint Foundation Scholastic Chess Tournament, Parkway School, Ephrata, WA
  • Apr 15 Washington State Elementary Chess Championships, Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA
  • Apr 29-30 OSCF Championship, Seaside Convention Center, Seaside, OR

January-May 2017

  • May 5-6 OSCF Championship, Seaside Convention Center, Seaside, OR

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