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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

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 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
Pacific Northwest Chess Center pnwchesscenter@gmail.com (425) 588-1672
Click here for PNWCC schedule/calendar, or see online registration.
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.

 
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Sri Chess Academy business card
 

March 2019

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.

April 2019

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.

 
Paid Advertisements Thank you for your support of Northwest Chess!
Josh Sinanan business card Orlov business card
Chess4Life business card PNWCC business card
 

May 2019

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.

  • May 4-5 Penguin Extravaganza, Portland, OR
  • May 7 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • May 11 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • May 11 Emerald City Chess Club Spring Open, Eugene, OR - See flyer
  • May 12 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See April SCC ad
  • May 18 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • May 18 Redmond Quads, Redmond, OR - See flyer
  • May 18 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See April SCC ad
  • May 18-19 Inland Empire Open, Spokane, WA
  • May 18-20 44th Annual Keres Memorial, Richmond, BC - See ad/flyer
  • May 19 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • May 19 Bethel Monthly Sunday Chess Quads, Eugene, OR - See flyer
  • May 25-27 Washington Open, Lynnwood Embassy Suites, Lynnwood, WA - See full-page ad/flyer

June 2019

July-September 2019

  • Jul 2 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • Jul 6-7 5th Annual Rose City Sectionals, Portland, OR
  • Jul 13 Portland Rapid and Blitz Championships, Portland, OR
  • Jul 21 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Jul 27 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Aug 3 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Aug 6 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • Aug 10-11 Vancouver Open, Vancouver, WA
  • Aug 18 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Aug 24 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Aug 31-Sep 2 69th Annual Oregon Open, Portland, OR
  • Sep 10 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • Sep 15 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Sep 21 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Sep 28 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR

October-December 2019

  • Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Portland Chess Club Championship, Portland, OR
  • Oct 5 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Oct 12-13 National Chess Day-Portland Fall Open, Portland, OR
  • Oct 20 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Oct 26 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Nov 2-3 Oregon Class Championships, Portland, OR
  • Nov 5 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • Nov 9 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Nov 17 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Nov 23 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Dec 3 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • Dec 7 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Dec 14 Western Idaho Open, Boise, ID
  • Dec 14-15 Portland Winter Open, Portland, OR
  • Dec 22 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Dec 28 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR

2019-2021 National/International Events

  • Aug 3-11, 2019 U.S. Open Chess Championship, Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL
  • 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 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.)

March 2019

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.

April-June 2019

July-December 2019

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