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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
Union Chess Club (Portland/Beaverton) Sean Tobin  

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!
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 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.

  • Mar 27 Tacoma Chess Club Spring Championship (Rd 4), Tacoma, WA
  • Mar 28 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Mar 28 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See March SCC ad

April 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.

  • Apr 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1 Pierce County Championship, Tacoma, WA
  • Apr 3-5 4th Annual RENO-LARRY EVANS MEMORIAL OPEN (formerly the Far West Open), Reno, NV
    See full-page ad and Reno Chess website.
  • Apr 3-6 Grand Pacific Open (FIDE Rated), Victoria, BC
  • Apr 4 Daffodil Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Apr 7 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Apr 11 Seattle CC Novice, Seattle, WA - See April SCC ad
  • Apr 11-12 Harmon Memorial, Portland, OR - See ad/flyer
  • Apr 12 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See April SCC ad
  • Apr 18 ICA Spring Open, Pocatello, ID
  • Apr 18 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Apr 25 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Apr 25 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See April SCC ad
 
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.
 

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.

  • May 2-3 Seattle CC Adult Swiss, Seattle, WA - See April SCC ad
  • May 2-3 1st Annual Rose City Sectionals at Portland Chess Club, Portland, OR
  • May 5 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • May 7 (noon) The Game Changer Luncheon (fund raiser for Chess for Success) with Oregon Governor
    Kate Brown and Orrin Hudson, Portland, OR
  • May 9 Pierce County Open, Tacoma, WA
  • May 15 May Day Quads G/20, Tacoma, WA
  • May 16 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • May 16-17 Inland Empire Open, Spokane, WA
  • May 17 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See April SCC ad
  • May 23-25 Washington Open, Lynnwood, WA - See ad/flyer
  • May 29, Jun 5, 12, 19, 26 Tacoma City Championship, Tacoma, WA
  • May 30 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • May 30 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See April SCC ad

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
  • Jun 12-14 Emerald City Open, Seattle, WA
  • Jun 13-14 Newport June Open, Newport, OR - See flyer/entry form (updated 3/26).
  • Jun 20 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Jun 27 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Jun 27 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Jun 27-28 Idaho Open, Boise, ID
 
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

  • Jul 11-12 Portland Summer Open, 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.)

April 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-June 2015

  • May 22 Bethel Chess Quads (K-12 and adult), Eugene, OR - See flyer

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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