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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 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
Cedar Hills Crossing Chess Club (Portland/Beaverton) Sean Tobin
Central Oregon Chess Club (Bend) Eric Holcomb (541) 647-1021
Idaho Chess Association Jeffrey Roland
Portland Chess Club email@pdxchess.org (503) 246-2978
P-Town Chess Club at
Red Castle Games
Sean Tobin  
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.

April 2014

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 2014

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 1-Jul 31 Maryhill Museum (near Goldendale, WA) Cardboard, Clay & Crayons: Chess Sets by Young Northwest Artists Exhibition; special opening events on Saturday May 3
  • May 2-4 Harmon Memorial, Seattle, WA - see half-page ad
  • May 3 USCF Rated Rapid (G/15) Chess Tournament, Coffee Time, Portland, OR
    Info/RSVP at meetup.com or see flyer
  • Cancelled! May 4 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • May 6, 12, 20 Portland Tuesday Night Quads, Portland, OR
  • May 8 Portland Chess Club USCF-rated Thursday Blitz, Portland, OR
  • May 10 Pierce County Open, Tacoma, WA
  • May 16 May Day Quads (G/20), Tacoma, WA
  • May 17 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45), Portland, OR
  • May 17 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See April SCC ad
  • May 17-18 Inland Empire Open, Spokane, WA
  • May 17-19 39th Paul Keres Memorial, Richmond, BC - see half-page ad
  • May 22 Portland Chess Club unrated Thursday Blitz, Portland, OR
  • May 24-26 Washington Open, North Seattle Community College
    - see half-page TA-style ad | see full-page flyer | see printable entry form
  • May 24-26 U.S. AMATEUR NORTH CHAMPIONSHIP, Boise, ID
  • May 30, Jun 6, 13, 20 Tacoma City Championship, Tacoma, WA
  • May 31 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR

June 2014

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 1 & 29 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Jun 7 IM Jeremy Silman visit to Maryhill Museum, Goldendale, WA -
    This event is in connection with the Harry Potter chess game that Silman helped create as part of the museum's “Cardboard, Clay and Crayons, Chess Sets by Young Northwest Artists” exhibit.
  • Jun 7 Boise Chess Festival (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Boise, ID - See full-page flyer
  • Jun 7 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45), Portland, OR
  • Jun 7 USCF Rated Rapid (G/15) Chess Tournament, Coffee Time, Portland, OR
    Info/RSVP at meetup.com or see flyer
  • Jun 7 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Jun 7 Evergreen Empire Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Jun 14 Five-round Rapid Chess Tournament at Guardian Games, Portland, OR - see flyer
  • Jun 14 Qualchan Quads, Spokane, WA
  • Jun 14-15 Newport June Open, Newport, OR - See information and entry form
  • Jun 20-22 Emerald City Open, Seattle, WA
  • Jun 21-22 Summer Open, Portland, OR - See full-page flyer/entry form
  • Jun 26 Family Chess at Director Park (11:00am to 2:00pm), Portland, OR. Location: Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR. Contact: Richard Crockett, Richard@chessforsuccess.org, phone: 503-295-1230.
  • Jun 28 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Jun 28 2nd Annual Olympia Open, Olympia, WA - See TA/flyer

July 2014

  • Jul 5 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 6 Seattle CC Novice, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 11, 18, 25 Firecracker Swiss, Tacoma, WA
  • Jul 12 Puget Sound Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Jul 18-20 Seattle Seafair Open, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 19 Portland Saturday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Jul 26 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Jul 27 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA

August 2014

  • Aug 1 Knockout Tournament (G/10), Tacoma, WA
  • Aug 2 Tacoma Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Aug 2 Run/Chess Championship, Newport, OR
  • Aug 8, 15, 22 Tacoma CC Summer Championship, Tacoma, WA
  • Aug 9 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 16 Portland Saturday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Aug 16 Washington Senior Adult Championship, Tacoma, WA
  • Aug 16-17 Spokane Falls Open, Spokane, WA
  • Aug 23 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Aug 24 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 30-31 Oregon Open, Portland, OR

September 2014

  • Sep 1 Oregon Open (3rd day), Portland, OR
  • Sep 6 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Sep 13 Autumn Equinox Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Sep 19-21 Seattle Fall Open, Seattle, WA
  • Sep 20 Portland Saturday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Sep 20-21 Fall Open, Portland, OR (may be moved to October)
  • Sep 27 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Sep 28 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Sep 30 Portland CC Club Championship begins, Portland, OR

October 2014

  • Oct 4 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Oct 7,14,21,28 Portland CC Club Championship, Portland, OR
  • Oct 9-13 MILLIONAIRE CHESS OPEN, Las Vegas, NV - see advertising poster
    Billed as the highest-stakes open chess tournament in history.
  • Oct 11 National Chess Day
  • Oct 18 Portland Saturday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Oct 25 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Oct 25 Seattle CC Novice, Seattle, WA
  • Oct 25 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA

November 2014

  • Nov 1 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 7-9 Seattle CC Extravaganza, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 15 Portland Saturday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Nov 22 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Nov 23 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 28-30 WA Class Championships, Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood, WA

December 2014

  • Dec 6 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 13-14 Winter Open, Portland, OR
  • Dec 20 Portland Saturday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Dec 20 Christmas Congress, Tacoma, WA
  • Dec 21 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 27 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Dec 27 Washington G/60 Championship, Tacoma, WA

2014-2016 National Events

  • Updated! Jul 26-Aug 3, 2014 U.S. Open, Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL
  • Aug 1-9, 2015 U.S. Open, Phoenix, AZ
  • Jul 30-Aug 7, 2016 U.S. Open, Indianapolis, IN
 
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Scholastic Events

See the scholastic page for chess camps/school chess club web sites, etc.
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 with more information.

  • 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 2014

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!
  • Apr 25 & May 30 Bethel Last Friday Quads (5:30 - 9:00 p.m.), Willamette High School, Eugene, OR.
    Notes: OR-OSCF Champ. Qualifier; K-12 and adult may participate and will be divided into quads.
    Info.: Mike Myers, email mike.myers@bethel.k12.or.us.

May 2014

January-April 2015

January-April 2016

  • 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

USCF NATIONAL Scholastics