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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, 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 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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Cost: (includes magazine ad) $125.00 full year, $65.00 summer camp season only.
 

February 2016

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.

  • Feb 9, 16, 23 (if needed) Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Rds 2-4), Portland, OR
  • Feb 11, 18 Spokane Winter Championship (Rds 4-5), Spokane, WA
  • Feb 12, 19, 26 Valentine's Day Swiss, Tacoma, WA
  • Feb 13-14 Washington President’s Cup, Seattle, WA - see flyer
  • Feb 13-15 Oregon Chess Championship (Rds 5-9), Portland, OR
  • Feb 13-15 Washington Chess Championship (Rds 5-9), Redmond, WA
    Note: registration and badging required to access Microsoft building for this event.
  • Feb 13-15 Idaho Closed State Championship, Twin Falls, ID
  • Feb 20 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Feb 20 Tacoma CC Winter Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Feb 21 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See February SCC ad
  • Feb 26 Blitz Tournament, Riverpark Square, Spokane, WA - see flyer
  • Feb 26 IM John Donaldson lecture & simul, Riverpark Square, Spokane, WA - see flyer
  • Feb 27 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See February SCC ad
  • Feb 27 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Feb 27-28 The 24th Dave Collyer Memorial, Millwood, WA (new location) - see flyer
 
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 2016

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 1 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Mar 5 Northwest Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Mar 12-13 Portland Spring Open, Portland, OR
  • Mar 13 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See February SCC ad
  • Mar 18-20 Seattle Spring Open, Seattle, WA - See February SCC ad
  • Mar 19 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Mar 25-28 10th Annual Grand Pacific Open, Victoria, BC
  • Mar 25-27 Larry Evans Memorial, Reno, NV - see full-page ad
  • Mar 26 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR

April 2016

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 2 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See February SCC ad
  • Apr 3 Seattle CC Novice, Seattle, WA - See February SCC ad
  • Apr 5 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Apr 7,14,21 Taxing Quads, Spokane, WA
  • Apr 9 Campbell Chess Tournament, Eugene, OR
  • Apr 9-10 Clark Harmon Memorial Open, Seattle, WA - See ad/flyer
  • Apr 16 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Apr 17 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Apr 23 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Apr 23 ICA Spring Open, Pocatello, ID
  • Apr 23-24 Seattle CC Adult Swiss, Seattle, WA
  • Apr 30 Daffodil Open, Tacoma, WA

May-June 2016

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 3 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • May 7 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • May 7 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • May 14-15 Rose City Sectional Tournament, Portland, OR
  • May 15 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • May 21 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • May 21 Pierce County Open, Tacoma, WA
  • May TBA Inland Empire Open, Spokane, WA
  • May 28-30 Washington Open, Lynnwood, WA
  • Jun 4 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Jun 5 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Jun 7 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Jun 10-12 Emerald City Open, Seattle, WA
  • Jun 18 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Jun 18-19 Idaho Open, Boise, ID
  • Jun 25 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Jun 25 Evergreen Empire Open, Tacoma, WA
 

July-August 2016

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 2-3 Puget Sound Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Jul 5 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Jul 9 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 9-10 (tentative) Portland Summer Open, Portland, OR
  • Jul 10 Seattle CC Novice, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 16 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Jul 16 Idaho Blitz Championship, Boise, ID
  • Jul 17 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 22-24 Seattle CC Seafair Open, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 23 (tentative) Rapid and Blitz Championships, Portland, OR
  • Jul 30 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Aug 2 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Aug 4,11,18 (?) August Ajeeb Quads, Spokane, WA
  • Aug 13-14 (tentative) Oregon Senior Open, Portland, OR
  • Aug 13 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 14 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 20 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Aug 27 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Aug 27 Tacoma CC Summer Open, Tacoma, WA

September-October 2016

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.

  • Sep 3-5 Oregon Open, Portland, OR
  • Sep 6 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Sep 10 Tacoma CC Fall Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Sep 11 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Sep 15,22,29 and Oct 5,12 (?) Spokane Fall Championship, Spokane, WA
  • Sep 17 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Sep 17 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Sep 23-25 Seattle Fall Open, Seattle, WA
  • Sep 24 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Sep 27 Portland CC Club Championship (Rd 1), Portland, OR
  • Sep or Oct TBA Eastern Washington Open, Spokane, WA
  • Oct 4,11,18,25 Portland CC Club Championship (Rds 2-5), Portland, OR
  • Oct 6-11 3rd Millionaire Chess Open, Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Oct 8 Seattle CC Novice, Seattle, WA
  • Oct 8 Wood River Weekend Progressive tournament, Hailey, ID
  • Oct 8-9 National Chess Day Portland Fall Open, Portland, OR
  • Oct 9 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Oct 15 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Oct 22 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Oct 29 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Oct 29 Hog Goblin Hectic, Tacoma, WA

November-December 2016

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.

  • Nov 1 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Nov 5-6 Oregon Class Championships, Portland, OR
  • Nov 6 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 11-13 Seattle CC Extravaganza, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 12 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Nov 12 Southern Idaho Open, Twin Falls, ID
  • Nov 19 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 19 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Nov 19 Thanksgiving Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Dec 3 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Dec 3 Christmas Congress, Tacoma, WA
  • Dec 4 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 6 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Dec 10-11 Portland Winter Open, Portland, OR
  • Dec 10-11 Western Idaho Open, Boise, ID
  • Dec 17 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 17 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Dec 31-Jan 1 Seattle CC Insanity, Seattle, WA

2016-2017 National Events

  • Jul 30-Aug 7, 2016 U.S. Open Chess Championship, Indianapolis, IN
  • Jul 29-Aug 6, 2017 U.S. Open Chess Championship, Norfolk, VA
 

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.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

February 2016

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.

March 2016

April 2016

January-May 2017

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

USCF NATIONAL Scholastics