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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.

     
Paid Advertisements – Thank you for your support of Northwest Chess!
Josh Sinanan business card Georgi Orlov business card
Masters Academy Boise business card ChessWorks NW business card
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 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 26 Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Rd 4 if needed), Portland, OR
  • Jul 30 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR

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.

  • Aug 2 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Aug 4,11,18 August Ajeeb Quads, Spokane, WA
  • Aug 5, 12, 19, 26 Tacoma City Championship, Tacoma, WA
  • Aug 5, 12, 19, 26 Seattle CC Dog Days, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • New Date! Aug 6 Tacoma Summer Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Aug 6 Run or Bike Chess Championship, Newport, OR
  • Aug 13 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Aug 13-14 Spokane Falls Open, Spokane, WA
  • Aug 14 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Aug 20 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Aug 20-21 Washington Senior Championship, Tacoma, WA
  • Aug 26-30 Seattle Kings vs. Princes Match III & FIDE Round Robins, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 27 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
 
Paid Advertisements – Thank you for your support of Northwest Chess!
Chess4Life business card ad
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.
 

September 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 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Seattle CC Close Ratings 2, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Sep 3-5 Oregon Open, Portland, OR - see full-page flyer/entry form
  • Sep 6 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Sep 9, 16, 30; Oct 7, 14, 28; Nov 4 Seattle CC Championship, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Sep 10 Tacoma CC Tornado, Tacoma, WA
  • Sep 11 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Sep 15,22,29 and Oct 6,13 Spokane Fall Championship, Spokane, WA
  • Sep 17 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Sep 17 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Sep 17-18 Washington Women's Championship, Seattle, WA - see flyer
  • Sep 23-25 Seattle Fall Open, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • 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
  • Sep 30 Norman Friedman Memorial Tournament (Blitz), Hailey, ID - see flyer

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.

  • Oct 1-2 Norman Friedman Memorial Tournament & National Chess Week Celebration, Hailey, ID - see flyer
  • Oct 4,11,18,25 Portland CC Club Championship (Rds 2-5), Portland, OR
  • Oct 6-10 3rd Millionaire Chess Open, Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 Seattle CC Autumn Leaves, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Oct 8 Seattle CC Novice, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Cancelled! 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 Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Oct 21-23 34th Annual Sands Regency Reno - Western States Open, Reno, NV - see flyer/entry form
  • Oct 22 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Oct 22-23 Vancouver Open, Vancouver, WA - see flyer
  • Oct 29 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Oct 29 Hog Goblin Hectic, Tacoma, WA
  • Oct 29-30 Washington Challenger's Cup, Seattle, WA - see flyer

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 4, 11, 18 Seattle CC November Rains, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • 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 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 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.)

July-October 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.

  • Chess4Life Bothell location serves the northern Puget Sound area with Premium Center Classes, Friday Night Quads, summer camps, and more.
  • until Sep 2 various Chess4Life Summer Camps - chess and chess plus sports and other activities, Bellevue, Redmond and Issaquah, WA locations - see the calendar.
  • Now until Aug 23 (Tuesdays) Beginning Chess (K-12) and Intermediate Chess (all ages) classes, Tacoma, WA
    See tacomachess.com or contact Tom Walker, tom@tacomachess.org, 253 297-7200.
  • Jul 26 Hot Summer Chess II, Ferndale, WA
  • Aug 2 Hot Summer Chess III, Bellingham, WA
  • Aug 16 Hot Summer Chess IV, Bellingham, WA
  • Aug 23 Hot Summer Chess V, Ferndale, WA
  • Oct 1 Norman Friedman Memorial Tournament (Scholastic), Hailey, ID - see flyer

January-May 2017

  • Apr 29 Washington State Elementary Chess Championships, Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA
  • May 5-6 OSCF Championship, Seaside Convention Center, Seaside, OR

USCF NATIONAL Scholastics