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Business Manager Address: Eric Holcomb, 1900 NE 3rd St STE 106 PMB 361, Bend, OR 97701-3889.
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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, 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
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.

             
Paid Advertisements – Thank you for your support of Northwest Chess!
Chess Sport 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.
Sri Chess Academy business card
 

July 2018

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 17, 24, 31 Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Rds 2-4), Portland, OR
  • Jul 20-22 Seattle Seafair Open, Seattle, WA - See July SCC ad
  • Jul 21 Portland Rapid and Blitz Championships, Portland, OR
  • Jul 21 Bend Summer Quads, Bend, OR - See flyer
  • Jul 25 Presentation to Seattle Chess Club, "Chess – It’s More Than Just a Game" by Jim Egerton, MBA Speaker, Best-Selling Author, Teacher, & Chess Coach - See flyer
  • Jul 28 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See July SCC ad
  • Jul 28 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Jul 29 Seattle CC Novice, Seattle, WA - See July SCC ad
  • Jul 30-Aug 3 Seattle GM Summer Chess Camp, Seattle, WA - See flyer
 
Paid Advertisements – Thank you for your support of Northwest Chess!
Josh Sinanan business card Orlov business card
Chess4Life 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.
 

August 2018

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 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Seattle CC Dog Days, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Aug 4 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Aug 6-10 Seattle GM Summer Chess Camp, Seattle, WA - See flyer
  • Aug 7 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Aug 11-12 Vancouver Open, Vancouver, WA - See flyer
  • Aug 12 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Aug 15-19 2nd Annual Seattle Chess Classic, Seattle, WA - See flyer
  • Aug 18-19 Spokane Falls Open, Spokane, WA
  • Aug 19 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Aug 25 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Aug 25 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Aug 26 Boise Chess Club #20, Boise, ID - See flyer

September 2018

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 1-3 68th Annual Oregon Open, Portland, OR - See flyer
  • Sep 7, 14, 28; Oct 5, 12, 26; Nov 2 Seattle CC Championship, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Sep 7, 14, 21, 28 Seattle CC Close Ratings 3, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Sep 8 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Sep 9 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Sep 11 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Sep 14-16 and 22-23 Oregon State Championship and Invitational (rescheduled), Portland, OR
  • Sep 14-16 WA Women’s Championship, Seattle, WA - See flyer
  • Sep 16 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Sep 21-23 Seattle Fall Open, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Sep 29 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Sep 29 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Sep 29-30 Eastern Washington Open, Spokane, WA

October-December 2018

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 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Portland Chess Club Championship, Portland, OR
  • Oct 6 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Oct 13-14 National Chess Day-Portland Fall Open, Portland, OR
  • Oct 19-21 Western States Open, Reno, NV
  • Oct 21 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Oct 27 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Nov 3-4 Oregon Class Championships, Portland, OR
  • Nov 6 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Nov 10 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Nov 10 Southern Idaho Open & Veteran's Day Tournament, Twin Falls, ID
  • Nov 18 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Nov 23-25 Washington Class Championships, Lynnwood, WA
  • Nov 24 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Dec 1 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Dec 4 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Dec 8-9 Portland Winter Open, Portland, OR
  • Dec 16 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Dec 29 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR

January-April 2019

  • Feb 16-18 Idaho Closed State Chess Championship, Twin Falls, ID
  • Apr 19-21 8th Annual Reno Larry Evans Memorial Open, Reno, NV
  • Apr 19-22 Grand Pacific Open, Victoria, BC
    See "How to get to the GPO in 2019" by H.G. Pitre.

2018-2021 National/International Events

  • Jul 28-Aug 5 U.S. Open Chess Championship, West Middleton, WI
  • 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.
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

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.)

July-December 2018

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.

January 2019

USCF NATIONAL Scholastics