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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 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!
Masters Academy Boise business card ChessWorks NW business card
Chess Sport business card Sri Chess Academy 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.
 

January 2017

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.

  • Jan 17, 24 Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Rds 3-4), Portland, OR
  • Jan 17 America’s Foundation for Chess lunch and fundraiser welcoming the Queen of Katwe, Phiona Mutesi, chess coach, Robert Katende and The Principal, Salome Thomas-El. Time/site: noon at the Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA.
    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-with-the-queen-tickets-28710288245
    To learn more about the Katwe Chess Academy: http://www.sportsoutreach.net/projects/special-project-katwe-chess-academy/
    To learn more about the First Move program: https://www.af4c.org/why-first-move
    Queen of Katwe Trailer: https://youtu.be/z4l3-_yub5A
  • Jan 19-Feb 16 Spokane Winter Championship, Spokane, WA
  • Jan 20, 27 SCC January Thaw (Rds 3-4), Seattle, WA
  • Jan 20 New Years Quads (Rd 3), Tacoma, WA
  • Jan 21 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45), Portland, OR
  • Jan 21 Portland Chess Club Annual Membership Meeting, about 5 p.m., after the Quad 45 finishes.
  • Jan 21 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See January SCC ad
  • Jan 21 Ashland Chess Open, Ashland, OR - See flyer
  • Postponed due to ongoing winter weather conditions in the Bend area
    Jan 21 Bend Winter Open and Novice, Bend, OR - See flyers: Open | Novice
  • Jan 22 Seattle CC Novice, Seattle, WA - See January SCC ad
  • Jan 28 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Jan 28 Tacoma Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Jan 28 ECCC Winter Open, Eugene, OR - See flyer
  • Jan TBD Tacoma CC Annual Membership Meeting, Tacoma, WA

February 2017

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 3, 10, 17, 24 SCC Cabin Fever, Seattle, WA
  • Feb 4 Seattle Chess Masters Series, Seattle, WA - See flyer
  • Feb 4 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45), Portland, OR
  • Feb 5 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See January SCC ad
  • Feb 7 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Feb 10, 17, 24 Valentine Day Swiss (G/120), Tacoma, WA
  • Feb 11-12; 18-20 Oregon State Championship & Invitational, Portland, OR
  • Feb 11-12; 18-20 Washington State Championship, Premier, Invitational & Challengers tournaments, Microsoft, Redmond, WA
  • Feb 11-12 Washington President's Cup, Seattle, WA - see flyer
  • Feb 19 Bethel Sunday Chess Quads, Eugene, OR – see flyer
  • Note: John Donaldson's lecture topic this year is “How the US team won gold at the 2016 Chess Olympiad.”
  • Feb 23 IM John Donaldson lecture, Portland, OR
  • Feb 24 Blitz Tournament & IM John Donaldson simul & lecture, Spokane, WA - see flyer
  • Feb 25 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Feb 25 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See January SCC ad
  • Feb 25-26 The 25th Dave Collyer Memorial, Spokane, WA - see flyer
 
Paid Advertisements – Thank you for your support of Northwest Chess!
Josh Sinanan business card Georgi 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.
 

March 2017

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 4 Seattle Chess Masters Series, Seattle, WA - See flyer
  • Mar 4-5 Portland Spring Open, Portland, OR
  • Mar 7 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Mar 11 Tacoma CC Northwest Open Tornado, Tacoma, WA
  • Mar 12 Bethel Sunday Chess Quads, Eugene, OR – see flyer
  • Mar 18 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45), Portland, OR
  • Mar 25 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR

April 2017

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 1 Seattle Chess Masters Series, Seattle, WA - See flyer
  • Apr 1-2 11th Annual Harmon Memorial, Portland, OR
  • Apr 4 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Apr 9 Bethel Sunday Chess Quads, Eugene, OR – see flyer
  • Apr 14-16 Reno-Larry Evans Memorial Open, Reno, NV - see ad/flyer
  • Apr 14-17 11th Annual Grand Pacific Open, Victoria, BC - See ad/flyer
  • Apr 15 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45), Portland, OR
  • Apr 15 Tacoma CC Daffodil Open Tornado, Tacoma, WA
  • Apr 21,28, May 5,12,19 Pierce County Championship (G/120), Tacoma, WA
  • Apr 29 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
 

May 2017

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 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • May 6 Seattle Chess Masters Series, Seattle, WA - See flyer
  • May 13 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45), Portland, OR
  • May 13 Tacoma CC Pierce County Open Tornado, Tacoma, WA
  • May 14 Bethel Sunday Chess Quads, Eugene, OR – see flyer
  • May 20 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • May 20-22 42nd Annual Keres Memorial, Richmond, BC - See ad/flyer

June 2017

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 2,9,16,23 Tacoma City Championship, Tacoma, WA
  • Jun 3 Seattle Chess Masters Series, Seattle, WA - See flyer
  • Jun 6 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Jun 10-11 Portland Summer Open, Portland, OR
  • Jun 17 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45), Portland, OR
  • Jun 17 Tacoma CC Evergreen Empire Open Tornado, Tacoma, WA
  • Jun 24 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Jun TBD Newport June Open, Newport, OR - See TA page for information
 

July-September 2017

  • Jul 1 Seattle Chess Masters Series, Seattle, WA - See flyer
  • Jul 1-2 Tacoma CC Puget Sound Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Jul 7,14,21 Firecracker Swiss (G/30 x 2 Rds/night), Tacoma, WA
  • Jul 8-9 3rd Annual Rose City Sectionals, Portland, OR
  • Jul 11 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Jul 15 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45), Portland, OR
  • Jul 22 Portland Rapid and Blitz Championships, Portland, OR
  • Jul 29 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Aug 1 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Aug 4,11,18 Tacoma CC Summer Championship (G/120), Tacoma, WA
  • Aug 5 Seattle Chess Masters Series, Seattle, WA - See flyer
  • Aug 5 Tacoma CC Summer Tornado, Tacoma, WA
  • Aug 12-13 7th Annual Oregon Senior Open, Portland, OR
  • Aug 19 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45), Portland, OR
  • Aug 26 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Sep 1-24 Tacoma CC at Washington State Fair, Puyallup, WA
  • Sep 2-4 67th Annual Oregon Open, Portland, OR
  • Sep 5 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Sep 8,15,22,29, Oct 6 Tacoma CC Championship (G/120), Tacoma, WA
  • Sep 16 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45), Portland, OR
  • Sep 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 Portland Chess Club Championship, Portland, OR
  • Sep 30 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Sep 30-Oct 1 Washington Senior Championship, Tacoma, WA

October-December 2017

  • Oct 14-15 National Chess Day Portland Fall Open, Portland, OR
  • Oct 20,27, Nov 3 Tacoma CC Halloween Quads, Tacoma, WA
  • Oct 21 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45), Portland, OR
  • Oct 28 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Nov 4-5 Oregon Class Championships, Portland, OR
  • Nov 7 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Nov 10 Tacoma CC Blitz Championship, Tacoma, WA
  • Nov 11 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) & Special 45th Celebration Edition, Portland, OR
  • Nov 17 Tacoma CC Game Fifteen (G/15) Championship, Tacoma, WA
  • Nov 18 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Dec 1,8,15 Santa’s Quads (G/30), Tacoma, WA
  • Dec 2 Tacoma CC Christmas Tornado, Tacoma, WA
  • Dec 5 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Dec 9-10 Portland Winter Open, Portland, OR
  • Dec 16 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45), Portland, OR
  • Dec 30 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR

2017 National Events

  • 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

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.)

January-February 2017

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-May 2017

Also see the WHSCA/OSCF scholastic calendar

  • Chess4Life classes, camps & more, Bellevue, Bothell, Issaquah & Redmond, WA
  • Chesssport Grandmaster Camps with GM Emil Anka.
  • Apr 8 Intermat Candidates Tournament, Seattle, WA
  • Apr 29 Washington State Elementary & Middle School Chess Championships, Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA
  • May 5-6 OSCF Championship, Seaside Convention Center, Seaside, OR

USCF NATIONAL Scholastics