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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
Central Oregon Chess Club (Bend) Eric Holcomb (541) 647-1021
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
Union Chess Club (Portland/Beaverton) Sean Tobin  

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.

July 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.

  • Now until Jul 31 Maryhill Museum (near Goldendale, WA) Cardboard, Clay & Crayons: Chess Sets by Young Northwest Artists Exhibition.
  • Jul 28 Double Round Swiss Styled Blitz Open, Director Park, Portland, OR - See information sheet

August 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.

  • Aug 1 Knockout Tournament (G/10), Tacoma, WA
  • Aug 2 Tacoma Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Aug 2 USCF Rated Rapid (G/15) Chess Tournament, Coffee Time, Portland, OR
    Info/RSVP at meetup.com or see flyer
  • Aug 2 Run/Chess Championship, Newport, OR - See flyer/entry form
  • Aug 2, 16 Double Round Swiss Styled Blitz Open, Director Park, Portland, OR - See information sheet
  • Aug 5, 12, 19 Portland Tuesday Night Quads, Portland, OR
  • Aug 8, 15, 22 Tacoma CC Summer Championship, Tacoma, WA
  • Aug 9 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Aug 9-10 Vancouver Open, Vancouver, WA - See flyer
  • Aug 14 Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated), Portland, OR
  • Aug 16 Portland Saturday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Aug 16 Washington Senior Adult Championship, Tacoma, WA
  • Aug 16-17 Spokane Falls Open, Spokane, WA
  • Aug 18-24 WinCo Foods Portland Open Golf Tournament - proceeds go to various charities including
    Chess for Success when you use this link to purchase tickets
  • Aug 23 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Aug 23 Washington Speed Chess Championships, Bellevue, WA - See flyer
  • Aug 23-24 2014 ICA Players Memorial, Boise, ID
  • Aug 24 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Aug 28 Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated), Portland, OR
  • Aug 30-31 Oregon Open, Portland, OR - See flyer/entry form
  • Aug 31 Oregon Chess Federation annual meeting (3:30 p.m.), Portland, OR

September 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.

  • Sep 1 Oregon Open (3rd day), Portland, OR
  • Sep 6 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Sep 6, 20 Double Round Swiss Styled Blitz Open, Director Park, Portland, OR - See information sheet
  • Sep 13 Autumn Equinox Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Sep 19-21 Seattle Fall Open, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Sep 20 Portland Saturday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Sep 20-21 2014 Eastern Idaho Open, Pocatello, ID
  • Sep 27 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Sep 28 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Sep 30 Portland CC Club Championship begins, Portland, OR

October 2014

  • Oct 4 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Oct 4-5 Oyster Bay Inn Classic, Bremerton, 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 11 Wood River Weekend Progressive Open Chess Tournament & National Chess Day Celebration, Community Campus, Hailey, ID
  • Oct 11-12 National Chess Day Portland Fall Open, Portland, OR - See flyer/entry form
  • Oct 17-19 32nd Annual Sands Regency Reno-Western States Open, Reno, NV - See full-page ad
  • Oct 18 Portland Saturday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Oct 25 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Oct 25 Seattle CC Novice, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad
  • Oct 25 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA

November 2014

  • Nov 1 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 1-2 Oregon Class Championships, Portland, OR - See flyer/entry form
  • Nov 7-9 Seattle CC Extravaganza, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 8 2014 Southern Idaho Open, Twin Falls, ID
  • 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 Embassy Suites, Lynnwood, WA

December 2014

  • Dec 6 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 13-14 Winter Open, Portland, OR
  • Dec 13-14 2014 Western Idaho Open, Boise, ID
  • 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

January-February 2015

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.)

July 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!
  • Jul 28-Aug 1 Chess4Life/Pacific Science Center Tech-Mate camp, Seattle, WA

August 2014

  • Aug 4-8 Chess4Life/Pacific Science Center Tech-Mate camp, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 11-15 Chess4Life/Pacific Science Center Tech-Mate camp, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 23 Washington Speed Chess Championships, Bellevue, WA - See flyer

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