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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.
     
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.
 

August 2015

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 28 Tacoma CC Summer Mini-Swiss (G/30) (2nd week), Tacoma, WA
  • Aug 29 Tacoma Open, Tacoma, WA
  • Aug 29 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Aug 30 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See August SCC ad

September 2015

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 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Sep 4, 11, 18 Fall Mini-Swiss (G/30), Tacoma, WA
  • Sep 5-7 65th Annual Oregon Open, Portland, OR - see flyer
  • Sep 6 OCF General Membership Meeting at Oregon Open, 4 p.m.
  • Sep 11-27 Washington State (Puyallup) Fair Booth in Hobby Hall, Puyallup, WA
  • Sep 12 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See September SCC ad
  • Sep 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15 Spokane Fall Championship, Spokane, WA
  • Sep 18-20 Seattle Fall Open, Seattle, WA - See September SCC ad
  • Sep 19-20 Eastern Idaho Open, Pocatello, ID
  • Sep 19 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Sep 25 Elimination Tournament (G/10), Tacoma, WA
  • Sep 26 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Sep 26 Washington Game/60 Championship, Tacoma, WA
  • Sep 26-27 Eastern Washington Open, Spokane, WA
  • Sep 27 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See September SCC ad
  • Sep 29 Portland CC Club Championship Begins

October 2015

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 Tacoma CC Championship (G/120), Tacoma, WA
  • Oct 10 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See September SCC ad
  • Oct 10 Wood River Weekend Progressive Open Chess Tournament & National Chess Day Celebration, Hailey, ID
  • Oct 10-11 National Chess Day Fall Open, Portland, OR
  • Oct 10-12 Millionaire Chess Open, Las Vegas, NV - Please see registration link above or click here
  • Oct 11 Seattle CC Novice, Seattle, WA - See September SCC ad
  • Oct 16-18 Western States Open, Reno, NV - see full-page ad/entry form
  • Oct 17 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Oct 24 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Oct 24 Ernst Rasmussen’s 90th Birthday and Port Townsend Chess Bonanza, Port Townsend, WA
  • Oct 25 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See September SCC ad
 
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.
 

November 2015

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 3 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Nov 6 Tacoma CC G/15 Championship (G/15), Tacoma, WA
  • Nov 7 (subject to change) Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 7-8 Washington Challenger’s Cup, Seattle, WA - see ad/flyer
  • Nov 13 Tacoma CC Blitz Championship (G/5), Tacoma, WA
  • Nov 13-15 Seattle CC Extravaganza, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 14 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Nov 21 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Nov 21 Thanksgiving G/30 Quads, Tacoma, WA
  • Nov 22 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 27-29 Washington Class Championships, Seattle, WA - see ad/flyer

December 2015

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.

  • Dec 1 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Dec 4, 11, 18 Santa’s Mini-Swiss (G/30), Tacoma, WA
  • Dec 5 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 12-13 Portland Winter Open, Portland, OR
  • Dec 19 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Dec 19 Christmas Congress, Tacoma, WA
  • Dec 20 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 26 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR

2015-2017 National Events

  • Oct 10-12, 2015 2nd Millionaire Chess Open, Las Vegas, NV
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

August 2015

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! A new Renton location opened in August 2014.
  • Chess4Life chess camps are being held in June, July and August in Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, and Tacoma.

September-December 2015

  • Nov 9 NWL Alpha Tourney
  • Nov 21 LC Thanksgiving Classic K-8, Lynden, WA
  • Nov 23 NWL Beta Tourney
  • Dec 5 Washington State Middle School and High School Mini-Team Championships at Meridian HS

January-April 2016

  • Jan 9 Assumption Winter Chess Blast (K-8), Bellingham, WA
  • Jan 23 The KING's Tournament (K-8), Wade King Elem., Bellingham, WA
  • Feb 6 Waypoint Foundation Scholastic Chess Tournament, Parkway School, Ephrata, WA
  • Feb 20 International Chess Jam (K-12), Ferndale, WA
  • Feb 26-27 Washington State HS Chess Team Championships, Issaquah HS, Issaquah, WA
  • Apr 15-16 Washington State Elementary and Middle School 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

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