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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 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 CC (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.

 
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 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.

  • Nov 28-30 WA Class Championships, Lynnwood Embassy Suites, Lynnwood, WA - See flyer

December 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.

  • Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 or 30 Portland Tuesday Night Quads, Portland, OR
  • Dec 6 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See December SCC ad
  • Cancelled! Dec 6 USCF Rated Rapid (G/15) Chess Tournament, Coffee Time, Portland, OR
    The organizer suggests that you continue meeting at this location for informal chess.
  • Dec 11 Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated), Portland, OR
  • Dec 13-14 Portland Winter Open, Portland, OR
  • Dec 13-14 2014 Western Idaho Open, Boise, ID
  • Dec 13-14 Northwest Chess Open, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 19 Bethel Chess Quads (K-12 and adult), Eugene, OR - See flyer
  • Dec 20 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Dec 20 Christmas Congress, Tacoma, WA
  • Dec 21 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See December SCC ad
  • Dec 27 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Dec 27 Washington G/60 Championship, Seattle, WA - See flyer
 
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.
 

January 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.

  • Jan 3 and 31 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See December SCC ad
  • Jan 3 Idaho Blitz Chess Championship, Boise, ID
  • Jan 3-4 Gresham Open, Gresham, OR - See flyer/entry form
  • Jan 6 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Jan 8, 22 Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated), Portland, OR
  • Jan 11 Seattle CC Novice, Seattle, WA - See December SCC ad
  • Jan 16-18 Seattle City Championship, Seattle, WA - See December SCC ad
  • Jan 17 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Jan 22, 29 & Feb 5, 12, 19 Spokane Winter Championship, Spokane, WA
  • Jan 25 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See December SCC ad
  • Jan 31 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR

February 2015

  • Feb 3 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Feb 7-8 & 14-16 Oregon Championship, Portland, OR
  • Feb 7-9 BC Open (FIDE Rated), Richmond, BC
  • Feb 12, 26 Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated), Portland, OR
  • Feb 14-16 2015 Idaho Closed State Championship, Twin Falls, ID
  • Feb 21 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Feb 28 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Feb 28-Mar 1 The 23rd Dave Collyer Memorial, Spokane, WA
 
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.
 

March 2015

  • Mar 3 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Mar 12, 26 Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated), Portland, OR
  • Mar 14-15 Portland Spring Open, Portland, OR
  • Mar 21 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Mar 28 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Mar 28 ICA Chess Tournament, Town TBD

April 2015

  • Apr 3-6 Grand Pacific Open (FIDE Rated), Victoria, BC
  • Apr 7 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Apr 9, 23 Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated), Portland, OR
  • Apr 11-12 Harmon Memorial, Portland, OR
  • Apr 18 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Apr 25 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Apr 25 ICA Chess Tournament, Town TBD

May 2015

  • May 5 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • May 14, 28 Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated), Portland, OR
  • May 16 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • May 23 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • May 23 ICA Chess Tournament, Town TBD

June 2015

  • Jun 2 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Jun 6 2015 Boise Chess Festival (4th Annual), Boise, ID
  • Jun 11, 25 Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated), Portland, OR
  • Jun 13 Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament, Portland, OR
  • Jun 13-14 Newport June Open, Newport, OR
  • Jun 20-21 Portland Summer Open, Portland, OR
  • Jun 27 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Jun 27-28 Idaho Open, Boise, ID

2015-2016 National Events

  • Aug 1-9, 2015 U.S. Open, Phoenix, AZ
  • Jul 30-Aug 7, 2016 U.S. Open, Indianapolis, IN
 

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.)

November 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! A new Renton location opened in August.
  • Nov 28 Thanksgiving Scholastic, Embassy Suites, Lynnwood, WA - Register online

December 2014

  • Dec 6 Bryant Fall Classic, Seattle, WA - See flyer
  • Dec 6 State Mini-Teams MS/HS Championships, Bellevue, WA
  • Dec 19 Bethel Chess Quads (K-12 and adult), Eugene, OR - See flyer
  • Dec 22-24 Chess4Life Winter Chess and Chess PLUS Camps, Bellevue, Issaquah and Redmond, WA
  • Dec 29-Jan 2 Chess4Life Winter Chess and Chess PLUS Camps, Bellevue, Issaquah and Redmond, WA

January 2015

  • Jan 10 Assumption Winter Chess Blast (K-8), Bellingham, WA
  • Jan 23 Bethel Chess Quads (K-12 and adult), Eugene, OR - See flyer
  • Jan 24 The KING's Tournament (K-8), Wade King Elem., Bellingham, WA

February 2015

March 2015

  • Mar 7 Happy Valley Chess Rally (K-8), Bellingham, WA
  • Mar 13 Chess for Success Team Championships, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
  • Mar 13 Chess for Success 9-12 Individual Championships, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
  • Mar 14 Chess for Success K-8 Individual Championships, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
  • Mar 20 Bethel Chess Quads (K-12 and adult), Eugene, OR - See flyer

April-June 2015

  • Apr 11 Chess for Success Girls Play Chess Championships, Tobias Elementary, Aloha, OR
  • Apr 17 Bethel Chess Quads (K-12 and adult), Eugene, OR - See flyer
  • Apr 24-25 OSCF Championship, Seaside Convention Center, Seaside, OR
  • Apr 25 Washington State Elementary Chess Championships, Spokane Convention Center, Spokane, WA
  • May 22 Bethel Chess Quads (K-12 and adult), Eugene, OR - See flyer

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

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