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Northwest Chess Tournament Announcements

September 2018

Sep 18, 25 Portland CC Tuesday Quads (Rds 2-3), Portland, OR. Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR Map. Three round quads, usually with one round on each of the first three Tuesdays in the month. Some or all the sections may run as a round robin or Swiss with more than three rounds and four players mainly due to the number of players and number of Tuesdays in a month. 40/90,SD/30;d5, US Chess rated. On-site reg: 7:15-7:30 beginning in Feb. Rounds begin each Tuesday at approx. 7:30 beginning in Feb. By agreement players may schedule their game at another day and/or time if it’s scheduled after the previous Tuesday night and before the following Tuesday night. EF: $15, $10 for PCC members (pay by cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club). US Chess membership is required and can be purchased during registration. Winner of each section receives $10 discount on the entry fee to one of the next three PCC Sunday or Tuesday Quads. If there is a six or seven player section, the runner-up receives $5 discount. More info at pdxchess.org. Phone: (503) 246-2978.

Sep 29 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA. Site: Seattle Chess Club, Northway Square East Building (2150 N 107th St), Seattle WA. Format: 3-RR, 4-plyr sections by rating. TC: G/120; d5. EF: $9 (+$7 fee for non-SCC). Prizes: Free entry for future quad. Reg: 9:00-9:45 a.m. Rds: 10:00- 2:15-ASAP. Misc: US Chess, WCF/OCF/ICA memb. req’d, OSA. NS, NC. Infoline: 206-417-5405; e-mail kleistcf@aol.com. Register at http://seattlechess.club/.

Sep 29 Portland CC Game in 60, Portland, OR. Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave., Portland, OR - Map. 4-round Swiss. If there are less than thirty players it’s played in one section. If there are at least thirty players it’s split into two sections at the mid-point of the field based on rating except that both sections will start with an even number of players if possible. G/60;inc5, one half point bye available if requested before round 1, US Chess rated. On-site reg: 9-9:45 am. Rds: 10am, 12:30pm, 2:45pm, 5:00pm. Players who have a game go around the full time can request extra time off before the next round. EF: $20, $15 for PCC members (pay by cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club). US Chess and OCF/WCF/ICA memberships are required and can be purchased during registration (OSA). Prizes: If one section ($200/b20): 1st-$60, 2nd-$40, 3rd-$30; 1st U1800/unrated, 1st U1500/unrated-$35 each. If two sections, upper section ($150/b15): 1st-$70, 2nd-$40, 1st U1800/unrated-$40; lower section ($150/b15): 1st-$70, 2nd-$40, 1st U1200/unrated-$40. OSCF State qualifier. More info at pdxchess.org. Phone: (503) 246-2978.

Sep 29-30 Eastern Washington Open, Spokane, WA. Location: Jepson Center, Rooms 108-109, Gonzaga University. Format: 5-round Swiss System, directed by Ted Baker. Registration: 8:30-9:30, Sept. 29. Rounds: 10-2:30-7; 9-1:30. Time control: Game/120 (d5). Entry fee: $21 if received by 9/28, $26 at the door; under 18 $5 less. $630 prize fund based on 30 entries. Additional classes and class prizes may be created if entries exceed 30 players. Class prizes based on at least 5 per class; classes (and class prizes) may be reconfigured if less than five class entries. Only one prize per player (except biggest upset). NS, NC, W. One 1/2-point bye available if requested by end of previous round; Sunday bye must be requested by end of round 3. Director reserves right to use class pairings in final round. Prizes: FIRST $125, SECOND $ 75; Class Prizes: $65 first, $30 second: A; B; C; D/E/unrated. Biggest Upset (non-provisional) - $50. Entries: Spokane Chess Club, c/o 9923 N. Moore St., Spokane, WA 99208. For information please call (509) 270-1772 (cell). Club website: www.spokanechessclub.org.

 
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Northwest Chess Tournament Announcements

October 2018

Oct 1 PNWCC Grand Open Bughouse Tournament, Kirkland, WA - See flyer.

Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Portland Chess Club Championship, Portland, OR. Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219. One section, 5-round Swiss with one round each Tuesday at 7:30pm. By agreement players may schedule their game at another day and/or time if it’s scheduled by the Sunday before the next round. One half point bye is available if requested before round one. 40/90,SD/30;d10, US Chess rated. On-site reg: 7:15-7:30pm. EF and Memberships: $10 and US Chess and PCC memberships through October are required and can be paid for during registration with cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club. Prizes: 1st-$50 and name inscribed on club champions plaque (all those who tie for first are co-champions and get their name inscribed on champions plaque), 1st U1800/unrated-$25. OSCF State qualifier. More info. at pdxchess.org, (503) 246-2978.

Oct 3 GM Jianchao Zhou Simul Exhibition and PNWCC Fund Raiser, Kirkland, WA - See flyer.

Oct 6 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR. Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219. 6-round Swiss in one section, G/15;inc5, on-site reg: 9-9:45am, first round starts at 10am and the subsequent rounds start ASAP. EF: $10, $5 for PCC members (pay by cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club). Chess book to the first place finisher. Additional rating based chess book prizes may be awarded, on TD discretion, based on the number of players. More info. at pdxchess.org, (503) 246-2978.

Oct 6 Bend Fall Quads, Bend, OR - See flyer.

Oct 6-8 New West Open, New Westminster, BC, Canada - https://westchess.com/tournament/new-west-open-2018.

Oct 10, 17, 24, 31 PNWCC Wednesday Quads, Kirkland, WA.

Oct 12, 19, 26 PNWCC Friday Rapid Tournament, Kirkland, WA.

Oct 12-14 Norman Friedman Memorial & National Chess Day Tournament, Boise, ID. 5 SS, TC: G/120; d5. Site: The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W Chinden Blvd, Boise, ID 83714. US Chess and ICA membership req’d, Other states acceptable. One Section: Open, US Chess rated. EF: $30 per player ($10 blitz only) Discount for online registration. Check-in: 9:30 - 10 am. US Chess & ICA/OCF/WCF mem req., can be purchased at reg. Opening Cer. 9 am, Rd times: 10/13 10 am, 2 pm, 7 pm, 10/14 9 am, 1 pm. Byes: Rd 1-4. Prizes: $1200 guaranteed! 1st ­- 3rd place Overall $250, $200, 150 U1800, U1600, U1400, U1200, U1000, Unr each: $50/class. Side Events: Blitz 10/12, Scholastic Chess 10/13, Blitz prizes: 1st - 3rd overall, $150, $100, $75. Scholastic Prizes: 1st - 3rd overall trophies, 1st place K-3rd grade. Contact: idahochessassociation@gmail.com, www.idahochessassociation.com, 208-450-9048.

Oct 13 National Chess Day James Tarjan Simultaneous Exhibition, Vancouver Mall, Vancouver, WA - See ad/flyer.

Oct 13-14 National Chess Day-Portland Fall Open, Portland, OR. Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219. Two sections-Open and Reserve (U1800), 4-round Swiss, G/90;inc30, one half point bye is available if requested before round one, US Chess rated. On-site reg: 9-9:45am, Rds: 10am and 2:45pm each day. Rounds 2 and 4 can be started earlier if both players agree. Players who have a game go long can request extra time off before the next round. EF: $40, $30 for PCC members (pay by cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club). US Chess and OCF/WCF/ICA memberships are required and can be purchased during registration (OSA). Prizes ($1000 b/40): Open: 1st-$250, 2nd-$175, 1st U2000-$100; Reserve: 1st-$150, 2nd-$100, 1st 1600, 1st U1400, 1st U1200/unrated-$75 each. OCF Invitational Tournament and OSCF State qualifier. More info. at pdxchess.org, (503) 246-2978.

Oct 13-14 Washington Game/60 Championship, Seattle, WA - See ad/flyer.

Cancelled! Oct 14 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA. Site: Seattle Chess Club, Northway Square East Building (2150 N 107th St), Seattle WA. Format: 4-SS. TC: G/60; d5 (or G/64; d0). EF: $18 (+$7 fee for non-SCC). Prizes: 1st 35%, 2nd 27%, Bottom Half 1st 22%, 2nd 16% ($10 from each EF goes to prize fund). Reg: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Rds: 11:30-1:50-4:10-6:30. Byes: 1 (Rd 3/4–commit at reg.). Misc: US Chess, WCF/OCF/ICA memb. req’d, OSA. NS, NC. Infoline: 206-417-5405; e-mail kleistcf@aol.com. Register at http://seattlechess.club/.

Oct 19-21 Western States Open, Reno, NV - See ad/flyer/entry form.

Note: Changes beginning in February shown in red.
Oct 21 Portland CC Sunday Quads, Portland, OR.
Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave., Portland, OR - Map. 3-round quads. Some or all the sections may run as a 3-round Swiss with more than four players. The "live" US Chess regular ratings are usually used for section placement and pairings. G/50;inc15, US Chess and NWSRS rated. On-site reg: 9-9:45am, Rds: 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm. Rounds 2 and 3 can be started earlier if both players agree. Players who have a game go long can request extra time off before the next round. EF: $15, PCC members $10, $5 discount for each additional family member who lives in the same household (pay by cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club), free entry for players who are playing in their first US Chess rated tournament. US Chess membership is required and can be purchased during registration. Winner of each section receives $10 discount on the entry fee to one of the next three PCC Sunday or Tuesday Quads. If there is a six or seven player Swiss, the runner-up receives $5 discount. Bonus scholastic awards: trophy for winning section with 3 points; smaller trophy for winning or tying for first with 2.5; medal for winning or tying for first with 2 or 1.5. OSCF State qualifier. More info. at pdxchess.org. Phone: (503) 246-2978.

Oct 27 PNWCC Saturday G60 Tournament, Kirkland, WA.

Oct 27-28 Washington Challenger’s Cup, Seattle, WA - See ad/flyer.

Oct 28 PNWCC Sunday G90 Quads, Kirkland, WA.

 

Northwest Chess Tournament Announcements

November-December 2018

Nov 3-4 Oregon Class Championships, Portland, OR. Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219. 4-round Swiss in 5 sections, 2000+, 1800-1999, 1600-1799, 1400-1599, U1400. Players may play up only one class. One, 1/2 bye is available if requested before rd 1. 40/90,SD/30;inc30, US Chess rated. Rds: 10am and 3:45pm each day. EF: $50 if you pre-reg. by Nov 1, $65 on-site. Add $10 if you play up. US Chess and OCF/WCF/ICA memberships are required (OSA). Limited to the first fifty players. Pre-reg at nwchess.com by Nov 1. On-site reg: 9-9:45am. Prizes ($2000 b/40): 1st-$200, 2nd-$100, 3rd-$70 in each section. The 2000+ also has a $75 U2200 prize and the U1400 section also has a $75 U1200/unrated prize. Any player who goes 4-0 wins free entry into next year’s OR Class. Any scholastic player who scores at least 2.5 will be able to select a trophy. Qualifier for the OR State Champ, OR Invitational, and OSCF State Champ. More info. at pdxchess.org, (503) 246-2978.

Nov 10 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR. Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219. 6-round Swiss in one section, G/15;inc5, on-site reg: 9-9:45am, first round starts at 10am and the subsequent rounds start ASAP. EF: $10, $5 for PCC members (pay by cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club). Chess book to the first place finisher. Additional rating based chess book prizes may be awarded, on TD discretion, based on the number of players. More info. at pdxchess.org, (503) 246-2978.

Nov 10 Redmond Open, Redmond, OR - See flyer.

Nov 10 Southern Idaho Open & Veteran's Day Tournament, Twin Falls, ID. 4SS, Time Control: G/60; d5. Section: Open. Site: Holiday Inn Express, 1554 Fillmore St, Twin Falls, ID. Call for Chess Rate, 208-734-2233. US Chess & ICA/OCF/WCF mem req. EF: Veterans free, $30 per player. Discount for online registration. Check in: 9:00-9:30am. Rd. times: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm. 1/2 pt bye avail: Max 1, Notify TD before Rd. 2 is paired. $$ (based on 30) 1st ­- 3rd place Overall $100, $75, $50. $50/class: U1800, U1600, U1400, U1200, U1000, unr. Details: idahochessassociation@gmail.com, Online registration at www.idahochessassociation.com, (208)450-9048.

Nov 23-25 Washington Class Championships, Lynnwood, WA - See ad/flyer.

Dec 8-9 Portland Winter Open, Portland, OR. Site: Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219. Two sections-Open and Reserve (U1800), 4-round Swiss, G/90;inc30, one half point bye is available if requested before round one, US Chess rated. On-site reg: 9-9:45am, Rds: 10am and 2:45pm each day. Rounds 2 and 4 can be started earlier if both players agree. Players who have a game go long can request extra time off before the next round. EF: $35, $25 for PCC members (pay by cash or check payable to Portland Chess Club). US Chess and OCF/WCF/ICA memberships are required and can be purchased during registration (OSA). Prizes ($650 b/40): Open: 1st-$150, 2nd-$100, 1st U2000-$75; Reserve: 1st-$100, 2nd-$75, 1st 1600, 1st U1400, 1st U1200/unrated-$50 each. OCF Invitational Tournament and OSCF State qualifier. More info. at pdxchess.org, (503) 246-2978. Note: Same details are valid for Spring, Summer and Winter Opens unless otherwise announced.

 

Northwest Chess Tournament Announcements

January-February 2019

Jan 19 ICA MLK Blitz Championship, Boise, ID. 8SS double game, Time Control: G/5; d0. Section: Open. Site: BSU, SUB, Boise, ID. US Chess & ICA/OCF/WCF mem req. EF: $30 per player. Discount for online registration. Rd Times: 11 am continuous until 5 pm. 1/2 pt bye Rds 1-5 only. 1st rd must notify TD before rd is paired, all others before rd 2 is paired. $$ (based on 30) 1st ­- 3rd place Overall plaques and top scholastic. Details: idahochessassociation@gmail.com, Online registration at www.idahochessassociation.com, (208)450-9048.

Feb 16-18 Idaho Closed State Chess Championship, Twin Falls, ID. 6SS, Time Control: 30/120, d5 SD/60, d5. Section: Open. Site: Hampton, 1658 Fillmore St, Twin Falls, ID. Call for Chess Rate, 208-734-2233. Idaho Residency req’d, US Chess and ICA membership req'd EF: $30 per player, Register online for discount. Rd Times: 2/16 9 am, 4 pm, 2/17 10 am, 5 pm, 2/18 8 am, 3 pm. Business meeting 9 am 2/17. 1/2 pt bye Rds 1-5 only. Maximum 1-half point bye, Rounds 1-5, commit before round is paired. 0-point bye round 6. Prizes: 1, 2, 3 Overall; Classes B - E, Top Expert, Class A, Junior, Senior, Unrated, Woman. Details: idahochessassociation@gmail.com, Online registration at www.idahochessassociation.com, (208)450-9048.