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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 Adam Porth
Portland Chess Club email@pdxchess.org (503) 246-2978
Seattle Chess Club Carol and Fred Kleist (206) 417-5405
Spokane Chess Club Kevin Korsmo (509) 270-1772
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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Chess Sport business card ChessWorks NW 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.
Sri Chess Academy business card
 

November 2018

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.

December 2018

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 CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Dec 4 Portland Tuesday Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Dec 7-14 2018 Panamerican Seniors & Veterans Chess Championships, St. Croix, USVI
    Register by noon Nov. 14 (extended) - see ad/flyer
  • Dec 8 Western Idaho Open, Boise, ID - See flyer
  • Dec 8 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See November SCC ad
  • Dec 8-9 Portland Winter Open, Portland, OR
  • Dec 9 Washington Blitz Chess Championship, Seattle, WA - See ad/flyer
  • Dec 9 Washington Game/20 Championship, Seattle, WA - See ad/flyer
  • Dec 15-16 Northwest Chess Open, Seattle, WA - See ad/flyer
  • Dec 16 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA - See November SCC ad
  • Dec 16 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Dec 16 Bethel Monthly Sunday Chess Quads, Eugene, OR - See flyer
  • Dec 26-30 Washington Winter Chess Classic, Seattle, WA - See ad/flyer
  • Dec 29 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
 
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Josh Sinanan business card 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.
 

January-March 2019

  • Jan 5-6 3rd Annual Neil Dale Memorial Open, Portland, OR
  • Jan 8 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • Jan 12 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Jan 13 Bethel Monthly Sunday Chess Quads, Eugene, OR - See flyer
  • Jan 18-20 Washington vs. British Columbia Challenge Match, Victoria, BC - See flyer
  • Jan 19 ICA MLK Blitz Championship, Boise, ID
  • Jan 20 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Jan 26 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Jan 26 Portland Chess Club Annual Membership Meeting, Portland, OR
  • Feb 2 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Feb 5 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • Feb 9-10 and 16-18 Oregon State Championship and Invitational, Portland, OR
  • Feb 16-18 Idaho Closed State Chess Championship, Twin Falls, ID
  • Feb 22 IM John Donaldson Simul & Lecture, Spokane, WA
  • Feb 23 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Feb 23-24 The 27th Dave Collyer Memorial, Millwood,WA
  • Feb 24 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Mar 2 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Mar 5 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • Mar 9-10 9th Annual Oregon Senior Open, Portland, OR
  • Mar 17 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Mar 23-24 Portland Spring Open, Portland, OR
  • Mar 30 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR

April-June 2019

  • Apr 2 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • Apr 6-7 13th Annual Clark Harmon Memorial Open, Portland, OR
  • Apr 19-21 8th Annual Reno Larry Evans Memorial Open, Reno, NV
  • Apr 19-22 Grand Pacific Open, Victoria, BC
    See "How to get to the GPO in 2019" by H.G. Pitre.
  • Apr 20 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Apr 27 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Apr 28 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • May 4-5 Penguin Extravaganza, Portland, OR
  • May 7 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • May 11 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • May 18 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • May 19 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • May 25-27 Washington Open, Lynnwood, WA
  • Jun 4 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • Jun 8-9 Portland Summer Open, Portland, OR
  • Jun 15 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Jun 23 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Jun 29 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR

July-September 2019

  • Jul 2 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • Jul 6-7 5th Annual Rose City Sectionals, Portland, OR
  • Jul 13 Portland Rapid and Blitz Championships, Portland, OR
  • Jul 21 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Jul 27 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Aug 6 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • Aug 10 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Aug 10-11 Vancouver Open, Vancouver, WA
  • Aug 18 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Aug 24 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Aug 31-Sep 2 69th Annual Oregon Open, Portland, OR
  • Sep 10 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • Sep 15 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Sep 21 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Sep 28 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR

October-December 2019

  • Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Portland Chess Club Championship, Portland, OR
  • Oct 5 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Oct 12-13 National Chess Day-Portland Fall Open, Portland, OR
  • Oct 20 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Oct 26 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Nov 2-3 Oregon Class Championships, Portland, OR
  • Nov 5 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • Nov 9 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Nov 17 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Nov 23 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR
  • Dec 3 Portland Tuesday Quads Begin, Portland, OR
  • Dec 7 Portland CC Unrated Rapid, Portland, OR
  • Dec 14-15 Portland Winter Open, Portland, OR
  • Dec 22 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR
  • Dec 28 Portland Game in 60, Portland, OR

2019-2021 National/International Events

  • Aug 3-11, 2019 U.S. Open Chess Championship, Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL
  • Aug 8-16, 2020 U.S. Open Chess Championship, Saint Charles, MO
  • Jul 31-Aug 8, 2021 U.S. Open Chess Championship, Cherry Hill, NJ
 

Scholastic Events

See the scholastic page for chess camps/school chess club web sites, etc.
Business card ads appearing above also appear on the chess camps page.
See the WHSCA/OSCF scholastic calendar

Many open chess events are suitable for experienced scholastic players,
so be sure to also review the open events above.

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.)

November-December 2018

Also see the WHSCA/OSCF scholastic calendar

For Bellingham and NW Wash. events, see http://northwestchess.info/calendar.html.

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.

January-March 2019

  • Jan 21 Washington Junior Open, Bellevue, WA
  • Jan 25-26 WA HS State Individual Championship, Lakeside School, WA
    See http://www.whsca.org/index.html.
  • Mar 16 Oregon State Girls Championship, Portland, OR

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