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Northwest Chess Tournament Announcements

Please send corrections and additions (including new events) to: Eric Holcomb.
Tournament organizers – please help avoid conflicting tournaments by using this calendar!

Note: TAs are not available for all events, or for some events may appear in a separate file or on a separate website. See the main calendar page for a more complete list of events. If you are looking for a TA from a completed event, you may be able to find it in one of the magazine back issues.

Note: Scholastic event details are not listed on this page. Instead, please see the
main calendar page for links to web sites and PDF files for many scholastic events.

A bold listing indicates a Northwest Grand Prix event.
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Guide to Tournament Announcements (Abbreviations, etc.)

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Northwest Chess Tournament Announcements

January 2022

  • Some local over-the-board chess events are happening again, as of June. Please contact the event organizer for more information. Some events continue to be moved online.
  • Seattle Chess Club - The club is open for limited events at a new temporary location, 7212 Woodlawn Ave NE at the Orlov Chess Academy. A capacity limit and other restrictions apply. Contact: John Selsky, jselsky3@comcast.net.

Please see the regular calendar page for other event listings and ads/flyers.

See Seattle CC January ad for details on these and additional SCC events, e-mail kleistcf@aol.com, or visit http://seattlechess.club/.

Jan 14 Seattle CC January Thaw (round 2), Seattle, WA. Rated tournament game. Return to usual time control: 40/90, then 30/60. Also elections to the SCC Board.

Jan 14-16 Washington vs. British Columbia Challenge Match, Executive Airport Plaza Hotel, Richmond, BC.

Jan 15-16 Seattle City Championship, Seattle, WA. Format: 5-rd. Swiss. TC: G/100;+30. EF: $44 ($33 for SCC mem.) by 1/10, $56 ($44) thereafter. Unrateds free w/purch. 1-yr
US Chess & WCF. Prize Fund: $$585 (b/22, 3/prz gp). Prizes: $150-100, X 65, A 60; B 55, C 50, D 45, E & under 40, Unr. 20. Reg: Sat. 9-9:45 a.m. Rds: Sat. 10-2:45-7:30, Sun. 11-4. Byes: 2 available. Rounds 4 or 5 must commit at registration. Misc: US Chess, WCF memb. req’d; OSA. NS, NC.

Jan 15-17 Tessellated, Boise, ID.

Jan 22-23 Two Bishops Arena, Boise, ID.

Jan 23 SCC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA. Format: 4-SS. TC: G/60; d5. EF: $18 (+$7 fee for non-SCC). Prizes: 1st 35%, 2nd 27%, Bottom Half 1st 22%, 2nd 16% ($10 per EF 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; OSA. NS, NC.

Jan 29-30 Welcome to the Year of the Tiger, Boise, ID.

Jan 30 2nd Annual WA Chess960 Championship, online via Chess.com.

February 2022

Feb TBA SCC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA. Format: 3-RR, 4-player sec. by rating. TC: G/120;d5. EF: $9(+$7 fee for non-SCC). Prizes: Free quad entry. Reg: 9-9:45 a.m. Rds: 10:00-2:00-6:00. Misc: US Chess, WCF; OSA. NS, NC.

Feb 5-6 WA President's Cup, Seattle, WA.

Feb 5-6 Tilted Towers, Boise, ID.

Feb 12-13 Lakeside Thinker’s FIDE, Boise, ID.

Feb 12-13, 19-21 WA State Championship, Seattle and Redmond, WA.

Feb 25 Blitz Tournament, Spokane, WA. 2:30 – 3:00 p.m registration at Kress Gallery (2nd level River Park Square). Event will end by 6:00 p.m. Format depending upon entries. See Collyer Memorial TA below for contact info.

Feb 25 Simul & Lecture, Spokane, WA. 6:00 p.m. -– IM John Donaldson lecture at the Kress Gallery at River Park Square, 808 West Main, Spokane. 6:45 p.m. -- Donaldson Simul; $10 per board (bring your own equipment). Limited number of spots, so contact Kevin (see Collyer TA below) to reserve yours!

Feb 26-27 The 29th Collyer Memorial, Spokane, WA. The Spokane Chess Club and the Gary Younker Foundation, in memory of Ellen Collyer and former club presidents Dave Collyer and Gary Younker, proudly present the Twenty-Ninth Collyer Memorial tournament. Location: Holiday Inn (Airport), 1616 South Windsor Dr, Spokane, WA. I-90 to Highway 2 (Airport); exit east (right) on Sunset Highway to Windsor Drive. Ask for chess rate ($109 per night) by Feb 11; call (509) 838-1170. Format: A computer-paired, five-round Swiss System event. Registration: 9:00-9:45, Feb 26. Rounds: 10-2:30-7; 9-1:30 or ASAP. Time control: G/115;d5. Entry fee: $30 if received by 2/25, $35 at the door; under 19 $10 less. Telephone entries accepted (pay at door). All registrants must check in by 9:40 unless a first-round bye was granted. Prizes: $1,800 GUARANTEED prize fund. 1st $350, 2nd $225, 3rd $125. Class prizes based on at least 5 per class; classes may be reconfigured if less than five class entries. Top Expert $100; $100 first, $70 second in classes A, B, C, D, E/unrated. Jim Waugh Biggest Upset prizes: $100 & $50 (non-provisional ratings). Only one prize per player (excluding biggest upset). NS, NC, W. Misc.: One ½-point bye available if requested by end of round 3. Director reserves the right to use class pairings in final round. Entries: Spokane CC c/o Kevin Korsmo, N. 9923 Moore, Spokane, WA 99208-9339. For information or to enter please call (509) 270-1772. Check website for updates: www.spokanechessclub.org. Health/Safety: MUST BE VACCINATED (or have recent negative COVID test) to play.

March-April 2022

Apr 2-3 Harmon Memorial, Redmond + Seattle, WA.

Apr 15-17 Washington Senior Championship, Redmond, WA.