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Address: NWC c/o Orlov Chess Academy, 4174 148TH AVE NE BLDG I STE M, REDMOND, WA 98052-5164.
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Northwest Chess Calendar of Events

Open/Club Events | Scholastic/Junior Events

Other U.S. and international chess calendars
British Columbia Chess Federation calendar

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 is the tournament clearinghouse for Washington.

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.
State 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
Chandra Alexis Chess Club chandraalexischessclub@gmail.com  
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.

Paid Advertisements – Thank you for your support of Northwest Chess!
Josh Sinanan business card Orlov business card
Sri Chess Academy 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.
Note: Per the new advertising policy adopted by the NWC board, most website event ads (except scholastic only) are no longer free. If an event is not advertised in NWC magazine, the fees for a website-only ad will be $10 for the calendar page, and $15 for both the calendar page and the TA page. We will add a convenient online form to request and pay for these ads.

January 2022

Reminder: Detailed tournament announcements for some 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.

Juniors: If you're under age 18 (or are looking for events for your kid), please also see the Scholastic/Junior Events section below.

  • 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.
  • As in 2020, the NWC Grand Prix will be conducted in two sections - Washington and all others. See the GP page or the current magazine for standings. The 2021 GP is named in honor of Russell ("Rusty") Miller.

Chess in Art - Thanks to an agreement between the WCF and the publishers of this new book, a limited number of copies are being offered as prizes at WCF events beginning with the 5th Annual Seattle Chess Classic (Aug. 13-15). In addition, there will be some vouchers with a 30% discount for chess players. WCF President Josh Sinanan has reviewed this book, and says it's "amazing!"

All WCF online events are US Chess Online Rated if eligible.

February 2022

March-May 2022

2022 National/International Events

  • To be posted.

Scholastic/Junior 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 Online Premium Classes (OPCs) are for chess players of all skill levels. Chess4Life Online Premium Classes utilize a live classroom experience where your student will get to escape the confines of your home for the online, nearly infinite, world of chess. We keep a low student-to-coach ratio so that we can track your child's progress individually through our curriculum on their own Achievement Chart. Each class, our coaches review the Achievement Charts to determine the best topics to focus on for the class. Our classes use Zoom and LiChess.org for live classes, allowing us to engage your child just as we would in physical classrooms.

  • Chess4Life Online Chess Clubs - Parents, are you looking for a great afterschool enrichment activity for your child? Join in our FUN & ENGAGING Online Chess4Life Clubs! Much like the very popular Chess4Life after-school clubs, Online Chess4Life Clubs offer live coaching and practice play for any student who wishes to learn the game or improve their knowledge. Each Club runs twice daily in multiple skill groups and includes a lesson plus tournament practice.

  • Chess4Life Online Quads - Much like our very popular Friday Night Quads, Online Quads feature 3 quality chess games against students with a similar NWRS chess rating. Playing students of a similar skill level ensures that every game your child plays will be challenging and productive in their chess development. In addition to their games, students will have access to a live team of coaches, individual game analysis, and the opportunity to engage with fellow tournament players! Bring the excitement and community of Chess4life Quads to your living room!

  • 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.)

January 2022

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.

February 2022

March 2022

US Chess NATIONAL Scholastics

Other National/International Scholastic Events