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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

Since almost all advertised events now have flyers, magazine ads and/or websites, separate paragraph-style TAs are no longer available (although they may sometimes appear in the magazine).

If you are looking for an ad or flyer from a completed event,
you may be able to find it in one of the magazine back issues.

Guide to Tournament Announcements (Abbreviations, etc.)
These abbreviations may be used in ads, flyers, etc.

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

Open/Club Events

This is a summary of regional (and a few national) events advertised with Northwest Chess. Free ads are no longer accepted for open events (see the note below), however, please see our chess club page, and find out if your local chess club has events.

State membership required to enter some events (including WCF events).
Chess club membership may be required for some 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 contact@seattlechess.club (206) 417-5405
Spokane Chess Club Kevin Korsmo (509) 270-1772
Tacoma Chess Club Vivi Bartron (253) 572-4912

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
Van Weerdhuizen business card Ojas Kandhare business card
Chess4Life business card Sri Chess Academy business card
Ryan Ackerman business card To advertise your chess school/camp, please contact the Northwest Chess Business Manager at info@nwchess.com.
Cost: (includes magazine ad) $150.00 full year, $80.00 summer camp season only.
Lin Shih ad
Ad provided as courtesy to Lin Shih, wife of Ken Lee, who has worked on some excellent interviews
recently appearing in Northwest Chess magazine. Thanks, Ken!

Note: Per the 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.
Please see our chess club page, and find out if your local chess club has events.


June 2024

If you don't find details for the event you're interested in, please contact the organizer.

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

  • Seattle Chess Club - The club is open at a new location, 7212 Woodlawn Ave NE at the Orlov Chess Academy. A capacity limit and other restrictions apply. Contact: John Selsky, jselsky3@comcast.net.

See Seattle CC June ad for details on SCC events, or visit https://seattlechess.club/.

  • Jun 21, 28 SCC It’s Summertime! (close ratings) (Rds 3-4), Seattle, WA
  • Jun 22-23 Emerald City Open, Seattle, WA
  • Jun 29-30 WA vs BC Challenge Match, Richmond, BC

July 2024


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 Summer Camps - School breaks don't have to mean a break from problem-solving, confidence-building chess lessons and practice! Online Summer Chess Camps are offered at 3 convenient times to spend the morning or early afternoon with live, engaging chess lessons & tournament practice! This leaves summer afternoons free for northwest summer fun! Check out Chess PLUS Camps which pair chess with Drama, Public Speaking, Writing and more. Multiple skill groups available weekly hosted by experienced chess coaches -- Beginners through advanced players welcome!

  • 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 info@chessplayer.com, and business card above. (Registration required; fees charged per class attended.)

June-July 2024

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.

US Chess NATIONAL Scholastics