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Northwest Chess is a non-profit corporation registered in Washington State.
Address: NWC c/o Orlov Chess Academy, 4174 148TH AVE NE BLDG I STE M, REDMOND, WA 98052-5164.
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Important Changes (Rev. Oct. 2020) - Please Read
  • If you are a resident of Washington State, your Northwest Chess subscription includes a state chess membership. For WCF (Washington) membership options, please continue to use this page. All WCF memberships are considered "Premium," and include benefits such as free registration to certain seminars.
  • If you are a resident of Oregon, your Northwest Chess subscription to paper copies includes a "Premium" OCF state membership. You can also choose a "Basic" OCF membership with online-only access to NWC magazine. You should contact OCF directly if you want this option. Also see the OCF website.
  • For Idaho (ICA) membership options, please visit the ICA website. These options include a "Premium" membership with a NWC subscription.
  • For new subscriptions and renewals, NWC no longer guarantees that there will continue to be 12 printed magazines each year. There could be fewer editions, and/or publication could be in an online format. At present, we expect that printed magazines will continue to be available for all 2024-dated editions.
Rates (Rev. Oct. 2020)
  • "Premium" membership options for Washington and Oregon residents only:

    • Adult 1 year $30.00, 3 years $80.00

    • Junior (age U/21 at expiration) 1 year $24.00, 2 years $43.00

    • Scholastic 6 months $14.00

    • Senior (age 65 or over) 1 year $25.00, 3 years $ 65.00

    • Additional Family Members residing at same address:
      1 year $10.00, 2 years $18.00, 3 years $25.00 (If the primary member is a junior, additional family member(s) must also be juniors.)

    • Tournament/Trial 1 month $12.00 (A single tournament membership cannot be used to play in the same monthly tournament twice.)

    • For OCF "Basic" memberships, please contact the OCF treasurer directly, or see the OCF website.

  • Non-member subscription rates (outside of Washington/Oregon):

    • U.S. Addresses 1 year $30.00, 3 years $80.00

    • Canada 1 year $40.00, other foreign 1 year $60.00

Click the appropriate button to initiate an online one-time subscription payment using PayPal:
If not using PayPal, please see the PDF version of the application form.

Contact information:

For any subscription/membership related inquiry: please notify the business manager using the response form at the bottom of the home page, or email info@nwchess.com. Normal response time is one to two business days. (For successful PayPal transactions, no additional contact is necessary, and you should receive a confirmation email within a few days.)

Important PayPal and subscription notes:

  • Please be sure this is the subscription (and membership if WCF/OCF) you want before paying. PayPal transaction fees are non-refundable, and may be deducted from any refund if your payment was made in error, or you change your mind. If in doubt, please ask first - info@nwchess.com. Memberships are NOT REQUIRED for most scholastic chess events.

  • If you are a Washington or Oregon resident, your subscription to Northwest Chess includes an individual membership in your state chess federation (the WCF or OCF), and vice versa. See the "About Us" page for details.

  • Northwest Chess is currently accepting subscriptions beginning with the July 2024 issue. (The mailing list for June closed on about 5/22.) Back issues must be requested and invoiced separately, subject to availability. Email info@nwchess.com to inquire. The cost of back issues is $2.00 each plus the cost of postage. You can request a discount if your name or photo appeared in the back issue.

  • Payment via this method does NOT automatically enter or update your information in the tournament online registration system. Please email info@nwchess.com if you do need your info updated, after verifying that you are registered online.

  • Free sample copies may be available at the Seattle, Tacoma and Portland chess clubs, or at some official WCF, OCF and ICA events. These copies are limited and are not guaranteed to be available.

  • Back issues are available online (back issues page) after a three-month delay.

  • Please be sure that your address in PayPal is correct. See usps.com (Look Up a ZIP Code) for the standard form of your address.

  • Promptly report any changes of address, including email address. NWC is not responsible for re-mailing copies returned (or not received) due to address changes.

  • Washington residents must pay applicable sales tax based on the rate in effect where the magazine is received. PayPal will automatically add 10% sales tax for Washington addresses. If you are eligible for a lower rate and do not wish to pay 10%, please contact the business manager to request an invoice for the exact amount. (Please supply your address when you inquire. Thank you!)

  • Please keep your PayPal email receipt, and check the mailing status page to see when your first issue should be mailed. If you do not receive the first magazine for which you should be on the mailing list (usually the next month's magazine if you pay by about the 15th), please notify the business manager.

  • You will receive an e-mail notification from Northwest Chess (or the business manager) when it is time to renew. Renewals should be completed within one month to avoid an interruption.

  • If you have a problem with your subscription, please contact the business manager.

  • Please DO NOT use PayPal to pay for tournament entry fees (except as part of the online registration feature on the homepage), Grand Prix fees or magazine advertising without prior authorization of the business manager or accountant.


Options for individual residents of Washington/Oregon

Note that all of these memberships are considered "Premium."
"Basic" OCF memberships are available directly from OCF.

ADULT - Subscription term

Adult subscribers/members receive Northwest Chess magazine via periodicals mail each month. WA residents also receive a membership (with voting rights) in the WCF, and OR residents receive a "Premium" membership (with voting rights) in OCF.
JUNIOR - Subscription term
Name of junior member:
Birthdate of junior member:
Age limit: less than 21 at expiration. Proof of age may be required.

Junior subscribers/members receive Northwest Chess magazine via periodicals mail each month. WA and OR residents also receive a state membership, the same as noted for adults, except that voting rights may have a minimum age limit.
SENIOR - Subscription term
Name of senior member:
Birthdate of senior member:
Age limit: 65 or over. Proof of age may be required.

Senior subscribers/members receive Northwest Chess magazine via periodicals mail each month. WA and OR residents also receive a state membership (with voting rights).
FAMILY - Membership term
Name of family member:
Birthdate of family member:

Note: NOT a magazine subscription membership only.
This class of membership is open only to co-residents of an Adult, Senior or Junior member (WA/OR only). If the primary member is a junior, the additional family member must also be a junior. Expires at the same time. (Please select the same term as the primary member.)

Subscription options for clubs/organizations or non-residents of WA/OR

Subscription term

For clubs/libraries/organizations or for persons living outside of Washington and Oregon. Subscribers receive Northwest Chess each month, but do NOT receive a membership in any state chess organization. The additional postage required for foreign addresses is included when you select the Canada or 'other foreign' options. Please inquire about special rates for libraries and school chess clubs. (Usually we can give the junior rate of $24.00/year. Libraries can also subscribe through the EBSCO service.)

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