All About Keeping Notation in Chess

South Sound Chess provides official two-copy US Chess Federation scoresheets for our players at no charge.

These scoresheets allow you to write in pen on the top page and have a copy made on the backing sheet, which is typically yellow. After the game, both players sign the other’s sheet, circle the result, and both players submit their yellow sheet to the Tournament Director while keeping the top white scoresheet for themselves.

So… what’s notation all about?


Tournament Results: April 13th, 2023 (Open Blitz, Unrated)

Our first tournament is in the books!

On Thursday, April 13th, 2023, we hosted ten players for an unrated open blitz tournament at Des Moines Gospel Chapel. Quan Luong got clear first with 4.5/5.0 while Max McCall and Matthew Duran shared 2nd with 3.5/5.0.

We had a puzzle on-site which three people solved correctly. From those three, we drew one random winner, and James Senzee got a $5 gift card to our local sponsor, Marina Mercantile!


Chess Events Scheduled for Des Moines in April 2023!

That’s right! South Sound Chess finally has some events on the schedule. Thanks to our new Vice President, Matthew Duran, we have meeting space at the Des Moines Gospel Church on Thursday evenings for USCF and unrated events.

Go check out the Events Page today to see what we’ve got going on Thursday evenings starting mid-April!

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A New Chess Club Appears!

Frustrated by the lack of chess events in the South End of King County, including South Seattle? We are, too. Thus, South Sound Chess was born.

While we don’t have a physical location (yet), we’re run by chess enthusiasts who self-fund the organization through the US Chess Federation, becoming a real affiliate in May 2022 (member ID A7790405).

We will primarily run Quick games for unrated and novice players to begin with very low entry fees (sometimes free), and we’ll provide boards, sets, clocks, and annotation sheets.

It shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to play some rated events. You will need to be a validated US Chess member, and due to agreements at some locations, we won’t be able to accept money and/or process memberships on-site, so make sure you do that over at

We’ll have events listed on our Events Page soon enough, along with more club info, but for now, hang with us and check back!