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Chess Tournaments in Seattle, Tacoma, and the South Sound!

Looking for chess tournaments near Seattle? Here are our chess club’s upcoming events!

All entries free unless otherwise noted.

Des Moines Spring Rapid Open


FORMAT: A 5-round Swiss event in one section. Maximum 42 players.
SCHEDULE: Check-in: 9-9:45am. Rounds (5): 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 2:30, 3:45pm.
Closing Ceremony ~ 5:00pm or ASAP.
TIME CONTROL: G/15; +10 sec. increment per move starting from move 1.
BYES: One half-point bye available; request at check-in.
PRIZE FUND: $840 based on 42 entries

1st: $250, 2nd: $175, 3rd: $125
U1800/U1600: $75
U1400/U1200: $50
U1000/Unrated: $50

RATING: US Chess rated Quick. Higher of January 2024 US Chess Regular or Quick rating will be used to determine
pairings and prizes.
MEMBERSHIP: US Chess Membership required.
HEALTH/SAFETY PROTOCOLS: Face masks optional for players and spectators.


April 2024

  • Thursday, April 18th // Register Here
    • Event: Unrated Open Blitz (4-5 games)
      • Time Control: G/5+5
      • Rating: None! Open to all.
    • Time: Arrive by 6:40 PM PT
    • Location: Des Moines Gospel Chapel
      • 21914 7th Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198
  • Thursday, April 25th // Register Here
    • Event: Single Classical Game (1 game)
      • Time Control: G/60 + 15
      • Rating: USCF Regular
    • Time: Arrive by 6:40 PM PT
    • Location: Des Moines Gospel Chapel
      • 21914 7th Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198

Remember, for all events that have a Rating of USCF, you need a valid and current USCF membership. It is not always possible to process membership at the South Sound Chess Club, so please ensure you have this taken care of before showing up! If the Rating is “None,” then feel free to show up and play! No USCF membership required.

Registration typically opens the Sunday or Monday before the current week’s event – check back in if you don’t see the registration link.

Events at Des Moines Gospel Chapel:

  • Plenty of parking in the adjacent lot or on the street!
  • See the Street View below for which door to enter and locations of the parking lot and street parking.
Des Moines Gospel Chapel
Des Moines Gospel Chapel

What’s the difference between regular, quick, and blitz ratings? We wrote a blog post on USCF Time Controls.

We typically rotate between the following time controls:

  • Rapid (G/15+10)
  • Blitz (G/5+5)
  • Classical (G/60+15)
  • Dual-Rated (G/30; d15)
  • ….and something fun and different every so often!

Thanks for considering our chess club that services the Seattle, Tacoma, Des Moines, and Western Washington region!

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