Time for some Hot Summer Chess

April 30, 2022 Tacoma State K-8 Championships - 776 players! - Video - Results
June 18, 2022 Ferndale White Elephant Quick Chess Tourney II
June 26, 2022 Bellingham Lake Padden Quads - 6th-12th grades
July 9, 2022 Ferndale Hot Summer Chess GP & Endgame Contest begins

Lake Padden Quads -- Sunday, June 26

The Lake Padden Quads will be held at Lake Padden Park in Bellingham the near the outdoor basketball court. We will be using vacant nearby park picnic tables for the tournament. These quads are open to scholastic chess players that were in 6th through 12th grade during the 2021-2022 school year. All interested players must register in advance via email by 8 pm on Friday, June 24th.

To register, email RandyWalther@msn.com with your first and last name, the grade you were in, and your school's name. This event will be limited to a total of 16 chess players. All entered players will receive an email confirmation confirming your entry to play.

Time Control will be Game in 30 Minutes with a 5 second delay.
These quads will NWSRS rated. No entry fee, but please help set up and clean up afterward.
Check in will be 12:45 -12:55 pm. Be on time, do not be late! Three rounds.
Round One will start at 1 pm. Each subsequent round will start shortly after the end of the previous round.

If you own a tournament digital delay chess clock, then bring it. Recording the moves of your chess games is required until you or opponent has less than 5 minutes remaining on your clock. Chess player score sheets will be provided. You must bring your own writing instrument.

In the event that there aren't enough park picnic tables available, please have your parents bring with you portable folding tables and chairs if your family owns any.

Winter Grand Prix 2022 - Persistence Pays!

After eight chess tournaments over the course of three months, it came down to the final game! Jaxon Nipges was crowned Winter Grand Prix Champion, edging out Owen Scollon by 1.5 points. Ethan Bosch nabbed third with 13 points. Declan Bosch and Teo Chiapellone tied for fourth with 12.5 wins. Congratulations to our champions, and kudos to all the students who participated in the intellectual stimulation and brain exercise of Winter Grand Prix 2022.

Watch the tiebreaker speed chess game that determined the 2020 Washington State High School Individual Champion (Premier)
Johnathon Dennis (Sehome) vs Cannon Doncaster (Richland).

Blaine, WA - At the Washington State High School Chess Team Championships, Lakeside and Interlake tied for the title after five rounds. Overtime, to determine the State Championship, was a five-on-five sudden death speed chess playoff, each player having three minutes on the clock (with a two second delay). The photo above taken right at the start of the playoff. Who says chess doesn't produce adrenalin? (Photo courtesy of Barry Hanson)

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State Elementary, view from above
1,135 kids playing chess at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden.
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