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Chess tournaments in Idaho: Where to find the best ones

Calling all Idaho chess players! Whether you're a seasoned strategist or a developing knight, there are opportunities to test your mettle in tournaments across the state. Here's a rundown of some Idaho chess institutions hosting regular events:


The Idaho Chess Association is an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals and communities through the game of chess. As Idaho’s premier chess organization and a US Chess affiliate, they offer a variety of chess tournaments, educational events, and other chess-related activities for players and groups interested in the game.

Here’s a list of regular chess tournaments offered by the Idaho Chess Association:

  • Western Idaho Open

  • Date: December 14

  • Location: Boise

  • Rating: Open to all US Chess Federation members

  • Idaho Closed

  • Date: February 15-17

  • Location: Boise

  • Rating: Invitation-only event for top Idaho players

  • Idaho Open

  • Date: March 28-29

  • Location: Pocatello

  • Rating: Open to all with sections based on rating

  • North Idaho Championship

  • Date: May 16-17

  • Location: Coeur d’Alene

  • Rating: Open to all with sections based on rating

  • Eastern Idaho Open

  • Date: September 15

  • Location: Pocatello

  • Rating: Open to all with sections based on rating

For more detailed information and registration for upcoming tournaments, please visit the Idaho Chess Association’s official website.


The Chandra Alexis Chess Club has been a hub for chess enthusiasts in Boise, Idaho since 2007. It is known for organizing US Chess Federation (USCF) and FIDE rated tournaments, providing players with opportunities to compete in a friendly yet competitive environment. The club prides itself on offering a world-class chess experience with classical time controls, without the high entry fees and travel expenses.

Here’s a list of regular chess tournaments offered by the Chandra Alexis Chess Club:

  • Weekly USCF & FIDE Rated Games

  • Date: Every Monday night

  • Location: All About Games, 7079 Overland, Boise, Idaho

  • Rating: Open to active USCF members

  • Time Control: G/90; +30

  • Celestial Dragon Tournament

  • Date: January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 2023

  • Location: Boise, Idaho

  • Rating: FIDE Rated

  • Year of the Rabbit Tournament

  • Date: February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 2023

  • Location: Boise, Idaho

  • Rating: FIDE Rated

  • Norman Friedman Memorial

  • Date: October 7-9, 2023

  • Location: Boise, Idaho

  • Rating: Associated with ICA events

For the latest information on tournament dates and registration details, interested players should visit the club’s official website.


Vellotti’s Chess School is a renowned institution established in 2004, dedicated to making chess fun and accessible for children of all ages. With a focus on innovative and original kid-friendly curriculum, the school offers a range of chess programs, including classes, camps, and tournaments, at various locations in Boise, Los Angeles, and Sun Valley. Founded by Daniel J. Vellotti, a State and National Chess Champion, the school has a rich history of training chess champions at both the state and national levels.

Here’s a list of regular chess tournaments offered by Vellotti’s Chess School:

  • Chess & Movie Days

  • Date: Monthly events

  • Location: Various locations in Boise, Los Angeles, and Sun Valley

  • Rating: Open to all students of the school

  • Tournament of Champions

  • Date: Annually (specific dates vary)

  • Location: Boise, Idaho

  • Rating: Invitation-only event for top scholastic players

For the most up-to-date information on tournament schedules and locations, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the school’s official website.


Conclusion

Idaho's chess scene caters to both competitive and casual players. If you're looking for high-stakes competition, check the Idaho Chess Association's schedule. For a more social and friendly atmosphere, consider joining the Chandra Alexis Chess Club's Monday night gatherings.


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